March

New SW-Motech-Alu Racks for Honda, KTM and Triumph

New SW-Motech-Alu Racks for Honda, KTM and Triumph

German engineering specialists SW-Motech have developed a range of lightweight alloy racks for popular street bikes, such as the Honda CB1000R, KTM990SM and Triumph Street Triple 675. Manufactured...

Skidmarx Double Bubble Screen and Headlight Covers for Yamaha's YZF125R

Skidmarx Double Bubble Screen and Headlight Covers for Yamaha's YZF125R

Skidmarx have released a new double bubble screen and headlight covers for Yamaha's YZR125R. The YZF125R double bubble screen is designed to enhance the aerodynamics of the bike and significantly...

A pain in the bum

On the 31st January this year, I attended the MCN show at Excel where I ordered and paid £170.00 for a custom motorcycle seat, from P & P seating ltd. The sales person that recieved the order told me to ring at the end of February if I had not heard anything. Having not heard from them I rang. I was then told that the base had arrived and that they would begin to manufacture the seat. I have...

Blog: Kerrang's Luke Wilkins on bikes

Blog: Kerrang's Luke Wilkins on bikes

Subject: Suzuki “Gladius” SVF650 Miles: 356 Furthest Place ridden too: Luton Oddest place taken too: Portway (Birmingham Bee’s Training ground....rugby players are just odd) Top Speed attained:...

Fancy a go on a 2009 Yamaha R1?

Fancy a go on a 2009 Yamaha R1?

MCN is looking for four or five experienced sportsbike riders to sample the new Yamaha R1’s rider-friendly power delivery. We want to see if it grunts out of slow corners in the hands of ordinary road...

‘Road rust’ alert as spring heralds return of nation’s bikers

‘Road rust’ alert as spring heralds return of nation’s bikers

Getting back on a bike for the first time in months accounts for a 40 per cent rise in the accident rate in Sping, AA Insurance has warned. Car drivers unused to sharing the road with motorcycles...

Video: Ducati Streetfighter world first onboard footage

Video: Ducati Streetfighter world first onboard footage

MCN's Editor, Marc Potter rides the new Ducati Streetfighter around the Ascari circuit in Spain. "This bike is all about attitude and has tons of it," says Editor Marc Potter, "I still can’t get...

Yamaha adds to two cruisers to finance offer

Yamaha adds to two cruisers to finance offer

Yamaha has added the XVS1300A and XV1900 models to the No Worries 0% finance offer with the scheme itself being extended until May 6. Adding the cruisers adds those bikes to the complete Fazer 600 and...

Scottish Motorcycle Show visitors raise money for Comic Relief

Scottish Motorcycle Show visitors raise money for Comic Relief

MCN would like to thank all the visitors to its stand at last month’s Scottish Motorcycle Show who helped raise £653.93 for charity. The dosh has been donated to Comic Relief.    

Oxford Hardcore XL high security chain and padlock

Oxford Hardcore XL high security chain and padlock

This chain and lock is tough, heavy and reassuring. I've used it for a couple of weeks to secure bikes in my back garden, which is in a less than desirable area. It’s got a 100% success rate so far.

I complained and the council fixed the road - result!

Not sure whether this will work with all council authorities but it might be worth a try.... I recently complained about the condition of the A2/M2 in the Dartford area. The road joints along the white lane demarcation markings were badly pitted and when overtaking kicked the front wheel of my Triumph markedly. I pointed out the danger of this to TFL and to my amazement the road was resurfaced...

Carole Nash offer free R&Gs with motorcycle insurance

Carole Nash offer free R&Gs with motorcycle insurance

Carole Nash are giving away R&G crash protectors with every new comprehensive motorcycle insurance policy. The aim is to help bikers minimise the cost of accident claims – or even...

Florida to Alaska - Last Part!

Florida to Alaska- Last Part!!! Arriving at Prudhoe Bay after 16.000 km.

Born again bikers road trip for charity

Born again bikers road trip for charity

My best friend Mike Palmer and I are going on a trip to raise funds for UNICEF, now where have you heard that before!   The difference is that we have not ridden bikes for over 20 years (we are...

Sportsbike ABS ‘might save hundreds of lives a year’

Sportsbike ABS ‘might save hundreds of lives a year’

Is the UK finally ready to accept ABS on sportsbikes? Traditionally all manufacturers except BMW have shied away from fitting the technology to their supersports models. Early this year even Honda...

Speed detectors

Regarding the news on the bike detectors, i'm pretty sure if you come to warwickshire (kenilworth) you will find these units already in use and have been for a good while now. Lets get them banned!

Bought a new Yamaha R1?

Bought a new Yamaha R1?

The new crossplane Yamaha R1 sportsbike has blitzed MCN track and road tests, but many riders, including our test team, report that it takes time to ‘get’ its unique power delivery. Video:...

Ducati Desmoscrambler 696

Ducati Desmoscrambler 696

The second basic proposal of Ducati's new "young range" could be a scrambler all purpose bike. Based on an L twin 696, it could be a entry level machine, but absolutely fun and easy to...

Bering offers discount to ACU license holders

Bering offers discount to ACU license holders

Motorcycle clothing brand Bering are offering recession-crushing deals on one piece suits and race gloves for all ACU licence holders.  The offer aims to support racing in the UK from grass...

Aprilia RSV4 road test preview: From the horse's mouth

Aprilia RSV4 road test preview: From the horse's mouth

MCN finally gets to test the new Aprilia RSV4 tomorrow at its world launch. The 999c V4 superbike is one of the most eagerly awaited machines in years, and we’ll be riding it on Thursday 2 April...

Ducati Streetfighter world first ride - UPDATED

Ducati Streetfighter world first ride - UPDATED

The Ducati Streetfighter is one of the liveliest bikes Ducati currently makes. And since it comes out of the same gates as the Hypermotard and super powerful 1098R, that really is saying something.

KTM puts Venom project on hold

KTM puts Venom project on hold

KTM’s Venom naked superbike project has been put on hold while it concentrates on making the RC8 a success. The concept shown in 2004 was expected to materialise as a production model for 2009 (one...

Ducati Streetfighter weight revealed

Ducati Streetfighter weight revealed

Ducati Streetfighter project leader Giulio Malagoli has just revealed the new 155bhp bike's weight and the world press launch in Spain. More news, pictures and details of the Ducati...

Eugene Laverty t-shirts available

Eugene Laverty t-shirts available

An official Eugene Laverty t-shirt has gone on sale following the Irishman’s debut World Supersport win two weekend’s ago at Qatar. Featuring the slogan ‘So it is’ and the rider’s leprechaun logo, the...

Poll: Would you swap your sports bike for a KTM 990 SMT?

Poll: Would you swap your sports bike for a KTM 990 SMT?

MCN wants to find out what British bikers think about the issues facing motorcycling today. That's why from now on we'll be running weekly polls to gather your opinions on all aspects of biking. This...

Three more U.S. states considering less restrictive helmet laws

Author's note: There are several more states besides these which are at least looking at softening helmet laws. I took great pains not to misrepresent the positions or passions of respective parties in writing this. And I was commended by at least one senator interviewed for my balance and neutrality (not saying I also do not have opinions besides, but I left them out of this). In the U.S. helmet...

emoto - a word of warning

I have been waiting for 20 days so far for a screen and a pair of pazzo levers after paying with paypal with http://www.emotouk.com. I was not told the screen was out of stock first of all so i was then told a week till it will arrive then as that week went by i emailed asking what had happened and was told to stop making trouble as we are still waiting for the screen. So i said if they could not...

First ride of Ducati Streetfighter today

First ride of Ducati Streetfighter today

We've just arrived at the hotel in preparation of the world launch of the Ducati StreetFighter at the Ascari circuit in Spain. Read the world first ride of the Ducati Streetfighter The standard...

Hope the Streetfighter is better than the Hypermotard!

Hope the Streetfighter is better than the Hypermotard!

I hope the Ducati Stretfighter is better than the Ducati Hypermotard. 60miles to a tank full of petrol, 135mph and thats with 2 grand chucked at it? In all 10,000 grands worth. 8...

New look MCN Newsletter

New look MCN Newsletter

Here at MCN we've updated the look and feel of our weekly email newsletter. Click here for a look at this week's newsletter The new MCN Newsletter features new sections such as: A column by...

National newspaper claims 64 motorcyclists killed a day

National newspaper claims 64 motorcyclists killed a day

The Scotsman newspaper has printed an apology after claiming over 23,000 riders died on UK roads in a year. The paper yesterday stated: 'There were 23,459 people killed while driving motorcycles in...

Aprilia RSV4 road test preview

Aprilia RSV4 road test preview

MCN finally gets to test the new Aprilia RSV4 next week at its world launch. The 999c V4 superbike is one of the most eagerly awaited machines in years, and we’ll be riding it on Thursday 2 April at...

Poll: What do you think of the Honda DN-01?

Poll: What do you think of the Honda DN-01?

What do you think of the Honda DN-01? Have your say in the online poll below. Honda's odd-ball DN-01 costs a whopping £9,223 OTR. For the same cash or less, you could pretty much have your pick...

New MCN March 25: KTM SMT first UK test

New MCN March 25: KTM SMT first UK test

In this week's edition of MCN, we have the UK's first test of the all-new KTM 990 SMT. The SMT was subjected to 48 hours of testing by sportsbike riders and ex-Supermoto champion Sam Warren and...

Demo against Westminster Council's Parking Tax

Demo against Westminster Council's Parking Tax

One week to go till the big demo against Westminster Council's M/C Parking Tax on Tuesday 31 March starting at the Ace Cafe. 3pm - Arrive Ace Cafe 4.15pm - leave 5pm - ride to Trafalgar Square...

MCN in Austria

MCN in Austria

Here is a picture of me having a good read of MCN, whilst enjoying the slopes and the sun in Niederau, Austria :)