December

Remember a year of triumph and tragedy

It’s been a tough year in many ways. Hardest of all was our loss of three British legends; Barry Sheene, Steve Hislop and Dave Jefferies. They were giants of motorcycling, heroes to us all and stars who we will never forget.And then they started locking motorcyclists up for breaking the speed limit while car drivers got away with fines and points…But there were good times, too; Brands World...

ZX-10R v Blade v GSX-R1000

ZX-10R v Blade v GSX-R1000

If you’ve been keeping up to date with MCN’s world first tests through December you’ll already have our verdicts on the utterly nutterly Kawasaki ZX-10R, breathtakingly brilliant 2004 Fireblade and as...

We name best winter kit

We name best winter kit

Winter can mean deserted roads and two-wheeled fun, but only if you’ve got the kit to keep you warm.That’s why MCN, out Tuesday December 30, includes a guide to 12 all-weather trousers and jackets to...

Brit-based BMW riders return to Dakar

Brit-based BMW riders return to Dakar

British-based Nick Plumb and Simon Pavey will compete in the 7700-mile 2004 Telefonica-Dakar Rally, which begins on January 1 in France.Both riders competed in the 2003 event on BMW F650 GS Dakar...

Special Christmas offer for MCN readers

Special Christmas offer for MCN readers

In the spirit of the festive season, you can get inner thermal gloves worth £6.50 for just £1 thanks to MCN and Oxford Products.The pound covers postage, packing and admin, so the gloves themselves...

Free guide to your biking year

Free guide to your biking year

Make 2004 your best biking year ever, packed with unforgettable moments, by picking up your free eight-page guide to the year’s biggest and best events, in MCN, out on Tuesday.It includes the major...

Win £5000 of prizes in our Christmas quiz

Win £5000 of prizes in our Christmas quiz

We have more than £5000 worth of prizes to give away in our mammoth 2003 Christmas quiz, including a signed Valentino Rossi AGV lid.Prizes also include an Alpinestars one-piece suit and other kit,...

How good to you was Santa?

How good to you was Santa?

Are you Britain’s luckiest biker, landing yourself an amazing bike-related present from a loved one this Christmas?Or were you forced to go out and splash the cash on a biking gift for yourself to...

The MCN latest on new bikes archive is open

The MCN latest on new bikes archive is open

There are hundreds of Latest on New Bike stories currently in our archives for you to browse.We’re adding less additional content than usual to this section while we focus on improving the overall...

The MCN News archive is open

The MCN News archive is open

There are hundreds of News stories currently in our archives for you to browse.We’re adding less additional content than usual to this section while we focus on improving the overall service we offer...

New alarm from Acumen

New alarm from Acumen

UK firm Acumen has released the new CAT 1 alarm system and immobiliser, with claims of unrivalled reliability.The reason is that the electronics are all encased in resin, with a special watertight...

Hear the sound of the Honda Six

Hear the sound of the Honda Six

Here is you chance to listen to one of the most recognisable engine sounds in the history of motorcycle racing - the Honda Six. The six cylinder, six piped 250cc GP bike is the stuff of legend. Mike...

Sane ways to make riding safer

1 - Updated training for new riders: Training for new riders should incorporate more relevant skills such as overtaking lorries and cars and bike handling skills like cornering. These are all areas in which many motorcycle accidents occur.2 - Improved Advanced Rider Training: We’re not asking to raise the standard of the best advanced training that already exists – but we do want to see ALL...

Blade first test in MCN, out Tuesday

Blade first test in MCN, out Tuesday

The World’s first test of the all-new 2004 Fireblade is published in MCN this Tuesday.Out one day early, for Christmas, the latest MCN includes a free 12-page Fireblade test supplement, complete with...

Support rolls in for Back Off Biking

Support rolls in for Back Off Biking

The MCN Back Off Biking campaign has received phenomenal support so far with over 6000 people signing up to the petition.Last week we claimed our first victory when the man that controls the future of...

Back off biking: Show your support

Back off biking: Show your support

Biking in Britain is facing its greatest threat for decades.Zero tolerance policing is on the increase and Transport minister David Jamieson has threatened legislation to force power and speed...

Pick the 2004 MCN Babes: New entries added

Pick the 2004 MCN Babes: New entries added

We’ve gathered together all the applicants for the MCN 2004 Babe Squad for your enjoyment. Take a good look because your votes will help decide which girls will be part of our team at all the biggest...

Back off Biking Petition

I’m supporting MCN’s Back Off Biking campaign. Instead of power restrictors and speed limiters to put people off biking, I want the Government to make or support some simple changes to improve our riding safety. These include: 1. More relevant new rider training 2. Standardised advanced rider training 3. Offering rewards for those who undertake advanced rider training 4. Free advanced training for...

Come and ride a 749 Dark with MCN

Come and ride a 749 Dark with MCN

MCN is looking for owners of 600cc and 750cc sports bikes to give the new Ducati 749 Dark a try and give your verdicts on the bike.To be eligible you’ll need a full road motorcycle licence and be able...

Updated Rossi biog hits the shelves

Updated Rossi biog hits the shelves

The fully revised and updated second edition of Valentino Rossi: Motogenius is now available.Following the life of the five-time world champion from his first minimoto ride, the new edition includes...

Kawasaki ZX-10R world's first test

Kawasaki ZX-10R world's first test

MCN was in Florida this week for the world launch of the Kawasaki ZX-10R, and we'll bring you the first full test report in this week's issue, out December 17.First impressions of the bike reveal that...

Court rules some 30mph limits do not exist

Court rules some 30mph limits do not exist

Some 30mph limits across England have no basis in law according to a recent court ruling.Redditch Magistrates Court ruled a driver was not guilty of exceeding a 30mph limit as the restriction did not...

CCM updates for 2004

CCM updates for 2004

CCM has updated its R30 supermoto and restyled its range of 644cc bikes for 2004.The main update for the R30 will be in fuel capacity - ditching the tiny 10-litre fuel tank in favour of a slightly...

Our guide reveals hot gloves for cold times

Our guide reveals hot gloves for cold times

Cold weather doesn’t mean you have to stop riding, just that you need to change your wardrobe. And with a few good pieces of kit you’ll be able to enjoy emptier roads in comfort.It’s the extremities...

Bikes should go free on Motorway toll road

Bikes should go free on Motorway toll road

The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) has called for exemption for motorbikes on the new M6 Toll Road.The new road was officially opened on Tuesday December 9, 2003 and aims to alleviate...

Camera partnership to invest in BikeSafe

Camera partnership to invest in BikeSafe

The London Safety Camera Partnership has unveiled plans to invest heavily in road safety rather than just increasing the number of cameras on London's roads."We are now allowed to put part of our...

Insurance firm backs security scheme

Insurance firm backs security scheme

A new campaign to reduce bike thefts can also get you up to 10% off your insurance with Bikesure.The Lock It 2 Me scheme encourages you to secure your bike to the lock on another Lock It 2 Me member’s...

New cans for the 999

New cans for the 999

Remus has launched a replacement pair of cans for the Ducati 999 and 749.The new Revolution system gets rid of the bulky double exit standard exhaust in favour of a twin can system with more than a...

Yamaha concepts set for production

Yamaha concepts set for production

Yamaha looks set to expand its range of naked bikes after strong feedback on the two concept bikes it's been showing around.The firm first showed the MT-01 1600cc V-twin concept bike at the Tokyo...

New phone laws make roads safer

New phone laws make roads safer

The roads should become safer for motorcyclists as new laws make it an offence for car drivers to use hand-held mobiles on the move.From Monday, December 1, car drivers found to be using their...

Friends star will get first U.S. RSV Nera

Friends star will get first U.S. RSV Nera

Friends star Matt LeBlanc will get an early Christmas gift this year as he receives the first Aprilia RSV1000 Nera available in the U.S.The bike will be presented on December 13 at the International...

Travel the world with BMW

Travel the world with BMW

World of BMW, BMW's customer magazine, has announced its list of 2004 tours.The firm offers everything from a brief hop over the channel to Calais for a tour of the gourmet restaurants, to a full-on...

Get paid riding the Thunderbike

Get paid riding the Thunderbike

If you have ever fancied getting paid to ride a motorbike, and fancy a bit of local fame as well, 96 Trent FM might have the perfect job for you.The radio station has a vacancy for a new travel...

Save £100s with Hein Gericke

Save £100s with Hein Gericke

You could save hundreds of pounds on helmets, luggage and security kit in Hein Gericke's Christmas sale online.Get your hands on a Rossi replica AGV XR-2 helmet for just £225, a saving of £75 - or...

Sports 600 rider poll

Sports 600 rider poll

If you bought a new 600cc supersports bike this year, MCN would like to hear from you.We are looking for owners of 2003 models to email us with answers to the question below. The bikes we are looking...

Inspiration to get you through Winter

Inspiration to get you through Winter

If you’ve ridden through rain and mist to commute to work this week, or your only biking fix is a glance at your bike locked up in the garage, we have the inspiration you need to keep you going...