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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Editor's picks: BMW R1200S

    23 September 2011

    Editor's picks: BMW R1200S

    Here in the MCN office there is an ongoing conversation about the merits of Boxer twins. The short-lived R1200S is a real opinion-divider... Somehow you already know if you want the BMW R1200S. The...

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  • Ireland confirms hi-vis plans

    23 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Ireland confirms hi-vis plans

    Ireland’s Road Safety Authority has confirmed plans to make all motorcyclists wear high-visibility clothing. A spokesman for the authority said: “We do intend to seek to introduce the measure in...

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  • Send us your pictures from MAG demos

    23 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Send us your pictures from MAG demos

    MCN wants your pictures and stories from this weekend’s demonstrations over anti-tampering measures. Over 100 co-ordinated protest rides are set to take place on motorways this Sunday over...

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  • Get your epic free MCN Sport wallpapers here

    23 September 2011 by Guy Procter

    Get your epic free MCN Sport wallpapers here

    The acclaimed new edition of MCN Sport is out now, and to celebrate here's some ridiculously cool wallpapers. Each image is taken from the mag – which features 132 lavish pages of unparalleled racing...

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  • Destination dealer: Doble Motorcycles

    23 September 2011 by MCN

    Destination dealer: Doble Motorcycles

    ADVERTISING PROMOTION Doble Motorcycles of Coulsdon, Surrey have had a buoyant year so far – and continue to lead the way with fantastic offers on ALL new Hondas. Every new motorcycle from Doble is...

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  • Amusing Carlsberg biker ad showing online

    23 September 2011 by Andy Downes

    Amusing Carlsberg biker ad showing online

    This Carlsberg beer advertisement has surfaced online and shows a fly-on-the-wall filmed series of reactions to people walking into a cinema packed almost to capacity with tattooed bikers. The films...

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  • MPs to join day of protest

    23 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    MPs to join day of protest

    MPs are set to join bikers in nationwide protests over restrictive new regulations from Europe. They will take part in a demonstration this Sunday consisting of over 100 coordinated protest rides on...

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  • Editor's picks: Ducati Multistrada 1000

    22 September 2011 by MCN

    Editor's picks: Ducati Multistrada 1000

    The Ducati Multistrada 1000 was one of the firm's boldest projects. Launched in 2003, the touring-sportster hybrid is the do-it-all Ducati that can carve lines through corners halfway through...

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  • Harley-Davidson exhibition extended

    22 September 2011 by Laura Halls

    Harley-Davidson exhibition extended

    The Customising, Culture and Harley-Davidson exhibition at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Manchester has been extended until 30 October. There are over 30 motorcycles on display,...

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  • 1000 Bikes to be on TV

    22 September 2011 by Laura Halls

    1000 Bikes to be on TV

    An hour-long TV special on this year’s  Festival of 1000 Bikes  featuring ‘King’ Kenny Roberts will be aired on ITV4 early next month. This year’s festival was the biggest and best ever,...

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  • Gallery: MCN Awards 2011

    22 September 2011 by MCN

    Gallery: MCN Awards 2011

    The 2011 MCN Awards were held on Tuesday September 20 at a glittering dinner where the cream of the motorcycle industry met with senior members of the MCN team. See the gallery to the right for...

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  • Editor's picks: BMW R1200R

    21 September 2011 by MCN

    Editor's picks: BMW R1200R

    The BMW R1200R is the lesser known boxer engine-powered machine in the German company's present range of bikes. With 702 R1200GS models sold up to the end of July this year and only 134 R1200R in...

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  • Module 2 test - examiner in car?!

    20 September 2011 by NathanCBR

    Like many people recently I have taken my module 2 bike test (again) but couldn't help but notice that not only the first time but also the second time (with the same examiner) he was following me on my test in a small car? Correct me if I'm wrong but surely they must also be on a bike?

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  • Editor's picks: Kawasaki W650

    16 September 2011 by MCN

    Editor's picks: Kawasaki W650

    Yearning for a slice of retro style after feasting your eyes on the classic metal in MCN Retro? Then, like us, you might be considering your options. If you love the aesthetics but want to combine...

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  • Goodwood Revival on ITV4

    16 September 2011 by MCN

    Goodwood Revival on ITV4

    Goodwood Revival is a fabulous throwback to a bygone age, with racers from yesteryear competing for the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. With a chance to see our Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves,...

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  • Win tickets to BSB at Silverstone

    16 September 2011 by MCN

    Win tickets to BSB at Silverstone

    The first event of the final three round MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship Showdown at Donington Park produced a pair of dramatic races as John Hopkins claimed a double win to take the lead...

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  • Editor's picks: Ducati Sport 1000

    15 September 2011 by MCN

    Editor's picks: Ducati Sport 1000

    This week's MCN Retro supplement has provided suitable inspiration to gaze longingly at the classic and modern-classic machines nestled amongst the 19,500 motorcycles for sale at...

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  • Michael Neeves 2011 Goodwood Revival blog

    15 September 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Michael Neeves 2011 Goodwood Revival blog

    I’ll be going back in time at 9am tomorrow when practice kicks-off for the Barry Sheene Memorial race, at the 2011 Goodwood Revival. This year's Revival meeting promises to be the best ever, with the...

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  • MCN Retro: Per amore della Guzzi

    15 September 2011 by MCN

    MCN Retro: Per amore della Guzzi

    Don't miss MCN Retro, a 32-page magazine free with this week's MCN (September 14), featuring retro metal like John Purser's bespoke Moto Guzzi café racer built by Hamburg-based Kaffee Maschine. The...

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  • Video: I, Superbiker 2 - The Showdown

    14 September 2011 by MCN

    Video: I, Superbiker 2 - The Showdown

    I,Superbiker 2 - The Showdown follows the top six contenders for the British Superbike championship, capturing the highs and lows of the season with a strong emphasis on the Showdown in the latter...

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  • Speed Triple passes the test

    14 September 2011 by BigDan2011

    Speed Triple passes the test

    My four-year-old daughter Abi trying my new Speed Triple out for size. She says one day she wants one of her own... start them young I say!

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  • Bikes on TV: 14-20 September

    14 September 2011 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: 14-20 September

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

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  • Suzuki Girls

    14 September 2011 by Anita Murphy

    Suzuki Girls

    Myself and the girls had a fab day at the first Suzuki Girls Torque Track Day at Donington Park on Monday September 13. It was great riding with other girls of different levels and this will hopefully...

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  • EU anti-tampering measures would make me a prisoner in my own home

    14 September 2011 by Anonymous

    I've been riding bikes since the mid '70s and for most of my life my work has been manual labour. After 30 years of this all the heavy lifting rendered me disabled - with two worn vertebrae. I'm unable to sit in cars due to the vertical position and lumbar bars in seats aggravating my condition. I currently ride a '97 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport as it is the only motorcycle I know that I'm...

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  • Destination dealer: Grantham Honda Bikes

    13 September 2011 by MCN

    Destination dealer: Grantham Honda Bikes

    ADVERTISING PROMOTION Lincolnshire’s leading Honda dealer is gearing up for its last special open day of the year on Saturday, 17 September.  The previous day in July proved to be a massive...

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