September

Video: Top Cruisers test 2009

Video: Top Cruisers test 2009

MCN's favourite cruisers from 2009 include the Yamaha Vmax, Harley-Davidson Rocker C, Triumph Thunderbird and the Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron. But which is best? To find out we took a road...

Video: Yamaha V-Max 2-minute test

Video: Yamaha V-Max 2-minute test

The V-Max is what happens when you mix 1679cc and nearly 200 horsepower in a motorcycle that's one part cruiser, one part sportbike - and all parts thrilling. Watch the video for our 2-minute test.

Weise unveil new winter hand-warmers

Weise unveil new winter hand-warmers

Weise has two new winter glove options in its range of riding apparel, reportedly following the results of a recent study. Keep your hands warm with some new winter gloves University research reveals...

Skidmarx launch GSX-R1000K7/K8 double bubble

Skidmarx launch GSX-R1000K7/K8 double bubble

Current British Superstock Champion Alistair Seeley has used Skidmarx race screens throughout his successful 2009 campaign on the Relentless Suzuki GSX-R1000. Compare and buy motorcycle bodywork Now...

Osram launch new brighter street-legal bulbs

Osram launch new brighter street-legal bulbs

Osram now offer two new motorcycle bulbs to provide extra safety for bikers. MCN visited the UK HQ for the lighting giants for the official launch of the Night Racer and X-Racer. Compare and buy...

Doohan to race Schumacher and Button in China

Doohan to race Schumacher and Button in China

Five-time 500cc GP World Champion Mick Doohan will race F1 legend Michael Schumacher and current F1 championship leader Jenson Button this November. Doohan, who won five consecutive GP titles from...

Cycling group: ‘We know of no crashes but still want motorcycles out of bus lanes’

Cycling group: ‘We know of no crashes but still want motorcycles out of bus lanes’

A cycling group demanding motorcycles be booted out of London’s bus lanes is not aware of a single crash to back up its call. Challenged to cite a single collision between a motorcyclist and cyclist...

2010 Honda CB1100 production bike revealed

2010 Honda CB1100 production bike revealed

These leaked pictures finally reveal the production-spec Honda CB1100 plus an unseen café-racer concept. The two CB1100s will be revealed officially at the Tokyo show next week alongside an electric...

2010 Moto Guzzi Aquila Nera California, Nevada and Bellagio

2010 Moto Guzzi Aquila Nera California, Nevada and Bellagio

Moto Guzzi is adding matt-black ‘Aquila Nera’ models to the California, Nevada and Bellagio models for 2010. Moto Guzzis for sale The technical side of the bikes is unchanged – the difference only...

First Ride! 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R and 1090RR

First Ride! 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R and 1090RR

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is in Italy and has just had his first ride on MV AgustaBrutale 990R and 1090RR. Here are his initial riding impressions: “The first thing I noticed is how much...

Video: £1500 adventure bike challenge - part 3

Video: £1500 adventure bike challenge - part 3

Three MCN staffers have bought and prepared three classic adventure bikes to find out if you can experience the thrills and spills of the great desert rally monster trailies on a budget. This...

MCN on honeymoon in Greece

MCN on honeymoon in Greece

This is a picture of me and my Wife as newly weds on our honeymoon in Rohdes, Greece. We're on a cattermaran sailing across the sea. 45 degrees C reading MCN together!

High speed bike chase? Not!

High speed bike chase? Not!

We were on holiday in Sorrento, Italy and saw this high speed police bike. I wish our police had the same. It would cure a lot of road rage, we would all too busy laughing.

Countdown to New Brutale 990R and 1090RR first ride

Countdown to New Brutale 990R and 1090RR first ride

MCN’s Senior Road Tester is in Italy for the launch of MV Agusta’s new Brutale 990R and 1090RR. He says: “We've just arrived close to Misano race track near Rimini in Italy, where tomorrow we get to...

Video: Honda V4 test rider's thoughts revealed

Video: Honda V4 test rider's thoughts revealed

Honda test rider Dave Hancock features in the latest Honda VFR1200 promo video, in which he claims the bike’s most at home on twisty roads, where its effortless torque makes it fast for a rider of...

Benellis at Silverstone BSB

Benellis at Silverstone BSB

The Benelli Forum was invited by Silverstone to set up a club stand for the BSB round. Members members from across the country rode their bikes to the event and set them up as a display. Over the...

Video: 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990 and 1080

Video: 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990 and 1080

This is MV Agusta's official promotional video for the new Brutale 990 and 1080 released as MCN's Michael Neeves flies out to test the bike. We'll post our first test as soon as we've ridden the bike...

New MCN September 30: Aprilia RSV4-R revealed

New MCN September 30: Aprilia RSV4-R revealed

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale September 30, we reveal all the details of the 'cheaper' Aprilia superbike, the Aprilia RSV4-R. The R version is £2500 cheaper than the factory model and is...

Bike prices under pressure from surging Yen

Bike prices under pressure from surging Yen

The value of the Japanese currency the Yen is surging, a move which makes further hikes in bike prices likely for 2010. Any increase in the value of the Yen reduces the amount the Japanese firm...

I was there at Reclaim North Wales

I was there at Reclaim North Wales

Here is me in a Travelodge on the Reclaim Wales weekend.

Where shall we reclaim next?

Where shall we reclaim next?

MCN is planning a re-run of our massive Reclaim North Wales campaign – and we want you to help choose where we reclaim next. Around 10,000 riders joined our North Wales rally against heavy-handed...

2010 Triumph Rocket III: more power, torque, ABS and a new name

2010 Triumph Rocket III: more power, torque, ABS and a new name

Triumph's 2300cc Rocket has more power, more torque, ABS as standard, a different riding position and a new name - making it the Hinckley firm’s most dramatically uprated bike in 2010. The...

2010 Triumph Tiger SE gets ABS as standard

2010 Triumph Tiger SE gets ABS as standard

The new-for-2010 Triumph Tiger SE gets a host of spec upgrades to keep it competitive in 2010. ABS is standard for the first time, with the choice of two exclusive colour schemes (matt black and matt...

2010 Triumph Sprint is last of the 'real' sports-tourers

2010 Triumph Sprint is last of the 'real' sports-tourers

Triumph's Sprint ST will be the last sports-tourer standing in 2010, and to celebrate it’ll wear this refreshingly un-muted Tornado Red paintscheme. It'll be the last of the sport-tourer genre as...

New colours for Triumph Street Triple, Street Triple R and Daytona

New colours for Triumph Street Triple, Street Triple R and Daytona

Triumph is leaving the Daytona 675 and Street Triple unchanged for 2009 with new colours to keep the MCN test winners looking fresh. The Street Triple R keeps the same Daytona 675-sourced frame and...

Video: Ryan Capes breaks world distance jump record

Video: Ryan Capes breaks world distance jump record

American Ryan Capes set the new world record with a 300-foot leap in Reno, Nevada. The stunt formed part of the Street Vibrations event at the Grand Sierra Resort. Watch the jump...

Who else got stopped at Reclaim North Wales?

Does anyone know approximate figures for the amount of people who got stopped and checked by the police on the Sunday of Reclaim Wales? I was one of those people who got pulled at the bottom of Horseshoe Pass just before the town. I must mention that the officer who stopped us was very polite and explained that he would only keep us as long as it took to get the bike...

My steering lock came on mid corner!

I have a 1992 Kawasaki ZZR1100 and I love it but it tried to kill me the other day. Whilst riding around a slow tight turn the steering lock came on. Well I never want to have that experience again. Biking is dangerous enough without your own bike having a pop at you. How I stayed on and never dropped her I'll never know. The lock bar has now been removed.

My son and my XS1100

My son and my XS1100

Me and my three year old son Quinn having a last go on my Yamaha XS1100 shortly before it was sold through MCN Bikemart. He wants a red one next.

MCN at our Wedding

MCN at our Wedding

Our Wedding Day 9th September 2009 or to make my Fireman Hubby Steve, cringe 9/9/9. We both ride bikes and I always buy him MCN on a Wednesday, so as our Wedding fell on a Wednesday I decided to walk...

Cycling group: ‘If it doesn’t have pedals, it’s not a bike’

Cycling group: ‘If it doesn’t have pedals, it’s not a bike’

Anything without pedals isn’t a bike according to a cycling group. In a self-satisfied preview of an electric bicycle, the London Cycling Campaign declares: ‘The YikeBike has no pedals (so it...

World’s largest collection of BMW’s goes under the hammer

World’s largest collection of BMW’s goes under the hammer

The world’s largest collection of BMWs owned by one man will be sold in November. Willy Neutkens, who died last year, amassed an astonishing collection of BMWs earning him an entry in the Guinness...

Moto Morini: ‘Everything’s alright... unless you’re a supplier’

Moto Morini: ‘Everything’s alright... unless you’re a supplier’

Moto Morini says it is “hitting back against internet rumours that have exaggerated the challenges facing the Italian manufacturer”, claiming it has paid all salaries owed to its 65 staff – though...

Video: Ducati Monster 1100 changes colour in 3 minutes!

Video: Ducati Monster 1100 changes colour in 3 minutes!

Ducati now offer dozens of different colour panels for their ever-popular Monsters. The idea is you get bored of red (or whatever), buy a new set of panels, fit them in just 15 minutes and bingo –...

Video: Rossi’s dad crashes the bike he designed!

Video: Rossi’s dad crashes the bike he designed!

MCN reporter Chris Newbigging is currently in northern Italy at the launch of the Ouroboros dirt track bike – a machine co-designed by Valentino Rossi’s dad Graziano.    Newbigging has...

Motus MST-01 is brutal US rival to new Honda V4

Motus MST-01 is brutal US rival to new Honda V4

The US firm co-founded by the man behind the Confederate Wraith will launch a brutal rival to Honda’s new VFR1200 in 2011. The Motus MST-01 packs a an all-new 1400+ cc across-the-frame engine with an...