2013

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...

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...

Video: Yamaha Strikes Back with the MT-09

Video: Yamaha Strikes Back with the MT-09

With the new three-cylinder MT-09 starts an exciting new era for Yamaha. MCN was invited to the exclusive, first ride in sunny Croatia!

Video: Soft Roaders - Honda CB500X v Rivals

Video: Soft Roaders - Honda CB500X v Rivals

Honda's new CB500X adventure bike faces stiff competition - but it's a tough contender.