August

New Ducati 649R special

New Ducati 649R special

Sean Kynnersley had to go to extreme lengths to race a Ducati in the UK MiniTwins series. Why? Because the awkward Italians never made a 650 – the maximum capacity eligible for the ultra-competitive...

What the French are doing right now

What the French are doing right now

If it was raining on your ride into work this morning you may have regretted taking the bike. Not as much as these guys. This is hill-climbing, one of the craziest motorcycle disciplines and a...

Nikwax launches 'Black Waterproofing Wax for Leather'

Nikwax launches 'Black Waterproofing Wax for Leather'

Nikwax's new Black Waterproofing Wax for Leather is claimed to immediately waterproof and polish wet or dry footwear. One application is said to reduce the water absorbency of leather without...

New Yamaha XT660 supermoto on the way

New Yamaha XT660 supermoto on the way

MCN has uncovered designs showing the next-generation Yamaha XT660 supermoto with Ducati Hypermotard-like styling. It’s a far cry from the dumpy current XT, which lacks excitement and desirability...

New MV 675cc triple will spearhead company relaunch

New MV 675cc triple will spearhead company relaunch

New MV Agusta owner Claudio Castigilioni has confirmed a 675cc three-cylinder sportbike and Brutale will be at the heart of the relaunch of the Italian firm. MCN has caught the 675cc – called the F3 –...

Dorsoduro 1200 leak: Aprilia stay silent

Dorsoduro 1200 leak: Aprilia stay silent

Aprilia is remaining tight-lipped after a 183 page owners manual for the new 1200cc Dorsoduro was leaked on the internet. The official document confirms MCN’s insider reports of the past two years...

New BMW race kit for S1000RR

New BMW race kit for S1000RR

You can now buy the same race kit used by Superstock champ Ayrton Badovini. The official BMW Motorrad HP Race Power Kit includes a new ECU and an Akrapovic exhaust system (said to save 6.8kg), claimed...

Video: Worst bike ad ever?

Honda just released this video advertising its 2010 Hunk (non-UK) model. Aimed at the Indian market, it’s a “muscular” 150cc equipped with a rear disc brake, tubeless tyres, a digital dashboard and LED taillights of all things. Enjoy!

Britain's Got Biking Talent: Kawasaki ZX-10R

Britain's Got Biking Talent: Kawasaki ZX-10R

This stunning 2005 Kawasaki ZX-10R is just one of the hundreds of bikes entered into MCN’s Britain’s Got Biking Talent competition with Carole Nash. The annual free competition closes in six days, so...

MCN in Egypt

MCN in Egypt

Pete MZ Emms enjoying the views on holiday with MCN.

MCN at the Giant Redwoods

MCN at the Giant Redwoods

My daughter Catherine reading MCN at the Giant Redwoods in California during a biking holiday in July 2010.

Red Bull riders jump Ascot hurdles

Red Bull riders jump Ascot hurdles

A trio of Red Bull’s daredevil riders jumped the hedgerows of Ascot today, to publicise Saturday’s X-Fighter free-style motocross tournament in Battersea. 28,000 fans are expected to attended the...

Kawasaki UK returns to Facebook

Kawasaki UK returns to Facebook

Kawasaki fans will be relieved to know they can fill a void in their life with the successful reintroduction of Kawasaki Motors UK Facebook page. KMUK’s previous Facebook page collapsed beyond repair...

The craziest bikes of Sturgis 2010

The craziest bikes of Sturgis 2010

America’s most famous motorcycle rally is well underway in the shadow of the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The rally’s been going since 1938, when the thousands of bikers who parked up could...

Britain's top biking spot: the finalists

Britain's top biking spot: the finalists

MCN and Devitts are a step closer to identifying Britain’s best biking destination. Out of the hundreds of entries uploaded onto www.keepbritainbiking.com the 10 finalists have been picked (right) –...

Seven days left to enter Britain's Got Biking Talent with Carole Nash

Seven days left to enter Britain's Got Biking Talent with Carole Nash

If you think you own a special bike then you’ve got just seven days left to prove it. Entries for this years Britain’s Got Biking Talent competition with Carole Nash close on 18 August. There are six...

Spot the MCN Nissan van and win a prize

Spot the MCN Nissan van and win a prize

This is the new MCN-branded Nissan Primastar van that we'll be using at bike meets, race tracks and events all over the country this year. And if you see us come and say hello, you never know we may...

There's always time for MCN

There's always time for MCN

My name is Lee Tyson and I'm currently on a quad operators course in preparation for my upcoming deployment in Afghanistan. The bike is a Yamaha 450 Grizzly.

BMW R120GS Spirit

BMW R120GS Spirit

Here's my design for a retro-style BMW. The R120GS Spirit.

Rossi's dad unveils production 530cc single

Rossi's dad unveils production 530cc single

This 530cc single-cylinder, light-weight dirt tracker is called the Zaeta 530. It’s the creation of Italian engineer Paolo Chiaia and the father of everyone’s favourite Italian racer: Graziano...

New leather helmet from Pineider

New leather helmet from Pineider

This new leather helmet designed by Pineider and available at boutique website Forzieri.com is either going to ring your bell or leave you cold. There’s no denying, though, that it’s a pretty stylish...

Cool bike clobber for kids

Cool bike clobber for kids

This new T-shirt from Nippaz With Attitude really caught our eye. Make sure your kid turns straight-laced mothers' heads in the supermarket with this back-patch-style design, entitled 'No Angel'. It's...

New MCN August 11: New Suzuki GSX-R600 revealed

New MCN August 11: New Suzuki GSX-R600 revealed

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale August 11, we reveal the first images and details of the new Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750. In this week's issue we also reveal Erik Buell's plans for a new...

Video: Cal Crutchlow onboard a Yamaha XJR1300

Video: Cal Crutchlow onboard a Yamaha XJR1300

Cal Crutchlow was untouchable at Silverstone WSB - but how much more skilled is he than the average rider? To find out we took Cal, an average rider and a selection of bikes to a test track for some...

Video: new HJC seven-in-one lid

Video: new HJC seven-in-one lid

This new video shows just how HJC's new IS-MULTI helmet transforms into seven different styles of helmet, from trials to full-face road lid. More info: www.oxprod.com

New HJC lid is seven helmets in one

New HJC lid is seven helmets in one

The new-for-2010 HJC IS-MULTI transforms into seven different lids, depending on what you take off or attach (see the pictures, right, for the full range of possibilities). Save £££s on motorcycle...

Pre-1916 Cannonball Run across America

Pre-1916 Cannonball Run across America

An upcoming endurance run will see riders crossing the US on bikes built before the age of frozen food, radio broadcasting, traffic lights and penicillin. The Cannonball Run will be contested on bikes...

New designs for top-end HJC race lid

New designs for top-end HJC race lid

The new-for-2001 HJC R-PHA 10 helmet now comes in five coloured graphics. Save cash on motorcycle helmets It's the same lid that Ben Spies wears in MotoGP, and comes in three shell sizes, centrally...

Wheelie great day!

Wheelie great day!

I'd like to thank Jimmy Fireblade for a great day on Sunday. Within an hour of arriving at the airfield Jimmy had my brother, our mate and myself lifting the front wheel safely. After a short dinner...

Oxford's new gel tank pads

Oxford's new gel tank pads

These new gel-filled adhesive tank pads from Oxford are claimed to offer extra protection for your bodywork, to fit any tank, and not to lift at the edges, due to a high quality adhesive. Save cash...

New military bike can run on seven different types of fuel

New military bike can run on seven different types of fuel

This here’s the HDT M1030-M2 670cc JP8, but don’t let the charming name deceive you, this military-grade motorcycle is as tough as old boots. Boasting a (patent pending) “heavy fuel” engine capable of...

Help for Heroes Show

Help for Heroes Show

The Cambridge branch of the Honda Owners Club were at the Skylark Showground near March this weekend, supporting the Help for Heroes charity. A great day was had by all supporting this worthy cause.

MV Agusta sold back to Claudio Castiglioni

MV Agusta sold back to Claudio Castiglioni

MV Agusta has been sold back to former owner Claudio Castiglioni by Harley-Davidson just two years after the Italian company was bought. Castiglioni is the former owner of the Italian motorcycle maker...

Video: Upgraded version of MCN Ride Logger iphone app released

Video: Upgraded version of MCN Ride Logger iphone app released

The MCN Ride Logger app lets you discover and record your ride performance details via your iPhone. The app has just been updated for OS4, with improved location tracking (for iPhone 4...

Maskell boys in Norway

Maskell boys in Norway

My sons, Scott, 11, Ross, 8 and myself enjoying MCN on the Briksdal Glacier in Norway, on a cruise to the Fjords this July. I've been reading MCN for the last 34 years and the two boys regularly...

Motorcycle bays become cycle ‘docking stations’

Motorcycle bays become cycle ‘docking stations’

Parking spaces for scores of motorcycles have been replaced by ‘docking stations’ for push bikes in the London Mayor’s flagship cycle hire scheme. Eight motorcycle bays, each thought to have...