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Hesketh 24 first ride

The British revival rumbles on. Or in this case THUNDERS. And then some. Hesketh is the latest UK heritage motorcycle brand to be reborn, (following Triumph in 1990, Norton in 2009 and Ariel last month). And, with numerous others in development (Brough, Matchless and Metisse), having a union flag on your bike’s tank is clearly a fashionable place to be ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 13 August 2014

Whitham and Lowes on bikes, battles, and the KTM Freeride

Give two racers dirt bikes and a place to ride and the chances are you won’t see them for hours – or until one of them needs an ambulance. Luckily when KTM lent Sam Lowes and James Whitham a pair of Freerides, MCN grabbed one too, which meant we could get in on the conversation with two of the most ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 02 July 2014

Yamaha YZF-R125 quick ride

Yamaha knows how to play the 125cc field. Since the launch of the YZF-R125 in ’08, the firm has sold over 45,000 machines and the sports bike remains a best seller to this day. The revamped 2014 YZF-R125’s main changes are sturdier USD forks and quality brakes. The difference is certainly noticeable as the refreshed model can take a heavier ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 20 June 2014

First Ride: Bimota BB3

MCN is at the world launch of Bimota’s new BB3, powered by a revised BMW S1000RR engine, at the Tazio Nuvalari circuit in Italy today. Senior Road Tester Adam Child will be testing the all-new Bimota, which is the latest bike to come from the historic and exotic brand under it’s new ownership. The new BB3 is powered by the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 14 June 2014

First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

Triumph’s two new 2014 Thunderbird-based cruisers, the ‘Road King’ style LT bagger and the fat, reto-styled Commander, are currently being put through their paces for the first time by MCN Executive Editor Phil West in the USA. The LT is possibly the more significant of the two bikes being aimed directly at one of Harley’s best sellers in America’s biggest ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 10 February 2014

Staff Blog: New Dog, Newer Tricks

I’ve been riding a ‘big bike’ for twelve months now and the last eight of them have been spent working for the world’s largest motorcycling publication. I am very aware of how enviable a position this puts me in amongst the British motorcycling community and whenever I mention to someone whom I have just met about what it is that ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 04 October 2013

Staff Blog: Triumph Street Triple R at Silverstone

  Two years ago, MCN Consumer Editor Tony Hoare almost died after an accident at Cadwell Park. He hadn't been back on track since, until he took his Triumph Street Triple R for a trackday on the International Circuit at Silverstone. brightcove.createExperiences(); BLOG13 | STREET13

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 10 September 2013

Performance cruisers needed!

Performance cruiser owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of some of big power cruisers for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Triumph Rocket IIIHonda ValkyrieYamaha MT-01 We'll be using the information to help with our article and there may be a chance you get featured in the paper. Just fill out the information below and email it to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 14 August 2013

Video: Yamaha XV950 first ride

The new XV950 is the first example of what Yamaha calls its 'Sports Heritage' range. As well as retro styling aimed at attracting artistic custom builders the world over, these bikes are viewed by Yamaha as performance bobbers - able to outperform rivals. MCN visited Los Angeles to test the theory, and to find out just how capable the new ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 31 July 2013

Staff Blog: Back from Bavaria

That's it. My Garmisch trip is all over. It was a fantastic few days, made all the better by a glorious, bookend of rides through France, Germany and a little bit of Austria. I've written a longer report for the paper (don't forget Apple and Google editions!) which will be published in a couple of weeks - but whilst I was ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 12 July 2013

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