2003

Kawasaki creates its ultimate superbike

Kawasaki creates its ultimate superbike

KAWASAKI has finally delivered the bike so many have waited so long for – a genuine top-drawer, no-compromise, balls-out machine to top anyone’s superbike wish-list. With 160bhp and weighing just...

VN2000 is biggest twin yet

VN2000 is biggest twin yet

THE new Kawasaki VN2000 cruiser will be the largest capacity V-twin to roll off a bike production line. The giant chrome-laden Kawasaki makes 120ftlb of torque and 95bhp. It doesn’t quite match the...

Save money On Any Sunday

Save money On Any Sunday

The classic 1971 bike film On Any Sunday has been released on DVD for the first time as a special three-disc box set, and you can save money with MCN. The usual price for the set is £39.99 but you can...

MPs’ support for bikers increases

MPs’ support for bikers increases

Motorcycling seems to be showing a rise in popularity at the House of Commons according to a recent survey by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI). The survey asked a panel of 146 MPs about their...

Fire engines given emergency call speed limits

Fire engines given emergency call speed limits

Fire engines on emergency calls are being given a speed limit by the West Midlands Fire Service. From now on, fire response vehicles will travel at no more than 45mph in a 30mph zone and under 80mph...

Streak is meaner for 2004

Streak is meaner for 2004

Kawasaki’s custom-style Mean Streak cruiser gets the bigger 1552cc engine from the VN1600 in its update for 2004. But despite the extra 72cc over the outgoing 1470cc motor, its power stays unchanged...

Villagers boycott ‘Wild Ox’ meeting

Villagers boycott ‘Wild Ox’ meeting

Villagers have boycotted a meeting to discuss their protests against the ‘Wild Ox’ bike meets at the White Horse pub in Morcott, Rutland. The meeting was arranged by landlord Barry Starkey to discuss...

Bikes destroyed in blaze

Bikes destroyed in blaze

Up to 30 bikes have been destroyed in a fire at a motorcycle storage warehouse in Oxfordshire this morning, Tuesday August 26. The depot is owned by Oxford Motorcycle Engineers Ltd. Firefighters from...

New TV show rebuilds classics

New TV show rebuilds classics

A new TV series on the Discovery Home & Leisure channel will feature two classic bike restorations. ” A Bike is Born: Harley ” will air at 7.30pm on August 30, and features engineering guru Mark...

The 2004 Kawasaki ZX-10R

The 2004 Kawasaki ZX-10R

These are the first official pictures of Kawasaki’s ultimate sports bike, the 160bhp Kawasaki ZX-10R. An all-new 998cc engine is housed in a GP-derived chassis, and the whole thing weighs just 165kg.

2004 Kawasaki ZX-10R is revealed

2004 Kawasaki ZX-10R is revealed

You can see four pages on the new Kawasaki ZX-10R in MCN, out Wednesday August 27. We’ve got all the details of the Japanese firm’s ultimate superbike, and MCN’s first pictures are accompanied by a...

Vote for your favourite Blade, share your tales

Vote for your favourite Blade,  share your tales

We’re putting together a supplement for a forthcoming edition of MCN, to celebrate the Honda FireBlade, one of the most influential bikes of the last 20 years and we want your input. The next...

MCN’s head start for new bikers

MCN’s head start for new bikers

This week’s MCN, out August 20, features a free 12-page ‘Beginners’ guide to biking’ supplement that gives new bikers everything they need to know about getting on two wheels. We take you through the...

Win free track tuition

Win free track tuition

We have teamed up with the California Superbike school to offer one motorcyclenews.com user a free place at one of its schools. Developed by motorcycling skills guru Keith Code, author of A twist of...

Triumph launches 2.3 litre Rocket

Triumph launches 2.3 litre Rocket

Triumph’s new Rocket III has twice as much torque as an R1, tops 150mph and features the biggest purpose-built bike engine ever at 2294cc. The triple-cylinder cruiser has almost twice as much torque...

Exclusive images of the new R1

Exclusive images of the new R1

This week in MCN, out August 13, we exclusively reveal how the 2004 Yamaha R1 will look. The new bike has surprised everyone by taking its styling cues from Italy and in particular MV Agusta’s F4. The...

Couple begin bid for Trans-American record

Couple begin bid for Trans-American record

The current holders of the world record for riding round the world on a motorbike, at just 19 and a half days, have just set off on their latest record breaking attempt, riding the entire length of...

Donington cracks down on noisy pipes

Donington cracks down on noisy pipes

New rules for Donington Park ‘quiet days’ mean that if you turn up with anything other than a road-legal exhaust you wont get on track. The move comes after the circuit’s regular six-month review of...

New motorcycle test deferred until 2008

New motorcycle test deferred until 2008

The plans to change the motorcycle test to include obstacle avoidance have been deferred, allowing member EU states until September 30, 2008 to introduce the new test. The European Commission...

£500 cashback on Kawasaki ZX-6R

£500 cashback on Kawasaki ZX-6R

Buy a 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R between the start of August and the end of September and you’ll get £500 cashback. With a list price of £7245 on the road that makes the ZX-6R just £6745 with the...

Ride-ins to Hawick

If you’re planning to ride to Hawick on Thursday and would like to organise a ride-in, send the details to mcn.online@emap.com. And if you’d like to get in touch with any of the people named below, send an email to the same address, with the appropriate name in the subject line. Hawick: I have spoken to Inspector Murray of Hawick Traffic Police dept. and the latest arrangements for Steve’s funeral...

Own a snapshot of biking history

Own a snapshot of biking history

Alex Reade Motorsport is hosting an exhibition of racing pictures throughout August and they’re all for sale. The pictures come from photo agency Gold and Goose, which has attended every major bike...

Terminator 3 inspired cruiser

Terminator 3 inspired cruiser

Indian has unveiled 50 limited edition Chiefs to celebrate the bikes appearance in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines currently showing in cinemas. Indian bikes are used as police motorcycles in the...

Gericke UK safe despite parent firm’s woe

Gericke UK safe despite parent firm’s woe

Hein Gericke in the UK is carrying on trading as usual, despite German parent company Eurobike running into money problems. The UK based part of the business ” has no problems at all, ” according...

Never get caught speeding again

Never get caught speeding again

Want to know which cameras are dangerous to your licence, whether you can blag your way out of a ticket and what to do when a policeman pulls you over? It’s all in the free supplement with MCN, August...

Thousands pay tribute to Hislop

Thousands pay tribute to Hislop

Thousands turned out in Hawick in the Scottish borders for the funeral of British Superbike champion Steve Hislop yesterday. Police estimate 3000-4000 mourners arrived in town to join local people...

Police warn: Arrive early for Hizzy funeral

Police warn: Arrive early for Hizzy funeral

Police are warning anyone planning to attend Steve Hislop’s funeral on Thursday that they should arrive early. The funeral of the British Superbike Champion, who died in a helicopter on Wednesday July...

Suzuki open day this weekend

Suzuki open day this weekend

Powersport bikes in Bradford will have two days of attractions on Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10. Both days will feature the Suzuki roadshow, the Avon Tyres show truck, dyno runs for £20, Ride...

Hislop’s funeral announced

Hislop’s funeral announced

British Superbike champion Steve Hislop is to be buried in his home town just over a week after he died in a helicopter crash in the Scottish borders. Hislop’s mother, Margaret, announced that the...

Couple’s American record bid

Couple’s American record bid

The fastest motorcyclist and pillion to circumnavigate the globe (19 days and 8 hours) will begin a new record attempt on the TransAmericas by motorcycle. The British couple will leave Prudhoe Bay, in...

Investigators probe Hislop crash

Investigators probe Hislop crash

More details have emerged about the death of reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop, whose helicopter crashed in the Scottish Borders on Wednesday July 30. The 11-times TT winner and double...

Use the hedges

To enjoy the country roads a bit more watch the direction of the bordering hedgerows, as these will allow you to gauge the direction that the road is turning when you cannot normally see the road ahead. Country lanes nearly always have bordering hedges and using this technique enables you to set yourself up for the next corner well in advance and gives you lots of extra confidence. Contributor:...

MCN announces new Editor

MCN announces new Editor

Marc Potter has been appointed Editor of Motor Cycle News. ‘Potski’, 28, started at MCN as a work experience trainee in 1994, and has been both road test editor and managing editor (news). He’s ridden...

Test a BMW and win a lid

Test a BMW and win a lid

Test a BMW model from the firm’s new Roadster promotion at any BMW motorcycle dealership and you could win one of 20 SportIntegral lids. The four models included are the F650 CS, R850R, R1150R and...

Your Brands Hatch memories

Your Brands Hatch memories

With Brands Hatch World Superbikes over for another year we wanted to share your memories. Here are just a few of the things that we all got up to on a very muddy Saturday night and a sun-soaked,...

Hislop dies in helicopter crash

Hislop dies in helicopter crash

Reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop has died in a helicopter accident in the Scottish Borders. Hislop, 41, is understood to have been flying alone to visit friends in the area when his...