June

Brotherhood of bikers!

I want to thank a true biker who showed the real brotherhood of biking. I had just filled my Suzuki to the brim with petrol and pulled out of the station. When I turned right, the steering felt really stiff. At first I thought the steering damper had snagged. A few hundred yards later, the smell of petrol was overwhelming. I glanced down thinking I had left the cap open only to see petrol...

Unique Kawasaki Streetfighter, my first big bike.

Unique Kawasaki Streetfighter, my first big bike.

In 2010 I was casually browsing eBay for a project 600 that I could use after I'd passed my test. I was looking for a bike I could use every single day and I believe I found that...

Cagiva Elefant 900 - less than 30 left

Cagiva Elefant 900 - less than 30 left

With just nine Cagiva Elefant 900s left on the roads of the UK, plus a further eight tucked away in people’s garages on a SORN, you might reasonably expect the Cagiva Elefant, one of the original...

Destination dealer: Brian Gray's Powerbiking

Destination dealer: Brian Gray's Powerbiking

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Located an easy five minutes from junction 4 of the M40, Brian Gray’s Powerbiking is celebrating 40 years in business this year. Now a solus Yamaha dealer, the Tardis-like...

Tweaks to Suzuki motocrossers

Tweaks to Suzuki motocrossers

Suzuki has updated its RM-Z250 and 450 competition off-roaders with new piston and suspension components for 2013. Pistons have been made lighter, improving throttle response according to Suzuki.

Theft victim’s website to catch culprits

Theft victim’s website to catch culprits

A motorcyclist has set up a website showing CCTV footage of his bike being stolen in the hope it will lead to the thieves’ capture The website shows an hour-long theft of a £10,000 Triumph Daytona...

Rider deaths fall - again

Rider deaths fall - again

Motorcycle fatalities fell by 10% last year despite an increase in use, according to government figures. It’s the second major drop in two years, after rider deaths fell 15% in 2010. There were 362...

Tom Sykes' Kawasaki WSB bike ridden

Tom Sykes' Kawasaki WSB bike ridden

Tom Sykes’ works Kawasaki ZX-10R broke the WSB record earlier this year by clocking an astonishing 211mph at the end of Monza’s long straight. But what does a 240bhp, 210mph-plus superbike feel like?...

Get set for Goodwood this weekend

Get set for Goodwood this weekend

It's the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend! The historic Sussex venue will be alive to the sounds and smells of two-stroke, and home to some of the most popular and successful racers of all...

Swindon's new 'motorcycle village'

Swindon's new 'motorcycle village'

Blade Group, who bought up all the George White franchises last year when the mega-chain went bust, have announced the opening of a new 'motorcycle village' on Swindon's Elgin Road. The Blade Group...

Video: World Ducati Week 2012

Video: World Ducati Week 2012

The biggest-ever World Ducati Week has just closed with 65,000 Ducati fans from all over the world enjoying four days of bikes and getting close to racing stars like Nicky Hayden, Troy Bayliss and...

Bike theft and thieves caught fully on film but no arrests

The theft of a Triumph Daytona 675 has been caught on CCTV fully showing all the thieves faces, their work, technique and their getaway (on a bike which can be hot wired unbelievably). Despite compiling this evidence, the rider has not seen any action by the police. Just how much more you could put in their lap to wrap up a case I cannot imagine. The victim has put an outline of the case and...

Spied: New Ducati Hypermotard and Multistrada?

Spied: New Ducati Hypermotard and Multistrada?

A second spy shot of a new water-cooled Ducati Hypermotard testing near the Bologna factory in northern Italy has led Ducati insiders to hint there will be two new bikes arriving. The prototype...

Updates for 2013 Husqvarna off-road range

Updates for 2013 Husqvarna off-road range

Husqvarna has revealed updates to two of its biggest selling enduro bikes along with a host of smaller changes to the rest of the range. The TE250R and 310R both get a new cylinder head and throttle...

See Schwantz lead legends at Festival of 1000 Bikes

See Schwantz lead legends at Festival of 1000 Bikes

Headlining the list of the great and the good riding at next weekend’s Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Festival of 1000 Bikes, held at Leicestershire’s Mallory Park, is the one and only Kevin...

You ask/You answer: What are the best tyres?

You ask/You answer: What are the best tyres?

I passed my test two years ago and have been gradually getting more confident on my 2004 Honda Fireblade. I've now got to fit some new tyres and want to know how much difference the best sticky rubber...

Poll: What's your opinion of hi-vis?

Poll: What's your opinion of hi-vis?

From January next year all French motorcyclists will have to wear a certain amount of hi-vis over their jacket. Good thing? What's your opinion of hi-vis? pollcomment

Poll: How many bikes have you owned?

Poll: How many bikes have you owned?

Over your biking career so far, how many bikes have you owned? pollcomment

Poll: Which cruiser would you take for a test ride?

Poll: Which cruiser would you take for a test ride?

In next week's MCN there's a comprehensive buyer's guide and celebration of Triumph's Thunderbird. We want to get an idea of which cruisers (if any) the users of www.motorcyclenews.com would consider...

1000miles in 24 hours on a 125cc for the poppy appeal

1000miles in 24 hours on a 125cc for the poppy appeal

At 5.30am on Saturday I set off on a challenge to cover 1000 miles in under 24hours on my Yamaha YZF-R125 to raise money for the 2012 Poppy Appeal. The night before my stickers arrived from...

New MCN June 27: All-new Triumph Trophy 1200 revealed

New MCN June 27: All-new Triumph Trophy 1200 revealed

In this week's MCN, out June 27, we have all the information and official pics on the all-new Triumph Trophy 1200. The Trophy 1200 is the most advanced Triumph ever, with electronically adjustable...

Triumph Trophy 1200 revealed

Triumph Trophy 1200 revealed

Triumph have just unveiled the new Trophy Tourer. The full report will be in next week's MCN (out Wednesday June 27), but in the meantime here are the raw facts from Triumph's press...

Win signed WSB T-shirt and SBK Generations game

Win signed WSB T-shirt and SBK Generations game

We're giving you an opportunity to get your hands on a T-shirt signed by Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea, plus a copy of the latest World Superbikes console game, SBK Generations. But if you're not the...

80-year-old grandmother on a Fireblade

80-year-old grandmother on a Fireblade

For six years my girlfriend's family and I have been joking about her nan having a go on a bike again. 50 years ago her and her husband went everywhere on a Vespa - fast forward to last weekend and...

New radial Continental tyres for your classic tested

New radial Continental tyres for your classic tested

German tyre firm Continental have spent the last year developing a radial tyre to fit common classic bike wheel sizes, with the aim of revolutionising the performance of older machines. On the basis...

Video: Horex VR6 in action

Video: Horex VR6 in action

Video released by new German manufacturer Horex shows their V6-engined VR6 on the road in what appears to be showroom-ready form. The video gives the first glimpse at the sound of the unique 1218cc...

Still time to win 50% off your bike policy this June!

Still time to win 50% off your bike policy this June!

For your chance to win 50% off a year’s bike insurance*, renew your policy at MCNcompare.com before June 29 and you will be automatically entered into our prize draw. Even if you don’t win, you will...

Win Alpinestars leathers with MCN

Win Alpinestars leathers with MCN

MCN has come up with the ultimate package for anyone looking to buy a bike this summer. For three months, we’re offering our ‘golden seven deal’, a package that will help you find a bike fast,...

Win a Triumph Street Triple at Triumph open day

Win a Triumph Street Triple at Triumph open day

Triumph is putting a new Street Triple up for grabs for all who pre-register for the annual open day on July 14. The open day takes place at all UK Triumph dealers and customers who pre-register will...

Destination dealer: Ongar Motorcycles

Destination dealer: Ongar Motorcycles

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Triumph’s new Tiger Explorer 1200 is taking the adventure market by storm – the impressive triple already stealing sales from BMW’s dominant R1200GS. Now you can see it in the...

Video: Touratech Husqvarna Nuda X-Cross at the Erzberg

Video: Touratech Husqvarna Nuda X-Cross at the Erzberg

Touratech recently unveiled their hotted-up Husqvarna Nuda X-Cross to promote the Erzberg Enduro and the bike was used during the Iron Road Prologue at Erzberg. The standard Nuda has been upgraded...

Poll: Are Triumph right to follow BMW so closely?

Poll: Are Triumph right to follow BMW so closely?

The new Triumph Trophy 1200 will be revealed this Friday evening here on www.motorcyclenews.com, but thanks to spy shots we already have a very good idea what it will look like: a BMW R1200RT crossed...

Video: Smart money superbikes

Video: Smart money superbikes

The 1000cc sports bike class has ripped in two and there are now two distinct camps. In the ‘extreme’ corner there’s the super-powerful, electronically-enhanced superbikes, like the Aprilia RSV4, BMW...

Video: Fastest recorded motorcycle lap of the Nurburgring

Video: Fastest recorded motorcycle lap of the Nurburgring

Part-time hotel worker Andy Carlile recently set the fastest ever recorded bike lap of the fearsome German circuit on his standard-engined Yamaha R1 - by accident.

Poll: What would stop you breaking speed limits?

Poll: What would stop you breaking speed limits?

New government proposals recommend increasing fixed penalties for speeding from £60 to £90. Will this reduce the frequency you break the speed limit? And if not, what would? Don't forget to add your...

You ask/You answer: What's the best project bike?

You ask/You answer: What's the best project bike?

My 11-year-old son wants to buy a bike to ‘do up’ as a project for us to tackle together. It’s not a project to make money but to encourage his interest and enthusiasm. I’m a reasonable home mechanic...