2016

Video: Suzuki GSX-S1000 and Triumph Speed Triple wheelies

Video: Suzuki GSX-S1000 and Triumph Speed Triple wheelies

Ever wondered how and where we take our legal wheelie shots? We take a sneaky look behind the scenes during a recent photoshoot.  The two bikes in question are Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 and Triumph’s...

Quarter-litre heroes from before the fall: KH250 v GT250 v RD250LC

Quarter-litre heroes from before the fall: KH250 v GT250 v RD250LC

The Yamaha RD250LC, Suzuki GT250 X7 and Kawasaki KH250 shrugged off the 125cc learner laws and are now more sought after than ever oliticians, eh? If they’re not cooking the books on their expense...

World first test: SWM RS650R

World first test: SWM RS650R

Instead, serious round-the-world riders are using smaller-capacity singles including favourites such as the ancient-but-capable Suzuki DRZ400, Yamaha XT660 or the current KTM 690 Enduro...

Triumph Thruxton R v Norton Dominator SS

Triumph Thruxton R v Norton Dominator SS

We’ve been in love with the Thruxton since it’s launch but how does it compare against that other great British icon, the Norton... They might both be the best of British but the Triumph and Norton...

Gallery: Bike Shed London 2016

Gallery: Bike Shed London 2016

The Bike Shed crew have pulled out all the stops for their 2016 London show. 150 of the finest custom machines you'll see anywhere just ten minutes walk from Tower bridge. Here's some of our favourite...

'I crashed at 180mph' Loris Baz tells his story

'I crashed at 180mph' Loris Baz tells his story

Like Nakano, Crutchlow and Marquez before him, Loris Baz has survived a stupendous getoff. This is his story ot many people have crashed a motorbike at speeds approaching 200mph. Even fewer can say...

Harlow Council’s ‘biker injunction’ faux pas

Harlow Council’s ‘biker injunction’ faux pas

An Essex town’s council have caused an internet furore over the past week by issuing an injunction that stops groups of motorcyclists gathering there – and they have no one to blame for the ensuing...

Gallery: Super-tourer showdown in the Lake District

Gallery: Super-tourer showdown in the Lake District

We headed out from the MCN office in Peterborough for the Peak District and Lake Windermere recently on our super-tourers test, racking up 500 miles on each of the four continent-shrinkers. On test...

New Harley-Davidson XG750R flat-tracker revealed

New Harley-Davidson XG750R flat-tracker revealed

A new-generation Harley-Davidson flat-tracker has just been unveiled ahead of its racing debut – and it looks absolutely stunning. The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team is unleashing the...

Video: Guy Martin prepares for cross channel flight

Video: Guy Martin prepares for cross channel flight

Guy Martin may be missing this year's TT but he's still riding high as he prepares for another mad record attempt as part of his forthcoming Speed TV series. Martin was spotted earlier this week...

Hondas CBR500R: Beating commuter hell

Hondas CBR500R: Beating commuter hell

Honda’s brilliant middleweight twin battles London rush hour Monday May 9, 08.00: ondon is already a boiling cauldron of commuting hell.  It’s a balmy 22°c. Sticky commuters pour out of Borough...

Bike Shed London 2016 kicks off this weekend

Bike Shed London 2016 kicks off this weekend

Bike Shed London 2016 isn't your usual custom bike event. In just short three years it's managed to cement itself as the coolest bike show this side of the Atlantic. With a mix of art, music, food,...

Awesome t-shirt ideas wanted

Awesome t-shirt ideas wanted

Are you a fan of your one-liners, a poet and you know it or just a dab hand at drawing? We need you! MCN are on the lookout for some awesome new designs to feature on t-shirts, hoodies and mugs on our...

BMW's Villa d'Este track record

BMW's Villa d'Este track record

BMW's stunning supercharged R5 hommage revealed last week is just the latest in a line of stunning concept bikes revealed at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on the shore of Lake Como, most of...

£10million dealer development for Glasgow

£10million dealer development for Glasgow

Ducati Glasgow, Triumph Glasgow and West Coast Harley-Davidson will be moving into two new £10million showrooms in 2017 with building work about to begin in Glasgow. The two brand-new and...

When Bike Swaps Go Bad. No 5: Barry Sheene

When Bike Swaps Go Bad. No 5: Barry Sheene

1979 Suzuki RG500 to 1980 Yamaha TZ500G arry was champion in 1976 and 1977 on a Suzuki. Then Roberts turned up and beat him on a Yamaha. The atmosphere soured, then big-time Barry played hardball...

Meet two future GP champions (maybe)

Meet two future GP champions (maybe)

Fancy a long-term bet on a future MotoGP winner? You could do worse than dropping a fiver on Nicolò Bulega or Kyle Ryde, two young guns with serious corner men… Nicolò Bulega If you happen to catch a...

Victory Octane in dealers now

Victory Octane in dealers now

Victory’s new Octane cruiser is now available in dealers with a UK tour planned to show off the rest of the Victory range too. The Victory Octane was launched last year as the start of a lot of work...

This isn’t your typical family holiday

This isn’t your typical family holiday

Mihai, his four-year-old son Vladimir and girlfriend Oana covered 41 countries on a Ural outfit. Here’s his story... “I'm a passionate motorcyclist. I’ve been adventure riding for years; including...

Video: Yamaha R1M vs F1 car

Video: Yamaha R1M vs F1 car

Is a motorcycle faster than a car? It's the age old question that car and bike enthusiasts around the world have been asking for decades, and no head-to-heads ever seem to provide a satisfactory...

Barbour inspired Thruxton R to star at Bike Shed

Barbour inspired Thruxton R to star at Bike Shed

This stunning Barbour International inspired Triumph Thruxton R special will be unveiled at the Bike Shed London event this weekend, May 28-29, in celebration of the two firms’ continued...

McGuinness reveals favourite road ride

McGuinness reveals favourite road ride

John McGuinness has revealed his favourtie rideout route to help kick off a Dunlop competition which could result in you winning a set of RoadSmart III tyres by doing the same. #DunlopRoadtrip will...

Benelli’s Triple threat

Benelli’s Triple threat

The second new Benelli we’ve unearthed is a three-cylinder that’s likely to sit near the top of the firm’s revamped range. It uses the existing 121bhp 899cc triple motor, which can be traced back to...

Poll: Can Bruce Anstey win on the RCV at the TT?

Poll: Can Bruce Anstey win on the RCV at the TT?

Can Bruce Anstey win on the RCV at the TT?

Benelli go big for 2017

Benelli go big for 2017

Benelli aren’t a brand you might instantly consider as an alternative to established Japanese or European rivals, but a new-model onslaught could change all that. Some of the small-capacity machines...

Triumph Street Triple 765 finally spied

Triumph Street Triple 765 finally spied

After months of near misses and close calls, one of MCN’s spy photographers has managed to grab a series of decent images of the all-new Triumph Street Triple 765 as it was undergoing final road...

Whatever happened to The 250 generation?

Whatever happened to The 250 generation?

They were the biggest class of all – then they vanished. Here’s why…  hirty-four years ago, Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha each offered five very different quarter-litre machines, with Suzuki just...

Are you Kawasaki's ultimate fan?

Are you Kawasaki's ultimate fan?

Think your Kawasaki knowledge is unsurpassed? Take our Kawasaki quiz, and if you get the high score you could win a pillion lap with James Elliison round Silverstone during the K-World event on June...

Flashback: When Hodgy called it a day

Flashback: When Hodgy called it a day

In an exclusive 2010 interview with MCN, 2000 BSB champion and 2003 World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson revealed the emotional turmoil he had faced since aggravating a shoulder injury at Brands...

Ride Cadwell Park with MCN

Ride Cadwell Park with MCN

MCN have once again teamed up with leading trackday company MSVT to give you the chance to ride another of the UK’s brilliant tracks. The second MCN Track Day of 2016 will take place at the beautiful...

New MCN May 25: Need for cheap speed

New MCN May 25: Need for cheap speed

In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from May 25: BMW's supercharged bobber Big Benellis revealed TT latest Shakey wins on Ducati Why WSB's golden age are now...

Tiny rider, impressive skills

Tiny rider, impressive skills

When even the lowest seat height isn't quite enough, you have to think outside the box. This rider was filmed in traffic with a unique way of getting around his height issues when coming to a stop.

Yard Built series spawns XV950 'Speed Iron'

Yard Built series spawns XV950 'Speed Iron'

Yamaha's obsession with their ever-expanding Yard Build series sees yet another bike bolster the ranks in the shape of this XV950 based ‘Speed Iron’. Built in Italy by Moto di Ferro, it was conceived...

Ride to Work Week set for June 20-26

Ride to Work Week set for June 20-26

Ride to Work Week, which aims to raise the profile of commuting by motorcycle or scooter and highlight the main benefits, will take place June 20-26 this year. As in previous years, riders taking part...

Gallery: Back to the future with these retro chic bikes

Gallery: Back to the future with these retro chic bikes

Senior Road Tester Adam Child recently led a chunky ten-bike Retro test where we pitted modern retros against eachother in a massive group test. With ten different bikes and riders of varying ages and...

When Bike Swaps Go Bad. No 4: Toni Elias

When Bike Swaps Go Bad. No 4: Toni Elias

2010 Moto2 Moriwaki to 2011 Honda RC212V MotoGP mpossible not to feel sorry for the Spaniard, whose once-permanent grin has finally been wiped off his face by his return to MotoGP, after a triumphant...