2005

05: Review of the Year

05: Review of the Year

July MCN BikeWatch goes live: Our purpose-built website invites users to register details about their bikes to help stamp out bike theft. If you haven’t already, try it now: HERE British GP...

Miller to judge best bikes

Miller to judge best bikes

UK legend and museum owner Sammy Miller has been named as one of the judges for the world premiere of Legend of the Motorcycle: International Concours d'Elegance. The judging panel is headed by Mike...

Auction unwanted gifts

Auction unwanted gifts

Finished all your unwrapping? Got yet another copy of Long Way Round? Don’t despair – turn it into cash on MCN Auctions. There’s a ready market for all your unwanted bike-related...

Online bike fun

Online bike fun

If you've got five minutes to spare when you're waiting for the Christmas party or just for work to end, why not try out one of these online bike games. Click on one of the links below to launch the...

Best videos of 05

Best videos of 05

As the year draws to a close we thought we'd bring you some of the best video clips we've featured on the site over the year. Click the links below to see our top choices of the year and prepare to...

Video: Rossi rallies

Video: Rossi rallies

Check out this video of Valentino Rossi on four wheels racing in the special demonstration rally held at the Bologna motor show earlier this month. Rossi won the heat and came third overall in the...

New MCN out Thursday

New MCN out Thursday

Don't miss this week's MCN - it's out on THURSDAY December 29 due to Christmas and New Year deadlines. In it you'll find: World first comparision test: New ZX-10R v GSX-R1000 MCN Exclusive...

Our e-Christmas cards

Our e-Christmas cards

Every year we get loads of electronic Christmas card so in the spirit of Christmas cheer we thought we’d share the best with you. Some are just images while others are web-based cards so click...

Best audio of 05

Best audio of 05

As the year draws to a close we thought we'd bring you some of the best audio clips we've featured on the site over the year. Click the links below to see our top choices of the year with interviews...

Low-seats for Enfields

Low-seats for Enfields

If you're trying to find a bike with a low seat height, you can now choose a British classic, with a seat just higher than a cruiser. The standard seat height of the Royal Enfield Bullet Electra-X...

Scooters far far away

Scooters far far away

One of the two Jonway-Galaxy scooters might be of interest to science-fiction fans, as it appears to come with a Star Trek logo. Both bikes are single cylinder four-strokes, and the yellow 2A is...

Captain's charity trip

Captain's charity trip

The grandfather of a four-and-a-half year old cancer sufferer will undertake a charity ride in 2006 to raise money for the CLIC Sargent charity. CLIC Sargent has provided accomodation for the family...

Bike cops back on patrol

Bike cops back on patrol

Bike cops are coming back to Essex after police scapped the bike section in a cost-cutting exercise in 2000. Since the move, deaths on the road have risen, according to ICEssex.co.uk Click here for...

Xmas hits our riding time

Xmas hits our riding time

Christmas cuts into too much valuable riding time for most motorcyclists – according to a new survey by bike insurance company Bennetts. Nearly two-thirds of us will roll our bikes out of the...

Ace Cafe Xmas run

Ace Cafe Xmas run

Over 400 bikers met up at London's Ace Cafe for the annual Christmas Toy Run on Sunday, December 18, 2005. The run was the eighth organised by the Ace. It started with just a few mates one year after...

New bike blockbuster?

New bike blockbuster?

Quentin Tarantino is set to produce a motorcycle movie, starring Michael Madsen. The film will be directed by actor Larry Bishop, who appeared in Tarantino's Kill Bill 2, and has written the script...

Soft kids reject bikes

Soft kids reject bikes

Yamaha’s boss blames molly-coddled kids for a downturn in bike sales in Japan – one of the few markets in the world to have seen sales go down in recent years. In an interview with Times...

Christmas deadlines

motorcyclenews.com will be updated every day throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday periods. But there are some changes to deadlines and the online booking processes for classified bikes for sale ads and MCN Auctions. The deadline for inclusion in the January 4 issue of the print edition of MCN is 6pm on December 20, 2005. Classified bikes for sale ads placed after this time will be...

What's on: Dec 21 on

North: December 21 on Our What’s On listing of events is now listed by location. Those listed here are for events in the North in the week commencing December 21, 2005. Click here to go back to the main index RIDEOUTS MONDAY December 26 Vintage MCC, South Durham Boxing Day Workout, Darlington Market Place, Darlington, Durham. 10.30am. 01325-286623. RIDEOUTS Vintage MCC Isle of Man, Boxing...

London users meet

London users meet

The London Have Your Say forum users Christmas gather went down a storm last night letting everyone put names to faces. A small crowd of forum regulars gathered at the Penderels Oak in Holborn for...

Give Bikesafe vouchers

Give Bikesafe vouchers

You could give someone the chance to improve their riding this Christmas with the introduction of Bikesafe vouchers. The scheme has been introduced by Bikesafe in North Wales to encourage more people...

BMW offers ABS checks

BMW offers ABS checks

Owners of BMWs with integral ABS systems are being told to get their brakes checked. BMW has issued the invitation for a free inspection, which should be carried out by a dealer before February 28,...

In MCN on December 21

In MCN on December 21

We know it's a bit of a mad rush towards Christmas right now, so we'll keep this brief. There's a new MCN out on Wednesday. Do not miss it because it contains: Proof that Gatso's don't work on bikes...

Dakar charity ride

Dakar charity ride

As everyone recoveres from the excesses of Chistmas. Tim Fransen from Grays in Essex will begin a 3700 mile funraising trip for the SOS Children charity. Fransen will ride through France, Spain,...

Suzuki owners needed

Suzuki owners needed

MCN's sister magazine, Bike, urgently need two Suzuki owners for a test at Bruntinthorpe tomorrow, Wednesday, December 21, 2005. They are looking for one owner of a Suzuki TL1000S, and one owner of a...

State sues Yamaha

State sues Yamaha

The state of California is taking Yamaha and two of its dealers to court, sueing them for $19.6m dollars over the import of 400 motorcycles which it will contest did not meet California’s...

Ducati restructure looms

Ducati restructure looms

Ducati’s board of directors are signing off £8.8m to ‘support the reduction of dealer bike stock’ and to pay for restructuring and retraining throughout the company, according...

New R6 takes on ZX-6R

New R6 takes on ZX-6R

The 2006 Yamaha R6 has arrived at the MCN offices for the first time to great excitement from all the staff. The crowds rushed outside to get a first glimpse of the new bike in the flesh as it...

Bajaj plans to go global

Bajaj plans to go global

Indian motorcycle and scooter firm Bajaj has announced plans to expand with new bike and scooter models, plus a tie-up with Kawasaki. The firm will launch a new budget bike alongside the recent 125cc...

Suzuki GSR600: First test

Suzuki GSR600: First test

Suzuki has announced that the new GSR600 will soon be available and we’ve just had the first ride. The new bike will be arriving in dealers before the end of January but MCN Road tester Michael...

Argentinian Hondas?

Argentinian Hondas?

Honda will start producing motorcycles built in Argentina in mid-2006, via subsidiary honda Motor de Argentina S.A. The production facility will be located in Florencio Valera in buenos Aires and...

Confederate relocate

Confederate relocate

The Confederate Motor Company, which builds the outlandish F113 hellcat and B91 Wraith machines, has announced it will relocate to Birmingham Alabama. The move is due, in part, to the damage caused...

New DfT camera plan

New DfT camera plan

Government Transport secretary Alistair Darling has announced wide-ranging changes to the way speed camera revenue is used which could signal a massive reduction in the used of the yellow boxes. ...

What's on: Dec 14 on

Our What’s On listings now show events by their location, making them easier to find. Click the links below to choose the listing for your area and find out what events are on near you this week. Worldwide Midlands East of England North Scotland South East England South West England Wales South East: December 14 on Our What’s On listing of events is now listed by location.

Learners fuel sales rise

Learners fuel sales rise

Sales of new learner bikes in the 51-125cc category are up 5%, helping year-to-date overall bike sales fractionally up compared to 2004. The Motor Cycle Industry’s latest figures (to the end of...

In MCN - December 14

In MCN - December 14

This week’s MCN – out on Wednesday November 14 - is packed with news exclusives you won’t find anywhere else, from first rides to mad stunts. World first test: We get the first ride...