October

2012 BMW S1000RR first ride

2012 BMW S1000RR first ride

BMW’s significantly updated S1000RR is currently being tested at its world launch at Valencia, Spain. Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, is there on behalf of MCN and has just completed his third...

New 2012 BMW S1000RR tech details

New 2012 BMW S1000RR tech details

Just two years after BMW launched the class-leading 1000cc sportsbike the firm has given the bike a long list of changes aimed at improved handling, more mid-range torque and improved throttle...

Honda confirms Crosstourer as 2012 model

Honda confirms Crosstourer as 2012 model

Honda has just announced that, as expected, its all-new V4 adventure bike, the Crosstourer, which was unveiled in prototype form at last year’s Milan Show WILL be going into production next year. The...

Hartside Cafe, October 8

Hartside Cafe, October 8

A wet October day up in the lakes and not a sports bike in sight. Two days and we only saw a handful of bikes. Mind you we couldn't see much of anything with the...

New 2012 BMW S1000RR ridden

New 2012 BMW S1000RR ridden

MCN's Adam Child is amongst the first journalists in the world to ride the new 2012 BMW S1000RR. It has a long list of minor revisions that are currently being evaluated and we will be...

All Road-Afternoon

All road day in the afternoon. Best all road event for big bikes in the Netherlands.

All Road in the Netherlands

A beautiful sunny day at the All Road Day in Putten (NL). Lots of big bikes in trouble!

Would you buy a hyper-scooter?

Would you buy a hyper-scooter?

It might be the first big scooter ever to catch your attention – and then only for an instant, because you thought it was a melted RSV4 – but the new Aprilia SRV850 begs the question: would you? It's...

Long-lost Triumphs return

Long-lost Triumphs return

There are plenty of collectors of Triumphs across the UK, but few have travelled the sort of distances to source their bikes that Phill Humphrey has covered. Since the West Countryman celebrated his...

Near miss on BMW S1000RR

Near Melbourne, Australia. These four wheels drivers are worst, thinking they are driving a ferrari!

KTM unveils ‘Freeride 350’

KTM unveils ‘Freeride 350’

Say hello to KTM’s new ‘Freeride’, a road-legal, ‘fun’, dirt bike powered by a 350cc single and weighing just 99kg. It’s been announced in advance of the Milan Show where it will receive its official...

Michael Neeves blog – Off Road Skills

Michael Neeves blog – Off Road Skills

I’ve just returned from two days in Wales with Paris Dakar legend Simon Pavey, at his off-road school, or the ‘Odd Road Skills, powered by World of BMW and Husqvarna’, to give it its full name. It was...

Bad drivers caught on film as helmet cam sales double

Bad drivers caught on film as helmet cam sales double

Bad drivers are increasingly likely to have their antics caught on camera and posted online as more and more motorcyclists routinely use helmets cameras. Sales of the devices have doubled in two years...

New Aprilia SRV850 superscoot debuts

New Aprilia SRV850 superscoot debuts

Aprilia has just released this picture of its new maxi-scoot – the SRV850. It’s basically an updated, face-lifted version of sister-company Gilera’s GP800. The Noale firm took a similar approach...

New MCN October 19: Aussie rules

New MCN October 19: Aussie rules

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 19 October, we examine Casey Stoner's MotoGP world championship win in an eight-page special, with MotoGP legends Rainey, Gardner and Doohan on why...

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...

Big Sur Endurance

Big Sur Endurance

Here's my design for an old-school endurance-styled bike.

Maximum muscle, minimum cost: GSX1400 v XJR1300 v CB1300

Maximum muscle, minimum cost: GSX1400 v XJR1300 v CB1300

How times change. In the late 1970s and early '80s, bikes with silhouettes the same as these machines would have been called superbikes. Capacity was king and the bigger the cubes the better.

Hailwood lid sells for £6250!

Hailwood lid sells for £6250!

The actual helmet worn by the late, great Mike Hailwood during his final TT in 1979 has sold at auction for a whopping £6250. The full face Kangol Falcon, in Mike the Bike’s distinctive white, gold...

Editor’s picks: Aprilia SL1000 Falco

Editor’s picks: Aprilia SL1000 Falco

The Aprilia SL1000 Falco is a half-faired ‘street sports’ version of the RSV that never quite took off in the way it could have. The fact it is often overlooked makes it a great second hand buy. The...

Forces go free as Harley exhibit wraps up

Forces go free as Harley exhibit wraps up

Britain’s biggest ever Harley-Davidson exhibition is offering free entry to members of the armed forces. Due to close its doors on 30 October, the Manchester-based “Customising, Culture and...

Best of Bikeshop: Modern classics up for grabs this week

Best of Bikeshop: 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 18,000 motorcycles for sale.           ...

Video: new Barbour International winter range

Video: new Barbour International winter range

Barbour are well known for the classic International motorcycle jacket in its many variants, but this autumn they've also gone all out with biking-themed casual wear like an ISDT merino jumper, bag,...

Honda launches 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade mini-site

Honda launches 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade mini-site

Honda has opened a mini-website dedicated to the new 2012 Fireblade. It promises to tell the full story of the bike which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fireblade series next year. Honda is...

Editor's picks: BMW R1100S

Editor's picks: BMW R1100S

The BMW R1100S is now beginning to hold the timeless appeal of a modern classic, with classy sports-touring styling, VFR-like comfort and versatility plus typical BMW quality and residuals making for...

Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - Bye-bye Beemer

Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - Bye-bye Beemer

Like many motorcyclists I'm sure, every day I'm watched through my window by my little lad as I get on my bike and ride off to work. So I'm not the only one who will be a little sad that BMW has asked...

Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - No pain, no gain

Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - No pain, no gain

As with all my motorcycle adventures, it started with poor timing and a torrential downpour. The panic to make the 8.15pm Brittany Ferries sailing from Portsmouth to St Malo meant I had to average...

Ducati launches 'Fight For Me' aftershave

Ducati launches 'Fight For Me' aftershave

A bunch of pretty Italian ladies turned out last week to mark Ducati's latest launch – the 'Fight for Me' range of male grooming products. Starting with the Fight For Me aftershave (£22 for a 100ml...

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale - Brutale turns storm chaser

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale - Brutale turns storm chaser

The plan was simple enough. The reality turned out to be a tiny bit different thanks to the howling gales that affected the North of England courtesy of Hurricane Katia. It was supposed to be a...

Destination dealer: Alpha Motorcycles

Destination dealer: Alpha Motorcycles

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Essex-based official Yamaha and Suzuki dealer, Alpha Motorcycles has over 100 new and used bikes in stock across its 3000sqft showroom – and some incredible offers on bikes and...

Gilsons Type 1: New Brit café racer

Gilsons Type 1: New Brit café racer

Owned by a trio of die-hard biking enthusiasts, this is Gilson’s first creation: the Type 1 Café Racer, yours for £12,500. Jules and Mike Gilson and Mark Robbins have based the retro custom on an...

Win a free copy of Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too!)

Win a free copy of Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too!)

'Pass the Bike Test' is the first book for beginners which tells you everything you need to know to be a safe, confident rider: not just how to pass the test from scratch, but how to – choose a good...

Changes to bike test revealed

Changes to bike test revealed

Changes to the motorcycle test aimed at improving safety have emerged. Exercises in which many learners have crashed will be conducted at lower speeds to make them safer. Previously learners have been...

MCN Mark Our Bikes campaign victory!

MCN Mark Our Bikes campaign victory!

A bike insurer is giving away free theft-preventing security markings, weeks after MCN called for the move. The firm, which insures one in five UK motorcyclists, has launched a free offer for anyone...

No helmet and toddler on tank

No helmet and toddler on tank

Police have released footage of a man riding an off-road bike with a no helmet and his toddler son sitting on the petrol tank. Ryan Ward was filmed riding on roads and footpaths by a police...

2012 Kawasaki ER-6n - first impressions

2012 Kawasaki ER-6n - first impressions

MCN’s Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, is putting the new Kawasaki ER-6n through its paces at its European launch in Faro, Portugal. The latest variant of Kawasaki’s popular middleweight has been...