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Wheelie bad idea

MCN, 18 November 2014 17:23

This rider thought he was having a good day tearing around the streets of Central London, popping little wheelies. Right up until the point when he hoisted a clearly deliberate mono in a 20mph zone, only to have his self-gratification cut short by a pair of police officers on massive horses. Despite spouting some comically weak horse-doodah about ‘it just ...

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2015 BMW S1000RR first ride

MCN, 29 October 2014 11:08

The 2015 BMW S1000RR represents the superbike’s biggest overhaul since the original version was launched in 2010. It has a staggering 199bhp (so easily breaking the magic 200bhp with a race exhaust), more torque, 4kg less weight, a new frame, steering geometry, styling and even cruise control. It has new electronics, including an extra riding mode, launch control and a pitlane speed limiter. brightcove.createExperiences();

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New Yamaha R1 teaser video released

Liam Marsden, 16 October 2014 14:23

Yamaha have released a second video teasing the upcoming R1 ahead of the bike's public unveiling on November 3. Again the video doesn't give much away, although we do get a clear shot of the dash, which appears to be a full colour screen similar to that on the Ducati 1199 Panigale. On the dash information for traction control, power modes ...

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Video: Suzuki at INTERMOT 2014 | First Look

MCN, 11 October 2014 11:00

With the MCN team on the ground at INTERMOT for the unveiling of the first of a whole host of new machines for 2015, we had a quick look at some of the most exciting machines on offer. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Top 10 infamous bike ads

MCN, 27 June 2014 08:30

Adverts from a pre-political correctness age. They certainly don’t make ’em like this anymore…     Life helmets | 1979Californian-made Life caused a massive stir in the late ’70s with its campaign featuring body-painted models Tula and Diane West. The shooting of the ads was featured, revealingly, in Aussie magazine Revs while controversy was stoked four years later when Tula, ...

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Video: Harley-Davidson Livewire in New York

MCN, 23 June 2014 15:35

Harley-Davidson has just released this video showing a group of Livewires - their new electric bike - being ridden through the streets of New York. Harley claims the bike makes the equivalent of 74bhp and while no official figures have been released, insiders say it has a range of about 100 miles. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Yamaha MT-09 Street Tracker

MCN, 11 June 2014 14:39

Following on from the Street Rally version of the MT-09, Yamaha has today revealed the MT-09 Street Tracker. The Street Tracker comes with an aluminium front numberboard, short carbon mudguard, two-tone seat, aluminium side numberboards, an optional high-level Akrapovic exhaust and more. More details here. 

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Ducati 1199 Superleggera, First Ride

Anonymous, 21 May 2014 09:26

Dripping in magnesium, carbon fibre and titanium, and boasting the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production bike, the 200bhp, 155kg 1199 Superleggera is the most exclusive Ducati ever built. Only 500 will be made and they're all sold already, but we managed to grab one to ride at Mugello, the bike's spiritual home.   brightcove.createExperiences();

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Ducati unveils airbag option for Multistrada

Tony Hoare, 17 April 2014 16:43

Ducati project engineer Paolo Versari demonstrated the airbag with a trial firing at the press conference at the company’s factory in Bologna, Italy Ducati has unveiled the first rider airbag to be integrated into a motorcycle. Ducati’s Multistrada S Touring D-Air model is loaded with sensors and an extra ECU to analyse the sensor data and fire an airbag worn ...

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Video: Honda VFR800 first ride

MCN, 09 April 2014 16:08

The V4 VFR was one of Honda's most respected bikes of the 80s and 90s until it somehow went wrong with the VTEC version in 2002. So this surprise and mostly all-new VFR800F has raised both anticipation and scepticism in equal measure. MCN got a world first ride to see if it's worthy of the name. brightcove.createExperiences();

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