2011

Techy Kawasaki Versys 1000 is dark horse of class

Techy Kawasaki Versys 1000 is dark horse of class

Despite its derivative styling and the impression of parts sourced from other bikes, Kawasaki’s new entrant into the adventure bike class is much more than a Z1000 in new clothes, MCN can now...

Honda's V4 Crosstourer GS-rival gets sporty edge

Honda's V4 Crosstourer GS-rival gets sporty edge

Honda’s all-new adventure bike – the V4 Crosstourer – is significantly different to the prototype version first unveiled a year ago and will bring new sophistication, technology and riding pleasure to...

Video: 1980s Paris-Dakar box-set

Video: 1980s Paris-Dakar box-set

Duke Video have recently released a box-set of their coverage of the 1984-89 Paris-Dakar rallies. It costs £54.99 for the six-DVD collection, and covers a whopping 547 minutes of off-road action. And...

'Ace' prize for winner at Warr's Harley custom night

'Ace' prize for winner at Warr's Harley custom night

A dream trip to the legendary Daytona Bike Week in Florida awaits Harley owner Robertas Sakalauskus after winning the experience in the Warr’s Harley-Davidson big prize night at the Ace Café. Europe’s...

“Ultimate Kawasaki Experience” competition launched

“Ultimate Kawasaki Experience” competition launched

Anyone joining the Kawasaki Riders Club at the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC could win an ‘Ultimate Kawasaki Experience’. The prize includes riding a 2012 Kawasaki of your choice for a week, getting...

No Farmyard ticket price rise

No Farmyard ticket price rise

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has announced that ticket prices for the Farmyard Rally will not rise in 2012. This is the fifth year running tickets for Europe’s biggest motorcycle-only rally have...

See Guy Martin tow girls on skates this weekend

See Guy Martin tow girls on skates this weekend

Road-racing superstar Guy Martin will headline a new event called Rollerburn this weekend featuring scantily-clad women being towed behind bikes. The event is at the Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire...

New meeting place for Brussels protest

New meeting place for Brussels protest

MCN’s Brussels protest ride now has a new meeting point. At the request of Belgian police, riders will gather in a prestigious park opposite the European Commission instead of outside European...

Visit Alpha at the NEC

Visit Alpha at the NEC

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Essex-based official Yamaha and Suzuki dealers Alpha Motorcycles are well known for their show deals and special offers. After many years exhibiting at the NEC they know what...

Guy Martin creates own tea blend with competition winner

Guy Martin creates own tea blend with competition winner

Guy Martin has created a bespoke tea blend with Bennetts Biker Dream competiton winner Rachel Heath from Chesterfield. The 23-year-old's dream was to have a cuppa with the TV and TT star, but he went...

Video - Keith Flint’s final race of the season

Video - Keith Flint’s final race of the season

Bike-mad Prodigy frontman Keith Flint races in the Sorrymate.com Junior 1000 Endurance championship with Hottrax. Teaming up with Ben Neeves (brother of Senior Road Tester, Michael) they run under the...

Michael Neeves blog – Racedays, Jerez

Michael Neeves blog – Racedays, Jerez

I’ve just come back from riding my BMW Park Lane S1000RR at Racedays in Jerez. It was my final ever outing on No.5, after two years racing it in MRO. What is/who are Racedays? Racedays is a three-day...

Yamaha TZR-1 King Kenny concept

Yamaha TZR-1 King Kenny concept

Here's my concept for a modern old-school racer. Based on the engine from the current Yamaha R1, it is a tribute to Kenny Roberts Sr.

Help highlight potholes

Help highlight potholes

A new BBC consumer affairs programme wants to hear about hazardous unfilled potholes. Programme makers are looking for examples to film this week for a pilot series to be broadcast on Wednesday...

New MCN November 16: New Metal 2012 - unmissable new bikes from Milan & Tokyo

New MCN November 16: New Metal 2012 - unmissable new bikes from Milan & Tokyo

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday November 16, we bring you all the details on new metal for 2012, with 13 pages of unmissable new bikes from the Milan and Tokyo bike...

2012 KTM Duke: most potent single-cylinder road bike ever

2012 KTM Duke: most potent single-cylinder road bike ever

More power, less weight, improved refinement and ABS as standard  - the new KTM 690 Duke promises to be more fun, easier to ride and safer. Now making a claimed 70bhp, it’s also the most powerful...

Bumping into Ian Hutchinson

Bumping into Ian Hutchinson

I am Mark Vestey, an avid MCN reader for over 20 years, now living in Hong Kong. I just bumped into Ian Hutshinson at the Macau ferry here. Ian was on his way to Macau to race there next weekend.

El Sardinero Rally

El Sardinero Santander 2011 (Spanish Classic Motorcycle Rally). I entered the rally for the first time this year having heard many stories of the atmosphere, the roads and the welcome of the Spanish people. I can testify that all the tales were true and would recommend it to anyone, but my story is of a different aspect of the rally that many riders will possibly not want to think about. On one of...

Video: a decade in MotoGP

Video: a decade in MotoGP

Duke Video have just announced this extremely tempting DVD which covers the most controversial moments in the premier class of racing over the last 10 years. With expert analysis from the people who...

Honda CR1100 Dick Mann concept

Honda CR1100 Dick Mann concept

Here's my design for a Honda motorcycle, built as a tribute to 1970 Daytona winner Dick Mann.

‘Thousands of learners could have to pass test twice’

‘Thousands of learners could have to pass test twice’

Thousands of learner motorcyclists could have to take a controversial riding test twice despite passing the first time, riding instructors have warned. They are also likely to be charged twice as a...

Second MP backs MCN Brussels protest ride

Second MP backs MCN Brussels protest ride

An MP has given a major boost to MCN’s planned Brussels protest over stifling EU measures by promising to join the ride. Steve Weatherley, Tory MP for Brighton and Hove, will join MCN readers taking...

Staff bikes: Victory Cross Country - Victory on a roll

Staff bikes: Victory Cross Country - Victory on a roll

After six months with the Cross Country, I finally get to stretch its legs on a 1300-mile tour of Spain and Portugal. It turned out to be an eventful trip with plenty of ups and downs. The ups start...

Video: 2012 Husqvarna enduros tested

Video: 2012 Husqvarna enduros tested

Husqvarna's 2012 range has been revitalised as a direct result of winning both the E1 and E2 world championships. MCN's Michael Guy tests all the new 2012 models to see how they perform. Husqvarna...

Destination dealer: Great deals at Doble

Destination dealer: Great deals at Doble

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Doble Motorcycles of Coulsdon, Surrey, have had a great summer – and continue to lead the way with fantastic offers on ALL new Hondas. Selected new motorcycles from Doble are...

Honda's incredible RC-E Tokyo Show concept

Honda's incredible RC-E Tokyo Show concept

Honda will reveal this breathtaking electric sportsbike at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show next month. Dubbed the RCE, the  road-legal supersport-style bike uses the large, powerful electric motor...

Milan show video: Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200

Milan show video: Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200

Triumph's new Tiger Explorer 1200 adventure bike has been unveiled at the Milan show. The Tiger Explorer is set to be the most powerful shaft-driven adventure tourer for the foreseeable future, with...

How not to buy a ringer or clone: best guide yet

How not to buy a ringer or clone: best guide yet

One of Britain’s leading racing clubs has compiled the best guide yet on how to avoid buying a stolen bike or engine. The British Motorcycle Racing Club (Bemsee) has produced a short booklet clearly...

Spanish rally draws classic Brit bikers

Spanish rally draws classic Brit bikers

Three hundred British bikers descended on the Spanish port of Santander to take part in the XXIV Ancient Motorcycles Meeting aboard their classic bikes. They were treated to a celebrity welcome as...

Milan Show: Moto Guzzi unveils new V7

Milan Show: Moto Guzzi unveils new V7

Moto Guzzi has unveiled two new versions of its V7 Roadster at the Milan show, both also powered by an updated version of its 750cc Transverse V-Twin.  The new engine is outwardly similar to the...

Milan show video: R1200GS Rallye, G650GS Sertão and Husqvarna MOAB

Milan show video: R1200GS Rallye, G650GS Sertão and Husqvarna MOAB

MCN's Executive Editor Phil West takes a look at the new bikes from BMW and Husqvarna that have been launched at the EICMA Milan motorcycle show. One new model unveiled by BMW is the R1200GS...

Milan Show: Bimota reveal three new models

Milan Show: Bimota reveal three new models

Bimota were a surprise hit at the Milan show, with three all new-bikes. The DB10 is Bimota’s version of Ducati’s Hypermotard but with its own, tubular steel and aluminium frame.  The DB9 Brivido...

KTM Freeride video brilliantly sells appeal of electric dirtbikes

KTM Freeride video brilliantly sells appeal of electric dirtbikes

KTM has done the electric dirtbike industry a massive favour with its latest promo. The clip, which shows the lithe, 'leccy Freeride E tearing up Barcelona from bedside to BMX track brilliantly...

Bikes on TV: 9 - 15 November

Bikes on TV: 9 - 15 November

KEY TO CHANNELS.   DRT - Discovery Real Time  DSC - Discovery Channel   DHD - Discovery Channel HD   EXS - Extreme Sports Channel  EUR1 (2, HD) - Eurosport 1...

Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale unveiled at Milan Show

Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale unveiled at Milan Show

Ducati finally took the covers off of their revolutionary new superbike - the 1199 Panigale at the Milan Show today, and MCN was there to capture the unveiling. The 195bhp, 190kg 1199 Panigale V-twin...

Neck braces do work…

Neck braces do work…

Check out this video of a guy who crashed during a trackday at Barber Motorsports, USA. Now there’s braking and there’s braking, but braking to the point of breaking your bike and yourself is...