2007

Touring 'Route 69' in Turkey

Touring 'Route 69' in Turkey

If you feel that you need to work on ‘that bike-riding thing’, you should consider going on tour in Turkey, one of the last bastions of unconquered territory, with regards to the expanding army of...

A130 update

A130 update

On checking Google again today I am seriously worried the A130 which yesterday was disappearing and is now reverting to just a brown scar - the concrete has now gone.

Honda reveals production version of DN-01 concept motorcycle

Honda reveals production version of DN-01 concept motorcycle

Honda has released the first pictures of the production-ready version of its DN-01 - which was originally shown as a concept bike two years ago. The radical Honda DN-01 is designed to blur the line...

Picture special: KTM 2008 range

Picture special: KTM 2008 range

KTM's first batch of 2008 machines was revealed at the 2007 Paris Show last week and here we have the first pictures of the brand new Duke, Supermoto and Stunt concept motorcycles. To read more about...

Born again Motorist Pt2

How? The CBT Now totally committed , I had the bike coming, a helmet sat in my bedroom and the so called summer (now in 2007) coming to an end. The CBT course took place in September, so between placing the order for the bike, and the CBT, I was looking through the internet for insurance and clothing. Firstly the insurance. I dabbled with various criteria, playing around with voluntary excess, and...

Blackbird on the autobahn

Here's a Blackbird on an autobahn. Just an opinion of mine, but I believe Hondas since 2006 are going downhill. Hey, but at least you won't have to push.

Pimp my van

Pimp my van

Here is my van that I've just converted to carry my bike. What do you think? My daughter has taken a shine to it... I never get to go to the bike meets myself now.

Video: 2008 Honda Transalp

Honda has launched an all new Transalp for 2008 replacing the seven-year-old design with a completely new machine based around the 2007 Deauville engine. Check out the video below to see the bike in detail as it sits on Honda's stand at the Paris show, where it was launched.

Disappearing road

Disappearing road

According to google satelite images the A130 in Essex is disappearing into the fields.

Three new arrests over Hells Angel shooting

Three new arrests over Hells Angel shooting

Police investigating the murder of Hells Angel Gerard Tobin who was shot dead while riding on the M40 have made three new arrests early this morning. Three men are to be questioned on suspicion of of...

Video: Coasting along for a worthy cause

Ed and Dom had 1000 miles of riding experience when they set off to ride the UKs coastline on an SV60S and Bandit 600S for Macmillan Nurses. Check out the video below to see the highlights of their epic journey. To sponsor the pair and help raise more money for the Macmillan Nurses, click here.

Video: Aprilia Shiver vs.the Suzuki SV650, BMW F800 and Street Triple

Aprilia's new Shiver 750 v-twin is no ordinary naked bike, it handles like a supermoto and boasts a fly-by-wire throttle. Check out the video below to see how it fairs in the real world against the sensible usability of the Suzuki SV650, the handling of the BMW F800S or the shear fun of the Triumph Street Triple.

Exclusive MCN competition: Win Mac Tools toolbox and Nokia 6110 mobile phone with Long Way Down

Exclusive MCN competition: Win Mac Tools toolbox and Nokia 6110 mobile phone with Long Way Down

As well as offering an exclusive six-page serialisation of the new Long Way Down book, in this week's MCN (Wednesday, October 3, 2007), we have also got a stunning money-saving reader offer and...

MCN in Menorca

MCN in Menorca

Found a real quiet place to read my MCN while on holiday last week in Menorca.

Born-again birthday cake

Born-again birthday cake

Would just like to show you all my 50th (born again teenager) birthday cake. I would like to add I have more hair than that.

Shitty helmet

Shitty helmet

Seagull attack at the Brighton Burn Up!

Paris show 07 video: Kawasaki reveals updated ZZ-R

Kawasaki has revised the ZZ-R1400 for 2008 to make sure it competes with the all new Suzuki Hayabusa. Check out the video below to see how the bike has been updated as it is revealed on stage at the Paris show.

Distracted wife

Distracted wife

Looks like the wife is more interested in MCN than me these days...

Paris show 07 video: BMW launches HP2 Sport

BMW has unveiled the sportiest ever version of it's R1200S - the HP2 Sport - and you can see the video of the launch at the Paris Motorcycle show. The bike has been in development for a while, making appearances at the odd World Endurance round but has now been released as an official model. Check out the video above to see the launch,

Paris Show 07: See the motorcycle babes from the 2007 Paris Motorcycle Show

Paris Show 07: See the motorcycle babes from the 2007 Paris Motorcycle Show

Besides the new 2008 motorcycles, and the specials and customs on show at Paris, there were also some very nice young ladies demonstrating various ways to sit on a motorcycle. So we thought it would...

KTM 690 Stunt prototype: KTM will build it if you want it

KTM 690 Stunt prototype: KTM will build it if you want it

KTM is looking for road rider’s thoughts on the new 690 Stunt prototype motorcycle to see if there’s enough demand for a production version. The Stunt is based around the 2008 KTM Duke’s 653cc engine...

£28K limited-run classic MV Agusta for sale

£28K limited-run classic MV Agusta for sale

One of the twelve MV Agusta’s built in German between 1979 and 1980 is up for sale on a popular auction website with the price tag of £28,000. Priced at 26,000 German Marks new in 1980, the Corona...

New MCN out Wednesday, October 3, 2007

New MCN out Wednesday, October 3, 2007

In this week's MCN we bring you a 13-page special of the world's biggest bike show from Paris. Also in this edition, out Wednesday, October 3, 2007, Britain's World Superbike championship hope, James...

Refused service at McDonalds

I've been refused service on my motorcycle at McDonald's. I was working late shifts and wanted to pick up a Big Mac on my way home & i was refused service by members of staff. When I went to the drive-thru on my motorcycle they said to me 'we do not serve motorcyclists'. I offered to park the motorcycle in the car park at my own risk and walk around to the other side of the building to...

Blackbird triple!

Blackbird triple!

Picture of my Honda Super Blackbird Triple, no not a dodgy Triumph/Honda cross breed - but my triplet sons astride my blue rocketship. Room for one more at the back, best not tell the missus in case...

THIS was a crash!

THIS was a crash!

Riding home with 2 mates, wife on board, I was leading, on the A271. As we were passing a shop on my left some dozy cow in a Merc decided to right turn straight into me. Not just SMIDSY, but sorry i...

Poetry corner

Mah bike is broke, the wheels staun still ah'm feelin' kinda ratty Ah'll hiv tae spend some cash gey soon an' get a new Ducati Aw reed an' black wi' jist wan seat, a pillion ye don't need when fleein' doon a country lane an gaun at a richt speed But cam'ras hide ahent the dykes, jes' waitin' tae go flash! An pile yer licence high wi' points as weel as takin' cash Ah'll trade the Norton in wan...

Trail riding in Romania

Trail riding in Romania

Hi Just had a teriffic holiday, trail riding in Romania, and I cannot recommend www.adventuromania.co.uk highly enough. The views over the hills and forests were staggering, and well worth the...

Born again Motorist Pt1

Why? I think my dad played a massive role in me hankering after a motorcycle in the first place. He used to recite stories of how his dad use to have my grandmother on the back of my granddads bike and have my dad and his brother in the sidecar and go to Southend or Clacton. And then when he got a job at Rex Judd in Edgware, a large motorcycle shop who still exist today. Plus the bikes he used to...

Paris show 07 video: Kawasaki's ZX-10R promo video

Kawasaki has launched a new ZX-10R for 2008 with traction control and you can see it in action here in the promotional video Kawasaki used to launch the bike. Check out the video below to see the promo film then click on the link to Regis Laconi launch the bike on stage.

Paris show 07 video: Yanagawa talks about testing the 08 ZX-10R

Kawasaki has just launched a new ZX-10R for 2008 with traction control. At the launch the firm showed an interview with devlopment rider and All Japan Superbike racer Akira Yanagawa about his involvement with the new bike. Check out the video below to hear Yanagawa explain how good the new bike is.

Paris show 07 video: Honda's all new Fireblade

Honda launched an all new CBR1000RR Fireblade for 2008 at the Paris show. The bike is as small as a supersport 600 with Honda saving weight on everything, right down to the battery. Check out the video below to see the motorcycle - and a stunning babe - on Honda's stand at the show.

Paris show video: Yamaha launches 2008 R6

Yamaha has launched the new 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 at the Paris show and given it a complete workover despite the motorcycle looking pretty similar to the current bike. The Yamaha R6 gets a new frame and swingarm, reworked 599cc engine, new slipper clutch, improved front brakes and more aerodynamic bodywork. Check out the video below to see the bike launched on the Yamaha stand and see it in...

Join Ride for Rights 2007 to fight road pricing

Join Ride for Rights 2007 to fight road pricing

Your chance to join an MCN backed mass ride through London is fast approaching.  MCN and rider’s rights group Rider Connect are calling on motorcyclists to join us on October 20, 2007 for a ride...

New Highway Code tells drivers not to smoke

New Highway Code tells drivers not to smoke

Drivers are told not to light up at the wheel in a revised version of the Highway Code published yesterday. Smoking appears on a list of ‘distractions’ which drivers and riders are told to ‘avoid’ in...

Paris show 07 video: New GSX-R750 for 2008

Suzuki has launched a new version of the GSX-R750 at the Paris show and like the new GSX-R600 it boasts the variable fuel maps from the GSX-R1000 as well as a surprisingly large exhaust. check out the video below to see the bike in action in Suzuki's promotionall video and unveiled on stage at the launch.