August

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 Babes at Coalville

MCN Babes at Coalville

Here's my son James (14) at our local bike meet at the Vic in Coalville on a Thursday night with the MCN Babes.

Dudley looking for a new bike!

Dudley looking for a new bike!

Dudley looking for a new bike in MCN!

Editor’s picks – KTM 690 Duke

Editor’s picks – KTM 690 Duke

With the scoop first ride of the 2012 KTM 690 Duke gracing the pages of this week’s issue of MCN, we take a look at the previous model (2008-2011) – one of the most involving rides you’ll find, with a...

Snap up a cheap Harley-Davidson this weekend

Snap up a cheap Harley-Davidson this weekend

A huge auction that will shift £560k worth of goods takes place in Doncaster this weekend after a firm owning three Harley-Davidson dealerships went into administration. Doncaster, Manchester and...

Staff bikes - Honda Crossrunner: You never stop learning

Staff bikes - Honda Crossrunner: You never stop learning

Two thousand, three hundred and forty-seven miles can reveal a lot about a bike. Even about one you thought you already knew. Such has been my first couple of months with the Crossrunner. I...

Save £6 on your Motorcycle Live 2011 ticket

Save £6 on your Motorcycle Live 2011 ticket

Motorcycle Live 2011 are offering discounted tickets to the first 500 people who apply to this year’s event online. The lucky 500 will pay just £10 per ticket to the show which will take place at The...

Ducati's 2012 superbike: the SuperQuadro or Panigale

Ducati's 2012 superbike: the SuperQuadro or Panigale

The real name of Ducati's 2012 superbike will be either 'SuperQuadro' or 'Panigale.' In a carbon copy of the leak of the Diavel's name last year, the contenders for the official title have been...

Britain's Got Biking Talent: Time to pick your favourite special

Britain's Got Biking Talent: Time to pick your favourite special

Britain's favourite and most prestigious bike competition is entering the final voting stages and we've invited a few of the top 50 into our studio for a closer look. Britain's Got Biking Talent with...

Ducati with an American touch

Ducati with an American touch

Here's a Ducati I designed with an American touch.

Ross Noble's Sit Down Tour: Edinburgh Castle to Newcastle

Ross Noble's Sit Down Tour: Edinburgh Castle to Newcastle

Stand up comedian and bike enthusiast Ross Noble embarked on the Sit Down Tour in May to celebrate half a million bikes being produced at the Hinckley factory in Leicestershire. Noble toured the UK on...

Destination dealer: 204mph MV at Drayton Croft

Destination dealer: 204mph MV at Drayton Croft

ADVERTISING PROMOTION The long-awaited MV Agusta F4 1000 RR has arrived at Drayton Croft Motorcycles in Hinckley – drawing massive interest from bike fans. The dealership took on the exotic...

MCN will be at your local bike meet - Willingham Woods

MCN will be at your local bike meet - Willingham Woods

MCN will be out and about in the coming months visiting bike meets across Britain - we could be visiting your local bike meet! Tonight (Wednesday August 31) MCN will be at Willingham Woods,...

Scoop first ride! New KTM 690 Duke prototype

Scoop first ride! New KTM 690 Duke prototype

The world's most powerful single-cylinder bike will get more refined and yet more powerful next year, an MCN world first ride has revealed. MCN rode a prototype version of the 2012 KTM 690 Duke months...

Two-wheeled thieves steal dog

Two-wheeled thieves steal dog

Motorcycle-riding thieves struck in a bizarre way this week – by using the machine to snatch, not jewels or cash – but a Cavalier King Charles spaniel puppy! The dog-nappers struck aboard a machine...

Moto Morini 9 1/2 Strada and Sport

Moto Morini 9 1/2 Strada and Sport

Here are my ideas for two new Moto Morini's The 9 1/2 Strada and Sport.

New MCN August 31: New MV Agusta 675 Brutale spied!

New MCN August 31: New MV Agusta 675 Brutale spied!

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale August 31, we have the first spy shot of the new MV Agusta 675cc Brutale, along with details on the Triumph Street Triple R rival. Plus, MCN rides a prototype...

Ducati Scrambler

Ducati Scrambler

Here's a Ducati Scrambler I designed with the help of a friend.

Dealer offers lifetime warranty on new bikes

Dealer offers lifetime warranty on new bikes

A dealer will be offering free lifetime warranties on all new motorcycles sold from September 1st. The lifetime warranty given by Bridge Motorcycles in Exeter will act as an extension to the...

Dealer refuses to sell Yamaha OW-01

Dealer refuses to sell Yamaha OW-01

This rare Yamaha FZR750RR OW-01 with only six miles on the clock has been standing in a showroom for 22 years, but despite customers offering £30,000, the dealer is still refusing to sell. The bike...

Rider killed braking for a speed camera

Rider killed braking for a speed camera

A motorcyclist was killed after braking too hard for a speed camera, a coroner said. Timothy Rowsell, 64, was doing at least 78mph on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 as he approached the speed camera van on a...

Video: Which superbike for under £5000?

Video: Which superbike for under £5000?

With the advent of electronics and near-200bhp power outputs, it's easy to forget just how good the sports bikes of 2005 were. They had huge power - up to 160bhp - yet were tractable in the midrange,...

Hooligan Triumph Street Triple R café racer special

Hooligan Triumph Street Triple R café racer special

This Street Triple R is the latest in the line of brilliantly-executed specials created by Triumph dealer Jack Lilley. Designed to mimic the café racer style, it actually looks uncannily like any...

Staff bikes: Moto Guzzi Griso SE - V7 Classic snaffled by actress

Staff bikes: Moto Guzzi Griso SE - V7 Classic snaffled by actress

Just when I was learning to love the V7 Classic and its gentle take on motorcycling life, it has been snatched away from me. Moto Guzzi have reclaimed it, and sent it on a far more glamourous mission:...

Staff bikes: Ducati Monster 1100 Evo - The modern cafe racer

Staff bikes: Ducati Monster 1100 Evo - The modern cafe racer

Over the months that I've owned the Monster, many have asked me "What's it like?" My default answer is "A real, good, honest motorcycle". Which sounds like damning it with faint praise; that's far...

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSR750 - Tail tidy improves GSR's rear

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSR750 - Tail tidy improves GSR's rear

After riding the GSR for the first few miles there was only one modification that I could see needed to be made, to fit a tail tidy and get rid of the huge piece of plastic hanging off the rear end of...

Which used superbike for under £5000?

Which used superbike for under £5000?

With the advent of electronics and near-200bhp power outputs, it's easy to forget just how good the sports bikes of 2005 were. They had huge power - up to around 160bhp - yet were tractable in the...

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager takes on the baggers

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager takes on the baggers

The imposing bulk of Kawasaki's new VN1700 Voyager Custom has just landed on UK soil, sending a shudder through the large touring cruiser market. But how scared should the American competition be of...

MCN will be at your local bike meet - Vic Bikers Pub, Coalville

MCN will be at your local bike meet - Vic Bikers Pub, Coalville

MCN will be out and about in the coming months visiting bike meets across Britain - we could be visiting your local bike meet! Tonight (Thursday August 25) MCN will be at the Vic Bikers...

Destination dealer: Big savings at Lidsdirect.co.uk

Destination dealer: Big savings at Lidsdirect.co.uk

ADVERTISING PROMOTION If you are in the market for a new helmet – or other biking accessories – check out Lidsdirect.co.uk Lidsdirect.co.uk is the fastest growing online motorcycle helmet, clothing...

Last of the Brit-built Broughs

Last of the Brit-built Broughs

This is the last British-built Brough Superior, and potentially the last example of what was once the most desirable marque in motorcycling. Produced by brothers Les and Dave Card, it was the final...

My Bimota "Mutòr" concept

My Bimota "Mutòr" concept

Here is a concept I design as a collaboration between Bimota and Moto Morini. It's called "Mutòr" (which means motorcycle in the dialect of Romagna). It wants to be the icon of Italian...

Vote for Britain's best bike!

Vote for Britain's best bike!

Britain's favourite talent competition is in its final stages. Over the past few weeks our celebrity judges have been scrutinising every entry and after much head-scratching and arguing, they've...

Ross Noble's Sit Down Tour - the Lakes to the Wild West

Ross Noble's Sit Down Tour - the Lakes to the Wild West

Ross Noble, stand up comedian, bike enthusiast and enduro racer, embarked on the Sit Down Tour in May to celebrate half a million bikes being produced at the Hinckley factory. The tour of the UK was...

Sci-fi film 'Priest' features Gladius jet-bike

Sci-fi film 'Priest' features Gladius jet-bike

Priest, a new sci-fi film based on a Korean graphic novel, is a "post-apocalyptic thriller, set in an alternate world ... ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires" where a "legendary...