2015

9 ways to help your bike beat winter

9 ways to help your bike beat winter

This time of year can be damaging to motorcycles but these top tips will help yours escape unscathed 1. Stop the rot One of the main risks of riding through winter is corrosion and the effect it has...

Picture story: Militarisation of police? It started with bike cops

Picture story: Militarisation of police? It started with bike cops

It's air-cooled, belt-fed and gas-powered – not the bike, that is, but the machine gun this US policeman has mounted to his 990cc Indian v-twin. 1918 was a good time to be a bike cop in New York,...

8 best bits from the go-faster books

8 best bits from the go-faster books

We’ve burned the midnight oil digesting the finest biking bibles so you don’t have to. Read and learn... 1: The need to focus “When you ride you should try to forget everything else. Don’t think...

When James May met Busa-san and GSX-R750Y-san

When James May met Busa-san and GSX-R750Y-san

Surely the designers of the GSX-R750 engine and the Hayabusa must be the most demonic characters to walk the face of this planet? Let's all meet up in the year 2000 – when James May finds more life in...

Picture story: Prepare to fall for Honor Blackman all over again

Picture story: Prepare to fall for Honor Blackman all over again

Goldfinger and Avengers star Honor Blackman wasn't just completely dishy, she was also a proper biker. Seen here first posing on her own Norton ES2, she volunteered as a dispatch rider during...

What next for Valentino? (Part 2)

What next for Valentino? (Part 2)

The new tech challenge – Michelin tyres and Dorna control electronics n July 2014 Valentino Rossi signed his latest Yamaha contract – for the 2015 and 2016 seasons – and explained that he wanted to...

What next for Valentino? (Part 1)

What next for Valentino? (Part 1)

After the bitter end to last season, what does the master of reinvention need do to transform himself one last time and rule MotoGP’s new technical era? alentino Rossi has failed before, but never as...

Whatever happened to the RC-E?

Whatever happened to the RC-E?

Honda’s innovative RC-E electric superbike concept, which took the electrical underpinnings of a Honda hybrid car and clothed them in stunning bodywork, may not have vanished without trace. The RC-E...

CB1100’s curvy new future revealed

CB1100’s curvy new future revealed

This CB1100 Concept was shown at the Tokyo show this year, and is believed to preview a next-generation CB1100. Easily the most subtle bike at the Tokyo Show – not hard given the eye-gouging offerings...

Hayden: ‘I’m ready for something new’

Hayden: ‘I’m ready for something new’

2006 MotoGP champ is relishing the new challenge of WSB ormer MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden says winning the World Superbike title would be an incredible way of rounding off his racing career –...

Honda CB Racer revived

Honda CB Racer revived

Honda’s achingly gorgeous CB1100R, first shown as a 2007 concept, is still a live project if freshly-filed patents are anything to go by. Concept bikes usually have a short life. They’re watered-down...

World's first customer Honda RC213V-S delivered to UK owner

World's first customer Honda RC213V-S delivered to UK owner

John Brown, who owns and runs a Honda dealership in Manchester, is the first customer to take delivery of the ultra-exclusive Honda RC213V-S Mr Brown took delivery of the machine just before Christmas...

Inspiration for adventure

Inspiration for adventure

Eight of the world’s most influential motorcycle explorers will be starring at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show on February 12-14. From Mondo Enduro and Terra Circa star Austin Vince to the...

7 Bikes named after racetracks

7 Bikes named after racetracks

Want to portray a sporty image for your new bike? Best rob a name from a racing circuit. Moto Guzzi Le Mans (1976-1993) Guzzi’s immortal vee-engined sportster first appeared as an 850 in 1976,...

New MCN December 30: The real Rossi

New MCN December 30: The real Rossi

In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from December 30: 12-page special: The real Valentino Rossi Ducati Scrambler vs Yamaha XSR700 Honda plans hot...

Triumph triumph in 2015

Triumph triumph in 2015

Triumph Motorcycles have announced their financial results for the year ended 30 June 2015, and it’s a much happier picture than the figure for the year before, despite a fall in overall turnover. In...

9 ways to make your bike feel fresher

9 ways to make your bike feel fresher

If you don’t want to splash out on a new machine, these simple tips will help your bike wind back the years 1. Gearing For less than £20, shortening your gearing is quite possibly the cheapest way to...

Video: Mugen Shinden ridden

Video: Mugen Shinden ridden

This summer the Mugen Shinden scored a win in the one-lap TT Zero race in the hands of John McGuinness with an average speed of 119.28mph. The Mugen, which first appeared at the TT back in 2012, is...

Someone gives you £25k to spend on an Italian bike, and you buy a Tesi. You're INSANE, right?

Someone gives you £25k to spend on an Italian bike, and you buy a Tesi. You're INSANE, right?

Eccentric, expensive and exclusive, Bimota’s hub-steered Tesi 3D is as rare as road bike gets. But it would be criminally insane to drop Panigale R or Ariel Ace money on one, wouldn't it? We...

Jonathan Rea - I never gave up on the dream

Jonathan Rea - I never gave up on the dream

For seven years the WSB title eluded Jonathan Rea. Then, suddenly, we got to see just how gifted he is.   even years is a long time in anyone’s book – especially if you’re regarded by many as the...

Project GPZ900R

Project GPZ900R

Kawasaki’s GPZ900R was a sportsbike masterpiece when it was released in 1984, but it’s still possible to improve the design further. So when Ian Broadfoot restored his A1 to original condition, he...

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 6/6)

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 6/6)

MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. This week we have brought you some of biking's...

Video: World's first KTM Freeride E backflip

Video: World's first KTM Freeride E backflip

French trials rider Julien Dupont has caught the world's first KTM Freeride E electric bike backflip on camera in one of his latest stunt videos. Dupont also successfully jumps a 20 metre gap over a...

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 5/6)

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 5/6)

MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. We’ll be bringing you some of the best picks from...

Video: MV Agusta F3 RC vs MV Agusta F4 RC onboard

Video: MV Agusta F3 RC vs MV Agusta F4 RC onboard

Go onboard with MCN road testers Michael Neeves and Adam Child as they lap the Tazio Nuvolari circuit in northern Italy onboard the £31,000 homologation special MV Agusta F4 RC and £13,299 MV Agusta...

Reader build: Laverda Barcelona Replica

Reader build: Laverda Barcelona Replica

Laverda 500cc works machines won their class in the Barcelona 24-hours in 1978 and ’79. Those bikes inspired Roger Quemby’s special – but it’s taken him five years to approach the finish...

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 4/6)

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 4/6)

MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. We’ll be bringing you some of the best picks from...

In pictures: How we'll ride in the future – according to the past

In pictures: How we'll ride in the future – according to the past

It'll be fast, that's for sure. And violent. And with the reality being Kawasaki's new H2, who's to say they got it that wrong? 1. Coming through! 2. Outruns everything but a fart 3. Fears nothing...

BMW G310R official promo video

BMW G310R official promo video

Designed by BMW and built by BMW's Indian partner TVS, the all-new G310R is the bike BMW hope will greatly increase their global market share. Powered by a 313cc single-cylinder engine producing...

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 3/6)

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 3/6)

MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. We’ll be bringing you some of the best picks from...

The shortest race in Ireland

The shortest race in Ireland

Held over a town centre course that’s just ‘750-ish metres’ long, the Lightning Sprint is all about keeping racing alive    was only about half way through my pint when I heard the sound of...

Video: Energica Ego 45 first ride

Video: Energica Ego 45 first ride

The Energica Ego 45 is an electric superbike made in Modena, Italy, which produces 100Kw of power - similar to a 600cc sportsbike, but also weighs 280kg, thanks to the batteries. If you don't get too...

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 2/6)

Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 2/6)

MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. We’ll be bringing you some of the best picks from...

'Evil, wicked, mean and nasty': the bikes that got Kawasaki hooked on evil

'Evil, wicked, mean and nasty': the bikes that got Kawasaki hooked on evil

Long before Kawasaki had the psychotic 296bhp H2R, it was dabbling in antisocial behaviour with its two-stroke triples of the ’70s. The 750 H2 and 500 H1B share a reputation as the vandals...

Winter kicks - MCN’s guide to sub-zero fun (Part 2)

Winter kicks - MCN’s guide to sub-zero fun (Part 2)

Stop hibernating on the sofa waiting for the new biking season MCN shows you how to have a kick-ass winter  hristmas is closing in, which means woolly jumpers, comfy sofas and the Coronation...

BSB stars celebrate anniversary with a grudge match

BSB stars celebrate anniversary with a grudge match

Next year is the 20th anniversary of the current BSB championship, and to mark this historic milestone MCN is bringing together the riders and machines that have made the national series the envy of...