2001

Watch the stunt stars… or show them how it’s done

Watch the stunt stars… or show them how it’s done

Anyone can enter next year’s World Stunt championship, part of the MCN-backed Scottish Show. You could bag yourself a share of the £2000 prize fund. You don’t need to be able to rival the likes of...

The third group of ten

The third group of ten

Paul Eaglestone, 45, from Kidlington, Oxfordshire, rides a Kawasaki GPZ500. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1997. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha Fazer 600. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: Suzi Perry. BEST STAND: Kawasaki.

On-line auction for Edwards’ leathers goes through £1000-barrier

On-line auction for Edwards’ leathers goes through £1000-barrier

The going price for Colin Edwards’ Castrol-Honda leathers has risen by £375 since we pointed you to the Riders For Health auction. But there’s still plenty of time to bid. Currently the highest bid...

Riders charity bags two Royal awards

Riders charity bags two Royal awards

Riders for Health, the motorcycling charity which works to provide transport for medicine in Africa, has won the Prince Michael of Kent Road Safety Award for 2002 in two categories – the motorcycle...

100 people rate the best bikes, bargains and babes at the NEC Show

100 people rate the best bikes, bargains and babes at the NEC Show

We asked 100 people to choose their favourite bikes, the top stands to see, the hottest bargains to be had and the loveliest ladies to spot at the NEC Show. Check their answers to see if you agree or...

The sixth group of ten

The sixth group of ten

Marvin Rothman, 37, from Braintree, Essex, rides an Aprilia RSV-R Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1996. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson V-Rod. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: They’re all top standard. BEST...

The ninth group of ten

The ninth group of ten

Allan Davison, 40, from Chichester, Sussex, rides an Aprilia RSV Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1997. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Aprilia Blue Marlin. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The top-heavy one on the Piaggio...

The seventh group of ten

The seventh group of ten

Steve Paston, 47, from Norwich, rides a Yamaha RD500LC. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1991. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: MV Agusta F4. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The Urchin stand girl. BEST STAND: BMW. BEST BARGAIN: I’m...

Watch our exclusive NEC Show video

Watch our exclusive NEC Show video

Choose from (MOV) Quicktime or (RM) Real Player downloads. The video plays for around two minutes once downloaded. It may take some time to download if you connection is not particularly fast. We...

It’s AKA a motorcycle…

It’s AKA a motorcycle…

The NEC Show features plenty of jaw-dropping models, but few are quite as ” stand-out ” as this machine from AKA Design. But we want to hear what you think of it. The Hitchin, Herts-based firm...

First full test on Benelli superbike

First full test on Benelli superbike

Halway through this year’s World Superbike race season a stunning green and silver bike appeared in the paddock and qualified for the two races at Misano. The Benelli Tordano had arrived. The even...

Triumph issues recall on range of bikes

Triumph issues recall on range of bikes

Triumph has issued a recall to have clutch cables replaced on many of its models. The Trophy is the only modern Triumph model to escape the recall, which affects bikes fitted with cables made by one...

Yes, it looks amazing, but what’s under the fairing?

Yes, it looks amazing, but what’s under the fairing?

Creating a motorcycle from scratch is no easy feat. Creating one that throws away conventional wisdom and can run in World Superbikes is unbelievable – but that’s exactly what Benelli has done with...

Don’t worry, you’ll get your turn soon

Don’t worry, you’ll get your turn soon

A race bike may seem far removed from our experience on the road, but the Tornado Racing is just the first step in the launch of the Tornado 900/3 Tre road bike. Benelli was keen to go racing because...

‘Maria’ looks set to be the oddest at the NEC

‘Maria’ looks set to be the oddest at the NEC

No, this isn’t the latest toy delighting Japanese kids. This is a real, full-size motorcycle, and one that’s intended as a tribute to the Suzuka Eight-Hour. If you don’t believe us, you can see it for...

Meet Bayliss, Edwards, Xaus and Haydon in one go

Meet Bayliss, Edwards, Xaus and Haydon in one go

Troy Bayliss, Colin Edwards, Ruben Xaus and James Haydon will ALL be at Knotts Motorcycles in Stratford on Wednesday night, and you’re invited. Make the effort and you’ll meet the current World...

CRESENT RACING SUZUKI GSX-R750

CRESENT RACING SUZUKI GSX-R750

£100,000 Power and torque Est 165bhp 72ftlb Weight, power to weight ratio 162kg (356lb), 1.01bhp/kg Acceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed 9.8s, 154mph Top speed 190mph Geometry...

Best, wackiest and newest products to see at the NEC

Best, wackiest and newest products to see at the NEC

We’ve visited every stand to bring you the newest, best or even wackiest new products, and a round-up of some of Birmingham’s best buys, too. 1. Knox Aeropack £39.99 This rucksack has more features...

The testers

The testers

When you’re testing top machinery you need top riders. Much as we’d all like to think we could ” give it good seeing to ” , it takes real talent to push a superbike to the limit. So we got a pair of...

Where to find NEC bargains

Where to find NEC bargains

D H Autos at hall 17, stand R3B has Akito commuter gloves for £15, down from £19.99, and Sportstars for £15. Padgett’s at hall 17, stand R5 has Spada Apex jackets for £85 from £105 and R1-branded...

Vital new report on bike theft due this week

The National Criminal Intelligence Service will publish its first ever report into motorcycle thefts on Wednesday, November 7. They claim it will pinpoint hotspots and emerging trends in an organised criminal trade which is now said to be worth more than £3 million every month. We will bring you the report as soon as it’s available on Wednesday morning. The report is part of Project Contrail – the...

Virgin Yamaha R7

Virgin Yamaha R7

£100,000 Power and torque Est 163bhp 75ftlb Weight, power to weight ratio 162kg (356lb), 1.0bhp/kg Acceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed 9.8s, 154mph Top speed 190mph Geometry...

Crashing on Tarmac

Crashing on Tarmac

Evel Knievel explains the pain of an 80mph crash

First spy shot of Guzzi’s new water-cooled engine

First spy shot of Guzzi’s new water-cooled engine

This hastily-snatched picture is the first to show one of the most radical steps forward Moto Guzzi has ever taken. It’s the firm’s first water-cooled production bike engine. The picture was taken...

The hardware and the details

The hardware and the details

The school makes use of the Over The Top stunt team’s impressive collection of nutter tackle. The two-wheelers are a bog-standard Kawasaki KDX220 enduro machine and two motocrossers: A Yamaha YZ250...

News, as it happened, from Press Day at the NEC Show

News, as it happened, from Press Day at the NEC Show

Eighth update: Thursday 5pm: German firm Sachs has revealed it is going to put its Beast into production. MCN’s Keith Farr reports the bike will be on sale by summer next year but no prices have yet...

Repossessed bikes under the hammer

Around 50 nearly-new motorcycles are being put up for auction as repossessions. There could be bargains to strike at the British Car Auctions venue at Bell Vue, Manchester on December 7. The firm has already held one successful bike auction, in October, and is looking to make them regular events. The bikes range from cruisers to sports bikes. For details e-mail enquiries@bca-group.com Thinking of...

MonsterMob Ducati 996

MonsterMob Ducati 996

£100,000 Power and torque Est 170bhp 85ftlb Weight, power to weight ratio 164kg (361lb), 1.03bhp/kg Acceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed 9.8s, 155mph Top speed 195mph Geometry...

Lap of the UK… by Royal Enfield

Travelling 3362 miles around the coast of Britain would be some feat on a modern tourer but antique dealer Graham Cashmore chose to do it on a Royal Enfield Clubman. The 50-year-old design means the 500c single was only really up for chugging along at 65mph a day, he said. But he was happy, and raised £4000 for charity in the process.

What did you say your name was?

What did you say your name was?

There’s only one Evel Knievel.

Big crowds

Big crowds

The Ulster GP attracts one of the biggest crowds in UK sport

First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

Yamaha’s new Road Star Warrior is no ordinary cruiser. With a mere 2000rpm displayed on the LCD tachometer (an arc of blocks which sweep around an analogue-style scale) the bike punches forward with a...

Another record

Another record

Evel Knievel remembers the Astradome.

What bike tests and features do you want next?

We like to think we know what you want from our bike tests and features. Here’s your chance to put us right and win a unique prize, too. MCN features editor Marc Potter is currently planning his next series of feature and bike test ideas. And he’s ready and willing to listen to your suggestions. The best ones will be developed for inclusion on this website and in MCN the paper. Are there bikes you...

Listen to the sound of the Benelli WSB bike

Click one of the options, right, to hear the glorious sound of Marc Potter on board the Benelli superbike. The MOV option plays in Quicktime and the RM option plays on Real Player.

MACSPORT YAMAHA R7

MACSPORT YAMAHA R7

£70,000 Power and torque Est 150bhp, 68ftlb Weight, power to weight ratio 170kg (374lb), 0.8bhp/kg Acceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed 10s, 150mph Top speed 185mph Geometry Rake,...