October

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...

DIY road test: Sports 600s

DIY road test: Sports 600s

Here at MCN we regularly get readers and site visitors volunteering to write up their experiences on two wheels for the general enlightenment of the rest of the world.It’s hard to find space for this...

Benefits of being a two-stroke

Benefits of being a two-stroke

We’re all familiar with big capacity four-stroke singles, because they’re the most interesting. But a third of today’s single-cylinder bikes are much smaller-capacity two-strokes; usually mopeds and...

Your chance to design Hodgson’s Ducati superbike paintscheme

Your chance to design Hodgson’s Ducati superbike paintscheme

Here’s a unique opportunity to help shape how Neil Hodgson and James Toseland’s GSE Racing Ducatis will look in next year’s World Superbike championship.Use your artistic skills to come up with a...

Where would we be without the XT500?

Where would we be without the XT500?

We can thank Yamaha for the current big, single-cylinder trail bikes that give us such an unexpected laugh on the road, and yet still manage to plug through mud and up and down green lanes when the...

Put that radar gun away officer

Put that radar gun away officer

This ain’t no ride out… it’s the Ulster GP

Tips to get more from the NEC Show… and how to get there

Tips to get more from the NEC Show… and how to get there

The International Motorcycle and Scooter Show (The NEC Show to you and I) opens its doors on November 9. It’s a biggy, and can be overwhelming if you don’t go armed with a bit of forward planning. Our...

Your chance to interview Max Biaggi

Your chance to interview Max Biaggi

We’ve lined-up an interview with GP superstar Max Biaggi early in November and we want you to put the questions.We’ll be meeting the Yamaha star for an exclusive chat but time will be short so we want...

Ready for your close-up

Ready for your close-up

Fans can get close to their heroes at the Ulster GP

Price of MV Agustas, Triumphs and Cagivas tumble

Price of MV Agustas, Triumphs and Cagivas tumble

Three manufacturers have announced price cuts ranging from £100 right up to £1500. Even the lusted after MV Agusta F4S is down £1001.And there are hefty savings from Triumph. The new recommended...

You’re nicked sonny! Think, you’ll find I’m not, officer

You’re nicked sonny! Think, you’ll find I’m not, officer

The rules police must follow when nicking you for speeding are complex and thorough. Our guide to them will equip you to make the most of your rights should that summons come.We’ve put it together...

Too much Guinness

Too much Guinness

The Ulster GP can be fun… but don’t overdo the black stuff.

A flip-up numberplate? If only it was legal

A flip-up numberplate? If only it was legal

007 would love it. Press a button and this numberplate folds in half to cover up your number. Sadly this is strictly illegal for use on the road. But, you’d only want one as a show plate or on a track...

FJR1300 long term test: The value of a good warranty

FJR1300 long term test: The value of a good warranty

It's never much fun when something goes wrong with your bike. But these things do happen, even with bikes under a year old. After all, that's what warranties are for.The important thing when things do...

Drysdale GP engine based on road V8

Drysdale GP engine based on road V8

Australian engineer Ian Drysdale is close to completing his second road-going V8-based road bike. But as he puts the finishing touches to The Cruiser, he’s already designing and building his next...

Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

The fashion for retro looks has reached off-road styled bikes. The latest to reflect the trend is Kawasaki’s 250TR.It looks like a 1970s scrambler – but is actually aimed at style-conscious...

Honda’s other V-TEC bike gets upgraded version for 2002

Honda’s other V-TEC bike gets upgraded version for 2002

Honda’s CB400 Super Four, the V-TEC-assisted bike that led the way for the 2002 VFR800 V-TEC , has been given a new version of the system for next year.The Japan-only bike uses the firm’s Hyper V-TEC...

Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

Ducati chose its first big U.S. rally to unveil its Ben Bostrom replica 998S. The bike was shown off for the first time at the Ducati Revs America event in Las Vegas.Bostrom’s helmet design was the...

Step nine: Finishing

By this time, you’ve spent a couple of hours and you’re tired. But you should have a good sense of reward. This is a good time to lube the chain, because chances are you’re not going to ride straight away, and again overspray will come off easily with the polish. As always, there’s no need to drown the chain in lube. It’s best left overnight after lubing, to work into the chain – if you ride...

Doing it Hizzy style

Doing it Hizzy style

Ride the Steve Hislop way

Step two: Wheels and degreasing:

Step two: Wheels and degreasing:

Your wheels are usually the dirtiest part of your bike. They’re nearest the road so they get road grime, but they also get the worst of chain lube and brake dust. A good spray over with a motorcycle...

Get your foot down

Get your foot down

Knee-sliders? No. Sole sliders? Quite possibly.

Dealer of the Year (more than one outlet)

Congratulations to George White a dealership chain that proves that you can offer great personal service in a modern retail environment and offer a great range of products.1. George White2. Lloyd Cooper3. Colin AppleyardShortlisted: Bridge Motorcycles

Dealer (Clothing & Accessories)

With a growing network of stores Hein Gericke has taken the clothing retail experience to new heights, epitomised by its Belfast store.And despite some well-publicised problems with its holding company, Hein Gericke in the UK has continued to offer great products in a great environment. So congratulations to Hein Gericke.1. Hein Gericke, Belfast2. Biker’s Clearance3. Harpers

Dealer of the Year (one outlet)

Congratulations to CW Motorcycles, a dealership which our readers tell us really knows how to combine service and excellence with an expert knowledge of the BMWs they sell.On top of that independent surveys consistently put this dealership at, or near, the top, which it is why it is a worthy winner of Bridgestone MCN Dealer of the Year single outlet category.1. CW Motorcycles2. Millennium...

Troy Bayliss: in his own words

Rgvm: Congratulations Troy - whats the first thing you said/or will say to Colin Edwards when you lift the trophy?TroyBayliss: Nothing really. I don't think there's going to be any gloating.Dazzie: Troy, many congratulations! World Champion - how mental is that?! How does it feel!?TroyBayliss: Well, I just feel the same I did before it all happened really. But I do sort of feel a bit strange. I...

Funeral procession draws riders from around the country

The funeral for Shire Training Service’s boss Colin Fenton was held on Thursday morning. More than 40 friends and former pupils travelled from around the country to ride in the funeral procession, which took in the Monks Wood stretch of Cambridgeshire B-roads he loved so much.Colin died following a stroke. His advanced riding tips and advice often featured in the motorcycling press and he...

Manufacturer of the Year

Manufacturer of the Year

The bronze award goes to a company that relocated, restructured and plain and simple sold more bikes…DucatiThe silver award goes to company that worked hard to reposition itself, offered some...

The history of four cylinders

The history of four cylinders

Four pistons hurtling up and down at up to 15,000 times a minute. Exhaust screaming. Air intakes howling. Whatever you think of four-cylinder sports bikes, you can’t deny they do their job pretty...

CCM R30 Supermoto

CCM R30 Supermoto

The CCM is like one of those deep sea fish that’s all head and teeth – only in this case it’s nearly all engine. The enormous, 20 year-old, aircooled Rotax 600 dominates the R30 from either side. Add...

Product of the Year (Clothing)

Product of the Year (Clothing)

Congratulations to Thunderchild for spotting the opening in the British market for the Roof range of helmets, epitomised by the Diversion, a helmet which combines unique and stylish looks and great...

Place your bets…now!

Place your bets…now!

He’s an ultra fit athlete who trains hard and is in peak physical condition. BUT how long can British Supersport rider John McGuinness hold his breath? 18 seconds, 28 seconds or 58 seconds?...

2001 Ulster GP

2001 Ulster GP

One GP Rossi couldn’t win

Supermoto test

Supermoto test

There comes a time when every sportsbike rider finds him (or her)self in a hedge, or a court, or even a pawn shop, wondering where it all went wrong. Sound familiar? Of course it does. It’s called...