2010

Honda VT750 Black Spirit on X-Factor

Honda VT750 Black Spirit on X-Factor

X-Factor hopeful Storm Lee will be using a Honda VT750 Black Spirit cruiser as a prop while he performs on the highest rated television show on Saturday night. X-Factor regularly attracts 12 million...

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Ducati 1198SP

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Ducati 1198SP

Ducati launched the new 1198SP at the Cologne Bike Show. The bike features a whole host of trick parts and is the first production Ducati to feature a quickshifter.

Motorcycle film festival to celebrate adventure riders

Motorcycle film festival to celebrate adventure riders

A UK-based film festival will show footage of the greatest motorcycle journeys ever attempted, organisers have announced. The Adventure Travel Film Festival aims to show “films that truly capture the...

Italjet junior motocross bikes return

Italjet junior motocross bikes return

Italjet’s iconic junior motocross bikes will return to the UK marketplace after a recent takeover deal. Apache Quads will be distributing the Italian brand through their dealer network. Three models...

2011 textile jackets from Spyke

2011 textile jackets from Spyke

Italian firm Spyke is unleashing a massive range of kit in 2011. Here we’ve chosen to share a few of the firm’s new textile jackets, with their specs. Prices are as yet unknown. More info:...

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 BMW K1600GT video

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 BMW K1600GT video

BMW launched their new KT1600GT at the Cologne Show. It is built around an amazing inline six engine capable of an estimated 170bhp. The bike also features a wealth of amazing gadgets...

2011 leather jackets from Spyke

2011 leather jackets from Spyke

Italian firm Spyke is unleashing a massive range of kit in 2011. Here we’ve chosen to share a few of the firm’s new leather jackets, with their specs. Prices are as yet unknown. More info:...

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600, GSX-R750 and GSR750

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600, GSX-R750 and GSR750

Suzuki have launched the 2011 GSX-R600, GSX-R750 and the all new GSR750 at the Cologne Bike Show. The GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 have been on a weight-loss program and the GSR750 is an entirely new...

Me and Leon Haslam

Me and Leon Haslam

Here's me and Leon Haslam at an open day at Thunderoad Motorcycles, Bridgend. Any tips for riding my GSX-R, Leon?

2011 leather race suits from Spyke

2011 leather race suits from Spyke

Italian firm Spyke is unleashing a massive range of kit in 2011. Here we’ve chosen to share a few of the firm’s new race suits, with their specs. Save cash on motorcycle suits Prices are as yet...

New Honda VFR adventure bike breaks cover

New Honda VFR adventure bike breaks cover

This is an official sketch of a new Honda VFR adventure style bike that will be seen in full production form in just two weeks – but it’s not a 1200cc as many think it is. The sketch has been released...

New X-Lite adventure helmet

New X-Lite adventure helmet

The new-for-2011 X-Llite X-551 is a composite-fibre helmet designed for enduro, supermoto and adventure bike riders. Save cash on motorcycle helmets There’s venting at the brow and chin, plus...

New Duchinni adventure suit

New Duchinni adventure suit

This new ‘Sahara’ jacket and trousers is new from Duchinni. Save £££s on motorcycle clothing Made from claimed waterproof and breathable textile, and featuring CE-approved armour throughout,...

New ‘Nutcase’ helmets

New ‘Nutcase’ helmets

These new ‘Moto’ lids from helmet firm Nutcase were shown at Cologne this week. They meet the legal requirements for road legality and will be available from spring next year in 13 different...

Kawasaki ER-6 hugger from Pyramid

Kawasaki ER-6 hugger from Pyramid

This new carbon-look hugger from Pyramid Plastics is designed for the 2009-on Kawasaki ER-6. It’s claimed to be strong, durable and light, and will cost you £89.95. Save cash on motorcycle...

New Yamaha R1 exhausts from Harris

New Yamaha R1 exhausts from Harris

Harris Performance have new stainless steel/titanium slip-ons for the 09/10 Yamaha R1. They have removable baffles and a carbon heat shield for the left hand pipe. Save £££s on motorcycle...

New Uvex visor changes tint automatically!

New Uvex visor changes tint automatically!

The visor on this Uvex GT500 helmet might look like any other, but – as unveiled at this week’s Cologne bike show – it’s actually a very clever, battery operated visor that changes from clear to...

2011 Triumph Speed Triple first road ride: 'it's an absolute joy'

2011 Triumph Speed Triple first road ride: 'it's an absolute joy'

Triumph’s new 2011 Speed Triple 1050 is a ‘demon road tool’ according to MCN’s Trevor Franklin is currently riding the motorcycle in Spain. Firing back his first thoughts after a brief road ride this...

Destination Dealer: Vines

Destination Dealer: Vines

ADVERTISING PROMOTION “Friendly”, “experienced”, “highly trained”, “customer-focused” and “passionate”. These are just a few words, which describe the staff you will find at Vines Motorrad in...

Wedding cake topper!

Kate and Ryan Rankin on their wedding day, 29 May 2010. The cake topper says it all and is a copy of Kate's Suzuki GSX-R1000. Couldn't have a green Kawasaki on top of a wedding cake now!

Heading home to Ireland

Heading home to Ireland

On the ferry after riding back from Oulton Park bsb. In the photo is Patrick and Mick, too shy for the photo were Phil Moriarty and John (Burnt Paws) Cashman.

20% of motorists tweet behind the wheel

20% of motorists tweet behind the wheel

One in five drivers text, tweet and check Facebook while driving, an RAC survey has claimed. A further 39 per cent of drivers admitted being distracted by calls, texts and social media website alerts...

2011 Triumph Speed Triple first ride: 'beautifully tractable'

2011 Triumph Speed Triple first ride: 'beautifully tractable'

MCN’s Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin has just had his first ride of Triumph’s new 2011 Speed Triple at it’s world launch at Ascari in Southern Spain, here’s what he has to say: “Triumph states its...

2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 first ride: 'the start of a new era'

2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 first ride: 'the start of a new era'

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is in Italy riding Aprilia’s new Dorsoduro 1200. This is what he has to say so far: “This isn’t just any big supermoto, it marks the start of a new era for the...

Rizla Suzuki Kettle 2011 race team

Rizla Suzuki Kettle 2011 race team

The Kettle Club will have its usual high standard of bikes on display at the Classic Bike show this weekend at Stafford. Launching its 2011 Calendar it will have two stunning Kettles that have...

2011 Triumph Speed Triple: countdown to first ride

2011 Triumph Speed Triple: countdown to first ride

Triumph’s all-new 2011 Speed Triple will be ridden for the first time by MCN tomorrow (Wednesday) and Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin has just arrived at the Ascari circuit in southern Spain. He...

Ducati Diavel - first official pic

Ducati Diavel - first official pic

This is the first official picture of Ducati’s eagerly-awaited power cruiser – the Diavel. Due to be officially unveiled at next month’s Milan Show, this picture, leaked on the factory’s Facebook...

Report every road defect

Up 'ere in the southern Shire of York, the roads are getting so bad that I've turned to reporting every 'kin pothole, crack or fault in as many roads as I can. T'other day my 17 year old Daughter (whom I introduced to bikes earlier this year) was travelling on a few of the roads. As a learner she was being careful - the roads were wet and it was slippy out there. On one of the local residential...

Bikes on TV: October 13-19

Bikes on TV: October 13-19

KEY TO CHANNELS:   DRT - Discovery Real Time  SHED – Discovery Shed DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel EUR1 (2, HD) -...

New MCN October 13: New bike special

New MCN October 13: New bike special

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale October 13, we have all the news on every new bike revealed at the Cologne Motorcycle Show last week. Plus, Jorge Lorenzo wins the MotoGP title, but is MotoGP...

Illegally parked CCTV Smart car

Illegally parked CCTV Smart car

After reading the recent article about the CCTV Smart cars in London, I noticed this one parked (illegally, according to the signage about parking) just off Holloway Road in Islington district, and...

2011 Triumph Speed Triple: your questions answered

2011 Triumph Speed Triple: your questions answered

The world launch of Triumph’s 2011 Speed Triple takes place in southern Spain this week and Motorcycle News will be there to send back web reports as the launch unfolds. The full story of how the new...

Six-year-old rider becomes “Crusty Demon”

Six-year-old rider becomes “Crusty Demon”

A 6-year-old boy has become a professional stunt rider, after being signed by daredevil team the “Crusty Demons”. Jasyn Roney, from Western Australia, will be performing 15m jumps on his his KTM50 as...

2011 Kawasaki Z1000 video

Following last month’s pulsating Kawasaki Z750R preview, Kawasaki have released the following footage of the 2011 Kawasaki Z1000. Apparently written by a 13-year-old Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, and shot on a camera phone, it may struggle to strike a chord with the Zed’s target audience. Still, if clichéd cod-poetry and barely glimpsed shots of motorcycles are your thing, you’re in luck.

Ride Spain with Spyder Club

Ride Spain with Spyder Club

Want to ride Spain on an MV Agusta F4 1000, an BMW S1000RR or a Ducati Streetfighter S? How about all three? Following the success of this year’s scheme, motorcycle rental group Spyder Club are taking...

Me, my niece and MCN

Me, my niece and MCN

I went to Ibiza for a week on October 2, making sure not to read my issue of MCN until I arrived. This is me and my niece, with my two nephews running for the sea in the...