June

Video: Givi's waterproof luggage

Video: Givi's waterproof luggage

Ever wondered how to fasten a bag and strap it to your bike? This (very European) video showcases two of Givi's new waterproof textile bags. Could be a good bet if you're planning on getting away in...

Riders urged to join high-vis demo

Riders urged to join high-vis demo

Motorcyclists have been urged to join a protest this Saturday against the threat of compulsory high-visibility vests and other restrictive new rules from Brussels. The Motorcycle Action Group is...

Suzuki V-Strom 650 first ride

Suzuki V-Strom 650 first ride

The new Suzuki V Strom 650 is currently being tested in Croatia, by MCN's Phil West, these are his first impressions: "We’ve just ridden about 150 miles, along the spectacular Dalmatian coast, and...

BMW HP2 – only 20 left to buy

BMW HP2 – only 20 left to buy

BMW Motorrad UK has announced (30-6-2011) only 20 of its HP2 boxer-twin sports bikes exist in UK BMW dealers and that any prospective buyers should be quick to snap one up because production of the...

New Triumph Trophy 1200 tourer spied again

New Triumph Trophy 1200 tourer spied again

Triumph's all-new 1200cc three-cylinder tourer has been spotted undergoing final endurance testing on the road in Spain just months ahead of its launch. This spy picture – which is shown in full in...

Thanks to Neil Hodgson

Thanks to Neil Hodgson

Thanks to Neil Hodgson for offering us a lift from Creg Ny Baa to Douglas on sat 4 June just after the Superbike TT race. Neil very kindly took ourselves (Rhondo, Craig, Diesel, Colin, Eagle, Oggster...

Suzuki V-Strom launch

Suzuki V-Strom launch

MCN’s Executive Editor Phil West has flown to Croatia for the launch of Suzuki’s much anticipated, updated V-Strom. He’s just phoned through this brief report: "My first thoughts are that in the flesh...

Warrs 'Bullet' Café Racer debuts at Ace

Warrs 'Bullet' Café Racer debuts at Ace

This Harley-Davidson is the latest 'themed' bike to roll out of the workshop of Warrs Harley-Davidson, Europe’s oldest H-D dealer. The 'Bullet' café racer is based around the rolling chassis of a new...

Free gift for every MCNcompare policy buyer in July

Free gift for every MCNcompare policy buyer in July

Not only can MCNcompare save you up to £150* on your insurance but we are giving away a free gift to EVERYONE who buys a policy in July - including a Hein Gericke £10 voucher, Havoc helmets, a year's...

Bikes on TV: June 29 - July 5

Bikes on TV: June 29 - July 5

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

Brammo starts European production

Brammo starts European production

Electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo has started production in Hungary, expanding its business into Europe for the first time. Production is taking place at the Flextronics facility in Sarvar and...

Wanted: "Extraordinary Honda rider"

Wanted: "Extraordinary Honda rider"

Honda is looking for "extraordinary" Honda owners to feature in a Channel 4 documentary short film. Hoping to celebrate the "interesting and innovative" ways in which people use their Hondas, the...

New Suzuki V-Strom price announced

New Suzuki V-Strom price announced

The revised V-Strom 650 ABS will go on sale at a price of £6899 on the road when it becomes available in dealers in late July, Suzuki has revealed. The facelifted machine features new bodywork,...

Electric superbike smashes Pikes Peak record

Electric superbike smashes Pikes Peak record

Chip Yates’ 240bhp electric superbike has smashed the electric motorcycle record at the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, beating the previous year’s time by over four minutes. The American’s...

Bimota TB-S Concept

Bimota TB-S Concept

Here's my idea for a retro Bimota. What do you think?

Have you gone from sportsbikes to naked bikes?

Have you gone from sportsbikes to naked bikes?

We want to hear from riders who used to ride sportsbikes but have recently switched to a naked machine. We want to know: • Why you changed bikes • What attracted you to the naked bike...

Columnist’s second call for motorcycle ban

Columnist’s second call for motorcycle ban

A newspaper columnist has written his second article calling for motorcycles to be banned. Hugh Curran appears to relish having angered motorcyclists with the first column, which said they...

New MCN June 29: Lorenzo: 'Ban Simoncelli'

New MCN June 29:  Lorenzo: 'Ban Simoncelli'

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale 29 June, MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo vents his fury at MotoGP wildman Marco Simoncelli Plus, you could win a Suzuki GSX-R600 when you insure your bike...

Face of Ducati 1199 superbike revealed

Face of Ducati 1199 superbike revealed

Italian magazine Motociclismo has scooped images of the new Ducati 1199 superbike according to a story on the website. The full story will be out later this week in Italy. It appears studio images of...

Win VIP tickets to Brands Hatch

Win VIP tickets to Brands Hatch

Enter Powerbronze International’s prize draw to win a pair of VIP passes to the Brands Hatch round of the British Superbike Championship on August 7 2011. Courtesy of Swan Yamaha, this prize includes...

Major fire hits M&P Motorcycles

Major fire hits M&P Motorcycles

A major fire has destroyed the Swansea headquarters of Europe's largest motorcycle parts and accessories company, M&P Motorcycles. The company has temporarily re-located to nearby premises where...

Stalker's Superbike circuits

Stalker's Superbike circuits

Of interest to the many riders that I speak to over a race weekend is how Stalker trains for riding a Superbike. Up until now you’ve not had the chance to learn about the hard work that goes on behind...

"Our kids ride bikes and we're proud"

"Our kids ride bikes and we're proud"

Proud parents have hit back after a road safety charity said it was irresponsible to buy children motorcycles. The influential charity Brake last week told a national newspaper: “Junior motorbikes...

New ultra-light Ducati special

New ultra-light Ducati special

It's got the power-to-weight to match a Moto2 bike, the looks to murder it and it's green too. Well, it's built around recycled Ducati ST3 engines. The RAD02 Corsa Evo is a reworked RAD02 Corsa...

Campaign for Isle of Wight TT

Campaign for Isle of Wight TT

A Facebook campaign for an Isle of Wight TT has gained over 1000 supporters in days. The page says: ‘The Isle of Wight is able to accommodate a music festival of 90,000 people, so why not start...

Newspaper columnist: Ban motorcycles

Newspaper columnist: Ban motorcycles

A newspaper column saying motorcycles should be banned has attracted dozens of objections from readers. Hugh Curran begins his article: ‘It's time to ban the motorcycle. There, I said it. It needed to...

Hodgson tests Aprilia and Ducati rider aids for MCN

Hodgson tests Aprilia and Ducati rider aids for MCN

Even the base spec versions of Aprilia and Ducati’s latest superbikes, the RSV4 and 1198, are now bristling with electronic rider aids such as traction control and anti-wheelie – but how good are...

Best of Bikemart: Modern classics up for grabs this week

Best of Bikemart: 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 10,000 motorcycles for sale.           ...

Video: Keith Flint revs up for Brands Hatch GP trackday on Suzuki GSX-R1000

Video: Keith Flint revs up for Brands Hatch GP trackday on Suzuki GSX-R1000

Prodigy frontman Keith Flint is pounding the tracks this year on his Crescent Suzuki-prepared Suzuki GSX-R1000 race machine. In this short video he joins MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves, on his...

Video: Neil Hodgson tests superstock BMW S1000RR

Video: Neil Hodgson tests superstock BMW S1000RR

New MCN Road Tester and ex-WSB/BSB champ Neil Hodsgon got to throw his leg over two superstock spec Park Lane BMW BMW S1000RRs at Brands GP recently. One of the BMW S1000RR’s, which is raced by Senior...

Video: auto-throttle blipper for R1

Video: auto-throttle blipper for R1

Techtronics have just launched a ground-braking automatic electronic downshift blipping system for Yamaha’s R1 and R6. Operating seamlessly with the Yamaha YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle)...

Video: Keith Flint's FTR Moto2

Video: Keith Flint's FTR Moto2

If you’ve got deep enough pockets you can now buy your very own Grand Prix bike. This £75,000 FTR Moto2, belonging to Prodigy front man Keith Flint, is the first customer machine to be built by the...

How to TT-proof your GSX-R1000 by Guy Martin team boss Philip Neill

How to TT-proof your GSX-R1000 by Guy Martin team boss Philip Neill

Suzuki's GSX-R1000 will get you round the TT at 125mph+ no problem. But that fancy feather-light race bodywork you've been hankering after? It could cost infinitely more time than it saves, says...

VIDEO: Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE v some Datsun – are bike firms growing their balls back?

VIDEO: Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE v some Datsun – are bike firms growing their balls back?

Look at bike ads from decades passed and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren’t fighting hard enough for the customers they have. Most of all, why did they ever decide to let cars get...

New Aprilia SR Max 125 and 300 scooters

New Aprilia SR Max 125 and 300 scooters

Aprilia has unveiled two new scooters called the SR Max 125 and 300 with styling Aprilia optimistically suggests is inspired by the RSV4 Superbike. The SR Max will go head to head with bigger scooters...

Video: New Husqvarna 900 spied on the road

Video: New Husqvarna 900 spied on the road

This spy video reveals the new Husqvarna 900 undergoing testing on the road near a BMW testing facility in Munich, Germany and shows the parallel-twin undergoing endurance testing on the road. We’re...