January

Bike of the Day: 1983 Kawasaki GPz1100 Unitrak

Bike of the Day: 1983 Kawasaki GPz1100 Unitrak

The S1000RR or Hayabusa of its day, the big GPz was THE poster bike of 1983. The curvy Unitrak styling didn’t work so well on the whole family (there were 305, 550 and 750 versions as well) but on the...

Bike of the Day: 1981 BMW R100

Bike of the Day: 1981 BMW R100

Classic, ‘air-head’ BMW boxer twins are in strong demand, both as classics in their own right and as base bikes for the current fashion for customized scrambler or café racer versions. Hopefully this...

Bike of the Day: Ducati 620 Sport

Bike of the Day: Ducati 620 Sport

OK, the second generation, Pierre Terblanche-designed Sport/Supersport/SS family is never going to be considered a ‘classic Ducati’ and, this being the smallest, 61bhp version, isn’t exactly the...

KTM extends finance offers

KTM extends finance offers

KTM has launched a series of new finance offers on 2015 models which include £99 deposit and 0% interest deals on bikes from the Duke 125 up to the 1190 Adventure models. The Austrian firm has a wide...

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa: Long-Term Test Report

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa: Long-Term Test Report

It’s long, it’s fast and it’s designed to go very fast in a straight line, you can see why Suzuki’s Hayabusa earned itself the nickname of The Eurostar in my garage. The 1340cc inline four is a...

Long-term test: KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Long-term test: KTM 1290 Super Duke R

My long-term test KTM 1290R Super Duke was returned to its rightful owner (KTM) last week, leaving me to reflect on a year of ups and downs. I wrote in the paper edition of MCN that its mechanical...

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT in dealers

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT in dealers

Suzuki’s new V-Strom 650XT has arrived in dealer showrooms to add another model to the V-Strom 650 range. The XT is based on the standard V-Strom 650 but has lightweight DID wire-spoked wheels for...

Bike of the Day: Kawasaki Zephyr 1100

Bike of the Day: Kawasaki Zephyr 1100

Yes, that price at first seems a little salty for what is a fairly basic, 28K-mile, 18-year-old roadster, but the big Zephyr is the original ‘retro’, now has a strong following and ones as good as...

2014 v 2015 BMW S1000RR

2014 v 2015 BMW S1000RR

BMW claims their new, third-generation S1000RR is lighter and more powerful than ever. We’re putting that to the test by pitching the new machine against the out-going model. We’ll speed test...

How often do you wear a back protector?

How often do you wear a back protector?

Many consider back protectors to be as crucial a part of their riding armoury as their helmet, boots and gloves. What do you think?  How often do you wear a back protector?

Which of Rossi's GP bikes would you take home with you?

Which of Rossi's GP bikes would you take home with you?

Eight of Rossi's GP bikes will be on display at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show this February 13-15. But if you could take one home with you – which one would you pick? Which of Rossi's GP...

BBC showing Racing Legends John Surtees

BBC showing Racing Legends John Surtees

The final episode of the current series of Racing Legends covers the life and racing career of John Surtees and is hosted by lifelong fan and star of Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood. The show...

Danger attempts Evel stunt

Danger attempts Evel stunt

"I know it’s dangerous, but death has had me by the throat twice in my life, and I spit in its face. When God's ready, he'll take me," says American (in case you hadn't guessed) Doug Danger.

New MCN January 7: Every 2015 new bike

New MCN January 7: Every 2015 new bike

In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from January 7: - 12-page special on every new bike for 2015 - MV Agusta Stradale first ride - Why Rossi's 10th title is in sight -...

MASTER makes a difference

MASTER makes a difference

Westminster City Council has reported a sharp drop-off in bike thefts, particularly in the area of St James’s Square in London, where they’ve had a strong push on tagging bikes through the industry’s...

First ride: 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800

First ride: 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800

MV Agusta’s new Stradale 800 has recently been put through its paces in Spain in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West. Here’s what he has to say: “The new Stradale is a first on many levels –...

Bike of the Day: 1980 Honda XL185

Bike of the Day: 1980 Honda XL185

‘Proper’, old school, late ‘70s/early ‘80s trail bikes are increasingly popular in classic circles for their style, easy mechanics and affordability – particularly Yamaha and Suzuki for their DT/TS...

First ride: Triumph Thruxton Ace

First ride: Triumph Thruxton Ace

Triumph’s new Thruxton Ace limited edition was recently put through its paces by MCN Executive Editor Phil West. His full first ride report is in this week’s MCN, out January 7. But here are his...

Video: Red Bull drivers Puch it to the Maxi

Video: Red Bull drivers Puch it to the Maxi

Ok, so they might be Gileras rather than the iconic Puch, but nonetheless, nice to see that not all F1 drivers are humourless dullards.  Here's Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat having a lot of...

Our Bikes BMW HP2 Sport

Our Bikes BMW HP2 Sport

“Will I ever sell it? I can’t see that day coming yet” Sportsbike loving Tim Thompson became boxer fan by accident. Here’s how he came to own the ultimate BMW twin      It seems funny...

My Life in Bikes Mattie Griffin

My Life in Bikes Mattie Griffin

BMW-backed stunt rider explains how he got to be where he is today, slicing off the top of his fingers and the bikes he has ridden so far. Where did your biking journey begin? My Dad had a scrap yard...

Bike of the Day: Ducati Monster S4R

Bike of the Day: Ducati Monster S4R

998-powered S4R was the ultimate version of the original Monster, complete with 998 power, single-sded swing arm, Ohlins, top-notch Brembos and more. Yes, they need cosseting a little and aren’t that...

Bike of the Day: Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory

Bike of the Day: Aprilia Tuono 1000R Factory

A helluva lot of bike for the money, this. Last generation V-twin Tuono is still regarded as one of the best ever super nakeds and the R version, sprinkled with Ohlins, Akrapovics, Marchesinis and...