May

Honda confirms it will not be at the NEC bike show

Honda confirms it will not be at the NEC bike show

Honda has confirmed rumours it will not be attending this year’s NEC Motorcycle show in Birmingham as it concentrates on dealer launches for the new 2010 model range. The move obviously saves a huge...

Revved-up Reverend

While his parishioners readied themselves for their door-to-door collections, the Rev Will Adams from East Anglia kick started the week on his Aprilla 750cc motorbike. The 61-year-old Brackley vicar joined more than 30 bikers, powering through 160 miles of British countryside in red and white Christian Aid bibs - stopping en route to rattle Christian Aid collecting boxes. The bikers also reached...

May 27: Bikes on the Box

May 27: Bikes on the Box

KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time  SHED – Discovery Shed (used to be DRTE) DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men...

Salt affected bike in Crete?

Salt affected bike in Crete?

Found this Bike in Crete. Did not know snow here was a problem!

New MCN May 27: Sports bike of the year revealed

New MCN May 27: Sports bike of the year revealed

In this week's MCN, we test the Aprilia RSV4, Yamaha R1, KTM RC8R and Triumph Daytona 675 around the Isle of Man TT course to find out which is the best sports bike of 2009. Free Beta tool box when...

New test: examiners should have more freedom

On the 14th May I took my part 1 motor cycle test at the new Norwich test centre. Although I completed all manouvers successfully I was failed because after two runs I only achieved 48kph during the swerve test. I did however reach 54 kph on the emergency stop test. I can find no fault with the examiner or the test facility but I do feel that the examiner should be allowed some leeway regarding...

Motorcycle parking charges in Hastings

Went for a ride along the South East Coast this weekend, went through Worthing stopped for breakfast easy motorcycle parking, then stopped at Brighton again easy parking very biker friendly, then rode onto to Hastings as I have only ever visited it on the Mayday Run only to find I had to pay £1.50 to park. I have seen that Westminster Council are charging to pay and there have been protests from...

Does this fit yet daddy?

Does this fit yet daddy?

Does this helmet fit me yet Daddy? Thomas Sanderson, 10 months... not quite old enough for riding pillio yet!

First pics of Akrapovic systems for Aprilia RSV4

First pics of Akrapovic systems for Aprilia RSV4

These are images of the new Akrapovic exhaust range soon to be made available for the new V4 RSV Aprilia. There are no figures or performance details on release as yet, but there is confirmation that...

Price Rewind on Shoei helmets

Price Rewind on Shoei helmets

Feridax, the UK distributor of Shoei Premium Helmets, has launched "Price Rewind", a price promotion concept for two of its biggest Shoei models. Both the X-Spirit, the top of the range race helmet as...

Zero surprise with all-inclusive UK price for electric Supermoto

Zero surprise with all-inclusive UK price for electric Supermoto

US electric bike manufacturer Zero says it’ll ship its Zero S supermoto to your door for £8,874. It certainly puts the four-wheeled equivalent – the similarly leading-edge but £65,000 Tesla roadster –...

LeoVince to release SBK replica pipe for Street Triple

LeoVince to release SBK replica pipe for Street Triple

Triumph Street Triple owners can now have the option of a Gresini Honda MotoGP team lookalike pipe fore their naked middleweight thanks to the latest GP Pro Evo Ii exhaust available from...

Scorpion Exo helmets that inflate to fit

Scorpion Exo helmets that inflate to fit

Scorpion's top of the range EXO-1000 and EXO-750 helmets feature innovative inflatable pads in the cheeks that you can pump up for a perfect fit. A large red pump located inside the chin bar lets you...

New Barkbuster handguards for road bikes

New Barkbuster handguards for road bikes

Premium handguard brand, Barkbusters, has introduced a new model specifically for street bikes that offers the ultimate in protection from the elements while complementing the appearance of the bike. ...

Buell and AGV team-up to create 1125R-ready lid

Buell and AGV team-up to create 1125R-ready lid

To celebrate the start of the 2009 MotoGP Championship, the Buell Performance Academy is giving visitors to www.buellperformanceacademy.co.uk the opportunity to win the all-new Buell® GP Tech Full...

Sidecar Stars released on CD

Sidecar Stars released on CD

Motorcycle racing has produced many sensational superstars. Perhaps the most spectacular, but most frequently overlooked, are the sidecar crews. In a series of wonderful recordings - originally...

Win VIP tickets to MOJO honours shows with MCN

Win VIP tickets to MOJO honours shows with MCN

We've joined forces with MOJO magazine to offer MCN readers the chance to win tickets to a series of special gigs in London. It all starts on Monday 8 June with legendary folk guitarist Bert...

Ventura rack for Harley-Davidson XR1200

Ventura rack for Harley-Davidson XR1200

Harley-Davidson’s XR1200 is praised for its performance, handling and all-round ability, and now thanks to luggage manufacturer Ventura, can add touring to its repertoire. Compare and buy motorcycle...

GSE Racing’s new look

GSE Racing’s new look

You too can look like GSE Racing’s on-form line-up of Leon Camier and James Ellison with the new replica clothing range for the defending British Superbike Champions. It’s a move away from the...

Tech 3 Yamaha ’09 clothing now available

Tech 3 Yamaha ’09 clothing now available

James Toseland’s Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP team now has its own official replica clothing line for 2009, available through Grand Prix Legends. The team, which now carries the distinctive branding of...

Suzuki Bandit 650 launch: First impressions

Suzuki Bandit 650 launch: First impressions

MCN's Marc Potter is on the Isle of Wight riding both the unfaired and faired (650SA) versions of Suzuki's updated Bandit at the UK launch. Here are his first impressions of the faired version. ...

Show your support at BSB this weekend

Show your support at BSB this weekend

OK, so it's a little late to order a BSB team shirt in time for this weekend's forthcoming Bank Holiday ding-dong at Donington, but it's still worth checking out the official BSB shop here for what to...

David Jefferies: The Official Biography

David Jefferies: The Official Biography

Stuart Barker’s 272-page hardback biography of one of British road racing’s most loved characters of all time is being serialized in MCN, starting from June 3. Here’s a brief blurb to whet your...

New York rider bemused by Manchester roads

I was recently visted for 2 weeks by my good friend Chuck Stegmeyer, a keen biker from Brooklyn, New York. This was his first visit to England and we spent some time touring England, but mainly around Greater Manchester where I live. On his return to Brooklyn he wrote me this letter: Dear Preacherman, Thanks for the great time we had. I enjoyed riding your Pan. I was intrigued, however, by the...

Ducati 989R Desmofighter

Ducati 989R Desmofighter

How surprisingly would it be if the new Ducati at EIMA 2009 was this - an incredible DESMOFIGHTER based on the technical part of Desmosedici RR. A Definitive Naked from 200 CV, a...

Smashed up on new test

I have just been released from Basildon hosp after crashing doing test (avoidance)in wet and windy conditions tuesday 8 45am. 4 smashed ribs and punctured lung with fractured shoulder blade. went thru cones at 35mph swerved right then as I swerved left honda cg went down slamming me into tarmac. I had just watched a rider fail because they whent to slow and also locked up back wheel for a good...

Top 5 best handling bikes - according to you

Top 5 best handling bikes - according to you

Here's a top 5 countdown of the bikes rated highest for handling by user reviewers in the MCN bike reviews section.  Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 Do you...

New Guy Martin T-shirts from Red Torpedo

New Guy Martin T-shirts from Red Torpedo

Everyone’s favourite maverick gets a whole new range of casual clothing, including T-shirts and caps, for 2009. Buy ’em up and show your support for Lincolnshire’s finest at next month’s Isle of Man...

New made-to-measure kangaroo suit from BKS

New made-to-measure kangaroo suit from BKS

This is the new made-to-measure BKS kangaroo suit. The current made to measure designs have been given a facelift, but the generic panel arrangement behind each model retains the recognisable BKS...

Official NTBPT video report - you may be in it!

The 11th May 09 demonstration was a huge success, the turn-out was astonishing. Thanks to everyone that came. The man in the studio has been busy over the past week creating this video report, we hope you enjoy it, you may even be in the vid! See you at the next demonstration which is taking place on Tues, 9th June 09 (there will be the usual pre-meet at Ace Cafe before the demo too) for full...

Rossi's Dainese airbag suit in action

Watch Valentino Rossi discuss the ins and outs of Dainese's D-Air Racing airbag system in this exclusive video. It will help if you can speak Italian, but watch out for the slowed down footage of the airbags inflating - much, much quicker than the blink of an eye.

Motoairbag waistcoat

Motoairbag waistcoat

A new waistcoat with a built-in airbag system claims to revolutionise bike safety. The Motoairbag automatically inflates when the wearer leaves the seat during an...

Riding with the Beast by Ian Mutch

Riding with the Beast by Ian Mutch

What would you do if several months into a relationship you discovered that your girlfriend has turned into a Grizzly Bear? There can be few of us who have not at some point put that question to...

Haga Monza limited edition Arai RX-7 GP

Haga Monza limited edition Arai RX-7 GP

Arai has released a limited edition replica of the helmet design Noriyuki Haga raced in during the Monza World Superbike round on its range-topping RX-7 GP. The Xerox Ducati World Superbike (WSB)...

Fresh kit from Benzina

Fresh kit from Benzina

Cool new clothing firm Benzina has caught our eye. Admittedly, the fact that they send cakes with their orders helped, but some of their T-shirts are pretty cool, too. Casual motorcycle clothing For...

Moriwaki Moto2 bike on track

Moriwaki Moto2 bike on track

Japanese tuner Moriwaki track tested its Moto2 MD600 at Suzuka in Japan for the first time last week as it prepares to sell kits to racing teams. Moto2 will be replacing the 250cc two-stroke racing...