2004

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...

Sights to see at the NEC

Sights to see at the NEC

There's a free guide to getting the best from the NEC Show free with the next issue of MCN, out November 3, but here are some of the highlights: Triumph: The British firm will be showing its 2005...

New Victory dealer

New Victory dealer

Birmingham based Thunder Road is the latest dealer to start stocking Victory’s range of v-twin cruisers – and just in time for the launch of the 2005 range. The firm made its name...

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...

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)...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

Bike meets: Oct 13 on

MONDAY October 18 Lysley Arms, Chippenham, Wiltshire. 01249-652864. 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, Derbyshire. 01159-304825. Supermoto Meet, Ace Cafe, London. 020-8961-1000. Bradford Arms...

Win trip to South Africa

Win trip to South Africa

Two lucky riders from across Europe will be flying to South Africa for the launch of Yamaha's MT-01 next month. Your vote could make sure one of them is a Brit. And simply by voting - you could join...

Bikes on TV: Oct 13 on

Each week we publish a list of biking TV. These are the programmes for the week starting Oct 13, 2004. AT A GLANCE: MOTOGP, PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA PRACTICE/QUALIFYING: BRITISH EUROSPORT: Friday/Saturday, October 15/16: 125s at 4.15am, followed by MotoGP at 5am and 250s at 6.15am. MotoGP repeated on Friday at 7.15am and 10pm and on Saturday at 11.30am and 10pm. RACES: BRITISH EUROSPORT:...

Trackdays: Oct 13 on

Each week we publish a list of trackdays and riding schools. The following are for the week commencing October 13, 2004. TRACKDAYS FRIDAY October 15 Track Attack, Donington Park, Leicestershire. 01332-819503. European Superbike School, Snetterton, Norfolk. 0870-241-5159. SATURDAY October 16 Focused Events Trackday, Lydden Hill, Kent. 01903-744011. Suzuki Performance Riding School,...

Police warn dealers

Police warn dealers

Police are warning dealers to be on their guard against a new type of bike crime. The criminals make contact to buy a bike over the phone using a credit card. The most common targets are childrens...

In MCN, October 20

In MCN, October 20

Celebrate Valentino Rossi’s amazing 2004 MotoGP success with our eight page special. PLUS: First test: Triumph Daytona 650 60 pages of bikes for sale How to keep you bike mint all year...

Shows, rallies: Oct 20

Each week we publish a list of SHOW, RALLIES, EXHIBITIONS and AUTOJUMBLES. These are those for the week commecning October 20, 2004. SHOWS SATURDAY October 23 British Legion Bikers Autumn Bike Show, British Legion, London Colney, Herts. Noon. www.classicbikeclub.org.uk RALLIES FRIDAY-Sunday October 22-24 Party in the Marquee, St Helena Farm, Lizard, Cornwall.

Save on Euro bike hols

Save on Euro bike hols

You can save 30% at over 185 Eurocamp holiday parcs with the MCN/Eurocamp offer. You can choose from 12 European countries and islands, or arrange to stay at different parks across Europe, making it...

Race events: Oct 13 on

Each week we publish a list of ROAD RACING, DRAG RACING, MINIMOTO and SUPERMOTO events on in the UK. The following are those for the week commencing October 13, 2004. Road Racing SATURDAY October 16 Road Racing Club of Ireland, Aghadowey, County Londonderry. 02891-815918. Wirral Hundred MC Test Day, Anglesey. 0151-677-9198. Vintage MCC, Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire. 01283-540557. New Era...

BMF Royal appointment

BMF Royal appointment

The bigwigs were out in force at the BMF's new £550,000 HQ this week for the official opening. His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester did the honours on Wednesday, October 13, at the...