December

Video: Going the whole Hawg

They’re mad, they’re bad, and they’re certainly rad. Jon Quantrell and Terry Clark at Hawg Haven build some of the best-engineered custom bikes in the world. They invited motorcyclenews.com to their workshop in Norwich to get a peak preview of their latest build, the so-called Bentley motorcycle. It’s in the early stages so far - just a few drawings, a stripped down motor and a bent bit...

180mph internet clip

180mph internet clip

A clip which appears to show a motorcyclist hitting 180mph on UK roads has been posted on a website. The clip, on the site LiveLeak.com, has been viewed 113,000 times. Headlines were made this week by...

Christmas present for the man who has everything

Christmas present for the man who has everything

Yorkshire Advanced Rider Training are promoting their unique luxury advanced training weekends as the perfect Christmas present for the rider who has everything. A relaxed yet very informative weekend...

Scooter rider injured as rope strung across road

Scooter rider injured as rope strung across road

Police are appealing for witnesses after a rope strung across a road caused injury to a rider. Angela Whitehouse of Royston, Barnsley, was travelling on her Piaggio scooter when she rode into the...

MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 12/12/07

In Episode 13 of the MCN Daily video show Ducati is forced to stop production after lorry drivers protest, Ducati Desmosedici sells out, V-Rhoer gets go-ahead and Andrew Pitt talks about the Ten Kate CBR600RR traction control.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here...

A case of mistaken motorcycle identity - tell us your story

A case of mistaken motorcycle identity - tell us your story

In this week’s MCN (December 12, 2007) we reported the story of Karen Gregson-Smith who was harassed into selling her motorcycle after being wrongly accused of riding in a bus lane. Karen was sent a...

Picture exclusive: R1 Cup motorcycles get the Neevesy treatment

Picture exclusive: R1 Cup motorcycles get the Neevesy treatment

The new-for-2008 R1 Cup is set to be an exciting addition to the support races for the British Superbike Championship next year. The one-make championship will see all 36 Yamaha R1s on the grid...

Ducati Desmosedici sells out

Ducati Desmosedici sells out

If you want a Ducati Desmosedici and haven’t placed your order yet, you better start scouring the classifieds as the firm has now completely sold out its planned production run of 1500...

Motorcycle police get the Queen lost

Motorcycle police get the Queen lost

Motorcycle police outriders got the queen lost in Milton Keynes. The outriders, who were leading the Queens cavalcade from Milton Keynes train station to thehub:mk got lost after taking a wrong turn...

Picture special: 2008 motorcycle 'interesting' paintschemes

Picture special: 2008 motorcycle 'interesting' paintschemes

Kawasaki has revealed two special paintschemes for its top sportsbikes – but fortunately they’re not going to be offered in the UK. The America-only special edition 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R gains black...

Roehr superbike gets go-ahead

Roehr superbike gets go-ahead

The Harley-Davidson V-Rod engined Roehr superbike has got the go-ahead to reach production in the middle of 2008. The motorcycle, which has been developed over several years by Walter Roehrich, uses a...

Ducati hit by Italian lorry driver strike

Ducati hit by Italian lorry driver strike

Strikes in Italy have forced the Ducati factory to close today, Wednesday December 12, 2007, from 8.30am-12.30pm. The strike has been taken by Italian lorry drivers over higher fuel prices and has now...

MCN Babe entry 44: Jessica Morris

MCN Babe entry 44: Jessica Morris

Name: Jessica Morris Vital Stats: 32C Are you single? Yes What makes you stand out from the crowd? My personality, my hair, my eyes and my passion for bike racing - since i was 3 days old. Vote for...

MCN Babe entry 45: Roxx-Anne Wilson

MCN Babe entry 45: Roxx-Anne Wilson

Name: Roxx-Anne Wilson Are you single? Yes What makes you stand out from the crowd? Blonde, blue eyes, I look good in anything. Very outgoing and love the camera. Vote for Roxx-Anne: By text:...

Evel Knievel in 1972

In November of 1972 I went to see Evel in Atlanta, Georgia (I live in Tennessee). He was too cracked up to jump that day, but he did a few wheelies. Another fellow in an Evel costume did a couple of ramp to ramp jumps to take up the space. Also featured that day was a 1 mile dirt track race. There were one or two 750 Suzuki water buffalo flat trackers in the race. They were very ragged in the...

Lonely Planet guide to Morocco

Lonely Planet guide to Morocco

Tangier, Casablanca, Marrakesh...just the names of these cities stir a hint of spice in the nostrils. Jostling crowds, the piquant tension of debate, space in perpetual motion - the minute you set...

Track Attack

Track Attack

Hi there, we have set up Track Attack. We are bikers and we know what it feels like if you drop yor bike and we thought it my be good to set this up. We have R6 full track bikes. What do you...

MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 11/12/07

In Episode 12 of the MCN Daily video show we have news on wire barriers being introduced to single carriageway roads, a clamp down on Christmas drink driving and Gilera's three-wheeled hybrid scooter.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us know...

Picture exclusive: BMW HP2 Sport launched in Spain

Picture exclusive: BMW HP2 Sport launched in Spain

Find it hard to believe BMW could make a thoroughbred sportsbike out of an engine and chassis design we all thought was best suited to tourers and sport tourers? So did we. But we should all stand...

Video: Honda CB1100F at Tokyo Show

Modern technology might not be the first thing you associate with a retro bike but Honda’s CB1100F uses the latest in computer-aided design to breathe new life into the idea. Unveiled in October as a prototype, Honda has now decided to put this motorcycle in to production for 2009. Take a look at this video from the Tokyo Show where the prototype of the motorcycle was first unveiled to the...

Cutting Corners - Bike Tour Fundraiser

Cutting Corners - Bike Tour Fundraiser

We are four serving Royal Engineer soldiers - Major Pete Spilsbury, WO1 Richard Little, SSGT Dave Castle and LCPL Gaz Taylor - who decided it would be a great idea to raise money for Macmillan Cancer...

Sold Secure theft resistance claims under scrutiny

Sold Secure theft resistance claims under scrutiny

Security locks are to be tested by Trading Standards to see whether they're really as tough as accreditation from testing house Sold Secure suggests. Sold Secure approval is used by the insurance...

New MCN December 12 - Technical secrets of MotoGP

New MCN December 12 - Technical secrets of MotoGP

To see a sample of this week's MCN, click here Want to know all about the insides of a MotoGP motorcycle, we reveal all in a free 12-page supplement about technical secrets in this week’s MCN. Also...

Steve Hislop Inquiry Delayed

Steve Hislop Inquiry Delayed

The fatal accident inquiry into the death of BSB legend Steve Hislop has been postponed to allow more evidence to be gathered. Originally, the inquiry was scheduled to take place today in Jedburgh...

Police crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

Police crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

Police forces nationwide launched a clampdown last week on motorists driving under the influence of drink or drugs over the Christmas period. The Government and police forces are making a joint...

Thousands turn out for Knievel funeral

Thousands turn out for Knievel funeral

Thousands of fans and friends turned out yesterday for the funeral of daredevil Evel Knievel. The Butte Civic Arena was filled as people braved snowstorms to pay tribute. During the ceremony, boxer...

"Wire rope needed on rural roads"

"Wire rope needed on rural roads"

Single-carriageway rural roads should have wire barriers in the middle despite the danger to riders, Government has been told. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says the move would reduce...

Video: Gilera Fuoco

Gilera’s Fuoco is a big-capacity version of Piaggio’s 250cc MP3. Both look like scooters but with their ability to lean they ride like a motorcycle. And with three wheels they are extremely safe because of this stability, but that’s where the similarities end. Check out the video below as MCN’s Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, puts the Gilera Fuoco through its paces. To find out about the...

Motorcycle legend Evel Knievel's body arrives in Montana

Motorcycle legend Evel Knievel's body arrives in Montana

A fireworks display accompanied the arrival of the body of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel as his hearse reached Butte, Montana last night (Sunday, December 9, 2007) in preparation...

First design of the Ariel Supercharged Single...

First design of the Ariel Supercharged Single...

This is the first drawing supplied by Ariel of their possible return to the motorcycling market with a supercharged single cylinder motorcycle. This design is one of three posibilities for a new Ariel...

Evel portrait

Evel portrait

I was stunned last week at the death of Evel. I have admired the man for many years and as a working artist had just completed a portrait of the man in his hay day. This portrait was just for my own...

KTM quad makes UK debut

KTM quad makes UK debut

Austrian firm KTM has given its new quad range its UK debut at the Dirt Bike Show at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry. This year the firm introduced of the four-wheeled machines – the 450 XC and 525 XC –...

Evel Knievel rollercoaster set to open in 2008

Evel Knievel rollercoaster set to open in 2008

Evel Knievel fans will get the chance to feel the Knievel-like rush on a new £3.5 million Evel Knievel rollercoaster next year. Eight Flags theme park in St Louis expect the wooden rollercoaster to be...

Video: 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R full test

MCN Roadtester Adam Child has been out testing the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R in Qatar. We've already shown you his first impressions and a hot lap of the middle-eastern circuit and now you can see his full report. Click here to see dyno figures for the ZX-10R Click here for details on how to win a ZX-10R Check out the video below to see chads opinion of the new bike and some fast track action and...

Robbie Maddison dedicates new world record jump attempt to Knievel

Robbie Maddison dedicates new world record jump attempt to Knievel

In an email, stunt rider Robbie Maddison has said his forthcoming world record attempt will be dedicated to Evel Knievel. See the email text below:   After returning to the U.S. from Australia...

HATOs could get powers to seize your motorcycle

HATOs could get powers to seize your motorcycle

Highways Agency Traffic Officers introduced to assist police could get the powers to seize your motorcycle under new proposals. Officers will be given the same powers as police officers to...