2004

Off Road: Sep 1 on

Each week we publish a list of off road dates on in the UK. Theses are those for the week commencing September 1, 2004. SUPERMOTO SATURDAY September 4 Southern Supermoto Racing, Llandow Circuit, Cardiff. 8am. 01794-399886. SUNDAY September 5 Practice and Bike Hire, Trax Motorsports, Preston, Lancs. 10am. 01772-731832. SPEEDWAY THURSDAY September 2 Sheffield. 0114-285-3142. FRIDAY September...

Star in new bike movie

Star in new bike movie

You and your bike could star in a new movie – if you happen to own a pre-1966 model. The film production company is looking for 50 bikes and scooters and their owners to act as extras. Filming will...

Winners ride the Ring

Winners ride the Ring

Two Brits are among 30 world-wide winners of a competition to ride the Nurburgring on BMW’s new K1200S. The circuit is closed to the public for the occasion – on September 6 and 7.. Winners Barrie...

Nearly new bargains

Nearly new bargains

It’s going to be a brilliant weekend to go looking for a new bike and we’re giving you a great head start if you’re looking for a bike that’s as close to showroom fresh as you’ll find. All these...

Video ads do the biz

Video ads do the biz

Barry Pringle was one of the first to take advantage of our offer to add free video to BIKES FOR SALE adverts. And he sold his bike within a day of it appearing in MCN. “That was a great result,”...

Rallies, shows; Sep 8 on

Each week we publish a list of shows, rallies and exhibitions. These are those for the week starting Sep 8, 2004. SHOWS SATURDAY September 11 Old Wolf Bike Show, Slough, Berks. 07949-960999. Sodbury Bike Show, Bell Hotel, Old Sodbury, Glos. www.ubgbmc.com SUNDAY September 12 Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, Houghton Tower, Preston. 01484-452002. Southampton MAG Bike Show, The Cricketers,...

Bank Holiday off road

Each week we publish a list of off road dates on in the UK. Theses are those for the week commencing August 25, 2004 – and includes those on over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Speedway WEDNESDAY August 25 Hull. 7.30pm. 01482-784848. King’s Lynn. 01553-771111. THURSDAY August 26 Ipswich. 01473-623640. Sheffield. 0114-285-3142. FRIDAY August 27 Oxford. 01865-711346. Edinburgh. 01501-734404. ...

Bank holiday bargains

Bank holiday bargains

Within the price range you will be looking at ’98 bikes if you go for either a Yamaha R1 or a Honda Fireblade. A 14,000 mile R1 can be had for £3895 while a 15,500 mile Blade will set you back £3899. ...

05 Suzukis go public

05 Suzukis go public

Suzuki’s big-selling bargain Bandit 600 is being upgraded with more grunt for 2005. The new GSF650 and GSF650S are just two of a line-up of six new bikes revealed by the firm on Friday, August 27,...

New ZZ-R600 launched

New ZZ-R600 launched

Kawasaki has revealed a new version of the ZZ-R600 based on a previous ZX-6R. Kawasaki is not thought to be bringing the bike to the UK. It appears to be essentially the same as the old J1 model...

Sportsters' Euro battle

Sportsters' Euro battle

The Harley-Davidson UK competition to find the Best Sportster 2004 goes into its final round next weekend with 14 UK contenders battling it out with the best of Europe. The final, on September 4, is...

New Triumph 646 spied

New Triumph 646 spied

Our spies have spotted Triumph’s new Daytona 600 being tested with a new 646cc engine. It was spotted close the the British firm’s Hinckley HQ. The bigger bore is expected to raise power by as much...

Race meets: Aug 25 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 Aug 25 and includes the Bank Holiday Weekend. ROAD RACING WEDNESDAY August 25 Manx Grand Prix, Isle of Man. 01624-644644 or www.iommgp.com THURSDAY August 26 Manx Grand Prix. See Wednesday. FRIDAY August 27 Manx Grand Prix. See Wednesday. SATURDAY August 28 ...

Bank Holiday rideouts

Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS. These are for the week starting August 26. They cover the Bank Holiday weekend. You can find out about more rideouts – or try to organise your own – here THURSDAY August 26 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails. N Wales. 01270-768562. Royal Oak, North Kelsey, Lincs. 7pm. 01652-678544. FRIDAY August 27 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails. See Thursday. Fasttrack Trail,...

Kawasaki updates Nomad

Kawasaki updates Nomad

Kawasaki has launched a new Vulcan Nomad cruiser in the US. The original 1500cc bike was discontinued from the European line up at the beginning of 2002 but the machine continued to sell well in the...

Cooler BMW leathers

Cooler BMW leathers

BMW has launched new leathers which aim to be more comfortable in hot weather. Black leather usually absorbs 95 per cent on sunlight, making them too hot and sticky in warm weather. The new BMW Black...

Superbike stunner due

Superbike stunner due

A stunning new superbike is causing a stir in the MCN office today. We’re gathering first details – and seeing first pictures – of an important new four-cylinder sports bike which looks set to take...

Book an MCN track day

Book an MCN track day

* This offer has now closed * Time is running out to join in an MCN trackday this year. Each of our days includes ample track time plus tuition from top instructors. Novice, intermediate and advanced...

Sharpen your skills

Sharpen your skills

Free riding skills top-ups are being offered at BikeSafe Day 2004 in Chelmsford, Essex. Run from 10am to 3.30pm on Sunday, September 5, the free event features trade stands, observed ride outs, tips...

20th anniversary V-Max

20th anniversary V-Max

Yamaha has launched an anniversary special V-Max in the US to celebrate the bikes 20th year in production. The new edition is essentially the same bike but gets a special ‘Shift Red’ paint scheme...

2005 ZX-6R revealed

2005 ZX-6R revealed

Kawasaki’s 2005 ZX-6R features a slipper clutch as standard, MotoGP-style fuel injection, wavy brake discs and a high-revving 107bhp engine. Full details are revealed in the issue of MCN dated August...

Long termers on track

Long termers on track

A host of MCN long term test bikes and their riders enjoyed a cracking night at Rockingham on Wednesday. Editor Marc Potter was there with his blade, road tester Michael Neeves took his R1 out, road...

Bank Holiday bike meets

Bank Holiday bike meets

Bank Holiday weekend is coming up. Make the most of it by getting out to one of the hundreds of BIKE MEETS held in the UK over the next few days. The ones listed here are for the week commencing...

E-clip: August 25

E-clip: August 25

The e-clip published in this week’s MCN has been taken offline since the paper went to print. Instead, here’s a clip of the master of slide Thierry Van Den Bosch taking backing it in to the extreme on...

In MCN: September 1

In MCN: September 1

In this week’s new-bike-packed MCN – out on Wednesday, September 1 – First official pics – full spec and the inside line on the all-new bigger-bore GSX-R1000. PLUS: New Supermoto DR-Z400 and bigger...

05 GSX-R1000 unveiled

05 GSX-R1000 unveiled

This is the first official picture of Suzuki’s 2005 GSX-R1000. It promises to be even more powerful and even sharper handling than the current cutting edge K4 version. Engine capacity is up from...

05 ZX-6R: more pics

05 ZX-6R: more pics

Kawasaki has released more pictures of the stunning new ZX-6R – among them the first pictures of the bike in action. More spec has also been revealed. There’s confirmation of the slipper clutch (back...

Trackdays, Aug 25 on

Each week we publish a list of TRACKDAYS being held in the UK. These are those for the week staring August 25, 2004 and includes events over the Bank Holiday weekend. WEDNESDAY August 25 Track Evening, Rockingham, Northants. £65. 01536-271100. MCN staff in attendance. FRIDAY August 27 Mick Boddice Trackday, Darley Moor, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. 01332-677079. Phil Bevan Trackday, Pembrey, Dyfed.

Video: R1 for sale

Video: R1 for sale

Want to take a closer look at a bike for sale before you go and buy? You can with the video clips MCN offers. Here’s the latest one added – it’s an R1 on offer at £4895 ONO. The bike is currently...

Tested to the limit

Tested to the limit

Most bikes can cope with spending all day on the road, but how many can cope with going balls-out on a track, non-stop, all day long? We took three bikes – one Japanese, one Italian, and one British...

GSX-R tweeks tested

GSX-R tweeks tested

The tweeks to my GSX-R1000’s suspension have made a significant improvement to the way the bike handles on track. I rode Rockingham on August 18. Harris’s Ohlins suspension experts adjusted my...

Bike meets: Aug 19 on

MONDAY August 23 Castle of Comfort, East Harptree, Bristol. 7pm. 01761-221321. Lysley Arms, Chippenham, Wiltshire. 01249-652864. MFN, Shipley Gate, Notts. 01773-530313. Reubens Coffee House, Grantham. 01476-576742. Saddler’s Arms, New Yatt, Oxfordshire. 01993-868368. The Lazy World, Birmingham. 8pm. 0121-454-8282. The Newcastle, Tuxford, Notts. 5pm. 01777-870208. White Cow, Ilkeston,...

MZ 1000N revealed

MZ 1000N revealed

MZ’s new naked 1000 will be the cheapest bike in its class when it goes on sale next year. But this first picture, taken at the firm’s R&D HQ, shows it won’t lack style. The MZ1000N is expected to...

RAC staff choose bikes

RAC staff choose bikes

RAC headquarters staff are being offered bikes to beat the traffic nightmare caused by motorway resurfacing and repairs on the M6 and the Aston Expressway A38(M). From Monday August 23 to Friday...

Crunch time for our RVF

Crunch time for our RVF

Our long term test RVF400RR (on loan from DK Motorcycles) is in need of cosmetic repair work after a bit of off road action at a rain-soaked Rockingham on Wednesday night (Aug 18). Used Bikes Editor...

Riding schools: Aug 25

Each week we publish a list of RIDING SCHOOLS on in the UK. These are for the week commencing August 25, 2004. THURSDAY August 26 MCN Honda Off-Road Experience, Midlands. 01933-674036. Track Sense Trail Riding, Kent. 08704-450600 or www.tracksense.co.uk FRIDAY August 27 MCN Honda Off-Road Experience. See Thursday. SATURDAY August 28 Phase 2, Devizes, Wiltshire. 01380-726018. SUNDAY August 29 ...