April

50 quick road miles on the new Honda CBR600

50 quick road miles on the new Honda CBR600

There's still snow on the fields as I head out onto the back lanes of Cambridgeshire. It's four days since the near-washout of the track launch and this new CBR600RR -- just 90 miles on the clock...

What happened to the ES1?

What happened to the ES1?

Six years ago, this British design was going to be the future of superbikes. So where is it? The trouble with bold claims is they can come back to haunt you. If you say you’re making the fastest,...

Techwatch: Cars v bikes: let’s be grown up about this

Techwatch: Cars v bikes: let’s be grown up about this

For acceleration it’s two wheels, but what about braking? Down the pub, we all like to imagine ours is the best. But in a no-holds-barred shoot-out, who gets there? Let’s start at the start. Bikes...

“I can’t believe I only won one”

“I can’t believe I only won one”

Alan Carter was hailed as the next Barry Sheene in the early 1980s. But the young Brit never got the factory bikes he deserved and his career was a tale of unfulfilled promise. He recently returned to...

Industry reaches out to off-roaders

Industry reaches out to off-roaders

The Motorcycle Industry Association and leading manufacturers are again joining forces to offer a ‘try-out’ day for off-road novices next month. The Motorcycle Off-Road Experience takes place near...

Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

MCN is looking for Triumph Bonneville owners for an upcoming feature! We need 2008-2009 Triumph Bonneville T100 or SE models. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and...

Video: Dougie Lampkin visits Red Bull Racing

Video: Dougie Lampkin visits Red Bull Racing

12-time world trials champion Dougie Lampkin recently visited Red Bull Racing headquarters in Milton Keynes, because when someone gives you the opportunity to use a multi-million pound F1 winning car...

New MCN May 1: The Ultimate Superbike Test

New MCN May 1: The Ultimate Superbike Test

In this week's MCN, out May 1st, we have the ultimate superbike test, heading to Italy to pit The Ducati Panigale R against its rivals. We have a free 48-page Adventure Bike Yearbook, with all you...

Suzuki C1500T first ride

Suzuki C1500T first ride

They may be about as relevant in the UK as a 50ft Winnebago or eight-litre SUV but, if you hadn’t cottoned on already, ‘baggers’ - or be-bagged or panniered cruisers designed for comfort and...

Bennetts make statement around modifications policy

Our online article posted 25th April, titled: Insurance Tips, Making Modifications to your Bike, gave incorrect details relating to Bennetts' modifications policy. Bennetts have issued the following statement in clarification.  In order to meet the needs of even more UK bikers, Bennetts has updated its modifications policy which now permits more modifications as standard than any other...

Staff Blog: Running-in, in France

Staff Blog: Running-in, in France

What better way to run in the new Yamaha Fazer 8 than to pop over to Normandy for a three day rider training work shop with Nigel, nicknamed Red Leader, from Advanced Motorcycle Training! I took...

Smaller injury pay-outs for riders

Smaller injury pay-outs for riders

Motorcyclists will get smaller pay-outs for injury claims because of new 
legislation introduced last week, 
according to a solicitor. Personal injury solicitor Ed Fletcher says compensation will be...

Dakar World tour hits the UK

Dakar World tour hits the UK

Aspiring Dakar competitors rubbed shoulders with race veterans and event organisers at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire on Friday at the UK tour of 2014 Dakar. ASO, the organisation that runs...

Still time to get your free t-shirt with MCN Compare!

Still time to get your free t-shirt with MCN Compare!

There's still time to claim your free retro MCN t-shirt and entry to win £1000 worth of Oxford goodies when you purchase motorcycle insurance from MCN Compare before April 30. Quickly compare prices...

Staff Blog: Today is a good day…

Staff Blog: Today is a good day…

The last couple of months haven’t been easy. I’ve seen my colleagues at MCN come bouncing into the office having received their long term test bikes for the year. I however have been forced to do my...

New Burgman 650 launched

New Burgman 650 launched

MCN is on the launch of Suzuki's new Burgman 650 ABS Executive at Glen Coe in Scotland. The luxury maxi scooter has undergone the biggest changes since its introduction a decade ago. The engine...

10 worst and five best promo videos

10 worst and five best promo videos

1. Kawasaki Z800 Bystanders gawp at the new Z800 and take photographs in this preposterous video from Kawasaki Australia. It's as though they've found a portal to another universe and not a mass...

Staff Blog: A glimpse of Spring…at last

Staff Blog: A glimpse of Spring…at last

There are now more than 2000 miles on the clock of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring and until last week it felt like every single one of them had been done with teeth gritted against the harsh...

Staff Blog: The long way home

Staff Blog: The long way home

“The ride to work is going to be a blast on the nimble triple – and the ride home again is going to be even better. Dear A1, you’ll not be seeing much of me.” The grey and red Triumph Street Triple R...

Focused Events unveil 'uncrashable' BMW F800

Focused Events unveil 'uncrashable' BMW F800

Trackday specialists Focused Events have unveiled a very special trackday instruction BMW F800, complete with outriggers! The new 'Cornering Techniques System' bike will be used as part of their...

Picture gallery: 250cc trailies to Slovakia and back

Picture gallery: 250cc trailies to Slovakia and back

The trusty 250cc trailie obediently sat at motorcycling's side for years. Ready, resilient, hard-wearing and undemanding, willing to shepherd new riders into the fold or accompany the experienced on...

Adventurers unite at HUBB UK

Adventurers unite at HUBB UK

Overlanders website Horizons Unlimited are once again hosting the UK’s premier travel event, the HUBB UK. In its 13th year the popular gathering will take place from May 30 to June 2 at the Donington...

Donington Park WSB deal for MCN readers!

Donington Park WSB deal for MCN readers!

Donington Park is offering MCN readers a red hot deal on 2013 WSB tickets. Order your weekend or Sunday, May 26 tickets online using the offer code MCNDP13 and you’ll get £10 off each ticket...

Warning of motorcycle insurance creeping clauses

This is a warning to all motorcycle riders to check their insurance terms carefully. I have been riding and insuring motorcycles for some 35 years now and have always been able to declare the bike as garaged. In the beginning this meant a simple decrease in premium, they trusted you to be sensible and put it in the garage most of the time. A few years ago a clause was introduced that this...

Video: Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

Video: Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

Last month MCN travelled to Austin, Texas, for our first ride of Ducati's new 1199R, their ultimate superbike. Check out what road tester Michael Neeves thought of the bike around MotoGP's newest...

Staff Blog: Are Harley's cool?

Staff Blog: Are Harley's cool?

A couple of years ago I asked an MCN work experience girl what she thought of motorcyclists. I was hoping she’d use words like ‘cool’, ‘exciting’, perhaps even ‘sexy’ but instead she said, “They’re...

Nominate the best place to live!

Nominate the best place to live!

MCN wants your nominations for the best place in the UK for motorcyclists to live. We'll use your answers in a forthcoming feature. We're interested in places with access to great roads, bike...

Staff Blog: Bird Strikes

Staff Blog: Bird Strikes

I'm developing a theory, or at least something more substantial than a random thought, that birds have it in for my Suzuki GSX-R750. Pigeons definitely don't like it.  Each morning they wait in...

Honda VFR owners needed

Honda VFR owners needed

MCN is looking for Honda VFR owners for an upcoming feature! We need VFR750, VFR800Fi and VFR800 V-TEC owners. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and shoulder photograph of...

Staff Blog: Taking charge of my Yamaha Fazer 8

Staff Blog: Taking charge of my Yamaha Fazer 8

Today’s the day my riding year really gets under-way; I’m taking charge of my new Yamaha Fazer 8 long termer this afternoon. After a weekend of bikes and beer at MCN Live at Butlins SkegVegas and the...

April 24 - May 7 Bikes on the Box

April 24 - May 7 Bikes on the Box

KEY TO CHANNELS.   DRT - Discovery Real Time   DSC - Discovery Channel   DHD - Discovery Channel HD   EXS - Extreme Sports Channel  EUR1 (2, HD) -...

Triumph TT600 and Daytona owners needed!

Triumph TT600 and Daytona owners needed!

MCN is looking for Triumph Daytona and TT owners for an upcoming feature! We need Triumph TT600, Daytona 600 or 650, and Daytona 675 owners. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a...

New MCN April 24: World's Fastest Adventure

New MCN April 24: World's Fastest Adventure

In this week's MCN, out April 24th, we test the ultimate fast adventure bikes on the Isle of Man TT course We have a Texas GP special on Marc Marquez - MotoGP's youngest ever winner Also this week:...

How often do you clean your motorcycle?

How often do you clean your motorcycle?

How often do you clean your motorcycle? pollcomment

Would you answer a call while riding?

Would you answer a call while riding?

Bluetooth headsets for motorcycles are quick and easy to fit and use, many with voice activation as standard. But would you answer a call whilst riding? pollcomment

How do you react to being asked to remove your helmet at a petrol station?

How do you react to being asked to remove your helmet at a petrol station?

It’s cold, fingers are numb, the sun is setting and there’s still twenty frosty miles left before the warmth of home. But first it’s time for petrol: pull up at the station, unhook the nozzle and the...