2004

Bargain winter rides

Bargain winter rides

Riding through the winter months can be one of the best ways to improve your road riding skills and will definitely get you to work faster than everyone that has opted for four wheels and joined the...

Special edition GSX-Rs

Special edition GSX-Rs

Suzuki is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the GSX-R with two special edition versions of the seminal sports bike. The firm is releasing a limited-edition run of the GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 with a...

We ride longer than ever

We ride longer than ever

We’re riding 49 per cent more miles a year than we did 10 years ago – according to a new 41-page “Compendium of Motorcycle Statistics”. Compiled by the bike industry, pro-bike pressure groups and the...

Spied: BMW R1200RT

Spied: BMW R1200RT

Pictures claimed to show the 2005 BMW R1200RT have broken cover. Shown here, insiders say the bike is an update on the R1150RT tourer using the new boxer engine from the R1200GS. BMW is refusing to...

In MCN, October 27

In MCN, October 27

Read the world first test of the blistering new Yamaha R6 and get a free DVD World Superbike review. PLUS: Revealed: Britain’s best new bike deals 20th anniversary GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 Kawasaki claim...

Harley for beginners

Harley for beginners

Harley is bringing a new version of the Sportster 883 to the UK. The 883L is aimed at smaller and “novice” riders. The ‘L’ stands for Low – not Learner. The seat height is just 66cm – the lowest...

Off Road: Oct 27 on

Each week we publish a list of off road events held in the UK. They include SPEEDWAY, MOTOCROSS, SUPERCROSS and TRIALS events. These are those for the week starting October 27, 2004. SPEEDWAY WEDNESDAY October 27 King’s Lynn, Norfolk. 01553-771111. Hull, Hull, Yorkshire. 7.30pm. 01482-784848. THURSDAY October 28 Sheffield, South Yorkshire. 0114-285-3142. FRIDAY October 29 Edinburgh, Armadale, West...

Bike meets: Oct 27 on

Each week we publish a list of BIKE MEETS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing October 27, 2004. WEDNESDAY October 27 Breidden Tea Room, Welshpool, Powys. 6pm. 01938-570053. Bulls Head, Trinkingstone, Leicestershire. 01530-224327. Coach House Inn, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire. 01455-840330 or www.kirkby mallorycoachhouse.com Crown Inn, Red Street, Staffordshire.

Race events: Oct 20 on

Each week we publish a list of race events being held in the UK. These are for the week starting October 20, 2004. They include road racing, sprints, supermoto and minimoto racing. ROAD RACING SATURDAY October 23 BMCRC Nationwide Championship, Brands Hatch, Kent. Adult £10. 01304-831714. SUNDAY October 24 BMCRC MRO Powerbike Tour, see Saturday, plus tribute to James Toseland. In association...

Rideouts: Oct 20 on

Rideouts: Oct 20 on

Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS being held across the UK. If you’d like to organise one, or check for the latest ones being arranged, take at a look at our Rideouts forum. Click...

London chopper meet

London chopper meet

The London Chopper Convention is on at the Ace Cafe in North London on October 28, 2004 and every one of the first 100 chopper riders to turn up will get a prize. The 11am-3pm event features the Duke...

First test: 2005 R6

First test: 2005 R6

The new R6 gets upside-down forks for the first time and radial front brake calipers. There’s a revised engine (aimed at improved response rather than raising peak power) The R6 also gets:...

Join us at the Ace Cafe

Join us at the Ace Cafe

Join us and British Superbike star Michael Rutter at London’s Ace Café on the evening of October 20 for the next MCN Night. Catch up with the MCN team and our long term test bikes. Get the latest on...

Trackdays: Oct 20 on

Each week we publish a list TRACKDAYS and RIDING SCHOOLS. Those listed below are for the week commencing October 20, 2004. TRACKDAYS THURSDAY October 21 Focused Events Trackday, Silverstone. 01903-744011. SATURDAY October 23 100% Bikes Trackday, Jerez. £695 0870-8722532. Supermoto Trackday, Lydd International Raceway, Kent. 01797-321895. SUNDAY October 24 100% Bikes Trackday, see...

Bike meets: Oct 20 on

Each week we publish a list of BIKE MEETS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing October 20, 2004. WEDNESDAY October 20 Breidden Tea Room, Welshpool, Powys. 6pm. 01938-570053. Bulls Head, Trinkingstone, Leics. 01530-224327. Coach House Inn, Kirkby Mallory, Leics. 01455-840330. Crown Inn, Red Street, Staffordshire. 01782-564113. Crown Inn, Salisbury, Wiltshire. 6pm.

Bikes on TV: Oct 20

Each week we publish a list of TV programmes featuring bikes. These are for the week commencing October 20, 2004: Wednesday October 20 DISCOVERY HOME AND LEISURE 11am The Great Biker Build-Off: Russ Mitchell vs Eddie Trotta SKY SPORTS 1 11.30am Bikesport UK, also at 3pm MEN AND MOTORS Noon Used Bike Heaven 12.30pm Superbike School with James Whitham, also at 8.30pm 3pm FIM Supermoto World...

Bikes on TV: Oct 27 on

Each week we publish a list of TV programmes featuring bikes. These are for the week commencing October 27, 2004: MOTOGP, VALENCIA, SPAIN PRACTICE: British Eurosport: Saturday October 30. 125s at 11.45am. 250s at 12.15pm and MotoGP at 1pm. MotoGP qualifying repeated at 6.15pm and 10pm RACES: British Eurosport: Sunday October 31, qualifying round-up and live warm from 7.30am. Introduction at...

Owner tracks bike thief

Owner tracks bike thief

Read how one rider tracked down his stolen bike with a bit of detective work of his own. Tubes explains on our Have Your Say Theft Watch forum how a user drew suspicion on an auction site because his...

Crackdown on uninsured

Crackdown on uninsured

A fresh crack-down on dodgy drivers could make the roads safer for every motorcyclist. The idea is to seize and destroy uninsured vehicles – often the battered or Maxxed motors driven by crash-happy,...

Shows, Rallies: Oct 27 on

Each week we publish a list of SHOW, RALLIES, EXHIBITIONS and AUTOJUMBLES. These are those for the week commecning October 27, 2004. SHOWS THURSDAY October 28 Dirt Bike Expo 2004, The International Centre, Telford, Shropshire. 0161-447-8899 or www.dirtbikeexpo.com FRIDAY October 29 Dirt Bike Expo 2004, The International Centre, Telford, Shropshire. 0161-447-8899 or www.dirtbikeexpo.com SATURDAY...

MCN's Ace night out

MCN's Ace night out

Hundreds of people braved the rain last night to turn up for the last MCN Ace Café night for 2004. And it was a really good send-off, with live music playing inside, the MCN babes looking stunning...

E-Clip: October 20

E-Clip: October 20

Get a stunning online taster of a new two-disc DVD celebrating MotoGP by following the link below. Faster is narrated by bike-nut Ewan McGregor and comes out for the first time on DVD in the UK on...

Hot new paint schemes

Hot new paint schemes

How do you fancy a paint scheme that changes colour whenever you want? Well one US company has come up with a apint that will do exactly that. Trippin’ Paint (www.trippininc.com) changes colour with...

Site highlights: Oct 22

Site highlights: Oct 22

Thanks for stopping by… if you haven’t been visiting this site every day this week allow us to bring you up to speed… Follow the links listed below, right (under related articles) for some of the...

Web only bargains

Web only bargains

We’ve cut the price of selling your bike online and already there are some great deals to be had from people taking advantage of our current up-to-33%-off deal. Booking your ad online places it in...

E-clip: October 13

E-clip: October 13

This chap is having trouble, erm, coming up with the goods at a sperm bank. Can anything help? Click here to view the clip

Look what you missed!

Look what you missed!

Where have you been all week? On the off chance that you haven’t been checking the site minute-by-minute, 24/7, here’s some of what you may have missed… (Follow the links, listed below, right, to...

Classic goes for £18K

Classic goes for £18K

Who needs carbon-fibre, magnesium and titanium when you can have wickerwork? The 1908 Rex pictured here, with its basket-style sidecar, went for £18,275 – nearly twice the estimate in an auction of...

R1200GS hit by fault

R1200GS hit by fault

A new BMW production problem has been revealed. This time it’s the R1200GS that’s concerned – hot on the heels of the decision to delay the K1200S due to another fault. BMW says “There has been a...

Rideouts: Oct 13 on

Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS organised throughout the nation. If you would like to organise one, start by posting on our dedicated rideouts board. You’ll find it in Have Your Say under Road Riding. all week IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails, N Wales. 01270-768562. SUNDAY October 17 Worcestershire Advanced Motorcyclists, Kidderminster, Worcs. 9am. 01562-850752. Wirral Advanced...

How good is K1200S?

How good is K1200S?

We set out to answer your 24 most important questions about the new BMW K1200S in the latest issue of MCN – from how powerful it really is (as measured on the dyno at the back wheel) to why no-one can...

Off road: Oct 20 on

MOTOCROSS SUNDAY October 24 Chelmsford ADAC, Essex. 01440-730310. Poole and Parkstone MXC, Dorchester, Dorset. 01590-644363. Buildwas, Buildwas, Shropshire. 07970-876133. Hull and DMCC, Doncaster Moto Park, Finningley, South Yorkshire. 01482-657861. Grampian MCC, Elgin, Moray. 01343-814858. Wakefield MCC, Wilberfoss, East Riding of Yorkshire. 07810-603856. BEACH RACING SATURDAY AND...

More sights at NEC Show

More sights at NEC Show

Exhibitors are starting to reveal their plans for the NEC Show in November, and the Bennetts Insurance stand will certainly be revealing with twelve 2005 Bennetts Babes making their first appearance. ...

New Victory cruisers

New Victory cruisers

Victory will add two new cruisers to its lineup for 2005, dropping one in at either end of its range. The Hammer has been brought in to answer calls from Victory customers for more power and gets and...

First test: Daytona 650

First test: Daytona 650

Triumph’s bored-out Daytona 650 handles as well as it ever did, costs £1000 less than an R6 (and we’re getting a first ride on the new version of the Yamaha this Friday, October 22) and it has the...

Vote for new bike of 05

Vote for new bike of 05

It’s neck and neck between Triumph’s Speed Triple and the British firm’s new Sprint ST in your vote for the star of the shows among the new metal for 2005. Latest count (as of Monday, October 4)...