2012

Destination dealer: Kawasaki launch at Wheels Motorcycles

Destination dealer: Kawasaki launch at Wheels Motorcycles

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Formerly known as Taz Motorcycles and based in Peterborough, Wheels is gearing up for the 2012 New Model Launch Night, which will see the opening of the firm’s new Kawasaki area.

Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 first ride

Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 first ride

Twenty-two years after the powerhouse ZZR1100 was launched, Kawasaki has released its all-new ZZR1400 complete with a bigger engine than ever, more power, and sophisticated traction control. To find...

Over 80% of death drivers avoid jail

Over 80% of death drivers avoid jail

More than four out of five careless drivers who kill walk free from courts, an MCN investigation can reveal. All but 48 of the first 313 people sentenced for the new offence of causing death by...

Ducati begins 1199 Panigale production

Ducati begins 1199 Panigale production

Ducati has finally started building the hotly-anticipated and all-new 1199 Panigale superbike at the Bologna factory this week. The Panigale is the all-new 200bhp 1200cc V-twin superbike the firm...

Huge Ducati auction at Monaco Grand Prix

Huge Ducati auction at Monaco Grand Prix

One of the world’s largest collections of classic Ducatis, comprising over 100 bikes, is to be sold at auction. The collection includes a 1970 Ducati 450 Desmo 'Corsa', which was on display in the...

My turbocharged trike

My turbocharged trike

Here's my trike, powered by a turbocharged Rewaco 1.6 Z-tec motor, producing 185bhp at the minute. I'm a paraplegic and I use it for rallys thoughout the year. I usually cover about 12/13k a...

Teams prepare for world’s daftest bike adventure

Teams prepare for world’s daftest bike adventure

In just a few weeks 15 teams will navigate 1000 miles across the frozen rivers of Siberia in a fleet of 1940s Russian Ural sidecar outfits with temperatures of as low as -40C. Competitors will...

‘Every driving test should include a bike question’

‘Every driving test should include a bike question’

An insurance firm is petitioning the Government to make a motorcycle-related question part of every driving test. Bennetts Insurance thinks it could help reduce casualties. At the moment a...

First ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

First ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

Triumph’s new-for-2012, uprated Speed Triple R is currently being tested by MCN in southern Spain. These are Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves’ first impressions: “I'm at the launch of the new Triumph...

New MCN January 25: Kawasaki ZZR1400 flat out!

New MCN January 25: Kawasaki ZZR1400 flat out!

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday January 25, we test the new Kawasaki ZZR1400 at the bikes launch at the Nardo test track in Italy. MCN tester Adam Child tested the bike on a 7.8...

New Victory Judge unveiled

New Victory Judge unveiled

This is Victory’s new Judge – the latest bike to follow the trend for blacked-out, minimalist, hot rod-style cruisers. Unveiled this week at the New York Motorcycle Show, the Judge is a mean ‘n’...

2012 Triumphs at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show

2012 Triumphs at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show

The new Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and Speed Triple R will head Triumph's stand at this year's Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show, on February 2-5. The Triumph Tiger Explorer - aimed squarely at...

Kymco to launch new Downtown 125i

Kymco to launch new Downtown 125i

Kymco are launching a new 125i version of the Downtown 300i, following its award-winning success last year. The 125i will offer the same technical specs as its predecessor, but with a 125cc capacity,...

Video: I, Superbiker 2 media screening

Video: I, Superbiker 2 media screening

I, Superbiker 2 is the sequel to last year's I, Superbiker and follows the top six contenders of the 2011 BSB championship, Tommy Hill, Michael Laverty, Shane Byrne, Ryuichi Kiyonari, John Hopkins and...

Ducati wins UK trade award

Ducati wins UK trade award

Ducati has won a UK trade award in recognition of its achievements in 2011. The ‘Brand Recognition Award’ is part of the UK-Italy Business Awards, organised by the British Government to formally...

Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 flat out

Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 flat out

Want to know how fast Kawasaki’s new ZZR1400 is? Check out the on board video as MCN road tester Adam Child holds it flat out around Nardo’s test facility in southern Italy. Adam pushes the new ZZR to...

Video: New Avon 3D Ultra sports tyre

Video: New Avon 3D Ultra sports tyre

British firm Avon have just released this video of their new 3D Ultra sports tyre. It's chock-full of info on the new rubber's construction. Here's the lowdown…

Destination dealer: Motorcyclesdirect

Destination dealer: Motorcyclesdirect

ADVERTISING FEATURE Motorcyclesdirect.co.uk supply brand new Kawasaki and Sym motorcycles at the best UK prices. They check their competitors’ prices daily and keep their site up to date with the best...

Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 takes on R1200GS and Tiger 1050

Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 takes on R1200GS and Tiger 1050

Kawasaki's controversial new Versys 1000 has set the cat amongst the adventure bike pigeons this week - as proven by MCN's world exclusive first test of the new monster trailie against its leading...

George White goes into administration

George White goes into administration

George White Motors, the UK’s leading motorcycle dealer group, has gone into administration this morning, MCN has learnt. Rumours of the closure began circulating early this morning with suggestions...

First ride! 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400

First ride! 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400

Kawasaki’s updated 2012 ZZR1400 is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child at the enormous Nardo speed testing facility in southern Italy. This is what he’s so far...

Join Ross Noble and other biking celebs on Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show rideout

Join Ross Noble and other biking celebs on Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show rideout

You can rub shoulders with some of Britain's biggest biking celebs while raising money for biking charity Riders for Health on the way to the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show. TV comedian Ross...

Thanks for stopping?

On tuesday January 17 I was hit by a car on the A40 near Northolt by a lady in a black saloon. She decided to take advantage of a space in lane 2 which had just started moving about 5mph faster than lane 3 in which she was situated. Unfortunately she neglected to observe that there was an obstruction - me on my ER-6F (Hi-Vis included). God only knows how I managed to stay upright. The...

Simoncelli not forgotten

Simoncelli not forgotten

The reverberations from Marco Simoncelli’s tragic death last year are still being felt in his native Italy. At a Serie A match between Napoli and Bologna on Sunday night, the home side presented his...

Honda reveals new finance deals

Honda reveals new finance deals

Honda has revealed details of a host of new offers and finance deals on new motorcycles and scooters which will run until March 31. The deals even include the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade which is...

Video: KTM 350 EXC-F long term test report

Video: KTM 350 EXC-F long term test report

Getting stuck upside-down in a ditch wearing your bike on top of you, watching it overheat as you get stuck between two tree trunks, or getting roosted in clods of mud by your mates. These have become...

Video: Kawasaki ZZR1400 launch

Video: Kawasaki ZZR1400 launch

UPDATE, 12:01 MCN's senior road tester Adam Child has just got off the 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 after riding it for the first time at the world launch. He's at the Nardo test track in Italy and will...

Friends and Fans SuperSic58

Friends and Fans SuperSic58

My husband and I have been big MotoGP fans for quite sometime now and had in recent years been following the career of an upcoming rising star. Marco Simoncelli was larger than life both on and off...

Yamaha V-Max stars in new Ghost Rider movie

Yamaha V-Max stars in new Ghost Rider movie

Yamaha’s 200bhp V-Max is the two-wheeled star of the new Ghost Rider movie due out shortly, replacing the custom Harley-Davidson that featured in the original film. The sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of...

New MCN January 18: Rossi on thin ice?

New MCN January 18: Rossi on thin ice?

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday January 18, we test the new Kawasaki Versys 100 against the BMW R1200GS and Triumph Tiger 1050. Can the inline-four cylinder Versys knock the R1200GS off...

Aprilia announces SRV850 price

Aprilia announces SRV850 price

The new Aprilia SRV850 superscooter will retail for £7799 when it goes on sale in February, Aprilia has revealed. Aprilia claims the SRV, which is essentially a facelifted Gilera GP800, combines the...

Video - John McGuinness: 'It’s good to be fast, fat and old'

Video - John McGuinness: 'It’s good to be fast, fat and old'

17 wins may have cemented John McGuinness as the greatest TT superbike rider ever, but in just a few days he’ll be well and truly out of his comfort zone. On Feb 2-5 he’ll be competing against Chris...

Kawasaki dealers launch 2012 range on 2 February

Kawasaki dealers launch 2012 range on 2 February

More than 70 Kawasaki dealers on the evening of February 2 will be launching four new-for-2012 motorcycles, with each event also including some free prizes in a countrywide free-to-enter draw. New...

Bike test 2013 petition

We have seen the new test regime for 2013 and have created an e-petition to stop the test. Please fill it in: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/27455  

Video: Dougie Lampkin – extreme antisocial behaviour!

Video: Dougie Lampkin – extreme antisocial behaviour!

By day he's the mild-mannered 12-times World Trials Champion, but by night Dougie Lampkin roams the streets in pursuit of an ASBO. This should do it – breaking and entering the ExCel arena where in...

Details of new licence regime confirmed

Details of new licence regime confirmed

Details of a new motorcycle licence regime to be implemented next year have been confirmed by the Driving Standards Agency.  The new rules will limit all riders under 19 to 125cc machines...