September

Pro-bike petrol stations

Pro-bike petrol stations

Here's a list of all the petrol stations that have been praised and recommended by MCN readers for not requiring the removal of crash helmets, or in some way helping stranded motorcyclists etc. If you...

Anti-bike petrol stations

Anti-bike petrol stations

Here is a list of all the petrol stations that have refused to serve MCN readers, unless they removed their helmets. The highest proportion of the complaints we have received have been about the...

Poetry corner

Mah bike is broke, the wheels staun still ah'm feelin' kinda ratty Ah'll hiv tae spend some cash gey soon an' get a new Ducati Aw reed an' black wi' jist wan seat, a pillion ye don't need when fleein' doon a country lane an gaun at a richt speed But cam'ras hide ahent the dykes, jes' waitin' tae go flash! An pile yer licence high wi' points as weel as takin' cash Ah'll trade the Norton in wan...

Trail riding in Romania

Trail riding in Romania

Hi Just had a teriffic holiday, trail riding in Romania, and I cannot recommend www.adventuromania.co.uk highly enough. The views over the hills and forests were staggering, and well worth the...

Born again Motorist Pt1

Why? I think my dad played a massive role in me hankering after a motorcycle in the first place. He used to recite stories of how his dad use to have my grandmother on the back of my granddads bike and have my dad and his brother in the sidecar and go to Southend or Clacton. And then when he got a job at Rex Judd in Edgware, a large motorcycle shop who still exist today. Plus the bikes he used to...

Paris show 07 video: Kawasaki's ZX-10R promo video

Kawasaki has launched a new ZX-10R for 2008 with traction control and you can see it in action here in the promotional video Kawasaki used to launch the bike. Check out the video below to see the promo film then click on the link to Regis Laconi launch the bike on stage.

Paris show 07 video: Yanagawa talks about testing the 08 ZX-10R

Kawasaki has just launched a new ZX-10R for 2008 with traction control. At the launch the firm showed an interview with devlopment rider and All Japan Superbike racer Akira Yanagawa about his involvement with the new bike. Check out the video below to hear Yanagawa explain how good the new bike is.

Paris show 07 video: Honda's all new Fireblade

Honda launched an all new CBR1000RR Fireblade for 2008 at the Paris show. The bike is as small as a supersport 600 with Honda saving weight on everything, right down to the battery. Check out the video below to see the motorcycle - and a stunning babe - on Honda's stand at the show.

Paris show video: Yamaha launches 2008 R6

Yamaha has launched the new 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 at the Paris show and given it a complete workover despite the motorcycle looking pretty similar to the current bike. The Yamaha R6 gets a new frame and swingarm, reworked 599cc engine, new slipper clutch, improved front brakes and more aerodynamic bodywork. Check out the video below to see the bike launched on the Yamaha stand and see it in...

Join Ride for Rights 2007 to fight road pricing

Join Ride for Rights 2007 to fight road pricing

Your chance to join an MCN backed mass ride through London is fast approaching.  MCN and rider’s rights group Rider Connect are calling on motorcyclists to join us on October 20, 2007 for a ride...

New Highway Code tells drivers not to smoke

New Highway Code tells drivers not to smoke

Drivers are told not to light up at the wheel in a revised version of the Highway Code published yesterday. Smoking appears on a list of ‘distractions’ which drivers and riders are told to ‘avoid’ in...

Paris show 07 video: New GSX-R750 for 2008

Suzuki has launched a new version of the GSX-R750 at the Paris show and like the new GSX-R600 it boasts the variable fuel maps from the GSX-R1000 as well as a surprisingly large exhaust. check out the video below to see the bike in action in Suzuki's promotionall video and unveiled on stage at the launch.

Paris Show 07: 2008 Suzuki DR125SM official launch news and images

Paris Show 07: 2008 Suzuki DR125SM official launch news and images

Suzuki has unveiled the new 2008 Suzuki DR125SM at an exclusive event on the eve of the 2007 Paris Motorcycle Show The brand new learner legal 2008 Suzuki DR125SM was shown alongside the 2008 Suzuki...

Paris Show 07: BMW HP2 Sport official pictures

Paris Show 07: BMW HP2 Sport official pictures

The most hardcore sports BMW ever built has finally been revealed at the Paris Motorcycle show. The HP2 Sport is losely based on the R1200S sports tourer, but almost every part of the bike...

World's first test: Aprilia NA 850 Mana

World's first test: Aprilia NA 850 Mana

We’ve just ridden Aprilia’s new NA 850 Mana at its world launch in Turin, Italy. With a fully-automatic gearbox it makes the Mana half scooter and half motorcycle. Around town it can be used just...

Paris show 07 video: ZX-10R gets traction control for 2008

Paris show 07 video: ZX-10R gets traction control for 2008

Kawasaki has launched a brand new version of the ZX-10R with traction control. The bike was unveiled at the Paris Show and is claimed to be even more track focused than ever. Check out the video to...

Paris show 07 Video: Kawasaki Ninja 250R launch

Kawasaki has launched it's new baby sports bike, the Ninja 250R, at the Paris show and you can see the bike unveiled for the first time. Check out the video below to see the motorcycle on stage at the event and hear all the technical detail of the new sporty commuter.

Paris show 07 Video: See the Ninja 250R in action

Kawasaki has just launched its brand new baby sports bike, the Ninja 250R and you can see the bike in action below. Check out the video to see Kawasaki's prmotional film for the Ninja 250R, which was shown at the launch of the bike at the Paris Motorcycle show on September 27.

Education of a 3-week-old

Education of a 3-week-old

Starting the education of my 3 week old son on my R6.

Paris Show 07: Kawasaki launch at Equinox

Paris Show 07: Kawasaki launch at Equinox

Kawasaki has officially launched the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R, the Kawasaki Ninja ZXR 250, the Kawasaki VN2000 and the Kawasaki ZZR1400 at an exclusive press launch on the eve of the 2007 Paris...

Paris Show 07: Honda launch in Paris

Paris Show 07: Honda launch in Paris

Honda will be launching their 2008 range at the Paris Show on Friday including the new CBR1000RR Fireblade and the return of the VT750 Shadow. Check back here at 1pm tomorrow (Friday) to see...

Video: The back roads of Britain by Bullet

“We were two up, weighed down with a tank bag and saddlebags, and lost somewhere in Wiltshire, trying to ride up a one-in-four narrow lane that was bereft Tarmac and covered in loose gravel. “The Bullet was chugging away effortlessly in second gear and I swear to God you could count each firing stroke. It was so utterly ludicrous in this modern era that I burst out laughing and nearly veered off...

Nearly half of car drivers in crashes with bikes failed to look

Nearly half of car drivers in crashes with bikes failed to look

Nearly half of all car drivers in two-vehicle crashes with a motorcycle contributed to the accident by failing to look properly, according to a Government report published today. In...

Biker wedding

Biker wedding

Ater raining for weeks we got married on the 14th July 2007 and the sun came out. There were a few bikes that left our house and more when we got to church. The reception was great; our tyre cake took...

Dear Heather

My story isn't very special, but my girlfriend is and I'd like her to read this. All my life I've never owned a brand new vehicle until 5 weeks ago when I purchased a Kawasaki GTR1400 in metallic black. To me it's the best bike on the planet and have already done nearly 4000 miles on it but today we were informed that we have to find £15,000 or lose the house because of her ex. For me it's a not a...

Massive crash!

Massive crash!

Well it was a massive crash for me. I was waiting at the traffic lights on the way to my girlfriend's house. The lights went green and I pulled away like normal doing no more than 20mph then BANG i'm...

Win Arai helmets, or £20,000 in cash!

Win Arai helmets, or £20,000 in cash!

You could win £20,000, an Arai Chaser Legend motorcycle helment, an Arai SZ Ram 3 motorcycle helmet, Kappa motorcyle panniers, or a luxury Audi A3 Turbo and a seven day ballooning holiday with the 1...

Honda Evo6 into production? You decide

Honda Evo6 into production? You decide

The stunning new Honda Evo6 motorcycle will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show next month and we want your views on the new motorcycle. To read about the format of bolting a huge engine into a...

Spain - it's brilliant!

Spain - it's brilliant!

Got back from our 5.5 day blast last week from Bilbao, across Northern Spain, South of France, Calais and home...2100 miles in total and it was awesome! The first 3 days were amazing the last 2 were...

MCN in the Maldives

MCN in the Maldives

Just a picture with my MCN whilst relaxing on holiday in the Maldives.

Video: Words first test of the BMW Sport Boxer R1200S

BMW's endurance racing Sport Boxer is more than just a racing protoype, it's the development mule for the firms new road-going sports bike, the HP2 Sport, which is set to be unveiled at the Paris show next week. Check out the video below to see what MCN man Trevor Franklin thought of the race bike and then check back later in the week to get the first look at BMW's 2008 range of bikes.

Q&A: Billy Baxter and a blind lap of Donington

Q&A: Billy Baxter and a blind lap of Donington

Blind landspeed record holder Billy Baxter took to a Ducati 695 last weekend at the Bennetts British Superbike round at Donington Park to complete the first blind lap of the Leicestershire...

2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R revealed in blue

2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R revealed in blue

This is the first picture revealing the new 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R in another colour scheme. As well as the traditional Kawasaki lime green, the motorcycle will also be offered in metallic blue as seen...

Take a look at the 2007 end of season Bering range

Take a look at the 2007 end of season Bering range

Here is the Autumn 2007 Bering range featuring gloves, leather jackets, trousers and much more. Check back on Friday evening to see the 2008 summer range, brought to you exclusively from the Paris...

What a road!

What a road!

"The Bulls Eye" Mulholland Highway, Malibu, California. Perfect twisties!

New rear end for '08 Busa

New rear end for '08 Busa

I did this on my computer - I think it's an improvement! The bike says 'organic' to me, but the tail is just two pointy - aerodynamic I'm sure, but on the street does it make that much difference? I'm...