July

New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

Italjet’s retro-meets-future-styled Jet-Set will be available here in August and there will be a 50cc too. And the Taiwanese Freespirit scooter is also available now. The Jet-Set is expected to be...

Listen to the NS500 V3

Listen to the NS500 V3

You too can sample some of the flavour of Freddie Spencer’s awesome NS500 triple. Click on the link below to hear one of the most evocative sounds in Grand Prix motorcycling and the last ever V-3...

Deeply dippy

Deeply dippy

We haven’t seen ruts like that since the Somme

Dark visors are illegal in Europe, too

Dark visors are illegal in Europe, too

IT’S easy to feel jealous of riders in the rest of Europe. There are no GATSOs in France. There are no speed limits on some stretches of German autobahn. And anyone can walk into their nearest dealer,...

The Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed

LINED up in front of me are four NS/NSR500s from the Honda Collection Hall museum in Japan. The men who make this museum and the bikes inside it their lives are looking anxious as they explain how to...

Go on, wipe the smile off his face

Go on, wipe the smile off his face

Every rider’s favourite TV personality, Steve Berry, is going to get the gunge treatment this weekend. If you’ve seen his smiling mug on your TV just one or two times too many, you’ll want to be there...

Best thing for them

Best thing for them

Some will say this is the only way you should treat a vehicle like this.

Chat live and sort your suspension

Chat live and sort your suspension

Suspension expert Craig Webb will be available to answer your questions in a live chat on motorcyclenews on Thursday, July 19. Webb is eminently well qualified to help you improve your handling as he...

Decision due on £36m Donington facelift

Decision due on £36m Donington facelift

DONINGTON PARK bosses should learn later this month whether they can go ahead with a major £36 million revamp of the Leicestershire circuit. Giant American entertainment company SFX, which leases...

Listen to the NSR500 V4

Listen to the NSR500 V4

Wish you ‘d been to Goodwood? Never mind if you couldn’t make it because we can bring you a flavour of the Festival. Click on the link below and you’ll be transported back to 1989 to hear Eddie...

MCN investigates insurance costs

MCN investigates insurance costs

INSURANCE has become a bit of a dirty word to many motorcyclists in recent years. From riders who find they can’t get insurance on their bikes, to those who get a renewal notice asking for £2000,...

You vote for Honda to turn concept into reality

You vote for Honda to turn concept into reality

Your reactions to Honda’s new concept sports bike suggest Honda should go ahead and put it into production. While there are dissenting voices, the majority think it’s a work of art and one they’d be...

On board TV to replace mirrors

On board TV to replace mirrors

Look in the mirrors on most sports bikes and all you’ll see is your elbows. Now an engineering design student has come up with a system to use a video camera and small display screen to give you more...

EDDIE LAWSON’S 1989 NSR500

EDDIE LAWSON’S 1989 NSR500

When Eddie Lawson left Yamaha after six years and three 500 GP titles to join the Rothmans Honda team for the 1989 season, many people felt it was a mistake. He exchanged the sweet-handling YZR500...

MICK DOOHAN’S 1995 NSR500

MICK DOOHAN’S 1995 NSR500

The second time Doohan won the world 500 championship was on this NSR500. Doohan instantly became attached to the bike and continued his dominance with seven wins, three seconds, two non-finishes and...

First pictures of Buell’s fast-turning ‘Sport Fighter’

First pictures of Buell’s fast-turning ‘Sport Fighter’

Buell’s all new Firebolt has a wheelbase 75mm shorter than an R1’s and a steering head angle so steep that it’s likely to become known as the world’s fastest turning production bike. To prevent it...

A little careless…

A little careless…

And right on the racing line as well

FREDDIE SPENCER’S 1984 NS500

FREDDIE SPENCER’S 1984 NS500

Freddie Spencer had won the 1983 500cc world title riding the NS500 triple, but lined up for the following season on a brand new V4 NSR500. At the Nurburgring round, he demanded the NS500 back after a...

Will he make it?

Will he make it?

Two-up, too steep, too risky by half…

Posthumous honour for Joey

Posthumous honour for Joey

Joey Dunlop is to be posthumously awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy, an award for speed exploits on land, water or in the air. It is named in memory of Sir Henry Segrave, the first man to break...

How good are your boots?

How good are your boots?

Write a review for motorcyclenews.com and you could help fellow users make the right choice when they come to buy. Last week we asked how good your gloves are and your response was fantastic. As a...

Donington: Your complaints

Donington: Your complaints

Donington race goers are warning they won’t be going back to the circuit after bad experiences at last weekend’s GP. While many made the best of it by having as good a time as possible (and you’ll see...

No congestion charge for bikes

No congestion charge for bikes

Ken Livingstone has confirmed there will be no congestion charging for bikes when the £5-a-day levy for cars is introduced. Details of the scheme were announced on Tuesday, with fines of £80 for those...

Police crack down on tax disc dodgers

Police crack down on tax disc dodgers

Riders in North Yorkshire face checkpoints throughout the county aimed at catching riders with out-of-date tax discs. If you can’t pay the fine by the roadside, your bike will be impounded. The...

Yamaha offers free insurance

Yamaha offers free insurance

Yamaha is offering free third party fire and theft insurance on all 50, 100 and 125cc Yamaha scooters until September 17. The deal covers up to four members of the same family. And you can upgrade it...

Calling FJR owners

Calling FJR owners

We’re planning a gathering for owners of Yamaha’s FJR1300 this Saturday July 14. If you’ve got one and want to meet fellow owners, and become part of a forthcoming feature about the bike in MCN,...

Strange but true

Strange but true

Here’s our latest round-up of bike related madness from around the world. THAILAND: Residents of Nonthanburi are flocking to see a five-foot monitor lizard. Grieving mum Chamlong Taengniem believes...

How to uprate your fork internals

How to uprate your fork internals

IT’S ironic that the only company today to use an alternative to telescopic forks is the same one which introduced them first on production bikes. BMW’s R12 and R17 had the first telescopics in 1935,...

Strange but true…

THAILAND Police riders are being trained as midwives because ambulances are getting stuck in traffic. The 150 Bangkok officers are expected to make a thouasand deliveries a year. GERMANY: A raffle winner dropped dead when he went to collect the keys to his two-wheeled prize. Hans Hitzig, 47, suffered a fatal heart attack as he received a Harley-Davidson in Schleiz, eastern Germany. BULGARIA...

Sheene blasts Walker's team in run up to British GP

Sheene blasts Walker's team in run up to British GP

WE spoke to Barry Sheene before this weekend’s Donington Park British GP, and amongst his as-usual colourful comments he made no secret of his disappointment that Chris Walker’s team hasn’t tested...

Whitham, Haydon and Co set up shop

Whitham, Haydon and Co set up shop

Britain’s newest Yamaha dealership is being officially opened this weekend and it’s a partnership between World Supersport star James Whitham, British Superbike rider James Haydon and Virgin Yamaha...

Manx GP cancelled

Manx GP cancelled

The organisers of the Manx GP have announced that it must go the same way as the TT. The Manx Motorcycle Club said today (July 3) that the event, due to be held on August 18-31, had to be cancelled in...

Is your bike on our list?

Is your bike on our list?

Ever owned one of the bikes on the following list? Do you know someone who has one now? We want to hear from you for a feature we’re currently putting together. Here’s the list: Bimota Mantra, Aprilia...

Unhappy landing…

Unhappy landing…

And just to prove it doesn’t always go right…

Ducati marks 75th anniversay by resurrecting a classic road race

Ducati marks 75th anniversay by resurrecting a classic road race

Carl Fogarty has a big head. It’s so big that it covers nearly a quarter of the side of the Ducati factory wall. He’s staring out over the car park where about 60 bikes are lined up ready to race each...

Where are my GP tickets?

A batch of advance tickets for the British GP at Donington this weekend have been delayed in the post. If yours haven’t turned up, this is what organisers are asking you to do: When you arrive at Donington, go to the ticket collection point. This is clearly signed from all around the site. Bring with you the credit/debit card you used to book your tickets with. If you don’t want to bring the card...