February

Buy yourself a bargain

Buy yourself a bargain

You can get yourself a very nice new or nearly-new 599cc ZX-6R for a lot less than the 636’s £6990 asking price.The ZX-6R is listed at £6895, but people are buying them new for £4795, which is a real...

The best ways to buy secondhand

From a dealer:Know the market. Make sure you know the value of what you’re buying and are familiar with any mechanical problems it’s prone to. Never be afraid to haggle. Name a starting price confidently, making sure it’s lower than the maximum you’re prepared to pay. Privately:Once you’ve found your bike through MCN BikeMart, take your time inspecting it. Look for any tell-tale signs of crash...

Ducati admits it is building Smart rep

Ducati has finally admitted it is building a modern-day replica of Paul Smart’s 1972 Imola 200-winning 750SS –three years after MCN told you it was coming.The bike follows on from the successful MH900e Mike Hailwood replica, which has just finished its production run of 2000 units.The bike is expected to be heavily based on the MH900e – sharing a similar tubular steel trellis chassis. However, it...

Choose from 15,000 used bargains

Choose from 15,000 used  bargains

March is the best time to buy a secondhand bike, as 15,000 of them flood into showrooms and get crammed on to the pages of MCN BikeMart.The surge in the number of secondhand bikes is due to the...

Harley evening classes

Harley evening classes

Chesterfield dealer Harleyworld is opening its doors every Wednesday evening in March to help owners get to know their Harleys.Mechanics will explain what needs checking on their bikes after the...

The 10 best secondhand buys and why

The 10 best secondhand buys and why

SUZUKI TL1000R ’98Price when new: £8649. Price now: £3650-£4050Slow sales ever since it was launched in 1998 – its TL1000S sibling has already been discontinued – means big discounts are available on...

Bikes to ride free in London

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has announced he’s going ahead with plans to charge drivers £5 a day to use central London roads. But motorcyclists and scooter riders will go free.Faced with forking out £25 a week on top of fuel and other car costs, many drivers could find themselves tempted by the many bargain scooter deals currently on offer. Those commuting from further afield may be lining up at...

Your road tax letters to MPs made easy

Your road tax letters to MPs made easy

You’ve started sending letters to your MPs to follow up your massive response to the public consultation on bike road tax. Our tips, make it easy for anyone to join in.Read on for advice on what to...

£14,300 Joey Dunlop reps sell out

£14,300 Joey Dunlop reps sell out

The strictly limited run of 25 Joey Dunlop replica SP-1s has now been sold. The only way you now have of getting hold of one is to bid in the MCN auction for the exclusive no26.It has taken less than...

Suggested text for a letter to your MP

Here’s some suggested text you might want to include in your letter. You could just copy and paste it into a document to send (e-mail or letter).The Treasury issued a public consultation paper on reforming motorcycle VED last year – and I disagree with many of the pointsI am worried that this is a thinly-veiled excuse to raise more tax from bikes. The Treasury has proposed a new higher road tax...

Long term CBR600

Long term CBR600

It’s an old cliché that Hondas are more reliable than Swiss watches.But it’s true. Over the last 12 months I’ve covered more than 20,000 miles – around three times the average annual UK mileage...

Bikes excluded from congestion charging

Bikes excluded from congestion charging

Motorcycling has been handed a massive potential boost with the news that bikes are excluded from controversial plans to make motorists pay per mile.With talk of commuter runs along the M6 around...

Gilera’s V-twin prototype revealed

Gilera’s V-twin prototype revealed

These are the first pictures of the V-twin prototype Gilera is building as a first step towards a new range of machines.It hosts the first full-size engine the Italian firm, currently best known for...

Organising the protest

Motorcyclenews.com user Revetts has set-up a micro-community so that people wishing to organise their protest against Meacher and other anti-bike Government policies can share ideas.Follow this link to be taken there: http://communities.msn.com/BikersProtest

Kawasaki proves that bigger is best

Kawasaki proves that bigger is best

Chances are, the last time you talked big-bore kits you were 16 years old, munching a saveloy and slurping a can of Shandy Bass outside the chip shop while you wondered if it was worth splashing out...

World first pictures of Triumph cruiser

World first pictures of Triumph cruiser

These exclusive pictures show Triumph’s long-awaited 2.2litre cruiser.If you want to see more of it, make sure you get MCN, out on Wednesday, February, 28.The bike is due to be launched next year and...

First test on 636cc Kawasaki ZX-6R

First test on 636cc Kawasaki ZX-6R

We’ve been riding Kawasaki’s new bigger-bore ZX-6R for 2002 and the extra ccs add up to a serious boost for torque and mid-range.Our full report is in MCN, out on Wednesday, February 27, but in the...

KTM 250 EXC Racing tested

KTM 250 EXC Racing tested

KTM’s new four-stroke 250EXC Racing costs almost £5000. But you can find out if you’re prepared to fork out for it by trying it out in a weekend of off-road fun for just under £300.That’s the deal...

2002 bikes added to our reviews section

2002 bikes added to our reviews section

The 2002 R1, TDM900, VFR800 VTEC and Hornet 900 have all been added to our BIKE REVIEWS section.Each comes complete with pictures, specs, road tests and links to its own dedicated chat board. Each...

Lower insurance for low-use riders

Lower insurance for low-use riders

Norwich Union is experimenting with a system which could save you up to 50 per cent on your insurance bill.It benefits low-mileage riders and, since most owners are clocking up less than 5000 miles a...

Whose line is it anyway?

Whose line is it anyway?

Which of these riders will take the other out? Bet now! Bet now! Bet now!

KTM will race in GPs to develop road bikes

KTM will race in GPs to develop road bikes

KTM is turning to the new GP class to help it break into the mass road bike market and its V4 four-stroke will form the basis of a 1000cc sports bike for the road.The firm, best known for off-road...

Compare the original letter with Government response

Compare the original letter with Government response

A Government spokesman has issued an official response to the growing outrage at Environment Minister Michael Meacher’s anti-bike letter to Chief Constables.It appears to claim we have nothing to...

How it’s being pitched: The Video ad

How it’s being pitched: The Video ad

Yamaha has come up with a life-style ad for the new Jog. View it by selecting the Quicktime (MOV) or Real Player (RM) downloads, right.

Cat and Fiddle among danger roads

Cat and Fiddle among danger roads

The Cat and Fiddle run has been named the second most dangerous road in Britain.The famous stretch of the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton was only topped by an eight-mile section of A-road in the...

Tesi mutates into Vyrus

Tesi mutates into Vyrus

IF you thought Bimota’s jelly-mould-shaped, hub-centre-steered Tesi was an oddity, take a look at this.It’s called Vyrus. There’s a Forth Bridge-style latticework chassis, an almost complete absence...

Secondhand bike buying guide

Secondhand bike buying guide

YOU’RE ready to buy a new bike. The cash is burning a hole in your pocket. But do you know exactly what you’re after and what to look out for? You only need to flick through MCN BikeMart to realise...

Better deals on new bikes in comparison with Europe

Better deals on new bikes in comparison with Europe

WE’RE now getting a better deal on new bikes next to our European neighbours, according to the latest survey of prices.MCN examined the real prices you are likely to pay for 15 different models – and...

Litre sports bikes

Litre sports bikes

Honda FirebladePhone around for insurance before you even decide to buy a FireBlade (the same is true for the R1). You just might get a shock.Most firms insist on two years’ no-claims, as well as two...

Honda V4 has the power

Honda V4 has the power

Honda’s 2004 V4 will put bikes like Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 in the shade in pure power terms.Tony Scott, renowned for his tuning work on Honda’s RC30 and 45 V4s says the new superbike will " easily...

Over 1000 sign-up for protest

Over 1000 sign-up for protest

Updated at 9am, Tuesday, February 19: Your response to a newly set-up site to gather response for a possible protest proved so great that a wider band width has had to be installed. You’ll find a link...

Sports Tourers

Sports Tourers

Most popular Sports Tourer: Honda VFR800The VFR800 has been one of Honda’s best-sellers ever since its launch in 1997. That success means there’s no shortage of secondhand bikes about.Dealers reckon...

Sports bikes

Sports bikes

Most popular sports bikes: The CBR600 has been one of Honda’s biggest successes and is now in its 15th year. Few bikes can match its longevity, let alone its sales success. But there’s no secret to...

First test: Jog R and Jog RR

First test: Jog R and Jog RR

This machine is a phenomenally important two-wheeler. Not convinced? How about the fact that it replaces one of the biggest-sellers in one of Europe’s biggest markets. Still not that fussed? How about...

Trailies

Trailies

Most popular trailie: BMW R1150GSDon’t expect to get an R1150GS for a bargain-basement price – but do expect one of the most versatile and enjoyable bikes ever.While Japanese bikes may depreciate by...

Win Butlins bash for four by midnight

Text your entry to our latest mobile phone competition by midnight on February 19 and you could win a weekend for four at the MCN Butlins Spring Spectacular for just £1.It’s on at Skegness on April 12-15. Not been before? It’s one hell of a party. Runners-up get tickets tot he Scottish Motorcycle Show.This is how you can win (competition is currently only available to Vodafone and BT Cellnet...