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Honda VFR400 NC24 wanted for Practical Sportsbikes

Chris Newbigging, 19 April 2011 10:50

MCN’s sister magazine Practical Sportsbikes is looking for a Honda VFR400 NC24 (If you haven't got one, check out Honda VFR400s for sale right now) to borrow for a test this Thursday (April 21) – can you help?The magazine needs a bike in standard or mostly standard condition – small modifications are fine, but the paint and mechanics need to be ...

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Roland on racing Harley XR1200s: ‘I’m f***** scared man!’

Chris Newbigging, 06 August 2010 16:24

MCN caught up with custom builder Roland Sands as he prepares to race a Harley-Davidson XR1200 at Brands Hatch this weekend – the Californian tested the Shaw Racing machine at Mallory, and will practice at Brands today. “The bike’s good, it turns well, brakes well and it’s real flickable. It weaves a bit, but I’ve had an inch of width ...

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Suzuki GSX1250FA: competitors price comparison

Chris Newbigging, 22 March 2010 16:42

MCN has tested the new Suzuki GSX1250FA, which you can read about in MCN, March 24, and this graph shows where Suzuki sees it fitting in the market. There’s little competition in the same price bracket – omitted from this graph is the Honda CBF1000GT at £8170, but the next competitors, the Honda CB1300S and Yamaha FZ-1 Fazer are over ...

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New Mettet circuit in Belgium gets its own 'Corkscrew'

Chris Newbigging, 03 January 2010 19:34

This is the stunning new Corkscrew-alike chicane that will be the main feature of Belgium’s nearly-completed Mettet circuit. Built on land close to the street circuit used for the Superbiker supermoto annual races, the new circuit has a 14 metre difference in height between the highest and lowest points on the circuit, with the most dramatic gradient change at the ...

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2010 VMCC Banbury Run dates announced

Chris Newbigging, 22 December 2009 16:08

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s 62nd ‘Banbury Run’ for pre-1931 motorcycles will be run on Sunday June 20 2010. The event is open to any road-legal vintage motorcycle built before 1931, and the limited 600 entries makes it the biggest run of its type in the world. The 600 places on the run always sell out, so you need to ...

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Harley-Davidson price increases announced

Chris Newbigging, 15 April 2009 13:13

Harley-Davidson has confirmed price increases of up to 10% across its motorcycle range from May 1. Find a Harley-Davidson for sale The Touring, Dyna and Softail families are hit the hardest with increases average 10% - the range-topping FLHTCU Electra Glide Ultra Classic now comes in at an eye-watering £18,350. The iconic Fat Boy now costs £14,530, and the Rocker ...

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Nikki Hemmings crowned MCN Babe winner

Chris Newbigging, 02 February 2009 09:44

Nikki Hemmings has been crowned MCN Babe of the Year by your votes at the MCN London Motorcycle Show. The 26 year-old stunner from Wimbledon pipped five other finalists to the title and received her prize on stage from Desmosedici-riding Hollyoaks star Stuart Manning. The former Suzuki GSX-R600 rider told MCN: “I’m astounded that so many people voted for me. ...

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Extra KTM RC8s coming to the UK

Chris Newbigging, 08 July 2008 13:54

KTM UK is bringing 30 extra KTM RC8 superbikes in to the UK after the first batch sold out. Video: 2008 KTM RC8 The extra motorcycles should allow buyers who didn’t place a deposit on the first batch to get hold of one before the end of 2008. They will stay at the same £10,695 list price.  

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Ex-Joey Dunlop and Barry Sheene bikes to be auctioned

Chris Newbigging, 02 April 2008 09:42

An ex-Joey Dunlop Formula 1 World Championship-winning Honda RSC1000 is to be auctioned later this month. The works Honda is estimated to fetch between £90,000 to £100,000 at the H&H auction on April 16. Also being auctioned are two ex-Barry Sheene Suzuki 500GP bikes – a 1983 XR40 in HB colours is expected to reach up to £70,000, and the ...

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Triumph Street Triples recalled for shock absorber problem

Chris Newbigging, 25 March 2008 13:59

Triumph is advising owners of the Street Triple 675 to return their bikes to a dealer as soon as possible to rectify a possible defect in the rear shock absorber. The service bulletin has been issued worldwide, and a statement on Triumph’s US website says: “In-service monitoring has identified a potential problem with the rear suspension unit fitted to a ...

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