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Airbag suits? You ain't seen NOTHING yet: 'Safety Sphere'

Guy Procter, 14 December 2011 12:03

A Canadian inventor has come up with the ultimate airbag, whose operation has to be seen to be believed. We don't want to spoil the surprise, so please, watch the clip before reading any further. Rejean Neron's Safety Sphere is a protective suit which inflates to a man-sized sphere, completely enveloping the rider in the event of a crash. It ...

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German police seek bike-hating bend boobytrapper

Guy Procter, 18 November 2011 11:41

German Police are appealing for information leading to the arrest of a bike-hating boobytrapper who's been lacing bends with oil and gravel. There's been a spate of what are thought to be deliberate oil spills at critical points on popular biking routes, with one rider being fatally injured as a result, says Motorrad. The latest incident involves thick gravel strips ...

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Suzuki angrily terminates VW tie-up

Guy Procter, 18 November 2011 10:12

The dream of a GSX-R Passat or TDi Gladius is over. Suzuki has acrimoniously ended its partnership with VW. Chairman and CEO Osamu Suzuki's statement is worth a read for anyone who has ever experienced unrequited love themselves: "Today Suzuki terminated the partnership with VW.  Suzuki will be seeking the return of its shares from VW in arbitration. I am disappointed that we ...

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Would you buy a hyper-scooter?

Guy Procter, 19 October 2011 15:29

It might be the first big scooter ever to catch your attention – and then only for an instant, because you thought it was a melted RSV4 – but the new Aprilia SRV850 begs the question: would you? It's 2011 after all, sports bikes no longer attract universal esteem and we've all got a bit more broad-minded. Are you ready ...

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Get your epic free MCN Sport wallpapers here

Guy Procter, 23 September 2011 15:42

The acclaimed new edition of MCN Sport is out now, and to celebrate here's some ridiculously cool wallpapers. Each image is taken from the mag – which features 132 lavish pages of unparalleled racing insight and imagery. It's available in limited numbers from newsagents now, priced £4.99. 1. Sheene on the crest of a waveBarry Sheene waves to the crowd ...

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Claudio Castiglioni dies at 64: loss of father of 916, Monster, MV F4 "Shocking" says F3 designer

Guy Procter, 17 August 2011 11:33

The president of MV Agusta Claudio Castiglioni died in Varese this morning at the age of 64. The motorcycling magnate and sire of iconic Italian bikes including the Ducati 916 and Monster, MV Agusta F4 and imminent F3, whose taste shaped the desires of millions of motorcyclists passed away in a clinic in Varese early this morning. British designer Adrian ...

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World's first Harley-Davidson Road King backflip nearly works

Guy Procter, 02 June 2011 15:44

You’re looking at the first time in history a Harley-Davidson Road King has been asked to perform a back flip. You’re also looking at a very lucky man. See the backflip sequence below Aussie stunt rider Kain Saul – who on an XR1200 became the first man to successfully flip a Harley in 2009 – only just avoided having the ...

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Piaggio Yourban 300LT: an English proofreader short of genius

Guy Procter, 27 May 2011 17:16

Piaggio's new £5699 Yourban 300 LT is so clever in so many ways it would be a shame if its stupid name got in the way of anyone warming to it. It's a lighter-weight, less troll-like version of the MP3 LT, designed to appeal more to chic inner-city types. Like its non-Yourban MP3 LT sibling it's got the two front ...

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Prince William rides his 1198S Corse home from footie

Guy Procter, 28 April 2011 09:42

Royal dude Prince William rode his Ducati 1198S Corse home from football training last night, the Sun reports - in a welcome and defiant up-yours to anti-bike society. Clad in tracksuit, trainers, paddock jacket and tinted visor the MCN-reading Prince managed to potter the few well-lit miles home to Clarence House on his '180mph, 1100cc superbike' without so much as ...

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Gordon Ramsay test rides Ducati ‘Monster 1100 superbike’

Guy Procter, 24 August 2010 13:34

Bike-loving Desmosedici owner Gordon Ramsey has been spotted test-riding a ‘Ducati Monster 1100’ in Los Angeles. Not particularly interesting news you might think, and you’d be right. But it’s always amusing to see how the nationals handles a story involving something so foreign and mysterious as motorcycling, and there are some gems in the Daily Mail’s coverage. The Mail surmises ...

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