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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Triumph Thunderbird triple owners needed

    08 July 2013 by MCN

    Triumph Thunderbird triple owners needed

    MCN are looking for owners of the three-cylinder Triumph Thunderbird models. Specifically we're looking for owners of the Thunderbird Sport, Thunderbird Legend TT and Thunderbird Adventurer. We'll be...

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  • The fate of Mallory Park

    08 July 2013 by Kirsten Ash

    The fate of Mallory Park

    Mallory Park has called upon its supporters to attend the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Meeting on Wednesday July 10. Upon recent reviews, the council have advised the track to be limited to...

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  • Celebrating the Victory way

    05 July 2013 by Kirsten Ash

    Celebrating the Victory way

    Victory Motorcycles celebrate their 15th Anniversary on July 4 and as part of the celebration, the American firm released its latest bike, the Cross Country Tour Limited. Victory fans will celebrate...

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  • The TT that became a Nazi propaganda coup

    05 July 2013 by Steve Farrell

    The TT that became a Nazi propaganda coup

    It’s been described as motorcycle sport in its purest form. But the Isle of Man TT hasn’t always been just about sport. In 1939, the world’s most spectacular motorsports event became a propaganda...

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  • Bike Chooser: Naked bikes for under £2000

    04 July 2013 by MCN

    Bike Chooser: Naked bikes for under £2000

    This week's bike chooser brings you the best naked bikes for under £2000. 1997 Suzuki TL1000S Suzuki’s infamous TL1000S entered onto the scene (as well a few hedges) in 1997 and instantly gained a...

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  • Rossi Desmosedici at Goodwood

    04 July 2013 by MCN

    Rossi Desmosedici at Goodwood

    The world-famous Goodwood  Festival of Speed - the largest motoring garden party in the world – takes place once again on July 11-14 this year, and one of the big stars of the show will be an...

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  • Tour the Honda Collection Hall

    04 July 2013 by Robin Goodwin

    Tour the Honda Collection Hall

    At the opening of the Honda Collection Hall, founder Soichiro Honda proudly said that the museum would allow them to show the world what they’ve done and that visitors can ‘see the real Honda’. The...

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  • Built in Britain 2013 - enter your bike

    03 July 2013 by MCN

    Built in Britain 2013 - enter your bike

    Today sees the launch of the 2013 Built in Britain competition, an anuual event launched by Carole Nash and MCN to find the nation's most talented bike builder. Every year this massive competition...

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  • Who had the most impressive race at Assen?

    03 July 2013 by MCN

    Who had the most impressive race at Assen?

    This weekend's Assen GP saw a lot of heroic rides, with Rossi breaking his bad spell, Lorenzo breaking his shoulder, and Crutchlow breaking the factory Hondas! But who do you think had the ride of the...

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  • Used buying guide: Yamaha R1

    03 July 2013 by Jon Urry

    Used buying guide: Yamaha R1

    If you have to pick out a year that marked the revival of the litre bike category then look no further than 2004. With World Superbikes turning to 1000cc inline fours rather than 750cc homologation...

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  • New Rossi rep arriving in dealers

    02 July 2013 by Tony Hoare

    New Rossi rep arriving in dealers

    AGV has released the replica of Valentino Rossi’s current MotoGP helmet a year earlier than usual. The Italian firm normally waits until the following season to give the public the same design as its...

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  • Staff blog: Burgman v Tmax: the jury's out

    02 July 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Staff blog: Burgman v Tmax: the jury's out

    One or two readers have commented that they doubt the Burgman 650 is as good as some other big scooters out there, like Yamaha’s Tmax or BMW’s C600 Sport. This week I’ll be finding...

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  • Win a pair of VIP tickets to BSB

    02 July 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Win a pair of VIP tickets to BSB

    MCN and Team WD-40 have teamed up to offer one lucky reader a VIP ticket for round six of the BSB at Brands Hatch on July 21. The exclusive ticket includes a plus one and gives the winners full...

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  • New MCN July 3: Rossi Rules!

    02 July 2013 by MCN

    New MCN July 3: Rossi Rules!

    Rossi Rules - 12 page MotoGP special! PLUS: World Exclusive - New GS Adventure GSX-R600 Used Guide NEW! Small bikes extra - Buying & Riding advice! BMW F800GT v Fazer8 v Deauville And much, much...

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  • Banned from parking in business park

    02 July 2013 by Anonymous

    I work on a business park which is running short of parking spaces and has no bike spaces at all so I use a car parking space. I am being told that they are going to ban motorbikes from parking in the business parks with a £100 fine. Is this legal? As a relatively new biker do we really have to deal with such discrimination? I pay my road tax and only expect the same rights as a car. If I...

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  • Waddington Air Show

    02 July 2013 by szr660

    I called RAF Waddington to see if there is a helmet/leather park for this weekend's Air Show. Apparantly it is not something they have thought about. If you are going and need this facility then call the Air Show office on 01522 727011 and let them know how important these things are to an enjoyable day out for motorcyclists. They didn't have one at Santa Pod last September but just by asking on...

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  • ‘Grave concerns’ about graphic safety ad

    02 July 2013 by Steve Farrell

    ‘Grave concerns’ about graphic safety ad

    A leading riders’ group has said it has “grave concerns” about a graphic new safety ad.  The cinema ad by Transport for London shows a motorcyclist lying on his back in the road. While...

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  • MCN on the P31

    01 July 2013 by dogsballx

    MCN on the P31

    Here I am diving on the P31 off Comino Island, Malta at 20m, wearing my flat cap and reading MCN! I've been an avid reader for years and I'm currently riding an '03 Yamaha R1, and a...

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  • Touring on a sportsbike

    01 July 2013 by Chris Taylor

    Touring on a sportsbike

    I'm sure you'll agree this is proof you can tour on a sports bike. On my Honda CBR600RR I clocked over 3,500 miles in eight days. Starting in Matlock I visited Monte carlo, Rimini,...

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  • Four out of five bikes unlocked

    28 June 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Four out of five bikes unlocked

    Fewer than one-in-five owners of new bikes use any physical theft deterrent such as a chain, according to a survey in London. As machines got older, higher proportions were found to be secured with a...

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  • True bulldog spirit

    27 June 2013 by Gary Read

    On a recent biking trip to Portugal, as we were heading towards the coastal city of Figueira Do Foz, one of my friends unfortunately came off his bike. The bike was still rideable and although he said he was in pain with his shoulder and ribs, he said he would carry on to the hotel. Despite resting for a day in Figueira he was still in a lot of pain, and insisted he would go to A&E when he...

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  • Yamaha 600 owners wanted

    27 June 2013 by MCN

    Yamaha 600 owners wanted

    MCN is looking for owners of some of Yamaha's 600cc bikes. We're specifically looking for owners of the Yamaha FZS600 Fazer, FZ6 Fazer/FZ6 and Diversion - any year or model. We'll be using the...

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  • Video: Onboard with Adam Child at the TT

    26 June 2013 by MCN

    Video: Onboard with Adam Child at the TT

    Onboard with MCN senior road tester Adam Child on lap one of this year’s Lightweight race at the TT.  Adam is riding his own Ken Urwin Motorcycle's prepared Kawasaki ER-6, chasing down...

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  • Bike’s Travel Stories supplement

    25 June 2013 by MCN

    Bike’s Travel Stories supplement

    The latest issue of Bike magazine goes on sale tomorrow (26th June) and comes with a free 36 page supplement that contains some astonishing motorcycle travel stories. These are the winning...

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  • New MCN June 26: New Ducati Monster 1198 spied

    25 June 2013 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN June 26: New Ducati Monster 1198 spied

    In this week's MCN, out June 26, we have exclusive spy shots of the new 1198cc Ducati Monster. The new bike was spotted undergoing testing near the factory in Bologna. Also this week: The great nakeds...

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  • Sid Biberman RIP

    23 June 2013 by DOCTIRED

    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

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  • Ducati factory escapes earthquake damage

    21 June 2013 by Andy Downes

    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...

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  • Bike chooser: Leftfield middleweight nakeds

    21 June 2013 by MCN Staff

    Bike chooser: Leftfield middleweight nakeds

    This week's bike chooser brings to you the best budget naked middleweights that money can buy.   These bikes are great if you are looking for a fun bike on a budget and great for touring and...

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