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Cologne Bike Show: Kawasaki W800 streettracker by LSL

German parts firm LSL has created the first customised Kawasaki W800 in the world – a bike so new they’ll have to transfer the parts from the pre-production bike to a customer-spec machine after the show! Kawasaki provided LSL with the 13th pre-production W800 to create the Clubman W800TR, who stripped the bodywork back to just an aluminium rear mudguard ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 06 October 2010

New Yamaha colours

Yamaha has released new colours across the range and made minor tweaks to some models. The ‘highlights’, according to Yamaha are a new linked-brake system on the XVS1300A Midnight Star and XV1900A Midnight Star. Push the rear brake pedal, and both front and rear brakes are operated. Fascinating stuff. Further excitement comes in a new all-black edition of the XT1200Z ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 01 September 2010

Bajaj to raise stake in KTM to 90%

Indian bike-building giant Bajaj has accepted an offer from Austrian firm KTM to up its stake in the on/off road manufacturer from 30% to a controlling 90% share. According to Indian news site The Economic Times KTM invited Bajaj, one of the largest manufacturers of motorcycles and scooters in the world, to raise its current stake of 30% to a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 11 February 2010

New 123bhp Speed Triple rival

Dutch chassis guru Nico Bakker has built a sexy rival to Triumph’s Speed Triple using the brilliant engine from Suzuki’s TL1000R V-twin. The 123bhp 996cc motor was one of the best engines of the 1990s, but was let down by an inadequate chassis. The surge in naked bike sales has prompted Bakker to rehome the TL lump in a Speed ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 29 January 2010

MCN wants your snow stories and pictures

MCN is trying to find out how the snow and ice is affecting the motorcycling community and industry, and to help we want your stories and pictures.    We want pictures of your bike braving snow covered roads, off-road bikes enjoying the frozen countryside and pictures of your bike stranded at home. We also want to hear about how it’s ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 06 January 2010

Biking Christmas e-cards

In the spirit of saving the environment as well as money, the bike industry increasingly sends out e-cards rather than paper Christmas cards. That also means they can be a bit more personal than a £1.99 pack of 20 cards from Tescos too – so here’s a selection of the cards sent to the MCN office from across the bike ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 22 December 2009

Victory Cross Country bagger is coming to UK

The Victory Cross Country luxury ‘bagger’ is joining the Cross Roads as a late addition to Victory’s UK model line up. Victory says the delay is down to getting type approval for the bikes - Victory is gaining approval for each of it’s model rather than submitting each bike sold to single vehicle approval, but a late development meant that ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 02 December 2009

2010 Suzuki Bandit 1250N: you decide if it comes to UK

Suzuki could reverse its decision not to bring the new Bandit 1250N to the UK – if response to the bike at the NEC Show is positive. Suzuki Bandits for sale The restyled 2010 model is currently not due to be part of the UK range – instead the 2009-spec bike will continue. But Suzuki is bringing the new model ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 20 November 2009

Moto Morini financial troubles latest: "We're working as normal"

Moto Morini has spoken exclusively to MCN about exactly what its recent step in to voluntary liquidation means for owners, buyers and dealers. The Italian manufacturer made the decision to enter in to voluntary liquidation in September after not paying staff or suppliers for the month. Unlike liquidation of a UK company which generally leads to the company being broken ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 09 October 2009

2010 Suzuki Hayabusa and GSX650F colours

The 180bhp Suzuki Hayabusa and the GSX650F all-rounder only get new colours for 2010. The Hayabusa comes in black with orange graphics, metallic blue or a pearl white. Suzuki Hayabusas for sale The GSX650F comes in this striking two-tone blue/white, two-tone black/white or all black. Technically both bikes are unchanged – the Hayabusa keeping the same 1340cc inline-four that pushes ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 08 October 2009

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