2007

Paris Show 07: 2008 Suzuki DR125SM official launch news and images

Paris Show 07: 2008 Suzuki DR125SM official launch news and images

Suzuki has unveiled the new 2008 Suzuki DR125SM at an exclusive event on the eve of the 2007 Paris Motorcycle Show The brand new learner legal 2008 Suzuki DR125SM was shown alongside the 2008 Suzuki...

Paris Show 07: BMW HP2 Sport official pictures

Paris Show 07: BMW HP2 Sport official pictures

The most hardcore sports BMW ever built has finally been revealed at the Paris Motorcycle show. The HP2 Sport is losely based on the R1200S sports tourer, but almost every part of the bike...

World's first test: Aprilia NA 850 Mana

World's first test: Aprilia NA 850 Mana

We’ve just ridden Aprilia’s new NA 850 Mana at its world launch in Turin, Italy. With a fully-automatic gearbox it makes the Mana half scooter and half motorcycle. Around town it can be used just...

Paris show 07 video: ZX-10R gets traction control for 2008

Paris show 07 video: ZX-10R gets traction control for 2008

Kawasaki has launched a brand new version of the ZX-10R with traction control. The bike was unveiled at the Paris Show and is claimed to be even more track focused than ever. Check out the video to...

Paris show 07 Video: Kawasaki Ninja 250R launch

Kawasaki has launched it's new baby sports bike, the Ninja 250R, at the Paris show and you can see the bike unveiled for the first time. Check out the video below to see the motorcycle on stage at the event and hear all the technical detail of the new sporty commuter.

Paris show 07 Video: See the Ninja 250R in action

Kawasaki has just launched its brand new baby sports bike, the Ninja 250R and you can see the bike in action below. Check out the video to see Kawasaki's prmotional film for the Ninja 250R, which was shown at the launch of the bike at the Paris Motorcycle show on September 27.

Education of a 3-week-old

Education of a 3-week-old

Starting the education of my 3 week old son on my R6.

Paris Show 07: Kawasaki launch at Equinox

Paris Show 07: Kawasaki launch at Equinox

Kawasaki has officially launched the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R, the Kawasaki Ninja ZXR 250, the Kawasaki VN2000 and the Kawasaki ZZR1400 at an exclusive press launch on the eve of the 2007 Paris...

Paris Show 07: Honda launch in Paris

Paris Show 07: Honda launch in Paris

Honda will be launching their 2008 range at the Paris Show on Friday including the new CBR1000RR Fireblade and the return of the VT750 Shadow. Check back here at 1pm tomorrow (Friday) to see...

Video: The back roads of Britain by Bullet

“We were two up, weighed down with a tank bag and saddlebags, and lost somewhere in Wiltshire, trying to ride up a one-in-four narrow lane that was bereft Tarmac and covered in loose gravel. “The Bullet was chugging away effortlessly in second gear and I swear to God you could count each firing stroke. It was so utterly ludicrous in this modern era that I burst out laughing and nearly veered off...

Nearly half of car drivers in crashes with bikes failed to look

Nearly half of car drivers in crashes with bikes failed to look

Nearly half of all car drivers in two-vehicle crashes with a motorcycle contributed to the accident by failing to look properly, according to a Government report published today. In...

Biker wedding

Biker wedding

Ater raining for weeks we got married on the 14th July 2007 and the sun came out. There were a few bikes that left our house and more when we got to church. The reception was great; our tyre cake took...

Dear Heather

My story isn't very special, but my girlfriend is and I'd like her to read this. All my life I've never owned a brand new vehicle until 5 weeks ago when I purchased a Kawasaki GTR1400 in metallic black. To me it's the best bike on the planet and have already done nearly 4000 miles on it but today we were informed that we have to find £15,000 or lose the house because of her ex. For me it's a not a...

Massive crash!

Massive crash!

Well it was a massive crash for me. I was waiting at the traffic lights on the way to my girlfriend's house. The lights went green and I pulled away like normal doing no more than 20mph then BANG i'm...

Win Arai helmets, or £20,000 in cash!

Win Arai helmets, or £20,000 in cash!

You could win £20,000, an Arai Chaser Legend motorcycle helment, an Arai SZ Ram 3 motorcycle helmet, Kappa motorcyle panniers, or a luxury Audi A3 Turbo and a seven day ballooning holiday with the 1...

Honda Evo6 into production? You decide

Honda Evo6 into production? You decide

The stunning new Honda Evo6 motorcycle will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show next month and we want your views on the new motorcycle. To read about the format of bolting a huge engine into a...

Spain - it's brilliant!

Spain - it's brilliant!

Got back from our 5.5 day blast last week from Bilbao, across Northern Spain, South of France, Calais and home...2100 miles in total and it was awesome! The first 3 days were amazing the last 2 were...

MCN in the Maldives

MCN in the Maldives

Just a picture with my MCN whilst relaxing on holiday in the Maldives.

Video: Words first test of the BMW Sport Boxer R1200S

BMW's endurance racing Sport Boxer is more than just a racing protoype, it's the development mule for the firms new road-going sports bike, the HP2 Sport, which is set to be unveiled at the Paris show next week. Check out the video below to see what MCN man Trevor Franklin thought of the race bike and then check back later in the week to get the first look at BMW's 2008 range of bikes.

Q&A: Billy Baxter and a blind lap of Donington

Q&A: Billy Baxter and a blind lap of Donington

Blind landspeed record holder Billy Baxter took to a Ducati 695 last weekend at the Bennetts British Superbike round at Donington Park to complete the first blind lap of the Leicestershire...

2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R revealed in blue

2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R revealed in blue

This is the first picture revealing the new 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R in another colour scheme. As well as the traditional Kawasaki lime green, the motorcycle will also be offered in metallic blue as seen...

Take a look at the 2007 end of season Bering range

Take a look at the 2007 end of season Bering range

Here is the Autumn 2007 Bering range featuring gloves, leather jackets, trousers and much more. Check back on Friday evening to see the 2008 summer range, brought to you exclusively from the Paris...

What a road!

What a road!

"The Bulls Eye" Mulholland Highway, Malibu, California. Perfect twisties!

New rear end for '08 Busa

New rear end for '08 Busa

I did this on my computer - I think it's an improvement! The bike says 'organic' to me, but the tail is just two pointy - aerodynamic I'm sure, but on the street does it make that much difference? I'm...

Killer headlines

The BBC reported today that motorcycle fatalaties in Northern Ireland have risen considerably in the last year. Not good news but fair enough. Not so fair though is what feels like an underlying prejudice against motorcyclists and monotone reporting from the BBC. An example is the accompanying quote from Environment Minister Arlene Foster: "It has caused me considerable concern at the number of...

Trip to Wales

Trip to Wales

Thought you would like to see this picture of my father-in-law, Peter Hart, on our recent camping trip to the coast in mid-Wales in September. I will add, it did rain the next day... it always does on...

New MCN out Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New MCN out Wednesday, September 26, 2007

In this week's MCN we take a look at Honda's hottest ever new bike line-up, including the Evo6, CB1100RR and CBF600. Also in this edition, available from Wednesday, September 26, 2007 we have the...

Mega or Minor Motard?

Mega or Minor Motard?

Expensive? Yes. Tall & long? Yes. Light & nimble ? Yes. This bike rocks your socks off. After having spent a few years practising the art of wheelstands on GSs this is The Answer for me. I...

Video: Italjet are back with the Grifon 650

Italjet is one of Italy’s most famous bike makers. They went out of business in 2003, but now they’re back making scooters, quads and pit bikes - but the Grifon 650 could be their first step back onto the big-bike ladder. It’s a collaboration between Hyosung and Italjet; the 650cc V-twin engine and chassis comes from the Korean firm, while things like the suspension, spoked wheels, suspension,...

Speed camera enforcement down 14%

Speed camera enforcement down 14%

Speed cameras vans are spending on average 14% less time catching speeders than a year ago, latest national figures obtained by MCN show. One of the biggest regional falls has been in South Yorkshire,...

Kawasaki Ninja 250R first official picture

Kawasaki Ninja 250R first official picture

Last week we showed you the spy pictures of Kawasaki’s new Ninja 250R – and now we can reveal the finished version of the motorcycle which is set to be officially launched in Paris on...

2008 Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 goes head to head Suzuki Hayabusa

2008 Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 goes head to head Suzuki Hayabusa

Kawasaki has released the 2008 ZZ-R1400 with a series of changes it claims were made to the ZZ-R1400’s engine is to meet emissions rules – but the nature of the changes suggests that Kawasaki is...

Paris Show 07: Suzuki launch at Paris Expo

Paris Show 07: Suzuki launch at Paris Expo

Suzuki are launching their 2008 range at the Paris Show today (Thursday) including the new GSX-R600 and GSX-R750. Check back here at 10pm tonight (Thursday) to see all the information on the new...

The family R6

The family R6

Me on my R6 with the kids.

New Ducati Monster spied testing

New Ducati Monster spied testing

This is the world’s first spy shot of the all-new 2008 Ducati Monster, caught in secret tests on an Italian race circuit. The Ducati Monster is set to get its first major redesign since it’s...

My new toy

My new toy

I love motorbikes and everything that goes along with them. I can't stand people who cut bikers up or think that we are all hooligans although some of us like to think we are. I'm a bit new...