2008

Special paint for Aprilia Dorsoduro

Special paint for Aprilia Dorsoduro

A UK Aprilia dealer has taken matters into its own hands, after the factory refused to produce a Dorsoduro 750 in red and white. Aprilias for sale Dorset-based Motosport Aprilia has made the Red Lion...

Showcase cinema Leeds- helmet trouble

I recently ran up against a blatant example of discrimination. On Tuesday this week (11th) my partner and I went to the Showcase cinema in Leeds to see the new Bond film. Having paid for the tickets and refreshments we were told on trying to go through to the screen itself that we were not allowed to take our helmets in and that they would have to be left with the staff. I questioned this and the...

Reflections of a 19 year old idiot.

Reflections of a 19 year old idiot.

My brand new Yamaha YZF R125. Lying there on its side, back wheel spinning slowly, no more than six hours old and already dead at the end of a yellow streak of paint and plastic. What did they teach...

In the year 2525 if man is still alive...

I was woken from my cryogenic sleep and allowed to go for a walk. I wandered down to where I could see a crowd looking over a concrete fence. Over the fence the was an empty road. I asked the guy next to me what was happening. "We're waiting for the race" he said. "What race" I asked. "The Cop Race" he said "Is someone racing the cops" I asked "Naaaa the coppers race each other, we're only...

Gilera 600 Supersport & Streetracer

Gilera  600  Supersport & Streetracer

After the presentation of the new APRILIA Superbike, Piaggio Group want to throw again also the historic brand GILERA. In fact, I think in the first days of the 2009 it will come introduced...

Poll: Should BMW build the Lo-Rider?

Poll: Should BMW build the Lo-Rider?

BMW is looking for feedback on the Lo-Rider concept revealed at the Milan Show last week, so MCN has setup an online poll to see what you think. BMWs for sale The motorcycle is based on BMW’s...

Vigilante biker’s murky past

Vigilante biker’s murky past

A vigilante motorcyclist who films other bikers speeding is an ex-lag with a string of previous driving convictions, MCN can reveal. We recently revealed how busybody Geoff Smith, 62, spends his days...

Is three-time convicted speeder behind ban motorcycles proposal?

Is three-time convicted speeder behind ban motorcycles proposal?

A proposal from the Association of Chief Police Officers to ban motorcycles was written under the direction of a three-time convicted speeder, MCN can reveal. Meredydd Hughes, who was last year...

Video: Miles Per Gallon Fuel Test

With the downward spiral from credit crunch to full-on recession MCN senior roadtester Trevor Franklin wanted to see if the economy of motorcycles can still be highly prized. To find out Trevor took Suzuki's Sixteen, BMW's F650GS, Kawasaki's Z1000 and a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade to Bruntingthorpe testing circuit in Leicestershire to conduct two tests. How far would a gallon of unleaded fuel go at...

On sale now: 'Rossi- Celebrating the Greatest'

On sale now: 'Rossi- Celebrating the Greatest'

A glossy limited edition MCN bookazine celebrating the life and career of Valentino Rossi, arguably the greatest motorcycle racer the sport has ever known, is available to own now. Scroll down for...

MCN in Alcatraz

MCN in Alcatraz

Just some pictures of me reading MCN in Alcatraz...

New MCN November 12: New Suzuki Bandit 650 revealed

New MCN November 12: New Suzuki Bandit 650 revealed

In this week's MCN, we have pictures of the new faired and unfaired Suzuki Bandit 650, which was unveiled at the Milan Show. The headlights on both versions have been given a new, sleeker...

Video: Bob Farnham tunes Yamaha R1

The racing season has only just finished, but Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is already looking ahead to the 2009 season with his trusty 2007 Yamaha R1 long term test bike. He took it along to Bob Farnham, one of the UK's top engine tuners just down the road from Brands Hatch for an engine refresh and a bit of a tune. Watch the video below to see how the bike got on and little tour around...

Bikes on TV: November 12-18

Bikes on TV: November 12-18

KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men and Motors...

Video: BMW S1000RR onboard footage

Video: BMW S1000RR onboard footage

BMW has released official onboard footage of the new S1000RR superbike testing at Oschersleben recently. BMWs for sale The bike appears to be testing on a public trackday, and is seen catching and...

MCN made my daughter better

MCN made my daughter better

My seven month old daughter in Bradford Royal Infirmary having her kidneys sorted. All she wanted was MCN.

Video: 2009 Aprilia RSV4 and Yamaha R1 take to the track

Video: 2009 Aprilia RSV4 and Yamaha R1 take to the track

We've got video of the 2009 Yamaha R1 and the Aprilia RSV4 in action for the first time with Max Biaggi, Ben Spies and Tom Sykes out on track at the Portimao circuit. The two machines have been...

Petrol station problems

Just a story about my ride home tonight. I was riding home on the bike, ran out of fuel right outside the garage so i pushed it in to fill up in Tesco's express Norbury, A23 (south London). Pulled in, opened fuel tank, put in pump, tried to pay at the pump but the machine was out of order seemingly. The security guard (always worrying at a petrol station) comes out and tells me the cashier didnt...

Ban motorcycles? What about...

Just recently hundreds of hedonistic persons went joy walking across the lake district. They were people acting selfishly, without a thought for other persons that would have to pay for rescue services to help them out when their irresponsible activities caused them to get into great difficulties. Is it not time ACPO suggested that persons wishing to access the fells held a full mountaineers...

Consider banning motorcycles, police tell MPs

Consider banning motorcycles, police tell MPs

The time has come to consider banning motorcycles from the roads, police chiefs have told MPs. They are ‘motorised toys’ which may not belong on public highways, the Association of Chief Police...

‘Cops let me refuel during chase,’ says 140mph speeder

The biker followed for miles by an unmarked police bike at up to 140mph has told how cops allowed him to refuel before continuing the chase. 140mph chase was 'safe' Police followed Michael Collins, 22, for 40 minutes to ‘gather evidence’. When he stopped to fill up, an officer in plain leathers on a silver Honda Fireblade simply waited further along the road. Collins claims he only went so fast...

Video: Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport first ride

MCN Man Michael Neeves headed out to Lake Como in Italy to get the first ever ride on the new 4v Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport. Check out the video below to take a tour of the impressive factory and see the bike in action around the lakes.

New MCN November 5: Ducati Streetfighter 1098 revealed

New MCN November 5: Ducati Streetfighter 1098 revealed

In this week's issue of Motorcycle News, we reveal official shots of the new Ducati Streetfighter. The wild Ducati Streetfighter is a naked version of the Ducati 1098 and shares the same 1098cc...

Milan Show: BMW unveil Lo Rider concept

Milan Show: BMW unveil Lo Rider concept

This great looking bike, which is supposed to be a BMW concept bike, has just been unveiled at the Milan show. But the motorcycle looks so finished it could go into production within 18 months. Dubbed...

Milan Show: Husqvarna SMQ450

Milan Show: Husqvarna SMQ450

Husqvarna has just pulled the covers off the SMQ450 concept, a single-cylinder street bike that mixes vintage flavour and modern technology. The new motorcycle is based around Husqvarna's own...

MCN or Casino?

MCN or Casino?

Bev Henderson might not have been able to get into the Casino in Monaco but found time to have a quick look through MCN.

MCN beats F1

MCN beats F1

Bob Haigh went to Monaco to check out the F1 Grand Prix circuit and took time out to catch up with MCN while sat on the inside of the curve outside the Cafe de Paris.

Milan Show: Aprilia Mana X

Milan Show: Aprilia Mana X

Aprilia has revealed the Mana X- a wild flat-track style concept based on the semi-automatic Aprilia Mana 850. The Mana X uses the same 830cc v-twin from the Aprilia Mana 850, but instead of plain...

Milan Show: Bimota DB7 Oronero

Milan Show: Bimota DB7 Oronero

Bimota has just revealed the carbon-framed DB7 Oronero at the Milan show. The bike is based around the same basic design as the standard Bimota DB7 launched earlier this year, but is eight kilograms...

R&G adds some aggression to latest Speed Triple

R&G adds some aggression to latest Speed Triple

Add some muscle to the rear of Triumph’s 2008 Speed Triple 1050 with this R&G tail tidy. The plastic one-piece tidy brings the number plate level with the end of the exhaust, to give the...

Mini-GPS motorcycle tracker goes on sale

Mini-GPS motorcycle tracker goes on sale

A portable GPS tracker promises to locate your motorcycle if it’s stolen. The Zoombak Portable Assisted GPS will alert you by text message if the motorcycle is moved outside pre-determined zones, and...

Speeding idiots give us bad press

When riding my 1961 Norton Manxman 650 to Malton in North Yorkshire on a 60mph B road (I riding up a hill at 60mph), some speeding bikes zipped past me at 80 plus on one wheel! These guys are idiots playing with death! Then they wonder why the police are on their backs. Riding a motorcycle is not all about speed.

Ducati 1198 official pictures

Ducati 1198 official pictures

Ducati has just released official pictures of the new 1198, an updated version of the 1098 with the larger capacity engine from the 1098R. The new motorcycle retains most of the running rear and the...

Ducati Streetfighter 1098: Official pictures

Ducati Streetfighter 1098: Official pictures

Read the world first ride of the Ducati Streetfighter! Ducati has revealed the Ducati Streetfighter at the Milan show today, a new super naked bike based on the 1098. The engine and chassis of the...

Ducati Streetfighter 1098 latest

Ducati Streetfighter 1098 latest

The new Ducati Streetfighter will be among the most aggressive performing machines in the supernaked class, according to the latest info available. Ducati Streetfighter teaser video The Ducati...

Rivetted to Frank Thomas

In the days of almost non existant customer service, it gives me great pleasure to tell you about super dealer and manufacturer service. The sleeve fasteners for the thermal inner on my Frank Thomas XTI textile jacket had become unstitched making it difficult to remove my arm without the sleeve coming out with it. The jacket was taken in on the Friday to Rivetts of Hull and a replacement ordered...