March

Sorcha Swims the TT

Sorcha Swims the TT

Everyone knows just how long and demanding the TT mountain circuit is. It seems even longer when you swim the equivalent of the 37 3/4 miles. My eleven-year-old daughter did just that. Last week...

March 21 Bikes on TV

March 21 Bikes on TV

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

Honda show bikes destroyed in fire

Honda show bikes destroyed in fire

Honda show bikes worth nearly half a million pounds are feared to have been destroyed in a warehouse fire.  Up to 50 bikes were destroyed when the blaze tore through the premises of...

Destination dealer: Colchester Kawasaki

Destination dealer: Colchester Kawasaki

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Motorcycles Direct, the group name for Lloyd Cooper Motorcycles in Watford and LidsDirect.co.uk, has now taken over ownership of Colchester Kawasaki making it the Number one...

Triumph Explorer 1200 launches in dealers March 22

Triumph Explorer 1200 launches in dealers March 22

The new Triumph Explorer 1200 will be launched at dealer's across the UK at 6pm on Thursday March 22. The Explorer represents Triumph's first foray in to the ultra-competitive big adventure bike...

New MCN March 21: McGuinness tests 150mph electric bike

New MCN March 21: McGuinness tests 150mph electric bike

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday March 21, John McGuinness gets his first taste of the electric Mugen Shinden he will race at the Isle of Man TT during a test at Motegi, Japan.

Nothing done about my accident?

Late last year I was hit whilst riding my motorcycle. The car rushed out of a junction and drove straight into my side. Shortly after, he carried on with his care-free day and drove away with little or no hesstiation. I reported the incident shortly after and nothing was done. Cameras were near by at traffic lights, but somehow no information of the driver was obtained. I had attended the...

2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro ridden

2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro ridden

Aprilia’s revised exotic Dorsoduro 1200 has lost weight, gained some Italian ponies and now has a three-way traction control as standard. If you thought the Supermoto scene was drying up you’d be...

One for the future

One for the future

Young Dylan on his dad's first bike.

Willie G Davidson retires

Willie G Davidson retires

Harley-Davidson's Senior Vice President Willie G. Davidson is retiring after nearly 50 years as head of styling. The 78-year-old grandson of one of the company’s founders, William A. Davidson, will...

Riders for Health Day of Champions tickets go on sale at noon

Riders for Health Day of Champions tickets go on sale at noon

Tickets for the Riders for Health Day of Champions at Silverstone on Thursday June 14 go on sale at noon today (Monday). Day of Champions takes place before the MotoGP weekend at Silverstone and helps...

Coast to coast charity tour

Coast to coast charity tour

I’m currently in the process of arranging a tour in order to raise awareness and funds for the charity Cancer Research UK in July 2012. In 2009, together with my two sons Anthony and Daniel, we...

Is this the ultimate Honda CBX1000?

Is this the ultimate Honda CBX1000?

A “breakthrough for the Japanese motorcycle industry” was one headline when Honda’s stunning six cylinder CBX was first announced in 1977 and the first photographs which appeared in MCN that year...

The best customer service in the world, ever?

The best customer service in the world, ever?

Having bought a set of carbon fibre headlamp cases from Carbon 4U for my 2005 Speed Triple, I was delighted with them. I was less than delighted when one of the brackets snapped after six months...

Destination dealer: Woods Motorcycles

Destination dealer: Woods Motorcycles

ADVERTISING PROMOTION Woods Motorcycles of Abergele was founded in 1981 by Andrew Wood, and is one of the North West’s largest showrooms with over 10,000sqft of showroom space displaying over 200 new...

Triumph Bonneville 110th 'Anniversary Special' unveiled

Triumph Bonneville 110th 'Anniversary Special' unveiled

To celebrate 110 years of manufacturing motorcycles, Triumph has just unveiled the 110th Anniversary Special Bonneville, which will be limited to 1,000 units priced at £7,399. The Anniversary Special...

Video: Bimota DB9 Brivido CS first ride

Video: Bimota DB9 Brivido CS first ride

The Bimota DB9 Brivido is the Bimota version of the Ducati Streetfighter. The bike uses the 1198cc V-twin engine from the Ducati Diavel and features no electronics like the Diavel. The CS version you...

MCN is hiring!

MCN is hiring!

Got a passion for motorcycles? Love newspapers and the internet? Want to develop your skills with the backing of a major European publisher working on the world’s biggest motorcycling website and the...

MAG MEP view

As an avid motorcyclist I am aware of the campaigns MAG have been running, and have added my name to several of the petitions for motorcycle safety and law. By chance I am also on a mailing list from one of our MEPs. Here is a copy of a section of the latest e-mail that he has sent out to his mailing list, which will be of interest to yourselves. Controversy over proposed EU law for...

Moto Morini is back with the Rebello

Moto Morini is back with the Rebello

Historic marque Moto Morini will debut a new model dubbed 'Rebello' just under a year after the firm was rescued from bankruptcy by two Italian entrepeneurs. No details are being released about the...

Aprilia SRV850 first ride: "like something made as a dare"

Aprilia SRV850 first ride: "like something made as a dare"

The new Aprilia SRV850 is the most powerful scooter yet - and nearly £2000 cheaper than BMW's C650 GT. The SRV850 is a restyled and re badged Gilera GP800 with the same chassis and 839cc V-twin...

One to tick off the bucket list

One to tick off the bucket list

I live in Canada and for many years I have come to the UK where I have an adventure with my friend and racing enthusiast Elwyn Roberts from Wales. Whether it's in the Isle of Man or the Ulster,...

Video: Onboard with Cal Crutchlow at Silverstone

Video: Onboard with Cal Crutchlow at Silverstone

British MotoGP stars Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith treated a select group of MCN readers to a once in a lifetime experience at Silverstone last week. Crutchlow and Smith took time out from their...

Rossi cupcakes

Rossi cupcakes

Rossi cupcakes made especially for Sophie from Sheffield on her 16th birthday

Bimota DB9 Brivido first ride: 'One of my top bikes of 2012'

Bimota DB9 Brivido first ride: 'One of my top bikes of 2012'

We had to twist Bimota's arm really hard to let us ride their new DB9 Brivido. After a few months of emails and phone calls trying to set up this test, we decided to bite the bullet and literally turn...

Tesco garages

Tesco garage, Branksome. I used this petrol station last week, to use Pay at Pump, and there is a locally made sign saying that motorcyclists need to remove their helmets so they they can verify your age. They have my credit card details before I get any fuel, and I have to be over 18 to have a card. A complaint resulted in a reply saying that it is so I do not alarm others. What, the pump? I...

Seen any horrible potholes?

Seen any horrible potholes?

It's that time of year again when the roads warm up after a hard winter and promptly disintegrate. The latest survey of local authorities reveals that despite emergency government funding of £200m,...

New MCN March 14: Triumph Tiger Sport spied!

New MCN March 14: Triumph Tiger Sport spied!

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday March 14, we have all the news from the first pree-season BSB tests. Title hopefuls Shane Byrne, Tommy Hill and newcomer Noriyuki Haga were all in...

March 14 Bikes on the Box

March 14 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...

BMW C650GT first ride: “takes scooter equipment to a new level”

BMW C650GT first ride: “takes scooter equipment to a new level”

The BMW C650 GT is one of the most sophisticated scooters yet - and the first to cost over £10,000. I've just ridden the new super scooter at the launch in Madrid. With heated seat and grips, ABS and...

Gareth 'Gruff' Jones dies

Gareth 'Gruff' Jones dies

Motorcycle artist Gareth 'Gruff' Jones, who ran Gruffs Studio, has passed away at the age of 62 after a battle with brain cancer. Gruff was closely involved with motorcycle racing over the last 35...

Yamaha TZ6 Classic Racer concept

Yamaha TZ6 Classic Racer concept

For the 50th anniversary of its participation in the World Grand Prix, Yamaha could present the TZ6. A concept bike in tribute to the legendary 250 and TZ 350, which gave the factory of Iwata...

Rossi and Stoner Ducati MotoGP bikes for sale

Rossi and Stoner Ducati MotoGP bikes for sale

Ducati MotoGP bikes raced by Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner will be auctioned off in Monaco on May 11 and 12; the first time bikes have been publicly sold by Ducati. Both machines are being sold...

Racing at 160mph on ice

Racing at 160mph on ice

A completely new twist on the bike vs car race has been put together by French motorcycle magazine Moto Journal who have pitted a Yamaha R1 against a Porsche 911 on ice. The spectacular teaser video...

Audi poised to buy Ducati

Audi poised to buy Ducati

German car giant Audi has until mid-April to decide if it wants to buy Ducati as part of a exclusivity deal according to insiders. MCN sister title CAR magazine has revealed Audi (which is part of the...

Insurer offers free security marking kits to all customers

Insurer offers free security marking kits to all customers

Bike insurer Carole Nash is to offer free security marking kits with all policies. Every new or renewed policy supplied since March 1 comes with a kit to discreetly mark various motorcycle parts.