July

Japan ditches power limits

Japan ditches power limits

We could be set for a revolution in powerful Japanese motorcycles after the abolition of power limits on motorcycle engines. For the more than a decade – since the early 1990s – Japanese firms have...

Fireman biker head-butts 60-year-old

Fireman biker head-butts 60-year-old

A fireman from Chichester has been sentenced for head-butting a 60-year-old man while still wearing his motorcycle helmet in a road rage incident. Darren Hurford, 40, was sentenced to an 18-month...

Infinity deal on Tuono’s

Infinity deal on Tuono’s

Infinity Motorcycles is offering the chance to ride away on the Aprilia Tuono R and Factory models with a 0% APR finance deal. The Aprilia Tuono R sells in showrooms for £7999 and can be yours for a...

Favourite motorcycle road gets bike-friendly barriers

Favourite motorcycle road gets bike-friendly barriers

Cheshire County Council has made a step to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties on a notorious road for motorcycle deaths by introducing motorcycle-friendly crash barriers. Motorcyclists make...

Show us your bike in the flood

Show us your bike in the flood

MCN is looking for the hard-core bikers using their motorcycles in the flood – so we want you to send us your pictures. We’ll publish all pictures you send on motorcyclenews.com, and the best images...

MAG blasts C-Charge for motorcycles

MAG blasts C-Charge for motorcycles

The Motorcycle Action Group has warned that plans to include motorcyclists in Manchester’s road pricing scheme are the “thin end of the wedge” as more areas are likely to follow suit. The Group drew...

Obituary: Peter Howdle

One of the founding staff members of MCN died last Sunday. Peter Howdle was one of the first members of staff at MCN, and later went on to become editor, and worked with the paper until his retirement. Known as Monsieur to friends and colleagues - he spoke a number of languages including French - he had previously worked with the British motorcycle manufacturer James, as well as fighting in World...

New motorcycling TV show announced

During September National Geographic will transmit the first of a six-episode motorcycle journey programme. The overland adventure is called ‘The Ride – Alaska to Patagonia’. Dates and times will be announced shortly. The series chronicles the fortunes of 11 novice riders on a marathon journey down the Trans Americas Highway through 12 countries. A DVD of the shows is also available for £17.99...

Help in a foreign country

I was heading to Samoens in the south of France when my chain broke on my 636, 150 miles away, at a place called Dole. Carole Nash got me towed there. Phillipe, the owner of Buffalo Grill, who is a biker, did his level best to get my bike fixed. He looked after my husband and myself the three days we stayed there, then spent his day off running us to and from the only Kawasaki shop in Dole, making...

Bikers in Gloucester floods

Bikers in Gloucester floods

Here are some pics of some bikers on the A38 Tewkesbury, Gloucester in the recent floods.

Bird flu vs biofuel

Bird flu vs biofuel

New chicken poo fuel avian flu threat! Cross-border contamination and the spread of avian flu was today blamed on a new bio-fuelled motorcycle seen in Bangkok. The rider blamed the rise in petrol...

Tyre recall

I'm not a happy bunny. Has anybody else been waiting more than four weeks for a replacement front tyre from Michelin? If you want to re-call x-amount of faulty front tyres, then at least get a stock ready for the job in hand. As if it's not bad enough with this weather at the moment, I just want to ride my bike before the frost comes.

Buying a bike from an auction site

Buying a bike from an auction site

Bought this 2003 Yamaha R1 off of eBay along with loads of modification parts including: Ohlins steering damper, Akrapovic exhaust, Avia Compositi carbon mirrors, Harris carbon hugger, carbon tank...

MCN's Brno run finally arrives

MCN's Brno run finally arrives

MCN Features Editor Andy Downes has finally arrived at Brno, just in time to catch the practice for Sunday's race. "We finally arrived in Brno after 1100 miles with conditions varying from 41...

Me and my Shadow

Me and my Shadow

The first day of my Shadow VT750 classic and me at home.

Video: Ecosse Spirit ES1 motorcycle unveiled at Laguna Seca MotoGP

Tonight (Friday 20 July) the Ecosse Spirit ES1 superbike will be officially launched at the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca. MCN snuck in before the official unveiling to see the prototype, and its designer, Dick Glover, explained the thinking behind it. Check out the video to see the bike in all its carbon fibre glory, and read about it in MCN – on sale now.

Simpsons Movie: Homer jumps Springfield Gorge on a bike

Simpsons Movie: Homer jumps Springfield Gorge on a bike

Trailers for the long-awaited Simpsons movie are all over the internet – and after hours of tireless research, MCN has found the footage of Homer jumping Springfield Gorge on a motorcycle. The scene...

Final Series-C Vincent Black Shadow tops Stafford auction

Final Series-C Vincent Black Shadow tops Stafford auction

The last Series-C Vincent Black Shadow ever built is to be auctioned at the next Bonhams sale on October 21. The 1955 machine has matching numbers and has only had three owners in it’s lifetime, and...

DFT aims drink-drive campaign at young men

DFT aims drink-drive campaign at young men

A new anti drink-drive campaign aimed at young men was launched by the Department for Transport this morning. The £3m THINK! campaign is tailored to speak directly to young men who are more likely to...

Chunnel delays and fuel crisis for MCN's Brno run

Chunnel delays and fuel crisis for MCN's Brno run

MCN Features Editor Andy Downes is only hallf way on his run to Brno for the World Superbike races this weekend but has already had two major crises. The first occured before they'd even left the...

BMW buys Husqvarna

BMW buys Husqvarna

It has just been confirmed that BMW has bought the Husqvarana motorcycle brand outright. The deal was signed with Husqvarna boss Claudio Castiglioni yesterday, (Thursday July 19), and will be...

My pride and joy

My pride and joy

This is my bike; thought you would like to see it. It's in the garage now because I can't find a cheap enough downpipe for the MoT.

'Ring via Titi

'Ring via Titi

Simple story really... on the way to the Nurburgring we encountered somewhere even the most battle-hardened had to visit.

MCN staff heads to Brno World Superbikes on longterm Kawasaki Z1000

MCN staff heads to Brno World Superbikes on longterm Kawasaki Z1000

MCN's Features Editor Andy Downes is off to the Brno round of World superbikes this weekend on his longterm Kawasaki Z1000. Here's the first of his updates from the trip "Just packing the my long...

Yamaha R1 power for Swiss-built sports quad

Yamaha R1 power for Swiss-built sports quad

This is the world-first picture of the new R1-powered sports quad from Swiss firm GG Technik. Using a similar design to the BMW R1150GS-powered (named simply Quad), the new GG Quadster is an advanced...

Ride to work, then into your office!

Ride to work, then into your office!

I took riding my bike to work one step further. I rode my bike right into my office! Don't tell the boss!

MCN tests the 2008 Harley-Davidson Rocker, Rocker Custom, Nightster, CVO and Fat Bob

MCN tests the 2008 Harley-Davidson Rocker, Rocker Custom, Nightster, CVO and Fat Bob

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is currently in New York testing the brand new 2008 Harley-Davidson range, which includes the new Rocker, Rocker Custom, Fat Bob, Nightster and CVO machines,...

Blame cars

Blame cars

Hi guys! Bikes are always being bad mouthed, looked at like death traps, banned from this and that, when it's the stupid topless in the winter boy racers, with their neon lights, huge exhausts, and...

New driver licensing recommendations

New driver licensing recommendations

New car drivers are to be bound by a list of tough regulations designed to stop the number of accidents they ar einvolved in, a House of Commons Transport Committee has said. In a report released...

More images from Ride To Work Day 2007

More images from Ride To Work Day 2007

We would like to thank all the people who have sent in their pictures from Ride To Work Day 2007 so far. Here is a round up of the latest additions to the collection. The latest additions to the...

Touring Norway

Touring Norway

Have just come back from a week's touring in Norway. It was fantastic, there were great biking roads and it's easy to get to from the UK. Started in the South and three of us rode up to...

Mosgrove vs Stoner

Mosgrove vs Stoner

HRC unveil their new secret weapon to challenge Stoner for championship! Alex Mosgrove, 3, Congleton.

Help find me!

I have been scouring the land for many years to try and locate what was my former pride and joy with what seems to be very little success. The bike is a 1958 Triumph Thunderbird, registration number 151 EPP. After buying the bike, which was in a sorry state at the time, I completely rebuilt it in 1968. Due to circumstances at the time though I unfortunately had to let her go in 1972. It would mean...

One-off orange Corona SRAD

One-off orange Corona SRAD

Bought this about six months ago... was a right state when I got it. After hours and hours of work and lots of money spent this is how she looks. She's been treated to a new one-off...

You decide where to send MCN Deputy Editor Ped Baker on foreign motorcycle trip

You decide where to send MCN Deputy Editor Ped Baker on foreign motorcycle trip

In September the deputy editor of Motor Cycle News, Ped Baker is planning a trip abroad on his long term test BMW K1200R Sport. His rough plan is to ride from the MCN offices in Peterborough to the...

New Street Station: NOT biker-friendly

New Street Station: NOT biker-friendly

I commute to Birmingham New Street railway station every day, rain, snow or shine and have been doing for a few years now. I always park my bike on the car park central reservation along with all the...