2008

Historic Moto Guzzi factory to survive

Historic Moto Guzzi factory to survive

Moto Guzzi has dismissed reports the marque’s historic factory in Mandello del Lario, Italy, is set to close. View Moto Guzzi motorcycles for sale A motorcycling website had claimed the move was...

Biking lawyers launch claims service Biker Resolve

Biking lawyers launch claims service Biker Resolve

Biking lawyers from Midalnds-based law firm Harvey Ingram have launched an accident claims service dedicated to bikers called Biker Resolve. Biker Resolve offers a telephone hotline, where bikers can...

Motorcyclists not immune to front-facing speed cameras

Motorcyclists can be caught by front-facing speed cameras even though they don’t capture our number plates, a court case has shown.  Steven Skilton, 22, pleaded guilty to six separate speeding offences after being linked to speed camera photos by tiny details on his motorcycle and clothing. An expert who usually helps identify murderers and armed robbers from CCTV footage had pored over the...

John and the OCC Boys

John and the OCC Boys

Here's a picture of my dad John and his mates at the BMF...

MCN on Safari

MCN on Safari

What a place to sit down and read MCN! I had to watch out for the tigers though... thats the ones that eat you, not the ones you ride.

200mph bikers aim for record

200mph bikers aim for record

Attached is an oxford mail story of our 200mph bikes. We are planning a trip to Bonneville next year for a serious go at some records. We went out to bonneville this year and got working with a team...

Buell 1125CR-Café Racer First Ride!

Buell 1125CR-Café Racer First Ride!

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin has just been riding the new Buell 1125CR Café Racer – these are his first impressions hot off the bike. “My test of the new 1125CR took place at a small facility...

German team build the 'world's heaviest bike'

German team build the 'world's heaviest bike'

Aprilia might be obsessed with saving weight on its new RSV4, but the Germans are bucking the trend with 4.7 tonne, tank-engines behemoth. Named Katharina die Grose, it holds the world record for...

300 car parking spaces & you park in mine!

300 car parking spaces & you park in mine!

I parked up in the motorbike parking area of ASDA in ashton under lyne. When I came out I noticed this learner car parked up in the same area and thought they maybe need to...

New MCN October 1: Ducati Monster 1100 world first test

New MCN October 1: Ducati Monster 1100 world first test

In this week's edition of Motorcycle News we bring you the world first test of Ducati's new Monster 1100. MCN Road Tester Trevor Franklin has tested the bike and had this to say: "The new Ducati...

Strange road name

Strange road name

good road name, strange scooter... but I love it!

Wedding day with MCN

Wedding day with MCN

Here's us catching up with MCN on our wedding day at Niagara Falls Canada, before our honeymoon riding the Rockies on two BMW f800's.

Wanted: Online editor, Motorcyclenews.com

Wanted: Online editor, Motorcyclenews.com

The UK's No1 motorcycling website (source: Hitwise) is looking for an experienced editor to push us to new heights of success in 2009 and beyond. If you're into bikes and the web, and have experience...

KTM's X-Bow shows car makers how things are done

KTM's X-Bow shows car makers how things are done

Austrian firm KTM may be more famous for their hardcore range of offroad-inspired motorcycles, but that doesn't mean they can't teach car manufacturers a thing or too about how things are done in the...

Tom Sykes passes DAS test

Tom Sykes passes DAS test

Tom Sykes, who is currently third in the British Superbike Championship, recently passed his Direct Access Motorcycle Test with Mike from Maverick Motorcycle Training. Tom travelled down...

Yellow Honda Fireblades commemorate Steve Brogan’s win

Yellow Honda Fireblades commemorate Steve Brogan’s win

Honda is set to release a limited run of 100 yellow Fireblades, to celebrate HM Plant rider Steve Brogan winning the British Superstock championship at Silverstone on Sunday. View 2008 Honda...

New Ducati Monster 1100 First Ride!

New Ducati Monster 1100 First Ride!

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is currently testing the all-new Ducati Monster 1100 in the mountains around Cannes, South of France – here are his first impressions. “From 200 yards away it is...

MCN in Venice

MCN in Venice

This is a picture of me enjoying a quiet moment with a copy of MCN at the top of the campanile in St Mark's Square, Venice.

Useless DSA

After almost 3 weeks of uncertainty, it has been decided that my local test centre will now not be reopening, even though i was told it would be and told it was now fully booked up till december, even though no one has been able to book a test for almost a month. Local learners now have to travel to the "new" test centre at chester, at additional extra cost. Absolute shambles, and a very well...

Funny street sign spotted

Funny street sign spotted

While we were out on a wheelie run we passed this lane.... really!! :)

DAS test problems

Hi to all you bikers, I just wanted to write about the stupid ideas the goverment have thought of. First of all, they shut down 200 test centres and say they will open 60... instead they open 30. I failed my D.A.S test last year, I've bought my bike (which im still paying for) and when i rang around for lessons they were fully booked up until october, or to expensive at £120 a day or...

Bellagio cruiser gets new paint scheme

Bellagio cruiser gets new paint scheme

Moto Guzzi has added a new two-tone paint scheme to the colour options available for its Bellagio sports cruiser. The motorcycle can now be bought in grey and white in addition to the existing coal...

Motorcycling gets safer

Motorcycling gets safer

The rate of serious motorcycle accidents has fallen 28%, new Government figures reveal. While the total number of serious bike crashes has risen, motorcycle use has risen even more, so the average...

Coolest moped ever

Coolest moped ever

I aaw what may be the coolest moped ever on a beach near Amsterdam- all hand painted, must have taken a while.

BMF blasts daytime lights laws

BMF blasts daytime lights laws

The BMF has slammed a European Commission decision to fit daytime running lights (DRLs) to all new cars from 2011, claiming the move will make it harder to spot motorcycles. New laws introduced on...

Ewan McGregor vows to keep kids out of the spotlight

Ewan McGregor vows to keep kids out of the spotlight

Ewan McGregor says he won’t let his fame spoil his children. In an interview with the Daily Express, the actor and motorcycle adventurer says that he and his wife Eve have worked hard to shield their...

By Any Means: Exclusive extract of Charley Boorman's new book

By Any Means: Exclusive extract of Charley Boorman's new book

MCN has teamed up with By Any Means to bring you an exclusive extract of Charley Boorman's new book, which chronicles his exploits in his latest round the world adventure. By Any Means is the story...

Official picture: 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000

Official picture: 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000

Suzuki has just released the first official picture of the all-new 2009 GSX-R1000. The key change is an all new engine that is 59mm shorter than the outgoing K7/K8 model, allowing a longer swingarm,...

Monster 1100 officially unveiled

Monster 1100 officially unveiled

These are the first official pictures of Ducati’s Monster 1100 and 1100S, which are due to go on sale before Christmas. Two versions are due to be available, the standard 1100 and the 1100S. The...

Wearing top-name motorcycle helmet could cost you thousands, say testers

Wearing a crash helmet which failed to score the maximum five stars in new safety tests could mean less compensation after a crash, according to experts. Insurers will argue it was your choice to wear only a three-or-four-star helmet and that you are therefore partly responsible for the extent of any injuries, it was claimed. Helmets to achieve fewer than five stars in new Government-approved...

£800,000 of riders’ cash to be pocketed by Government

£800,000 of riders’ cash to be pocketed by Government

Over £800,000 of riders’ cash will be pocketed by the Government in the ongoing motorcycle test shake-up fiasco. Learners who paid £20 extra for the new motorcycle test will not be refunded even...

YamaGamma Heaven: picture gallery

YamaGamma Heaven: picture gallery

In the Modern Classics section of this week's issue of MCN, we featured this special Suzuki RG Gamma/Yamaha RD350LC hybrid.  Here's some extra pictures from the photo shoot that we...

Honda 60th Anniversary interview: The Power of Dreams

Honda 60th Anniversary interview: The Power of Dreams

To mark Honda’s 60th anniversary MCN has been granted an exclusive interview with Shigeru Takagi senior managing director of Honda Motor Company Ltd and president of Honda Motor Europe. Here he talks...

Brands Hatch crash

Brands Hatch crash

This is one I caught today at Brands hatch, I tried to email the pictures to the guy but it was returned... Oo Stuart, these are for you!

BSB here I come!

BSB here I come!

This is my 6 day old son Finlay, dreaming about his future BSB career...

New MCN September 24: Aprilia's new RSV4 superbike revealed

New MCN September 24: Aprilia's new RSV4 superbike revealed

In this week's MCN we reveal the full specs of the all-new Aprilia RSV4. Aprilia has claimed the RSV4 will weigh an astounding 190kg fully fuelled - which is 25kg lighter than the current Honda...