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What happened to the ES1?

Six years ago, this British design was going to be the future of superbikes. So where is it? The trouble with bold claims is they can come back to haunt you. If you say you’re making the fastest, lightest and best-ever handling motorcycle, for example, people might be forgiven for asking, six years later (five after an auspicious London show ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 04 May 2013

New Burgman 650 launched

MCN is on the launch of Suzuki's new Burgman 650 ABS Executive at Glen Coe in Scotland. The luxury maxi scooter has undergone the biggest changes since its introduction a decade ago. The engine is the same 638cc parallel twin but tweaks have made it 15% more fuel efficient according to Suzuki. The frame has been changed to give a steeper ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 April 2013

10 worst and five best promo videos

1. Kawasaki Z800Bystanders gawp at the new Z800 and take photographs in this preposterous video from Kawasaki Australia. It's as though they've found a portal to another universe and not a mass production motorcycle. A trucker radios his mates and weirdly gets a nod from the passing rider. Two hairy Antipodeans applaud and give thumbs up to the parked bike. Clearly ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 26 April 2013

Nominate the best place to live!

MCN wants your nominations for the best place in the UK for motorcyclists to live. We'll use your answers in a forthcoming feature. We're interested in places with access to great roads, bike meetings, events, tracks and races. We want to hear about cities, towns or villages but not entire counties or regions. It could be somewhere famous for a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 24 April 2013

Health and safety consultant in court over fatal hit-and-run

A health and safety consultant has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a 16-year-old motorcyclist in a hit-and-run. Brian Hampton, 58, faces a string of charges including causing death by careless driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to stop at an accident and failing to report an accident. He pleaded not guilty to causing death ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 28 March 2013

Give up, scumbags: failed Italian job number two

An Italian motorcycle dealership has suffered a second failed theft attempt in six months. CCTV footage shows four thieves spend three minutes breaking into an Aprilia showroom before fleeing. The four are seen arriving on two scooters shortly after 11pm. One cuts through the shop’s metal shutters with a disc grinder while the others keep watch.   Once inside, three struggle ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 28 March 2013

The quarter-million-mile man

In 1999, Ian Coates left his home in Yorkshire and flew to South Africa to collect a Land Rover for a friend and bring it back to England. The mission was scuppered by visa problems, and he got his wife to ship his Honda Africa Twin to Johannesburg so he could ride back by a different route. Fourteen years later, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 28 March 2013

The Rules: Be a four-time world title-winning race mechanic

Anyone who followed Carl Fogarty’s World Superbike career will know the name Slick Bass. As Ducati’s chief mechanic, it was Slick’s spannering that helped Foggy win a record four titles in the Nineties.  Anthony Bass, nicknamed Slick for his speed, and possibly the odd oil spillage, has also worked alongside Joey Dunlop, Steve Hislop and Ron Haslam in a 30-year-career. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 27 March 2013

Two new Harleys launched

MCN is at the launch of two new Harley-Davidsons in Marseille, France. The Breakout is an 'evolution' of the Softail range, and sits in between the existing Slim and Fatboy models in price, at £15,695. First impression are its 'evolved' in a similar sense to sharks: it's been around for millions of years but has changed little. It has the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 25 March 2013

Rider group’s fury as hit-and-run drink-driver walks free

The Motorcycle Action Group has accused courts of ‘inconsistent sentencing’ after a hit-and-run drink-driver walked free from court. MAG President Ian Mutch attacked the ‘leniency’ of a suspended sentence handed to Thomas Scully, 63, who was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit when he pulled out on a motorcyclist. Scully, who had spent hours drinking in a pub before ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 15 March 2013

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