2012

Triumph Daytona 675R first ride!

Triumph Daytona 675R first ride!

Triumph’s all-new Daytona 675R supersports is being put through its paces in a world first test by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. These are his first impressions: “We’re at the Cartagena...

My new Suzuki Inazuma

My new Suzuki Inazuma

I put up my Yamaha YBR125 for part exchange to get my hands on the new Suzuki Inazuma 250 and from the moment I pulled away from the showroom and onto the busy high street I knew my 17 mile...

McGuinness on track with Schumacher

McGuinness on track with Schumacher

Nineteen-time TT winner John McGuinness took to the track for a special Monster Energy track day last week, joining seven times Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher. Schumacher, who raced in...

New MCN December 19: 5-in-1 Bumper Issue!

Don't miss this week's 5-in-1 Christmas Special Motorcycle News, on sale 19th December! Featuring lots of competitions and free giveaways, including 12 pull-out posters, a free glossy calendar, and a 16-page Dakar companion! Also this week: All the usual MCN news, features, and regulars, including a world first test of Triumph's new Daytona 675! In sport: As well as our 16-page Dakar special,...

Video: Five Minutes with Nick Sanders

Video: Five Minutes with Nick Sanders

MCN caught up withround-the-world rider and author Nick Sanders at Motorcycle Live 2012, to talk love, life and motorcycles! Check out an awesome 9-disc bundle of Nick's DVDs over at MCNshop.com for...

Get personal with Guy Martin

Get personal with Guy Martin

TT favourite and TV star Guy Martin is offering 10 MCN readers personalised, signed examples of his new, slightly oddball 2013 calendar. The calendar was designed by Guy himself and instead of...

Dec 12 - Jan 1 Bikes on the Box

Dec 12 - Jan 1 Bikes on the Box

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

New MCN 12 December: Streets Ahead?

New MCN 12 December: Streets Ahead?

In this week's MCN, out December 12, we have the UK's first back to-back test of the 2013 model Triumph Street Triple against the bike it's replacing We also have the world-first test of the all new...

Matchless set to return

Matchless set to return

The family behind the rebirth of the Belstaff fashion label has bought the rights to the Matchless motorcycle brand with plans for a return to limited retro motorcycle production. Franco Malenotti...

Best ever track day

Best ever track day

I recently took part in a track day at Cadwell Park and it was out of this world. I'd love to be able to do them every weekend!

Poll: I don't do trackdays because...

Poll: I don't do trackdays because...

More and more people are doing trackdays now, with thousands owning bikes that never even see a road. Many even venture further afield, with a host of companies offering British riders the chance to...

Poll: Who is the greatest champion of 2012?

Poll: Who is the greatest champion of 2012?

In MotoGP this year, Jorge Lorenzo held off the factory Hondas of Stoner and Pedrosa to take his second world title. In Moto2, Marc Marquez showed his potential for the future by dominating the...

Poll: Should car drivers should get restricted driving licences?

Poll: Should car drivers should get restricted driving licences?

With new rules coming into force in January, it's now going to be even more difficult to get your bike license, especially for younger riders. But, with so many bike accidents being caused by car...

You Ask/You Answer: Countersteering

You Ask/You Answer: Countersteering

"I'm new to riding, and people keep telling me to steer the wrong way into corners – which certainly wasn't mentioned in my training! I've done some digging online, and have read up on the theory of...

Obituary: Father Graham Hullett

Obituary: Father Graham Hullett

Reverend Frederick Graham Hullett, leader of the 59 Club during its heydays in the 60s, died on 5th December 2012 aged 80. A full requiem will be held in his memory on 17th December in Lincoln...

Indian teases new bike with audio clip

Indian teases new bike with audio clip

America’s oldest motorcycle brand, Indian, is teasing a forthcoming new bike with an audio clip giving a clear taste of the new V-twin engine sound. The firm is revealing nothing about the bike in...

Chances running out for under-24s to do Direct Access

Chances running out for under-24s to do Direct Access

Only a few chances remain for under-24-year-olds to do a single Direct Access bike test for an unrestricted motorcycle licence. Riders currently have to be 21 for Direct Access but the minimum age is...

FIM award membership to Palestine

FIM award membership to Palestine

Last week saw the annual meeting of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, the governing body of national and international motorcycling, in Monte Carlo. One of the most interesting...

Bike brands top theft league

Bike brands top theft league

Motorcycle and scooter brands are top in a league of vehicle makes most likely to be stolen.  Researchers compared the number of vehicles on the road from car and motorcycle...

MCN Sport 2012 review out now on iPad

MCN Sport 2012 review out now on iPad

In the latest iPad edition of MCN Sport, out now, we look back on an eventful year in motorcycle racing which saw three racers retire at the top of their game. We speak to Casey...

London Motorbike Smash and Grab Gang Found Guilty

London Motorbike Smash and Grab Gang Found Guilty

A group of thieves has been found guilty of a string of motorcycle smash and grab robberies on luxury shops in London's West End The gang, all of whom were aged 19-21, were found guilty of conspiracy...

Video: French Journalist has FJR1300 accident

Video: French Journalist has FJR1300 accident

One of MCN's French colleagues from Moto journal had an unfortunate accident last week while out testing the new Yamaha FJR1300. While riding down a pier, he inadvertently clipped one of his pannier...

You Ask/You Answer: Old or new first bike?

You Ask/You Answer: Old or new first bike?

I'm putting myself through the new bike test in February, and will be buying a new bike shortly afterwards (I'm not a spoilt rich kid, I've benefitted from some inheritance money). I'll have to have...

Poll: How far is 'too far' to ride in a day?

Poll: How far is 'too far' to ride in a day?

How far is too far? We're aware here at MCN HQ that some of you use your bikes for the daily commute of only a few miles, while others might make a holiday on two wheels, covering thousands of miles...

Poll: Motorcycle Live 2012 was...

Poll: Motorcycle Live 2012 was...

Sunday saw Motorcycle Live, Britain's biggest bike show, done and dusted for another 51 weeks. Were you at the show this year? Have you beenn in the past? How did 2012 compare to previous years at the...

Poll: Dovizioso won't win anything on the Ducati

Poll: Dovizioso won't win anything on the Ducati

At the start of 2011, few people imagined that Valentino would have such a disastrous time on the Ducati MotoGP bike. At the start of 2012, few people imagined that Rossi would be switching machines...

New MCN December 5: Bigger Better Z800

New MCN December 5: Bigger Better Z800

In this week's MCN, out December 5, we bring you the very first UK test of the new Z800, Kawasaki's replacement for it's ultra-popular Z750. We also take a look at BMW's update to it's already amazing...

World Superbike Champ’s All-British Bid For Land Speed Record

World Superbike Champ’s All-British Bid For Land Speed Record

Former world champion James Toseland, has launched a UK attempt to break the official world motorcycle land speed record – aiming to achieve a speed of at least 400mph. On a tour of the University of...

MCN Sport 2012 review out now!

MCN Sport 2012 review out now!

In the latest issue of MCN Sport, out now, we look back on an eventful year in motorcycle racing which saw three racers retire at the top of their game. We speak to Casey Stoner, Max Biaggi...

Dec 5: Bikes on the TV

Dec 5: Bikes on the TV

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

France bins hi-vis plans

France bins hi-vis plans

French plans for compulsory high-visibility motorcycle clothing have been withdrawn. French government had proposed making riders wear at least 150 square-centimetres of reflective material. The...

MCN exclusive: The Long Ride Home book for only £9.99

MCN exclusive: The Long Ride Home book for only £9.99

In 2009 Nathan Millward set off from Sydney, Australia on an old Australian Post bike Honda CT110 called Dot, hoping to reach England. Over the next nine months, he rode 23,000 miles through 18...

Honda unveil sporty new NSC50R scooter at Motorcycle Live

Honda have publically unveiled their new NSC50R scooter at Motorcycle Live in Birmingham. The four-stroke 50cc machine is firmly aimed at new riders, and comes with an attractive launch deal and price as well as sporty colour schemes. The bike will be launched in two colour schemes in the UK, both race replicas. One will be based on the colours of the Repsol Honda Grand Prix team, while the...

Evel Knievel's last bike and 'Batcycle' up for auction

Evel Knievel's last bike and 'Batcycle' up for auction

An auction due to take place on Saturday in North Palm Beach, Florida will feature the last motorcycle owned by Evel Knievel before his death in 2007, as well as a range of other motorcycles including...

Exclusive: Three new Triumphs spied!

Exclusive: Three new Triumphs spied!

These exclusive spy shots show not one, but three new Triumphs currently being developed on the road - including an all-new Bonneville-based café racer, a road-ready 2013 Tiger update - dubbed the...

Horex VR6 hits showrooms

Horex VR6 hits showrooms

The first Horex VR6 roadsters have been delivered to dealers - a year later than planned. An all-new German concern reviving a historic brand, the bike features an innovative 1200cc VR6 engine...