July

KTM shuns Polaris deal

KTM shuns Polaris deal

KTM’s expected take-over by quad maker Polaris has fallen through. The two companies still plan to work together but KTM will stay an independent company. The deal was set in place last year...

BMW at Brands WSB

BMW at Brands WSB

BMW Motorrad will be promoting its bikes at the World Superbike round at Brands Hatch on August 4-6, 2006 with a range of new bikes and a chance to win a track day. The line-up of bikes to view...

Harley riders raise £15k

A total of £15,000 has been raised for charity by a group of 100 members of the Surrey Chapter of Harley-Davidson owners, who rode over 20 London bridges in one day. The bikes started at St Katherine's Dock, by Tower Bridge, and finished in front of Hampton Court Palace, despite the ride taking place during a major heatwave. Quality bikes for sale: Click here. MCN and user bike reviews:...

French v-twin sports bike

French v-twin sports bike

French firm Wakan has launched its first bike, the 1640, in both road and race versions. The bike is a very minimal v-twin powered sports bike offering styling somewhere in between a Buell and a...

Scooter for rally fans...

Scooter for rally fans...

We're not sure if there's much cross-over between scooter owners and fans of the World Rally Championship, but Peugeot is celebrating the fact it's stopped competing on four wheels off road, by...

Kawasaki Versys

This is the new Kawasaki Versys 650, which takes the motor from the ER6 and adds a high seating position, upright handlebars, adjustable screen and taller suspension to cope with city potholes. The twin-cylinder motor gets around the compromises of single-cylinder supermotos and makes the bike a direct rival for a wide range of bikes used by daily commuters, new riders wanting something fun and...

Ducati network expands

Ducati network expands

The UK network of Ducati dealers has expanded with new addition Clay Cross Powersports in Chesterfield. The dealership boasts nine workshop bays, a dedicated Ducati sales team, a full range of...

What's on: Jul 26 - Aug 2

Scotland RIDEOUTS SUNDAY July 30 Dumfries & Galloway Group of Advanced Motorcyclists, St Michaels Petrol Station, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway. 10am. iam.dfs.mcs@btinternet.com. RALLIES FRIDAY July 28 Talisman MCC P in the Park Rally, Central Scotland. 12 07787-743263. RALLIES SATURDAY July 29 Talisman MCC P in the Park Rally, Central Scotland. ӣ12 07787-743263. RALLIES Studs in the...

Meet Toseland at dealers

Meet Toseland at dealers

You can meet World Superbike star and former world champion James Toseland at the Bransons Motorcycles dealer day in Gloucester on Saturday, July 29, 2006. Not only can you meet and chat with...

BMF director reinstated

Following a successful appeal, Don Lewis has been reinstated as the BMF's Director of Administration. Lewis was suspended from office following a disciplinary hearing in January. BMF Chairman Mike Williamson was also excluded from office, but the BMF council has now voted to reconsider the decisions taken in relation to his disciplinary charges. Bikes for sale: Click here. Bike reviews: Click...

Bikes on TV: July 26 on

Each week we publish a list of events happening around the UK, and listings on motorcycling programmes on TV. This is the TV listing for the week beginning Wednesday, June 28. KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel MM - Men and Motors EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MOT - Motors TV, SS1 (2, 3 or X) - Sky Sports 1 (2,3 or...

First licence for kids

First licence for kids

Here is a great chance to give your kids a treat at the Ron Haslam Race School. They are giving free trials on Honda CRF50’s for children aged five and up at Donington Park, and the best part...

New MCN: Out July 26

New MCN: Out July 26

This week in MCN we reveal Kawasaki’s new £5k urban sports bike and get a closer look at the mad GP powered custom. The new Kawasaki builds on the ER6 basics and adds highers bar and...

Foggy on your phone

Foggy on your phone

The launch of the MCN Mobile Legends Wallpapers got you stirred up last week, with thousands of you downloading the classic shots of GP legend Barry Sheene – and now we’ve posted a stack...

Another bike crash TV ad

Another bike crash TV ad

A new TV ad from Transport for London meant to promote motorcycle safety has been slammed as a blatant attempt to scare people off two wheels. TfL claims that the ad was meant to make riders think a...

Beer by bike!

Beer by bike!

Ever heard of a brewery delivering by motorbike? Neither had we until National Motorcycle Week. Butts Brewery in Hungerford borrowed a bike and sidecar outfit from Watsonian Squire, with a Yamaha...

Rock star in charity ride

Rock drummer Mark Richardson will join charity riders for the arduous two-week Enduro Africa event, in aid of Riders for Health. Richardson is the drummer with UK rock group Feeder, and owns a Yamaha Warrior Cruiser and YZ250 motocross machine. He'll swap these for a Yamaha AG200 for the rally, which is the same type of machine used by the health workers the Riders for Health charity...

Babes love the Deauville

Babes love the Deauville

It appears I’m not the only one that thinks the Deaville isn’t dull – and site user Keith Barnes sent us this pic to prove it. “Thought I’d send you all a photo of my...

Harley's Euro sales surge

Harley's Euro sales surge

European sales of Harley-Davidsons have jumped up 15.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2006 compared with the same epriod last year. Overall the figures for 2006 are up by 12.5 per cent, with...

KR V5 custom unveiled

KR V5 custom unveiled

Legendary American chopper builder Roland Sands has revealed his 220bhp V5 engined board tracker at the Laguna Seca MotoGP round. Sands slotted the Team Roberts V5 engine – one of 15 the team...

Sachs in trouble

Sachs in trouble

Sachs, the makers of quirky learner bikes like the XTC125 and MadAss, has gone in to insolvency after failing to come up with cash it owed. The German firm ran in to financial troubles when a...

We ride Foggy FP1

This week MCN’s Podcast Audio show goes riding on the Foggy Petronas FP1 and gets predictions for the coming WSB season. MCN Reported Michael Guy has become the only Journalist to have ridden the FP1 race bike and we spoke to him to find out exactly what it’s like on the triple-cylinder machine and how it felt to ride with Carl Fogarty himself. Click here to download and listen to...

Bike first aid success

Bike first aid success

The Emergency Aid for Bikers course developed by St John Ambulance is proving a big success. The course launched in February 2006, and is backed by insurance firm Bikresure, which has already spent...

Classics race Silverstone

Classics race Silverstone

This year the Silverstone Classic weekend will feature two bike races for the first time so you’ll be able to see some pretty amazing machinery flying round the historic Grand Prix circuit. ...

New MCN - out July 19

New MCN - out July 19

Our tests reveal many bike locks, even those with Sold Secure or Thatcham approval, can be smashed in seconds by a bike thief, we get Rossi's verdict on his toughest race of the year, and there are...

Bid on signed MCN sofa

Bid on signed MCN sofa

Fancy an iconic MCN sofa, signed by almost every MotoGP rider? The coolest bit of living room furniture around is being auctioned in aid of Riders for Health, and it's been signed by all the racers...

Free MotoGP mobile

Free MotoGP mobile

MCN Mobile is going freebie mad this weekend after a technical glitch at the last race in Germany. Some of our MotoGP text alerts didn’t go out as planned, so to make up they’re all free...

Meet stars at Arai night

Meet stars at Arai night

You can meet star guests Chris Walker, Leon Haslam, Dean Thomas, Jonathan Rea and Ian Hutchinson at the Arai Evening on Wednesday August 9, 2006. The night is held in conjunction with the North...

R1200RT owner wanted

MCN is looking for a BMW R1200RT owner to take part in a road test and give their opinion on a rival bike for publication in MCN. We need an RT owner who can come to the Peterborough MCN HQ, preferably on Tuesday, July 25, 2006, and come for a ride on the new Moto Guzzi Norge. If you own an RT and would like to take part, please email michael.neeves@emap.com with your name and full contact...

UK Tour to raise £60,000

UK Tour to raise £60,000

Four riders who all work for Selwood plant and pump hire are planning to visit all 29 of their depots in a mammoth 2,500-mile ride out. The branches are scattered all over the country, from Glasgow...

Bikers ride for fun

Bikers ride for fun

A survey has claimed that out of 3,517 riders, 83 per cent think that biking is for fun. The survey was carried out by Tickbox in aid of The National Motorcycle Week, 16-23rd July 2006. Other bikers...

Map firm Ride to Work

The Ride to Work day took place on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, and one firm that encouraged its employees to take to two wheels was map maker Ordnance Survey. Staff at the national mapping agency who decided to ride to the Southampton head office got a free breakfast as a reward for cutting congestion and promoting motorcycling. The agency also conducted a survey of staff to find out how facilities...

Ladies shop open day

Ladies shop open day

Girls Bike 2 are celebrating their two new stores by hosting an open weekend at all of their branches. The shops, which specialise in women’s clothing in sizes 6-26, can be found in Aberdeen,...

Your views on road users

Your views on road users

Your views on motorway motorcycling are being sought by the RAC Foundation for its National Motorway Month in August. The month-long campaign aims to encourage better standards on motorways, and push...

Bazza pics on your phone

Bazza pics on your phone

Got a mobile phone? Want to customise it a bit? The MCN Mobile service is giving away three classic Barry Sheene pics as phone wallpapers for users of the service, which is still free. To download...

Harleys get new engine

An all new big twin engine for 2007, the Twin Cam 96/96B motor, will debut alongside active intake and exhaust systems for European and select internation models, and six-speed Cruiser drive transmission on all Touring, Softail and Dyna models. The new motor has a nine per cent increase in displacement and around 19 per cent torque increase, along with changes for reliability, convenicence and...