August

Police driving criticised

When I see a police car, I will follow and observe for a while. This police car makes a number of basic errors. Watch the video and see how many you spot. OK I am being pedantic, but it seems like there's one rule for them and one for everybody else. This video was shot Tuesday 7th August 2007 at 5.45pm. The police car drives in the left lane predominantly. 5.56-57pm: Speeding at 50mph in a 40...

A leaning trike you say? Surely not?

This is the Hobbs R8, a prototype based around a Monkey bike that has been designed to prove that it is possible to build a trike that leans in to corners like a normal bike. Check out the video below to see the impressive bike in action

Living with: Kawasaki ZX6-R

Living with: Kawasaki ZX6-R

There are many films released every year, but few have anything like the impact that Star Wars first made on the world when the first instalment (at the time, confusingly called Episode IV: A New...

World’s wildest Triumph Rocket III?

World’s wildest Triumph Rocket III?

Whether you like American custom styles or not, it’s impossible to deny the DuSold designs Triumph Rocket III grabs attention. The 2300cc Triumph Rocket III engine is barely recognisable under a coat...

Kawasaki facing pressure over ER-6 frames

Kawasaki facing pressure over ER-6 frames

Pressure is mounting on Kawasaki to take action over cracking ER-6 frame brackets after a crash bung maker and an owner dismiss Kawasaki’s explanation for the issue so far. The apparent problem lies...

New MCN August 8, 2007

New MCN August 8, 2007

In this week's MCN we have the World’s first test of the incredible Suzuki B-King.   Also in this edition, available from Wednesday, 8 August, 2007, we have the latest spy pictures of the...

Bike insurance premiums on the rise

Motorcycle premiums have risen by nearly 10% in the last six months and are matching a trend which has pushed car premiums higher than ever before, according to AA Insurance. The AA’s Insurance Premium Index reported that car premiums have risen by 8% in the last 12 months and more than doubled since 1994. AA Insurance spokesman Ian Crowder, said: “Motorcycle premiums had risen by 9% in the same...

Death crash driver keeps licence

From BBC Scotland homepage on 07/08/07... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/6933735.stm Death crash driver keeps licence. The sheriff said he had to take into account the degree of carelessness A man who admitted causing a fatal crash which killed a motorcyclist has escaped a jail term and a driving ban. Richard Johnson, 22, came off his bike when Robert Buchan pulled out in...

North Cape tour

North Cape tour

On Friday 29th June, me (Peter Jones) and two friends from Sheffield, Frank Norman and Andrew Hizzard, began a 5000-mile motorcycle tour through Europe. We rode to Newcastle and caught a ferry to...

CBR900-RRN: the best ever!

CBR900-RRN: the best ever!

Here's some pictures of my FireBlade. It's totaly standard from new, it's done 25k-ish. I was left it by my best friend's mum. I found my friend dead in his back garden with his leathers on ready...

Nuisance mini-motorcycle riders to be tackled

Norfolk Police is stepping up its response to nuisance riders on mini-motorcycles in the Mile Cross area after complaints from residents. Youths are regularly spotted riding across Sloughbottom Park, causing problems for walkers. A residents meeting was held to discuss ways to tackle the problem, and police have set up a special team to clamp down on offenders.

New Ducati supermoto

New Ducati supermoto

Here's a pic of my 1977 Ducati 125 six-days trials bike with the BST wheels from my son's 125 honda GP bike loosely fitted. I was thinking of fitting the brakes and using it as a sort of retro motard.

New Kymco Nexxon 125

New Kymco Nexxon 125

Kymco has just released a new budget commuter motorcycle, the Kymco Nexxon 125. Similar in idea to the Honda C90, the Kymco Nexxon 125 is a step-through scooter with a horizontal-cylinder air-cooled...

Spy chip proposals slammed

Spy chip proposals slammed

A rider’s rights group has slammed DVLA proposals for spy chips in motorcycle number plates first revealed in MCN in May. The British Motorcycle Federation (BMF) said the move would be ‘akin to...

MCN's motorcycle babe of the day: Brands Hatch special August 6

MCN's motorcycle babe of the day: Brands Hatch special August 6

James Toseland's double World Superbike win was not the only thing going on at Brands Hatch this weekend. We bring you a MCN's motorcycle babe of the day Brands Hatch special.

Hog heaven

Hog heaven

Taken on the car park of Lake Bala, Wales.

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman reach Cape Town

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman reach Cape Town

Eighty-five days after setting off from John O’Groats, actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman have completed their Long Way Down voyage by reaching Cape Town, South Africa. Three months and 18...

Coastguards' MCN

Coastguards' MCN

Mick, John and Andy enjoying a good read at Shannon in-between 'jobs' off the West Coast of Ireland.

Kawasaki ER-6F owner report

Kawasaki ER-6F owner report

I purchased my ER-6F in April 2007 and use it to commute through central London to Farnborough. I am a member of the "80 a Day" club. Although I didn't really want ABS, I got it, and like it. This is...

Hornet vs junky

So there I was after just a week of owning a ex-demo 2007 Hornet CB600F. I returned to my dealers to take a look at the latest one in stock to see if rad grill was a tighter fit, which it was, but I didn't plan for what happened next. Two arguing junkies had run across the road and bumped into my new bike, knocking it over. They of course ran off. All I saw was a bike on the deck...

Brunstrom: my two cents

I think the problem is Richard Brunstrom being so adamant on bikers being big, bad and notorious for unacceptable behavior when that's not how they/we are now. All we hear is how bikers are in the wrong, all the statistics, yet how many of these road accident statistics don't involve motorcycles? How many are there where the car has been in the wrong? If there is a 40mph limit put in...

Neon blue Triumph Daytona 675

Neon blue Triumph Daytona 675

An MCN reader has spotted one of next year’s Triumph Daytona 675s on a recent factory tour. Triumph Speed Four owner Steve Robinson told MCN: “I went on the tour of the Hinckley factory - it was a...

Police interview witnesses over deaths at 2007 Isle of Man TT

Police interview witnesses over deaths at 2007 Isle of Man TT

Police are interviewing witnesses over the fatal incident at this year’s Isle of Man TT. Two spectators and a rider died at the 26th milestone during the Senior TT on Friday, June 8, 2007.   ...

The ride home

Just me riding home on about the first nice day this summer.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 spotted testing

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 spotted testing

This video captured by an Italian Moto Guzzi fan is the first to show the forthcoming Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 in running form. Until now, the motorcycle has only be seen in leaked pictures from a...

Speeding motorists could be DNA tested

Speeding motorists could be DNA tested

Motorists caught speeding could soon face a DNA test, as the police force are pushing to take DNA test on the streets from people who commit non-imprison able offences. The demand came after a...

Road Test Blog: Triumph Rocket 3

Road Test Blog: Triumph Rocket 3

I’d always wondered what it was like going on a road test for a motorcycle magazine. Luckily on Tuesday, July 31, 2007,  I was given the chance to find out. I tagged along with Adam “Chad” Child...

Yamaha YZF-R6 is UK favourite

Yamaha YZF-R6 is UK favourite

Latest figures released by Bennetts motorcycle insurance show the Yamaha R6 is the most quoted motorcycle of the year so far. Eleven per cent of all the insurance company’s quotes have been for...

Video:Krazy Horse customs Zero Harley and matching hotrod

What better way to showcase an awesome custom bike than building a matching custom hot rod and trailer to tow it to different countries in the World to enter bike-building competitions. That's exactly what Krazy Horse Custom Cycles of Bury St Edmunds has done with their modified 1977 XL1000 Harley. Check out the video below to see the pair in action and hear the aazing engine sounds.

Video: Kawasaki GTR1400 v Yamaha FJR1300 and BMW K1200GT

Kawasaki's GTR1400 has impressed in tests so far but how does it fair against its main rivals, the Yamaha FJR1400 and BMW K1200GT. Check out the video below to find out.

Toseland's decision

Toseland's decision

Thought you might like to see what I've done to my Rocket III...

She is all mine!

She is all mine!

I have had more bikes that I can count, and this year alone I've had a Ducati 1098 and Honda SP-2, but now have a CB1300, an RE5 Suzuki, Yamaha SDR200 and my XR1000 Harley Flat-tracker. I love...

Video: BMW's 450 enduro in action

BMW’S next-generation 450 Enduro, tagged the Sportenduro, will be available to buy in BMW dealers next year, but you can see video of the bike in action here. MCN has been told the 450cc single, which is being put through its paces at the moment in the German Enduro Championship, will be unveiled as a new model in the German manufactures range at the latter end of the year, possibly the Paris...

New MCN August 1, 2007

New MCN August 1, 2007

Take a look at this week’s MCN as we reveal the brand new 2009 Kawasaki Z1400. Also in this edition, available from Wednesday, 1 August, 2007, we follow the unfortunate events that led to British star...

Yamaha's self steering bike revealed

Yamaha's self steering bike revealed

These patent drawings discovered by MCN show Yamaha has put serious effort into a bike which steers itself. The amazing concept uses a headstock and front end that rotates longitudinally about the...

Video: B-King worlds first ride - first impressions

MCN Editor Marc Potter has just got off track after being the first person to ride the new Suzuki B-King and we've got the first video of the bike in action. Check out the video below to see Potter in action on the 1340cc muscle-bike and hear his first impressions of the impressive machine.