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MCN cover star Chesca Miles: the biking Bond girl

Dan Aspel, 26 May 2011 12:19

MCN cover star Chesca Miles is no longer just a model, singer and stunt rider, but a Bond girl too. Appearing at the London launch of 'Carte Blanche' ­ the latest Bond novel from American novelist Jeffery Deaver , Miles rode a classic BSA Spitfire through St.Pancras station. Set outside of Europe's longest champagne bar, the event also featured a group of ...

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Honda CX500 StreetTracker

Dan Aspel, 13 May 2011 10:51

Proving that a home-made custom project doesn’t have to be glamorous to impress is this dolled-up CX500 'StreetTracker'. Builder Graham Braid of Street Tuff Customs describes the original CX500 as "one of the ugliest bikes you can find", but it didn’t put the former machinist and precision engineer off making it his first custom build. Braid told MCN: "The CX500 ...

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Met mount up on a Moto Guzzi

Dan Aspel, 07 March 2011 17:07

London’s Metropolitan Police are running an upgraded Moto Guzzi Norge GT 1200 as part of their fleet, a spokesman has announced. The police-spec 92bhp v-twin will be used to publicise the Met’s “BikeSafe” campaign, taking part in public training days and appearing at shows. Loaned to the force by Piaggio UK and Haywards of Cambridge, the 244kg tourer is loaded ...

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KTM 200 Duke spied

Dan Aspel, 10 February 2011 09:28

This spy shot - snapped in Pune, India - shows a pre-production model of a KTM 200 Duke. The larger cousin to the upcoming 125 Duke is apparently an "India-only" model and will be priced at around £2,200.  Aside from a retuned, or possibly rebored, engine there is no suggestion so far that it will differ from the European-bound 125cc ...

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Ducati Hypermotard custom

Dan Aspel, 01 February 2011 12:01

From insurance write-off to back-road scratcher, this customised Hypermotard is proof of what a little dedication and imagination can produce. Bought for a pittance after a low-side crash deemed to costly to repair, owner Michael Vis had a new tank, sub-frame and exhaust fabricated. The big challenge was keeping the bike's lean, edgy look while making the most of suitable ...

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Top video picks of the week! – 14 January

Dan Aspel, 14 January 2011 12:15

It’s Friday, and that means five more videos trawled from across the web. This week we’ve got two battles, one round-up and two slices of motorcycling nostalgia. Put a brew on and enjoy. Bike vs. Bob Stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer takes on a bobsled in Innsbruck in this nail-biting BMW vid. Bike Bike vs. Car drift battle Kawasaki ZX-10R tries ...

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Kawasaki ZX-10R owners confident despite recall

Dan Aspel, 12 January 2011 12:51

The ZX-10R recall that required the replacement of valve springs, camshafts and valve retainers hasn't put off MCN readers who have already placed deposits on the new 197bhp superbike.   Find a Kawasaki ZX-10R for sale Despite the recall, the £11,699 ZX-10R is still due to appear in dealers on 27 January. Here's how the new owners feel about the recall. ...

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Chesca Miles: Stunt Rider

Dan Aspel, 27 December 2010 08:00

In this week’s issue of MCN we’ve spoken to Chesca Miles, the UK’s only female stunt rider.   20-year-old Chesca tells us all about her stunting ambitions, her part-time modelling and what it’s like being a one-of-a-kind rider in a male-dominated industry. This is just one story you can read in full in the December 29 issue of MCN on sale ...

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CobraUSA RS750 retro specials

Dan Aspel, 26 December 2010 08:00

Cobra USA's "Special Projects Division" have taken two Honda RS750s and decided to completely change their look.   The first has become a CL77 Scrambler 305 look-a-like, while the second is patterned after a 1980s flat-track bike. Cobra claim the transition was easy: "amazingly, there was no major surgery involved in turning the first bike from a 2010-model RS750 into a 1960s-style ...

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Chinese bike group test

Dan Aspel, 21 December 2010 14:58

Chinese manufacturers are becoming a bigger and bigger feature in the UK scene. With thousands of bikes built by Jinlu, Sukida, Pulse, Lexmoto, Sinnis and Haotian (to name a few) appearing on our roads, MCN investigates how they run, whether they’re worth the money and if they can stand up to their Japanese competitors. Find out the full results of ...

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