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Supercharged Honda Blackbird on the dyno

This supercharged Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird makes a staggering 65bhp and 24lb-ft more torque than standard. Video: Supercharged Blackbird MCN has been testing the bike this week – a bike that’s docile and manageable at low revs, but by 7000rpm it’s already more powerful than the standard machine is at its peak! Torque is consistently around 20lb-ft higher throughout the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 28 May 2009

Secrets of Ohlins' 2-wheel drive R1 revealed

Ohlins’ 2WD project manager reveals: it was faster dry or wet, suffered only a 2.5bhp power loss, and that there were four manufacturers who had Ohlins 2WD-equipped mules. This is an extended version of a story which appeared in MCN in April. A week before he retires, Lars Jansson - Öhlins’ R&D manager of future projects and the man behind the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 18 May 2009

From push-bikes to Hayabusas: the maddest race on the planet

There may never be another race like this again: 2009’s TTXGP is set to feature a lineup of machines the like of which hasn’t been seen since Muttley ruled the Wacky Races.   The inaugural TTXGP will have a 24-strong grid when it kicks off on 12 June. And since it’s the first ever zero-carbon-emission race, no consensus has been arrived ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 23 April 2009

CB1100R replica Honda Super Blackbird

The team at Dream Machine in Nottingham has transformed this six-year-old Honda CBR1000XX Super Blackbird in to an homage to the 1982 Honda CB1100R RD model. The CB1100R RD was the last CB1100R released by Honda and features distinctive blue, white and red body work. The paintscheme can also be seen on the prototype Honda CB1100R.

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 16 December 2008

Britain’s Got Biking Talent with Carole Nash: Show us your motorcycle special to win

Think you’ve got a special motorcycle? Spent thousands getting it just how you want it? Well now’s your chance to show it off and win something back in the second Britain’s Got Biking Talent with Carole Nash, contest. By uploading a photo of it onto our website, you’ll be in with a chance to win a bunch of great prizes ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 23 July 2008

Video: Ace Cafe Racer unveiled

MCN was invited to take a sneak peak at the completed Ace Cafe Racer before it is shipped to the United States and we have some video footage of it running. Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director of the Ace Cafe, unveiled the bike to a select group of family and friends. Upon its arrival in America it will be part of the 50th anniversary ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 18 June 2008

World Exclusive: Roger Allmond’s finished Rocket III-powered one-off

This is the world exclusive first photo shoot for what could be the most stunning custom motorcycle of the year – Roger Allmond’s Triumph Rocket III. See the motorcycle close up in our video Commissioned by Bennetts Insurance, the unnamed machine retains only the standard engine and part of the shaft drive – the rest has been designed and created by ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 15 April 2008

Controversial Buell 1125R transformed with a paintjob

It's fair to say the new Buell 1125R’s styling hasn’t been received to well – but this one-off created for insurance company Bennetts shows how a simple colour change transforms the bike. The red and black scheme is reminiscent of the Yamaha World Superbike squad’s Santander livery, and it helps disguise the bulbous radiator shrouds, and the top fairing seems ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 08 April 2008

Ghezzi-Brian turn Moto Guzzi V11 into a sportsbike

The team behind Moto Guzzi’s MGS-01 race bike have turned the relaxed V11 naked roadster into this – the Ghezzi-Brain Monza sportsbike. Designed as a kit that can be fitted as a whole or in steps, the Monza retains the stock Moto Guzzi engine cases and frame but everything else can be replaced with the kit. The ‘Aesthetic Kit’ comprises ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 21 March 2008

Video: Harley Davidson engineers create turbo-diesel cruiser

A group of former Harley Davidson development engineers, who call themselves the Gray Eagles, are currently working on converting a 1988 Harley Davidson FXRS V-twin engine into a turbo diesel with electronic fuel injection. The group currently don't have any plans to produce the motorcycle or engine as the motorcycle is as it's currently only a concept demonstrator as opposed to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 12 March 2008

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