2013

Staff Blog: Mud flinging

Staff Blog: Mud flinging

Senior Editor Richard Newland's BMW R1200GS isn't the only longtermer with a mud-flinging problem, the Judge has one too. On damp, wet or just plain dirty roads the front wheel throws up a lot of...

Google Glass coming to motorcycle helmets?

Google Glass coming to motorcycle helmets?

Next year’s defining new-tech moment is sure to be the public release of Google’s first ‘wearable’ technology, Google Glass. You’re probably already aware of the idea: a tiny heads-up display fitted...

First pictures: Biaggi testing Pramac Ducati MotoGP bike

First pictures: Biaggi testing Pramac Ducati MotoGP bike

Six time world champion Max Biaggi returned to the track today at Mugello today testing the Pramac Ducati MotoGP bike. Following his retirement from WSB at the end of last season, the 41 year old...

Staff Blog: Finding time for the Hyperstrada

Staff Blog: Finding time for the Hyperstrada

I’ve never known it to be so busy in MCN Road Test land, so I find myself away travelling lots. It means that sometimes I’m riding my Hyperstrada every day and occasionally weeks will go by where it...

Cal leathers up charity auction

Yamaha in the US are autioning off a set of road racing leathers as worn by Monster Energy/Tech 3 MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Feed the Children Oklahoma Relief Fund. Feed the Children is Yamaha Motor Corporation's official corporate charity.   “We are so pleased that Cal has graciously donated his authentic Spidi custom-made leathers to help...

MV Agusta F3 800 ridden!

MV Agusta F3 800 ridden!

MV Agusta’s brand new £11,499 F3 800 is currently being put through its paces at Misano in Italy by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions:   “The new machine is...

Cycle lane cameras

Cycle lane cameras

London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan has announced plans to set up CCTV cameras at cycle boxes and lanes to catch motorists entering them illegally. It is illegal for motorists to enter the...

Smoggy Petronas F1

Smoggy Petronas F1

A rare, zero-mile Petronas FP1 worth £33,000 has been destroyed by fire, just days before it was due to be delivered to a customer in the UK. The bike was being pdi'd in the Zurich workshop of FP1...

Staff Blog: Deflated at Donington

Staff Blog: Deflated at Donington

Being responsible for the online aspect of Motorcyclenews, I don’t get much of a chance to leave the office and the phosphorous glow of the monitor screens. So, when I had the opportunity to spend...

£100 fines for speeding and driving on the phone

£100 fines for speeding and driving on the phone

Fines for speeding and using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will rise from £60 to £100 under Government plans. Drivers who hog the middle motorway lane or tailgate also face £100 fines with...

Staff Blog: Swings and roundabouts

Staff Blog: Swings and roundabouts

Every bike will delight and frustrate you to some extent – it’s an inevitable truth. While touches of pure and simple genius will provide fodder to evangelise to your friends, there will always be...

MCN Guide: How to fit soft luggage

MCN Guide: How to fit soft luggage

We get a lot of queries here at MCN about how best to secure and fit soft luggage to bikes. So we thought we'd answer as many questions as possible in this quick, instructional video. - How to fit a...

MCN in Thailand

MCN in Thailand

Koh Samui airport, having a read before flying home!

Race attendance are on the slide – why?

Race attendance are on the slide – why?

Race attendance are on the slide – why? pollcomment

Triumph release new colours and a Sprint GT special edition

Triumph release new colours and a Sprint GT special edition

Triumph has announced special editions of its Sprint GT, Thunderbird, Tiger Explorer and Street Triple Models. The mid-range tourer, the Sprint GT, sees a host of new features including heated...

Foggy Petronas FP1 – ultimate exotica, or waste of time?

Foggy Petronas FP1 – ultimate exotica, or waste of time?

After 10 years MCN has finally got hold of a Petronas FP1 to test it against its rivals of the time, the Ducati 999S and Honda CBR900RR Fireblade. But is the FP1 a pointless waste or true...

How much should you get paid for winning the Senior TT?

How much should you get paid for winning the Senior TT?

The Isle of Man TT is possibly the most dangerous motorcycle race on the planet, but do you think the race winners get enough prize money for their efforts? pollcomment

MV Agusta F3 800 details revealed

MV Agusta F3 800 details revealed

MV Agusta has released details of its new £11,499 F3 800, which will hit dealers in July. Based on the current inline-three cylinder F3 675 supersports machine, MV says it tips the scales at the same...

You ask/you answer: How to get the best out of MotoGP

You ask/you answer: How to get the best out of MotoGP

"Having stopped riding after getting knocked off five years ago (injury, mortage, wife, kid etc), my wife had obviously noticed my yearning for all things bike hasn't gone.  So for my birthday...

Staff blog: How much?

Staff blog: How much?

I got a shock when I saw the price of new standard rear tyre for the Burgman 650 ABS Executive from a Suzuki dealer: £184 plus £30 for fitting.   The first one has just been replaced during the...

Staff blog: A question for readers

Staff blog: A question for readers

I’ve been accused of being over-critical of bikes in the past. A spot of rust after a couple of months and I have a whinge about it in print. “What about the positives?” a manufacturer once...

New MCN June 5: Dunlop treble at the TT

New MCN June 5: Dunlop treble at the TT

In this week's MCN, out June 5, we have all the news from the beginning of race week at the TT. Michael Dunlop has so far taken three wins from three races, could this be the start of a new era? Also...

Staff Blog: Welcome back CBR500

Staff Blog: Welcome back CBR500

When the first Yamaha FZR600 came out back in the day (1990) I was all over it like a rash. The black and pink paintscheme may have been a little 'let's go disco' naff but these were the days of...

First middle age fumblings with a Ducati

On a weekend where the sun sat high and my adrenaline ran free, it seemed appropriate in the infancy of middle age to throw my leg over my first ever Ducati and see what Hampshire's bountiful roads had to offer. The bike in question was a 2013 Panigale, which, with its £5,000 insurance excess had the temperature up before the very obliging salesman even turned the key and fired up what can only be...

Staff Blog: I Love Sunny Saturday Rides!

Staff Blog: I Love Sunny Saturday Rides!

  What glorious weather, waking up on Saturday morning with sun streaming through the window I had no excuse but to get out on the Yamaha Fazer8 and ride. My other half was helping mates at the...

Bad roads

I drove up the M1 today. Has anybody else seen the huge holes that are appearing along the joins between lanes? Where there should be cats eyes or over banding potholes are appearing and forming a void down to the previous surface level anywhere up to a foot wide and up to 10 or 15 feet long. Hitting one at speed while changing lanes could result in loss of bike control with disastrous...

Staff Blog: up close and personal with the Hog

Staff Blog: up close and personal with the Hog

Now I’ve had the Street Bob for a couple of weeks I’ve had the chance to do something I suspect many other Harley owners do – park it on the drive, grab a beer and paw over the details that make the...

Yamaha’s ‘Dark Side’

Yamaha’s ‘Dark Side’

Last year’s Cologne Motorcycle Show saw Yamaha make bold claims about what we could expect from them in the near future. The firm unveiled a slightly bizarre wire and engine ‘sculpture’ centred around...

Staff Blog: Life with the Hyperstrada so far

Staff Blog: Life with the Hyperstrada so far

On paper, the new Ducati Hyperstrada is right up my street. It promises supermoto fun and the ability to cover long distances. I'm running one for the 2013 summer season and so far it hasn't...

Video: Borile 450 Scrambler first ride

Video: Borile 450 Scrambler first ride

Artisan bike maker Borile is creating its first small-volume, full-production motorcycle, called the B450 which will cost £9650 when it goes on sale in September. We rode the bike in Italy.

Staff Blog: Hello Moto(rrad)

Staff Blog: Hello Moto(rrad)

If you’d told me ten years ago that I’d be ecstatic at the prospect of riding an R1200GS as a longterm test bike, I’d have been breathless with laughter before any sort of verbal response could form...

Staff Blog: Time for new shoes!

Staff Blog: Time for new shoes!

Having just clocked up 3000 miles on the RT the rear is starting to square off and with a trip to France looming I figured it's best to get them switched from the OE Metzeler Roadtec Z8 to the all new...

Will Norton be competitive at the TT?

Will Norton be competitive at the TT?

Norton are back at the Isle of Man TT for a second year, this time with two much improved bikes. What do you reckon to their chances? pollcomment

Only one can survive – which would you choose?

Only one can survive – which would you choose?

The BMF or MAG, you decide... pollcomment

What do you think to loud exhausts on bikes?

What do you think to loud exhausts on bikes?

There's no doubting aftermarket exhausts makes bikes sound a lot better, but are they annoying or do they actually save lives? pollcomment

You ask/you answer: Small, and perfectly formed

You ask/you answer: Small, and perfectly formed

"I've just passed my test, and am looking to buy my first bike – but I need some advice. I'm only 5ft 3inches tall, and I have no desire for a 'big' bike. What I want is something that fits me...