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Two-stroke answer to rising crosser costs

Dan Aspel, 27 October 2011 12:10

This immaculate Kawasaki KX500 hybrid is one motocross racer's response to the rising costs of four-stroke off-road competition machines. Chris Place, 21, hopes the blend of an easily-fixed two-stroke engine and modern chassis will enable him to compete on a knock-down budget. Built from a 2008 KXF450 chassis and a 1994 KX500 two-stroke, the KX500CF (for Custom Fabricated) was built ...

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Classic Indians, Harleys, shotguns and cider mills in Ohio’s “ultimate barn find”

Dan Aspel, 30 September 2011 15:10

A treasure trove of classic American motorcycles has been unearthed in what auctioneers are calling the "ultimate barn find". Ranging from a 1937 Indian Jr. Scout to a 1965 Harley Davidson FLH Pan Head – with every cylinder case, intake manifold, gear and bolt in between – the collection represents the estate of the late William L King, Jr, an ...

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VIDEO: Melons… rocks…“Wingnut”… what 3hrs a night has done to Nick Sanders

Dan Aspel, 29 September 2011 15:42

Nick Sanders has returned from a triple-length-of-the-Americas expedition, a journey he describes as "the hardest" of his career. After leading a group of paying customers from the bottom of Argentina to the USA, the adventure rider travelled directly to Alaska to begin a timed 29,300-mile Prudhoe Bay-Ushuaia-Prudhoe Bay double crossing. He completed the feat in just 46 days. Often riding ...

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WIN tickets to exclusive preview of "Fastest"!

Dan Aspel, 15 September 2011 09:59

MCN has five pairs of tickets to the exclusive London debut of MotoGP documentary "Fastest" to give away. The one-off event – which takes place at 18:45 at the Empire Leicester Square on 20th September – will be attended by the stars and makers of the film, making it a once in a lifetime experience for any MotoGP fan. The ...

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1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 wins wheelie world championships!

Dan Aspel, 26 August 2011 11:21

A 22-year-old Suzuki GSX-R1100 with a homemade turbo defeated dozens of modern GSX-R1000s, turbo Hayabusas and a BMW S1000RR in last weekend’s world wheelie championships at Elvington, Yorkshire. Egbert Van Popta, a German now living in Holland, took regular competitors by surprise by approaching the start of the flying kilometer in fifth gear on the elderly GSX-R – bored out ...

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Yamaha Europe boss: “WSB withdrawal will have no effect on new road bikes”

Dan Aspel, 19 August 2011 10:16

Yamaha’s decision to leave WSB will have “no effect whatsoever on the release of new bikes”, a senior company figure has claimed. The race team – which was axed earlier this month with four meetings left in the season – was a victim of a series of financial challenges faced by the Japanese firm, including a 2009 operating loss of ...

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Charley Boorman rounds off "action-packed" Canadian tour

Dan Aspel, 26 July 2011 17:23

Celebrity globe-trotter Charley Boorman has just finished an “action packed” bike trek across Canada, with his adventures due to be broadcast early next year. Riding into the west coast town of Tofino yesterday, Boorman rounded off the two-month trip at the head of a fan-filled ride out. The “Extreme Frontiers Canada Tour” started in Newfoundland on June 9, crossing one ...

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Video: Aprilia USA in Space Shuttle tribute

Dan Aspel, 08 July 2011 10:39

Aprilia’s USA division has released the following tribute to the now decommissioned space shuttle program. It’s essentially an RSV4 advert, but with enough heart-stopping shots of 81 million horsepower rockets to justify the association. The Aprilia team says: “Crossing performance boundaries never thought possible and forging new frontiers in innovation… making and racing motorcycles wouldn't be entirely alien to the ...

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Are you a bad man?

Dan Aspel, 04 July 2011 10:50

Open auditions are being held to fill the role of "Bad Man" in an up-coming British film. The ideal candidate will be a male sportsbike rider aged between 28 and 40. Both street riders and professional racers will be considered. Auditions are being held in Glasgow in the coming week. The film - titled "Under the Skin" - is based on Michel Faber's gruesome Sci-Fi ...

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Video: Relentless short stories – Isle of Man TT

Dan Aspel, 01 July 2011 11:44

Road-riding sponsor Relentless has released the following video as part of its “Short Stories” film competition. A five-and-a-half minute tribute to the Isle of Man, the TT riders and fans, director Ross Casswell’s entry also features commentary from this year’s triple-podium placed Guy Martin. Relentless says the film: “has given us a stunning visual evocation of the sweeping landscape of ...

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