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Fancy coming on an MCN road test?

We’re putting a road test feature together next week and we’re after owners of the following bikes to come along and get involved: Yamaha TDR250 Yamaha RD350 LC Kawasaki ZXR400 The plan will be to meet me, a photographer and a videographer at Boxhill in Surrey, next Tuesday (10th Sep). We’ll take static pictures of all the bikes, together with ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 02 September 2013

Ultimate Superbikes 2nd place: BMW HP4 Carbon

Lap time: 1:47.7Top speed at end of straight: 167.7mphMax braking (g): 1.29Max lean: 46.85 Why it’s so specialIt’s the first sports bike to be produced with semi-active suspension. The damping inside the HP4’s Sachs forks and rear shock adjusts as you ride, based on your road speed, throttle position, lean angle, shock movement and intervention from the traction control and ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 16 May 2013

Ultimate Superbikes 3rd place: Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Lap time: 1:49.8Top speed at end of straight: 164.4mphMax braking (g): 1.38Max lean: 48.2 Why it’s so specialThe 1199R and HP4 may be the latest and greatest superbikes to arrive, but neither can boast two World Superbike championships like the RSV4. Reputed to have been made for Max Biaggi from the beginning, the Aprilia made the world take notice when ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 15 May 2013

Product review: Startmonkey 400 jump starter

Startmonkey 400 jump starter £199Time used: Four months What’s good: What’s incredible about this battery pack is how much power it has for such a small unit. Once charged it will restart a standard 12V car battery 15-20 times (so smaller bike batteries are a piece of cake) and it retains 75% of its charge, even after a year without ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 24 April 2012

Kappa TK749 tankbag

Kappa TK749 tankbag, £75.49 Time used: Three months What's good: I've used this magnetic tank bag on my Suzuki GSX-R750, on a trip to the TT and a weekend away in Le Touquet, France. With all its sections attached and unfolded it's a triple-decker tank bag and has 34-litre’s worth of space. There’s a nice big transparent map pocket, which ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 30 August 2011

SBS Dual Sinter brakes pads

SBS Dual Sinter brakes pads, £119.98 per caliper Miles covered/time: Cadwell, Brands GP, Silverstone and Snetterton 300 MRO Powerbike rounds and three track days What’s good: These are easily the best brake pads I’ve ever used. They look to be expensive, but one set has lasted four race meetings (including the Friday practice day) and three track days, so their ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 03 August 2011

Video: Keith Flint revs up for Brands Hatch GP trackday on Suzuki GSX-R1000

Prodigy frontman Keith Flint is pounding the tracks this year on his Crescent Suzuki-prepared Suzuki GSX-R1000 race machine. In this short video he joins MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves, on his BMW Park Lane S1000RR, for a blast around the glorious Brands Hatch GP circuit with top trackday company Focussed Events. We think he might have enjoyed it!

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 24 June 2011

Video: Keith Flint's FTR Moto2

If you’ve got deep enough pockets you can now buy your very own Grand Prix bike. This £75,000 FTR Moto2, belonging to Prodigy front man Keith Flint, is the first customer machine to be built by the British firm. It’s the same spec as their actual Moto2 racer, but has a tuned 135bhp CBR600RR motor. Flint is using a break ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 24 June 2011

257bhp Icon Sheene: it runs!

MCN tested the Icon Motorcycles’ £107,000 Barry Sheene tribute bike at Silverstone this week with the world exclusive first test in next week’s paper. The Sheene Icon is an extraordinary machine but its first shakedown test at Silverstone proved there is still plenty of development work to be done. MCN’s Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves was among the first people ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 30 April 2010

Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short

The launch of the new Aprilia RSV4-R at Mugello was cut short yesterday after five of the bikes suffered terminal con rod failures. Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves was there: “I did two 20-miniute sessions at the high-speed Italian track on the RSV4-R, which is a slightly lower spec version of the Factory model launched earlier this year. I had ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 28 October 2009

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