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Riding the icons: Suzuki RG500

Michael Neeves, 04 July 2014 09:30

This Suzuki RG500 is in superb condition. It’s bog-stock, like the bike then-MCN road tester Mat Oxley would’ve raved about back in 1985. Like the rest of the biking world, Oxley was in awe of this road-going 500cc GP replica, saying in the September 25 1985 issue of MCN: “In its powerband the RG500 is a vicious motorcycle that’s more ...

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60mph M1 limit proposed

Andy Downes, 06 January 2014 13:16

A proposed 60mph limit over 32-miles of the M1 motorway to cut air pollution could see the lower limit enforced for ‘several years’ if enacted. The Highways Agency has just launched a new consultation  which would see a 60mph limit imposed from 7am to 7pm over 32-miles stretching from junction 28 near Matlock in Derbyshire to 35a at Rotherham in ...

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Kawasaki unveils new scoot

Andy Davidson, 09 October 2013 10:15

Kawasaki has finally decided to jump on the scooter bandwagon with the J300; the Japanese firm’s first ever scooter offered to the European market.  The J300 has been styled by a Kawasaki design team but its drive train and chassis elements are courtesy of Taiwanese partner Kymco. In a Kawasaki statement the firm said it recognises a “Europe-wide demand for ...

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Yamaha MT-09 Launch Video

MCN Staff, 12 June 2013 12:56

Yesterday, Yamaha announce their all-new 850cc street-focused triple, the MT-09. It’s an all-new naked middleweight designed specifically for the European market with a brand-new 850cc transverse three-cylinder engine, upright riding position, distinctive styling – and a hugely attractive price tag of just £6799. Yamaha took the unusual step of publicly admitting at the 2012 Cologne motorcycle show it wasn’t doing enough ...

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Michael Neeves' top five bikes of 2012

Michael Neeves, 27 December 2012 09:30

As Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is in the envious position of riding a huge range of bikes every year. So we got Neevesy to run through the top five bikes he's ridden in 2012. 1. Ducati Streetfighter 848 This has been my long-term test bike this year and I racked up close to 10,000-miles on it in six months. I ...

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Smart money superbikes - the best used examples

MCN, 15 June 2012 11:47

The 1000cc sports bike class has ripped in two and there are now two distinct camps. In the ‘extreme’ corner there’s the super-powerful, electronically-enhanced superbikes, like the Aprilia RSV4, BMW S1000RR, Ducati Panigale and Kawasaki ZX-10R. Over in the other is the new Fireblade, GSX-R1000 and R1. These much-loved Japanese machines are the old guard and have all been worthy ...

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Honda reveals new finance deals

Andy Downes, 18 January 2012 12:06

Honda has revealed details of a host of new offers and finance deals on new motorcycles and scooters which will run until March 31. The deals even include the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade which is now available with lower rate finance of 8.4% APR over three years. 2012 Honda Fireblades for sale. The CBR600RR, is available at 0% APR over ...

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Fully updated Kawasaki ER-6n sets new standard

Adam Child, 21 October 2011 11:29

When we learnt that Kawasaki wasn't just giving its popular ER6 range a slight update for 2012 but was almost completely revising them, first we wondered if it was strictly necessary. After all, both ERs (n for naked, f for faired) were already among the best middle-weight twins. Then, on seeing the bikes and realising how similar they looked to ...

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2012 Kawasaki ER-6n - first impressions

MCN, 13 October 2011 09:57

MCN’s Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, is putting the new Kawasaki ER-6n through its paces at its European launch in Faro, Portugal. The latest variant of Kawasaki’s popular middleweight has been totally revised for 2012, and features new frame and swingarm, revisions to the gutsy parallel twin engine including improved fuelling. There is a wide range of cosmetic changes, too. ‘The ...

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First Zero Type 9 lands in UK

Gary Pinchin, 07 October 2011 14:58

The first production Zero Type 9 from Japan has just arrived at the company’s UK distributor Krazy Horse Custom Cycles in Bury St Edmunds. The £30,566, 1450cc fuel-injected Harley-Davidson Twin Cam-powered lowrider is a street-legal, production custom bike that meets all European safety standards including the stringent German TUV type approval. The prototype Type 9 was first shown at the ...

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