2002

Did you win tickets to the G-Mex?

Did you win tickets to the G-Mex?

We had 25 pairs of tickets for the National Motorcycle Show 2003 up for grabs over Christmas, but the competition deadline has now passed.The show takes place at Manchester’s G-Mex, January 3-5.

Win £15,000 worth of prizes with MCN

Win £15,000 worth of prizes with MCN

You could win prizes worth £15,000 in the Motor Cycle News Christmas quiz. And, as Motor Cycle News is out a day early, Tuesday December 24, you even get an extra day to think about the...

BMW instructors to tackle Paris-Dakar

BMW instructors to tackle Paris-Dakar

Two BMW Off-Road Skills instructors are swapping Britain for African continent to take part in the 2003 Telefonica-Dakar Rallye, which takes place January 1-19.Australian Dakar veteran Simon Pavey...

Choose your favourite babe from 2002

Choose your favourite babe from 2002

The Babe of the Year competition returns for the second year, with a new crop of babes vying for your votes.This year we have gathered together a selection of 15 young ladies for you to choose from.

BMW Rockster set for March 2003

BMW Rockster set for March 2003

BMW have decided put their BMW R1150 Rockster concept bike into production, and it will be arriving in March.The Rockster is based on the standard R1150R, with added extras from other bikes in the...

Smaller Z1000 on the way

Smaller Z1000 on the way

Kawasaki will combine the ZX-6R 636cc engine with the Z1000 style to create a new bike for 2004.There will be few changes to the Z1000’s styling. A conventional single exhaust replaces the quartet of...

Winner of the MST Bike Guard competition announced

Winner of the MST Bike Guard competition announced

One lucky person has won an MST Bike Guard worth £299. The Bike Guard is a new alarm, which will send messages to your mobile phone if someone tampers with your bike. You can even send a message back...

Biaggi swops Rome for Watford

Biaggi swops Rome for Watford

BIKE dealers in Watford tend to be quiet places on Tuesday afternoons – but an appearance from Max Biaggi should liven things up a bit.The MotoGP runner-up will be helping with an Alpinestars event at...

Infamous speed camera moves

Infamous speed camera moves

A speed camera in Brighton has been moved after a deluge of complains from motorists.The camera had been dubbed as the sneakiest in Britain by Radio Five Live, as it was placed immediately behind a...

ChiPs set to return

ChiPs set to return

The adventures of the California Highway Patrol could soon return.Film director Doug Liman, who directed " The Bourne Identity " , has been signed to work on the remake, which will...

Oz bikers receive $1.7 million

Oz bikers receive $1.7 million

A television company has been ordered to pay almost $1.7 million to a group of Sydney bikers after it defamed them on it’s A Current Affair and Today programs.The bikers were filmed for a show on...

Government refuses to budge on dark visors

Government refuses to budge on dark visors

Transport Minister David Jamieson has just announced that he won’t be making dark visors legal, despite admitting their benefits in reducing glare from sunlight.The sticking point appears to be the...

Aprilia reveal new Caponord Rally Raid

Aprilia reveal new Caponord Rally Raid

If you want to tackle some extreme terrain, the new Aprilia Capo Nord Rally Raid could answer your prayers.The basic Capo Nord stays unchanged for 2003, but the new Rally Raid version comes with metal...

Speed legend Don Vesco dies

Speed legend Don Vesco dies

Bonneville speed legend Don Vesco passed away yesterday, Monday December 16, from prostate cancer.Vesco will be remembered as a legend for his land speed records. At the time of his death he held 18...

Yamaha R6: First test special

Yamaha R6: First test special

Free with Motor Cycle News, December 18 is a 16-page special on the Yamaha R6.Read the first test, both on the track and on the road. You’ll be able to find out about all the features of the new R6...

Rider for Health winner announced

Rider for Health winner announced

HOW would you feel if you got a brand new Honda Hornet 900 for Christmas? Over the moon, to judge by the reaction of the Riders for Health 2002 raffle winner, Colin Haynes of Grimsby, North Yorks.The...

Testing the 2003 ZX-6R at Sepang

Testing the 2003 ZX-6R at Sepang

Here is the exclusive video of MCN’s Keith Farr testing the Kawasaki ZX-6R at Sepang.

Needing inspiration?

Adam Morrissey presents Kev Smith showing how to use a 2002 Blade

Bike sales plummet

TERRIBLE weather hit bike sales in November.Only 5985 bikes were sold in the chilly climate, compared to 7069 in November 2001.Even a resurgence in the middle of the month failed to turn things round – sales between November 10 and 20 were up 43 per cent on the same 10 days last year.Some dealers started to feel the pinch so badly they were offering no-profit deals on new bikes simply to bring in...

No more day riding without lights

No more day riding without lights

You will soon have no choice about whether or not to use headlights when riding in daylight.Bike manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to fit bikes with lights that are automatically switched on...

World first test: Kawasaki Z1000

World first test: Kawasaki Z1000

READ our exclusive world’s first test of the Kawasaki Z1000 in MCN, out on Wednesday.Our eight-page special report reveals how the designers went about their tasks, the technology used and what the...

Aprilia cancels Blue Marlin

Aprilia cancels Blue Marlin

WE all loved Aprilia’s café Racer Blue Marlin when it was shown last year… but the Italian firm has binned plans to put it into production.Aprilia’s engineers have been forced to give up their...

Brand new American sportsbike on the way

A new American sportsbike aims to compete with the biggest names in motorcycling.With Buell showing that cruisers are not the only bikes to be made in the US, former racer Dan Fischer has announced plans for the Fischer MR1000.The bike uses the Rotax V-997cc engine, the same engine used in the Aprilia Mille. Coincidentally Dan Fischer raced in an Aprilia series in the US, so he should know exactly...

Ducati 749S and Supersport test special

Ducati 749S and Supersport test special

In the new issue of MCN, out Wednesday December 4 there’s a stunning Ducati special – the first test of its hot 749S and the new for 2003 Supersport range, the 1000DS, 800 and 620 Sport.MCN’s Keith...

Vandals nobble UK’s top Gatso

Vandals nobble UK’s top Gatso

Vandals have nobbled Britain’s most infamous speed camera – and police say it could be out of action for at least a week.The rear-facing Gatso is situated on the southbound carriageway of the M11 at...

Send us your crash stories

Send us your crash stories

MCN is looking for your recent crash stories – and hopefully help you repair the damage.Plastex, manufacturers of top bodywork repair kits, is offering a kit, worth £10, for each of the five best...

Updated: This week’s Unsung Heroes

Updated: This week’s Unsung Heroes

We’ve just added more of nominations for your this week’s Unsung Heroes – the forum for you to publicly thank the people who’ve bailed you out. We’ll be announcing the second winners of our free Knox...

Who’s your BBC Sports Personality?

Who’s your BBC Sports Personality?

This Sunday, December 8, sees the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards roll around, so don’t miss this chance to make your voice heard.Just click on the link:...

Correction: Dean Ellison

MCN last week reported on a case of speeding at 137mph, and mistakenly named the rider involved, Dean Elliot, 20, of St. Albans – as " Dean Ellison " .Superbike racer Ellison has no connection whatsoever with the case.

BMW announces 2003 Skills dates

BMW announces 2003 Skills dates

BMW has announced the dates of its 2003 Road Skills programme, held at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. There are two types of course formats available – an Introduction to Road Skills course and a Road...

999R goes on sale December 5th

999R goes on sale December 5th

If you’re lucky enough to have £19,000 lying around the house, you might want to make a note of this date in your diary. Ducati has just announced that from 9am, December 5 it will be taking...

Talented? Come and work for us then…

Talented? Come and work for us then…

MCN’s multi-award-winning website, motorcyclenews.com, is on the hunt for two star performers to make a real impact on Britain’s biggest biking site.Both roles place you at the heart of the MCN team,...

Laverda’s stunning new SFC 1000

Laverda’s stunning new SFC 1000

These are the first pictures of Laverda’s new SFC 1000, a limited-edition, 133bhp stunner that looks set to restore the famous Italian marque to the high table of top sports bike manufacturing.You can...

Make the most of the winter

Make the most of the winter

Winter? What winter? In the latest issue of MCN we’ve got a four-page special on how to make the most of the post-season.There’s top tips on how to get the very best from the roads, top winter kit to...

Put your questions to Z1000 designers

Put your questions to Z1000 designers

Here’s your chance to grill the designers of 2003’s wildest bike.MCN’s Marc Potter is heading off to Japan this weekend for a chat with the brains behind Kawasaki’s Z1000. If you’ve got any questions...

Floods force MV to close

Floods force MV to close

Workers had just returned the MV Agusta factory after a lay-off of several months, when heavy rain in Italy has caused Lake Varese to burst its banks and forced them out again.The local fire...