2015

Hot new Kawasaki ZX-10R unveiled

Hot new Kawasaki ZX-10R unveiled

This is Kawasaki’s 2016 ZX-10R superbike, unveiled in Spain today as the Japanese giant pulls out all the stops to capitalise on their domination of the World Superbike series with the first major...

Gary Rothwell nails 209mph wheelie

Gary Rothwell nails 209mph wheelie

Gary Rothwell set yet another world record recently when he nabbed the world’s fastest wheelie at a frankly astounding 209.822mph. Measured over a flying kilometer at Elvington in Yorkshire, the UK...

Honda confirm 2016 CBR500R changes

Honda confirm 2016 CBR500R changes

Honda have announced that they will be making a "comprehensive range of upgrades" to their CBR500R for 2016. 2013's CBR500R was designed to maximise the new 47bhp regs while at the same time being...

BMW’s new air-cooled GS

BMW’s new air-cooled GS

BMW stumbled over a rampant global sales success when they released the R nineT. The world went nuts for the air-cooled retro roadster, leaving the factory struggling to keep pace with demand, and as...

The Buyer: Some bikes never go out of fashion

The Buyer: Some bikes never go out of fashion

Depreciation. Your bike is almost certainly worth less, a lot less, than it was when you bought it. There are exceptions, of course: (some) classics are appreciating very nicely, but if you’re buying...

New Guzzi V7 gets chunky

New Guzzi V7 gets chunky

This is the first sighting of a new Moto Guzzi V7 variant which appears to be taking the aggressive styling of the larger 1400cc Audace, but adding it to the 744cc V-twin – which should make it A2...

Intelligent bikes get a boost

Intelligent bikes get a boost

Yamaha, BMW Motorrad and Honda have announced that they’ve entered a join agreement to accelerate the development of intelligent bikes – with a view to connecting all road users in a bid to reduce...

New Yamaha R1S released Stateside

New Yamaha R1S released Stateside

Yamaha have released a new lower-spec version of their YZF-R1 in the USA, giving our friends across the Pond three models of R1 to choose from (four if you count the anniversary model). The new model,...

Goodbye good buys

Goodbye good buys

As the latest crop of 2016 bikes are set to be announced, is now the best time to snap up a great deal on an outgoing model? MCN tests some of the bikes that are being updated to see if they need...

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT prototype tested

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT prototype tested

When KTM unveiled the 990 SMT back in 2009 it managed to combine the slightly bonkers underpinnings of the 990 Supermoto with a touring focus – thanks mainly to a small top fairing and some panniers.

New BMW G310 Stunt revealed

New BMW G310 Stunt revealed

This is the first official glimpse of a 300cc BMW road bike, ahead of the expected launch of a new roadster at the Milan show in November. The Concept Stunt G310 represents the basis of a new range of...

New MCN October 7: Revealed - new BMW retros!

New MCN October 7: Revealed - new BMW retros!

In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from October 7: World exclusive: BMW retros revealed! Ducati Monster 1200R test Brookes puts one hand on BSB title New 959...

Stars line up for MCN Live!

Stars line up for MCN Live!

As if you needed an excuse to party, three of the UK’s best loved racing stars have all confirmed they will be attending MCNLive! at Butlins Skegness on April 15-18, 2016. The trio will be...

How to sharpen your throttle response

How to sharpen your throttle response

It jerks. It snatches. It’s a slug. If your throttle response leaves something to be desired, we’re here to help 1. Before you start Make sure the basics are right: engine properly serviced, no air...

Building the ultimate road-legal S1000RR

Building the ultimate road-legal S1000RR

Since its 2010 launch, Performance Bikes has never featured a highly-modified, road-legal S1000RR. So is it simply so good as a standard package that it isn’t worth trying to improve it? It’s already...

The Love Affair – Man & Machine

The Love Affair – Man & Machine

For easy, reliable horsepower nothing beats a Triumph Daytona 675, says T3 Racing’s Tony Scott ack in 2005 we’d run a trackday series with Niall Mackenzie and Pierfrancesco Chili, when Triumph came to...

Ride to the Wall: 'It's a national pilgrimage of respect'

Ride to the Wall: 'It's a national pilgrimage of respect'

Over 20,000 people. More than 7000 bikes. Nearly half a million pounds raised for a worthy cause. Yet so many of us have never even heard of it.   Saturday heralded the biggest-ever Ride to the...

Picture story: The father of Indian (and where he got his idea)

Picture story: The father of Indian (and where he got his idea)

This is George Hendee (1866-1943). George was a very successful bicycle racer – he won 302 of the 309 races he entered – who was inspired by the motorised bicycles (or 'dernies') used for pace-setting...

Definitive RiDE buyer's guide to tail packs

Definitive RiDE buyer's guide to tail packs

Once you’ve discovered the joy of the tail pack, it’s hard to go back to other luggage. An unobtrusive bag that sits securely on the pillion seat is hard to beat, especially if it’s waterproof. Even...

Rav Wilding takes on Ron Haslam’s Race School

Rav Wilding takes on Ron Haslam’s Race School

Former Crimewatch presenter, TV personaility and keen biker Rav Wilding has recently been on the Ron Haslam Race School and MCN senior road tester Michael Neeves, who teaches at the at the school, was...

Never crash again

Never crash again

Obviously we can’t promise that. But here’s how to make it pretty unlikely...   1. Look in the mirror   Write down your rough year-by-year mileage since you started riding. Then add any...

Guy Martin turns down Top Gear

Guy Martin turns down Top Gear

It's official. Guy Martin, has turned down the opportunity to present the BBC’s Top Gear. Speaking exclusively to Commercial Motor magazine, Martin, who works for Grimsby-based independent Scania...

Win a trip to meet Rossi in Valencia. Only one week left!

Win a trip to meet Rossi in Valencia. Only one week left!

Riders for Health and Movistar Yamaha are offering the chance for one lucky person and a friend to meet Valentino Rossi at the Valencia MotoGP as part of a VIP weekend on November 6-8. But you’ll have...

Globe trotting penny pinchers

Globe trotting penny pinchers

Adventure bikes may be getting bigger and more technically advanced but from just a couple of grand you could snap up a superb secondhand mud-plugging, world-shrinker. dventure bikes are supposed to...

‘The air-cooled boxer is here to stay’

‘The air-cooled boxer is here to stay’

BMW’s head of motorcycle development has promised the air-cooled boxer engine will still be used to at least 2021 despite ever-tightening emissions regulations that have already been the death knell...

Kawasaki GPz1100: The last king of a vanished clan – aircooled superbikes

Kawasaki GPz1100: The last king of a vanished clan – aircooled superbikes

Kawasaki's meanest Zeds haven’t always been green – the GPx1100 was slathered in bodywork painted red by the blood of its inferior rivals.  or a fairly brief, incandescent, riotous period in...

Underneath Aleix’s Suzuki GSX-RR

Underneath Aleix’s Suzuki GSX-RR

Suzuki’s last MotoGP bike was a bit of a dud. During 10 years of racing, the GSV-R scored a single victory, and that was in the rain at Le Mans with rain-master Chris Vermeulen on board. So how are...

Honda announce Concept models at Tokyo Motor Show

Honda announce Concept models at Tokyo Motor Show

Honda have announced its line up of production and concept motorcycles that will be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of next month (Oct 29 – Nov 8). Models include a Lightweight Super Sports...

Suzuki GSX concept revealed

Suzuki GSX concept revealed

Suzuki has shown this single image of a concept bike it will unveil at the Tokyo show next month which may well be the preview of an all-new GSX-R1000 to be unveiled later this year. Unfortunately the...

Moped Madness

Moped Madness

Need an antidote for the speed and seriousness of modern life? Try a weekend on the utterly bonkers Red Bull Alpenbrevet rally in Switzerland he needle on the miniscule speedo is stuck firmly at...

Suzuki’s 300bhp turbo charged hybrid

Suzuki’s 300bhp turbo charged hybrid

We’ve seen motorcycle firms developing turbocharged machines and hybrids, but Suzuki’s plans mark the first time both technologies have come together – along with a four-cylinder petrol engine –...

Classic or crusher? Aprilia Moto 6.5

Classic or crusher? Aprilia Moto 6.5

Designed by Philippe Starck, the Moto 6.5 is proof that just being a talented designer isn’t necessarily enough to guarantee success when it comes to a production motorcycle. Famed for his work in the...

Ducati Hypermotard family goes large

Ducati Hypermotard family goes large

The best laid plans of mice and motorcycle manufacturers have once again been scuppered by America's California Air Resources Board filing emissions certification for as-yet-unannounced new...

BMW: Going small to go big

BMW: Going small to go big

BMW is expected to reveal a range if 300cc single-cylinder four-stroke bikes in a matter of weeks and these machines will be a key part of BMW’s strategy as they have the potential to expand sales...

The Forgotten Class - BMW 1200RS vs Triumph Sprint GT

The Forgotten Class - BMW 1200RS vs Triumph Sprint GT

Once the mainstay of manufacturers’  ranges, sports-tourers have gradually slid from our affections – can BMW’s RS reignite the spark? f you define biking as the joy of speed and corners versus...

Triumph founder honoured

Triumph founder honoured

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Michael Hammon, unveiled a blue plaque tribute to one of the city’s automotive pioneers on Saturday. 64 years after his death, Siegfried Bettmann – the founder...