2012

Vote for your MCN Man of the year

Vote for your MCN Man of the year

2012 was the year home-grown talent put the Great back into Britain with Cal Crutchlow, Tom Sykes, Danny Kent and Scott Redding enjoying major success on the world stage, and all four are leading...

Video: Five minutes with Bradley Smith

Video: Five minutes with Bradley Smith

MCN caught up with Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Bradley Smith at Motorcycle Live 2012 to talk ice cream, Jay Z and flying. Don't forget to pick up your 2-in-1 MCN Christmas issue to keep you entertained...

The rules: See and be seen

The rules: See and be seen

No one has to worry more about seeing high-speed objects than a fighter pilot. Closing speeds with other aircraft can be well over 1000mph. Any miscalculation, even for a fraction of a second, can be...

Video: Five minutes with James Whitham

Video: Five minutes with James Whitham

MCN caught up with former racer James Whitham at Motorcycle Live 2012 to talk '70s/'80s two-strokes, Sean Bean and ironing. Don't forget to pick up your 2-in-1 MCN Christmas issue to keep you...

Michael Neeves' top five bikes of 2012

Michael Neeves' top five bikes of 2012

As Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is in the envious position of riding a huge range of bikes every year. So we got Neevesy to run through the top five bikes he's ridden in 2012. 1. Ducati...

50 years ago: The Ernst Degner story

50 years ago: The Ernst Degner story

Fifty years ago Suzuki won its first world championship with the rinkiest-dinkiest little Grand Prix bike. The 50cc RM62 that Ernst Degner rode to the inaugural 50cc title in October 1962 made eight...

Video: Five minutes with Scott Redding

Video: Five minutes with Scott Redding

MCN caught up with Scott Redding at Motorcycle Live 2012 to talk fast food, the Hulk, Eddie Murphy and motorcycles. Don't forget to pick up your 2-in-1 MCN Christmas issue to keep you entertained over...

Bullet bobber on a budget

Bullet bobber on a budget

I decided to customise my Royal Enfield Bullet 500 into a bobber style with a meagre budget of less than a grand. I did everything from the engine rebuild to the respray and artwork on the tank.

The ten best and five worst Doctor Who bike connections

The ten best and five worst Doctor Who bike connections

There have only been a handful of bikes appeared in Doctor Who over the years. Here, we run through the best and worst biking connections to Doctor Who. 1 - Matt Smith It’s no secret that this...

MCN rides the Wall of Death

MCN rides the Wall of Death

I wouldn’t usually spend much time thinking about the word ‘hurt’. But I did recently give it some consideration after receiving an email warning: “There is a very good chance you will get...

Stolen MCN

Stolen MCN

On holiday in the sun my daughter got bored reading Harry Potter so she stole my MCN.

Nick Sanders - Timbuktu available now on iPad

Nick Sanders, the world's greatest motorcycle adventurer rides the length of the Americas twice in a record breaking time of 49 days. This amazing journey is now available in Apple's interactive book format downloadable on iPad. You swipe the pages and touch-screen poster-frame photographs with embedded video, so the page 'comes alive'. The interactive book concept is the most exciting new...

MCN staff top bikes of 2012

MCN staff top bikes of 2012

2012 was a good year for new bikes. Ducati promised to move the superbike game up a league with the 1199 Panigale and MV Agusta brought out the 675 F3 to compete against the Triumph Daytona 675 and...

Saucy ads for scooter kit

Saucy ads for scooter kit

Scooter aprons get women so hot they need to take off all their clothes. That appears to be the suggestion of a series of viral ads from Italian bike accessories firm Tucano Urbano. In the first, a...

The Long Ride Home

The Long Ride Home

In 2009 Nathan Millward set off from Sydney, Australia on an old Australian Post bike called Dot with the hope of one day reaching England. Over the following nine months he rode 23,000 miles, through...

Video: Triumph Daytona 675R first ride

Video: Triumph Daytona 675R first ride

Triumph took the biking world by storm in 2006 with the Daytona 675, which stuck two fingers up to the Japanese. It was a winner on the road, and the track with one of the best-loved motorcycle...

Two weeks of MCN-TV for free!

Two weeks of MCN-TV for free!

Now there's no need to watch a turkey on the telly this Christmas! MCN-TV.com are giving away TWO WEEKS unlimited access to their on-line library enabling you to watch over 100 biking films,...

BMF loses influence in Brussels after failing to pay FEMA membership

BMF loses influence in Brussels after failing to pay FEMA membership

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Win a Victory High-Ball!

Win a Victory High-Ball!

You could win your very own Victory High-Ball worth £10,995. We have secured one of Victory’s most popular motorcycles to give away to one lucky reader! Powered by Victory’s thundering 106ci (1731cc)...

Win an exclusive Metzeler calendar

Win an exclusive Metzeler calendar

Metzeler is offering 10 MCN readers an exclusive chance to win a coveted Metzeler Classics Calendar.&nbsp; The German tyre manufacturer is celebrating 150 years in the business with this years...

Vote for your Bike Shop Star of the month

Vote for your Bike Shop Star of the month

MCN are on the look-out for men and women in the motorcycle trade who have gone that extra mile, just for you. Whether your local mechanic performed exceptional work on your beloved bike, a salesman...

Moove out of the way

Moove out of the way

We all ride bikes on the road on the look-out for the usual idiots but this video footage from a dashboard camera on a car in Russia manages to get a rather close view of something much more...

MCE Insurance offering free modification cover

MCE Insurance offering free modification cover

MCE Insurance is offering free modification cover on every MCE policy. No additional premium is required and the new policy covers an unlimited number of modifications. Frame modifications,...

Who from the biking world should be a Knight or a Dame in the New Year Honours list?

Who from the biking world should be a Knight or a Dame in the New Year Honours list?

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Win a year's free motorcycle insurance!*

Win a year's free motorcycle insurance!*

To celebrate the re-launch of MCNcompare.com, we are offering you a chance to win a year's free motorcycle insurance.* To be in with a chance of winning a year's free&nbsp;bike insurance up to the...

Custom Honda CB550

Custom Honda CB550

I just finished building&nbsp;this Honda CB550.&nbsp;What do you think?&nbsp;

The manufacturer with the 'most improved' range in 2012 was?

The manufacturer with the 'most improved' range in 2012 was?

MV Agusta had quite a busy year in 2012 by their standards. The premium Italian brand introduced two new models, both using a brand new 675cc three-cylinder engine, but was it enough for them to be...

You ask/you answer: Cheap tips for winter riding

You ask/you answer: Cheap tips for winter riding

My new job means I am riding 25 miles each way to work and back and I have never really done this amount of winter riding before. My mate has told me about sticking some insulating tape across the top...

New MCN double issue December 19: Triumph Daytona 675R first ride

New MCN double issue December 19: Triumph Daytona 675R first ride

In this week's five-in-one Christmas double issue of MCN, out December 19, we have the first test of the new Triumph Daytona 675R. In 2006 the Daytona 675 really shook up the supersport class. Can it...

Bridgestone launches Battlax T30 sports-touring tyre

Bridgestone launches Battlax T30 sports-touring tyre

Bridgestone are continuing their road tyre update and rebranding program with yet another new addition to the Battlax range – the T30. The new tyre replaces the BT023, in itself a tyre we rated...

M25 cameras catch no one in a year

M25 cameras catch no one in a year

A network of 36 speed cameras on the M25 has caught no one in a year because none has been switched on. Technical and legal difficulties have prevented the Highways Agency from switching on the...

BMW S1000RR HP4 arrives at dealers

BMW S1000RR HP4 arrives at dealers

BMW’s new S1000RR HP4 has arrived at UK dealers. The enhanced S1000RR litre sports bike features dynamic traction control, race ABS and semi-active suspension. The HP4 Carbon has extras including a...

Yamaha to make 250 sports bike

Yamaha to make 250 sports bike

Yamaha has said it will make a 250cc sports bike. The YZF-R250 is expected to have similar styling to the R6, as in the above mock-up, doing the internet rounds. It’s not clear if the 2014 Indian...

Triumph’s Tiger Explorer gets the Powerbronze treatment

Triumph’s Tiger Explorer gets the Powerbronze treatment

Triumph’s Tiger Explorer has been one of the highest-selling bikes of 2012 - and also won the accolade of MCN Adventure Bike of Year 2012. Reflecting the new model’s popularity, aftermarket parts...

Lorenzo goes head to head with Vettel

Lorenzo goes head to head with Vettel

This weekend will see reigning world champions on two and four wheels go head to head in the Race of Champions in Bangkok. The first round draws for the ultimate in motorsports bragging rights has...

Destination Dealer: All Change At Metropolis

Destination Dealer: All Change At Metropolis

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Metropolis Motorcycles has three branches located in London, each with their own areas of expertise to cater for the city biker’s every need – and the big news is that at the...