June

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You could win a prize every day, ranging from helmets to one-piece leather suits, just by registering with this website. Whether you're a new visitor to the site, you've never got round to...

Video: Ducati launch 1098 R World Superbike homologation motorcycle

Ducati has launched the long awaited R version of the 1098 at the World Ducati Week in Misano. The bike is launched following the recent change of World Superbike rules to allow 1200cc twin-cylinder motorcycles to compete against the 1000cc fours. Watch the video of the unveiling of the Ducati 1098 R below and see the bike in action for the first time on footage sent back live from the...

Video: Motorists lose speed camera ruling

Video: Motorists lose speed camera ruling

Two motorists have lost a ruling in the European Court of Human Rights that many were hoping would see the end of speed cameras. Watch the video below to see the reactions of one of the defendants,...

Motorists lose speed camera humans rights case

Motorists lose speed camera humans rights case

Speed cameras do not breach our human rights, the European Court of Human Rights ruled this morning. The verdict is massive defeat for anti-speed camera campaigners and means speed camera use can...

Bike in the flood

Bike in the flood

This happened Tuesday 26th June around 2pm. We were stood on a bridge in Killamarsh near Sheffield overlooking traffic trying to get through some really bad flooding, when along came this poor chap on...

Ruth Kelly is new transport secretary

Ruth Kelly is new transport secretary

Ruth Kelly has been appointed Transport Secretary in Gordon Brown’s cabinet shake-up. The former Communities and Local Government Secretary will take over from Douglas Alexander. Kelly has previously...

Video: Ducati 916 v Kawasaki ZXR750 - Iconic bikes at bargain prices

Video: Ducati 916 v Kawasaki ZXR750 - Iconic bikes at bargain prices

Carl Fogarty's Ducati 916 and Scott Russell's Kawasaki ZXR750R are the stuff of legend - and both can now be had for bargain money, but does the reality match the dream? Check out the video below to...

Video: BBC's Steve Parrish rides the Kawasaki MotoGP bike

Video: BBC's Steve Parrish rides the Kawasaki MotoGP bike

BBC Sport's Steve Parrish got to find out what makes Kawasaki's ZX-RR MotoGP bike so competetive when he rode it round Donington Park before the MotoGP race. Check out the video below to see Steve in...

Motorcycle deaths up

Motorcycle road deaths rose by 5% between 2005 and 2006, according to dismal new Government accident figures published this morning. The number of children killed also rose by 20%, sparking fresh criticism of the Government’s speed camera programme. There were 599 rider fatalities last year, according to Road Casualties Great Britain 2006: Main Results. The number of rider deaths and serious...

2008 Suzuki GSX1300-R Hayabusa first official look

2008 Suzuki GSX1300-R Hayabusa first official look

This is the new 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa – though you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise, as Suzuki has kept the design close to the original. Under the skin of the Hayabusa however, no part of the...

Fully-faired 2008 Suzuki Bandit GSX650F revealed

Fully-faired 2008 Suzuki Bandit GSX650F revealed

Suzuki has just released these first pictures of a full-faired Bandit 650. Shown here in American spec, the GSX650F has been confirmed as one of six new UK-spec Suzukis to be launched next week in...

MCN in NYC

MCN in NYC

Taking the time to catch up on all the weekly MCN news in Times Square, New York.

Misano WSB on a pair of GSX-Rs

Misano WSB on a pair of GSX-Rs

My friend Dave and I rode to Misano WSB last week, covering 2300 miles in the process; through the Pyrenees on the way down, arriving in Rimini on Friday evening. The next 2 days off the bike were...

Video: See the Victory vision in action and hear its designers talk

Video: See the Victory vision in action and hear its designers talk

Victory's stunning all-new Vision full-dress tourer is designed to take on Electra Glides and Goldwings and the designers think it will go down in history. Check out the video below to see the bike in...

The longest day

I'm writing this after being on my GSX-R1000 K6 for just short of two days, with a mate on his 2006 ZX-10R. We went to Scotland for the longest day, despite the crappy weather forecast. We started from Chester-le-Street (that's Co. Durham if you don't watch cricket!) at 7.30am on Thursday June 21, and heading up the A68 through Jedburgh to Edinburgh without a stop. We refuelled at Forth...

Carl Fogarty and Scott Russell speak about their 1994 race bikes at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Carl Fogarty and Scott Russell speak about their 1994 race bikes at Goodwood Festival of Speed

In this week’s MCN (Wednesday, June 27, 2007)our road testers ride a pair of stunning retro WSB homologation motorcycles – the 916SPS and ZXR750R from 1994. The bikes are the road going versions of...

Spy chips for motorcycle number plates could be on the way

Spy chips for motorcycle number plates could be on the way

The Government has given a new indication that electronic tags in motorcycle number plates could be on the way. The chips would transmit a bike’s identity to roadside beacons to help police identify...

Comment: If speeding doesn't cause accidents, then why do we have speed cameras?

Comment: If speeding doesn't cause accidents, then why do we have speed cameras?

The Government has just published its response to a call from MPs for motorcycles to be fitted with speed limiters to cut accidents. The response is: It wouldn’t work. Only 4% of motorcycle accidents...

Video: Batman's motorcycle unveiled in the US

Video: Batman's motorcycle unveiled in the US

Fictional hero Batman has ditched his traditional Batmobile and turned to two wheels for the new Movie "The Dark Knight" and you can see the bike at it's launch on the video below. The bike may look...

MCN reader wins dream ticket to British MotoGP with Metis Gilera

MCN reader wins dream ticket to British MotoGP with Metis Gilera

MCN reader Dave Woollands won a dream VIP ticket to the British MotoGP at Donington Park last weekend in an MCN competition in collaboration with Gilera. Woollands, and his guest, got to spend...

Bikes on TV: June 27 to July 3

Bikes on TV: June 27 to July 3

 KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men and...

Stripped-back Suzuki M1800RN motorcycle revealed

Stripped-back Suzuki M1800RN motorcycle revealed

Suzuki is set to reveal its 2008 motorcycle range to dealers in America on Wednesday night, June 27,2007. And this will be among the new bikes; the new Suzuki M1800RN. Originally shown to dealers last...

New MCN: June 27, 2007

New MCN: June 27, 2007

This week in MCN we have a 14-page special looking at the highs and lows of the British MotoGP at Donington Park last weekend. There was a record crowd at the Leicestershire circuit despite the heavy...

Hairy biker

Our American Bulldog "Woody" dressed and ready to watch the Donington GP.

Suzuki B-King set to be world's most powerful naked motorcycle

Suzuki B-King set to be world's most powerful naked motorcycle

Suzuki’s new B-King looks set to be officially crowned the world’s most powerful naked motorcycle when its specifications are revealed next week. The figures for the B-King...

Motocross track gets reprieve at cost of supermotos

Motocross track gets reprieve at cost of supermotos

A Suffolk motocross track at the centre of a dispute over planning permission has been given permission to remain open. WildTracks at Chippenham was created four years ago without permission, and...

Gleeful from Glastonbury

I bought MCN on my way down to Glastonbury 2007 last Wednesday morning and was very glad I did during the four grey, wet mornings that followed. Anyway, MCN great, Glastonbury amazing as ever and sod the weather. Can't wait for a full test on the Aprilia Shiver.

More Brunstrom antics

Visit the BBC News (Wales) web page on http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_west/6236934.stm - for a more indepth report of a pregnant woman who had her car impounded. A computer error showed her to have no insurance (when in fact she did). The police took her keys and left her stranded, refusing to take her home.

Councillor blames bikers for UK's most dangerous road

Councillor blames bikers for UK's most dangerous road

Motorcyclists are to blame for the UK’s most dangerous road, according to a local councillor. Councillor Tony Martin, in charge of the A682 in Lancashire, named today as the country’s most dangerous...

North Yorkshire could get first speed camera

North Yorkshire could get first speed camera

Talks between the new Chief Constable of North Yorkshire and councils in the county could lead to a new speed camera partnership being established in the area. Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell was...

Motorcycle licence test scams on the rise

Bikers who’ve never passed a bike test are getting full licences by paying someone to fraudulently take the exam for them, according to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).Tens of thousands of learners, including motorcyclists and drivers, have paid impostors with a passing resemblance to attend tests centres and pretend to be them by presenting their photocard provisional licence. A DSA...

Blackspot road 'not dangerous' say police

Police in Great Barton have said that the A143 is not a dangerous road after a motorcyclist was killed on Monday June 18. The 31 year-old was involved in a collision with a tractor between Great Barton and Ixworth in Suffolk. Local residents were calling for road improvements to reduce the accident rate.  

Britain's most dangerous road named as the A682

Britain's most dangerous road named as the A682

Some of the UK’s most popular biking routes have been named as the country’s most dangerous roads. A route which attracts thousands of riders every year is the most dangerous road in Britain, a survey...

New Piaggio Carnaby 125cc scooter goes on sale

New Piaggio Carnaby 125cc scooter goes on sale

Piaggio has revealed its new Carnaby 125 scooter – on sale now for £2411 on the road. Italian firm Piaggio is out to show that riding a scooter is a simple option for commuters, selling...

TV celebrity Jonathan Ross gets a Piaggio MP3

TV celebrity Jonathan Ross gets a Piaggio MP3

TV Talk-show host Jonathan Ross was spotted in London last week riding a Piaggio MP3. The three-wheeled 125cc is the latest Piaggio-built scooter to be ridden by the star, who was snapped riding in...

Youngest bike fan in England?

Youngest bike fan in England?

Here's a picture of our new baby boy called Ben who was born on the 19th June 2007.