October

2012 Triumph Speed Triple R gallery

2012 Triumph Speed Triple R gallery

Triumph's best-selling and class-leading super naked, the Speed Triple 1050 has only ever really lacked one thing - a taste of the exotic. But for 2012 even that's changed with the introduction of...

MCN Back Off EU: Get the t-shirt!

MCN Back Off EU: Get the t-shirt!

T-shirts supporting our MCN Back Off EU protest are available to buy with profits to be donated to African development charity Riders for Health. Join our ride against stifling EU plans The t-shirts...

Police demand riders admit to alleged offence, then decide what offence.

Police demand riders admit to alleged offence, then decide what offence.

Police say they can demand riders admit to an alleged offence, then decide what offence. They have been accused of abusing the law with the tactic, used against a number of motorcyclists. MCN...

Digital version of MCN Marco Simoncelli tribute issue now available

Digital version of MCN Marco Simoncelli tribute issue now available

Unprecedented demand for this week’s special Marco Simoncelli tribute issue, especially from overseas, has lead us to making this special digital edition available to buy and view online. What's in...

MotoGP mourns Marco Simoncelli at Italian star’s funeral

MotoGP mourns Marco Simoncelli at Italian star’s funeral

MotoGP stars past and present have attended the funeral of Italian star Marco Simoncelli, who died from injuries sustained in last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. Valentino Rossi, Loris...

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Taming the Tiger's thirst

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Taming the Tiger's thirst

Since returning from Spain a while back I've had numerous emails from Tiger owners concerning fuel consumption. It appears that quite a few are finding it a little on the thirsty side compared to...

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSR750 - GSR takes on the Nurburgring

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSR750 - GSR takes on the Nurburgring

Rising at 5:30am on a day off isn’t exactly what I’d call relaxing, but with the GSR already loaded up and sat waiting patiently in the garage and the Nurburgring as the finishing point for the day I...

Marco Simoncelli’s funeral begins in Italy

Marco Simoncelli’s funeral begins in Italy

The funeral of Marco Simoncelli has started in Coriano today, with thousands of fans paying their respects to the popular Italian MotoGP star. The 24-year-old died from head, neck and chest trauma...

Two-stroke answer to rising crosser costs

Two-stroke answer to rising crosser costs

This immaculate Kawasaki KX500 hybrid is one motocross racer's response to the rising costs of four-stroke off-road competition machines. Chris Place, 21, hopes the blend of an easily-fixed two-stroke...

A tribute to trials bikes

A tribute to trials bikes

Nearly 40 years have now elapsed since the BSA factory gates at Small Heath closed for the last time. However, thanks to enthusiasts like Bill Faulkner the name's being kept alive. Now retired after a...

Indian Racing Horse concept

Indian Racing Horse concept

Here's my concept idea for a sports bike made by Indian.

Destination dealer: George White Explosive Sale Weekend

Destination dealer: George White Explosive Sale Weekend

ADVERTISING PROMOTION The summer biking season is coming to an end and that can only mean one thing… it’s time for the George White Explosive Sale Weekend! This unmissable event has become a firm...

Marco Simoncelli painting in aid of Riders for Health

Marco Simoncelli painting in aid of Riders for Health

Ian Kenken told MCN: "I've watched racing for 50 years now, growing up with Surtees and Duke, and like most others who love bike racing, had one of the worst weekends ever. "I therefore did a painting...

Lorry shoots red light

Commuting in London and I stop for a red pedestian crossing. Luckily to one side which helped me avoid being flattened by the following lorry.

Passenger opens door in traffic

The motorbike in front is filtering. Watch the white van in the outside lane and the passenger door opening.

Brave to cut up a lorry!

Riding in the rain and the car in front decides to pull into the middle lane. Not an issue if the lorry there wasn't going a good few MPH faster!

White Van man

Riding in the rain and white van man decides to change lanes.

Two cars run a red light

Riding to work and stopped for a red light. Seems the car behind had much poorer brakes and the one behind had no brakes!

Video: 2012 BMW S1000RR onboard

Video: 2012 BMW S1000RR onboard

BMW has updated its class-leading S1000RR superbike for 2012, with new traction control, a modified chassis and more low-midrange power. MCN's Adam Child rode the bike at the launch in Valencia, and...

Adventure Map - tours and motorcycle hire across the globe

Adventure Map - tours and motorcycle hire across the globe

Have you ever dreamt about leaving it all behind? Loading up your bike and heading for the channel isn’t the only option, with the potential to go further in your time out by flying to join an...

New MCN October 26: Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011

New MCN October 26: Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 26 October, MCN and the racing world remember's Marco Simoncelli after the Italian tragically passed away after an incident during the Sepang...

2012 GSX-R1000: bigger midrange, new brakes and better fuel economy

2012 GSX-R1000: bigger midrange, new brakes and better fuel economy

Suzuki’s 2012 GSX-R1000 gets new Brembo Monobloc brakes, more midrange power and is 2kg lighter than this year’s model. Though Suzuki list dozens of changes to the outgoing model, the majority are...

Editor's picks: Triumph Speed Triple 1050

Editor's picks: Triumph Speed Triple 1050

With Triumph unveiling the new-for-2012 Speed Triple R, an uprated and upgraded version of its ever-popular super naked, laden with Ohlins suspension, Brembo Monobloc brakes and lightweight, forged...

Bike shops in Shiga, Japan

Bike shops in Shiga, Japan

Browsing bike shops in Japan. The first picture is at Nankai (Japan's answer to Hein Gericke). The second is at The Red Baron. Both shops open 7 days until 8pm. Left my copy of MCN...

Honda Integra promises low running costs

Honda Integra promises low running costs

Honda has just released full details on the new dual-clutch Integra maxi-scooter including a claimed 76mpg fuel consumption figure (250 mile tank range) and reduced service costs with an 8000 mile...

Speed Triple gets the ‘R’ treatment

Speed Triple gets the ‘R’ treatment

These are the first pictures of Triumph’s hotly-rumoured, new-for-2012 Speed Triple R – a special, uprated version of its best-selling super naked. Following in the footsteps of Triumph’s previous...

New Triumph ‘Steve McQueen edition’ debuts

New Triumph ‘Steve McQueen edition’ debuts

This special-edition version of the Bonneville, dubbed the 'Steve McQueen Edition' has just been unveiled by Triumph and will go on sale in 2012 – but only while stocks last. The bike has been...

New Triumph Tiger Explorer revealed

New Triumph Tiger Explorer revealed

Triumph has just released the first official pictures of its hugely-anticipated all-new adventure bike – the ‘Tiger Explorer’. The newcomer has been expected for over a year. MCN published the first...

Best of Bikeshop: Modern classics up for grabs

Best of Bikeshop: Modern classics up for grabs

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.           ...

Master track riding with Simon Crafar's Motovudu

Master track riding with Simon Crafar's Motovudu

Ex-500cc Grand Prix winner, Simon Crafar will release his eagerly-anticipated Motovudo track riding instructional DVD on 19th November, just in time for the NEC show. The book and DVD will cost £19.99...

Video: Lazer Monaco helmet

Video: Lazer Monaco helmet

We've just taken delivery of a new Lazer Monaco flip-front helmet for testing. You'll see the first picture in the November 2 issue of MCN, but here's a natty little vid that shows the lid being...

Fully updated Kawasaki ER-6n sets new standard

Fully updated Kawasaki ER-6n sets new standard

When we learnt that Kawasaki wasn't just giving its popular ER6 range a slight update for 2012 but was almost completely revising them, first we wondered if it was strictly necessary. After all, both...

MCN in Oman

MCN in Oman

Me and my son in law Scott in Oman. The women went shopping while we rented some quads. They were a bit treacherous but a good laugh.

Traction control raises new Yamaha R1's game

Traction control raises new Yamaha R1's game

The addition of traction control - which Yamaha says is the same system as used on the YZR-M1 MotoGP racer - makes the 2012 R1 a better road and track bike. But MCN's world first track test also...

Video: Aprilia RSV4 v Nissan GT-R: Battle of the computers

Video: Aprilia RSV4 v Nissan GT-R: Battle of the computers

Electronic rider aids are where it's at right now, love 'em or loathe 'em, and the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) has the smoothest, most sophisticated system of any...

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 - Viva el Gixer!

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 - Viva el Gixer!

Now that's what I call a summer trip. 3397.6 miles in two weeks, on a bike designed for the track, but absolutely perfect for everything else too. From the monotonous motorways of France to the...