2012

New vid goes behind the scenes of Skyfall's bike chase

This awesome new video, produced in cooperation with Honda, shows how the motorcycle chase in the brand new James Bond movie, Skyfall, was filmed. It features stunt ace Robbie Maddison (who doubles for star Daniel Craig), interviews with the stunt team and footage from the film. See next week's Motorcycle News for our run down of the best Bond bike sequences ever – it's out Wednesday October 31

BMW unveil 30th anniversary K1300S

BMW unveil 30th anniversary K1300S

BMW has released images and details of the 30th anniversary K1300S, which will be available in 2013 to mark the 30th anniversary of the K-series. Related: BMW K100 buyer's guide The model,...

New Honda 500s spied – again

New Honda 500s spied – again

These spy shots show Honda’s three, all-new, 2013 500s in their finished state for the first time. Believed to have been taken during the filming of an advertising campaign the pictures clearly show...

McGuinness, John McGuinness!

It's probably good that John McGuinness is exceptionally talented on a motorbike, because if this foray into film is anything to go by, he doesn't have a future in acting! Check out John in action as Secret Agent 001, supported by an all star cast including Honda Racing boss Neil Tuxtworth and former Manx Chief Constable Carolyn Kinrade!  

France rejects EU 'super-MOT'

France rejects EU 'super-MOT'

Plans for a new Europe-wide ‘super MoT’ have been rejected in France, Sweden and Holland. The Motorcycle Action Group is calling for the UK to do the same. It says the proposed EU annual...

Husqvarna offer 20% off all aftermarket parts

Husqvarna offer 20% off all aftermarket parts

Husqvarna are offering owners the chance to update bikes ahead of the 2013 season with an offer giving 20% off genuine aftermarket parts through participating dealers. The offer, which runs until...

'Old Bill' Brough sells for world record £290K

'Old Bill' Brough sells for world record £290K

A new world record sale price for a classic motorcycle has been set by historic Brough Superior 'Old Bill', which sold for £291,200 at H&H's Duxford auction on Tuesday. The bike, built in 1922 for...

MCN Shop deal of the week: Spyke Blaster EVO Suit with FREE Boots

MCN Shop deal of the week: Spyke Blaster EVO Suit with FREE Boots

The Spyke Blaster EVO is the perfect suit for road or track riding, with it's stretch leater and fibre inserts to ensure maximum comfort over long journies, short blasts, or trackdays. The suit has a...

2013 Aprilia RSV4 ridden

2013 Aprilia RSV4 ridden

This is what motorcycling dreams are made of: a sunny day, a dry track and one of the world's best superbikes to play on. I'm talking about the lightly-revised new 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC. It's...

Why we ride

Why do this? Why do that? Why ride bikes? If you need a reason... Go on, read it. You know you’re curious. The golden glint of the evening spring sun dances across my visor, reflected across the damp-patched tarmac as I begin to sit the bike up post-apex. The throttle grip feels good in my gloved hand, everything familiar and comfortable. The well worn leather sits close to my skin, like an old...

New Hayabusa unveiled with ABS and Brembo brakes

New Hayabusa unveiled with ABS and Brembo brakes

Suzuki have released details of their new-for-2013 Hayabusa. The big capacity sports bike will get only it's second update in it's fourteen year history, and becoming a member of the GSX-R family. The...

New MV Agusta Brutales for 2013

New MV Agusta Brutales for 2013

MV Agusta's four-cylinder Brutale range will be simplified to just three models for 2013 - all will be 1090cc. The three models available from 2013 are the Brutale 1090, Brutale 1090R and Brutale...

Video: BMW F700GS vs Rivals

Video: BMW F700GS vs Rivals

The new BMW F700GS replaces the old F650GS for 2013, although capacity remains at 800cc. We tested it against the Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Triumph Tiger 800 to see which is the best mid...

Oct 24: Bikes on the Box

Oct 24: 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 October 24: Simoncelli one year on

New MCN October 24: Simoncelli one year on

In this week's MCN, out October 24, we reflect on the untimely passing of Marco Simoncelli one year on. We speak to rivals Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner, friends Loris Capirossi and Valentino...

20th Anniversary Monsters at Motorcycle Live

20th Anniversary Monsters at Motorcycle Live

Ducati is asking for Monster owners to share images and stories of owning the iconic bike, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, on their Facebook page. From all the submissions, Ducati...

Poll: Should the UK government introduce compulsory breathalysers?

Poll: Should the UK government introduce compulsory breathalysers?

Law changes in France will soon introduce on-the-spot fines of €11 (£8.90) for motorists found to not be carrying single-use breathalysers. Riders and drivers will be expected to use the tests to make...

Poll - When is your bike going away for the winter?

Poll - When is your bike going away for the winter?

With the clocks changing next weekend and the winter weather closing in, a lot of bikes are already packed away until it's safe to venture out without getting soaked through. However, there's some...

Poll: Do you have any idea what’s going on with the new licensing laws?

Poll: Do you have any idea what’s going on with the new licensing laws?

New changes to the law are being brought in in January due to EU legislation that will see new riders potentially forced to take three tests before being allowed access to bikes greater than...

You ask/you answer: Does cold weather affect your concentration?

You ask/you answer: Does cold weather affect your concentration?

"How much does cold weather riding affect your concentration? When I go out in the freezing cold on my long commutes all I seem to think about is getting home quickly and I feel like my concentration...

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide: Putting your bike away over winter

MCN IAM Better Riding Guide: Putting your bike away over winter

Over the past five weeks, the IAM have been offering advice on all aspects of biking. But as the temperature drops and the frost appears. It may be the time of year to put your bike away. Whether it’s...

Aprilia Tuono and Mille owners: Tell us your experiences

Aprilia Tuono and Mille owners: Tell us your experiences

We’re putting a feature together on these used Aprilias: • RSV Mille ’98-‘03 • RSV 1000R ’04-‘09 • Tuono ’02-‘05 • Tuono R ’06-‘09 We’d love to hear from you if you’ve owned any...

Counting by motorcycles

By 22 months, thanks in part to MCN and to the fact I have a bike, my son is already motorcycle mad. His favourite rider is Tom Sykes. He thinks he's a superhero seeing Tom in his team green gear and fluorescent helmet. He says, "Go Tom, you'll win the title next year!" This video show one of his favourite learning activities, with the help of a copy of the MCN.

Destination dealer: Maidstone Harley-Davidson

Destination dealer: Maidstone Harley-Davidson

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Kent’s newest official Harley-Davidson dealership is about to celebrate its first birthday. Staff at Maidstone Harley-Davidson are looking forward to welcoming you at the...

Zero mile Yamaha R7 up for auction

Zero mile Yamaha R7 up for auction

A zero mile Yamaha R7 will go up for auction in the Bonhams end-of-season auction at the Stafford Show on October 21. The 2002 model R7, which has been signed by Noriyuki Haga is estimated to fetch...

MZ return with revolutionary new engine

MZ return with revolutionary new engine

It might not look particularly revolutionary, but this understated 125 supermoto could prove to be one of the most significant motorcycles of 2013. Not only is it the first new product of the...

French breathalyser fines postponed

French breathalyser fines postponed

Fines for not carrying a breathalyser kit in France have been postponed until March next year. The on-the-spot fines were originally due to be in force by November 1 this year. Motorcyclists and...

Reprieve for high-powered bikes in anti-tampering plans

Reprieve for high-powered bikes in anti-tampering plans

Anti-tampering measures on new bikes will be limited to machines up to 47bhp, MEPs have agreed.  New motorcycles are to get so-called on-board diagnostic systems capable of registering...

GoPro Hero3 HD launched

GoPro Hero3 HD launched

GoPro has today launched their latest and most advanced onboard camera, the HD Hero3. GoPro say the new camera is 30% smaller and 25% lighter than the Hero2. Three variations will be available; the...

MCN Shop deal of the week: Belstaff Goodwood Trialmaster jacket

MCN Shop deal of the week: Belstaff Goodwood Trialmaster jacket

The Belstaff Trialmaster jacket combines traditional styling with modern day motorcycle practicality. The jacket is equipped with D3O CE-approved armour which is both light and flexible making the...

DAS at Circuit Based Training Ltd

Mallory Park Circuit Based Training has to be the place to go in the UK if you have never ridden a motorcycle before or want to take a Direct Access course. Many courses are available. I have seen people pass in only 3, 4 and 5 days without a problem. What if you are unsure of your own ability to follow an intensive course? Well if like me you're unsure and have some issues, a personal structured...

2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R on the road: "Softer and much more compliant"

2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R on the road: "Softer and much more compliant"

MCN Senior Road tester Adam Child is currently putting Kawasaki’s new ZX-6R 636 through its paces in California. Yesterday he was on track, today he's in the mountains of northern California. Here are...

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

2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R first ride: "More torque, but still plenty of top end"

2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R first ride: "More torque, but still plenty of top end"

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently in Chico, California, at Thunderhill Race Park putting Kawasaki’s new 636cc ZX-6R through its paces around the demanding track. For 2013 Kawasaki has...

Video: 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 first ride

Video: 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 first ride

Yamaha’s FJR1300 has been around since 2001 and aside from a few updates along the way, it hasn’t really changed. On paper, it looks like the new 2013 FJR1300 is the more of the same, bar some nips,...

New MCN October 17: Shakey wins BSB title

New MCN October 17: Shakey wins BSB title

In this week's MCN, out October 17, we have all the news and analysis from a thrilling weekend of British Superbike racing which saw Shane Byrne win all three races and secure his third BSB...