June

Longterm CCM R30 report

Longterm CCM R30 report

It was one of those panic situations where all thoughts of how you are meant to do these things go out of the window. I just grabbed the biggest handful of front brake possible. The forks dived, I...

New axe for Indian Chief

New axe for Indian Chief

One of the most famous guitar companies in the world, Gibson, is producing a limited-edition run of their Les Paul guitar, to celebrate the new Indian Chief motorcycle.Only 100 of the guitars will be...

Meet Jamie Whitham this Saturday

Meet Jamie Whitham this Saturday

You can join Jamie Whitham and British Superbikers Paul Young and Glen Richards this Saturday, June 29, at the annual Oxford Motorcycle Show at theGeorge Whites dealership on Cowley Road.Not only will...

Riders are "tanked up and speeding"

Richard Butler, a Conservative councillor for Notts County Council claims that local riders are terrorising the countryside by drink driving at high speeds.He claims they are riding home " tanked up " and tabled a motion at a Council meeting calling for an increased police presence on Nottinghamshire roads and rider re-education programmes.Butler said: " I don't want to be seen...

"Traffic signs make roads less safe"

"Traffic signs make roads less safe"

Improving road safety by making junctions more dangerous may seem a bizarre idea, but that is exactly what traffic consultant Ben Hamilton-Bailie told the Institution of Civil Engineers.The approach...

The best routes to more power

The best routes to more power

Now you’ve got your Kawasaki handling, stopping and looking great, you can look at getting more power from it. The proven motor responds readily to tuning, and there’s a plethora of parts available...

Win free Knox Air-X armour

Win free Knox Air-X armour

We’ve got five sets of Knox’s new shoulder and elbow Air-X armour, each worth £19.99, to give away to some lucky users.Air-X armour is fully CE-approved and comes with a hard plastic shell for greater...

Join a rideout with the stars

Join a rideout with the stars

How do you fancy joining the likes of John Reynolds, Steve Plater and Karl Harris on July 11, for the rideout of a lifetime?For just £35 for a rider, plus £15 for a pillion, you can join the Cavalcade...

Body and brakes

Body and brakes

Goodridge brake hoses £36.43 These will reduce sponginess and increase feel. They have a stainless outerbraid and PTFE inner.Ferodo racing compound pads £22.91The makers recommend them for track use...

When stunts go bad…

When stunts go bad…

Free in this week’s MCN, out June 26, is a mega poster of our man Kev Smith showboating - elbow down on an Aprilia RS250. But even the best get it wrong from time to time – as fellow tester Kostas...

Bolt-ons: Engine performance

Bolt-ons: Engine performance

K&N stage one jet kit: £88.99Boosts power by about 5 per cent across the rev range.K&N High Flow air filter: £34.79Replacement paper element improves airflow.Pipercross air filter:...

Triumph factory restart delayed

Triumph factory restart delayed

Triumph has had to reschedule its return to production after investigations by structural engineers revealed that the damage wrought by the fire which swept its Hinckley factory in March is worse than...

Make a date with Rossi

Make a date with Rossi

They’ll be rolling out the red carpet and shutting the streets of Leicester Square on July 9. But it’s no pseudo-celebrity photocall or ligger-loaded premier. A real star is coming to town to meet his...

Riders plan September 11 tribute ride

As a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11 last year, riders in the U.S. are planning a tribute ride from coast-to-coast.The marathon rideout will start on September2 from San Diego on the West Coast and cross the country to Shanksville, Pennslyvania for a ceremony honouring the victims of Flight 93 (the plane that crashed before it could be used as a weapon). From there...

Win British Grand Prix tickets

Win British Grand Prix tickets

This weekend sees the Dutch GP at the famous Assen circuit – and another opportunity to win a pair of free tickets to the British GP at MCN Donington Park.To stand a chance of winning all you have to...

Three personal routes to ZX heaven

Three personal routes to ZX heaven

Three MCN readers reveal how they’ve improved their Kawasakis117bhp, but he wants morePeter Foley has gone for an Akrapovic Ti race system, with Ti downpipes, stage-one jetting, World Superbike...

Suspension: All these changes cost is a little time

You don’t have to spend a fortune on bolt-ons to make a real difference to the performance of your bike. Kawasaki has endowed the 7R with excellent suspension components and getting them set-up correctly will perfect your ride on road and track. The 43mm inverted Kayaba forks and Uni-Trak rear shock are both fully-adjustable – for pre-load, as well as compression and rebound damping.Sorting them...

motorcyclenews.com race result

motorcyclenews.com race result

motorcyclenews.com’s sub-editor David Batchelor was racing at Snetterton on Sunday, grabbing a 25th in race one and an 18th (out of a field of 35) out of the bag on his debut in the Bemsee Rookie 400...

Britain’s riders are getting safer

Britain’s riders are getting safer

Despite pessimistic police predictions, the latest Government figures show how Britain’s roads are getting safer for motorcyclists.For more on this story, don’t miss the latest issue of MCN – out...

Voxan rescued from bankruptcy

Voxan rescued from bankruptcy

Voxan is set to make a comeback having been rescued from bankruptcy. For more details on Voxan’s rescue, don’t miss the July 3 issue of MCN.The French firm has been saved by Didier Cazeaux, who paid...

Getting the best from the ZX-7R

Getting the best from the ZX-7R

Kawasaki’s ZX-7R was created six years ago to give the firm a basis for World Superbike racing. This year, the effervescent and ever-popular Chris Walker is racing one.But so are hundreds of ordinary...

Triumph’s rebirth on target for September

Triumph’s rebirth on target for September

Triumph has started the second phase of rebuilding its fire-ravaged Hinckley factory.Its bikes have been in short supply since the fire on March 15, but the factory’s steel frame has now been...

A beginner’s guide to racing

A beginner’s guide to racing

I’m just about to embark on my first race, but it’s not just a question of turning up with your bike and having a crack as I’ve found out. Here’s a simple guide to what you’ll need if you’d like to...

Illegal stunters: Heroes or villains?

Illegal stunters: Heroes or villains?

In the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday June 19, we meet up with Britain’s hardcore street racers and stuntmen. Wheelieing, stoppieing and generally tearing up the Queen’s Tarmac. But are they...

Have you won a Fazer 1000?

Have you won a Fazer 1000?

Are you the lucky winner of a Yamaha Fazer 1000? If your name’s Campbell and you’re from Scotland (narrows it down a bit) it could be you.The mystery winner won the £7500 bike in a raffle held at the...

30,000 pack World Ducati Week party

30,000 pack World Ducati Week party

Almost 30,000 people from all over Europe and the U.S. have packed into Misano to celebrate World Ducati Week. You can read all about World Ducati Week in more detail in the new MCN, out June 19.This...

Jacques replica scoots are go!

Jacques replica scoots are go!

Yamaha has given its Yamaha YQ50 Aerox scooter the Olivier Jacques treatment.Painted in the Playstation/Gauloises GO!!!!! livery the bike’s another two-stroke smoker like the French GP ace’s YZR500.

Car company wins ride to work award!

Car company wins ride to work award!

The year’s biggest competition to encourage more people to ride their bikes to work has been won…by a car company.Rolls Royce & Bentley Motor Cars scooped a motorcycle park worth £1500 for getting...

Dark visors could be legal by Christmas

Dark visors could be legal by Christmas

The Government is currently mulling over thousands of letters sent by MCN readers calling for dark visors to be made legal - and insiders at the Department of Transport (DoT) have told us it could...

Tell us if Ninja’s facelift works

Tell us if Ninja’s facelift works

British design company Xenophya is planning to give every popular superbike the chance to be as exclusive as an MV Agusta or Benelli Tornado.And their first target for a complete makeover is...

Speed limit threat to biking back roads

Britain’s favourite biking roads could have their speed limits slashed as the Government fights to cut the number of deaths in road accidents.A select committee of MPs has recommended that B-roads have a 50mph limit, which can go as low as 40mph on certain sections.It is now up to the Government to decide whether to accept the recommendations and make them law.Its current pro-motorist stance...

Don’t miss our illegal stunt story

Don’t miss our illegal stunt story

If you’ve ever been tempted to pull a wheelie or show off to your mates you won’t want to miss our story on illegal stunters.Already one of Warwickshire’s top cops, Inspector John Timmis has pledged...

Blame culture puts trackdays in doubt

Blame culture puts trackdays in doubt

Britain’s rising blame culture could soon force trackday organisers to dramatically change they way they operate, or even go out of business altogether.You can read more about the future of trackdays...

Three months for speeding cop

Three months for speeding cop

An off-duty police officer has been jailed for three months after being clocked on his bike at more than 125mph on a 70mph stretch of motorway.Pc Thomas Cunningham pleaded guilty to dangerous driving...

Powerslide competition winner

Congratulations to Mark Smith from Ravenstone, Leics who wins a day’s instruction at the Powerslide Training School. We’ll be following Marks’ progress and bringing you a video of how he gets on.Mark correctly identified our featured bikes as:Monday- BMW1150GSTuesday-CCM640EWednesday-Kawasaki ZX9RThursday-Yamaha R1Friday- Ducati 916 SennaSaturday- Buell X1 LightningSunday/Monday- Harley Davidson...

Come out fighting

The majority of us have a fair idea of what an Aprilia Falco is... something kind of half-faired, RSV Mille-powered and more all-round than all-out. The literally brilliant Aprilia Fighting Falco is rather more extreme and a good deal more memorable.Ride it and you’ll be giggling all the way back to the tube of Autosol you’ll be using to keep it brightly polished.The chromed-up kit Aprilia is...