May

M4 bus lane will open to bikes

M4 bus lane will open to bikes

The controversial bus lane on the M4 will open to motorcycles from the end of July, the Highways Agency has announced. And if the experiment is successful it could mean a change in the law opening all...

Win £130 worth of Kriega luggage

Win £130 worth of Kriega luggage

Krug, manufactures of some of the world's best rucksacks, have changed their name to Kriega. To mark this we've got £130 worth of their biking luggage to give away to one lucky winner.Answer this...

Woman injured in helmet-repeal ride

Woman injured in helmet-repeal ride

A helmetless pillion suffered head injuries after she fell from a bike, whilst on an annual run to celebrate the repeal of the compulsory helmet law in the States.She was taking part in the "...

Winner of the Kriega competition announced

The winner of the Kriega competition is " Woodie " , so if he could email dave.batchelor@emap.com with his details, we’ll arrange for his Kriega R25 rucksack and R11 waistpack to be delivered.And for those of you that were unlucky this time, including the gentleman who almost killed our email system with a few hundred entries, we’ll have more competitions in the near future.

Air crash survivor takes bike to hospital

Doctors in Nigeria were stunned to find the patient before their eyes was a survivor from an aircrash that had killed 73 passengers. But when the man told them he’d just rented a bike and ridden to the hospital their jaws hit the floor.Lebanese passenger Najib Ibrahim, 25, was one of just four survivors of the crash. He leapt from the blazing wreckage and, rather than relying on the local...

Cop caught with false plates

Cop caught with false plates

A policeman in Nottingham has just resigned after being caught with false plates on his bike.PC Jonathan Partridge fitted them to his (unspecified) Suzuki after using a confidential police database to...

Starway to savings

Starway to savings

You might not recognise the name yet, but with prices this low Starway bikes could soon be making an impact.The Chinese-made bikes will go on sale in the UK next week. The line-up includes two 250...

Sachs XTC revamped for June

Sachs XTC revamped for June

Sachs is overhauling its sex thimble XTC125. Apart from revising the colour scheme and other cosmetics, it’s ditched its two-stroke Suzuki motor for a four-stroke single from the same firm.Our...

Swop my boat for your bike

Swop my boat for your bike

Do you fancy swapping two wheels for sea legs? Well, Paul Kingston from Cork in Eire could be just the man to help. He wants to swap his Orkney 520 Cuddy pleasure boat for a Yamaha TDM900, Honda...

Speed cameras: the truth behind the hype

Speed cameras: the truth behind the hype

Despite recent media speculation, next month won’t see the end of speed cameras.For the full story on the truth behind the media hype on speed cameras don’t miss the latest issue of MCN, out May...

Help Guzzi choose its future models

Help Guzzi choose its future models

Moto Guzzi needs your help to decide which models it will release in the future.For the full story on Moto Guzzi’s appeal, don’t miss the May 29 issue of MCN.The Italian company is conducting a...

Liked our £3000 CBR? How about a £4000 R1

Liked our £3000 CBR? How about a £4000 R1

Ten grand. That’s how much I spent on my last bike – a Honda SP-1 armed with some tasty bolt-ons that lived most of its life on track days rather than tootling around the roads. But every time I...

Hampshire police fined for unidentified speeder

Hampshire police fined for unidentified speeder

A dishonest Hampshire copper whose patrol car tripped a speed camera at 48mph in a 30 limit, forced the appearance of his boss in court yesterday.The failure of the driver to come forward, and take...

World exclusive shots of Triumph’s Daytona 600

World exclusive shots of Triumph’s Daytona 600

Don’t miss the world’s first pictures of the bike everyone will be talking about. In the new, biggest ever issue of MCN, out Wednesday, May29 we’ve got exclusive snaps of Triumph’s Daytona 600.The...

Man behind Yamaha dies

Genichi Kawakami, the man credited with turning Yamaha into one of the biggest bike manufacturers in the world, died on Saturday at the age of 90. He joined Nippon Gakki Co – the firm that became Yamaha – in 1937 when it made musical intruments. But in 1955, when Kawakami was president, Yamaha Motor Co was born. He retired in 1976 but continued as an advisor until his death.

What we fitted and why

What we fitted and why

Bridgestone BT012SS £250 a pairBridgestone’s BT56SS replacement is ideal for fast road or track day riding. It’s stickier than the BT56 and therefore won’t last quite as long, but Bridgestone still...

The verdict

Once each bike had been fitted with identical kit, it was time to see how the changes affected them and what difference it made to the superbike pecking order. We chose Donington Park to put them through their paces.We passed the time during the drive to the Leicestershire race track arguing about which bike would probably win.My fellow testers were Donington Park track day instructor Dave Hill...

Her name is Rio…

Her name is Rio…

Easy on the eye and hard on the brain. That’s the charge leveled at some telly totty called in to commentate on motorsport. Not Sky’s speedway presenter Jane Omorogbe, though. Omorogbe, better known...

Build a fully-sorted track tool...for three grand

Build a fully-sorted track tool...for three grand

It all seemed so simple after five pints of Stella on a cold Friday night in October last year. Buy a mate’s destroyed 2001CBR600 Sport and then turn it into the track day bike I had been longing...

Suzuki festival lined up

Suzuki festival lined up

If you own a Suzuki you won’t want to miss this. The company is throwing another huge summer festival along the lines of its GSX-R bash at Brands Hatch last year.This time all types of Suzuki can join...

Which helmet design gets your vote?

Which helmet design gets your vote?

Six designs in our Arashi helmet design competition have been shortlisted by the judges. We want you to vote for your favourite. The winning artist will get their effort painted by MAS, the company...

The bikes

The bikes

Honda Fireblade:Whew we tested the Blade in March, we had two concerns. It’s a quick turner – even quicker than the R1 and GSX-R – which can make it a bit of a headshaker. The Blade needs a steering...

Shake hands with Hodgson this Saturday

You can find out what it was like to aquaplane at 180mph in the pouring Silverstone rain when World Superbike stars Neil Hodgson and James Toseland meet their fans at four Carnell/Motorcycle City branches this Saturday.Between them the HM Plant Ducati teammates will visit the Liverpool, Manchester, Doncaster and Sheffield branches to sign autographs and shake hands.Hodgson will be at Carnell’s...

The latest sportbikes: tuned and compared

The latest sportbikes: tuned and compared

The performance and handling of this year’s superbikes has never been closer. When MCN tested Yamaha’s R1 against the Honda FireBlade and Suzuki GSX-R1000 in March, it took hundreds of laps of twisty...

Rider’s 155mph – "fastest ever" on camera

Rider’s 155mph – "fastest ever" on camera

A motorcyclist narrowly escaped a prison sentence after being caught on camera doing 155mph just outside Cardiff.Lee Beddis blasted past a parked patrol car on his bike so fast the officer inside said...

Are you buying a new bike?

Are you buying a new bike?

If you’re planning on buying a new bike over the next few weeks, we’d like to hear from you for an MCN feature.We’d like to follow you through the whole process of how you go about choosing, trying...

Kriega competition result announced 5pm

Kriega competition result announced 5pm

We’ll be announcing the results of our Kriega rucksack competition later today.And it’s not too late to enter. You’ve got until 5pm to get your entry in.Kriega is the new name for Krug, manufacturers...

Special Essex court hears fifty 100mph speeders

Special Essex court hears fifty 100mph speeders

Nearly fifty riders and drivers who notched up speeds of more than 100mph on the new A130 by pass will be dealt with at a special one-off hearing at Witham magistrates court in Essex today (Friday...

Corrie star cracks it second go

Corrie star cracks it second go

Soap star Chris Bisson has passed his bike test at the second attempt. MCN reported earlier this month how Bisson, cabbie Vikram Desai in TV’s Coronation Street flunked his first attempt. But the...

More ‘limited edition’ Rossi reps launched

More ‘limited edition’ Rossi reps launched

Honda has launched a second version of its limited-edition CBR600 Sport Rossi replica to celebrate his 2001 GP championship victory.For the full story on the new Rossi-reps, don’t miss the new MCN,...

Can you help…?

We’d like to broadcast an appeal from Cambridgeshire police… One of their pandas is missing.The patrol car went missing this morning and the force has issued this plea: " The car was stolen from Fengate in Peterborough during the early hours of Tuesday, May 21. " It was taken around 4.25am. Officers had stopped to help a young woman and were then called to another incident. " While...

Build a mint track bike for £3000

Build a mint track bike for £3000

This bike was an £800 write-off. But in the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday May 22, we’ll show you how it was turned into a mint track missile for just three grand.It’s a DIY project anyone can...

Tell us about your BMF weekend

Tell us about your BMF weekend

A record-breaking 88,500 of you made the trek to the East of England Showground over the weekend, and judging by the smiles it seems to have been another roaring success. So why not tell us about...

Around the world in ninety days

Around the world in ninety days

In early August, eight teams of three riders each will tackle one of the most gruelling events in motorcycling – the Round the World Challenge. Meet ours.Jane Holmyard, Claire Janssenswillen and Nina...

Beckham strikes oil

Beckham strikes oil

David Beckham has just struck a huge sponsorship deal with Castrol.According to the England captain, the oil giant, which also sponsors Honda’s World Superbike squad, embodies: " Performance,...

Meet your heroes for just a fiver

Meet your heroes for just a fiver

Wangle this Wednesday (May 22) off work and you can meet all your WSB heroes and watch a day’s testing at Silverstone for just a fiver.All the top men like Neil Hodsgon, Troy Bayliss, Colin Edwards...