2004

Bimota DB5: first pics

Bimota DB5: first pics

This is the first picture of the DB5 road bike Bimota will launch at the Munich Show in Germany next week (starting Sep 13). It uses a Ducati 1000DS V-twin engine, as used in the Multistrada, 1000SS...

Sachs and Sym go mad

Sachs and Sym go mad

Sachs unveiled 125cc and 500cc versions of its MadAss BMX style bike at the Munich bike show on Tuesday, September 14. Both bikes are developments of the current 50cc bike which was reviewed in MCN...

We're testing 05 999

We're testing 05 999

Ducati’s 05 999 makes its public debut at the Munich Show next week – but MCN has been testing it this week and will bring you the world’s first test of the £11,500 Italian beauty in our September 15...

No end to this summer

No end to this summer

Thought summer’s days might be numbered? You’re wrong – it’s actually Springtime. At least, it is if you’re ready to take advantage of a new luxury touring firm starting up on New Zealand’s South...

Jackie Chan signed up

Jackie Chan signed up

Hong Kong Hollywood legend Jackie Chan has been signed up to be the ‘brand ambassador’ for a new 125 being launched by Indian firm Bajaj. The Discover, launched this week, is tilted at the...

Guzzi's plans for 05

Guzzi's plans for 05

Moto Guzzi`s future direction may have been in doubt all year, but that hasn`t stopped it ploughing on in developing a line up of bikes for 2005. They were revealed in Munich on Tuesday morning (Sep...

Honda launches line-up

Honda launches line-up

Honda gave an official launch to its 05 line-up late on Monday night (Sep 13). The evening gave the first public viewing of the new supermoto-style FMX650 and a new Repsol colourscheme for the Blade.

Sep 8 issue of MCN

Sep 8 issue of MCN

This week’s issue of MCN (out from Wednesday, September 8) includes exclusive first official pictures of the all-new Triumph Sprint ST. It comes complete with interviews with the design team, full...

This week's rideouts

Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS on in the UK. To check for more, or to organise your own, visit the Road Riding board in our Have Your Say forums. Click here. THURSDAY September 9 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails, N Wales. 01270-768562. All week. Royal Oak, North Kelsey, Lincs. 7pm. 01652-678544. SATURDAY September 11 Track Sense Trail Ride, Surrey. 08704-450600. Kill Spills Demo Ride and...

US bike sales boom

US bike sales boom

Bike sales are booming in the US with sales up by as much as 50 per cent for some dealers. American industry watchers say sales have grown steadily for the last 11 years but this year they have gone...

Riding Schools: Sep 8 on

Each week we publish a list of RIDING SCHOOLS running in the UK. These are for the week commencing Sep 8, 2004. THURSDAY September 9 Track Sense Trail Riding, Kent. 08704-450600. FRIDAY-Monday September 10-13 BMW Off-Road Skills Course, Brecon Beacons, Powys. 0800-0131282. The Powerslide Training School, Saddlebow Stadium, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. £195. 01507-313829. SATURDAY September 11 ...

Free Bikesafe training

Free Bikesafe training

You can get safety advice, riding tips, and observed rideouts for free at the BikeSafe Day 2004 at Chelmsford in Essex this weekend. The event will be held between 10am and 3.30pm near Essex Police...

Win kit for buying tips

Win kit for buying tips

We want you to make the perfect bike buy every time. So we’re looking for your help to guide others through some of the potential pitfalls. If you’ve made mistakes with a purchase in the past – or...

Shows/Rallies Sep 1

Each week we publish a list of shows, rallies and open days being held in the UK. These are for the week starting September 1. SHOWS SUNDAY September 5 Festival of 1000 Classics, Cholmondeley Castle, Nr Malpas, Cheshire. 01484-452002. Grampian Motorcycle Convention, Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire. 11am-5pm. 01975-562292. Busy Bee Reunion Day, Hilton Hotel, Watford, Herts. 11am.

Rideouts: Sep 1 on

Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS. These are for the week starting September 1, 2004. You can find out about more rideouts – or try to organise your own – here. THURSDAY September 2 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails. N Wales. 01270-768562. Royal Oak, North Kelsey, Lincs. 7pm. 01652-678544. FRIDAY September 3 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails. See Thursday. SATURDAY September 4 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks...

Riding Schools: Sep 1

Each week we publish a list of RIDING SCHOOLS on in the UK. These are for the week commencing September 1, 2004. THURSDAY September 2 Track Sense Trail Riding, Kent. 08704-450600. FRIDAY September 3 First Bike on Scene Course, Preston, Lancs. 01772-773040. MCN Honda Off-Road Experience, Midlands. 01933-674036. SATURDAY September 4 BikeSafe 2004, Warwickshire. 01926-415440. MCN Honda Off-Road...

Bike Meets: Sep 1 on

Summer is still here, so make the most of it by visiting one of the hundreds of bike meets being held over the next few days. The ones listed here are for the week commencing September 1, 2004. THURSDAY September 2 Catchems Inn, Swadlincote, Derbys. 7pm. 01283-217654. Italian Job Cafe, Peterborough. 01733-236438. Lumb Farm Pub, Ripley, Derbyshire. 01773-744299. Nelson Tavern, Failsworth,...

More points for speeding

More points for speeding

New speeding penalties have been proposed that will see people who are caught speeding getting as much as six points on their licence. The proposals were first announced in January by the Home...

Never had it so good?

Never had it so good?

More of us are riding on British roads than at any time in the last 13 years – and it’s not just because summer has finally arrived. If the forecast for day-after-day of sunshine isn’t enough to fire...

Join in 'Kill Spills' rally

Join in 'Kill Spills' rally

Up to 1000 bikes will take to the streets of the capital in what is being described as the largest road safety motorcycle rally London has ever seen. The run goes from the Ace Café to the Palace of...

Racing events: Sep 8 on

DRAG RACING THURSDAY-Sunday September 9-12 FIA European Drag Racing Championship, Santa Pod Raceway, Beds. 01234-782828. Until Sunday. (See page 34). SUNDAY September 12 Straightliners Series, East Kirkby, Lincs. 07971-172210. MINIMOTO SATURDAY September 11 Phoenix Racing SEMRC, Anglia Karting, Swaffham, Norfolk. 0870-443-6813. Until Sunday. Lucky Devils Minimoto Racing, Prestige Karting,...

Hells Angels offer

Hells Angels offer

The first photographer to be allowed unrestricted access to the Hells Angels, Andrew Shaylor, has collected pictures and portraits of club members in a new book, Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Shaylor...

All-new Speed Triple

All-new Speed Triple

These are the first official pictures of Triumph’s all-new Speed Triple – exclusively released to motorcyclenews.com On top of the new look the 2005 Speed Triple uses a new 1050cc engine, has new...

Trackdays: Sep 1 on

Each week we publish a list of TRACKDAYS being held in the UK. These are those for the week starting September 1, 2004. WEDNESDAY September 1 Focused Events Track Evening, Brands Hatch Indy, Kent. £87 01903-744011. Track Evening, Rockingham, Northants. 01536-271100. THURSDAY September 2 MCN Trackday, Brands Hatch GP. £265. 0870-850-5013. Cusworth Trackday, Cadwell Park, Lincs. 01302-814444. John...

Race Meets: Sep 1 on

Each week we publish a list of ROAD RACING, MINIMOTO, HILLCLIMB and DRAG RACING events on the UK. These are those for the week starting Sep 1. THURSDAY September 2 Classic Racing MCC, Goodwood, West Sussex. 01953-850677. Until Sunday. Manx GP, Isle of Man. 01624-644644. Until Friday. FRIDAY-SUNDAY September 3-5 Goodwood Revival, Goodwood, Sussex. 01243-755055 or www.goodwood.co.uk SATURDAY...

Diesel spill hotline due

Diesel spill hotline due

The BMF will call for a nationwide diesel-spills hotline to be set up as part of a massive shake-up of responsibilities for the UK’s roads network. The 0800-style line would be widely advertised and...

E-clip: September 1

E-clip: September 1

Garry McCoy is the king of slide and seeing him in action on the Kawasaki ZX-RR shows why Click here to see the clip

Prizes for BMW test rides

Prizes for BMW test rides

Take a test ride on a number of current BMW models at an official dealer, and you’ll be entered into a competition to win one of ten BMW Motorrad Navigator II sat-nav systems, worth £1350 each. The...

Off Road: Sep 8 on

Each week we publish a list of off-road events. These are those for the week commencing September 8, 2004. MOTOCROSS FRIDAY-SATURDAY September 10-11 FIM Motocross World Championship. Ballykelly, County Londonderry. 07774-217932. Two world titles could be resolved at the first Irish GP in 10 years. Stefan Everts is seven points off clinching the MX1 title while Ben Townley needs four to wrap up...

Last chance to win tyres

Last chance to win tyres

Time is running out if you want to enter our competition to win tyres. Reckon you’re riding on wonder rubber? Found a tyre that feels like it’ll never let go yet will last you 1000 laps of the M25? ...

GS tops sales chart

GS tops sales chart

BMW is boosting production of its R1200GS in a bid to keep up with demand. It has proved to be the biggest-selling bike of 1000cc-plus in the UK so far this year. Latest Motor Cycle Industry...

Ammo to beat thieves

Ammo to beat thieves

Give yourself the ammo to beat the bikes thieves by making regular checks on our Theft Watch forum. Use it to let thousands of motorcyclenews.com users know details of your bike if you’re unlucky...

Grab an ex-demo deal

Grab an ex-demo deal

It’s the time of year when dealers prepare to get shot of their demo bikes – offering you genuine bargains on well-maintained, low-mileage nearly new machines. John Clark Motorcycles in Aberdeen has...

MCN races GSX-R600

MCN races GSX-R600

MCN’s finest hooked up with Crescent Suzuki on Sunday to race in the final round of the KRC Endurance championship. And we’d have been in with a podium it if it wasn’t for that pesky fuel tank… MCN...

Final Rockingham night

Final Rockingham night

Wednesday September 1, is the last chance to meet the MCN longterm test bike riders at a Rockingham track evening. Attending will be MCN Editor Marc Potter on his Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade, Chief...

BMW tops reliability list

BMW tops reliability list

BMWs have been rated the most reliable bikes on the road by owners taking part in a 10,000-rider survey for RiDE magazine. Owners of the German bikes gave them an average score of 90% for reliability...