April

Make our voice heard

Make our voice heard

Protest organiser Christopher Coleman has sent us his final update before the planned May 4 protest ride to Westminster. Over 4000 bikes are expected to descend on the capital to protest about planned...

Join our ultimate road test

Join our ultimate road test

In the new issue of MCN, out Wednesday, May 1, we’re launching the biggest ever road test of bikes, bolt-ons and kit, and we want you to take part in it.We’ll be bringing you our weekly updates on our...

Give us a sign

Give us a sign

You’re belting along when a rider coming the other way flashes his lights. Is he simply saying " Hello " or is he trying to tell you there’s a speed trap ahead?We’d like to establish a...

BMW enters GP race

BMW enters GP race

This is the bike that will change the way you think about BMWs. It is a totally new three-cylinder four-stroke designed to compete in GPs.You can get the full story on the new BMW GP bike in MCN, out...

May 4 is protest day in Scotland, too

May 4 is protest day in Scotland, too

The protest ride to Westminster on May 4 will be matched by a similar protest north of the Border, too as Scottish riders lobby their Parliament against proposed anti-biker legislation.Organiser Gary...

Speed trap cops a parking fine

Speed trap cops a parking fine

There is justice after all. An unnamed Welsh policeman has been booked for parking illegally as he sat in a van trying to catch speeding motorists.The constable from Gwent Police was on duty in Cwm,...

Three die in biker shootout

Over 200 bikers are being questioned by police in Nevada, USA after a shootout in a casino between rival biker gangs left three dead and 16 injured over the weekend.The gunfight erupted on Saturday night after an argument broke out in the Harrah’s resort. Gamblers ran for cover as around 70 members of the Hell’s Angels and Mongol gangs fought with pistols and knives.Within minutes more than a...

Get a company bike on Gordon

Get a company bike on Gordon

The Chancellor’s not exactly know for his generosity. But thanks to the Prudent One hundreds of company car drivers are taking advantage of a change in the tax laws to grab themselves a great bike.

TT travel information

TT travel information

This year’s TT promises to be a belter. Race entries are amongst the highest for years and there’s an awful lot of partying to do to make up for last year’s disappointment.Ferry places are available...

Your reactions to Prince’s bike test pass

Your reactions to Prince’s bike test pass

Prince William on an R1? It could happen… he’s passed his bike test on a 125 and is unlikely to want to stop there..You may have already pulled up alongside him at the lights. The palace has revealed...

New Ducati 900 Sport tested

New Ducati 900 Sport tested

Desire a new Ducati sportsbike, but the budget won’t stretch to a 998? We’ve been road testing Ducati’s new 900 Sport –the famous Italian firm’s " budget " key to its exclusive club.You...

Have you bought a bargain?

Have you bought a bargain?

Have you managed to find a Ducati for moped money? We want to know if you’ve recently picked up a stunning secondhand bargain bike.It doesn’t matter whether it was a C90 for a fiver or a mint Blade...

There he goes…

There he goes…

When Dave Jefferies goes by at the TT, you know you’ve been well and truly passed

Alpinestars redesign boots that ‘scratch’

Alpinestars redesign boots that ‘scratch’

Two of Alpinestars top-of-the-range boots have been redesigned amid claims they can scratch a bike’s metal and bodywork.For the full Alpinestars boots story, don’t miss the new MCN, out Wednesday...

Latest May 4 protest timetable

Latest May 4 protest timetable

The timetable for the May 4 protest rides has just been released, complete with meeting points and times for people travelling from across Britain.Up to 4000 bikers are expected to join the ride,...

On the back with Ron Haslam

On the back with Ron Haslam

Flying through Schwantz Curve at 140mph on a FireBlade, I close my eyes. Weird. By the time I open them a split second later I’m at the McLeans right-hander and leaning over with about 20 degrees of...

Dangerous safety signs

Dangerous safety signs

Signs like these are springing up on biker routes in Essex – and local riders are understandably outraged.The council say they slow riders down. The bikers say someone will die after hitting one of...

Triumph blaze: dwindling stocks

You won’t get a discount on a new Triumph for months – but if you’re selling a secondhand bike, you’ll get a great price. That’s the message from Triumph dealers, who are coming to terms with the fact they won’t have some of their most popular models in stock this summer. Supplies of the Bonneville – Triumph’s best-selling bike in 2001 – have dried up already, and the Daytona superbike won’t be...

You couldn’t make it up…

You couldn’t make it up…

Speeder has phone joke:The man fined a record-breaking £72,000 by police in Finland for breaking the speed limit on his Harley has still got a sense of humour. Launching a new range of Nokia phones...

Yamaha Tmax: Long term report

Yamaha Tmax: Long term report

My name is Steve Farrell and I’m a scooter apron wearer.I have visions of myself saying that, standing in front of a room full of people guilty of equally heinous biking fashion crimes, at a support...

Bank wants Carnell-Motorcycle City

Bank wants Carnell-Motorcycle City

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is lining up a take-over of Dixon Motors, the parent company of the Carnell/Motorcycle City franchises.The Sunday Times reports that a formal offer is expected later...

Savour Skeggy at the MCN Autumn Spectacular

Savour Skeggy at the MCN Autumn Spectacular

More than 10,000 people piled into Butlins for the annual MCN Spring Spectacular last week, and just as many were disappointed because tickets sold out so quickly. That’s why we’re laying on another...

Triumph Blaze: How it happened

Investigators are " 90 per cent certain " the blaze which tore through the Triumph factory was caused by leaking petrol. But they are still trying to discover where the leak actually came from. They helped us recreate what probably happened on that fateful Friday night. Once bikes reach the end of the assembly line (1), they are fuelled and then tested on the dyno before the petrol is...

Win bikes on BMF tickets

Win bikes on BMF tickets

Fancy winning a KTM Duke 640? Or how about an Aprilia Atlantic 500cc scooter? Both will be given away at this year’s BMF Show on May 18-19 at Peterborough’s East of England Showground, Cambridgeshire.

Triumph will come out of this stronger and better

TRIUMPH will take on a siege mentality to see it through the difficult times ahead, according to industry experts. They also believe the famous name could come out of the disaster stronger than ever. " Under extreme circumstances you get more production than you ever thought possible, said professor Garel Rhys, director of automotive research at Cardiff University. " People will roll...

Triumph blaze: Morale boosted by Royal Visit

The devastated workforce in Hinckley raised a smile last week when the Duke of York visited the site. After seeing the destruction inside the factory first-hand, Prince Andrew said: " It?s rather sad in there. This is a great British name that has been reborn and it?s a tragedy to see this happen to a company that has done so well. The fact they have had to suspend production is a great...

What’s your view like?

What’s your view like?

A ZX-12R owner is preparing a complaint against Kawasaki, claiming that the bike’s compact design prevents him from making proper " rear observations " . You can read the full story on this...

Every Harley to get birthday suit

Every Harley to get birthday suit

Harley is planning to make all of its 2003 bikes special 100th anniversary models.For the full story on the 100th anniversary edition bikes, don’t miss the new MCN, out April 24.The firm has decided...

The ultimate carbon-fibre accessory

The ultimate carbon-fibre accessory

What do you get for the sports bike rider who has everything?A carbon-fibre toilet seat obviously. Tastefully supplied with chrome brackets this lovely item can be yours for just £85 from U.S. company...

How to make a chassis into British Superbike spec

How to make a chassis into British Superbike spec

The chassis on Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 is good enough to keep even the most demanding rider happy… or so you’d think. But when you’re using one to defend the British Superbike title, a stock one simply...

Starfish style

Starfish style

This is one pillion who was taking no chances when the tactical firearms squad yelled " spread ‘em "

£11,000 Tuono ‘is too much’

£11,000 Tuono ‘is too much’

Aprilia’s UK importer wants the factory to rethink the £11,000 asking price of its new Tuono. The firm is making just 200 of the 130bhp RSV Mille R-engined naked bikes for sale via the internet on May...

Scooters with car qualities

Scooters with car qualities

Peugeot scooters are the most popular powered two-wheeled transport in the UK. And now they claim to be adopting car-style values with big moves on quality control and technology. No wonder their...

TRIUMPH BLAZE: THE AFTERMATH

Triumph’s insurers face a bill of over £25 million to rebuild the factory after the devastating fire, which firefighters say was caused by a petrol leak. And Triumph plans to used the cash to make the brand even stronger by rebuilding the factory so it contains the very latest technology. The insurance pay-out also covers lost income from sales and workers’ wages. But many Triumph dealers face...

Back when men were men, and wore black leather.

Back when men were men, and wore black leather.

Part one of Mr Chorlmondeley-Warner's guide to the Island. Hurrah for ration books and the King!

KTM V-twin set for WSB

KTM V-twin set for WSB

KTM plans to shed its off-road image with an innovative V-twin 170bhp superbike designed to take on the best in WSB or Grand Prix.For the full story on KTM’s race project, and a world first test of...