2010

Start 'em young!

Start 'em young!

Corey Lee aged 12 months. The hand belongs to his Grandad, who featured in 'Just Champion MCN' by Norri Wyhte in 1977

Cologne Bike Show: ZX-10R Video

Cologne Bike Show: ZX-10R Video

The 2011 ZX-10R is all-new, with power boosted to an estimated 185bhp, weight down 10kg to 198k. Will this be enough to beat the S1000RR?

'Bonkers' road safety measure

'Bonkers' road safety measure

Highway chiefs have been criticised by a police accident investigator for erecting wooden screens to stop motorcyclists seeing traffic as they approach a roundabout. The screens are in the middle of...

DVLA apologises

DVLA apologises

The DVLA has apologised and renewed a commitment to send motorcyclists their old licences back after failures were exposed by MCN. The promise to return old licences was made last year after hundreds...

Exclusive look at Spyke's 2011 range

Exclusive look at Spyke's 2011 range

Take a look at this video for a sneak peak at Spyke's 2011 range of motorcycle kit. You may have to put up with some models prancing about, but it'll give you an idea of what to expect from the...

Leon Haslam at Brands Hatch

Leon Haslam at Brands Hatch

Alstare fan Danny Gladman with Leon Haslam at Brands Hatch BSB.

Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 – A gut-wrenching tale

Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 – A gut-wrenching tale

Every Sunday afternoon I try to restore my ‘bargain’ GPz550 to somewhere near acceptable condition. And on Sunday evenings I ask the internet how to undo whatever new damage I’ve caused. My latest...

2005 Rocket AKA Spike

2005 Rocket AKA Spike

2005 Rocket This is Spike.

New book tell history of Husqvarna

New book tell history of Husqvarna

‘Husqvarna Succes’, published next month is said to be the first history of the iconic brand. It’s written by by one of the Swedes who contributed to its American success in the desert and in the...

New Merino baselayers from EDZ

New Merino baselayers from EDZ

If you've never tried Merino wool you’re missing out. Apart from being snug and warm it's very absorbent and naturally resistant to odours. EDZ's latest base layer has flat seams, offers a cosy fit,...

Autumn danger for young riders

Autumn danger for young riders

Autumn is the most dangerous time of year for teenage moped riders, according the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The IAM said casualties of young riders rose as many started college or a job after...

Video: First appearance of Triumph Daytona 675R?

Video: First appearance of Triumph Daytona 675R?

Triumph has released a video showing their latest Triumph bikes that could show the new Daytona 675R. The video parades the 2011 model line-up including Speed Triple, America, Speedmaster and...

Braided brake lines from R&G Racing

Braided brake lines from R&G Racing

R&G Racing is now offering a full range of motorcycle braided brake lines. Save cash on motorcycle products Only available in black, single front kits and rear lines start at £29 with twin-line...

Cologne Bike Show: New Schuberth SR1 sports helmet

Cologne Bike Show: New Schuberth SR1 sports helmet

Schuberth has launched its new SR1 supersport helmet at this week's Cologne show. It's due in shops next spring. Save £££s on motorcycle helmets Here's what Schuberth say about it: "As in the touring...

New open-face Arai helmets

New open-face Arai helmets

As well as the new Chaser V, Arai have today launched a new open-face helmet range, designed to offer more protection, more comfort, and a better fit without detracting from the benefits of an...

Finished Ducati Diavel spotted

Finished Ducati Diavel spotted

This picture leaked onto an Italian website shows Ducati’s eagerly-awaited ‘power cruiser’, the Diavel, in what looks like finished production trim, complete with black/red paintjob, mirrors and...

New Arai 'Chaser V' launched today

New Arai 'Chaser V' launched today

Arai launches its 2011 range at the Cologne show today, and as well as the mouthwatering carbon RX-7 RC and entry-level Axces that we’ve already shown you in recent months, there is a new mid-price...

Video: New Triumph Speed Triple and Triumph Tiger 800 in action

Video: New Triumph Speed Triple and Triumph Tiger 800 in action

Triumph has released a new promo video for its 2011 range, with the Speed Triple and Tiger 800 making extended appearances. The lush, shiny HD clip is dripping with reflective visors, slow-mo...

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 VFR and CBF colours

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 VFR and CBF colours

Not to be left out, Honda's sports tourers are to be lacquered up in a new paint job each for 2011. The VFR1200F ABS will come in a new black metallic / silver metallic scheme, while the CBF1000F ABS...

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Honda Varadero and Transalp colours

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Honda Varadero and Transalp colours

Last, but not least, come Honda’s adventure bikes, each given a lick of paint to welcome the new year. The XL1000V ABS Varadero will come in a relatively cool and subdued tricolour scheme, while the...

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Honda Fireblade and CBR600RR colours

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Honda Fireblade and CBR600RR colours

The Cologne Bike Show isn’t all redesigns and new models, there’s also the more hum-drum pleasure of new colours to be considered. Honda is parading its 2011 paint schemes, with the following updates...

New Remus exhaust for Super Tenere

New Remus exhaust for Super Tenere

Remus have released this new Hexacone exhaust for the new Yamaha Super Tenere. The road legal can with removable baffle is available in stainless steel (£370) and titanium (£413) versions, and is...

Cologne Bike Show: Kawasaki W800 streettracker by LSL

Cologne Bike Show: Kawasaki W800 streettracker by LSL

German parts firm LSL has created the first customised Kawasaki W800 in the world – a bike so new they’ll have to transfer the parts from the pre-production bike to a customer-spec machine after the...

Cologne Bike Show: Yamaha unveil ‘Worldcrosser’ Super Tenere concept

Cologne Bike Show: Yamaha unveil ‘Worldcrosser’ Super Tenere concept

This sexed-up, concept bike version of Yamaha’s Super Tenere has just been unveiled at the Cologne Show and is the surprise star of the Yamaha stand. Dubbed the ‘Worldcrosser’ it’s been created by...

Cologne Bike Show: New Ducati 1198SP, updated Streetfighter and Monster series unveiled

Cologne Bike Show: New Ducati 1198SP, updated Streetfighter and Monster series unveiled

Ducati has revealed its new 1198SP (Sport Production) superbike at the Cologne show. The 2011 model is a step above the old 1198S by featuring top of the range Ohlins TTX rear shock and a...

Cologne Bike Show: New Aprilia RSV4 gets traction control

Cologne Bike Show: New Aprilia RSV4 gets traction control

Aprilia has unveiled today at the Cologne Show an updated version of its RSV4 superbike. Called the RSV4 APRC (for Aprilia Performance Rider Control) it’s essentially a limited edition built to...

Video: 2010 Honda CBF1000 v Suzuki GSX1250F

Video: 2010 Honda CBF1000 v Suzuki GSX1250F

Honda’s facelifted CBF1000 aims to deliver the style to match its unquestioned versatility. But is it enough to beat Suzuki’s class-leading GSX1250FA? Find a sports tourer for sale Watch the video...

Videos of the week - October 6

1. Twelve O’clock in Baltimore This documentary by director Lotfy Nathan explores illegal dirt bike riding through the streets of Baltimore, USA. Filming is ongoing and the crew are looking for funding to finish filming this unique, wheelie-laden street scene. For more details visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1457073935/twelve-oclock-in-baltimore Source...

Cologne Bike Show: Yamaha EC-03 electric scooter video

Cologne Bike Show: Yamaha EC-03 electric scooter video

The final version of the Yamaha electric scooter, the EC-03 has just be unveiled at Cologne. The EC-03 will be available on the road in 2011, and is expected to have comparable performance to 50cc...

Cologne Bike Show: Wunderlich BMW S1000RR streetfighter

Cologne Bike Show: Wunderlich BMW S1000RR streetfighter

Wunderlich is showcasing this stripped-back streetfighter S1000RR at the Cologne show. Tucked away in a tiny booth behind the main BMW stand, the matte-silver naked features a new top yoke, custom...

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Triumph Speed Triple video

Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Triumph Speed Triple video

Triumph has officially pulled the wraps off the 2011 Speed Triple at the Intermot show in Cologne today and MCN was there to film it. Read more about the bike in the speed triple launch centre The...

New MCN October 6: New 2011 Triumph Speed Triple revealed

New MCN October 6: New 2011 Triumph Speed Triple revealed

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale October 6, we reveal official pictures and information on the new 2011 Triumph Speed Triple. Plus, we have a 13-page special on 2011's best new bikes, from...

Cologne Bike Show: New 125 Duke heads 2011 KTMs

Cologne Bike Show: New 125 Duke heads 2011 KTMs

KTM’s eagerly-awaited learner roadster, the 125 Duke, has just been unveiled at the Cologne Show. The new 125 – KTM’s first road-legal 125 – was is being shown in public for the first time alongside...

Cologne Bike Show: Horex VR6 unveiled

Cologne Bike Show: Horex VR6 unveiled

The new Horex VR6 has made it’s first ever public appearance today at the Intermot Show in Cologne. The reborn German marque unveiled one of only two complete preproduction machines, plus a dissected...

Bikes on TV: October 6-12

Bikes on TV: October 6-12

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

Credit Crunch Biking - CBR 1000F

Credit Crunch Biking - CBR 1000F

18 Months ago I bought an old CBR 1000F for £900 to keep me on the road after the 1300 Pan European had to go, there are 3 other little reports in the archives if anyone is interested. Now 11,000...