May

Don't miss the World Cup

The World Cup offers a great chance to get out on your bike on almost empty roads, but if you do want to stop and enjoy the beautiful game, you can stop off at Travelodge to catch the action. The hotel chain is making rooms available for 120 minutes during the World Cup, for just £10, so you could go for a quick ride when everyone else is getting ready for the game, run into your pre-booked...

MCN launches podcasts

MCN launches podcasts

We’ve launched the first of a new series of weekly Podcasts from MCN, a brand new show that’ll take you behind the scenes at MCN with all the latest news and sport. Download this...

2006 600cc shootout

2006 600cc shootout

Test 5: Agility Left, right, right left and the rest of the bunch were left right behind the R6. It’s not so light and short, but it’s the way the rider is sat above the bike to add...

Meet Bayliss at Harrods

Meet Bayliss at Harrods

You can meet Ducati World Superbike stars Troy Bayliss and Lorenzo Lanzi at Harrods in London on Thursday May 25, 2006 when the pair launch a new range of Ducati branded luggage. The pair will be at...

Bikes on TV: May 17-23

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, May 17. 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 Extra) EUR1...

Bid and win an AGV lid

Bid and win an AGV lid

Bid on any item currently on MCN Auctions, and you could win a new AGV K-Series Rossi replica helmet, worth £129.99. You don't even have to make a winning bid to be entered into the prize draw,...

Get a Fazer for 99p

Get a Fazer for 99p

New finance options from Yamaha mean you could fund a new FZ6, FZ6 Fazer or XT660R. The three options are either 0 per cent finance over 24 months, a 99p deposit with low APR, or £99 per month...

New Yamaha R1 for 2007

New Yamaha R1 for 2007

This week in MCN we’ve got an exclusive first look at Yamaha’s new R1 and its got a completely new engine. The new bike is taking its cue from Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP bike with a...

My rideout May 6, 2006

My rideout May 6, 2006

Had a great ride today. My mate, who also posts on the Forum occassionaly (makendes) came up from Blackpool on his R1 and the pair of us rode up to Kyle of Lochalsh. Route took us up to Tyndrum for a...

Smart meet for Ducatis

Smart meet for Ducatis

Ducati owners are able to come together and meet legendary racer Paul Smart at an informal meet on Sunday, May 14, 2006. The gathering is being organised by Ducati UU for Sport Classic and MH900e...

Mackenzie leads RfH ride

Mackenzie leads RfH ride

Niall Mackenzie will lead the ride-in to the 2006 Riders for Health Day of Champions at Donington Park on Thursday, June 29. Former GP and British Superbike star Mackenzie will be riding from...

Hairy Bikers at the BMF

Hairy Bikers at the BMF

BMW are putting on a good show for the BMF at Peterborough next weekend with the BBC’s Hairy Bikers and ride-outs on nine different models. Dave Myers and Si King, presenters of The Hairy...

MCN Auctions winner

MCN Auctions winner

Motorcyclenews.com user Jim Mansley (Fazers123) has won a brand new Dainese 8-track leather jacket just by bidding on an MCN auction. We regularly choose a random auction bidder to win our top prize...

Customs in demand

Customs in demand

If you’ve got a custom bike you’re thinking of selling on, now is the time to do it. With the weather improving and temperatures rising demand for custom bikes like Harleys and Yamaha...

New MCN: May 10 Issue

New MCN: May 10 Issue

We reveal the 2007 Kawasaki ZX-6 with a mad 16,000rpm motor and radical MotoGP looks. And that’s just the start of a special four page feature on all the most important new bikes for next...

MCN gets 20k for RfH

MCN gets 20k for RfH

MCN's advertising teams have raised a whopping £19,850 for Riders for Health in just one day, and more money is still being collected. The teams were originally challenged to raise £12000...

What's on: May 10 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 Ireland North of England Scotland South East England South West of England Wales Worldwide: ROAD RACING SUNDAY May 14 Moto GP, Shanghai.

Bargain priced ZX-6Rs

Bargain priced ZX-6Rs

In this week’s MCN we reveal how Kawasaki’s next ZX-6R will look, but if you can’t wait that long we’ve pulled out some of the best ZX-6R deals from our Bikes for Sale...

Bikes on TV: May 10 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, April 19. 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...

Ducati to raise £55m

Ducati to raise £55m

Ducati’s board of Directors has signed off on the firm’s latest attempt to raise more cash - a deal that should free up almost £55 million. The 160 million extra shares of the...

Ride for the blind

Ride for the blind

A charity ride to Box Hill has been organised for May 14, 2006, to raise funds for a spoken word CD version of The Long Way Round for the visually impaired. The book follows the journey of actors...

KillSpills rally 2006

KillSpills rally 2006

The biggest ever KillSpills diesel protest rally is predicted by organisers for Saturday, September 9, 2006 to highlight the danger of diesel to motorcyclists. In 2005, the event attracted over 2500...

Search for KTM owner

Search for KTM owner

Avon and Somerset police have recovered an almost new KTM 65SX but can't trace the rightful owner. The bike was being ridden around the Hengrove airfield site near Bristol, but the rider escaped when...

Five new BMWs for 07

Five new BMWs for 07

BMW is set to continue it’s breakneck development pace, revealing five new bikes before the end of the year. There will be a new F650 in GS and supermoto forms, a tricked up version and a naked...

ZX-10R owner warning

ZX-10R owner warning

Kawasaki is writing to owners of new ZX10R bikes to notify them of the possibility of a fault with the tightening of a steering damper mounting bolt. All warranty registered owners of affected...

R6 tops the charts

R6 tops the charts

Yamaha’s R6 certainly seems to be pressing all the right buttons with UK riders, topping the MCI sales charts for April. The R6 dominates the top ten, selling 23 more bikes this year than the...

Budget 125 from Sachs

Budget 125 from Sachs

Sachs has expanded it's range of budget scooters with the Bee 125cc automatic, which costs £1299. The firm has tied-up with a Chinese factory to provide German quality and dealer support with...

New Kawasaki ZX-6R

New Kawasaki ZX-6R

Kawasaki will reveal an all-new ZX-6R later this year, ditching the 636 capacity for a 599cc screamer. The new bike draws from the ZX-10R and the ZX-RR MotoGP bike and will be available in 2007. You...

Bikes on TV: May 3 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, April 19. 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...

600s for under £4000

600s for under £4000

In this week’s MCN we get the first test of the new Hyosung GT650R - a budget sports bike for under £4000 new. But what quality used bikes are available for the same money? Check out our...

GSX-R750: 21-years on

GSX-R750: 21-years on

Next week MCN celebrates 21 years of the original superbike - Suzuki’s GSX-R750. We’ve taken one of the original bikes out for a spin. The GSX-R we got our hands on was an original 1985...

This weekend's rides

This weekend's rides

Now that summer has arrived (at least for a couple of days…) you’ll need a plan for your ride this weekend. Assuming you can’t be at Monza for WSB, how about Parkinson Motorcycles...

Councils told: Think bike

The Government is writing to all local councils to remind them to start acting on its National Motorcycling Strategy - a plan aimed at making bikes part of the transport mainstream. Your next bike Quality bikes for sale here Tests & user reviews here A new memo to Local Authority Highway Officers from the Department for Transport’s Road Safety Division encourages all organisations...

NI Ducati open day

NI Ducati open day

Northern Ireland Ducati dealer Bici is holding an open day this weekend at its Belfast store with massive savings on loads of kit. The store is the only Ducati dealer in Northern Ireland and if you...

Jobs in biking: May 3

Each week we publish a list of the jobs available in biking in the UK. You’ll find more details and contacts for each of the following in the May 3 issue. Turn to pages 50 and 51 of the Bike Mart insert you’ll find free with the issue. Your next bike Quality bikes for sale here Tests & user reviews here Off Road Aprilia World Service UK – Stockport. Person required to join...

Open day for Enfield fans

If you're an owner or fan of Royal Enfields, the firm is holding its first ever official open day in July, 2006. UK distributor Watsonian Squire will open the doors of its factory on July 22/23. Almost 600 Royal Enfield Bullets were registered in the UK in 2005, and the brand is 105 years old this year. You'll be able to see the current range at the factory, from the basic 350cc Classic at...