December

Video: Wild hill climb with jumps!

If you’re familiar with the crazy bike sport of hill climbing you’ll know that it’s pretty spectacular – elongated Frankenstein machinery trying to get up near-vertical hills.  But this compilation of clips shows an even wilder variant with huge ramps halfway up that more often than not causes the competitors to get a little out of shape!

Ninja sales rocket by 400%

Ninja sales rocket by 400%

Kawasaki has honoured one of the Black Horse finance team for helping Ninja sales rocket by more than 400%. Black Horse account manager Billy Bryce was instrumental in driving sales of the ZX-10R...

Bike tax evasion down 65%

Bike tax evasion down 65%

The rate of motorcycle tax evasion is barely a third of the figure we were told last year, according to a report from the Department for Transport. The new research says an estimated 2.3% of...

BMW F650 single returns

BMW F650 single returns

BMW is bringing the old 650cc single cylinder F650GS back – but calling it the G650GS and it’s only for America at this stage. Due to big demand from police and the military in the US – the old bike...

Power up your next ZX6-R

Power up your next ZX6-R

If the 115bhp of Kawasaki’s 2009 ZX-6R isn’t enough for you, Two Brothers Exhausts has the answer. The American firm has just launched a slip-on can it says will boost the power beyond the figure MCN...

Light jacket with heavy protection

Light jacket with heavy protection

It won’t stop bullets, but this lightweight jacket from Bulletproof Clothing will protect you from minor spills. The Colt textile jacket has CE armour on shoulders and elbows, a removable back pad,...

New York to vote on motorcycle noise laws

New York to vote on motorcycle noise laws

THE New York City Council is considering a new noise law that will prevent any motorcycle without a standard exhaust stamped by the Environmental Protection Agency from entering the city legally. The...

Bikes in bus lanes – the biggest breakthrough yet

Bikes in bus lanes – the biggest breakthrough yet

January 5 marks the biggest milestone yet in the push for motorcyclists to be allowed in bus lanes – as lanes in London are thrown open to bikes. Journeys for tens of thousands of riders will...

See WSB and festivals on trip round Nevada

See WSB and festivals on trip round Nevada

Mountain ranges, wild horses roaming valleys and abandoned mining towns are just part of a normal ride around Nevada but this year you could also take in a World Superbike round and the Bonneville...

Motorcyclists not entitled to residents’ parking, says council

Motorcyclists not entitled to residents’ parking, says council

Motorcyclists are not allowed to use residents’ parking bays even if they pay, a council has said. Instead they must use free motorcycle parking bays not found on every street under Brighton and Hove...

Behind the scenes of BSB

Behind the scenes of BSB

Behind the Scenes offers a glimpse of life in the BSB paddock. The 234-minute long DVD has footage from the season, including rider profiles, and video diaries for £15. Visit www.odeonent.co.uk for...

Video: New Lambrettas unveiled

LAMBRETTA scooters have returned to the world stage after an Italian firm unveiled three new Chinese-made models. The Pato 50, 125 and 150 made their public debut earlier this year in a flurry of publicity.  The scooters are only going to be available in Italy, through Italian firm Motom. Watch the clip to see the new scooters in action.

Save £1500 on a new Kawasaki ZX6R

Save £1500 on  a new Kawasaki ZX6R

A Wiltshire dealership is offering 100 Kawasaki ZX-6R at 1998 prices…knocking £1500 off the 2008 list price. The one-off deal is being offered by George White’s superbike centre to mark owner Steve...

And the bride wore leather...

And the bride wore leather...

We got married on our bikes at Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island , October 12th 2008

Are these the ultimate R1 and B-King customs?

Are these the ultimate R1 and B-King customs?

This American custom-built Yamaha R1 and B King are the latest products of Nick Anglada at Custom Sportbike Concepts in Volusia County, Florida. The R1 was built for a customer who wanted the...

Enjoy the dark side of BSB

Enjoy the dark side of BSB

Relive the spills from the 2008 BSB season on DVD. Crash Detectives has 82 minutes of footage from each round of the season, with analysis from John Reynolds, Jamie Whitham, and Niall Mackenzie. It...

NZI introduces push-button visor

NZI introduces push-button visor

NZI has pioneered a push-button mechanism for the integrated sun visor on its next generation Vitesse helmet. The Vitesse II is part of a range of new lids the firm will launch in mid-January and...

Ewan McGregor spotted on British-built Triumph Bobber

Ewan McGregor spotted on British-built Triumph Bobber

Ewan McGregor was spotted recently in California riding his Baron Speed Shop Triumph bobber as he finished having breakfast in Los Angeles. Vintage bike fan McGregor was leaving Le Pain Quotidien...

Top Gear heads to Vietnam

Top Gear heads to Vietnam

Top Gear’s Christmas special sees all three presenters heading to Vietnam and ending up riding motorcycles in epic rainstorms for eight days during the wet season. Top Gear ends the current series in...

The future of bike gearboxes – made in the UK

The future of bike gearboxes – made in the UK

A UK company is working to put one of the fastest and most efficient gearboxes in to production in the next few years. Zeroshift are a UK-based firm who have developed the system for car racing and...

Honda CB1100F set for launch

Honda CB1100F set for launch

While Honda officially launched the majority of its 2009 range months ago it's held back one of the most exciting bikes that will hit dealers next year – the CB1100F. But newly published patents...

Samurai Type 9 Shogun: off-the-shelf show bikes

Samurai Type 9 Shogun: off-the-shelf show bikes

Despite appearances this isn't just another money-no-object Harley-based special created to win custom bike awards – in fact it's the latest production bike from new Japanese manufacturer Samurai...

Safer barriers won't be a priority

In this week's MCN the issue of the dangers of crash barriers to bikers is aired, including a wish that the UK Govt would follow the French in implementing safer crash barriers. Is this the France where they still have city centre underpasses wuth no crash barriers at all? That apart, there's a statistic in the article that only 1% of motorists are bikers, yet it goes on to suggest that millions...

London bus lane confusion

Jan 5th 2009 is that day that many London bikers have been waiting for for a long a time - the day when, following Boris' election promise, many bus lanes in London will be opened up to motorcycles and scooters. However, in the days leading up to this watershed many bikers using some currently available bus lanes have been bamboozled by the activities of Transport for London. A pilot scheme has...

Helmets go pop with Italian design

Helmets go pop with Italian design

This sexy jet helmet might prove hard to get out of your head. It’s designed by Moschino, the Italian fashion house that penned stage costumes for pop singer Kylie Minogue, and is the first of three...

MCN visits Santa & Co

MCN visits Santa & Co

Just hanging around catching up on the latest news whilst waiting for my new mates up in Lapland to get back from their latest practice run.

Chargers for modern classics

Chargers for modern classics

M&P has just launched a battery charger that’s suitable for anyone who still has a 1980s or early 90s bike tucked away in the garage. Shop for motorcycle kit with MCN The Absaar ATEK 1000 is CE...

Aprilia getting to grips with the RSV4 Tuono

Aprilia getting to grips with the RSV4 Tuono

Aprilia is speeding ahead with the naked Tuono version of the RSV4 according to MCN’s Mole. Designer Miguel Galuzzi and his team at the Noale HQ are already carving away at clay models to try and get...

Futuristic flying bike video

Futuristic flying bike video

An American company plans to take this SkyBike from prototype to reality by 2010. Designed by California-based Samson Motorworks, the SkyBike will have retractable wings and dual controls which means...

Deauville birthday cake

Deauville birthday cake

I have just had a one of those "Gravestone" birthdays so to treat myself I bought a virtually new Honda NT700VA Deauville. My daughter iced my cake - see picture - totally freehand; no "take it to the...

Your reaction to the ABS Honda Fireblade

Your reaction to the ABS Honda Fireblade

It seems the ABS Honda Fireblade road test in this week’s MCN has caused a big stir among sportsbike riders. This is the first ever electronically-controlled Combined ABS-assisted superbike and it...

Video: Buell 1125CR road test

Video: Buell 1125CR road test

Buell extends its water-cooled V-twin range with the introduction of the 1125CR; a naked version of the Rotax-powered 1125R sports bike. As you'd expect with a bike that has a claimed 146bhp output,...

Video: Underwater motorcycle

Video: Underwater motorcycle

Tired of swimming on scuba-diving trips? Then this Russian underwater bike could be for you! The Aqua Star has been developed by Dimtry and Timophey Ryabikiny from the Russian city of Yeisk. It can...

Revealed: Yamaha's plans for a two-wheel-drive GTS1000

Revealed: Yamaha's plans for a two-wheel-drive GTS1000

For the first time we can reveal what might have been for Yamaha if the firm's hub-centre-steered GTS1000 had proved a sales success. These images show the designs for two bikes which were under...

Ferrari motorcycle fails to sell

Ferrari motorcycle fails to sell

A one off Ferrari badged bike, created by an MV Agusta design guru, failed to sell when it came up for auction. The 900cc bike was built by David Kay Engineering as a tribute to the late Enzo Ferrari...

2008 Repsol Honda Fireblade

2008 Repsol Honda Fireblade

it was a Honda main dealers demonstrator that they blinged up to a repsol jobby.. the paint was done by dream machine and looks stunning. The rest of the bike is completely standard apart from a...