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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2016)

  • Kenyan students create solar-powered bikes

    28 December 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Kenyan students create solar-powered bikes

    Three final year students from the University of Nairobi, Kenya have built solar-powered bikes. The students took three conventional motorcycles, ditched the standard engines and replaced them with...

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  • In this week's issue: MotoGP 2017 special

    28 December 2016 by MCN News

    In this week's issue: MotoGP 2017 special

    It's #MCNWednesday again and this week's issue is a 2017 MotoGP special! We have exclusive interviews with Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marequez and Maverick Vinales ahead of the 2017 season,...

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  • How the hell do you... Pull a 209mph wheelie?

    26 December 2016 by Andy Davidson

    How the hell do you... Pull a 209mph wheelie?

    Here's part 19 Answered by Gary Rothwell - Stunt legend Gary currently holds the world wheelie record at a terrifying 209.82mph The course is a mile long, on an airfield obviously, and in the last...

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  • We're looking forward to the new year...

    26 December 2016 by MCN News

    We're looking forward to the new year...

    2017 is nearly upon us and there are some tantalisingly good bikes to look forward to in the New Year. We asked some of the guys at MCNs HQ to see what bikes are topping their wishlists. TOP STORIES ...

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  • 2010-2011: BMW S1000RR revisited

    25 December 2016 by What Bike? Magazine

    2010-2011: BMW S1000RR revisited

    We take a look back at the 2010-2011 BMW S1000RR with thanks to the current issue of What Bike? magazine, available to buy now. What we said then: “The BMW feels like it could do 10-second...

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  • Kawasaki H2 Carbon sells out

    23 December 2016 by MCN News

    Kawasaki H2 Carbon sells out

    The Ninja H2 Carbon that made its debut at the Cologne Show has already sold out in the UK. Kawasaki were inundated with orders for the £27,999 model - which was limited to just 120 examples,...

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  • 8 perfect gifts for the classic motorcyclist

    21 December 2016 by MCN News

    8 perfect gifts for the classic motorcyclist

    We all know someone who enjoys retro and classic bikes. Preferring the passé style from rose-tinted memories of flared trousers, glam rock, shoulder pads, grunge bands and the waif look over modern...

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  • 20 questions: Jonny Towers

    21 December 2016 by MCN News

    20 questions: Jonny Towers

    Q1. What are you currently riding? I am racing a Kawasaki in Super Twins, a Honda CBR600RR in Supersport and a Suzuki XR69 classic racer – plus a CBR600RR on the road, as well as a CBR150 I keep in...

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  • Finance: Small price, big fun

    21 December 2016 by MCN News

    Finance: Small price, big fun

    Personal Contract Purchase now finances 20-30% of all new bikes sold in the UK, and it’s growing fast. But it might not be right for you, so make sure you understand what it is and how it works. You...

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  • Ducati Globetrotter 90 comes to an end

    19 December 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Ducati Globetrotter 90 comes to an end

    Globetrotter 90, the round the world trip celebrating Ducati's 90th anniversary has come to an end as the final rider returned to the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale on Friday Decmber 16. The...

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  • Gallery: Ducati Multistrada 950

    19 December 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Ducati Multistrada 950

    Ducati's Multistrada 1200 has been a huge success. In the UK it's Ducati's second biggest seller, nestling in just behind the Scrambler. The 1200 family comprises five models, starting at £13,795 for...

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  • Last minute Christmas buys

    18 December 2016 by MCN News

    Last minute Christmas buys

    Today is the last day you can order from the good lord-internet and still receive your package in time for Christmas. Struggling for motorcycle gift ideas as the deadline draws nearer? Let MCN be your...

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  • This week in news...

    17 December 2016 by MCN News

    This week in news...

    What every Saturday needs: This week in news looked a bit like this... Guy Martin buys a ‘proper’ boozer   Road racer turned TV presenter, Guy Martin, has opened his own pub in “centre of...

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  • Mix & match the Multistrada 950

    16 December 2016 by MCN News

    Mix & match the Multistrada 950

    The all new Ducati Multistrada comes in four different models. Ducati are offering four different models to choose from along with the base model, Sports, Touring, Urban and Enduro. We thought we...

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  • November motorcycle registrations up 12%

    16 December 2016 by Liam Marsden

    November motorcycle registrations up 12%

    Figures released by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) show new motorcycle registrations in November were up 12% compared to November 2015 and up 7% this year to date. 114,160 motorcycles were...

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  • Triumph celebrates three years in India

    16 December 2016 by MCN News

    Triumph celebrates three years in India

    Triumph are celebrating three years in India this month, having first launched in the country in December 2013 with a single dealership. Since the first dealership opened Triumph have sold 3500 models...

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  • 20 questions: Igor Akrapovic

    16 December 2016 by MCN News

    20 questions: Igor Akrapovic

    We sat down with exhaust legend Igor Akrapovic to talk racing, wheelies and his riding heroes. Q1. What are you currently riding? I haven’t been riding much at all in the last two years because of a...

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  • Finance: Affordable exotica

    16 December 2016 by MCN News

    Finance: Affordable exotica

    Personal Contract Purchase now finances 20-30% of all new bikes sold in the UK, and it’s growing fast. But it might not be right for you, so make sure you understand what it is and how it works. You...

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  • MCN's Christmas crackers

    16 December 2016 by MCN News

    MCN's Christmas crackers

    Make socks and calendars the ghosts of Christmas past by leaving this page open on your laptop. Radio-controlled Ducati 1199 Panigale Fancy a Panigale for Christmas? Here’s one you stand a chance of...

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  • 7 reasons you should ride this week...

    14 December 2016 by MCN News

    7 reasons you should ride this week...

    1. Twin shock sensations Durham Dales Classic Trial Where Middle England Classic Vehicle Club, Co. Durham When December 18, from 10am Entry Free Info durhamdalesclassictrial.org.uk    ...

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  • Honda gets in on ride sharing with Grab

    14 December 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Honda gets in on ride sharing with Grab

    Honda has signed up with Grab, an app-based ride-hailing company based in Indonesia that allows motorcycles to be used as one of the forms of transportation. Grab operates much like Uber and...

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  • Treat your Suzuki this Christmas

    13 December 2016 by James Archibald

    Treat your Suzuki this Christmas

    Suzuki launch winter service campaign Suzuki are offering free oil and a filter worth up to £50 with every service at authorised dealerships. Owners need to simply apply for a winter discount card...

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  • Finance: An interesting time to buy

    13 December 2016 by MCN News

    Finance: An interesting time to buy

    BMW have made the prospect of owning a new R1200GS even more tantalising with a new Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) deal. By reducing the annual interest rate from 9.9% APR to just 3.9%, BMW UK are...

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  • Polaris Slingshot recalled

    12 December 2016 by Jordan Gibbons

    Polaris Slingshot recalled

    The Polaris Slingshot has been recalled due to the potential for suspension failure, brake failure and risk of fire The Polaris Slingshot three wheeled motorcycle has been recalled due to a hazardous...

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  • How the hell do you... Get your elbow down?

    12 December 2016 by Andy Davidson

    How the hell do you... Get your elbow down?

    Here's part 17 Answered by Scott Redding – Wild-riding Scott Redding has also got his head down, too Hope for the best? The first time I did it was on a 125 at Mugello, but then in Moto2 it became...

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  • Gallery: £100 a month heroes tested

    10 December 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: £100 a month heroes tested

    It's December, which means, despite a couple of mild days, the riding season is firmly behind us for the next few months. But at this time of year certain bikes that would otherwise get overlooked...

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  • This week in news...

    10 December 2016 by MCN News

    This week in news...

    What every Saturday needs: This week in news looked a bit like this... Goodwood date change The Goodwood Festival of Speed dates have changed for 2017. It will be held between June 29 and...

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  • Finance: The last of the analogue superbikes

    09 December 2016 by MCN News

    Finance: The last of the analogue superbikes

    The introduction of three new Honda Fireblades and two new Suzuki GSX-R1000s in 2017 signals the end of raw, unfiltered superbikes. Thankfully the outgoing models are still with us for a little while...

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