November

Kawasaki Versys 1000 first ride

Kawasaki Versys 1000 first ride

The new Kawasaki Versys 1000 is currently being tested by MCN out in Tenerife. Here is Senior Road Tester Adam Child’s first impressions: “Putting its looks to one side for a moment – beauty is in the...

10 bad ideas that made great bikes

10 bad ideas that made great bikes

When Ducati set out to build the 1199 – the most extreme superbike it could envisage – it did everything but address the bad idea at its core. With good reason. The firm’s L-twin engine layout is one...

French firm unveils carbon-framed V-twin superbike

French firm unveils carbon-framed V-twin superbike

A carbon-framed turbo-charged V-twin superbike has been unveiled by French manufacturer Boxer Design. Called the Superbob, its 1000cc engine has been developed in partnership with Akira...

Best of Bikeshop: 20 years of the Honda Fireblade

Best of Bikeshop: 20 years of the Honda Fireblade

To celebrate this week’s first ride of the new 20th anniversary 2012 Honda Fireblade we’ve been looking for the best Fireblades on MCN Bikeshop – here are a few of the best  ...

New G650GS-powered Husqvarna street bike unveiled

New G650GS-powered Husqvarna street bike unveiled

A new Husqvarna 650cc single-cylinder road bike has been unveiled today. The Strada uses the engine from BMW's G650GS. It has been shown as a 'concept' at the Paris motorcycle show but is set to go...

New MCN November 30: 2012 Honda Fireblade first ride

New MCN November 30: 2012 Honda Fireblade first ride

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday November 30, we test the 2012 Honda Fireblade and relive the 20-year history of the first modern sports bike. All the news from the Jerez Moto2 and CRT...

Harley-Davidson trail bike to honour fallen troops

Harley-Davidson trail bike to honour fallen troops

This recently completed Harley-Davidson MT350 tribute bike will be used as a moving memorial to honour UK troops killed in Afghanistan. The bike, which was previously used by the British army in...

Win a copy of TT3D: Closer to the Edge on DVD!

Win a copy of TT3D: Closer to the Edge on DVD!

TT3D: Closer to the edge is released today on DVD and 3D Blu-ray and to celebrate MCN has five copies of the DVD and five posters to give away. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is...

MCN’s Brussels protest: ‘What a superb day!’

MCN’s Brussels protest: ‘What a superb day!’

Motorcyclists have been sharing their pictures and experiences from MCN’s Brussels protest ride on a Facebook page. Around 200 riders travelled hundreds of miles to take part in last Tuesday’s...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Nine

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Nine

See highlights from the ninth and final day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look back at this year's show. This year the final day was designated as TT Day, with...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Eight

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Eight

See highlights from the eighth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham, dedicated to off-road riding. We look at some of the latest off-road machinery, including the Kawasaki KX450F,...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day seven

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day seven

See highlights from the seventh day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at the logistics of setting up a show as big as Motorcycle Live. Check back soon for more news...

Ducati 1199 Panigale - Where it all began

Ducati 1199 Panigale - Where it all began

It would be nice to imagine that the Panigale was born of a single meeting; a frantic day of wild ideas, fiercely strong espresso and line drawings hastily scrawled into an artist's sketch book. But,...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Six

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Six

See highlights from the sixth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at some of the entertainment on offer, from the Arai Entertainment Zone, featuring games, quizzes...

New Muc-Off cleaning kits

New Muc-Off cleaning kits

Muc-Off have released two new bike-care kits, with pretty much anything you could ever need for washing, drying, polishing and generally prettifying your machine. The £60 Ultimate Motorcycle Cleaning...

D3O body armour raises the standard

D3O body armour raises the standard

British protection firm, D3O, has launched its new Xergo range of body armour, developed specifically to exceed the highest level of the new CE standard, due to be introduced next year. The new range...

Indian Sunoco Classic Racing Concept

Indian Sunoco Classic Racing Concept

Here's my design for an Indian concept motorcycle.

Meeting Zulfahmi Khairruddin in Malaysia

Meeting Zulfahmi Khairruddin in Malaysia

I went to Malaysia to visit family, accompanied by friend Mark. We went to Sepang as guests of SIC CEO Razlan, where we met Zulfahmi Khairruddin. It turned out to be a sad day for motorcycle...

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade first ride!

2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade first ride!

The 20th anniversary Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is currently being put through its paces at the Portimao circuit, Portugal by MCN chief road tester Trevor Franklin. This new model now comes with Showa...

Video: turn your kid's bike into a motorcycle!

Video: turn your kid's bike into a motorcycle!

Quite possibly the coolest thing you can ever put on your kid's push bike. The Turbospoke, besides having the appearance of a motorcycle exhaust, emulates the noise of a bike exhaust by amplifying the...

New Bridgestone Hypersport S20 sports tyre

New Bridgestone Hypersport S20 sports tyre

Bridgestone has launched a new sports tyre – the Hypersport S20 – designed for high-powered bikes, and which will sit alongside the BT-016 Pro and BT-016 in the firm's sports tyre range. The new tyre...

Vintage Vespas at Motorcycle Live

Vintage Vespas at Motorcycle Live

A range of classic Vespas including a replica of the ‘Ace Face’ GS 160 from the film Quadrophenia are among the attractions at this week’s Motorcycle Live at the NEC. Gathered by Piaggio to celebrate...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Five

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Five

See highlights from the fifth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at getting out on the open road and exploring the planet. There are plenty of new bikes on show...

Video: MCN Back off EU protest

Video: MCN Back off EU protest

Riders from the UK, France and Belgium rode to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels to protest over anti-tampering proposals under which tuning could become impossible and even...

A great day out in Brussels

A great day out in Brussels

I traveled on North Sea ferries from Hull to Zeebruggee. The ride to Brussels was uneventful but finding my way around Brussels was a worry. It was great to see so many at the brilliant starting...

KTM drops prices for 2012

KTM drops prices for 2012

KTM has cut the prices on three of its 2012 models. The Austrian firm has reduced the price of the new 690 Duke and 2012 versions of its 990 Super Duke R and 990 Supermoto R. The Supermoto R is down...

Go on a cruise with Foggy!

Go on a cruise with Foggy!

WSB legend Carl Fogarty has teamed up with cruise specialists Cruise Holidays UK to offer Foggy fans a unique 9 night Winter Sun cruise around the Canary Islands.   Events on-board the NCL Jade...

Father jailed after “foolish” ride with son

Father jailed after “foolish” ride with son

A father has been jailed after riding his dirt bike at 40mph across pavements, footpaths and roads – with his three-year-old son sitting on the tank.  Ryan Ward, 23, was filmed by a police...

Honda NC700X first ride

Honda NC700X first ride

Honda’s all-new NC700X is currently being put through its paces by MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin in Portugal. Here are his impressions so far: “Honda is promoting its new bike as a step up...

Brussels Protest

Brussels Protest

The day started off a bit crappy with a mixture of fog and rain for the run down to the tunnel but it improved as the ride progressed. I caught an earlier train which turned out to be an...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Four

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Four

See highlights from the fourth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at some of the cruisers on show. From the aggresive Ducati Diavel to more classic cruisers from...

Conrad Leach Lucky 13 art auction

Conrad Leach Lucky 13 art auction

The centerpiece of last week’s Rollerburn was the stunning ‘Lucky 13’ skate ramp artwork. It was painted by famed artist Conrad Leach and he is now going to auction the panel to raise money for the...

MCN's multinational protest reaches Brussels

MCN's multinational protest reaches Brussels

Riders from the UK, France and Belgium have arrived at the European Commission headquarters. MAG chairman Ian Mutch, the BMF's government relations head Chris Hodder and MCN's Steve Farrell have each...

New MCN November 23: Rossi convinced he can get back to winning ways

New MCN November 23: Rossi convinced he can get back to winning ways

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday November 23, all the news and gossip from the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC in Birmingham. British bikes ruled Motorcycle Live over the opening...

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Three

Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Three

See highlights from the second day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at how easy it is to get on a bike. The show offers opportunities for youngsters and adults alike to...

Roland Sands 'Dirty Desmo': des-irable or des-ecration?

Roland Sands 'Dirty Desmo': des-irable or des-ecration?

Roland Sands recently took the brave/insane decision to accept a commission to streetfighter a Desmsedici RR. Or dirt tracker-it anyway, as is their wont where he lives. There's no doubting the size...