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Moto Morini ceases production

Laura Kennerley, 08 December 2009 17:59

Italian manufacturer Moto Morini is reported to have ceased production and closed its doors. The company, which launched its 2010 Granferro 1200 hypermotard at the Milan show last month went in to receivership earlier this year. But despite its best efforts it has failed to turn round its fortunes, with debts continuing to mount. It has now closed its doors ...

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Help Scott Redding get to Moto2

Laura Kennerley, 08 December 2009 17:47

Scott Redding’s supporters are holding a special fundraising night to help the skint GP star get a ride in Moto2 next year. They will be auctioning off his helmet, leathers, gloves and boots among other items and 16-year-old Redding – the youngest ever GP winner – will be there to meet people and sign autographs. Tickets cost £10 and can ...

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Top Gear Mopeds Sold

Laura Kennerley, 08 December 2009 17:27

Two mopeds featured on the famous 2008 Vietnam special of BBC programme Top Gear have been sold at auction for more than nine times their value. The 1967 Piaggio Vespa 150cc VBC Super and 1973 Honda City 50cc Chaly were bought for less than 15 million Vietnamese Dong (VND) (£500) and were sold for £2,530 and £1,955 respectively. The Vespa ...

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One man’s collection of BMWs raises €1m at auction

Laura Kennerley, 30 November 2009 15:10

One mans collection of 90 BMWs has been sold for more than €1m. The sale, one of the biggest in motorcycling history, saw Bonhams’ sell German Willy Neutkens’ collection at the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany. Highlights of the sale included a 1924 BMW 493cc R32 which was at the heart of a five way bidding battle between three continents, ...

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NEC Show is open!

Laura Kennerley, 26 November 2009 11:37

The 2009 Bike Show at the NEC is now open! Get all the latest NEC Show news The annual extravganza is smaller than usual, but still packed full of interesting bikes and products. The new Ducati Multistrada and Hypermotard 796 are here, along with an UK only 25th anniversary edition of the Suzuki GSX-R1000, which we will reveal as soon ...

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NEC Show: Britain’s got biking talent with Carole Nash reaches climax

Laura Kennerley, 25 November 2009 16:40

The winner of the 2009 Britain’s got biking talent with Carole Nash contest will be announced at the NEC Bike Show tomorrow. Get all the latest NEC Show news The winner has been chosen from the 12 finalists selected by MCN readers to feature in the Carole Nash 2010 calendar. All 12 of the bikes will be on display on ...

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Steve McQueen’s bike sells for almost $100,000

Laura Kennerley, 18 November 2009 14:16

A 1940 Indian Chief used by Steve McQueen as his ‘Hollywood’ bike has been sold at auction for $99,450 (£59,167). The 1000cc bike was one of McQueen’s favourite machines and was restored for him by pal and marque expert Sammy Pierce. It has had just three owners since it was sold following McQueen’s death in 1980 and remains in pristine ...

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New motorcycle training association created

Laura Kennerley, 11 November 2009 10:31

A new body has been created to tackle the problems facing motorcycle training and challenge legislation. The new body, the Motorcycle Industry Trainers Association (MCITA), has been formed following the merger of the Motorcycle Industry Trainers Association and the Motorcycle Rider Training Association. The merger will give trainers a single voice and more power to challenge legislation and make sure ...

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Discount Britain: amazing savings on new bikes

Laura Kennerley, 21 October 2009 12:21

Manufacturers and dealers slash thousands from new bike prices to beat the sales slump, including:   £4,000 off a Honda DN-01 £2799 off a Triumph Rocket III £2,000 off a Yamaha R1 £2000 off a Kawasaki ZX-6R Here is a round up of the best offers featured in this week’s MCN.... www.motorcyclesdirect.co.uk is offering:   Kawasaki ZX6R (08 model in green) only ...

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Have you snapped up a bargain Buell?

Laura Kennerley, 21 October 2009 10:43

MCN is looking for savvy riders who have taken advantage of Buell’s tumbling prices and bought a bargain.      Browse Buells for sale now Have massive dealer discounts encouraged you to part with your cash and buy a Buell for the first time? Or are you a Buell-devotee gutted by the marques demise?       Read Buell bike reviews Either ...

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