March

Free recovery doesn’t always mean free

Free recovery doesn’t always mean free

When is free recovery not really free? Apparently, when you’re a member of the AA or RAC and you’ve had an accident. Most of us assume when we join such an association that our membership fee will...

People stare. They point. They laugh. But you don’t care

People stare. They point. They laugh. But you don’t care

MOTORCYCLES attract attention. Few people can resist turning their head when a bike goes past, even if they’ve never been on two wheels in their life.So it’s not surprising that the sound of four...

Best roads in the world are right on your doorstep

Best roads in the world are right on your doorstep

EVERY year thousands of us flock to Spain, Switzerland and France for our riding kicks. We take our bikes across the channel, trap them on ferries and go seeking the ultimate roads because we’ve all...

Get your ears around this competition…

RECKON your ears are sharper than Spock's? Have a crack at our first "Name That Bike!" competition then. If you reckon you know the bike being "warmed up" in these sound clips, you can win a Motorcyclenews.com T-shirt, and feel suitably smug. Post your suggestions as to which bike it is in the Talk Bikes section. Head for the message board entitled "Name That Bike Competition, Number One". Next...

Reshaping exhaust design

Reshaping exhaust design

Exhaust downpipes may not be as sexy as the cans themselves, but their design is vital if you want the most power from your engine. Until now, they’ve largely been produced in the same way – using...

The BMW’s in its elements

The BMW’s in its elements

Some friends of mine are Americans born and bred. They can’t believe the way us Brits are obsessed by the weather. But it’s easy for them, riding their sports bikes in the sunshine on dry roads.

So what's so good about your Suzuki, Karl?

So what's so good about your Suzuki, Karl?

Supersport star Muggeridge tells you why he's in with a shout of a title this year

Enfield Clubman takes you back

Enfield Clubman takes you back

" What year is it mate? " " Err, 2000 actually. " This innocent question, asked by a passer-by just seconds after I parked the Clubman, demonstrates exactly what this bike is...

The shape of the R1 to come

The shape of the R1 to come

YOU’LL have to wait the best part of a year before this will be in our showrooms, but if the ultimate in sports performance is what you’re after, you might find it’s worth the wait.The current R1 is a...

Raptor special is a big noise in the city

Raptor special is a big noise in the city

FROM their bike emporium in North London Moto-Casoli are used to adding extra special touches to their customers’ already special bikes.Their's is an Aladdin's cave of Italian exotica; MV Agustas...

Guzzi reveals limited edition versions of its California

Guzzi reveals limited edition versions of its California

MOTO GUZZI has unveiled two new cruisers which give us a taste of the direction the firm is going in under new owner Aprilia.Both are based on the long-time favourite California cruiser and will be...

Falling like nine pins

Falling like nine pins

It was tempting fate to invite a load of bike journalists to a go-kart track in Kent to ride a scooter that Yamaha said was designed to handle.Rain, on top of a track laced with oil and rubber,...

Moments of Mamola magic

Moments of Mamola magic

The Clown Prince of GPs, Randy Mamola, in the days before he was ‘that American on Eurosport’

Roberts’ favourite race

Roberts’ favourite race

Trust Roberts Snr to pick the day he beat the Brits on home soil as his favourite race…

A legend in his own road sign

A legend in his own road sign

German 250 legend Anton Mang, so famous they still name streets after him back home

Pons on his favourite race

Pons on his favourite race

Spanish 250 world champion – and now 500 team owner – Sito Pons reflects on his favourite race

The baddest mothers in town. This week anyway

The baddest mothers in town. This week anyway

Bubba was a big man, and after six days of dubious personal hygiene and with the stench of stale bourbon and vomit dancing on his breath he wasn’t getting any prettier. But more worrying than that –...

Be a video star and win £100

Be a video star and win £100

If you’ve got star quality, we want to know about it. Be it funny, serious, or just plain daft, we want to see your homemade biking videos. And if fellow users of motorcyclenews.com reckon it’s good,...

And they say speeding is dangerous

If certain so-called authorities on road safety are to be believed, the only thing we need to do to avoid accidents is slow down.Of course, anyone who has ever had some idiot driver pull out in front of him – in other words, all of us – will know that’s not true. Inconsiderate, careless, incompetent and downright dangerous driving is much more hazardous.Unfortunately, not everyone sees things...

Sensible? Only if you want it to be

Sensible? Only if you want it to be

AS I straighten out of the left-hander, a VW Golf appears a few hundred yards ahead of me, going at a rate of knots. Just before the next bend, its brake lights flash, then its bodywork squats on one...

Haslam’s hairy tales

Haslam’s hairy tales

The world’s fastest sideburns… Rocket Ron speaks and rides

Get on board the world's fastest race bikes

Get on board the world's fastest race bikes

Wonder no more at what it's like to ride everything from an NSR500 to a GSX-R600

Pierre Terblanche in his own words

Pierre Terblanche is Ducati’s top designer. He is in charge of the project to create a bike to replace the 996.He joined us in the VIP Lounge in the TALK BIKES area of the site on Friday, March 23 and answered your questions for an hour-and-a-half.In a frank interview he talked about the pressures he’s under, how the " new 996 " is shaping up and how he hasn’t taken a break from work...

New 996 will be lighter, faster… and redder

New 996 will be lighter, faster… and redder

Pierre Terblanche, the man who is working on a replacement for the Ducati 996, gave a few hints about how it will look when he joined in a live chat session on motorcyclenews.com on Friday.Terblanche,...

Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

JOIN a ride-out to mark the 20th anniversary of Mike Hailwood’s death on Sunday, March 25.The run goes from Fort Dunlop, Birmingham to Portway Motor Centre, to the spot where Mike and his daughter...

Agostini in action

Agostini in action

A clip from Duke’s homage to arguably the greatest of them all, Giacomo Agostini

Dad’s the way to do it

Dad’s the way to do it

Just in case you forgot Kenny Roberts’ dad was the first American GP legend… here’s a few reasons why

Schwantz’s first win

Schwantz’s first win

Well, wouldn’t your favourite GP be the first one you won? It is for Kevin Schwantz

Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

YOU can hardly see the Valencia pit wall because there are people in red Ducati shirts swarming all over it. But these aren’t fans. These are people who actually work for Ducati. And they’re all...

Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

Tony Blair and John Prescott have drawn up a host of unpleasant plans for riders during their time in power – and now they’re looking at another one. There has been the sudden saturation of our...

Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

Japanese tuning firm WhiteHouse is due to put this Valkyrie-based monster into limited production later this year.While the bike bears little resemblance to the original Honda, under the skin it’s a...

Bimota shutdown confirmed

Bimota shutdown confirmed

AN ITALIAN court has finally brought an end to Bimota’s drawn-out death, closing the struggling company for good.After more than 25 years of producing some of the most desirable bikes on the planet,...

Is the Bonnie best?

Is the Bonnie best?

WE’RE taking the new Triumph Bonneville to Brighton together with the Kawasaki W650 and a Royal Enfield.You can also look forward to a meeting with the man with Britain’s biggest collection of Monkey...

First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

THESE are the first pictures of the long-awaited superbike which will carry the legendary Mondial name back on to the race track later this year.The 999cc V-twin Piega, which has only been seen in...

Yamaha updates its XJR400R

Yamaha updates its XJR400R

SPY shots direct from Japan show Yamaha has given its XJR400R its first major update since its launch in 1994.While the styling has been left untouched, there are plenty of mechanical changes. The new...

Triumph tests new Daytona

Triumph tests new Daytona

TRIUMPH’S new Daytona is undergoing extensive last-minute testing to prepare for its release to the public in May. MCN spotted this all-black pre-production machine testing at Bruntingthorpe proving...