2011

Triumph Tiger Explorer: 135bhp/£11,000ish

Triumph Tiger Explorer: 135bhp/£11,000ish

Triumph's new Tiger Explorer will give its R1200GS rival a 135bhp mauling the firm has revealed. That makes the Explorer's all-new 1200cc+ motor 35% more powerful than its German rival's, at least for...

Brit GP winner makes bike training DVD

Brit GP winner makes bike training DVD

Ex-500cc Grand Prix winner Simon Crafar finished filming his new track-riding instructional DVD at the Motorland circuit in Aragon last month. The huge production, which consisted of a 31-strong film...

New MCN November 9: Ducati 1199 Panigale revealed

New MCN November 9: Ducati 1199 Panigale revealed

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday November 9, MCN has all the details on the new Ducati 1199 Panigale, in a free 24-page supplement. We detail the bike's development process from an...

Fantasy Road Race winner

Fantasy Road Race winner

Duncan Norman has won the MCN Fantasy Road Race competition, in association with MCE Insurance, and alongside the glory of winning he becomes the proud owner of a 50th anniversary Yamaha...

New BMW R1200GS Rallye for 2012

New BMW R1200GS Rallye for 2012

BMW has just released details of the new R1200GS Rallye for 2012. The model joins the rest of the best-selling GS range and follows the success of the R1200GS Triple Black from earlier this year. No...

Dirt Bike Show defies recession with 28 per cent increase

Dirt Bike Show defies recession with 28 per cent increase

The 2011 International Dirt Bike Show had one of its most successful years ever. Over 22,000 off-road enthusiasts crammed the halls at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire over a four-day period – an increase of...

Milan Show: Husqvarna unveils all new MOAB concept Scrambler

Milan Show: Husqvarna unveils all new MOAB concept Scrambler

Husqvarna has just unveiled this brand new Steve McQueen concept bike at the Milan Show. Powered by a 650 single, it’s got 60/70s inspired ‘On Any Sunday’ styling, including chrome detailed tank,...

Those were the days

The picture is of me and was in MCN, October/November 1977 as the last of your 'bike birds'. I still have a bike - a Harley-Davidson 48 which I share with my twin sister. I'm still going over to the Ilse of Man for the TT and Manx next year!

Super Sic tribute

Super Sic tribute

MotoGP is a sport that I have grown up with due to my dad's love of all things motorbike. As a 20 year old girl I would normally groan when he'd change channels on a sunday to watch the...

MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR revealed: Big power and adjustability

MV Agusta Brutale 1090 RR revealed: Big power and adjustability

MV Agusta has just released details from the Milan show of an addition to its 2012 Brutale range. The Brutale 1090 RR is the Italian company’s most powerful Brutale to date with a claimed peak power...

The Ducati 1199 Panigale files: 24 page supplement FREE in MCN

The Ducati 1199 Panigale files: 24 page supplement FREE in MCN

Ducati's incredible new 1199 Panigale has just been unveiled, and MCN is the only publication in the world to be able to tell the full and exclusive inside story of the world's most extreme...

24-page Ducati 1199 Panigale supplement in this week's MCN!

24-page Ducati 1199 Panigale supplement in this week's MCN!

Ducati's incredible new 1199 Panigale has just been unveiled, and MCN is the only publication in the world to be able to tell the full and exclusive inside story of the world's most extreme v-twin.

10 things bike firms could learn from their own ads

10 things bike firms could learn from their own ads

Look at bike ads from decades past and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren’t fighting hard enough for the customers they could have. What happened to having the balls to compare...

Mothballing your motorcycle - storage advice from Haynes

Mothballing your motorcycle - storage advice from Haynes

With the evenings drawing in and the temperature falling, the experts at Haynes are offering practical advice for riders preparing to hide their bikes away for the winter.  Preparation is vital,...

Heavily modified Suzuki Hayabusa turbo stolen

Heavily modified Suzuki Hayabusa turbo stolen

A heavily modified and extremely distinctive Suzuki Hayabusa turbo, registration number YNG 341, has been stolen overnight in the early hours of Monday 7 November from Benfleet, Essex. The main...

Best of Bikeshop: Modern classics up for grabs this week

Best of Bikeshop: Modern classics up for grabs this week

We've been browsing MCN bikes for sale every day to bring you some of our top picks from over 19,000 motorcycles for sale.           ...

MV reveals finished Brutale 675 - £7999 in the UK

MV reveals finished Brutale 675 - £7999 in the UK

MV Agusta has officially taken the wraps off the Brutale 675 for the first time with the Triumph Street Triple rival confirmed as being priced at £7999 in the UK. The Brutale shares the same basic...

Shake-up for 2012 Lansdowne classic series

Shake-up for 2012 Lansdowne classic series

Classic racing club, Lansdowne will introduce a number of changes for the 2012 season, including a control tyre for their Bonhams British Historic Grand Prix Championship. Just like BSB, WSB and...

150mph YouTube speeder escapes jail

150mph YouTube speeder escapes jail

A motorcyclist who filmed himself speeding at 150mph and posted the footage online has been given a suspended jail sentence and five-year ban. Robert Mark Owens, 48, from Milton Keynes, used a...

Why Yamaha's good news is bad news for you

Why Yamaha's good news is bad news for you

Yamaha has released its latest set of financial figures amid fanfare, proclaiming it has 'secured profitability in all business segments'. That's about as close to a whoop as Japanese businesses get.

Rieju MRT 125LC Pro SM: Hottest ever learner supermoto

Rieju MRT 125LC Pro SM: Hottest ever learner supermoto

Rieju say this new Yamaha-powered 125 is the ultimate Supermoto 125, and have even given it the code name 'Duke Killer', referring to KTM's new 125 Duke. In terms of performance, Rieju have a point.

Yamaha Fazer 8 upgrade

Yamaha Fazer 8 upgrade

This is my Yamaha Fazer 8 with a few modifications. Skidmarx used my bike for the bodywork development. Double bubble screen, hugger, side panels, bellypan and headlight protectors are all...

Classic bikes to be MoT exempt

Classic bikes to be MoT exempt

Classic bikes will be exempt from the MoT test under proposals published by Roads Minister Mike Penning today. Bikes or cars made before 1960 will no longer have to undergo the inspection under...

Win a £12,000 bike for doing police Bikesafe course

Win a £12,000 bike for doing police Bikesafe course

Motorcyclists are being offered the chance to win a bike worth £12,000 for doing a safe riding course taught by police. A scooter worth up to £2000 is also on offer in the initiative to improve...

Bike crashes down

Bike crashes down

Fatal and serious motorcycle casualties have fallen by 8% in a year according to new government figures. Deaths and serious injuries fell faster for motorcyclists than car users, who saw a 7%...

Video: Triumph Speedmaster takes on rivals

Video: Triumph Speedmaster takes on rivals

Chugging between hedgerows, wind in your face, twin-cylinder engine thudding beneath you... it's easy to see why so many riders love the idea of cruisers. The looks, character and torque make the...

MV F3 675 – full details released

MV F3 675 – full details released

MV’s forthcoming and mouth-watering new supersports, the F3 675, will be the most sophisticated, tech-laden supersports ever when it finally goes on sale next month. The Italian firm has at long last...

Ultra-lightweight Ducati-powered NCR weighs just 126kg

Ultra-lightweight Ducati-powered NCR weighs just 126kg

This Monster-powered, featherweight racer is the M4 One Shot, the latest beauty from Bologna-based bike builders NCR. Using the same basic geometry and concept as the firm's 1000 Millona race bike,...

Moto Guzzi V75 Lario

Moto Guzzi V75 Lario

Here's my idea idea for a small, sporty Moto Guzzi, with classic styling.

Bikes on TV: 2-8 November

Bikes on TV: 2-8 November

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

BMW adds QR codes to prototypes

BMW adds QR codes to prototypes

BMW is now incorporating QR codes into the camouflaging used on disguised road-going prototypes, so sharp-eyed and curious onlookers can use their smartphones to scan the codes and go to an official...

Destination dealer: New Harley dealership for Stoke

Destination dealer: New Harley dealership for Stoke

ADVERTISING PROMOTION A brand new Harley-Davidson dealership is preparing to open its doors in November – and the launch will be marked by a glittering firework-fuelled celebration. The Stoke-based...

"There was nothing there"

"There was nothing there"

My son was riding back from a mate's house on Sunday 30/10/2011 in Torquay when an 80 year old BMW driver drove right into his bike whilst turning right, breaking his right leg. His comment...

Guy Martin’s new TV show

Guy Martin’s new TV show

ROAD RACE hero Guy Martin has started filming his second TV series which will show on Channel 4 next year. The show, which has a working title of ‘Guy Martin Building Britain’ is set to be shown on...

MP backs MCN Brussels protest

MP backs MCN Brussels protest

MP Steve Baker has expressed support for MCN’s planned Brussels protest ride over stifling EU measures for new bikes.  The Tory MP for Wycombe threw his weight behind the campaign before...

New MCN November 2: Biking mourns loss of Simoncelli

New MCN November 2: Biking mourns loss of Simoncelli

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday November 2, MCN has all the details on the new Triumph Tiger 1200 explorer, which will be publicly unveiled at the Milan Show. The bike is powered by an...