June

KTM SX-F 350 Classic Livery

KTM SX-F 350 Classic Livery

Here's my idea for a special series KTM SX-F in classic livery.

Video: Derbi GPR125 vs Yamaha YZF-R125 vs Honda CBR125 review

Video: Derbi GPR125 vs Yamaha YZF-R125 vs Honda CBR125 review

The Honda CBR125R and Yamaha YZF-R125 have dominated the sales charts, regularly being the outright top-selling bikes in the UK.  Find a 125 for sale But now there's a new contender - the...

Win a £2500 biking holiday!

Win a £2500 biking holiday!

MCN has joined forces with bike insurance broker Devitt to uncover the UK's best biking destinations. We want to build a map of the UK's top bike spots: the twistiest roads, friendliest dealers, best...

Will GT tyres suit a Bandit 1250S?

Will GT tyres suit a Bandit 1250S?

Q. I'm about to replace the Bridgestone 023s on my 59-reg Bandit 1250S with another set of 023s as they suit me fine. Save cash on motorcycle tyres I do 5-6000 miles a year and I wondered whether I...

Funky new French riding boots

Funky new French riding boots

New boots from French firm Vitesse are a bit different from the normal fare. Save £££s on motorcycle boots They range from £125-£167 and as well as looking pretty funky also come with a range of...

New R&G kit for the FZ8

New R&G kit for the FZ8

R&G Racing has just released a range of crash protection (and a tail tidy) for the new Yamaha FZ8. All the crash protectors are claimed to be 'relatively simple to fit' and do not require any...

Video: Triumph Sprint GT group test

Video: Triumph Sprint GT group test

On face value, Triumph's new Sprint GT is a master-stroke - a significantly updated version of an already good bike.       Find a sports tourer for sale But is a face-lift...

Assen MotoGP

Assen MotoGP

Me and the boys at Assen MotoGP.

North Wales Parking Charges

With all this fuss over motorcycle parking charges in London. Here in North Wales Denbighshire County Council have already got the knife in for Motorcycles. As part of a project to develop a web site showing where specific motorcycle parking is available, I contacted the local authorities in the area, so that the locations could be plotted on an online map. To my surprise, the response from...

Yamaha offer new deal on new R1

Yamaha offer new deal on new R1

Yamaha are enticing new customers by offering two new deals on the new R1. Find a Yamaha R1 for sale MCN’s machine of the year last year is being offered at 0% finance over three years, with a £99...

Recognise this classic trials combo?

Recognise this classic trials combo?

This BSA Victor was campaigned by brothers Ray and Derek Round in the 60s and 70s and, following Ray’s recent death, Derek’s daughter Natalie is trying to re-unite her father with the much-loved...

Bikes on TV: June 30 - July 6

Bikes on TV: June 30 - July 6

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 30 June: Top secret front page story!

New MCN 30 June: Top secret front page story!

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale June 30, we reveal why world champion Valentino Rossi had to leave Yamaha to sign a deal with Ducati. We reveal details on the new Aprilia RSV4 Tuono, ride...

New Ducati Diavel spotted testing on the road

New Ducati Diavel spotted testing on the road

Ducati’s new Mega-Monster musclebike and rival to the Yamaha V-Max has been spotted testing on the roads around the Bologna factory.  The pictures were grabbed as two bikes were testing on the...

Metzeler Roadtec Interact Z8: first MCN test

Metzeler Roadtec Interact Z8: first MCN test

Our man recently headed out to the back roads of Sicily for the launch of Metzeler's new sports-touring tyre, the Roadtec Interact Z8. Here are his test notes... Save cash on motorcycle tyres Name:...

Arrow exhausts for Yamaha FZ8

Arrow exhausts for Yamaha FZ8

Arrow has just released several slip-on exhausts for Yamaha’s new FZ8 and Fazer 8. The range includes the Race-Tech, Pro-Racing and Works exhausts. Save £££s on motorcycle exhausts They’re all...

What price should the new ER-4f be in the UK?

What price should the new ER-4f be in the UK?

Kawasaki have announced that the new Ninja 400R (or ER-4f in English) will be sold in Canada at $7499 (£4800), but have not confirmed whether it will be coming to the UK. New 400cc Kawasaki...

New chain promises more power

New chain promises more power

This new DID ZVM-X chain, designed for high-capacity sports bikes, is claimed to take drive chain performance and rigidity to new levels, improving power delivery and longevity. Save £££s on...

Shower-proof your riding

Shower-proof your riding

The Weise Rainmeister one-piece oversuit is claimed to be strong, light, portable and completely waterproof, while a mesh inner makes it easy to get in and out of. Save cash on motorcycle...

“Ducati – The Story” released on DVD

“Ducati – The Story” released on DVD

Ducati is launching a new DVD detailing the history of the famous Italian brand throughout its 81 year history and featuring rare footage, interviews and pictures. This is what Ducati is saying about...

Day of Champions, Silverstone

Day of Champions, Silverstone

I won the bid for a paddock pass to touch and spend time with Valentino Rossi's bike. I also got a tour of the pit box and sat in Vale's 46 chair. I also got to help out with the auction -...

Ben meets Bradley Smith

Ben meets Bradley Smith

Ben and Bradley Smith loving the GP atmosphere. Hopefully in a few years my Ben will be lapping me!

De-stressing at work

De-stressing at work

Finding time to read the paper that matter. At work waiting for a shout at Warkworth Castle, Northumberland

Parking campaigner cautious over chances of High Court success

Parking campaigner cautious over chances of High Court success

The leader of a campaign against motorcycle parking charges gave a cautious response when asked about his chances of High Court victory. Speaking after barristers for both Westminster Council and...

Riders for Health launches two Fiat Yamaha rider auctions

Riders for Health launches two Fiat Yamaha rider auctions

Riders for Health is giving people the chance to get their hands on two pieces of racing history by auctioning a signed Valentino Rossi t-shirt and Jorge Lorenzo’s Dainese jacket and online. Valentino...

Kawasaki tour of the Loire Valley announced

Kawasaki tour of the Loire Valley announced

Kawasaki, in conjunction with motorcycle event organisers Focused Events, have announced the date for the next French motorcycle tour. The tour of the Loire Valley will take place on the weekend of...

Video: New Aprilia RSV4 Tuono spotted on track again

Video: New Aprilia RSV4 Tuono spotted on track again

Aprilia’s new RSV4 Tuono naked bike has been spotted in almost finished trim at Mugello in Italy – four months before it will be seen at the Milan motorcycle show. Find an Aprilia Tuono for sale MCN...

Attention! Triumph Speed Triple!

Attention! Triumph Speed Triple!

This mean, green Speed Triple is being offered in even meaner still trim at no extra cost, at Triumph dealer Jack Lilley. The army-style, matt khaki paint job is an official Triumph – but very limited...

Budget must not impact on road safety, say IAM

Budget must not impact on road safety, say IAM

The Institute for Advanced Motorists is urging the government to continue spending on road safety measures, and warn that anticipated cuts in the Budget must not compromise the reductions of people...

‘Rapid response’ team fill pothole after 7 years

‘Rapid response’ team fill pothole after 7 years

Wellington Town Council in Shropshire has filled a pothole, after seven years of complaints. A ‘rapid response team’ arrived to fix the 2 ½ ft wide pothole, which had been there so long grass had...

Shinya Kimura video: Building bikes from the soul

Legendary Japanese bike builder Shinya Kimura has just released this incredibly beautiful and emotive video about his passion for bike building. Shot in and around his Chabott Engineering workshop in California, Shinya tells the story of his background and reveals the creative methods he uses to build his one-off creations. Owners of Kimura built bikes include Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.

Bulldog Bash organisers welcome ‘sensible’ policing

Bulldog Bash organisers welcome ‘sensible’ policing

The organisers of the 2010 Bulldog Bash have welcomed moves by police to end the stop and search operations that were present at the last two events. For the 2008 and 2009 events there was a network...

Video: MCN to race in the XR1200 Trophy this weekend

Video: MCN to race in the XR1200 Trophy this weekend

MCN Senior road tester Adam Child will be joining the like of former GP riders Jeremy McWilliams and Sean Emmett in the Henderson Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy this weekend at Mallory Park. Mallory...

Ride Hondas off-road in Morocco

Ride Hondas off-road in Morocco

Honda has launched a series of ‘off-road experience’ holidays in Morocco, with the first tour due to take place at the start of September. Run by Redtread, who already organise Honda’s off-road...

Video: Honda vs the Volcano

Video: Honda vs the Volcano

It took HMS Albion 30 hours to repatriate stranded Brits from Spain when the ash cloud descended a few weeks ago. So MCN’s sister magazine CAR set out to see if they could make it in less time – using...

Cool new Diesel Mowie helmets

Cool new Diesel Mowie helmets

These new open-face helmets from clothing brand Diesel have been made by AGV so there’s function as well as fashion.   The thermoplastic lids have an anti-scratch visor (available in clear,...