2013

Staff Blog: Well, that’ll be autumn then!

Staff Blog: Well, that’ll be autumn then!

  Riding in this morning I’ve had to give in and fully kit up in cordura. Looking out of the bedroom window at 7.30 it was really quite murky and living in the middle of a housing estate if it’s...

Would you miss Mallory Park if it closed permanently?

Would you miss Mallory Park if it closed permanently?

Mallory Park racing circuit has been placed into administration and all future race meetings have been cancelled. The move comes after recent legal action was taken by Hinckley and Bosworth District...

Which naked nutter bike are you most looking forward to?

Which naked nutter bike are you most looking forward to?

With the debut of the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, the first of this summer's naked nutter bikes has broken free. It's soon to be followed by a new Z1000 from Kawasaki, an update to the original naked...

Suzuki announce UK price for new V-Strom 1000

Suzuki announce UK price for new V-Strom 1000

Suzuki has today confirmed that the retail price for the long-awaited new V-Strom 1000 adventure bike will be £9999, plus on the road charges.   Making the announcement, Suzuki GB general...

KTM 1290 Super Duke R breaks free

KTM 1290 Super Duke R breaks free

KTM’s much-anticipated 2014 Super Duke R has been spied many times by MCN during its development, and now KTM have released the first official pictures and technical specifications of the all-new...

Win hospitality tickets to the BSB Showdown finale

Win hospitality tickets to the BSB Showdown finale

MCN and MCE Insurance have teamed up to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of weekend tickets to the epic conclusion of the 2014 BSB championship at Brands Hatch on October 18-20. Full...

Entry-level 600 owners needed

Entry-level 600 owners needed

MCN is on the hunt for owners of entry-level 600cc machines. Specifically we're looking for owners of the Suzuki SV650S, Kawasaki ER-6f and the latest (2011-current) Honda CBR600F. We'll be using the...

Do Brands Hatch BSB in style with Kawasaki Riders Club

Do Brands Hatch BSB in style with Kawasaki Riders Club

With a very real prospect of Kawasaki riders winning more than one Championship at the BSB series finale on 20 October, the Kawasaki Riders Club have created a £49.99 special race day package for its...

Video: Café Racers Get Serious

Video: Café Racers Get Serious

Café racers are a growing market segment in the UK, and have just been boosted again with the arrival of the new Royal Enfield Continental GT. But how will this new Indian import fare against the...

Kawasaki confirms new Z1000 for imminent release

Kawasaki confirms new Z1000 for imminent release

Kawasaki’s Z1000 has been a strong player in the naked litre class since the reintroduction of the model in 2003, replete with shotgun-style exhausts in homage to the original Zed. And on November 5,...

New MCN October 2: Cafe racer showdown

New MCN October 2: Cafe racer showdown

In this week's MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from October 2: - Triumph and Moto Guzzi take on the new Royal Enfield Continental GT in our cafe racer showdown - BMW NineT...

Now there’s a retro Jawa!

Now there’s a retro Jawa!

Latest to jump on the retro-styling bandwagon – although possibly with more integrity than some – is Jawa. The Czech, former Soviet bloc, manufacturer still produces utilitarian, budget,...

Yamaha FZ9 concept

Yamaha FZ9 concept

Here's my concept for a naked Yamaha FZ9.

Is this the end for Mallory Park?

Is this the end for Mallory Park?

Mallory Park racing circuit has been placed into administration and all future race meetings have been cancelled. The move comes after recent legal action was taken by Hinckley and Bosworth District...

Yamaha FZ9 Fazer concept

Yamaha FZ9 Fazer concept

Here's my concept idea for a Yamaha FZ9 Fazer

Final production version of KTM 1290 Duke R spied

Final production version of KTM 1290 Duke R spied

New spy shots have revealed this is what the highly-anticipated KTM 1290 Duke R is going to look like in completely finished form when it’s launched in two weeks. The two images appear to have been...

The Scooter Diaries

The Scooter Diaries

I have a story I thought you might all be interested in, one that should have been told 50 years ago. In 1959, my Dad quit his job as a newspaper reporter, sold his car and bought a '58 Lambretta...

Motorcycle deaths at lowest rate

Motorcycle deaths at lowest rate

Government accident statistics have shown a 9% drop in motorcycle fatalities in 2012 which are the lowest on record. The data for 2012 has just been officially compiled by the Department for Transport...

Yamaha YZF-R3 concept

Yamaha YZF-R3 concept

Here's my concept for a new Yamahs sports bike with the three-cylinder engine from the new MT-09.

Have your say – vote in RiDER Power

Have your say – vote in RiDER Power

Ride magazine wants to find Britain's best bikes - according to the people who own them. And that means you.   Whether you own a Honda Blackbird, a BMW R1200GS or a brand-new Suzuki...

Staff Blog: Are you a year round Yamaha Fazer8 rider?

Staff Blog: Are you a year round Yamaha Fazer8 rider?

  Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis will remember I recently requested your top tips for winter riding. Thanks to all those who replied to the blog and took the time to e-mail me,...

Staff Blog: Rekindling the love

Staff Blog: Rekindling the love

I’ve not ridden much these past few weeks. A combination of school holidays, work load and a general feeling of malaise has forced me to leave the trusted F800GT in the garage for longer than I would...

Staff Blog: To Jet Wash or Not to Jet Wash?

Staff Blog: To Jet Wash or Not to Jet Wash?

  I lent my bike to a colleague last week for the MCN Awards ride out and after an awfully wet ride down to the venue in Dorking, followed by a couple of hours riding through the Surrey Hills,...

Video: New Kawasaki Z1000SX first ride

Video: New Kawasaki Z1000SX first ride

Kawasaki's underrated Z1000SX sports-tourer may have arrived quietly in 2010, but thanks to its blend of Z1000 fun, ZX-10R performance, upright comfort and impressive value, it's proven a big hit. One...

Video: KTM 390 - Headbanger?

Video: KTM 390 - Headbanger?

We go to Box Hill to find out if the funky KTM single can lay claim to being the new hooligan on the block. Is the KTM the modern-day equivalent of those 250/350cc two-strokes and 400 two-strokes, we...

Online petition for stranded Sean Emmett gains support

Online petition for stranded Sean Emmett gains support

An online petition calling for the UK Government to help get former British Superbike racer Sean Emmett returned to this country from Dubai has gained nearly 4000 signatures in just a few days. ...

KTM first with anti-lowside ABS brakes

KTM first with anti-lowside ABS brakes

KTM will be the first manufacturer to sell a bike equipped with the latest generation of ABS to work as an anti-lowside braking system on the 2014 KTM Adventure 1190R. The new braking system is the...

New MCN September 25: Kawasaki Z1000SX first ride

New MCN September 25: Kawasaki Z1000SX first ride

In this week's MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from September 25: - World exclusive first test of the updated Kawasaki Z1000SX - Hooligan bikes: Old vs new - Ducati Scrambler...

Staff Blog: My cleaning confession

Staff Blog: My cleaning confession

I know some (most) people don’t enjoy cleaning motorcycles but for me it’s a seriously satisfying part of riding bikes and I’ve just spent three hours working on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring...

Suzuki reveals new V-Strom 1000 tech details

Suzuki reveals new V-Strom 1000 tech details

New V-Strom 1000 gets 100bhp, traction control, ABS and three colourschemes as it enters the adventure bike market priced around £10,000 Suzuki is continuing to stretch out pre-launch information...

First Ride: Kawasaki Z1000SX

First Ride: Kawasaki Z1000SX

Kawasaki’s updated Z1000SX is currently being put through it’s paces in Austria by MCN’s Phil West and here are his first impressions. ‘The SX has been a massive hit for Kawasaki in the UK being by...

Tourers for under £3,000

Honda ST1100 Pan European The ST1100 Pan European is one of the very best cross-continental tourers that money can buy, well that less than £3,000 can buy anyway. Almost legendary in both its reliability and comfort, the Pan has steadily built a very passionate fan base since its launch in 1989 – something that has helped keep its second hand value high. Scanning through the small ads will reveal...

Staff Blog: A Week of Two Wheels but not the Motorised Kind!

Staff Blog: A Week of Two Wheels but not the Motorised Kind!

  I’ve not turned a wheel on the Yamaha Fazer8 for the last couple of weeks. Instead of being power assisted I’ve been producing my own power and cycled, along with a group of ten family and...

Only two weeks until BikeShed 2

Only two weeks until BikeShed 2

There are just 14 days to go until the second Bikeshed Event kicks off in Shoreditch, London on October 5-6. After the blinding success of the inaugural show last May, the Bikeshed crew are pulling...

VIDEO: Goodwood Revival - Chad Races a Manx Norton 500

VIDEO: Goodwood Revival - Chad Races a Manx Norton 500

MCN took a trip to Goodwood Revival to sample the nostalgia of days gone by.... When gorgeous metal of both the four AND TWO WHEELED variety ruled the roads! Chad was racing a Manx Norton in the Barry...

Men banned from Silverstone

Men banned from Silverstone

Ladies looking for a testosterone-free track day might want to put October the 3rd in their diary, when Silverstone is holding its first ever women-only sessions at the iconic Northamptonshire...