May

Video: Aprilia RSV4 vs Yamaha R1

Video: Aprilia RSV4 vs Yamaha R1

The Yamaha R1 claims its its biggest scalp yet by taking on and beating the brilliant new Aprilia RSV4 Factory in a shoot-out on the roads of Southern France.   Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden...

Bikes on TV: May 20-26

Bikes on TV: May 20-26

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...

Female biker needed to star in a promo video

We're a film company in East Anglia trying to make a star (okay well a little star) of a female biker - we need a female aged 17-22 who can ride a 125cc bike for a corporate video! Plus you get a sneak preview of a radical new bike injection system (ahem, okay so it's not THAT exciting) - however you'll be doing your bit to make biking greener, ann you'll get paid.... where are you??? Contact...

Sammy Miller returns TT crash Ducati

Sammy Miller returns TT crash Ducati

The Ducati 900SS which 75-year-old legend Sammy Miller rode over the Waterworks at last year’s TT has been reunited with its owner. Bob Hartmann celebrated its return by promptly riding the bike on a...

Free Toolbox worth £34 when you subscribe to MCN

Free Toolbox worth £34 when you subscribe to MCN

If you subscribe to MCN before June 2 2009 then you'll recieve a free Beta toolbox worth £34! Not only this, but the toolbox will be delivered to your door first class and free of charge. Subscribe...

New MCN May 20: Aprilia RSV4 vs Yamaha R1 on the road

New MCN May 20: Aprilia RSV4 vs Yamaha R1 on the road

In this week's issue of MCN we test the all-new Aprilia RSV4 against the class-leading Yamaha R1, to see which bike comes out on top on the road. The new V4 superbike from the Italian firm has been at...

Triumph Hurricat 1700

Triumph Hurricat 1700

If the new Thunderbird seems too classic for you and you want something much more exciting, how about this - the Hurricat 1700!

Secrets of Ohlins' 2-wheel drive R1 revealed

Secrets of Ohlins' 2-wheel drive R1 revealed

Ohlins’ 2WD project manager reveals: it was faster dry or wet, suffered only a 2.5bhp power loss, and that there were four manufacturers who had Ohlins 2WD-equipped mules. This is an extended version...

Father Bill, leader of the 59 club, dies

Father Bill, leader of the 59 club, dies

Father Bill Shergold, 89, died in the early hours of Sunday 17th May 2009 at a nursing home in Wells, Somerset, after a short illness. In the early 1960's, Father Bill was instrumental in introducing...

Have you bought an ex-police bike?

Have you bought an ex-police bike?

MCN wants to hear from riders who have bought ex-police bikes and want to share their experiences. We’ll be using your feedback to help shape a future story. If you can help, email...

Free XTi gloves with each XTi suit from Frank Thomas

Free XTi gloves with each XTi suit from Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas are giving away a free pair of XTi gloves (worth £100!) with each purchase of an Xti one-piece or two-piece within participating dealers across the UK. The XTi suit is made from premium...

MCN donation pays for new bike for Riders for Health

MCN donation pays for new bike for Riders for Health

Motorcycling charity Riders for Health has received a new bike paid for by MCN readers that will deliver medical supplies to remote African villages. MCN Editor Marc Potter handed the cheque for £3495...

Rev Bill Shergold, 59 Club founder, dies

Rev Bill Shergold, 59 Club founder, dies

The founder of the 59 Motorcycle Club, the Rev Bill Shergold, died on Sunday. More info at the 59 club web site.

Long live biking camaraderie

I am 62 years old and back on 2 wheels after an abscence of 38 years. I have been back in the saddle now for nearly 3 years and loving it. I borrowed my son's 600cc Bandit to get used to the feeling and was amazed at the changes, especially the power. I now tour with my son on my new Honda ST1300. I feel part of a great community of bikers and eagerly nod at anything on two wheels. Whilst having...

MCN at the Pyramids

MCN at the Pyramids

Here I am catching up with the latest news at The Pyramids in Giza. Richard Carter, Castle Douglas

Module One

As an experienced rider having passed my test back in the eighties, I am currently nursing my seventeen year old son Luke through this ridiculously gruelling new test regime. Having gone through the CBT (before the new test came in)and having eventually passed the theory side of things, he finds another hurdle in his way, in the name of 'Module One'. Obviously I appreciate the need to only let...

Credit crunch biking part 3

Credit crunch biking part 3

Three months ago I bought an old CBR 1000F to keep me on the road after selling my Pan European – there are 2 previous little reports in MCN readers news archives if anyone is interested. I’ve now...

Avon Tyres supports West Country Blood Bikes

Avon Tyres supports West Country Blood Bikes

Melksham-based Avon Tyres,, has agreed to supply tyres to the Freewheelers Emergency Volunteer Service, a registered Charity who provide emergency out-of-hours medical transport throughout the West...

Donington will host bank holiday BSB

Donington will host bank holiday BSB

Donington Park has been given the go-ahead to stage the third round of the British Superbike Championship on May 23-25. There was speculation whether the track would pass an inspection imposed by the...

Free fitting or £10 off Bridgestone tyres

Free fitting or £10 off Bridgestone tyres

UK tyre dealer Protyre has just announced the launch of www.rubberupright.com, and visitors to this new website can get £10 off the purchase of two Bridgestone tyres, or free fitting as an...

One Day in June released on DVD

One Day in June released on DVD

The glorious return of one of motorcycle racing’s biggest names to the Isle of Man TT is the stuff of legend, still one of the most talked about events at the fabled road race more than three decades...

Protyre announce bike-only tyre centres

Protyre announce bike-only tyre centres

Independent UK tyre dealer Protyre has invested in establishing 21 state-of-the-art, dedicated Two-Wheel Centres in the UK to cater specifically for motorcyclists. The new centres offer a ride-in,...

Tell us about your BMF bargains

Tell us about your BMF bargains

Are you braving the trip to Peterborough this weekend to fill up your panniers with cheap kit and Stella? MCN wants to hear from anyone who’s at or who’s been to this weekend’s BMF Show and snapped up...

Half-price sale on cool clobber

Half-price sale on cool clobber

Australian heroes of street track, Deus, are having a sale on some of their decidedly cool (yet often a bit pricey) casual clothes. Check out the website here...

Women on bikes. What’s not to like?

Women on bikes. What’s not to like?

This July sees the publication of a new 272-page hardback from American author Cris Sommer Simmons, entitled ‘The American Motorcycling Girls 1900-1950. In the publishers’ own words, it’s "A fabulous,...

Eeasy-to-use Abus ‘Detecto’ alarms

Eeasy-to-use Abus ‘Detecto’ alarms

As smart as they are strong, the Abus Detecto 7000 RS range sets a new standard for motorcycle brake disc locks thanks to extreme ease of use mated with sophisticated design.  Unique for...

Official North-West 200 merchandise

Official North-West 200 merchandise

If you miss out on the chance to buy one at event this weekend, or you want to make everyone else think you braved the elements to make it up to Portrush this year, then you can buy NW200 merchandise...

Harley kit for boys and girls

Harley kit for boys and girls

Here’s a selection of Harley’s riding kit for this summer. The two images here show the firm’s male and female highlights.   Other categories of clothing include "Vintage vixen", "Lazy...

Ohlins launch ultra limited MotoGP replica shock

Ohlins launch ultra limited MotoGP replica shock

Öhlins Racing has released a limited run of just 100 MotoGP replica shocks for the road. The firm wants to celebrate its long lasting commitment in the MotoGP with a very exclusive Replica of the...

Win a Rossi replica helmet with Buell

Win a Rossi replica helmet with Buell

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 Face...

Top 5 road-biased sports bikes

Top 5 road-biased sports bikes

Sometimes it seems that in the battle for less weight, more power and sharper handling, bike manufacturers are forgetting that the majority of us spend our time on the road, not the track. Here's...

Tagged for dropping sweets

Tagged for dropping sweets

A motorcyclist has told how he was electronically tagged for four months and given a 36-hour community order – for dropping mint imperials while riding. Thomas Payne, 19, must be at home from 8pm...

Greater threat of prisoner escape after police motorcycles axed

Greater threat of prisoner escape after police motorcycles axed

High security police operations including moving maximum risk prisoners will be hampered because the motorcycle fleet has been axed, according to rank and file officers.  Moving category A...

Top 5 commuters under £2k

Top 5 commuters under £2k

If you're after a bargain run-around or workhorse, look no further. Here's 5 of the best commuters for under £2k, as rated by MCN readers in the MCN Biking Britain survey. Thinking of trading...

Kawasaki launches used approved scheme backed by manufacturer warranty

Kawasaki launches used approved scheme backed by manufacturer warranty

Kawasaki has launched what it says is an industry-leading used-approved scheme which gives used bikes the same level of warranty as new. Bikes offered as ‘Kawasaki Select – Used & Approved’...

BMW S1000RR takes to North West 200 course

BMW S1000RR takes to North West 200 course

BMW's S1000RR superbike has taken to the roads on the North West 200 course - the first time the road bike has made an appearance in the UK. BMW's new superbike had a police escort for the outing and...