November

Let us spray

Let us spray

Supersport in the wet… feel those sphincter muscles tighten

Fazer 1000 prices tumble

Fazer 1000 prices tumble

WHEN we tested Yamaha’s Fazer 1000 alongside the new Honda Hornet 900, the big question was whether the Yam was worth £1800 more than its new rival.Thanks to motorcyclenews.com you don’t have to ask...

Join the champions at the biggest off-road event of the year

Join the champions at the biggest off-road event of the year

The second annual Dirt Rider Expo kicks off at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry on Thursday, November 29 to Sunday, December 2. The show, already established as the...

Oh, the glamour

Oh, the glamour

Supersport stars can get wet just like the rest of us

Councils improve bike bay security

Councils improve bike bay security

LOCAL authorities are finally beginning to actively tackle bike theft by installing more ground anchors in bike parking bays. We reported last month that a new report had highlighted the worst areas...

Close racing

Close racing

Supersport provides some of the closest racing there is

Ladies: Vote for your hunkiest rider of the year

Ladies: Vote for your hunkiest rider of the year

LAST month, male motorcyclenews.com users had their chance to vote for the Brolly Babe of the Year. The response was huge but it seems our female visitors felt a bit left out so we’ve decided to give...

Yamaha Fazer and Honda Hornet: head-to-head

Yamaha Fazer and Honda Hornet: head-to-head

Not many boxing matches are as one-sided as the punch-fest a few days ago when Brit hero Lennox Lewis made Hasim Rahman eat canvas in fine style.This fight certainly seems a lot more evenly-balanced –...

European champion James Ellison tests a Superstock Blade, R1 and GSX-R

European champion James Ellison tests a Superstock Blade, R1 and GSX-R

We all know people who excel at things that the rest of us find difficult or impossible. They’re the ones who are born with the co-ordination to play a blinding round of golf, the drive to become a...

More than a motorcycle

More than a motorcycle

It’s a state of mind

Longterm test: Aprilia RSV-R

Longterm test: Aprilia RSV-R

We’ve all had moments when we wish the ground would just open up. Like when you’ve spent the last five minutes saying what a tosser your boss is, only to find him standing behind you. Or when you’ve...

Everyone’s been so helpful…

Everyone’s been so helpful…

Pick it up and start again

Oi, you at the back

Bikes in this class are bound to spend at least some of the time with a pillion on board, so we did a lap of the lakes to check out the pillion seats with our tester Kev Smith bringing up the rear:HONDA VFR: " THERE’S two grab handles which give your hand plenty of room, but you get much more support from the Triumph’s single handle. The pegs are really low (10mm lower than the previous bike)...

Hodgson joins Radio Four for a week of Biker Tales

Hodgson joins Radio Four for a week of Biker Tales

RADIO 4 the station better known for The Archers and the shipping forecast are lining up a week of famous, infamous and just plain extraordinary riders. " Biker Tales " begins on Monday 3rd...

Counting the cost

Counting the cost

On paper, the Fazer’s £7799 rrp doesn’t compare well with the £5995 Honda. Even with £500 lopped off, the Yamaha will still cost £1300 more. But the reality is rather different. A quick flick through...

Moto Guzzi issue recall

Moto Guzzi issue recall

MOTO Guzzi has issued a safety recall on all California Specials and EVs produced after 1997 with alloy rims.An inner safety rim needs to be fitted to the hub as there is a possibility that spoke...

Supersport for two weeks

Supersport for two weeks

Welcome to the first of a fortnight of supersport video clips.

First shots from Yamaha’s four stroke GP test

First shots from Yamaha’s four stroke GP test

This stunning shot is one of the first pictures to emerge from Yamaha’s secret test of their new four stroke GP bike, the M1. It was snapped by our photographer while Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa and test...

Bostrom and Bayliss 998 replicas ready for Europe

Bostrom and Bayliss 998 replicas ready for Europe

Ducati have already unveiled the Ben Bostrom replica 998 in the US, but now it’s coming to Europe, and so is World Champion Troy Bayliss’s replica. But while we’ll be getting the 136bhp 998S engine,...

Four stroke Yamaha gives Max power in tests

Four stroke Yamaha gives Max power in tests

MAX BIAGGI and Malboro Yamaha team mate Carlos Checa have spoken to MCN after wrapping up their behind-closed-doors test of their new four stroke GP bike.Checa and Biaggi were joined by test rider...

Forget the GSX-R and R6, this CBR is the ultimate 600

Forget the GSX-R and R6, this CBR is the ultimate 600

A HONDA CBR600 that costs £17,000 might sound a bit pricey – but its maker reckons this one’s a bargain.And as that maker is the Castrol Honda World Supersport team, and the cost of the parts and...

Police bikes are put through their paces at Donington

Police bikes are put through their paces at Donington

IF you think police riders are all frowning killjoys who think " where’s the fire, sir? " is the height of humour, these pictures might change your mind.The south-pointing knees and...

Net yourself a Suzuka replica GSX-R1000

Net yourself a Suzuka replica GSX-R1000

THE Suzuka 8-hours race is one of the most prestigious meetings in the Japanese sporting calendar. The factories spend millions preparing their teams for the event, so when the privateer Kenz J-Trust...

Yamaha prepares a new R6… but you can’t have it until 2003

Yamaha prepares a new R6… but you can’t have it until 2003

Yamaha’s R6 is set to get fuel injection and an R1-style makeover for 2003.The arrival of the new Suzuki GSX-R600 and Honda CBR600 in 2001 have played their part in cutting R6 sales in half this...

No more traffic cops in Notts

They say there’s never a copper around when you need one but that could soon be dangerously true in Nottinghamshire.The force is scrapping its traffic division to rely on speed cameras as its sole road safety enforcement.It’s also binning Operation Brake, a scheme which works to cut bike theft.Notts police is denying the cost-cutting move in public, but officers have called MCN to express their...

All HOGs together

All HOGs together

You have a friend in Harley

More strange but true…

More strange but true…

A quick look around the crazy world of bikingAmerica:A grandma has been convicted of embezzling £800,000 from the firm she worked at as an accountant. The 57-year old spent the cash, collected over a...

Riding the World Superbike Championship 996 of Troy Bayliss

Riding the World Superbike Championship 996 of Troy Bayliss

There probably isn’t a bookie alive who’d give low odds against staying onboard a world championship-winning bike with about 190bhp at the rear wheel in the pissing rain.And the 50-1 against would...

Cop special

Cop special

It was built in 1990, for the police… for 130mph. Gulp

Win a V&M R6 at the Ally Pally Show

Win a V&M R6 at the Ally Pally Show

You could be picking up the keys to a brand-new R6 at next years Ally Pally show. Top tuners V&M are giving away a 2001 R6 painted in their racing colours with a Laser end can fitted. The bike...

Longterm test: Yamaha Tmax

Longterm test: Yamaha Tmax

Being fairly liberal-minded, I do my best to understand the actions of other people. Even when they seem completely unreasonable, I exercise caution before judging them. I may not have all the facts.

Police plan to give unqualified civilians power to nick speeders

Police plan to give unqualified civilians power to nick speeders

ORDINARY civilians could soon have the power to pull you over, fine you £60 and give you three points for speeding. Civilians are already used to make up safety camera teams, which provide maintenance...

Careers CD is just the job

Careers CD is just the job

IF you’ve got a kid who’d like to make a career out of motorcycling, or if you’re a youngster who’d like to yourself, the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) is offering a helping hand in the form...

Would you pay extra for secure parking?

Would you pay extra for secure parking?

Start lobbying your local council now, coin-operated ground anchors with built-in helmet storage safes are now available. So isn’t it time there were some in your town?Security firm Eurosecure is...

Music for Harleys

Music for Harleys

Sing a song a Hog

The racing Harleys

The 1968 Low Boy factory racer. See, not all Harleys are built for 60mph.