2015

The Buyer: ‘Only a geek would know it had the wrong wheels’

The Buyer: ‘Only a geek would know it had the wrong wheels’

‘Only a geek would know it had the wrong wheels’ hat’s more enticing than a nice old bike? An airhead BMW, for example. A Honda SOHC four? An air-cooled Kawasaki four? All mechanically basic bikes...

Pierobon stuns with X80R

Pierobon stuns with X80R

Italian frame-building masters Pierobon showed their X80R at Milan, a demonstration of the frame and chassis kit it has developed to house engines from the pre-Panigale range of Ducati...

Why James Whitham wants to clean up again

Why James Whitham wants to clean up again

James Whitham has launched his own range of bike cleaning and protecting products. The former British, World Superbike and GP racer turned commentator went his own way because his couldn't find the...

Bimota’s radical cafe racer

Bimota’s radical cafe racer

Bimota unveiled two new models at the Milan show last week – jumping firmly onto the retro bandwagon with their new hub-centre steered Tesi 3D RaceCafe, and continuing their legacy of performance...

LIVE: Ducati 959 Panigale Launch

LIVE: Ducati 959 Panigale Launch

First Ride I’ve just finished my first riding session on the 959 Panigale (on Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SC2 race rubber) and it’s more of the same from Ducati’s ‘Super Mid’ machine...in a good...

Return of the H1

Return of the H1

After bringing back the legendary H2 name in 2015, it begged an obvious question – when, if at all, will the H1 be re-joining the line-up? That question seems to have been answered to some degree by...

Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 1)

Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 1)

These are the 10 bikes that took our breath away in a memorable year of hot race action  World Superbikes   ‘As easy as falling off a log’ Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki ZX-10R By Adam Child...

2016 MV Brutale is a beast

2016 MV Brutale is a beast

MV Agusta have given the Brutale 800 a hefty makeover as part of a move to make it more practical, and also to differentiate it more from the Dragster. The Brutale name has been a big success for MV...

Mondial has a new pair of Hipsters

Mondial has a new pair of Hipsters

Italian firm Mondial have returned with a pair of naked street bikes called the Hipster 125 and Hipster 250. Mondial have bet all their chips on the trendy retro market with two street-scrambler-style...

Picture story: So you think you know every type of bike engine?

Picture story: So you think you know every type of bike engine?

And then you come across Wooler, a firm which lasted from 1911 to 1956. It was a time during which highlights included bikes powered by a two-stroke horizontal single-cylinder with a double-ended...

New Vertigo goes on trial

New Vertigo goes on trial

This crazy-looking Vertigo scooter/trials bike hybrid is being lined up to compete in the ultra-tough Erzberg Iron Road Prologue according to Vertigo boss Manel Jane, who has ploughed millions of...

CCM GP450 hits the road

CCM GP450 hits the road

CCM unveiled a second version of their GP450 Adventure bike in Milan last week, which comes on 17in laced road wheels for those customers who never stray off the tarmac. Christofer Ratcliffe, Chief...

World class motorcycle auction debuts at London Motorcycle Show

World class motorcycle auction debuts at London Motorcycle Show

Coys, one of the UK’s leading historic automobile valuers and auctioneers, have lined up over 100 motorcycles to be auctioned off at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show on February 13. A...

Kenny Roberts to headline Motorcycle Live

Kenny Roberts to headline Motorcycle Live

Three-time 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts has been added to the impressive list of racing stars confirmed to attend Motorcycle Live, which kicks off at The NEC, Birmingham this Saturday (28...

New MCN November 25: 2015 best bikes test

New MCN November 25: 2015 best bikes test

In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 25: 2015 best sellers: our verdict Kawasaki's supercharged 675 Indian Scout Sixty first ride Danny Kent: How...

7 bikes that didn’t make it

7 bikes that didn’t make it

ll seven of these were ditched before they went into production. Neil Murray finds out why    1. Norton Cosworth Challenge (1973) A classic Brit bike screw-up. In 1973 Norton desperately...

BMW recall Sport helmet

BMW recall Sport helmet

BMW Motorrad are recalling their ‘Sport’ helmet because it does not fully meet the approval test requirements according to the European standard UNECE R 22.05. The helmets in question can be...

9 ways to keep your shed tidy

9 ways to keep your shed tidy

Decorating Paint the walls, and the concrete floor if you have one in your shed or garage. A light colour – white, or magnolia if you don’t want it to feel like a dentist’s surgery, will maximise the...

Ducati 959 Panigale first ride incoming

Ducati 959 Panigale first ride incoming

MCN will be riding Ducati’s new 959 Panigale at its world launch at Valencia on Wednesday. The new machine replaces the 899 Panigale, which is MCN’s 2015 and 2014 ’Best Sportsbike (Middleweight)’...

Inside the ultimate 70s man cave. Help yourself to fondue

Inside the ultimate 70s man cave. Help yourself to fondue

A dream lineup of mould-shattering Japanese superbikes live in this ultimate seventies man-cave, hidden somewhere in rural south-eastern England. It’s the two-wheeled version of the dream pads...

First Ride: Indian Scout Sixty

First Ride: Indian Scout Sixty

This is the new entry-level Indian Scout Sixty which is already heading for dealers and will cost £8999. The bike is heavily based on the existing 1133cc Indian Scout model but has a new 999cc engine,...

18 bike gifs that say it better than you ever could

18 bike gifs that say it better than you ever could

Do you find the demands on your emotional range a bit much in today's modern touchy-feely world? Do you sometimes struggle for the words to express what you're feeling? Give up! here's simply no point...

Read, watch, wonder: Norton has a surprise in store for Japanese rivals

Read, watch, wonder: Norton has a surprise in store for Japanese rivals

With one defining moment, the now legendary JPS Norton era began and for five straight years British race fans had something very special to cheer about: home-built bikes that could blow the Japanese...

New adventure travel book: Don't think, ride.

New adventure travel book: Don't think, ride.

Acclaimed adventure travel writer and thoroughly nice bloke Nathan Millward has just released his latest book; Don’t think, Ride. A short ride across America. Unlike his previous two books, where...

7 bikes to buy before they die

7 bikes to buy before they die

These machines are all set to be superseded in 2016. Here's why you should grab one while you still can... Kawasaki ZX-10R (2011-2015) Universally accepted as the best, most extreme and...

Poll: Can Stoner still cut it?

Poll: Can Stoner still cut it?

Just when you thought the 2015 MotoGP season couldn’t get anymore dramatic, Australian Casey Stoner has been linked to a return to the championship riding for Ducati. MCN understands that a deal is...

Poll; What's your favourite bike from the Milan show?

Poll; What's your favourite bike from the Milan show?

There’s a whopping 53 new bikes revealed at this year’s EICMA show. There were some hot machines in 2015, but 2016 looks even better with a new naked R1, new Scramblers from Ducati and BMW and...

Get more with your new Honda Africa Twin

Get more with your new Honda Africa Twin

Ahead of its imminent arrival in UK showrooms, Honda have begun taking pre-orders for the much-anticipated CRF1000L Africa Twin and are rewarding customers with an exclusive giveaway.  The first...

MILAN SHOW: Victory reveal Project 156 production intent

MILAN SHOW: Victory reveal Project 156 production intent

Victory Motorcycles have revealed a production version of the engine that powered Project 156 up Pikes Peak this summer, and confirmed that the engine will power an upcoming 1200cc production...

Indian widens appeal with new Indian Scout Sixty 2016

Indian widens appeal with new Indian Scout Sixty 2016

The new Indian Scout Sixty was a surprise announcement at today's Milan motorcycle show and will be a new cheaper route into ownership for cruiser riders. Much of the new bike is shared with the...

MILAN SHOW: Aprilia RSV4 gets WSB special

MILAN SHOW: Aprilia RSV4 gets WSB special

Aprilia’s constant evolution of the RSV4 is continuing with this updated version of their RF model, which gets minor modifications for 2016. Changes listed by Aprilia include new ‘Superpole’ graphics,...

MILAN SHOW: Moto Guzzi get the scrambler bug

MILAN SHOW: Moto Guzzi get the scrambler bug

Moto Guzzi are as anxious as the other manufacturers to quickly grab a slice of the nostalgic new breed of sales of ‘scrambler’ style bikes, and this new V7 II Stornello is their take on the theme –...

MILAN SHOW: Moto Guzzi reveal new V9 range

MILAN SHOW: Moto Guzzi reveal new V9 range

Moto Guzzi have revealed an all-new range of V9 850cc V-twins called the V9 Roamer and Bobber which feature new engines and are pitched at the mid-capacity cruiser market. The firm has been feverishly...

New MCN November 18: Revealed - 53 new bikes!

New MCN November 18: Revealed - 53 new bikes!

In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 18: 2016 New Bike Special: 53 models revealed! 165bhp naked R1 BMW Scrambler Reborn GSX-R1000 Plus - Every...

MILAN SHOW: Husqvarna show 701 Vitpilen concept roadster

MILAN SHOW: Husqvarna show 701 Vitpilen concept roadster

Husqvarna’s rebirth under the ownership of KTM with the cash backing of Indian giant Bajaj continues with this new concept called the 701 Vitpilen. The new bike is intended as an anti-retro antidote...

MILAN SHOW: KTM's nutty Duke refined

MILAN SHOW: KTM's nutty Duke refined

KTM have given their 690 Duke, and higher-specification 690 Duke R, their first major engineering makeover since the current models were launched back in 2012; the most significant changes centering...