May

Video: Motorcycle mayhem May 11

A short video before the 11th May demonstration. For full details of the upcoming demonstration including route, full map, meeting times, designated parking areas for bikes on the day etc.. visit http://www.notobikeparkingfees.com/events/. The demo has the backing of the Police, BMF, MAG, TPA, ABD, Drivers' Alliance, Ace Cafe and many others. See you there! We must stand up for riders' rights or...

Parking tax council’s ‘dirty tricks’

Parking tax council’s ‘dirty tricks’

A council that scrapped free motorcycle parking is using ‘dirty tricks’ to derail opposition to the move. Westminster City Council is accused of giving firms a standard letter demanding a protest ride...

BMW release limited edition ‘Pikes Peak’ Megamoto.

BMW release  limited edition ‘Pikes Peak’ Megamoto.

Is this the most awesome production supermoto ever? It’s the brand new BMW HP2 Megamoto ‘Pikes Peak edition’ of which just 40 are being built for the Japanese market. Built to commemorate the firm’s...

Top 5 best value bikes

Top 5 best value bikes

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

New Test - Practice makes perfect

I passed my Module 1 test on Wednesday and it was easy as pie. I honestly did not understand what all the fuss was about. The test centre pad has very high grade tarmac, the instructor explains what he wants you to do and was, in my case, more than willing to repeat himself and elaborate if I didn't quite understand. The swerve was easy as pie and so was the emergency stop. So what's all the...

BMW S1000RR launch: One day to go!

BMW S1000RR launch: One day to go!

With just one day to go before the eagerly awaited world unveiling of BMW’s much anticipated S1000RR at Monza, word is coming through that it looks set to be one of the most sophisticated...

Triumphant

Triumphant

I like my new Triumph ST, especially when it corners like this at Creg Ny Baa on standard tyres!

Number Plates - Albanian style!

Number Plates - Albanian style!

With Police Forces throughout the country charging bikers with not having regulation size numberplates, I thought this picture I tooka few weeks ago in Tirana, capital city of Albania, was...

MCN in Tobago

MCN in Tobago

Essential holiday reading on a hot day in Tobago! Photo is of me and Jennie Clarke from Raunds, Northants. It was taken at Pigeon Point beach, Tobago on May 7th 2009, where I am on hols...

Triumph Daytona 675 SE selling fast

Triumph Daytona 675 SE selling fast

The first Triumph Daytona SE stocked by Jack Lilley Triumph has sold within days of being released. The Middlesex-based dealership has been inundated with riders checking out the special edition...

Millau Blast

Millau Blast

Colin, Ashley and Guy on a short bank holiday weekend trip to the Millau Bridge in southern France. Fantastic roads all the way from Calais. Stay over in Brive-La-Gaillarde around 100 miles north...

Two Brothers cans for GSX-R1000 K9

Two Brothers cans for GSX-R1000 K9

Two Brothers Racing has just launched these dual and single-exhaust options for the revised K9 Suzuki GSX-R1000. Like some of their exhaust competition, Two Brothers are releasing a two-in-one...

Video: Buell hits record 148mph on ice

Video: Buell hits record 148mph on ice

Buell’s resident stunt rider Craig Jones has just returned from Sweden where he braved subzero temperatures to set a world first for the fastest bike on ice.   After a short test period and...

Video: Behind the scenes with the Bennetts babes

Video: Behind the scenes with the Bennetts babes

Bennetts have already released photos of their 2009 babe squad, but now they've also put out this video, with a special hello to MCN and it's readers. 2009 Bennetts Babes gallery Watch the video for...

New test claims another victim

My mate had an accident yesterday on the mod1 test. It was pissing it down, high winds, went to do swerve manuover and the front tucked. He wrecked his boots, jacket, gloves and unfortunatly had jeans on, so road rashed his knee. He feels pretty stiff today. Never have I seen such a dangerous piece of legislation, what's next? seatbelts for bikes?

50mph

50mph

50mph limit. What a farce it is. There has been much discussion of late about the 50mph limit even going as far as to suggest it becomes the National Speed Limit. But where did the 50mph zone come...

Top 5 hypertourer heavyweights

Top 5 hypertourer heavyweights

If you munch serious miles and like your bike trips to be more sports than touring, then you need a hypertourer. Here's 5 of the best. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 A good...

Suzuki launches biggest ever 0% promotion

Suzuki launches biggest ever 0% promotion

Suzuki has launched a massive new finance campaign with 14 new models available with 0% APR finance. For just £500 deposit riders can snap up a 2008 GSX-R600 and 750 models, all Bandit 1250 models,...

25% off Pro Biker Short Touring Boots

25% off Pro Biker Short Touring Boots

www.GetGeared.co.uk are offering 25% Pro Biker - Short Touring Boots exclusively for MCN readers. The boots normally retail at £119.99 but MCN readers can get them for £89.99. Just quote MCN0605 when...

Suzuki release three limited edition models

Suzuki release three limited edition models

Suzuki has launched three limited edition white bikes, including this stunning GSX-R1000 with white and silver paint scheme and gold wheels. The Japanese manufacture has released just 100 of these...

Not just leathers and a helmet

Not just leathers and a helmet

Look what I found when I got my girlfriend off her R1 in Brighton!

ABS no good?

I was reading MCN letters today and I was really surprised to read a letter saying that an ABS VFR rider overshot a stop line onto a roundabout as the brakes lacked power. I used to own an ABS VFR and they do not lack braking power, unless of course the road is slippery, when it may prevent a crash. Opinions - is ABS good, even though it may SEEM to lack power if on a slippery surface?...

Motorbiking Round Britain

I'm travelling on my bike around the coast of britain with a friend to raise awareness and money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.  That's 3,500 miles in 2 weeks! We start on July 11th. We are hoping to find sponsorship - our aim is £10,000.

New test is part of the war on bikes

my brother failed the last of the old style bike tests due to a cyclist jumping a red light causing him to stop mid turn. Yesterday he failed the new test due to putting his foot down while having to follow an examiner while he walked with a board held aloft. Two othe riders from the same riding shool failed their tests on exactly the same thing, all three saying the man had been walking too...

Gallery: 2009 Bennetts babes revealed

Gallery: 2009 Bennetts babes revealed

Bennetts Insurance have released pictures and video of their squad of babes for 2009. Video: behind the scenes with the Bennetts babes One the babes is Miss United Kingdom and there’s a Miss...

Aprilia RSV4 review: 415 miles later...

Aprilia RSV4 review: 415 miles later...

At the world launch of the Aprilia RSV4 it was pouring with rain, so MCN road tester Michael Neeves couldn't push the bike to the limit - until now.  Read the updated MCN Aprilia RSV4 bike...

'Sons of Anarchy' hits TV screens May 12

'Sons of Anarchy' hits TV screens May 12

A dark new drama series about the exploits of a notorious outlaw motorcycle gang will premiere on Bravo May 12 at 10pm. The show, 'Sons of Anarchy', follows a motorcycle gang who will do everything in...

How to pass the new bike test

How to pass the new bike test

1st of all I am well chuffed that I passed this morning using the Swansea Test Centre. I shall book part 2 but taking my time over it. I had 3 days intensive course to pass the old test a week before...

Ducati Streetfighter and Aprilia RSV4 hit showrooms

Ducati Streetfighter and Aprilia RSV4 hit showrooms

The hotly anticipated Ducati Streetfighter and Aprilia RSV4 Factory will be launched in UK dealerships this week. The 155hp Streetfighter will make its debut on Saturday May 9, while the Aprilia will...

Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden on the road

Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden on the road

The stunning new Aprilia RSV4 superbike is ridden on the road for the first time in a 415-mile trip from the Aprilia factory to Cannes and Monaco. Watch the video to see how it got on -...

Autocom unveil new range

Autocom unveil new range

Motorcycle communications specialists and market leaders Autocom has released a new range for 2009 with both wired and wireless systems. Compare and buy motorcycle products The range has been split...

Win a lesson at the Ron Haslam race school with Hein Gericke

Win a lesson at the Ron Haslam race school with Hein Gericke

Hein Gericke has launched a competition where anyone who signs up to the company’s all-new deal-based microsite, www.4THERIDE.co.uk, has the chance to win one of 10 amazing motorcycling prize...

Richard Brunstrom set to retire

Richard Brunstrom set to retire

Controversial police chief Richard Brunstrom is to retire this summer. A North Wales Police spokesman said: "Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom has announced his intention to retire from North Wales...

Win tickets to see Motörhead headline Bulldog Bash

Win tickets to see Motörhead headline Bulldog Bash

Britain’s largest and loudest bike party’s just had its volume turned up to eleven: Motörhead will headline the Saturday night of the 6-9 August festival. Enter the competition here The hard rockin’...

Motorcycle courses ready to hit the road

Motorcycle courses ready to hit the road

Easy riders rejoice – East Berkshire College will soon be offering two courses on how to repair and maintain motorcycles.  The courses, which start in September, are either for riders who want...

One word describes the new test - pathetic!

It comes as no surprise to the majority of bikers that on day one of the 'new test' two accidents occur causing injury to one learner. Why is it that in conditions that look pretty awful and wet in the picture was the swerve test even allowed to take place in the first place? More importantly, why does the DSA and government see it fit to teach learners to swerve, when i teach all day long every...