March

When is a bike not a bike?

I had an accident in work a while ago and was asked to go and see a medical specialist in Rodney Street, Liverpool's equivalent to Harley Street. I suffer from chronic back pain and needed to park as close to his office as possible. I went to the parking meter and found that motorbikes are not allowed to park there, so looking around I noticed two bicycles chained to railings on the wide pavement...

KTM 450RR Dakar bike ridden

KTM 450RR Dakar bike ridden

It doesn’t look like a bike that’s just finished the Dakar – it’s clean and there are only minimal signs of wear. A closer look tells you that the built to order factory KTM 450RR has seen some action...

Aprilia SRV850 ridden

Aprilia SRV850 ridden

Super scooters have re-ignited the top speed battle between manufacturers – a battle which has been largely irrelevant for motorcycles since hyperbikes such as Suzuki's Hayabusa started cracking...

KTM 690 Duke Track first ride

KTM 690 Duke Track first ride

Hook sixth gear, crouch down as small as possible and focus on the small strip of white paint at the side of the track. Wait, wait, wait… Sit up, brake, down three gears, let clutch out, as possible...

Danny Kent passes CBT

Danny Kent passes CBT

Danny Kent is enjoying just as much success off the track as he is on it in 2012 after the rising British Grand Prix star passed his CBT this week. Kent, who finished second quickest in last week’s...

Destination dealer: Maidstone Harley-Davidson

Destination dealer: Maidstone Harley-Davidson

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Maidstone Harley-Davidson opened in November and is an exciting new venture for independent, family-run Laguna Motorcycles Ltd. Founded in the 1980s the company has established...

Classic CCM thumper revived

Classic CCM thumper revived

With four-strokes once again dominating world motocross it’s easily forgotten that 40 years ago the last ‘four-stroke MX era’ was coming to an end prior to decades of dominance by two-strokes such as...

Mick Walker

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Mick. He gave me a job in bikes, and turned my hobby into my life. He made me go on a Harley course which changed my life. I just wish to give my condolences to Sue, and Steve. I was his workshop foreman at Mick Walker Motorcycles from '76 to'81 when I left to become a police officer. Mick, God bless, supported me all the way through my application, and...

Win a hotel room at the Isle of Man TT 2012

Win a hotel room at the Isle of Man TT 2012

This year's TT looks set to be one of the busiest ever, with all traditional hotel rooms on the entire island already booked. So this competition is the only way you can you can get the TT experience...

MV Agusta F3 vs rivals at a glance

MV Agusta F3 vs rivals at a glance

MV Agusta's new F3 is one of the most eagerly awaited bikes of 2012, but since its launch storm clouds have been gathering. Is the beautiful Italian simply too track-focused and rough around the edges...

Motorcycles to ride out the fuel strike

Motorcycles to ride out the fuel strike

On Monday, petrol tanker drivers from Unite, which represents drivers who deliver 90% of Britain's petrol, voted to strike after a dispute over pay and conditions. Downing Street has since encouraged...

Busting cramp

Busting cramp

I’ve been finding that after about an hour of motorway riding I start losing feeling in my right hand. With the amount of miles I’m covering at the moment it’s surely not doing my long term health any...

Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm report

Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm report

Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just taken delivery of the Ducati Streetfighter 848 he’ll be running this year. After his time spent with the 1098 version in 2009, the Streetfighter is one of...

Humber Bridge toll victory. Where next?

Humber Bridge toll victory. Where next?

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has managed to get the toll for bikes removed from the Humber Bridge. From April 1 2012 motorcycles will be able to cross the bridge free, instead of the normal...

My special Hayabusa

My special Hayabusa

I own a fish and chip shop in Leicester and have a passion for the Suzuki Hayabusa - mine is a 58 plate in Ltd White with many upgrades. Galspeed wheels, Yoshimura exhausts,...

New MCN March 28: MotoGP is go!

New MCN March 28: MotoGP is go!

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday March 28, we have all the news from the final pre-season MotoGP test at Jerez ahead of the first round of the new 1000cc class in Qatar. Rossi...

MCN Ride Logger app for iPhone

MCN Ride Logger app for iPhone

The clocks have gone forward giving us longer evenings and the sun has finally started to show its face, so it's the perfect time to get your bike out from the garage and go out for a ride. And why...

You ask/You answer: What's the one race you've GOT to attend in person?

You ask/You answer: What's the one race you've GOT to attend in person?

TV coverage is pretty amazing these days, so it takes a lot to convince me turning up is worth it. But I don't want to be a couch potato all my life. So what bike race is most dramatically improved as...

You ask/You answer: Post-crash confidence crisis

You ask/You answer: Post-crash confidence crisis

I crashed on diesel six weeks ago, I'm still waiting on the insurer to pay out on the bike. I haven't ridden since and my confidence has plummeted. I feel like this might be it for me and bikes. Can...

March 26 Bikes on the Box

March 26 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...

You ask/You answer: What if his mum is dead against our son riding?

You ask/You answer: What if his mum is dead against our son riding?

I ride and my son (now 14) wants to ride when he's old enough, but his mum's dead set against it. He's a level-headed boy and we haven't had any bad experiences with bikes to influence us. What should...

Poll: What is the best quality bike brand in 2012?

Poll: What is the best quality bike brand in 2012?

Forget history, try and forget prejudice: which bike firm do you think really produces the best quality bikes right now?   pollcomment

The good and the bad

The sun's up, the bikes out and already this weekend I have seen the best and worst of the biking fraternity. The good: The rider who parked up and flagged riders down to save some serious issues on spilt diesel. The Bad: The Aprilia rider who overtook uphill approaching a bend around which a car came,;how this guy made the fast closing gap I do not know. This act only served to reinforce car...

Revealed: Rossi's new AGV PistaGP helmet

Revealed: Rossi's new AGV PistaGP helmet

AGV and Valentino Rossi have officially launched the all-new PistaGP race lid that he's been wearing in pre-season tests and will use for the 2012 MotoGP season. Although no UK price has been...

Moto Guzzi reveals endurance racer kit

Moto Guzzi reveals endurance racer kit

Moto Guzzi has developed a bolt-on factory kit to transform any clip-on equipped V7 into a replica 1970s endurance racer. The kit has been inspired by the 1969 Moto Guzzi V7 Record prototype, an...

New bike tax rates

New bike tax rates

Motorcycle road tax has increased by as much as 3.7% in the Budget. The rate has risen for all motorcycles except those up to 150cc. A year’s tax for bikes over 600cc will cost £76 instead of £74.

Goodwood celebrates two-strokes

Goodwood celebrates two-strokes

This year’s Goodwood Festival Speed, held on 28 June - 1 July, will be alive to the sounds and smells of two-stroke and promises to be one of the highlights of the summer biking calendar. Grand Prix...

New 165bhp Motus V4 revealed

New 165bhp Motus V4 revealed

New American manufacturer Motus has taken the wraps off the final two versions of the Motus MST-01 V4 sport tourers which go on sale in America later this year. The MST-01 has a 1650cc...

Big push needed on “Motorcyclists Matter” petition

Big push needed on “Motorcyclists Matter” petition

More than 31,000 people have already signed the “Motorcyclists matter” online petition which is pushing to ensure a motorcycle related question is compulsory in every driving test. Three of the...

Limited edition KTM 690 Duke Track launched

Limited edition KTM 690 Duke Track launched

KTM has launched a limited edition track-only version of the new 690 Duke, based on the bikes competing in the 2012 KTM-sponsored European Junior Cup (EJC). Just 200 examples of the bike are to have...

Ducati 798 Desmosport R concept

Ducati 798 Desmosport R concept

Here's my concept for a new, 'basic' sportsbikes from Ducati. No advaned materials and engineering processes. 100bhp, 164kg, all for less than 9000 Euros. Are you sure you need a Panigale to have...

Ram raiders started fire which destroyed Honda show bikes

Ram raiders started fire which destroyed Honda show bikes

Ram raiders are suspected to have started a warehouse fire which destroyed Honda show bikes worth around £240,000. The thieves set light to a stolen Range Rover used in the attack before escaping on...

MCE opens call centre for Sport Relief

MCE opens call centre for Sport Relief

MCE Insurance will be supporting Sport Relief 2012 on Friday 23 March, with 100 staff all volunteering to receive donation calls. The staff will be joined by British Superbike rider Gary Mason, who...

Video: BMW C600 Sport and C650GT ridden

Video: BMW C600 Sport and C650GT ridden

BMW's new C650GT and C600 Sport are the first £9.5k step-thrus, and though MCN's first ride proves their general competence, it's difficult to see how they're worth twice as much as BMW's own F650GS...

Ducati 848 Evo Corse first ride

Ducati 848 Evo Corse first ride

Today, machines such as the Triumph Daytona 675R and the MV Agusta F3 have brought a new dimension to middleweight supersports machines. And with this new 848 Evo Corse Ducati is both following...

First pictures of Ducati 1199 Panigale naked

First pictures of Ducati 1199 Panigale naked

These are the first official images of the new Ducati 1199 Panigale without bodywork. The images show off the cast aluminium airbox frame and highlight just how compact the 1198cc machine is. The...