2014

Bridgestone’s motocross activity reaches an Apex

Bridgestone’s motocross activity reaches an Apex

Bridgestone is so confident about the performance enhancing abilities of its X30 and X40 motocross tyres that it has organised a free day of testing, for riders of all abilities, at Apex Motocross in...

Busy day ahead on MCN stand at Motorcycle Live!

Busy day ahead on MCN stand at Motorcycle Live!

It's a very busy day on the MCN stand at Motorcycle Live! First up on the autograph sessions is five time Sidecar World Champion Tim Reeves at 1400, followed by former BSB champion and Voltcom...

Yamaha ‘Yard Built XV950 Boltage

Yamaha ‘Yard Built XV950 Boltage

This is Yamaha’s own new video chronicling the creation of its latest ‘Yard Built’ custom, an XV950 Bolt converted by the rather bizarrely-named ‘Benders’ custom house in The Netherlands. And yes,...

My Life in Bikes: Dave Myers

My Life in Bikes: Dave Myers

One half of television’s Hairy Bikers, Myers is a lifelong motorcycle nut, with a seriously eclectic bike history. How did you get into biking, and what was your first bike? I first rode a bike when I...

Honda CB650F: long-term bike review

Honda CB650F: long-term bike review

It's been an absolute whirlwind of a summer and looking back I’ve had a fabulous time, clocking up the best part of 6000 miles on the Honda CB650F and with a plan to continue to ride through the...

BMW small bikes ‘will arrive in 2015’

BMW small bikes ‘will arrive in 2015’

BMW’s head of the motorcycles, Stephan Schaller, has confirmed to MCN that the rumoured range of sub-500cc bikes, built in conjunction with Indian firm TVS, is set to be unveiled in 2015. MCN has...

MCN Festival of Motorcycling 2015

MCN Festival of Motorcycling 2015

To celebrate 60 years of MCN in 2015, we have created an all new event - the MCN Festival of Motorcycling. The festival will take place over the weekend of May 16-17 at the Peterborough Arena and will...

‘Rossi’s helmets are made here’

‘Rossi’s helmets are made here’

MCN recently jumped on a charabanc over to Italy to visit the AGV helmet manufacturing plant at Mavet, near Padua in the north of the country. Having met with Luca Bertolo, project leader for AGV’s...

Under the skin of Rossi’s Dainese leathers

Under the skin of Rossi’s Dainese leathers

“You love your suit because it must protect you those times – better if just a few – when you fall,” says Dainese’s most high-profile suit wearer, Valentino Rossi. “To have a Dainese suit was a...

Spied: KTM Dukes get overhaul

Spied: KTM Dukes get overhaul

Spy shots have emerged that suggest KTM’s excellent naked Duke range is under further development, presumably to refresh the 2016 model range. The 125, 200 and 390 Dukes have been tricking into the...

Riders for Health raise £6400 at Motorcycle Live

Riders for Health raise £6400 at Motorcycle Live

Riders for Health have raised £3200 in just thirty minutes at Motorcycle Live, with the UK government’s commitment to matching funding meaning that £6400 will be donated towards the charity’s work...

Pope’s Harley-Davidson heading for auction

Pope’s Harley-Davidson heading for auction

A Harley-Davidson Softail Classic which was signed by former Pope Benedict and then later received by the current Pope Francis will be sold for charity by auction house Bonhams in Paris on February...

Dryer idea isn’t a load of hot air

Dryer idea isn’t a load of hot air

A British company is seeking funding for its newly developed helmet dryer, which it hopes will hit the market in early 2015. MotoGroom, which has a range of biker-specific helmet lining shampoos and...

Hipster bike scene: love it or loathe it?

Hipster bike scene: love it or loathe it?

So – all these retro, bobber, café racer, scrambler, street-tracker, and board-trackers, being ridden by hipsters, and any other label you wish to apply to stereotypically well-dressed beard and tweed...

Did Motorcycle Live get you reaching for your wallet or vowing never to return?

Did Motorcycle Live get you reaching for your wallet or vowing never to return?

Have you been to this year’s Motorcycle Live? Did it get you reaching for your wallet, or vowing never to return?   Have you been to this year’s Motorcycle Live? Did it get you reaching for your...

BMW R1200GS ridden around abandoned holiday camp

BMW R1200GS ridden around abandoned holiday camp

Those who scoff at the off-road ability of the BMW R1200GS might want to watch Russian rider Vadim Shpilevsky in action as he rides around an abandoned children’s holiday camp near Moscow. The only...

Spied: New KTM 1290 sports tourer

Spied: New KTM 1290 sports tourer

KTM are riding an accelerating tide of new model development, popularity and innovation. At the same time the Austrian firm are pursuing their long-followed model for platform engineering around...

Ryder’s Riders’ Rider of the Year

Ryder’s Riders’ Rider of the Year

Since the very first edition of the Official MotoGP Season Review in 2004, this poll has been conducted every year, and each year every eligible voter has contributed. The rules are simple: name your...

VIDEO: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

VIDEO: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

This is Yamaha’s own new video extolling the virtues of their tasty-looking new half-faired version of the MT-09 triple, dubbed the Tracer. Weird ‘Discover Your Dark Side’ tosh aside it’s looking...

Welcome to the all-new motorcyclenews.com

Welcome to the all-new motorcyclenews.com

As I'm sure you'll already have noticed, motorcyclenews.com looks very different today. Your favourite motorcycling website has been given a much needed overhaul and the result is a site that is not...

New 'Yard Built' Yamaha XV950

New 'Yard Built' Yamaha XV950

German custom bike builder Marcus Walz has collaborated with Yamaha to deliver the latest bike in their Yard Built series of customized specials. Based on the firm’s XV950, the bike – dubbed ‘El Ratón...

Motorcycle Live 2014 is go!

Motorcycle Live 2014 is go!

A round-up of the highlights of Motorcycle Live 2014, presented by former MotoGP racer and commentator Steve Parrish. The UK’s biggest bike show has 35 manufacturers and over 150 other exhibitors...

Rock out with Motörhead at Motorcycle Live

Rock out with Motörhead at Motorcycle Live

Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell will be on the Victory Motorcycles stand at Motorcycle Live at midday this Saturday, 22 November. Celebrating the unveiling and handover of a unique hand-built custom...

New MCN November 26: Triumph Tiger XCx first ride

New MCN November 26: Triumph Tiger XCx first ride

In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 26: - We ride the new Triumph Tiger 800 XCx and XRx - Free 2014 sport review - KTM's new 1290 sports-tourer spied testing...

KTM release limited editions

KTM release limited editions

KTM has released a very limited range of ‘Factory Edition’ EXCs to celebrate their continued success in all enduro disciplines. Available on the 125, 250 and 300cc two-stroke models along with the...

BMW offer guaranteed test passes

BMW offer guaranteed test passes

BMW’s rider training division is going on the offensive as we head into winter in an attempt to get as many new riders as possible ready for 2015’s glut of exciting new metal. There are several...

Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

I’ve been running a Ducati Monster 1200 on MCN’s fleet since March, and we’ve done plenty together in the past eight months – but it took a rideout with a colleague to realise the full effect of the...

Wheelie bad idea

Wheelie bad idea

This rider thought he was having a good day tearing around the streets of Central London, popping little wheelies. Right up until the point when he hoisted a clearly deliberate mono in a 20mph zone,...

Does Honda's new RC213V-S hit the spot?

Does Honda's new RC213V-S hit the spot?

After years of speculation, the near-mythical RCV213V road bike is finally here… well, almost. Two years after Honda officially confirmed they would be building a road-going replica of the RCV213V...

Foggywatch day 2: “Come back with food, or I’ll kick your head in!”

Foggywatch day 2: “Come back with food, or I’ll kick your head in!”

The competitive streak that his World Superbike rivals are all too aware of has started to emerge in ITV’s ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here,’ as Carl Fogarty starts to face his greatest fear in...

Brands Hatch gatecrasher gets 8 months in jail

Brands Hatch gatecrasher gets 8 months in jail

The 22 year old driver who broke past marshals to drive onto Brands Hatch circuit during a car race back in June has been sentenced to eight months in jail for the trespassing, after being charged...

New MCN November 19: Lotus hyperbike

New MCN November 19: Lotus hyperbike

In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 19: - We have the exclusive inside story on the Lotus C-01 - Free 20-page NEC Show guide - Old vs new: Triumph, Ariel and...

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 first ride

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 first ride

Triumph’s new band of Tiger 800s are currently being put through their paces on and off-road in Spain by MCN’s Andy Davidson. Here are his first impressions from sunny Marbella. "Triumph have decided...

Foggywatch day 1: Foggy makes some slithering new friends!

Foggywatch day 1: Foggy makes some slithering new friends!

Former World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty has got himself off to an auspicious opening day in the Jungle as he entered ITV’s “I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!” The four time champion has...

Road-going Honda RCV unveiled

Road-going Honda RCV unveiled

After years of speculation, the near-mythical RCV213V road bike is finally here… well, almost. Two years after Honda officially confirmed they would be building a road-going replica of the RCV213V...

Honda’s True Adventure concept

Honda’s True Adventure concept

When is the new Africa Twin not the new Africa Twin? When it’s called the True Adventure and is presented as a prototype by Honda. Honda was at great pains to present the True Adventure, presented at...