September

Bikers shell out £1000 a year on kit

British motorcyclists spend an average of almost £1,000 on kit every year, according to research by retailer Infinity Motorcycles. Shop for over 45,000 products with MCN Leather goods account for the lion’s share of the £960 per annum average spend, with riders shelling out £321 each year on jackets and jeans. Helmets were the next highest (£241), followed by textiles (£183), boots (£138), and...

Friday funny: Yamaha R1-engined golf kart

Think golf is boring and an old mans game? Well how about livening the game up with a golf kart? Not just any old golf kart, mind. One with the engine from a 2007 Yamaha YZF-R1 that produces 125bhp! It's not everyday you see a golf kart wheelying down the high street! Some people have too much time on their hands...

Yamaha extends free and subsidised insurance campaign

Yamaha extends free and subsidised insurance campaign

Yamaha has extended its Free and Subsidised Insurance campaign to Sunday 30 November, on all mopeds, 125cc scooters, both the XT125X and R models and both YBR125 models. View Yamahas for sale Yamaha...

BMW quality issues- rear shock

After reading the artical regarding BMW reliability I would like to ask the question, as an owner of a 2006 1200 GS Adv with only 6675 miles on the clock, how many of you fellow owners have had there rear shocks fail? I'm on my second one to date, my local dealer when questioned about the quality of the replacement told me that I'm the only one he has fitted in the past 12 months, if the previous...

New Test Postponed

New Test Postponed

The new motorcycle test has been postponed by six months due to a shortage of test centres.  The new test was due to be introduced from September 29 but has now been pushed to March 30...

MCN search for Honda's greatest fan

MCN search for Honda's greatest fan

Are you a fanatical follower of Honda? Do you have a garage bursting with Hondas from across the years or a select collection of rare machines? If so, MCN wants to hear from you. We are looking for...

Sneak preview: Dainese's 2009 range

Sneak preview: Dainese's 2009 range

Dainese unveiled its 2009 motorcycle clothing collection during a major launch event in Italy last week. Buy Dainese clothing The latest Dainese range comprises everything from full-on one piece...

Ducati Hypermotard and Multistrada get Pearl White option

Ducati Hypermotard and Multistrada get Pearl White option

Ducati has extended its colour range by adding the pearl white option to two more of its top models, the Hypermotard and Multistrada. Following the pearl white finish introduced on the Ducati 848 and...

BMW Quality problems

I have read with great interest about the BMW quality problems of late and would like to add my experience of it. I bought a R1200RT as an ex demo machine on a 54 plate at 7 months old with just over 6,000 miles done. It was the biggest pile of rubbish I have ever owned. in the year and a half I had it it suffered the following: Bohth cam chain tensioners failed, front discs warped, 3 fuel sender...

Petition to protect trackdays

How many times have we been told that track days are restricted because some $*%! has just moved next to a race circuit that's been there for 70 years and has complained to the local council - and got away with it!  Credit to a guy called Keith Watts who's started a petition to get a green paper in place that would require any complaints from new residents to be rejected. So if you want to...

Stolen Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail

Stolen Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail

Here is a picture of my 2001 Harley Davidson Heritage softail, stolen from my garage in North Hykeham, Lincoln last night.  The garage door was forced open, a heavy duty bike chain cut & I...

Bikes on TV: September 10-16

Bikes on TV: September 10-16

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...

Motorcyclists cannot park

Why is this? What is so hard about parking your bike in an efficient and considerate manner that bikers find impossible? Near my work there are 3 bike bays capable of holding 15 bikes in total. But they rarely hold more than 9 because bikers round here seem to be a bit too dim in the parking stakes. Either they park at 45 degrees, right across the bay, somewhere in the middle or on their centre...

Isle of Man: Urgent appeal for missing camera

I am making an urgent appeal for the return of my friends camera.  My good friend left his camera outside the Empress Hotel in Douglas, Isle of Man during the Manx Grand Prix last week. Two bikers noticed this and kindly offered to take the camera to the local police station.  Unfortunately this doesn't seem to have happened.  My friend is obviously very upset as this very...

Richard Brunstrom hits out at off-road riders

Richard Brunstrom hits out at off-road riders

Police chief Richard Brunstrom has defended taking a helicopter trip over Snowdonia by saying he needed to see the damage done by off-road motorcycling. The controversial North Wales chief constable,...

Hear the 2009 Yamaha R1 running

Hear the 2009 Yamaha R1 running

MCN was on hand to witness the covers being pulled off the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Amsterdam yesterday (September 8), and Yamaha fired the bike up to demonstrate the big-bang, cross-plane crank motor's...

New MCN September 10: 2009 Yamahas and Hondas

New MCN September 10: 2009 Yamahas and Hondas

In this week's edition of Motorcycle News we reveal Yamaha's 2009 range of motorcycles including the new Yamaha R1, Yamaha XJ6 Diversion, Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star and Yamaha's latest editions...

Video: See and hear the 2009 Yamaha R1 in action

The first video has emerged of the 2009 Yamaha R1 in action and it sounds incredible. Check out the video on the right to see the new 2009 Yamaha R1 in action as part of a US promo video and hear the incredible sound it makes. The video explains all the technical aspects of how the engine works with Colin Edwards taking you through how it feels to ride. Get 10 pages of 2009 Yamaha's in the...

2009 Yamaha XVS950 Midnight Star- First pictures

2009 Yamaha XVS950 Midnight Star- First pictures

Yamaha’s sub-1000cc cruiser, the XVS950 Midnight Star, gets boosted with a newly-designed 942cc air-cooled V-twin engine and a lengthened and lowered chassis for improved handling. The new...

Yamaha MotoGP riders unveil new YZF-R1 in Las Vegas

Yamaha MotoGP riders unveil new YZF-R1 in Las Vegas

All four Yamaha MotoGP representatives: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Colin Edwards and James Toseland, have been part of the global unveiling of the new YZF-R1 in a glitzy Las Vegas...

2009 Yamaha minor changes

2009 Yamaha minor changes

In addition to the brand new models from Yamaha such as the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion, Yamaha R1, Yamaha WR125X/WR125R and the Yamaha XVS950A Midnight Star the majority of Yamaha’s models will receive a...

2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 - First pictures

2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 - First pictures

Yamaha has released the first official pictures and information for the revised 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1. The biggest change is the move to a 'big-bang' inline four-cylinder 998cc motor that Yamaha claim is...

Marzocchi sold to Tenneca

Marzocchi sold to Tenneca

U.S. suspension firm Tenneco, which produces Monroe shock absorbers, has bought Group Marzocchi’s suspension business for US$15 million (£8.5 million). Suspension in the MCN shop Shop for over 45,000...

Oxford offer free back protector to racers

Oxford offer free back protector to racers

Oxford Products is offering free back protectors to any ACU license holder who is currently racing in any British road race championship. Shop for over 45,000 products with MCN The Oxford Max Back...

Schumacher testing at Hockenheim

Schumacher testing at Hockenheim

I've just returned from a touring holiday in Europe, starting in Amsterdam down to Southern Germany then across heading towards Lake Konstanz. Deciding to have a break at Hockenheim circuit on the...

Prince Harry and Prince William to ride motorcycles across Africa

Prince Harry and Prince William to ride motorcycles across Africa

Prince William and Prince Harry have been given the go-ahead to ride across southern Africa on motorcycles as part of a charity visit in the style of Ewan McGreggor and Charley Boorman's Long Way...

Waiting for blade-cop

Waiting for blade-cop

wizza in north wales waiting for blade-cop!

Rossi takes a paws to read MCN!

Rossi takes a paws to read MCN!

Castleford based Michele is so Valentino obsessed that she even named her dog Rossi and makes him bark when MCN is delivered!

2009 Honda Fireblade ABS - First official pictures

2009 Honda Fireblade ABS - First official pictures

The flagship Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade becomes the first superbike to get ABS in 2009 and comes in a range of new colours. Video: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade launch test The optional...

Shock - motorcyclist thinks new test is good thing!

As a keen motorcyclist for many years I cannot understand why so many people are up in arms about the new test. Surely a test that is designed to be more challenging and ensure learners have sufficient control of the bike before being let out alone on the roads can only be good for everyone. Perhaps it will weed out those reckless few who give us respectable bikers a bad name! I know that not...

Proper posing advice

Proper posing advice

my neice mckenzie showing me how to pose properly

BMW Quality Issues

If BMW produced cars of such shoddy quality as their motorcycles, they would never sell another car. I have had BMWs for over 10 years, my R1100GS I bought new in 1998, and had numerous warranty/quality issues, including 2 sets of corroded wheels replaced within 18 months, alternator failing after 12 months and leaving me stranded, front wishbone being replaced due to corrosion after 12...

Book celebrates 25 years of Buell

Book celebrates 25 years of Buell

A book to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Buell has gone on sale. Motorcycle books for sale Buell motorcycles for sale Written by Buell enthusiasts, 25 Years of Buell...

Pro Bolt kit for MV Agusta F4 released

Pro Bolt kit for MV Agusta F4 released

If you own an MV Agusta F4, then you can lighten your bike and wallet to the tune of £1400 for a complete set of 20 lightweight titanium bolts from Pro Bolt. Shop for motorcycle products with MCN The...

Great Biking Journeys book available

Great Biking Journeys book available

Some of the best biking routes in the globe have been documented in a new book aimed at riders of all skill levels Buy motorcycle books online Shop for products with MCN Great Motorcycle Journeys of...

Pipercross air filter adds 3.1bhp to KTM RC8

Pipercross air filter adds 3.1bhp to KTM RC8

Pipercross Performance claims its new air filter boosts the power output of KTM’s RC8 superbike by 3.1bhp throughout the rev range. Pipercross air filters Shop for motorcycle products with MCN The...