January

The Ten Worst Safety Innovations

The Ten Worst Safety Innovations

Over the years there's been some interesting, awful, and downright dangerous suggestions made to make biking safer, from researchers, manufacturers and government. We've compiled our top ten...

School for Slide

School for Slide

If a passing stranger informed you that this time next week you could be sliding a motorcycle round corners like Nicky Hayden in the off season, you’d write him off as a dangerous lunatic. Well, I am...

Ever held on to a piece of kit too long?

Ever held on to a piece of kit too long?

In the Anatolian mountains of Turkey the summer sun burns so hot that it cracks the Tarmac. To ride in full biking gear is bordering on suicide, and you find yourself resorting to just a pair of...

Bike Chooser: 600s on a budget

Bike Chooser: 600s on a budget

"I got my test four years ago, but I’ve only just got the cash to buy a decent bike. I’ve got an open-mind and £3500 to spend on a 600cc machine." Here's what our expert Chris Dabbs had to...

BMW sells Husqvarna

BMW sells Husqvarna

BMW has officially announced the sale of Italian dirt bike brand Husqvarna to Pierer Industrie AG – the firm headed by Stefan Pierer who is currently boss of KTM. MCN was the first to reveal BMW was...

2013 BMW R1200GS – your questions answered

2013 BMW R1200GS – your questions answered

This week’s edition of Motor Cycle News (30 Jan 2013) features a 7-page first test of the all-new BMW R1200GS, which was launched in South Africa last week. Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, was highly...

Youth experiment: Kymco K-Pipe

Youth experiment: Kymco K-Pipe

This bike is the freshest breath of air in small capacity motorcycling in years. There, I’ve said it. It could also be exactly what’s needed if today’s youth are ever going to get back into...

Chasing my motorcycle racing dream!

I work as a Technical Writer for an IT company in Sri Lanka. I'm a real harcore fan of motor racing, especially MotoGP, WSB and the TT. I am really passionate about being a motorcycle racer one day, where I could continue it as a career. Unfortunately, in my country the support for such sport is lacking and the financial status I'm in right now is not really favourable for me to chase...

BMWs on show at Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show

BMWs on show at Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show

The Carole Nash MCN London motorcycle show is happening on February 15 to 17 at Excel in London’s Docklands; almost every new bike for 2013 will be there along with loads of other customs, classics...

More Power! New MTT Y2K

More Power! New MTT Y2K

Los Angeles based Marine Turbine Technologies (MTT) has announced an upgrade to their 320bhp turbine powered MTT Y2K superbike.  It has been reported that the new 2013 MTT Y2K will be fitted...

Marc Marquez or Dani Pedrosa? Who'll be the Repsol Honda king this year?

Marc Marquez or Dani Pedrosa? Who'll be the Repsol Honda king this year?

This year at Repsol Honda sees the battle of the Spainards - rookie and protege Marc Marquez takes on the old hand of Dani Pedrosa, and it's sure to be a hell of a battle. But will the sheer speed and...

At what point do you consider a bike to have too high mileage on the clock?

At what point do you consider a bike to have too high mileage on the clock?

We've all done some tyre-kicking in our time - a wander around the local dealers just to see what's there. Sometimes, though something will invariably catch you eye, and you'll have to take a closer...

Would you consider using your bike to commute to work instead of taking the car / train / bus etc?

Would you consider using your bike to commute to work instead of taking the car / train / bus etc?

How do you make your way to work in the morning? In this weather, the train or bus is probably the most sensible answer at least - there's a lot to be said for arriving at work warm and dry! Or do you...

Husqvarna being sold to KTM?

Husqvarna being sold to KTM?

High-placed motorcycle industry sources have tipped MCN off that BMW is negotiating the sale of Husqvarna to Austrian firm KTM with an announcement expected as early as the end of this week to...

New MCN Jan 30: World first BMW R1200GS test

New MCN Jan 30: World first BMW R1200GS test

In this week's MCN, out January 30, we have a world-first test of BMW's update to their best-in-class R1200GS. We test sub-47bhp bikes ideal for new riders, and we ride the ultimate Zed special...

New BMW R1200GS on show in London

New BMW R1200GS on show in London

The Carole Nash MCN London motorcycle show is happening on February 15 to 17 at Excel in London’s Docklands; almost every new bike for 2013 will be there along with loads of other customs, classics...

Sports bikes to Africa

Sports bikes to Africa

We all know that sportsbikes are so focused that you need a track to get the best out of them. But, as has always been the case, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them every day. The Ducati Panigale...

Bike holidays in jeopardy after adventure firm ceases trading

Bike holidays in jeopardy after adventure firm ceases trading

A motorcycle adventure firm has ceased trading days before customers were due to begin a two-week tour in Cambodia. Riders booked on the £3495 holiday were expecting to travel to Cambodia this...

Jan 30 Bikes on TV

Jan 30 Bikes on TV

KEY TO CHANNELS.   DRT - Discovery Real Time  DSC - Discovery Channel   DHD - Discovery Channel HD   EXS - Extreme Sports Channel  EUR1 (2, HD) - Eurosport 1...

Phil McCallen: 'The Britten was a dark horse'

Phil McCallen: 'The Britten was a dark horse'

Nick Jefferies was the fastest man around the TT course on a Britten in 1994 How did you come to race the Britten at the TT in 1994? I’d won the Formula One race in 1993 on the Honda RC30 and I knew...

S.M.I.D.S.Y

A very good friend of mine was killed on his motorcycle last year due to a van driver, using his mobile phone. The driver got 3 points and a fine, even though the investigation proved the guy was using his phone - so not driving with due care and attention. This by our very own laws is an offense! I have set up a petition that I hope with enough signatures can be presented to...

New Aprilias on show at MCN London show

New Aprilias on show at MCN London show

The Carole Nash MCN London motorcycle show is happening on February 15 to 17 at Excel in London’s Docklands; almost every new bike for 2013 will be there along with loads of other customs, classics...

'How I bagged a Britten'

'How I bagged a Britten'

Britten owner and dedicated biker, Kevin Grant, bought his first bike aged 15, then got into racing and collecting bikes. How did you come to own a Britten? I picked it up in 1996, or '97, I think.

Jan 23: Bikes on the Box

Jan 23: 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) -...

TT Legends documentary set to debut on ITV

TT Legends documentary set to debut on ITV

A new eight-part documentary series filmed during the Honda TT Legends' 2012 road racing and World Endurance campaigns will debut on ITV4 in February. The behind the scenes documentary follows the...

MCN rides the Britten V1000

MCN rides the Britten V1000

‘Outstanding’, ‘amazing’, and ‘work of art’ are all labels liberally applied to the exotic race bikes built by John Britten, but in reality the Britten deserves a unique accolade to celebrate its...

Video: Honda CB1100 first ride

Video: Honda CB1100 first ride

MCN Executive Editor Phil West traveled to Valencia in Spain last week to ride Honda's completely new CB1100 retro roadster. Check out his opinions on Honda's brand new link to the past!

MCN columnist Kevin Ash dies

MCN columnist Kevin Ash dies

MCN is deeply saddened to report the death of long-time columnist, former staffer and hugely respected freelance motorcycle journalist Kevin Ash. ‘Ashy’, as he was fondly known throughout the...

The rules: Sports bike adventure travel

The rules: Sports bike adventure travel

More often than not, when the magical words adventure motorcycling are thrown into pub conversation, images of a pannier clad dusty GS equipped with dual tyres spring to mind. The adventure bike is...

Don't be a victim of bike theft

Don't be a victim of bike theft

In November last year, MCN reported that 15 bikes were stolen within minutes in the Dorset area and were later found dumped and smashed up in a nearby ditch. Unfortunately, theft is becoming an ever...

Dorset HOC on the move

Dorset HOC on the move

The Dorset branch of the Honda Owners Club have moved meeting place. They now meet at The Bakers Arms, Dorchester Road, Lychett Minster, Poole BH16 6JF on the 1st Friday of the month from 7.30pm. The...

Video: African adventure - part two

Video: African adventure - part two

After riding through Spain and putting the Ducati Panigale S and BMW S1000RR through their paces on a track day at Almeria, our intrepid explorers head for the ferry to Africa before heading back to...

You Ask/You Answer: Tyre Pressures

You Ask/You Answer: Tyre Pressures

"There's a lot of pub talk about what tyre pressure s you should run. I ride a 2007 GSX-R750 on the road (mainly) and on the track (sometimes). I'm happy with setting track pressures as there's always...

Is Dovizioso going to humiliate Hayden this year on the Ducati?

Is Dovizioso going to humiliate Hayden this year on the Ducati?

Last weekend Ducati unveiled their new MotoGP machine at their now-annual press launch, Vroom. Andrea Dovizioso comes across from the Tech 3 Yamaha team to join Nicky Hayden at the Bologna...

When will you be back on two wheels?

When will you be back on two wheels?

Despite a lot of bikers having rode all through the worst of the year's weather, some opted for the car this winter, locking away the bike until spring starts to appear again. But it's almost Febuary...

Does the inconvenience of wrapping yourself up for winter outweigh the benefit of riding?

Does the inconvenience of wrapping yourself up for winter outweigh the benefit of riding?

Base layer. Heated vest. Jacket. Goretex. Socks. Boots. Inner gloves, then outers. Buff, or balaclava. Getting ready to go out on your bike in this weather often isn't the most straightforward task,...