2011

Indian Sunoco Classic Racing Concept

Indian Sunoco Classic Racing Concept

Here's my design for an Indian concept motorcycle.

Meeting Zulfahmi Khairruddin in Malaysia

Meeting Zulfahmi Khairruddin in Malaysia

I went to Malaysia to visit family, accompanied by friend Mark. We went to Sepang as guests of SIC CEO Razlan, where we met Zulfahmi Khairruddin. It turned out to be a sad day for motorcycle...

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade first ride!

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade first ride!

The 20th anniversary Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is currently being put through its paces at the Portimao circuit, Portugal by MCN chief road tester Trevor Franklin. This new model now comes with Showa...

Video: turn your kid's bike into a motorcycle!

Video: turn your kid's bike into a motorcycle!

Quite possibly the coolest thing you can ever put on your kid's push bike. The Turbospoke, besides having the appearance of a motorcycle exhaust, emulates the noise of a bike exhaust by amplifying the...

New Bridgestone Hypersport S20 sports tyre

New Bridgestone Hypersport S20 sports tyre

Bridgestone has launched a new sports tyre – the Hypersport S20 – designed for high-powered bikes, and which will sit alongside the BT-016 Pro and BT-016 in the firm's sports tyre range. The new tyre...

Vintage Vespas at Motorcycle Live

Vintage Vespas at Motorcycle Live

A range of classic Vespas including a replica of the ‘Ace Face’ GS 160 from the film Quadrophenia are among the attractions at this week’s Motorcycle Live at the NEC. Gathered by Piaggio to celebrate...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Five

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Five

See highlights from the fifth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at getting out on the open road and exploring the planet. There are plenty of new bikes on show...

Video: MCN Back off EU protest

Video: MCN Back off EU protest

Riders from the UK, France and Belgium rode to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels to protest over anti-tampering proposals under which tuning could become impossible and even...

A great day out in Brussels

A great day out in Brussels

I traveled on North Sea ferries from Hull to Zeebruggee. The ride to Brussels was uneventful but finding my way around Brussels was a worry. It was great to see so many at the brilliant starting...

KTM drops prices for 2012

KTM drops prices for 2012

KTM has cut the prices on three of its 2012 models. The Austrian firm has reduced the price of the new 690 Duke and 2012 versions of its 990 Super Duke R and 990 Supermoto R. The Supermoto R is down...

Go on a cruise with Foggy!

Go on a cruise with Foggy!

WSB legend Carl Fogarty has teamed up with cruise specialists Cruise Holidays UK to offer Foggy fans a unique 9 night Winter Sun cruise around the Canary Islands.   Events on-board the NCL Jade...

Father jailed after “foolish” ride with son

Father jailed after “foolish” ride with son

A father has been jailed after riding his dirt bike at 40mph across pavements, footpaths and roads – with his three-year-old son sitting on the tank.  Ryan Ward, 23, was filmed by a police...

Honda NC700X first ride

Honda NC700X first ride

Honda’s all-new NC700X is currently being put through its paces by MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin in Portugal. Here are his impressions so far: “Honda is promoting its new bike as a step up...

Brussels Protest

Brussels Protest

The day started off a bit crappy with a mixture of fog and rain for the run down to the tunnel but it improved as the ride progressed. I caught an earlier train which turned out to be an...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Four

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Four

See highlights from the fourth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at some of the cruisers on show. From the aggresive Ducati Diavel to more classic cruisers from...

Conrad Leach Lucky 13 art auction

Conrad Leach Lucky 13 art auction

The centerpiece of last week’s Rollerburn was the stunning ‘Lucky 13’ skate ramp artwork. It was painted by famed artist Conrad Leach and he is now going to auction the panel to raise money for the...

MCN's multinational protest reaches Brussels

MCN's multinational protest reaches Brussels

Riders from the UK, France and Belgium have arrived at the European Commission headquarters. MAG chairman Ian Mutch, the BMF's government relations head Chris Hodder and MCN's Steve Farrell have each...

New MCN November 23: Rossi convinced he can get back to winning ways

New MCN November 23: Rossi convinced he can get back to winning ways

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday November 23, all the news and gossip from the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC in Birmingham. British bikes ruled Motorcycle Live over the opening...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Three

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Three

See highlights from the second day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at how easy it is to get on a bike. The show offers opportunities for youngsters and adults alike to...

Roland Sands 'Dirty Desmo': des-irable or des-ecration?

Roland Sands 'Dirty Desmo': des-irable or des-ecration?

Roland Sands recently took the brave/insane decision to accept a commission to streetfighter a Desmsedici RR. Or dirt tracker-it anyway, as is their wont where he lives. There's no doubting the size...

Riders gather for MCN EU protest

Riders gather for MCN EU protest

Riders have started gathering at ports en route to Brussels take part in MCN’s protest over stifling EU measures for bikes. Protesters are due to meet near the European Commission headquarters before...

New MCN Sport November 24: Bike racing 2011 - the definitive review

New MCN Sport November 24: Bike racing 2011 - the definitive review

The latest edition of MCN Sport goes on sale Thursday November 24 with the foreword from 2011 MotoGP champion Casey Stoner. We remember Marco Simoncelli, talk to Cal Crutchlow after his first season...

Yamaha price cut shock

Yamaha price cut shock

Yamaha has announced dramatic and favourable price reductions on five key 2012 models. The bikes are all 600cc plus and are from several classes including sports, adventure and roadster models. The...

Brit bikes steal show at Motorcycle Live

Brit bikes steal show at Motorcycle Live

British bikes proved a massive hit at the NEC Motorcycle Live show last weekend thanks to stunning displays from Triumph, Norton, Metisse and Royal Enfield. Triumph led the way, with show-goers...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Two

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Two

See highlights from the second day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as manufacturer's detail their latest sports bike offerings; from the all-new Ducati 1199 Panigale, to the updated Suzuki...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day One

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day One

Watch the video below for the highlights from the opening day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham, which was opened by Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow. Check back soon for more news...

Suzuki reveals sub-£3500 Inazuma 250

Suzuki reveals sub-£3500 Inazuma 250

Suzuki has launched an all-new 250 called the Inazuma at the NEC show. An all-new 248cc parallel twin powers what Suzuki says is B-King-influenced design for newcomers and returning riders. No price,...

Revamped engine for latest Moto Guzzi V7s

Revamped engine for latest Moto Guzzi V7s

Moto Guzzi’s popular smaller V-twin range has received a complete makeover for 2012 – proving once again that parent Piaggio is investing heavily in reviving the historic marque. At last week’s Milan...

German police seek bike-hating bend boobytrapper

German police seek bike-hating bend boobytrapper

German Police are appealing for information leading to the arrest of a bike-hating boobytrapper who's been lacing bends with oil and gravel. There's been a spate of what are thought to be deliberate...

Suzuki angrily terminates VW tie-up

Suzuki angrily terminates VW tie-up

The dream of a GSX-R Passat or TDi Gladius is over. Suzuki has acrimoniously ended its partnership with VW. Chairman and CEO Osamu Suzuki's statement is worth a read for anyone who has ever...

Adventure Map – motorcycle tours in France

Adventure Map – motorcycle tours in France

You don’t need to fly across the globe to enjoy leaving it all behind on an adventure tour – there are some fantastic roads on offer just across the channel in the south of France. If you want to make...

Do we need electronic rider aids? You decide.

Do we need electronic rider aids? You decide.

Hi, it’s Michael Neeves, Senior Road tester here and I’m looking for willing volunteers to help me with a road test feature. I would like to invite a couple of you to try some bikes fitted with and...

Ex-Manx Suzuki XR69 for sale

Ex-Manx Suzuki XR69 for sale

This achingly-gorgeous Harris Performance XR69 is being offered for sale by long-time endurance race campaigners Alf’s Motorcycles in Worthing. The bike, which lapped the Isle of Man’s 37.73 Mountain...

Ducati's 848 Streetfighter overpowers Triumph Street Triple R

Ducati's 848 Streetfighter overpowers Triumph Street Triple R

Ducati say their Streetfighter 848 is suitable for riders who want Ducati’s legendary sports bike performance without the head down, arse up seating stance of a race replica. And our world first group...

‘Every rider should join MCN Brussels protest’

‘Every rider should join MCN Brussels protest’

Riders’ rights groups have urged motorcyclists to join MCN’s Brussels protest ride as the day of the action approaches. We’re asking readers to meet us next Tuesday in Brussels, where we’re staging a...

Top bike insurer says: ‘No more than three mods, whatever they are’

Top bike insurer says: ‘No more than three mods, whatever they are’

One of Britain’s biggest motorcycle insurers is refusing to cover machines with more than three modifications, irrespective of what they are. Bikes with four minor alterations such as a sticker are...