September

Video: Trails of the unexpected Part III

Time for the off. Can our three vintage trail bikes make it to Scarborough unscathed? And which will win? The mission was to buy and prepare three late 70s/early 80s trailies and ride them from Morecambe to Scarborough to find out which is the best within a budget of £1000 and we rejoin our team as the day of reckoning has come (see part one here and part two here). The moment, or...

Video: Full report on Ducati's Desmosedici RR

We've already brought you ourfirst impressions of the new Ducati Desmosedici RR when MCN road tester Michael Neeves got to ride the bike at the Mugello Circuit but now you can see Michael's full report on the increible new motorcycle. Check out the video below to watch as Michael walks you through all the technical aspects of the MotoGP replica motorcycle and then takes the beast out on track to...

Six points for remaining silent

Six points for remaining silent

New laws from Monday mean riders could be better off admitting to speeding even if they know they weren’t, the RAC Foundation has said. From September 24, the penalty for failing to tell police who...

Continental touring

Continental touring

Every year I try and fit in a 10 or 12 day European trip. This is the highlight of my biking year not just because of the awesome roads and camaraderie but also the response we get wherever we go.

‘Speed limiters for bikes will follow road pricing’ say Greens

‘Speed limiters for bikes will follow road pricing’ say Greens

Road pricing for motorcycles will soften us up for the introduction of automatic speed limiters, according to the Green Party. New pay-as-you-go-style charges will allow discounts to be offered to...

Join Ride for Rights 2007

Join Ride for Rights 2007

MCN and rider’s rights group Rider Connect are calling on motorcyclists to join us in London on October 20 for a mass ride against road pricing for motorcycles. Despite a petition signed by thousands...

2008 Triumph motorcycle range revealed here

2008 Triumph motorcycle range revealed here

Triumph are due to launch their 2008 Triumph motorcycle range within the next few days. MCN will be adding each new Triumph motorcycle as details are released. By clicking on the...

Aprilia Mana 850 rolling off production lines

This official video from Aprilia shows the Mana 850 finally going into production after many years of development. The Piaggio-designed 850 v-twin has a semi-automatic gearbox, which can also be switched to a fully automatic mode (like a scooter). The automatic gearbox also has two settings - a touring mode for relaxed riding with earlier gear-changes, and a sport mode which allows the engine to...

Picture special: MCN meets veterans from the White Helmets army display team

Picture special: MCN meets veterans from the White Helmets army display team

It's 80 years since the British Army formed The Royal Signals White Helmets display team as a recruitment tool. Since then some of the most famous names in motorcycling, such as Geoff Duke, have been...

Ducati 1098 versus Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

Ducati 1098 versus Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

This test by TV show Fifth Gear puts the £151,000 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera up against a £11,250 Ducati 1098, ridden by British Superbikes Airwaves Ducati star Leon Haslam. The Ducati 1098...

More wedding cake

More wedding cake

Good on Gerard and his previous story of his awesome cake topper. Both me & my new wife did exactly the same. We got married at the beginning of this month and we also got a nice bike cake...

Video: X-Games rider smacks cameraman

Video: X-Games rider smacks cameraman

This is what happens when you're trying too hard to get the best shots of the action. This unlucky cameraman at the X-Games stood too close to the action, and when the rider comes down from a backflip...

First picture of the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600

First picture of the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600

This is the first picture of the new Suzuki GSX-R600 for 2008. It appears the first official photo of the bike has been released to Spanish magazine Solo Moto, which has put this picture on its...

Hells Angels out in force for funeral

Hells Angels out in force for funeral

Thousands of Hells Angels joined a huge funeral procession in honour of fellow club member Gerry Tobin on Saturday. Club members from across Europe and America rode from the Hells Angels club...

Pfeiffer wins 2007 European Stuntriding Championships

Pfeiffer wins 2007 European Stuntriding Championships

At last weekend’s European Stuntriding Championships in Amsterdam, Holland, BMW Motorrad’s Chris Pfeiffer successfully defended and retained his European title for 2007. The 36-year-old German rider...

Biodiesel-powered BMW breaks world land speed record

Biodiesel-powered BMW breaks world land speed record

A custom-built biodiesel motorcycle has shattered the World Land Speed Record for diesel motorcycles at the BUB International Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats, achieving a speed of...

Last chance to decide the winners of Britain's Got Biking Talent

Last chance to decide the winners of Britain's Got Biking Talent

Today is the final day your votes can decide the winners of the Britain's Got Biking Talent competition, with the winners appearing in the 2008 Carole Nash calendar. Our celebrity judges have picked...

MCN's Babe of the day

MCN's Babe of the day

MCN's Babe of the day

MCN in Ibiza

MCN in Ibiza

Hi, this is me in Ibiza last week

Just call out my name...yeah, right!

I was riding along the A45 near Rushden when my ZX-7R caught fire. I bailed out asap. The bike was burnt but salvagable. The three emergency services arrived, called by motorists who stopped to help. I called the AA, the fourth emergency service, and asked for recovery. They told me to ring back when the fire boys had given the bike the OK to be transported. I did. The AA sent a van, not equipped...

Millionaire Gifts Ambulance Bikes

Millionaire Gifts Ambulance Bikes

A fleet of motorcycles owned by St John Ambulance in London has been boosted by a donation from millionaire businessman, Rodger Dudding. Two new Honda Pan Europeans were presented last week,...

Approved Used Suzukis

Approved Used Suzukis

Suzuki has launched an approved used bike scheme. Available at selected Suzuki dealers, the ‘Suzuki Used Approved’ scheme offers to a mandatory provenance check, a six-month guarantee and a roadside...

My CBs

My CBs

A CBX with a New CB750/ www.hondacb1300.net

Government’s ‘no comment’ on 3,500 strong ‘sack Brunstrom’ petition

Government’s ‘no comment’ on 3,500 strong ‘sack Brunstrom’ petition

Government has refused to comment in response to petition calling for North Wales chief constable Richard Brunstrom to be sacked which gained over 3,500 signatures.   The petition called for...

Most bike crashes caused by drivers

Most bike crashes caused by drivers

Two-thirds of motorcycle accidents are caused by other road users, according to leading bike insurer Carole Nash. The firm has called for the driving test to be updated to include...

MCN's Babes of the day

MCN's Babes of the day

MCN's Babes of the day

St Mary's loch

Last weekend I went from Newcastle, waited at Hexham roundabout met my other two mates and went off up to Brampton, Longtown, Langham via a7. We went down the country lanes to St Marys loch, seeing the group of sports cars as well as lots of bike groups on the way we figured they must be good roads. There's a good camp site just by the pub, handy for supper, especially at three pound a night.

BMW F800ST

Anyone with the age-old problem of a 29-inch or less inside leg measurement will know all too well the difficulty in finding a bike that allows you to get both feet, or even tip-toes, flat on the floor at standstill. Custom bikes, cruisers, custom-cruisers aren’t everyone’s cup of Typhoo, but at least they have low seat heights. For a more sportier way of life the occasional imported Japanese...

Wedding cake

Wedding cake

Myself and Pamela got married last month, and guest of honour on top of our cake was an edible model of my Honda Hornet 600. Even the Scorpion can was reproduced, and the date of the wedding was the...

2008 Kawasaki 250cc Ninja - Hit or Miss?

2008 Kawasaki 250cc Ninja - Hit or Miss?

The first pictures of Kawasaki's forthcoming 2008 Ninja 250 motorcycle are circulating on the internet - and we can reveal it's just one element of a whole new range of 250cc, four-stroke...

Spy photos of new Kawasaki in Barcelona

Spy photos of new Kawasaki in Barcelona

Here are spy photos taken in Barcelona of a new Kawasaki model, seems to be a 250cc.

Video: Ducati Desmosedici first test

Video: Ducati Desmosedici first test

MCN road tester Michael Neeves has just sent the first pictures and video from Mugello, where he is today riding the Ducati Desmosedici RR. The test was scheduled to take place at Misano one week ago,...

One week left to vote for Britain's best motorcycles

One week left to vote for Britain's best motorcycles

You've got until September 21st 2007 to make sureour vote is counted in the Carole Nash Britain's Got Biking Talent competition. Votes have been rolling in for the 50 finalists, and when the...

MCN News Idol: Tell the world about your motorcycling background

MCN News Idol: Tell the world about your motorcycling background

MCN is looking for 10 of the UK’s best biking people to become our News Idol roving reporters for their local two-wheeled world. We are after the pinnacle of British bikers to bag the best...

MCN's Babes of the day

MCN's Babes of the day

MCN's Babes of the day

Car design must change

Hit off my bike by a driver who had his Collie dog on the front passenger seat, while eating an ice cream, in a national speed limit area. I was doing 45mph on my 1000cc bike, proper use of speed applied. If I was on a smaller machine I would have been crushed. The size and weight of my bike helped me in the impact, reducing my injuries. I was hospitalized, but not my fault, as the 16...