April

Video: 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 longterm review

Video: 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 longterm review

MCN's longterm test fleet for 2010 includes the Kawasaki Z1000. MCN road tester Michael Neeves has had the bike for a month and covered 600 miles so far. Read the Kawasaki Z1000...

Free Rukka kit with new Yamahas

Free Rukka kit with new Yamahas

Infinity Motorcycles are giving away a Rukka Armax suit worth over £1500 with every new Yamaha FJR1300A purchased from them. Save £££s on motorcycle clothing Fully CE-approved and with a 5-year...

Five Desmosedici RRs up for grabs on MCN Bikemart

Five Desmosedici RRs up for grabs on MCN Bikemart

A mouth-watering FIVE examples of Ducati’s fabulously exotic, ultra-exclusive Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica are for sale in MCN Bikemart this week. The V4 machines, which are faithful, road-going,...

New screen and luggage for Vespa GTS

New screen and luggage for Vespa GTS

Vespa has just released details of a new, extra tall windscreen and 42-litre topbox for its GTS 300 Super scooter.  Save cash on motorcycle products The vinyl screen is 4mm thick, features...

New MCN April 28: Brits rule the world

New MCN April 28: Brits rule the world

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale April 28, we test the new Ducati Multistrada against the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 SMT and Triumph Tiger. Police: '1000s of bikers are riding death trap...

Michael Rutter at Riders, Bridgwater

Michael Rutter at Riders, Bridgwater

My Granddaughter Alysia Ellis meeting Michael Rutter at Riders in Bridgwater at a recent open day.

New Yoshimura exhaust for KTM Superduke

New Yoshimura exhaust for KTM Superduke

Yoshimura’s new twin RS-3C slip-ons are the first exhaust to come out of the legendary tuning firm for a KTM road bike. Improvement in power over stock is claimed to be 2.52bhp (up to 109.85bhp from...

Ducati is only bike firm at Beijing show

Ducati is only bike firm at Beijing show

Ducati is the only motorcycle firm to have been given space at the Beijing exhibition, adding to the manufacturer’s interest in the Chinese market. The Beijing automotive show is very car-dedicated...

Exhausts and pressure gauges to be won with Michelin

Exhausts and pressure gauges to be won with Michelin

Michelin is offering the chance to win a digital pressure gauge and an Akrapovic exhaust if you buy a pair of Michelin Power Pure motorcycle tyres. Save cash on motorcycle tyres Motorcyclists buying...

Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - Marseille, Bologna and Skegness and 2500 miles in five days

Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - Marseille, Bologna and Skegness and 2500 miles in five days

It’s the words you learn to dread while working at MCN – “Can I borrow your bike please?” In this case there was no way out. MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin needed to get to Marseille in the...

Confederate Satan's Whiff 66

Confederate Satan's Whiff 66

This is a proposal for Confederate Satan's Whiff 66, which I have designed.

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - First impressions

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - First impressions

My gleaming new GSX-R600 turned up at the office at 2.50pm on Friday and by 3 I was on the way up to Skegness for the MCN Live! weekend.  I'd volunteered to help marshall the MCN ride out on...

‘Ringers’ in dealers’ showrooms

‘Ringers’ in dealers’ showrooms

Hundreds of dealers are unwittingly accepting stolen bikes in part-exchange for new machines, police say. The dealers, including franchises for major manufacturers, have become so keen to secure...

The £800,000 speed camera cock-up

The £800,000 speed camera cock-up

High-tech new speed cameras on one of the country’s most popular bike routes are useless due to an apparent oversight. The new cameras are aimed at catching motorcyclists on the A537 Cat and Fiddle...

‘Bikers are orphan-makers’ MP in ‘cynical U-turn’

‘Bikers are orphan-makers’ MP in ‘cynical U-turn’

A Labour MP who called motorcyclists “widow-makers and orphan-makers” has been accused of a “cynical” bid to diffuse the scandal to protect votes. Four weeks ago Barry Sheerman said 650 people died a...

Perfect tents for motorcycling touring

Here at MCN we're planning a feature on the best tents for touring, from £50 to £610! Here's a video showing just how easy it is to erect (quiet at the back!) the more pricy option, the Hilliberg Nallo. Keep a look-out for a large range of biker-friendly camping kit in a future issue of MCN  

Potholes in Plymouth

The state of the roads is terrible, pot holes and badly laid topcoats stripping off by the mile. What’s worse is the local council in Plymouth see fit to send one person round with a can of paint to mark up the ones for repair, followed by another single bloke with a pot of hot tar to carry out the so called temporary repairs. Why the hell can’t the same bloke do it, saving both time and...

Staff bikes: BMW R1200GS - MCN Live! priorities

Staff bikes: BMW R1200GS - MCN Live! priorities

Getting the priorities right for MCN Live at Butlins, Skegness. The GS is really a do anything bike and it carries beers and snacks pretty well too! Now on with the disk lock and away with the key...

Finding proof I have a motorcycle licence

I'm 57 years old, and at the age of 16 became a telegram boy. I passed my motorcycle test with the GPO Newport Gwent. At the time our licences were put in the Civic Centre Newport and some years later went to Swansea, but unknown to me when I moved my motorbike licence was not put on with my full car licence. I really have tried hard to find out why it was not added to my licence...

Save £2800 on a new Yamaha R6

Save £2800 on a new Yamaha R6

Brand new 2008 Yamaha R6s are for sale at £7199 – £1800 less than the 2010 model’s £8999 – despite rumours that Yamaha had stopped dealers discounting the bikes.    Find a Yamaha R6...

AJS surprises with super-cool custom 125s

AJS surprises with super-cool custom 125s

These two, super-cool looking customs aren’t one-off hogs from California or Orange County Choppers – they’re the latest production bikes from Britain’s AJS and are a learner-friendly 125cc! The black...

Staff bikes blog – Victory Hammer S: 48mpg!

Staff bikes blog – Victory Hammer S: 48mpg!

When you don’t have a fuel gauge, you get tuned in to how many miles you can do on a tank. My Hammer S usually gets around 125 miles before I fill up, returning 38mpg on a country roads blat – fairly...

New Hypermotard tank almost doubles fuel capacity!

New Hypermotard tank almost doubles fuel capacity!

Ducati’s Hypermotard 1100 carries just one problem – its paltry fuel range when caned as its makers intended. But Sandbar Composites have the alternative to investing in a petrol station loyalty card,...

BMW gears up for liquid-cooled GS

BMW gears up for liquid-cooled GS

BMW is in the early stages of making an all-new, super-efficient, Euro4 compliant water-cooled replacement for its iconic Boxer engine. The new engine is being developed because of tough Euro4...

Me dicing with Tommy Hill!

Me dicing with Tommy Hill!

Me being chased by Tommy Hill around Druids, Brands Hatch!

FIM approval for GB Racing crash protection

FIM approval for GB Racing crash protection

British firm GB Racing has just received FIM approval – to our knowledge they're the first crash protectors available to the public to attain this level of recognition. The firm's nylon-based...

Video: 2010 Kawasaki Versys longterm review

Video: 2010 Kawasaki Versys longterm review

MCN's longterm test fleet for 2010 includes the Kawasaki Versys. MCN web producer Liam Marsden has had the bike for a week and covered 500 miles so far. Find a Kawasaki Versys for...

Best of bikemart: Modern classics up for grabs this week

Best of bikemart: Modern classics up for grabs this week

We've been browsing MCN bikes for sale every day to bring you some of our top picks from over 10,000 motorcycles for sale.           ...

Bimota MMB-2 Fightermotard

Bimota MMB-2 Fightermotard

This could be the second model of a future co-operation between Bimota and Moto Morini. A new genre of bike - the MMB-2 Fightermotard.

Add a third wheel to your bike!

Add a third wheel to your bike!

The British-made Motopodd might well set you back £3250 but it will transform your biking from a solo pursuit to something the whole family can enjoy! Compare cash on motorcycle products With the...

New Weise Matrix textile suit

New Weise Matrix textile suit

Weise’s new Matrix two-piece suit is a multi-use, all-weather affair that won’t break the bank. Save £££s on motorcycle clothing Both the jacket and trousers feature an extra strong outer shell and...

Ducati Monster 796: latest update

Ducati Monster 796: latest update

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is now riding back from Italy on the final leg of his 2500 mile marathon to attend the launch of the new Ducati 796. Here are his latest views of the new...

Can't wait for an FZ8? Top used alternatives for under 4k

Can't wait for an FZ8? Top used alternatives for under 4k

Is 800 the new 600 in the world of middleweight all-rounders? BMW has the F800R, Aprilia has the Mana and now Ducati and Yamaha are both joining the fray with the Monster 796 and...

New KBC 'Tarmac' will get you noticed

New KBC 'Tarmac' will get you noticed

KBC have released this new Tarmac helmet for 2010, an all-new lid with a thermoplastic shell, chin and brow vents, plus a Pinlock-ready, quick-release visor. The lining is removable and washable, and...

CE-approved jeans get a name

CE-approved jeans get a name

Draggin Jeans' newly CE-approved jeans have been given a name. When MCN first reported the news, the protective denims were so new they hadn't even been named, but they'll now be known as the C-Evo...

R&G protection for new Multistrada

R&G protection for new Multistrada

British firm R&G Racing has announced a full range of products for the new Ducati Multistrada 1200, topped off by these subtle, £89.99 aero crash protectors. Save cash on motorcycle products For...