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First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

Phil West, 10 February 2014 09:23

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 ...

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Now there’s a retro Jawa!

Phil West, 01 October 2013 09:57

Latest to jump on the retro-styling bandwagon – although possibly with more integrity than some – is Jawa. The Czech, former Soviet bloc, manufacturer still produces utilitarian, budget, old-fashioned, two-stroke twin cylinder runabouts to this day, which have been long-time exclusively imported into the UK by F2 Motorcycles. Now, this ‘new’ 350 Retro joins a range comprising 350 Classic, limited ...

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Ewan becomes face of Guzzi

Phil West, 05 April 2013 09:14

Scottish Hollywood star Ewan McGregor is to star in a new advertising campaign for Moto Guzzi’s all-new California 1400. The star of Trainspotting, the Star Wars prequels, Moulin Rouge and TV’s Long Way Round is a lifelong bike – and particularly Moto Guzzi (he owns 10!) – fan and will star in a new television campaign called ‘My Bike, My ...

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'Old Bill' Brough sells for world record £290K

Phil West, 25 October 2012 10:31

A new world record sale price for a classic motorcycle has been set by historic Brough Superior 'Old Bill', which sold for £291,200 at H&H's Duxford auction on Tuesday. The bike, built in 1922 for the personal use of Brough Superior founder, George Brough who raced it to over 50 sprint victories, is considered one of the most historic of ...

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Get a Ducati 848 Evo for £149 per month

Phil West, 25 May 2012 15:05

Ducati’s new PCP finance scheme means dream bikes like 848 Evo, Diavel and even Panigale are more accessible than ever. Called ‘TriOptions ‘, the new Personal Contract Purchase scheme applies to all new Ducatis and means bikes like the 848 Evo can now be had for as little as £149 per month. Under the scheme, a fixed amount is paid ...

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Kawasaki launches 2013 motocross collection

Phil West, 24 May 2012 14:22

Kawasaki has launched its 2013 motocross collection, with the new KX250F and KX450F. Both bikes come with updated styling and improved performance. The KX450F comes with a new ‘pneumatic spring fork’ (PSF), the first on a production motocross, which replaces conventional fork springs with pressurised air, Kawasaki claims, to deliver firmer suspension and less resistance. Power is up across the ...

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50 classics in time-warp village hall

Phil West, 08 December 2011 11:21

This amazing barn find collection of classic bikes has just been unearthed in the West Country and will now go up for auction early in the new year. Stored in a former village hall near Bristol, the machines, including classic BSAs, Triumphs, Velocettes and more, are thought to have not seen daylight for over 30 years. More than 50 machines ...

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Revamped engine for latest Moto Guzzi V7s

Phil West, 18 November 2011 15:43

Moto Guzzi’s popular smaller V-twin range has received a complete makeover for 2012 – proving once again that parent Piaggio is investing heavily in reviving the historic marque. At last week’s Milan Show, Guzzi unveiled not one but two new V7 models – and both, along with the whole V7 range and the similarly-powered Nevada 750 line-up, will benefit from ...

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Milan Show: Bimota reveal three new models

Phil West, 09 November 2011 12:21

Bimota were a surprise hit at the Milan show, with three all new-bikes. The DB10 is Bimota’s version of Ducati’s Hypermotard but with its own, tubular steel and aluminium frame.  The DB9 Brivido is an all-new super naked using Ducati’s Testastretta 11 degree engine featuring Bimota’s usual hi-tech frame and exotic cycle parts including Marzocchi suspension, Brembo brakes, and OZ ...

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Bike-mad Chelsea manager dreams of Dakar

Phil West, 03 October 2011 10:10

Chelsea football manager Andre Villas-Boas owns five motorbikes and dreams of one day competing in the notorious Dakar Rally, it has been revealed. The highly-rated Portugeuse coach, whose day job requires coaching multi-millionaire footballers and challenging for honours in the world’s most competitive football league, revealed in an interview with the BBC that bikes are in his blood and likes nothing ...

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