2015

Montesa 4RIDE revealed

Montesa 4RIDE revealed

Montesa has revealed an all-new model called the 4RIDE, which bridges the gap between trials and enduro bikes, much like the KTM Freeride. The new model is powered by the same 259cc single cylinder...

The Best In Breed: Ducati Superbike Special

The Best In Breed: Ducati Superbike Special

MCN looks back at the Panigale family tree to uncover how Ducati has turned its once wayward V-twin into the superbike to beat. he 1299 Panigale S is a bike that defies logic, not to mention physics.

Classic TT Rotaries: Dunlop rides a TT Norton

Classic TT Rotaries: Dunlop rides a TT Norton

23 years after Hislop’s TT win, the Island will once more echo to the wail of a Norton rotary, with William Dunlop in the hot seat. And MCN was there for his first ride. he slight figure of a racer...

Posing power: Just design statements or rewarding rides?

Posing power: Just design statements or rewarding rides?

Harley, Ducati and Guzzi’s entry-level machines battle to capture the attention of the capital’s most fashion-conscious critics hese bikes provide an entry into three of the coolest brands in biking.

Smarter, sharper CBR500R revealed

Smarter, sharper CBR500R revealed

Honda used the Tokyo Motor Show to confirm and release exciting 2016 models, ahead of Europe’s biggest motorcycle show, EICMA, in two weeks’ time. Leading the long list of confirmed 2016 models were...

Laverda’s Street Sleepers

Laverda’s Street Sleepers

Laverda’s ’70s twins are overshadowed by a certain triple wearing the same badge. But the 500 Alpino and SF750 have their own charm and appeal. ention ‘Laverda’ to any biker of a certain age, and I’d...

New theft threat

New theft threat

Police in the UK, and particularly in London, have noticed a worrying new high-tech trend emerging in the way bike thieves track down their targets, according to bike crime expert Ken German. While...

The Buyer: ‘£6k for an ’01 Gold Wing? It’s a bargain’

The Buyer: ‘£6k for an ’01 Gold Wing? It’s a bargain’

Neil Murray makes a living buying & selling pre-loved metal – and he’s on your side ne thing I couldn’t help noticing while perusing the new bike registration figures was the sharp decline in...

Generation Next

Generation Next

Electric trials bikes are the TY80s of the digital age – but how easy is it to get your kids on two wheels? aving spent most of my adult life juggling work and family commitments in order to make more...

Suzuki confirm turbo bike

Suzuki confirm turbo bike

Amongst Suzuki’s handful of concepts and 2016 models at the Tokyo Motor Show (no, there was no GSX-R1000 unveiled – give it another two weeks), was a turbocharged motor devoid of a motorcycle. The sum...

MCNLive! 2016 will have more fantastic acts and bands than ever before

MCNLive! 2016 will have more fantastic acts and bands than ever before

Next year’s MCNLive! event at Butlins Skegness looks set to be the biggest and best party of the year as we’re booking more bands than ever. On April 15-18 we’ll be raising the roof with a smorgasbord...

Lording it up on a new Hesketh

Lording it up on a new Hesketh

Spring, 1981 New V-twin Hesketh V1000 launch n the late 1970s, when the British bike industry was on its deathbed, a high-living, petrol-head aristocrat strode onto the scene like a knight in shining...

FMX returns to Motorcycle Live - Win tickets

FMX returns to Motorcycle Live - Win tickets

Freestyle motocross will make a return to Motorcycle Live at The NEC, Birmingham this November with the all-new FMX Live presented by Arenacross. The show will feature some of the world’s leading...

New MCN November 4: Rossi Ready For War

New MCN November 4: Rossi Ready For War

In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 4: Rossi Ready For War In Valencia 12-page MotoGP Preview Special First Test: Yamaha XSR700 Future Classics...

12 essentials your garage must have

12 essentials your garage must have

Avoid frustration, foul language, strained eyes and bleeding hands by getting these indispensable items   1. Torque wrench There’s a torque setting for nearly every fastener on your bike. In...

Yamaha tease MT-09 flat-tracker

Yamaha tease MT-09 flat-tracker

Yamaha have released a new teaser film that introduces a Roland Sands built MT-09 flat-tracker, complete with yellow speed-block paintjob, tyre-shredding rolling burnouts, plenty of aggression, and...

Ducati unveil lightweight e-Scrambler

Ducati unveil lightweight e-Scrambler

Okay, so it might be more mountain bike than motorbike, but this funky ‘Fat’ e-bike, built under licence by Italwin, is still a Ducati – of sorts.  The latest in a long line of Italwin Ducati...

7 great love/hate bikes designed by Pierre Terblanche

7 great love/hate bikes designed by Pierre Terblanche

He’s the controversial designer who replaced 916 genius Massimo Tamburini. Talk about a hard act to follow...   1993 Ducati Supermono South African Pierre Terblanche’s motorcycle design career...

Picture story: Meet a real Jack Sparrow

Picture story: Meet a real Jack Sparrow

It's 1954 and Shrewsbury bike shop manager JJI Sparrow is returning from the Isle of Man where he's just finished 16th in the Lightweight (250) TT. In the rain-affected race he averaged 66.83mph. The...

Foggy reunited with his first bike

Foggy reunited with his first bike

Carl Fogarty’s first bike, given to him on his 10th birthday in 1975, was presented to him again today – a full 40 years later – having been completely restored by the National Motorcycle Museum. A...

Tyre tech talk: Sticky when wet

Tyre tech talk: Sticky when wet

Rain is a constant threat in the real world. Not a problem if you’ve chosen the right rubber. Michelin experts Tony Charlton and Daley Mathison reveal all... he stickiest sportsbike tyres in every...

MCN Sport Classic race team: It all started so well

MCN Sport Classic race team: It all started so well

When you race 44 year-old motorbikes, you accept that disaster will be gnawing at your ankle. You just hope it doesn’t try and eat your entire leg here’s an old saying: don’t try and teach a pig to...

Have a blast at MCN Live!

Have a blast at MCN Live!

Sign up for next year’s MCN Live! event at Butlins and you could find yourself riding a stunning classic, motocross or adventure bike – and all at no extra charge. We’ve teamed up with the National...

WK release Café Racer 125

WK release Café Racer 125

As part of their plan to diversify and expand their range, WK Bikes have released a new retro-themed 125, aptly named the Café Racer 125.  Powered by a simple 124cc motor that produces 7.9kw @...

Online Rossi petition goes mad

Online Rossi petition goes mad

An online petition in response to the incident at the Malaysian MotoGP that saw Valentino Rossi penalised for his riding antics is gathering a huge amount of support, with over half a million people...

7 Kawasakis for less than an H2R's wing

7 Kawasakis for less than an H2R's wing

The carbon wing on the fairing of Kawasaki’s H2R costs £3360. That’s as much as any of these used machines... Kawasaki ZX-6R (2003-2004) Our £3360 budget covers most ZX-6Rs up to 2006, but it’s the...

Yamaha’s robot rider (no, not Lorenzo)

Yamaha’s robot rider (no, not Lorenzo)

Yamaha have revealed MOTOBOT Ver. 1 – alongside a host of concept vehicles – at the Tokyo Motor Show. MOTOBOT is a robot that can ride an unmodified bike all on its own. Rumours that it will soon...

Yamaha debut MT-09 trike

Yamaha debut MT-09 trike

Just when you thought there were no more potential variants for the MT-09 family, Yamaha go and roll out a three-wheeled version at the Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed with the catchy moniker ‘LMW-MWT-9’,...

Yamaha go electric in Tokyo

Yamaha go electric in Tokyo

Yamaha have lifted the covers on their latest PES2 and PED2 electric concepts at the Tokyo show, two bikes that could be introduced into the Yamaha line-up in the very near future. The PES2 and PED2...

Yamaha target the next generation with Resonator 125 concept

Yamaha target the next generation with Resonator 125 concept

Yamaha have unveiled a new 125cc concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, aimed at appealing to younger, more fashion conscious, riders. The Resonator 125 marries Yamaha’s motorcycling and musical influences,...

The Buyer: ‘Ask yourself why a bike is listed as rare?’

The Buyer: ‘Ask yourself why a bike is listed as rare?’

‘Rare bike’ it says in the advert. You read on, and if you’re like me you start chortling. here are rare bikes and there are rare bikes, and the one thing that counts is why they’re rare. Some are...

Project Bol d'Or Part 6: Run to the sun

Project Bol d'Or Part 6: Run to the sun

It always felt like a fantasy; trying to revive MCN’s long-neglected and badly battered Paso 750 to go head-to-head against a superbly tidy K1 on an aspirational 1700-mile run to the Bol d’Or. The...

BMW C650 Sport and C650 GT first ride

BMW C650 Sport and C650 GT first ride

BMW have updated their C650 Sport and C650 GT maxi-scooters for 2016 with styling changes alongside suspension and clutch revisions in an attempt to differentiate the two models. In the flesh the...

All-new Triumph Thruxtons revealed

All-new Triumph Thruxtons revealed

Triumph have finally unveiled their all-new 1199cc Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R, the range-topping duo that herald the arrival of a completely new collection of five Bonnevilles. Starting from the...

Classic or crusher? Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02

Classic or crusher? Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02

Quite possibly the most beautiful homologation special ever, 1999's YZF-R7 signifies everything that was glamorous about the 750cc superbike era. When it came to the R7, Yamaha gave its designers a...

Video: MV Agusta F4 RC & F43 800 RC onboard

Video: MV Agusta F4 RC & F43 800 RC onboard

MCN Road testers Michael Neeves and Adam Child have been in Italy this week riding MV Agusta’s F4 RC and F3 800 RC around the Tazio Nuvolari circuit south of Milan. While there, they shot some onboard...