August

Calling GSX-R owners

Calling GSX-R owners

Got a GSX-R? So have three of MCN’s long term test team and we’ll be taking all of them to Crescent Suzuki’s performance centre in Verwood, Dorset for an open weekend all GSX-R owners will enjoy. It’s...

Off road: Aug 11 on

Each week we publish a list of off-road events being held in the UK. These are those for the week commencing August 11, 2004. Motocross FRIDAY August 13 North East MXC, Chester-le-Street, Staffordshire. 01670-810615. SATURDAY August 14 KWSMX International Series, Brampton, Cumbria. 01942-866669. Scarborough and DMC, Harwood Dale, Yorkshire. 01944-728301. North Devon Classic MCC,...

MCN rides Rockingham

MCN rides Rockingham

The consensus amoung the other riders was the same, with everyone having a great time. And in the paddock we had been joined by other memebers of the MCN staff, including Editor Marc Potter. It felt...

Shows, rallies: Aug 11 on

Each week we publish a list of SHOWS, RALLIES, OPEN DAYS, AUTOJUMBLES and EXHIBITIONS on in the UK. These are those for the week commencing August 11, 2004. SHOWS FRIDAY August 13 Wolfpack MCC Custom and Classic Show, Kilminning Recreation Area, nr Crail, Fife. 01333-350494. SATURDAY August 14 Wolfpack MCC Custom and Classic Show. See Friday. SUNDAY August 15 Leicestershire Classic...

Govt slams sports bikes

Govt slams sports bikes

Government do gooders want to stop us buying sports bikes – thanks to advice from the people who are meant to look out for us. The Government Advisory Group on Motorcycling reckons sports bikes...

MCN tour hits first snag

MCN tour hits first snag

MCN’s Angus Farquhar and Marc Abott have reached Ireland after an eventful first stage of their trip to the Emerald Isle. Used Bikes Editor Farquhar was enjoying the sun started to go down – and he...

Meet the babes at CMC

Meet the babes at CMC

CMC motorcycles has a load of special offers running at its Sheffield store this weekend with the MCN Babes in attendance, test rides on all new Yamahas and the chance to win an R1. For this weekend...

Outstanding used deals

Outstanding used deals

If you’re on the hunt for a bike that will stand out from the crowd, you’ve come to the right place. Our packed-full Bikes For Sale section will always oblige with the choicest offerings. Among the...

Bimota DB5 due soon

Bimota DB5 due soon

Bimota will use the Munich motorcycle show in September to show the prototype for its latest road bike, the DB5. The new bike will be based around a Ducati 1000DS v-twin engine, which currently...

Deals on 999 and ZZ-R

Deals on 999 and ZZ-R

Panniers worth £460 are now being supplied free of charge with remaining stocks of Kawasaki’s 2002 ZZ-R1200. motorcyclenews.com Editor David Cushman ran a ZZ-R1200 in 2002 and ended up fitting the...

In MCN - August 25

In MCN - August 25

This week’s MCN – out from Wednesday August 25 – includes a bumper crop of brilliant and exclusively revealed new bikes. For the first time you’ll see the: Radically updated ZX-6R The faired...

150mph Deafblind rider

150mph Deafblind rider

Deafblind Graham Hicks is aiming to smash his existing Guinness quad world speed record of 104mph on his Super Blackbird-based quad at RAF Wittering on Saturday (August 14). He’s targeting 150mph...

MCN Cruiser test diary

MCN Cruiser test diary

It’s impossible to resist when someone asks you to spend a weekend riding bikes. Particularly when it involves riding around the seaside on one of the hottest weekends of the year. Which is how I...

Special edition Piega

Special edition Piega

To celebrate the revival of Mondial the firm is planning to launch a special limited edition version of the Piega Evo signed by Roberto Ziletti, the man responsible for the initial revival of the...

The bike goes, or I do!

The bike goes, or I do!

If your love of bikes has pushed your marriage to breaking point and beyond, then we want to hear from you. Maybe it ended because you spent more time spannering than seducing. Did the delights of...

Has good kit hit sales?

Has good kit hit sales?

The increasing number of riders wearing full leather on their bikes has contributed to a decline in sales of new bikes according to industry price watcher Glass’s guide. Glass’s motorcycle editor...

ZX-10R recall update

ZX-10R recall update

Kawasaki is moving swiftly to replace front wheels on the recalled ZX-10R as it investigates another two potential cases of the fault. Last week the firm announced a product safety recall which meant...

How to spot stolen bikes

Learn how to spot a rung or cloned stolen bike at a bike theft seminar in September. The MAG Foundation event is at the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick on Saturday September 18, led by Ken German of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. On top of showing you how to spot a wrong un, MAG will feedback research it has conducted on theft and security. Have Your Say...

MZ's Monster at Munich

MZ's Monster at Munich

MZ will reveal its rival for Ducati’s Monster at next month’s Munich Show. The firm says it will show a first prototype at the big German bike show and aims to have the bike in production in Spring...

Bike meets: Aug 5 on

Bike meets: Aug 5 on

FRIDAY August 6 Italian Job Cafe, Peterborough. 01733-236438. Lydd International Raceway, Kent. 01797-321895. Station Hotel, Redcar, Cleveland. 01642-483899. The Station, Alfreton, Derbyshire.

In MCN; August 11

In MCN; August 11

We’re going glossy with this week’s special edition one-off issue of MCN – out from Wednesday August 11. A glossy magazine-style wraparound gives us the chance to offer a free A3-size Rossi poster...

Help catch theft gang

Police are warning riders to beware of a blue or black Transit-sized van with white writing on the side and the registration number L288 GHM. The van was used in the theft of a silver Suzuki SV650 from a road in Islington, London on Monday morning (August 9). A gang of six white men aged around 19 were involved. Have Your Say Police say the van may be on false plates but ask that if you spot it...

Ducati's Aprilia bid fails

Ducati's Aprilia bid fails

Aprilia’s bosses have rejected Ducati’s bid to buy their troubled firm – leaving the way clear for Piaggio. The Ducati offer appears to have floundered over the price the firm was prepared to pay and...

Follow MCN on tour

Follow MCN on tour

MCN’s Angus Farquhar and Marc Abbott are off on a tour of the Emerald Isle this week on their long-term test bikes Farquhar and Abbott will be pilling on the soft luggage and taking the Honda CBR600F...

An R1 rival from BMW

An R1 rival from BMW

BMW’s new focus on building high-performance sports machines is getting sharper still – with plans for a bike to rival the likes of Yamaha’s R1. The triple-cylindered bike will effectively use...

Z750 wins shootout

Z750 wins shootout

Kawasaki’s Z750 just edges it in our naked four-cylinder middleweights road test. We score it 86% – beating Yamaha’s FZ6 with 85%, Honda’s CBF600 with 78% and leaving Suzuki’s Bandit 600 trailing in...

E-clip: August 4

E-clip: August 4

King of slide Garry McCoy gets it badly wrong on the Craner Curves during the 2000 British GP. Click here to view the clip

Riders do better work

Riders do better work

Riding a bike to work improves your productivity, reduces stress and saves time and money, according to new research conducted with the world’s biggest accountancy firm. Scooter maker Piaggio tracked...

MAG resists pillion ban

MAG resists pillion ban

Campaigners aiming to ban anyone under 16 from riding pillion should not be allowed to force through a change in the law – says pro-bike group MAG. A 3000-name petition, with the backing of a local...

Track days: Aug 4 on

Each week we publish a list of TRACKDAYS. These are those for the week commencing Wednesday August 4, 2004. WEDNESDAY August 4 Track Evening, Rockingham, Northants. £65. 01536-271100. THURSDAY August 5 Focused Events Trackday, Cadwell Park, Lincs. £89. 01903-744011. Speedfreak Trackday, Croft, North Yorkshire. 01625-859969. 100% Bikes Trackday, Lydden Hill, Kent. £110. 0870-8722532 or...

Bikes on TV: Aug 4 on

Saturday August 7 DISCOVERY HOME AND LEISURE 1am Five Coolest Things: Supercross 1.30am Five Coolest Things: Off-road MOTORS TV 6am World Supersport 10pm World Superbikes Midnight World Supersport BRITISH EUROSPORT 9.30am World Superbikes from Brands Hatch 11.30pm Freestyle Motocross MEN AND MOTORS Noon Harley-Davidson – The Legend 3pm Champion Agostini 6pm Summertime Blues, also at...

Ride better at cut price

Ride better at cut price

A non-profit making course to help you enjoy the performance of your bike is being offered as part of the Handle It Or Lose it initiative. The road-focused weekends will cost you no more than £80,...

New era for showrooms

New era for showrooms

One of the UK’s biggest bike brands is making a radical change to the way its showrooms look. At leading Piaggio dealers you’re likely to feel like you’ve entered a top notch bike show when you...

New Gatso threat looms

New Gatso threat looms

Police could soon have a new tool to target riders – a digital speed camera system that takes pictures of the rear of vehicles. The new cameras are being tested by speed camera maker Gatso in the...

UK firm buys Indian

UK firm buys Indian

Indian Motorcycles was given another chance to bounce back from bankruptcy after it was bought last week by a UK based investment firm. The brand was revived in 1998 but struggled to meet its budgets...

Prize for Croft opinions

Prize for Croft opinions

North Yorkshire County Council will survey riders at the British Superbike round at Croft circuit this weekend, and one winner will receive a Shoei XR1000 Kagayama replica, signed by the Rizla Suzuki...