2011

MCN and IAM's Better Riding Guide: Tackling Roundabouts

MCN and IAM's Better Riding Guide: Tackling Roundabouts

Most collisions between bikes and other vehicles happen at junctions like roundabouts. Many of these accidents can be attributed to failure to look. But regardless of who causes the crash – rider or...

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide: A planned system of riding

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide:  A planned system of riding

Approaching riding in a planned way will quickly help you to improve your motorcycling skills. It will help you spot hazards earlier and plan your progress in an efficient way. Hazards you may...

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide: Filtering

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide: Filtering

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been looking at ways you can improve your riding style to make you a better biker. But whether it’s your first time on your bike or you’re going back to biking...

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide: Motorways

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide: Motorways

Over the next few weeks, the IAM will be providing you with advice to be a better rider. Whether you’ve just started riding or you’ve been away from your bike for a few years, you might be under the...

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide: Braking

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide: Braking

Over the next six weeks, the IAM will offer tips and advice on all things biking related. So if you’ve been away for a while or just want to become a better rider, you’ve come to the right place.

Rossi the cat on the bike

Rossi the cat on the bike

Meet my cat Rossi, she loves motorbikes and so does her brother Casey!

Video: Stan Watt - Ireland's great Dakar hope

Video: Stan Watt - Ireland's great Dakar hope

The 2012 Dakar Rally kicks off in South America on January 1. Regarded as the hardest race in the world, 188 riders will embark on the epic and dangerous adventure through Argentina, Chile and...

How tiny MV Agusta threw down a challenge to big boys

How tiny MV Agusta threw down a challenge to big boys

MV claim their new F3 will take the supersport class by storm, thanks to its high power, light weight and sophisticated electronics. But how can a company with a fraction of the staff and investment...

Husqvarna's new G650GS-powered Strada 'street bike'

Husqvarna's new G650GS-powered Strada 'street bike'

This is Husqvarna's latest road bike offering - a 650cc single-cylinder machine aimed at new riders. It uses the punchy engine from BMW’s G650GS, but promises to be lighter and more powerful. The...

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 video review

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 video review

Senior MCN Road Tester, Michael Neeves has been living with his Suzuki GSX-R750 L1 for most of 2011. He’s covered over 10,000-miles, riding it everywhere from the TT to Ibiza, on-track and to the...

Billy's first bike

Billy's first bike

Move over Casey this is the new kid on the block!

Yamaha T-Max packs punch but not practicality

Yamaha T-Max packs punch but not practicality

The ‘fine-handling scooter’ ethos has kept the T-Max on the top of the sales charts since it first appeared in 2001 but MCN’s world first test suggests its reign may be limited – by concentrating on...

Ducati 1199 Panigale - A new way of building a superbike

Ducati 1199 Panigale - A new way of building a superbike

The targets laid down for the 1199 Panigale were so strict, so binding and so difficult to achieve that nothing less than a complete rethink was going to be enough. That maent ditching Ducati's...

Video: BMW S1000RR onboard at Jerez

Video: BMW S1000RR onboard at Jerez

Check out this on-board lap of Jerez aboard Michael Neeves’ BMW Park Lane S1000RR. The footage was taken at the 2011 Racedays event on 9th November.

Redesigning the Trumph Tiger 1200 Explorer

Redesigning the Trumph Tiger 1200 Explorer

The all-new Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer - directly targeted at the BMW R1200GS - went through a major, late transformation to end up as we see it now. MCN was given exclusive access to Triumph's...

Destination dealer: Great deals at Doble

Destination dealer: Great deals at Doble

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Doble Motorcycles have had a superb year, being crowned MCN's Dealer of the Year for 2011 - simply because they continue to lead the way in customer service and with fantastic...

MCN's 2011 Christmas Quiz: Part one

MCN's 2011 Christmas Quiz: Part one

Need distracting from a hangover? Got some DIY you should be getting on with? Then settle down and attempt MCN’s fiendishly addictive Christmas quiz. Win £450 of riding kit! Get the highest score in...

Harley-Davidson Switchback meets its match!

Harley-Davidson Switchback meets its match!

The new Harley-Davidson Switchback ‘bagger’ (or custom tourer) has already impressed MCN testers – but how’s it measure up against its closest rival, Victory’s Cross Roads Tour? In this week’s MCN we...

Akrapovic Morsus: If Carlsberg built custom bikes...

Akrapovic Morsus: If Carlsberg built custom bikes...

Factory customs don’t get any more ‘factory’ than this. Say hello to Morsus, a unique custom machine built for aftermarket exhaust giant Akrapovic. They commissioned specialists Dreamachine...

Very serious technical awards: sneak preview

Very serious technical awards: sneak preview

The most important event of the year for all motorcycle engineers is the MCN Golden Piston Awards for New Technologies (G-PANT). Each year these prestigious awards celebrate the most cunning and...

New MCN December 28: Your bike of 2012 revealed

New MCN December 28: Your bike of 2012 revealed

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Thursday December 29, we preview 2012's most exciting bikes as voted for by you. This week also features the second part of the MCN Christmas quiz. If you know...

Sunshine at Christmas

Sunshine at Christmas

No snow, no rain, and my son even brought me the latest MCN when he came out to visit us in Antigua for Christmas and see my new Fazer. I think he'll let me read it when he's finished!

'We wanted to create the ultimate Speed Triple'

'We wanted to create the ultimate Speed Triple'

Triumph’s imminent new ‘R’ version of its best-selling super naked is much more than a cosmetic update, MCN can now reveal – in fact it’s been conceived to be “the ultimate Speed Triple”! So, where...

MCN's top videos of 2011

MCN's top videos of 2011

Over the course of 2011 we've had some cracking videos here on MCN, covering the biggest new bike launches, best group tests and top features. On the MCN YouTube channel our 1026 (and counting)...

New street scrambler from Spirit of the Seventies

New street scrambler from Spirit of the Seventies

No matter which angle you view this latest build by Kent-based Spirit of the Seventies, the aesthetics stop you in your tracks. But that’s only to be expected when you have two arty types, Tim Rogers...

Track diesel comes of age

Track diesel comes of age

The latest version of the diesel-powered Track T800CDi is on test in MCN next week and if 80mpg and 16,000-mile service intervals sounds your sort of bike, it’s worth a look. Until now, diesel bikes...

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Tiger’s stripes well earned

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Tiger’s stripes well earned

Riding a motorcycle from Peterborough to Brussels and back in a day in November is no picnic. The 600 miles aren’t the issue, but being cold is. Even with good riding kit, draughts start to creep in...

Video: 2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride

Video: 2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride

KTM's 2012 690 Duke isn't just an evolution of the hard core Duke - it's a complete revolution: 90% all new, with just 10% of its components shared with its predecessor. Read the first ride...

Cycle group: Don’t let motorcycles in more bus lanes

Cycle group: Don’t let motorcycles in more bus lanes

A cycle group says local authorities should not copy London’s scheme of allowing motorcycles in bus lanes. The London Cycling Campaign says the trial should “act as a warning to other authorities”...

Staff bikes: Suzuki V-Strom 650 - Brussels: Further than you think!

Staff bikes: Suzuki V-Strom 650 - Brussels: Further than you think!

I thought Brussels was an easy day’s ride from MCN’s Peterborough HQ, so was first to agree to join senior reporter Steve Farrell on his rabble-rousing EU protest ride last month. In my brain, I...

2012 Kawasaki ER-6n takes on rivals

2012 Kawasaki ER-6n takes on rivals

If you’re currently in the market for a naked middleweight you’re spoilt for choice. Every manufacturer makes a budget bike aimed at this segment and because of this the range of machinery on offer is...

Video: Triumph Thruxton JVB Brit Bob ridden

Video: Triumph Thruxton JVB Brit Bob ridden

Cologne-based JvB are kings in the art of creating specials with attitude, and this is their latest creation - the JvB Brit Bob. Based on a Triumph Thruxton, the Brit Bob has been lowered by 50mm,...

2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride: Duke for the masses

2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride: Duke for the masses

KTM’s 2012 690 Duke isn’t just an evolution of the hard core Duke - it’s a complete revolution: an all-new bike - 90% new in fact, with just 10% of its components shared with its predecessor. The...

Four jailed over bike theft eBay racket

Four jailed over bike theft eBay racket

Four men have been jailed for their role in a racket stealing bikes and selling the parts on eBay. The men were arrested following an 18-month investigation which identified 20 stolen...

Destination dealer: Drayton Croft ready for 2012

Destination dealer: Drayton Croft ready for 2012

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Drayton Croft is gearing up for a monster 2012 with hot new models from MV Agusta and Kawasaki. There is a huge buzz around the long-awaited MV F3 and B3 Brutale. At time of...

London’s bikes in bus lanes scheme made permanent

London’s bikes in bus lanes scheme made permanent

Motorcyclists have been granted permanent access to bus lanes in London, the capital’s transport authority announced today. The decision follows a three-year trial of the measure which has helped...