2013

Best bikes for under £5k: 2005-2011 Triumph Speed Triple

Best bikes for under £5k: 2005-2011 Triumph Speed Triple

What was it like then? When Triumph released the Speed Triple in 1050cc form in 2005 it really did set the benchmark. It was so good it remained top of the naked bike class for a staggering six years...

Staff Blog: In search of confidence

Staff Blog: In search of confidence

I’ve started to try and get to the bottom of the confidence issue I reported in the paper last week, which has left me with chicken strips on the Street Triple R’s Pirelli tyres. First step was to...

Staff Blog: Friday Night is Rideout Night!!!

Staff Blog: Friday Night is Rideout Night!!!

  Following my recent appeal to you lovely blog readers I’ve just spent a cracking weekend riding the Yamaha Fazer8 round North Norfolk visiting some little gems that you recommended. I’m going...

Best bikes for under £5k: 2005-2009 BMW R1200RT

Best bikes for under £5k: 2005-2009 BMW R1200RT

What was it like then? Bland but effective BMWs, like the R1150RT, managed to attract an army of fans, but they did comprise a rather stereotypical legion of buyers. While many bikes in the Bavarian...

Sid Biberman RIP

The World of Vincent Motorcycle enthusiasts mourns the passing of one of it's great pillars of wisdom and support. Sid Biberman RIP. Ride on. If you want to know more of the man check out: http://classicmoto-cycles.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/legendary-big-sid-biberman.html

Lotus to make 200bhp motorcycle

Lotus to make 200bhp motorcycle

Iconic British sportscar brand Lotus is gearing up to build a 200bhp motorcycle which will use Formula One technology and will be built by a car racing team Kodewa and designed by the man who designed...

Electrickery

Electrickery

It looks like a moped but this electric scooter can legally be ridden by 14-year-olds with no licence, insurance or helmet, and carrying a pillion.  The £850 Dayun Electric Tandem Bike has a...

Ducati factory escapes earthquake damage

Ducati factory escapes earthquake damage

The Ducati factory in Bologna has been evacuated after being hit by an earthquake earlier today; no damage has been reported and there are no casualties but the entire workforce has been sent home in...

Triumph refreshes Speed Triple 1050

Triumph refreshes Speed Triple 1050

Triumph has given the popular Speed Triple 1050 a light refresh with a new blue colour available along with some minor cosmetic changes including a clear rear light and accessories now fitted as...

Staff blog: I've got to stay up - someone on the internet doesn't like the Burgman

Staff blog: I've got to stay up - someone on the internet doesn't like the Burgman

Every time I write a blog on the Burgman, I seem to become embroiled in debate with critics of the scooter.   I don’t know why I feel the need to convince others to like it. It reminds me of...

Bike chooser: Leftfield middleweight nakeds

Bike chooser: Leftfield middleweight nakeds

This week's bike chooser brings to you the best budget naked middleweights that money can buy.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?> &nbsp; These bikes are great if...

Would Jorge’s HJC be a UK hit?

Would Jorge’s HJC be a UK hit?

You may have noticed that MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo had some company on the top step of the podium after last weekend’s Catalunya GP. Big-hearted Jorge took Spanish artist Anna Vives with...

Staff Blog: Hyperstrada at Snetterton and beyond

Staff Blog: Hyperstrada at Snetterton and beyond

I took my Hyperstrada for a blast around the Snetterton 300 circuit on Monday – my second trackday of the year on the Ducati. I was there helping fellow MCN-er, Andy Davidson, who was doing his first...

Days left to save Peak District’s best trail riding route

Days left to save Peak District’s best trail riding route

Motorcyclists have until June 28 to object to plans to ban motorised vehicles from the best green lane in the Peak District. The Peak District National Park Authority is proposing a permanent traffic...

Best bikes for under £5k: 2008-2009 Triumph Bonneville

Best bikes for under £5k: 2008-2009 Triumph Bonneville

What was it like then? The return of Triumph’s most famous name was the one everyone was waiting for from the revived Hinckley marque. And when the all-new ‘Bonnie’ was unveiled at the 2000 Cologne...

MCN in the delivery room

MCN in the delivery room

Please find attached a picture of my wife Rosana, who could not put down a copy of MCN between contractions. She was particularly interested in the engine characteristics of the V4 powerplant! You...

Electric coast to coast record set

Electric coast to coast record set

American firm Moto-Electra has set a coast-to-coast world record for electric vehicles. The team rode 2500-miles on the trans-continental run, crossing the USA in three and a half days using the same...

Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

The BMW F800GT is a tourer. So far I’ve covered just short of three thousand miles worth of short trips to and from various parts of the country - living out of the panniers for the occasional odd...

Would you buy an MV Agusta F3 800?

Would you buy an MV Agusta F3 800?

MV have released their new F3 800, billed as the ultimate road bike, combining the light weight and handling of a supersport bike, with the extra oomph of a superbike. But would you buy one?

Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

Whether I’m picking up a curry on a Saturday night, filling up with petrol somewhere, or answering calls from readers who are thinking of buying one (or never buying one) – I’m regularly bombarded by...

Who's the greatest current British GP star?

Who's the greatest current British GP star?

It's been a long time since british stars have been shining so brightly in MotoGP. Cal Crutchlow is the hot property at the minute, with factory teams fighting over him, Bradley Smith is impressing as...

Ten pairs of Goodwood tickets to give away

Ten pairs of Goodwood tickets to give away

The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world – No other event combines such a diverse collection of cars &amp; motorbikes with a star-studded line-up of drivers in one...

Win a place on the Chris Walker Race School

Win a place on the Chris Walker Race School

MCN is offering one lucky reader a place on the Chris Walker Race School along with £250 worth of R&amp;G products. The competition is being run in conjunction with R&amp;G and offers a place worth...

Video: MV Agusta F3 800 first ride

Video: MV Agusta F3 800 first ride

We head to Misano to ride MV Agusta's new F3 800 to see if it's 173kg and 30bph more in the midrange than its 675 brother means it really has the perfect blend of power and handling.

New MCN June 19th: MV F3 800 First Test

New MCN June 19th: MV F3 800 First Test

In this week's MCN, out June 19, we have a world-exclusive first test of MV Agusta's new F3 800. We have spy shots of Triumph's new Harley-beater cruiser bikes. Also this week: MCN vs TT winner, at...

The view on my ride to work

The view on my ride to work

Sadly I forgot to ride to work on ride to work day -&nbsp;I had some clothes to take for dry cleaning, so it wouldn't have been practical. I do, mostly, ride to work and thought I would send in the...

Staff Blog: Did You Ride to Work Today?

Staff Blog: Did You Ride to Work Today?

It's Ride to Work Day today and after my early morning ride to the office&nbsp;here’s the photo of my Yamaha Fazer8 in the car park at MCN Towers! As you can see there’s only me and&nbsp;a couple...

Staff Blog: It’s a Family Affair!!

Staff Blog: It’s a Family Affair!!

&nbsp; After four and a half long years my other half and I went for our first ride out together over the weekend. Mark was involved in a start-line crash at Brands Hatch when racing his Suzuki SV650...

Video: Ducati Hyperstrada first ride

Video: Ducati Hyperstrada first ride

MCN road tester Michael Neeves gives us a look at his first ride on the new Ducati Hyperstrada – his long term test bike for 2013.&nbsp;

Staff Blog: Sorry for the lack of updates!

Staff Blog: Sorry for the lack of updates!

I'm afraid I'm not really blogging this week; I'm more apologising for the lack of blogs so far! I haven’t done any riding on my R125 since my *ahem* off last month, as firstly the bike was away with...

Staff Blog: Black Bikes...

Staff Blog: Black Bikes...

I love the idea of black bikes. They're the stealth option. In 2013 black also seems like the sensible choice for a sports bike like the GSX-R750, not so much because it helps you slip unnoticed from...

Michelin v Pirelli

Michelin v Pirelli

I’ve spent this week getting to know the new Pirelli Angel GT tyres I fitted on Monday. I’ve been using my bike for commuting to work and the other day I rode the 320-mile round trip down to Ramsgate...

Motorcyclists can join POLITE force

Motorcyclists can join POLITE force

Motorcyclists have been told they can legally wear a high-visibility vest that resembles police uniform. The yellow bibs have the word ‘polite’ printed on the back in large capital letters, along...

Sorry mate, I didn’t tree you

Sorry mate, I didn’t tree you

No amount of training can prepare us for some hazards of the road, as one riding instructor learned. Barry Briggs had a lucky escape when a tree fell on him as he followed a student.&nbsp; The...

Monster wanted for road test fame and glory!

Monster wanted for road test fame and glory!

&nbsp; MCN's road test team urgently need a M900 for a photoshoot this coming Tuesday. The bike will be picked up and returned by our professional courier and ridden only briefly for test impressions...

Finance offer on new GS models

Finance offer on new GS models

BMW Motorrad UK have launched a special finance offer for its new F700 and F800 GS models. This means that it's now possible to purhcase the new F700 GS, which updates the F 650 GS with increased...