2010

What are 'blooming' tyres?

What are 'blooming' tyres?

Q. I’ve heard some track day veterans commenting on how their tyres have “bloomed”. What are they on about? Jamie Spencer, email   A. “Bloom” is tyre-speak for when an ingredient in the rubber...

Scott Redding at Motorcycle Live

Scott Redding at Motorcycle Live

I met Scott Redding at Motorcycle Live. He is a smashing bloke and took time to sign autographs and chat. He also took time to say that he was doing wind tunnel testing soon to sort out the high speed...

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R - full review

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R - full review

The 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.  Read the kawasaki ZX-10R review "Kawasaki’s ZX-10R...

New Confederate Hellcat breaks cover

New Confederate Hellcat breaks cover

These official, computer-generated images are the first pictures of Confederate’s new third-generation Hellcat – the C3 X132. Typically futuristic, the new Hellcat is due to go into production in...

New £160k Brough Superior revealed

New £160k Brough Superior revealed

The hugely-anticipated, £160,000 reproduction of Lawrence of Arabia’s 1925 Brough Superior was finally unveiled in London last week.  Created from the ground-up by Brit Mark Upham and set...

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 gets traction control & ABS - 'fun and safe'

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 gets traction control & ABS - 'fun and safe'

Traction control and ABS makes Aprilia's new Dorsoduro 1200 the most sensible and safe of the big supermotos – bikes that are traditionally utterly mental. Read the Aprilia Dorsoduro review MCN...

Kawasaki Ninja 250R Racer first ride - 'tight, planted and solid'

Kawasaki Ninja 250R Racer first ride - 'tight, planted and solid'

This is the bike that could catapult a talented teenager into racing superstardom. It’s a race-prepared Kawasaki Ninja 250R and it’s the machine being used for next year’s inaugural European Junior...

New MCN December 8: Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Yamaha Fazer 1000

New MCN December 8: Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Yamaha Fazer 1000

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale December 8, we test the new Kawasaki Z1000SX against the Yamaha Fazer 1000. Also in this week's issue we speak to Conor Cummins after his 'year from hell'. ...

'Better than new' Honda CR500R

'Better than new' Honda CR500R

This restored 1991 Honda CR500R has been repaired and customised to “better than new” condition. The 20-year-old dirt bike has had a full engine rebuild and redesign – complete with rebored cylinders...

Video: David Knight vs Gee Atherton

Check out this video, the latest from the iconic downhill course, Fort William in Scotland. Gee Atherton, downhill mountain bike champion on the mountain bike against Enduro champion David Knight on the Enduro bike, you would bet hands down Atherton would win. In one of the most closely fought battles we have seen in a long time, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Yamaha Fazer 1000

Kawasaki Z1000SX vs Yamaha Fazer 1000

MCN has been testing the new Kawasaki Z1000SX against one of its closest rivals, the Yamaha Fazer 1000. The new Z1000SX is based loosely on the naked Kawasaki Z1000, and MCN's Adam Child was impressed...

26,512 bikes in the UK have been ‘clocked’ over the last year

26,512 bikes in the UK have been ‘clocked’ over the last year

Over 26,512 bikes on the UK’s roads have been “clocked” according to a BBC investigation. It was revealed in March of this year that a shocking number of bikes mileages have dropped compared to the...

Pothole season to be the “worst ever”

Pothole season to be the “worst ever”

A leading road maintenance website has warned that this winter could be the “worst ever” for potholes, following the early cold snap. Potholes.co.uk has seen a “100% increase” in the amount of...

New Bloodrunners clothing

New Bloodrunners clothing

The National Association of Blood Bikers (NABB) launched its first ever clothing range at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham last week. Save cash on motorcycle clothing in the MCN Shop Working...

XT500 submarine

Here's a video of the Yamaha XT500 going under water.

Video: Carole Nash Motorcycle Live - the grand finale

Video: Carole Nash Motorcycle Live - the grand finale

Watch the video below for the highlights from day 9 of Carole Nash Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham.         Check back soon for more news &...

Why aren't there more lady bikers?

Why aren't there more lady bikers?

Following the piece in last week’s MCN I felt I should add my thoughts on why other ladies don’t indulge in biking. reaking into any male oriented activity can be intimidating for some women. The...

Video: Carole Nash Motorcycle Live - dirt day

Video: Carole Nash Motorcycle Live - dirt day

Watch the video below for the highlights from day 8 of Carole Nash Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham.          Check back soon for more news &...

Two years of happy biking

Two years of happy biking

My first CBT 2 years ago - that was an exciting day. Cold, Damp, but full of enthusiasim. I got through it fine then 4pm came and I got my certificate and was told, "Ok mate you're on your own." The...

Video: Carole Nash Motorcycle Live - day 7

Video: Carole Nash Motorcycle Live - day 7

Watch the video below for the highlights from day 7 of Carole Nash Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham.        Check back soon for more news & video...

Fantastic Christmas offers on subscriptions to MCN, Bike, RiDE, PB and Classic Bike

Fantastic Christmas offers on subscriptions to MCN, Bike, RiDE, PB and Classic Bike

If you're struggling to figure out what you're going to give your friends and loved ones for Christmas this year, then this just might be the answer... Click here for great subscription offers A...

MCN Xmas gift idea: The Ogri collection

MCN Xmas gift idea: The Ogri collection

The MCN Shop is packed full of motorcycle gift ideas and stocking fillers at prices to suit any budget.  If you're looking for a Christmas gift idea for bike-mad friends or...

Skidmarx race kit for Honda Fireblade

Skidmarx race kit for Honda Fireblade

Now Skidmarx offer not only screens, but also a full set of race bodywork for Fireblade's from 2008-2010.  Save £££ on motorcycle bodywork in the MCN Shop The fairing and single seat unit are...

Video: Australia, coast-to-coast

Video: Australia, coast-to-coast

Watch these two guys attempt a coast-to-coast crossing of Australia in a new DVD available at www.motorbikin.com.au. Using DR650s in their unsupported, 92-hour trek, Phil and Bill make for...

Video: See and hear the Horex VR6 run

Video: See and hear the Horex VR6 run

Horex has released this video of it’s innovative new VR6 motorcycle engine running on an engine dyno in Munich. This short video is the first time the prototype machine has been seen running. It’s...

Video: Carole Nash Motorcycle Live - the main event

Watch the video below for the highlights from day 6 of Carole Nash Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham.      Video highlights from day 1 Video highlights from day 2 Video highlights from day 3 Video highlights from day 4 Video highlights from day 5 Check back soon for more news & video from the show.   

Bid to have killer driver jailed

Bid to have killer driver jailed

A granddad’s grieving family and friends are demanding a review of the non-custodial sentence handed to the motorist convicted of killing him by dangerous driving. Outraged loved-ones have written to...

Crosby Moriwaki on sale next week

Crosby Moriwaki on sale next week

1980s racing legend Graeme Crosby’s iconic Moriwaki superbike is expected fetch £50,000+ when it goes on sale at auction next Wednesday. The Kawasaki Z1-powered machine is the very one on which New...

Me And Charley Boorman

Me And Charley Boorman

Went to Motorcycle Live at the NEC on Saturday and met Charley Boorman. Had a great day with much thanks to Charley.

New X-ring chains from DC

New X-ring chains from DC

DC claims their chains last longer, give smoother gear shifting and require less maintenance than your current chain. Save cash on motorcycle chains in the MCN Shop The firm’s QX rings are designed...

2010 Motocross of Nations on DVD

2010 Motocross of Nations on DVD

Re-live all the action from the 2010 Red Bull Motocross of Nations as 30 teams from around the world battle for the title. This official review DVD boasts a star-studded line-up, with the MX1, MX2 and...

Video: Kawasaki W800 - retro commuter

Video: Kawasaki W800 - retro commuter

Kawasaki have created this video to promote their new W800 - it seems to suggest that they're pitching the bike at trendy London types who want a retro-cool commuter for the city. ...

Riders for Health honoured in the mainstream press

Riders for Health honoured in the mainstream press

Sky News and the Independent newspaper are showing the general public how Riders for Health use motorcycles in Lesotho to reach remote villages in the fight against HIV/AIDS. You can watch...

MCN Xmas gift idea: Bultaco retro t-shirt

MCN Xmas gift idea: Bultaco retro t-shirt

The MCN Shop is packed full of motorcycle gift ideas and stocking fillers at prices to suit any budget. If you're looking for a Christmas gift idea for bike-mad friends or family,...

Video: Carole Nash Motorcycle Live - let us entertain you

Video: Carole Nash Motorcycle Live - let us entertain you

Watch the video below for the highlights from day 5 of Carole Nash Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham.   Video highlights from day 1 Video highlights from day 2 Video highlights...

Me and Jorge!

Me and Jorge!

Guess who I met at Motorcycle Live! I travelled all the way from Glasgow and it was worth it!