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Return of the Urban Tiger Fireblade

MCN, 17 June 2014 12:01

Honda Racing rocked up to Snetterton at the weekend with Julien Da Costa riding an Urban Tiger liveried Fireblade, enough to get any red-blooded Fireblade fan reminiscing about the second-generation 'fox eye' Blade that surfaced in 1994. The resurrection of the 20 year-old paintjob isn't confined to the track, either. Honda UK has hastily confirmed that it will be offered ...

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Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

MCN, 26 February 2014 15:13

With a blueprinted engine and snazzy chassis parts, the new Honda Fireblade SP has a price tag to match its European rivals. But does it beat them at their own game? We find out on sunny Spanish roads and around the track, with former WSB champion Neil Hodgson. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Honda CB500’s valve clearance shock

MCN, 05 July 2013 07:30

Every Honda from the new CB500 range will need to have an expensive valve clearance check at just 600 miles to maintain the manufacturer warranty owners have been finding out as the first of the new bikes go in for service. The new CB500 range comprises three models with an all-new parallel-twin motor aimed at the budget-conscious A2 licence holders ...

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Best bikes for under £5k: 2008-2009 Honda CBR600RR

MCN, 21 June 2013 07:30

What was it like then?Bad Honda. It was as if they’d axed Brucey from Strictly – a national treasure tossed aside as Honda ditched the much-loved and long-running CBR600F for a new kind of CBR. One with a ruthless track focus and a painfully thin seat. The new-for-2003 CBR600RR was built around Honda’s latest obsession, mass centralisation, which placed every ...

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Used buying guide: Honda VFR

MCN, 23 May 2013 08:30

Since its launch in 1986, Honda’s legendary sports tourer has become an institution. With a formidable reputation for reliability, the VFR has stood the test of time. But it wasn’t always so. The VFR can trace its roots back to some pretty disastrous mid-1980s V4s. Believing the V4 produced the optimum power and torque, Honda launched a family of bikes ...

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Video: Honda CB500X first ride

MCN, 17 May 2013 14:45

In the beginning came the Honda CB500F naked and CBR500R sports, now here's the adventure-styled 'X' version of Honda's new twin. Was it worth the wait? brightcove.createExperiences();

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Honda Crosstourer first ride

MCN, 23 February 2012 16:56

Adventure bikes are moving into a new dimension this week - as MCN's first test of the Crosstourer proves. The new Honda brings V4 performance and sophisticated automatic transmission to the class for the first time - as well as sumptuous comfort and classy quality. And, with other all-new adventure offerings such as Triumph's 1200 Explorer and Aprilia's Caponord just ...

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Editor's picks: Honda CBR125R

MCN, 30 September 2011 17:40

Having tested the latest crop of four-stroke sports 125s this week, the cheapest of which was the new Honda CBR125R at £3270, we take a look at the original CBR125R - now within financial reach for a far wider range of learners and commuters. The CBR125R is safe and easy – ideal for learners or lazy commuters. There’s no getting ...

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Video: 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

MCN, 26 September 2011 15:50

This is apparently the first official video of the new Honda Fireblade, seemingly intended for an American audience, that shows the bike in action and emphasises the details revealed by MCN, including the Showa 43mm Big Piston Forks, 'balance-free' rear shock, revised fairing and dual layer panels and chin spoiler under the nose cone to aid stability at speed. Read ...

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Video: MCN rides a Honda NR750

MCN, 20 July 2011 16:35

Only 300 road-going Honda NR750s were built and at £38,000 it was the most expensive production bike of its day and can now change hands for six-figure sums. The 125bhp, 748cc V4 engine has oval pistons, 32-valves and eight con rods (two per piston). It's the V4 that thinks it's a V8 and featured technology that was way ahead of ...

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