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Great CBR600F stories

Phil West, 30 May 2014 10:16

Have you got Britain's best CBR600F? Or got a fantastic CBR600F story? MCN wants to find the UK's best CBRs (the F NOT the RR version) and the best tales from people who've owned them. The bikes could be customised or standard and immaculate, performance enhanced or simply bizarre. If you think your bike is of interest please send a ...

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EBR 1190RX unveiled in US

Phil West, 17 October 2013 11:26

Erik Buell Racing (EBR), the new firm founded by American maverick Erik Buell in the wake of the closure of Buell by owners Harley-Davidson in 2009, has, as expected, just unveiled its first all-new road machine – the 1190RX superbike. Set to go on sale in 2014 priced $18,995 (or around £12K), the EBR 1190RX is effectively a road-going evolution of ...

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Special K: BMW K1300S Anniversary

Phil West, 28 August 2013 07:30

When it comes to ‘special editions’, BMW pretty much leads the way. Although Ducati and Triumph, in particular, have their own successful lines of ‘specials’ (bikes like the Tricolore or Steve McQueen Bonnie spring to mind), while the UK importers of Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha are increasingly producing ‘Touring’ or ‘Adventure’ Packs and suchlike for existing models, BMW’s ‘Triple Black’, ...

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New Yamaha XV950s set for UK

Phil West, 03 July 2013 17:14

This new bobber-style Yamaha custom, the XV950, is coming to the UK this September priced from £7199 to £7499. The new V-twin debuted earlier this year in the US where it’s called the ‘Star Bolt’ and is targeted firmly at Harley’s popular entry-level range of 883 and 1200cc Sportsters. In the UK it’ll be available in two forms: the basic £7199 XV950 ...

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Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

Phil West, 03 July 2013 08:00

Lexmoto’s new ZSX125 is a good indicator of how far – and fast – the much-maligned Chinese motorcycle industry has come in recent years, being not just as keenly priced as ever but also now being stylish and with an up-to-date spec. So, is it finally time to take ‘Made in China’ motorcycles seriously?... This bike is much more than ...

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First ride – KTM 390 Duke

Phil West, 16 April 2013 16:35

KTM’s latest version of its Duke, the 390, is currently being put through its paces near the Austrian firm’s factory in Salzburg by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child. The £4495 machine sits between the 125 and 690 versions and KTM are quoting 44bhp along with 35nm torque from its new 375cc engine. Here’s Chad’s first impressions: ‘The styling’s ...

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Two new special edition Triumphs

Phil West, 01 March 2013 13:33

Triumph has launched two new special editions of its Bonneville and Speed Triple. The Bonneville SE boasts a distinctive red frame, special paint job, black grab rail, mirrors and bash plate and new indicators and headlamp. The Speed Triple SE, meanwhile, has a blue frame, swing arm and wheel stripes, a matt grey or gloss white paintscheme with contrasting blue ...

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The ten best and five worst biking royals

Phil West, 01 March 2013 13:00

You may be surprised to learn just how many royals past and present have come in to contact with bikes, be it good or bad. We list the best and worst. The best 1. Prince HarryIn the news this week having returned from his latest Afghan tour as an Apache pilot, there’s no doubting the Third-in-Line’s biking CV: DT125 then ...

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The ten best and five worst Doctor Who bike connections

Phil West, 24 December 2012 09:00

There have only been a handful of bikes appeared in Doctor Who over the years. Here, we run through the best and worst biking connections to Doctor Who. 1 - Matt SmithIt’s no secret that this year’s Christmas special The Snowmen (BBC 1, Christmas Day) features the Time Lord riding a bike, namely a Triumph Bonneville Scrambler, with new companion ...

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New KTM 1190 Adventure breaks cover

Phil West, 19 September 2012 12:27

This official brochure pic of KTM’s all-new 1190 Adventure has leaked out of the factory ahead of its scheduled unveiling at the Cologne Show on October 2. Apparently, KTM themselves mistakenly posted the brochure page on its own website, where it was quickly picked up by other sites, before taking the image down again. As expected it confirms the spec ...

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