2008

MCN on the frontline

MCN on the frontline

Apart from shooting my big gun I thought I'd take a few minutes to read my MCN that my wife sent out to me in Afghanistan. Now I can keep up to date with all the latest bike news

Oliver's Mount is fabulous

John McGuinness, probably one of the greatest road racers alive was at Oliver's Mount this year battling along side Guy Martin. The action was fabulous - standing only feet away from the track I had a great time and will be returning again next year. Why can't people like Mr and Mrs Foster take the positive things out of life, rather than dwelling on the negatives?

Gilera Fuoco

I was interested to read that Andy Downes has a Gilera Fuoco. I have owned one for over a year and I have ridden about 4000 very enjoyable miles in that time both here and in Europe. I fitted the optional screen to my Fouco which I find a very worthwhile addition and also the excellent Givi topbox rack. I also get a fuel consumption figure in the low 60s to the gallon. I cannot speak too highly of...

12,000km on a Suzuki Hayabusa

12,000km on a Suzuki Hayabusa

My name is Américo and I am Portuguese. On July 2008 I did a 12,000km trip on my Suzuki Hayabusa. I began at Roca Cape, Portugal and ended at the North Cape, Norway. This is my website:...

Mum fined for motorcycle parking confusion

Mum fined for motorcycle parking confusion

A mother out on a shopping trip in Garforth, Leeds had a surprise to find a £70 fine on her car upon returning to her vehicle. Michelle Ellis, who has three children under three years old, parked...

Evotech freshens up Yamaha WR250

Evotech freshens up Yamaha WR250

Protect your Yamaha WR250 and give it a cleaner look with a new sump guard and tail tidy from Evotech. The sump guard bolts directly to the motorcycle’s frame, and comes complete with all necessary...

Ron Haslam Race School gift set

Ron Haslam Race School gift set

Learn the racing line from your armchair with a free DVD from the Ron Haslam Race School. The firm is offering a choice of Haslam’s Superbike Masterclass or Rocketman DVD, both worth £17, to anyone...

Maxxis Presa Detour adventure sport tyre launched

Maxxis Presa Detour adventure sport tyre launched

Maxxis has just received the first samples of the new Presa Detour adventure sport tyre and will be displaying them for the remainder of the NEC show. The tyres are claimed to give ‘excellent and...

Video: Superstock Honda Fireblade faster than Touring Car at Silverstone

Check out this exclusive and unique footage taken at Silverstone race circuit. The Superstock Honda Fireblade easily proved faster than the Honda Type R Touring car around the historic British track. Riding the motorcycle is Steve 'Baywatch' Brogan, British Superstock 1000 Champion on-board his championship winning Honda Fireblade. Watch Steve Brogan's onboard lap In the British...

NEC Show: Cagiva Mito 525 reaches UK

NEC Show: Cagiva Mito 525 reaches UK

Cagiva importer MotoGB will be bringing in the first of the updated Mito 525 in the first half of next year. The new 525 (actually 125cc – the 525 tag is a nod to Cagiva’s 500GP past) was revealed at...

NEC Show: New Honda Hornet

NEC Show: New Honda Hornet

Honda has introduced the revised 2009 model Hornet 600 at the NEC Show. The 2009 Honda Hornet 600 differs from the current model by having compression damping adjusters on the rear shock...

Downing Street petition - bicycles in bus lanes

Has anyone seen the petition on the Downing Street Website to have bicycles banned from bus lanes? http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/bikesbuslane/  

Camrider offering motorcycle training course discounts

Camrider offering motorcycle training course discounts

Camrider is offering discounts on courses over the winter period at their Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Norwich and Hendon centres. Either get £200 off a novice course or take advantage of a two for one...

Honda Fury cruiser spotted in testing

Honda Fury cruiser spotted in testing

This spy shot shows Honda’s eagerly-awaited new custom, the Fury, undergoing final testing in Arizona, USA. The picture, courtesy of Spanish magazine Solo Moto, clearly shows the extreme nature of...

The motorcycles Honda never built

The motorcycles Honda never built

Honda has never been shy to introduce new technology – but now for the first time MCN can reveal some of the designs that were too far out for even Honda to give the green light. This so-called...

New BMW dealership for Cardiff

New BMW dealership for Cardiff

Riders Motorcycles based in Bristol and Bridgwater are extending their reach across the South West with the opening of a new BMW Motorrad dealership in Cardiff. The company, formed in 1976, has two...

Harley-Davidson clothing goes dark

Harley-Davidson clothing goes dark

Give in to the dark side of Harley-Davidson with this range of exclusive casual clothing. The collection will sell alongside the firm’s new lineup of Dark Custom motorcycles, and includes shirts,...

BOS exhaust for Honda CB1000R

BOS exhaust for Honda CB1000R

Add some MotoGP style to your Honda CB1000R motorcycle with this new end-can from BOS. The GTS-R silencer measures 300mm long, weighs 3.1kg, and boosts power and torque by 3.2hp and 4Nm throughout the...

Poll: Which is Massimo Tamburini's greatest motorcycle?

Poll: Which is Massimo Tamburini's greatest motorcycle?

Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 designer Massimo Tamburini has retired from the MV Agusta design department after 23 years. During his career, Tamburini designed such iconic motorcycles as the Ducati...

Jack Lilley special Triumph Scrambler

Jack Lilley special Triumph Scrambler

MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves has just ridden a very special Triumph Scrambler, built by Triumph dealers Jack Lilley. Here are his first impressions: “At the beginning of this year Triumph...

One in six motorcyclist deaths due to crash barriers

One in six motorcyclist deaths due to crash barriers

One in six motorcyclist deaths could result from hitting a crash barrier, according to research released today by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). Riders who collide with barriers are 15...

MCN in the Big Apple

MCN in the Big Apple

Me and my brother, Paul, on a recent trip to New York. The statue seemed pretty impressed, along with a few ducks that managed to get a peek!!!!

Triumph Rocket 3 radiator covered

Triumph Rocket 3 radiator covered

Protect the radiator of your Triumph Rocket 3 with this grill from Exactrep. It's made from laser-cut polished stainless steel and comes in three pieces, covering the front and sides. Price £100 for...

Sign our petition to axe ACPO hypocrite

Sign our petition to axe ACPO hypocrite

Police proposals to ban motorcycles were written under the direction of a three-time convicted speeder – and MCN aims to get the hypocrite axed.   We’re petitioning the Prime Minister to...

Pink spotted riding Triumph Bonneville

Pink spotted riding Triumph Bonneville

Pink, the American R&B singer and former wife of AMA supercross rider Carey Hart hops on her Triumph Bonneville T100 after shopping in West Hollywood Los Angeles, California

Design legend Massimo Tamburini retires

Design legend Massimo Tamburini retires

Massimo Tamburini has retired from MV Agusta’s design department after 23 years designing iconic bikes including the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4. His retirement will be effective from the 31st of...

Video: Steve Brogan onboard at Silverstone

MCN road tester Adam Child bumped into British Superstock 1000 Champion Steve Brogan at Silverstone recently at a Honda media day. Steve 'Brogie' Brogan agreed to a few flying laps onboard his Championship winning Honda Fireblade with our cameras fitted. Check out the very fast onboard action around the shortened Silverstone circuit.

Motorcycle industry weathers economic storm

Motorcycle industry weathers economic storm

If you are a biker facing redundency, it could be time to consider making your hobby your career - as experts claim the bike industry is thriving, despite the current economic crisis. BMW has just...

Crescent Suzuki scoops another award

Dorset-based Crescent Motorcycle Company has been named Suzuki’s National Dealer of the year by the manufacturer. The  dealer, which has outlets in Verwood, Bournemouth and Southampton, also picked up south west region dealer of the year at Suzuki’s recent dealer conference. Martyn James, Crescent director, said: “We are really proud to have received this award and to have been acknowledged...

This week in MCN: The all-new Kawasaki ZRX1200

This week in MCN: The all-new Kawasaki ZRX1200

Here's a first glimpse of Kawasaki’s stunning new ZRX1200. The retro muscle bike has been given a new lease of life with a ground-up redesign. Kawasaki ZRX1200s for sale Get MCN, on sale December...

Red Torpedo unveils new shirt range

Red Torpedo unveils new shirt range

You don’t have to buy an in-your-face t-shirt to show that you’re a biker. Red Torpedo has added a new line of subtle cotton shirts to its range for winter 2008. They come with a free CD of unsigned...

Yamaha gives away V-Max for free!

Yamaha gives away V-Max for free!

Visitors to the Yamaha Japan website can download and print out their very own V-Max to build. Ok, we're talking origami, not the actual mega-pricey musclebike. But if you're looking for an ideal...

2009 Triumph Daytona 675 first test - road riding update

2009 Triumph Daytona 675 first test - road riding update

The world first test of the 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 is taking place in Spain - and this is today's update - how the Daytona 675 performs on challenging mountain roads. Triumph motorcycles for...

ACPO eats its words

ACPO eats its words

Police chiefs have made a humiliating climb-down over proposals to ban motorcycles, following pressure from MCN. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has admitted to MPs that basic claims...

New Slippery Sam

New Slippery Sam

This is my design for a 'fans only' Triumph, called Slippery Sam.

British Cross Country action on DVD

British Cross Country action on DVD

Enjoy the glory of mud from your living room, with a DVD review of the first British Cross Country championship, a long-distance motocross race. The two hour-long disc covers the action from all four...