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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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Way cool Honda VT750S special editions

Guy Procter, 29 September 2011 10:20

Honda has added 'championship white' paint, speed stripe and retro logo to its VT750S, significantly boosting the appeal of what was already perhaps the most effortlessly cool bike in its range. Harking back to Honda's 70s-America adopted heartland, the special editions come in red- or yellow/gold-detailed versions and come at a modest £250 premium over the base graphite black model, ...

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Ducati Streetfighter 848 launch

Guy Procter, 28 September 2011 08:57

Ducati is launching its new 848 Streetfighter at a brand new circuit in Italy this morning, and MCN's Trevor Franklin is there. It's a beautiful day there as it is here, and Trev's looking forward to an intensive morning on the new Autodromo Modena, followed by an afternoon in the real-world roads around Bologna. "It's a beatiful thing, and at ...

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Honda's new 700cc naked: how good is it going to be?

Guy Procter, 26 September 2011 14:03

Honda's kicking the ball into the biggest open goal it can find launching a 77mpg 700cc parallel twin super scooter at the height of fuel price paranoia. But it's not the version that will attract most interest among existing motorcyclists, for whom getting on any kind of step-thru is like volunteering for puberty reversal – either way foregoing both their ...

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Honda launches new 77mpg 700cc parallel twin family with Integra super-scoot

Guy Procter, 26 September 2011 11:02

This is the 2012 Honda Integra – a 700cc parallel-twin-engined production version of the Mid Concept super scooter shown last year. Pitching into the huge-selling TMAX market with a second-generation dual-clutch gearbox and staggering claimed economy of 77mpg, it's almost certainly the most significant new bike Honda launch in 2012 - if not for you then certainly for the firm. ...

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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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