2001

MACSPORT YAMAHA R7

MACSPORT YAMAHA R7

£70,000Power and torque Est150bhp, 68ftlbWeight, power to weight ratio170kg (374lb), 0.8bhp/kgAcceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed10s, 150mphTop speed185mphGeometry Rake, trail,...

What did you say your name was?

What did you say your name was?

There’s only one Evel Knievel.

Another record

Another record

Evel Knievel remembers the Astradome.

MonsterMob Ducati 996

MonsterMob Ducati 996

£100,000Power and torque Est170bhp 85ftlbWeight, power to weight ratio164kg (361lb), 1.03bhp/kgAcceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed9.8s, 155mphTop speed195mphGeometry Rake, trail,...

Virgin Yamaha R7

Virgin Yamaha R7

£100,000Power and torque Est163bhp 75ftlbWeight, power to weight ratio162kg (356lb), 1.0bhp/kgAcceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed9.8s, 154mphTop speed190mphGeometry Rake, trail,...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.comThinking 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...

Crashing on Tarmac

Crashing on Tarmac

Evel Knievel explains the pain of an 80mph crash

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...

CRESENT RACING SUZUKI GSX-R750

CRESENT RACING SUZUKI GSX-R750

£100,000Power and torque Est165bhp 72ftlbWeight, power to weight ratio162kg (356lb), 1.01bhp/kgAcceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed9.8s, 154mphTop speed190mphGeometry Rake, trail,...

‘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...

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...

Honda considers offering tailor-made bikes

Honda considers offering tailor-made bikes

Honda is considering a scheme to offer a choice of engines, bodywork and paintwork options to hang on a one-size-fits-all frame.The scheme could hit UK dealers as early as 2004. And while it’s...

Sound added to world’s first test of Benelli superbike

Sound added to world’s first test of Benelli superbike

Updated with soundfile at 2pm, November 9, 2001: MCN’s Marc Potter has been riding the Benelli Tornado WSB bike to bring us this world’s first report on what it’s like. He’s also gathered news of the...

Cannondale coming to the UK

Cannondale coming to the UK

U.S. manufacturer Cannondale is starting to bring its off-road bikes to the UK.The 2002 range continues to feature the hand-welded, twin-spar aluminium frames seen on the 2001 bikes rather than the...

Kawasaki seeks out new niches

Kawasaki seeks out new niches

Kawasaki has found a new niche - retro bikes that are only legal to ride on the road in the daytime (that’s about seven hours a day in the UK right now).One is a 1970s-style grasstracker. It looks...

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...

Cat and Fiddle run improved

Cat and Fiddle run improved

One of our favourite roads is re-opening. Parts of the Cat And Fiddle road – also known as the A537 Buxton-to-Macclesfield – have been shut over the last three weeks for roadworks.You’ll be pleased to...

Government claims: New rural speed limits unlikely

Government claims: New rural speed limits unlikely

Plans to cut speed limits on country roads from 60mph to as little as 40mph now seem unlikely to see the light of day, for practical reasons.The latest threat to our riding freedom loomed as Secretary...

Naughty naughty

Naughty naughty

Cutting junctions like that would usually attract the attentions of plod… not when it’s the 2001 Ulster GP

Ulster 2001

Ulster 2001

I’m sure it said " tear along dotted line " .

MCN Butlins Spring Spectacular dates

MCN Butlins Spring Spectacular dates

We’ve been bombarded with queries regarding our 2002 MCN Spring Spectacular at Butlins, Skegness.Well we’re pleased to reveal the three-night event will be bigger, better and louder than ever. The...

It’s all a blur

It’s all a blur

Riders pass close to fans at the Ulster GP, much like the Isle of Man.

Ulster GP reprieved/ BSB bosses compromise on TT

Ulster GP reprieved/ BSB bosses compromise on TT

In a dramatic U-turn, the Coleraine Motorcycle Club has decided that it will run the 2002 Ulster GP after all. After announcing its cancellation only a matter of days ago the Club met last night and...

The 2.5-litre V-twin… from Britain

The 2.5-litre V-twin… from Britain

This is set to be the biggest-bore twin in production… and one of the most exclusive.The British designed and American-funded 2500cc twin is code-named the 152 (because it displaces 152 cubic...

Hodgson thanks fans for wedding day messages

Hodgson thanks fans for wedding day messages

World superbike star and newly-crowned MCN Man of the Year Neil Hodgson marries long-time girlfriend Kathryn Hoare on Sunday.Neil is a regular on the site, contributing columns, joining in live web...

50 tickets to the NEC Show given away!

50 tickets to the NEC Show given away!

We had almost 300 entries in just a couple of hours in our competition to give away 25 pairs of tickets to the NEC Show. It is now closed and we’ll be naming the winners on the site on Monday,...

Aren’t they looking young these days?

Aren’t they looking young these days?

I say old chap, you might want to try a smaller shell

The history of the single

The history of the single

Ninety per cent of singles are learner bikes or big trailies. Does that make them irrelevant to modern motorcycling life? Are they just the poorest cousin of all bike engines, reserved for the...

Honda to close its UK riders club

Honda to close its UK riders club

The 20,000-member HUKRC (Honda UK Riders’ Club) will close on Thursday, November 1. It will mean the end for the club’s rideouts, holidays and discounted official Honda goods and cheap tickets to race...