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Hours left to save bikes from road pricing

Steve Farrell, 13 April 2007 11:23

Today is your last chance to sign MCN’s petition against road pricing before it is given to Tony Blair. As this was written, the list of names had reached 4,411 and was still growing by the minute, with just hours to go before it’s due to be submitted to the Prime Minister. The online petition, on Number 10’s website, states: ...

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A prototype racer is likely from oil oligarch laboratory

MCN, 01 April 2007 00:00

** April Fool ** A V4 Russian superbike has been spotted testing at a remote Siberian test track with a huge funding effort backed by Russian oil baron Apryelye Durachok. The 999cc V4 is in the final stages of development and could be on sale towards the end of 2007 according to MCN’s insiders who were also on hand to ...

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BMW SportBoxer spotted

Ben Purvis, 30 March 2007 13:03

BMW’S forthcoming Le Mans race bike has been spotted testing at Cartagena in Spain – and alongside two racers appears to be something closer to the road-going HP2 Sport road-going superbike. The two racers in the foreground are identical to the machine revealed here last week, but the third appears to have a different exhaust, which is much more neatly ...

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RoSPA misquoted in 'speed control' report

Steve Farrell, 29 March 2007 12:27

A spokeman from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has revealed the organisation has been misrepresented in the Fifth Report on the Government's Motorcycling Strategy. The report is the basis for new calls for motorcycle speed controls (see the related article below), and claims the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) had called for all bikes ...

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Aprilia plans 1200cc onslaught

Ben Purvis, 29 March 2007 10:15

Aprilia insiders have confirmed it's working on a range of 1200cc bikes based on a bigger version of the new Shiver's 750 V-twin. The motor will be stretched from 749cc to 1149cc by increasing the bore and stroke from 92mm x 56.4mm to 104mm x 67.6mm, adding up to a power output of should be over 130bhp. The new motor ...

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Kawasaki Z750 first launch pics

Trevor Franklin, 23 March 2007 15:39

MCN Chief Roadtester Trevor Franklin reports from Alicante, Spain on the launch of the revamped Kawasaki Z750. “Kawasaki’s Z750 continues the trend of being an agile performer. Though the previous model never was a great seller in the UK this is one bike the buying public should not ignore. Competitively priced agile handling adds up to a lot of fun ...

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Bimota Tesi 3D: World first ride

Michael Neeves, 22 March 2007 14:09

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just become the first rider, other than Bimota personnel, to ride the third generation Bimota Tesi, the 3D. "Just one example of this radical, hub-centre steered machine currently exists, and that is in the form of a pre-production development mule. I rode with Bimota's test rider on the roads around the Italian firm's factory ...

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Video: Aprilia RSVR550 out on track

Michael Neeves, 13 March 2007 17:53

Cross an Aprilia RS250 with n SXV550 and what do you get? The spiritual successor to the Yamaha TZR250, Suzuki RGV250 and Kawasaki KR-1S. MCN road tester Michael Neeves took out the new RSVR550 from RSVR Racing Ltd at Rockingham to see if the bike can live up to the expectations. Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN | TV ...

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First ride of the 2007 Z1000

Trevor Franklin, 07 March 2007 14:29

Kawasaki has just launched it’s new Z1000 to the world’s press in sunny, but windy Fuerteventura. MCN’s Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin was one of the first people in the world to ride it this afternoon. Here’s his first comments on the bike: “The new styling goes hand-in-hand with the improved performance of the previous model’s 953cc engine. Kawasaki’s chassis ...

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Hammond’s Latest

Richard Hammond, 07 March 2007 12:53

Fancy a sneak peek at next week’s Richard Hammond column? Here it is, and in this instalment the Telly star is getting all misty-eyed and book-worthy about a dim and distant past… ‘Spring is in the air and it’s time for us bikers to dash about  preparing ourselves for a long and idyllic summer devoted to all  things two-wheeled. It ...

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