2013

MCN Asks: Which nation makes the world's best motorcycles?

For our second question this week:  

MCN Asks: Do you break the speed limit?

Every week we ask our readers the questions that matter in motorcycling. This week:  Do you break the speed limit? Do you break the speed limit?

MCN Awards 2013: Winners Revealed

MCN Awards 2013: Winners Revealed

It's been one of the hardest-fought years in motorcycling, with icons being born, and re-born, in equal measure. These are MCN's best of the best... MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR BMW MOTORRAD BMW Motorrad...

Moto Guzzi owners needed!

Moto Guzzi owners needed!

Moto Guzzi owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of Moto Guzzi bikes for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Griso California 1100 Bellagio 940 We'll be using the...

Video: Welcome to the Hard Alpi tour

Video: Welcome to the Hard Alpi tour

Welcome to the Hard Alpi tour. MCN took three very different bikes on a 2000 mile trip to Italy's Hard Alpi tour, a 24-hour rally through the Italian Alps. Step up the KTM 1190 Adventure, BMW F800GS...

Video: 55 years of the Bonneville - from 1959 to 2014

Video: 55 years of the Bonneville - from 1959 to 2014

The arrival of the updated 2013 Bonnevilles marks 55 years since the launch of the original. What better time thank now, to revisit classic Triumph Bonnies?

Video: Royal Enfield GT Continental 2013, First Ride

Video: Royal Enfield GT Continental 2013, First Ride

Indian-owned Royal Enfield is aiming to join the big boys on the global stage. There's a new factory, ambitions to double production and plan to grow exports with a family of mid-range, affordable,...

New MCN September 18: New Royal Enfield Ridden

New MCN September 18: New Royal Enfield Ridden

In this week's MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from September 18: - Exclusive first test of the new Royal Enfield cafe racer! - Triumph Bonnie special - Crutchlow rebuilds...

Pics: Valentino Rossi’s 2014 factory YZR-M1 revealed

Pics: Valentino Rossi’s 2014 factory YZR-M1 revealed

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have completed their first laps on an early 2014 factory YZR-M1 prototype at the Misano circuit in Italy today. The new bike features revised motor and chassis and...

An XJR that RoCkS

An XJR that RoCkS

This is the latest stunning cafe racer from the Portuguese outfit it RoCkS bikes. Called Sunburn, the bike is based around a 1997 Yamaha XJR1200. Builders Osvaldo & Alexandre set to...

Agostini at the Classic TT

Agostini at the Classic TT

I was lucky enough to bump into the legend Giacomo Agostini at the Classic TT!

Yamaha unveils new FJR 1300 AE

Yamaha unveils new FJR 1300 AE

Yamaha is expanding its FJR tourer range with this FJR 1300 AE. A step up from the base FJR-A, the AE comes with electronically-adjustable suspension but does without the clutchless gear-shift of the...

Bimota announces takeover (again)

Bimota announces takeover (again)

Bimota has announced, somewhat mysteriously, that it's been taken over – yet again. The Italian exotica specialist, reknown for bikes like thiscurrent DB11, made the following statement which, in...

Japanese cruisers wanted

Japanese cruisers wanted

MCN are looking for owners of three Japanese cruisers - the Kawasaki VN1500, Honda VTX1300 and Suzuki VL1500. We'll be using the information to help with our article and there may be a...

Llyn Bikers 2013 Wales Air Ambulance fundraiser

Llyn Bikers 2013 Wales Air Ambulance fundraiser

“Well they did it again!” Beicwyr Llyn Bikers Motorbike Club with the help of their family and friends, have again this year raised an amazing amount of money for a good cause. This year’s chosen...

Lap the Assen TT circuit with MCN

Lap the Assen TT circuit with MCN

200 fans will be offered the opportunity to lap the legendary Assen circuit when the British Superbike championship returns there September 20-22. All advance UK ticket holders will have the chance to...

Royal Enfield Continental GT first ride

Royal Enfield Continental GT first ride

The Royal Enfield Continental GT is currently getting its world first ride in and around London in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West. Here are his first impressions: “At first glance the new...

BMW unveils production spec electric scooter

BMW unveils production spec electric scooter

BMW has shown off the final production version of the company’s first electric two-wheeler and it appears to be exactly the same as the concept bike MCN tested last year. The BMW C evolution scooter...

Staff Blog: Triumph Street Triple R at Silverstone

Staff Blog: Triumph Street Triple R at Silverstone

  Two years ago, MCN Consumer Editor Tony Hoare almost died after an accident at Cadwell Park. He hadn't been back on track since, until he took his Triumph Street Triple R for a trackday on the...

Video: TT Lightweights are back

Video: TT Lightweights are back

In 1999 John McGuinness set the TT Lightweight lap record on Paul Bird's stunning 250GP Honda. Yet at this year's TT James Hillier lapped quicker on his Bournemouth Kawasaki ER-6 650cc supertwin. How...

New MCN September 11: New 899 Panigale

New MCN September 11: New 899 Panigale

In this week's MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from September 11: - Official pictures and full spec for the newly unveiled Ducati 899 Panigale - New Kawasaki Z1000: Better to...

New Ducati 899 revealed

New Ducati 899 revealed

A new breed of sports bikes has been evolving, defined by non-conformity to more established capacities. Where once we had superbike and supersport categories, the trend is now towards a burgeoning...

Staff Blog: Night Riding Fun

Staff Blog: Night Riding Fun

Is it just me or do your skills sharpen as you ride in the dark and your speed increase? Riding the 50 miles from Silverstone to home the other night I really enjoyed the dark journey. The lights on...

Kawasaki Z1000SX updated for 2014

Kawasaki Z1000SX updated for 2014

Kawasaki’s popular sports-tourer, the Z1000SX, is to receive a host of significant updates for 2014, the Japanese firm has announced. Not only does it get a new, bespoke, colour-coded optional pannier...

We want your Box Hill stories

We want your Box Hill stories

We’re organising a road test, which will take place at Box Hill next Tuesday. Box Hill has been a Mecca to southern bikers for years. It’s been a destination for ride-outs, somewhere to ogle cool...

Which do you think is the best configuration for a road bike?

Which do you think is the best configuration for a road bike?

Yamaha recently launched the eagerly awaited new three-cylinder MT-09, a bike to go up against the class leading Triumph Street Triple. But are three cylinders really the best? Which do you think is...

Which electronic rider aid would you most like on your bike?

Which electronic rider aid would you most like on your bike?

It's hard to find a top-of-the-range bike these days without multiple electronic aids, from variable mapping to traction control. But which ones of these do you most want to see on your bike?...

V-twin sports bike owners needed!

V-twin sports bike owners needed!

V-twin sports bike owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of some v-twin sports bikes upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Aprilia Falcos Suzuki TL1000Rs Honda...

New MCN September 4: Yamaha strikes back!

New MCN September 4: Yamaha strikes back!

In this week's MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from September 4: - Yamaha strikes back with the launch of the new three-cylinder MT-09 - Around the world on a 125! -...

Italian Job

Italian Job

The last weekend of August saw a number of Aprilia Caponord owners meet in sleepy Llandovery, mid Wales. The beautiful and sunny weather helped the Caporiders enjoy the outstanding scenery that Wales...

Fancy coming on an MCN road test?

Fancy coming on an MCN road test?

We’re putting a road test feature together next week and we’re after owners of the following bikes to come along and get involved: Yamaha TDR250 Yamaha RD350 LC Kawasaki ZXR400 The plan will be to...

Offer extended! Free tenner to spend on bike gear

Offer extended! Free tenner to spend on bike gear

Renew your bike insurance through MCNcompare.com before 30th September 2013 and we’ll give you a free £10 eVoucher to spend on helmets and clothing at Sportsbikeshop.co.uk. Save time and money...

Staff Blog: What are your Wiinter Riding Hints and Tips?

Staff Blog: What are your Wiinter Riding Hints and Tips?

I’m just about to head off for my summer holiday and already I’m thinking of the weather turning and the nights drawing in. I’m needing your help, tips and advice for prepping the Yamaha Fazer8 for...

The Italian Job

The Italian Job

Paul Dempster (Triumph Tiger 800) and myself, Simon Lawler (Honda Crosstourer Highlander) riding through the Swiss National Park on our way to the Stelvio mountain pass. A fantastic ride with...

Triumph returns to Bonneville!

Triumph returns to Bonneville!

This twin Rocket III engined streamliner arrived at the Utah Salt Flats this week 57 years after the speed record which spawned the most iconic British motorcycle of all, the Triumph Bonneville, The...

New KTM Freeride 250R unveiled

New KTM Freeride 250R unveiled

KTM has unveiled this all-new 250 two-stroke addition to its ‘Freeride’ fun bike family – aimed at those looking to explore off-roading for the first time or simply have a ‘fun bike’. Intended to...