October

Video: Motorcycles bring London to a standstill

MCN's ride for Rights brought London to a standstill as thousands of motorcyclists made the trip to the capital to protest against road charging and made Whitehall a bike only zone. Check out the video below to see the mass bike turnout and hear some of the speaches.

MCN exclusive special deal on Stalker! Chris Walker: the autobiography

MCN exclusive special deal on Stalker! Chris Walker: the autobiography

MCN has an exclusive money-saving offer on Stalker! Chris Walker: the autobiography the new book detailing the life and racing career of one of this country’s most popular racers. Chris Walker has...

Salvagers allowed to keep BMWs from MSC Napoli

Salvagers allowed to keep BMWs from MSC Napoli

<?xml:namespace prefix="o/?"?>Anyone who dragged a BMW motorcycle up Branscombe beach on the coast of Devon back in January this year has been told they can keep the booty. &nbsp; Salvagers who signed...

MCN in Iceland

MCN in Iceland

Just thought I would add to the&nbsp;MCN travels, this time in Iceland - nice roads, a bit pricy,&nbsp;but a&nbsp;lovely place. Just wish I had the big Z with me!

Letters to the chief constable

Not really a story - more a continuance of your recent articles ref speed cameras. Enclosed my recent letter to Chief Constable West Yorkshire and original letter FYI. Dear Chief Constable, I was very disappointed not to receive a reply to my original letter (copy enclosed) dated 26th May 2006, with reference to mobile speed cameras, following my prosecution in a car in March last year.. In...

Video: Launch test of the 2008 Honda Transalp

MCN has tested the new 2008 Honda Transalp by riding it across the alps. Check out the video below to see the highights of the trip.

GSR done for...

GSR done for...

I was doing about 55mph when this guy hit me from behind, he is saying he wasn't speeding... Luckily I walked away with minor back injuries. They had to pry my bike loose from his car.

Tokyo Show: Yamaha V-Max

Tokyo Show: Yamaha V-Max

The Tokyo Motorcycle Show has opened to the public today, and one of the new models is the Yamaha V-Max. It was originally unveiled as a concept motorcycle in 2005, and will feature an 1800cc V-Four...

Motorcycles no danger to cyclists, claims report

Motorcycles are less hazardous to cyclists than pedestrians or fixed objects such as lampposts, according to a new report. The claim that we present a danger to cyclists has been used by road safety groups calling on Government to ‘downsize’ motorcycles with power and speed caps. But the new report, called Fact or Fiction? Three Urban Myths about Motorcycling, says that only two cyclists were...

Tokyo Show: The 2008 Kawasaki D-Tracker

Tokyo Show: The 2008 Kawasaki D-Tracker

Here's the first picture of the 2008 Kawasaki D-Tracker which is unveiled at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show on the first public day. The 2008 Kawasaki D-Tracker is unlikely to be offered in the UK, and is...

Tokyo Show: Honda DN-01 on display

Tokyo Show: Honda DN-01 on display

The Honda DN-01 is on display at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. First shown as a concept motorcycle two years ago, the Honda DN-01 is set for production, with an automatic hydraulic gearbox and the 680cc...

Tokyo Show: Vote on the unveiled 2008 Honda CB400SF and CB400SB

Tokyo Show: Vote on the unveiled 2008 Honda CB400SF and CB400SB

The Tokyo Motorcycle Show has opened to the public today, and one of the new motorcyles on display is the 2008 Honda CB400. The 2008 Honda CB400SF and the 2008 Honda CB400SB are differentiated by a...

Suzuki RE5 Rotary

Impression of the 30-year-old Suzuki RE 5 rotary.

Video: 2008 Yamaha R6 track launch

MCN recently got to try out the new 2008 Yamaha R6 around the Sugo circuit in Japan. Check out the video below to see the bike in action and read the October 24 edition of MCN for the full report. Take a tour round the Yamaha Museum here

Video: Yamaha's collection display

The world launch of the 2008 Yamaha R6 took place at Sugo circuit, Japan last week. Part of the launch involved a one-off whistle-stop tour of Yamaha’s Hammatsu factory and a brief walk around of the Yamaha Communication Plaza – Yamaha’s head office. Part of this building is dedicated to the history of Yamaha in a series of displays and exhibitions of Yamaha products produced since the company was...

Video: 08 Hayabusa takes on the ZZ-R and K1200 on real-roads tour

Video: 08 Hayabusa takes on the ZZ-R and K1200 on real-roads tour

We've tested the 2008 Busa on it's own, we've tested it on the track against the ZZ-R, now we've put it on real roads against the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 and BMW K1200S on a long-distance tour to Cornwall...

Your chance to work with Michael Caine in his new film

Your chance to work with Michael Caine in his new film

How would you like to be in a feature film working alongside Hollywood star Michael Caine? Uni-versalEXTRAS is looking for male motorcyclists to appear as extras in their new film. The film is set in...

Video: Guzzi's Stelvio BMW GS killer spied testing

Moto Guzzi's Stelvio has been spied in final testing before its launch at the Milan show in less than two weeks time. Check out the video below to see the bike in action and check out the October 24 edition of MCN for the full details of the bike that Guzzi hopes will rival the BMW R1200GS.

Helmesly TT cancelled

Hello, just to mention that the Helmesly TT between Stokesley and Helmesly in North Yorkshire is currently closed for two weeks while double white lines are painted down most of it! Comments?

Video: Variable Cylinder protoype could mean new Honda Blackbird

Honda's stand at the Paris show featured an engine with variable cylinder management which could hint at a new Honda Blackbird for the lump to go in. In the mean time check out how the system works in the video below.&nbsp;

Police lift ban on laser speed guns

Police lift ban on laser speed guns

Police have begun using laser speed guns again following a three-week ban. Kent Police said in a statement today: ‘Following the suspension in South Kent of the laser speed device it has been decided...

Have you ever modified your motorcycle?

Have you ever modified your motorcycle?

MCN would like to know if you have ever&nbsp;modified your bike. Whether it's an end can, changing the screen or simply putting a sticker&nbsp;on your motorcycle. May be you have spent 50p on a tank...

Exhaust law to hit Guernsey

Exhaust law to hit Guernsey

A&nbsp;majority of States members in Guernsey have requested a law to be passed to limit the noise made by vehicles, with motorcycle exhausts being at the forefront of the issue. If accepted it will...

Tokyo Show: Suzuki Let’s 5 50cc scooter revealed

Tokyo Show: Suzuki Let’s 5 50cc scooter revealed

This is the Suzuki Let’s 5 scooter, revealed today as one of the new&nbsp;motorcycle and scooter models&nbsp;to be exhibited on Suzuki’s stand at the Tokyo Show this weekend. The 49cc four-stroke...

Tokyo Show: Suzuki unveil gemma concept scooter

Tokyo Show: Suzuki unveil gemma concept scooter

Suzuki has just revealed the gemma concept scooter due to be unveiled at this weekend’s Tokyo Show. The 250cc four-stroke scooter has a long, low riding position designed specifically to transport two...

KTM RC8 to launch next week

KTM RC8 to launch next week

KTM will launch the new RC8 superbike next week in its final production form – a whole four years on from the concept motorcycle’s first appearance. The teasing shot of the new KTM motorcycles’s...

Ride for Rights: what a day!

What a great day. I have been on most of these demos but this one had no&nbsp;TV coverage. What a shame... roll on the next demo.

Two week motorcycle and other vehicle checks on the Isle of Man

Two week motorcycle and other vehicle checks on the Isle of Man

Motorcyclists on the Isle of Man are facing two weeks of roadside spot checks from the police to coincide with the ‘Be safe, be seen’ campaign. All motocyclists and other motorists&nbsp;on the Island...

Ireland to get lower drink-driving limit

Motorists in the Republic of Ireland could soon be facing lower drink driving limits if a new law is passed early next year. The current standing of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood has been proposed to be reduced to 50ml of alcohol, leaving those who have as little as a glass of wine or half a pint of strong beer facing driving bans. &nbsp; &nbsp;

2008 Cagiva Mito 125 revealed

2008 Cagiva Mito 125 revealed

This spy picture has just emerged revealing the first significant updates to the Cagiva Mito 125 in 13 years. The revamped motorcycle is due to be officially unveiled for the first time at the Milan...

Riding course for moped kids

Riding course for moped kids

Young&nbsp;scooter riders in Lincolnshire between the ages of 11 and 16 have been offered a ‘Safe Scooter’ riding course by local police and Honda. Issues such as road safety, first aid and...

Lonely Planet guide to Malaysia

Lonely Planet guide to Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the most pleasant, hassle-free countries to visit in south-east Asia. It's buoyant and wealthy, and has moved towards a pluralist culture based on a vibrant and interesting fusion...

Different country, same problem

I remember reading of these within the UK. Such a tragedy and a shame, and a hope to push the UK to ban these barriers. www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&amp;objectid=10471713

Ouch!

Ouch!

Jan 24 2007, worst day of my life... found out how long it takes to fall over 20 feet. Broke left tibia into 10 pieces, right humerous (removing all muscle tissue from the bone) caused nerve damage to...

Great Samaritan

In the hope that you will publish this letter I wish to thank the Good Samaritan who came to my aid on Saturday 20th Oct. At the tender age of 65 and having moved into retirement I decided it was time to, "Get On My Bike" so on the 1st August 2007 never having ridden before in my life, together with a colleague, I took my CBT and purchased an old Honda 125 SL [1975 vintage] to get me started. As I...

Some of the highlights from the new MCN, out Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Some of the highlights from the new MCN, out Wednesday, October 24, 2007

In this week's MCN (Wednesday October 24, 2007), you can read the world first test of the new 2008 Yamaha R6, and the 2008 Honda XL700V Transalp. You'll also be able to find out what happened when...