2016

Kawasaki Ninja R2 planned

Kawasaki Ninja R2 planned

This image, crafted using insider information from Kawasaki, is the best interpretation yet of the supercharged superbike the Japanese firm could use to rip up the class rules next year. Rumours and...

Poll: Who's going to be top Brit in MotoGP this year?

Poll: Who's going to be top Brit in MotoGP this year?

The season is about to start, so who’s going to finish top Brit in the MotoGP class?

New MCN March 09: Triumph Thruxton R first test

New MCN March 09: Triumph Thruxton R first test

In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from March 9: Kawasaki’s secret supercharged Ninja R2 MotoGP showdown - Final Qatar test shock 20-page new bike special New...

7 great Euro Retros

7 great Euro Retros

 Triumph’s Bonnie isn’t the only master of its own history.   Ducati Sport 1000 (2005-2008) Now widely considered a bike before its time. Ducati’s short-lived Sport Classics were killed...

41% of UK motorcyclists wearing helmets that should be replaced

41% of UK motorcyclists wearing helmets that should be replaced

Around 400,000 UK motorcyclists are currently wearing helmets that 'need to be replaced', according to industry experts and new figures from insurance broker Carole Nash. Carole Nash surveyed over...

The Secret Ninjas

The Secret Ninjas

hese rare factory styling sketches show the options Kawasaki were weighing up for the ZX-12R Ninja in 1998, two years before the launch. It’s easy to spot one they chose, although its fairing fins...

Triumph Thruxton R launch report

Triumph Thruxton R launch report

Live from the launch of the Triumph T120 Black and Thruxton R. After a gentle morning on the T120 Black, the pace certainly picked up with the arrival of the Thruxton R this afternoon. Compared to the...

Whatever happened to Pat Hennen?

Whatever happened to Pat Hennen?

America’s first GP winner and Sheene’s team-mate at Hennen became the first American rider to win a 500cc Grand Prix when he took the Finnish round at Imatra in 1976. As team-mate to Barry Sheene in...

Team UK clinches joint second in BMW GS Trophy!

Team UK clinches joint second in BMW GS Trophy!

After seven days of competition, 18 special stages and nearly 900 miles of off-road riding, Team UK have clinched joint second position in the 2016 BMW GS Trophy. The UK team, which was made up...

Whatever happened to Frank Thomas kit?

Whatever happened to Frank Thomas kit?

The British brand dominated for over 30 years but vanished overnight Frank Thomas? Didn’t he used to be a TV comedian? No, you’re thinking of Frank Skinner. Or maybe Frank Sidebottom, Or Frank Carson...

Six arrested over Padgett’s bike thefts

Six arrested over Padgett’s bike thefts

Six men have been arrested in connection with the theft at Christmas of new and classic motorcycles worth £100,000 from the famous Padgett’s Motorcycles in Batley, Yorkshire. The Padgett’s showrooms...

MCN's BMW GS Trophy diary: Day Nine

MCN's BMW GS Trophy diary: Day Nine

Team UK deliver the goods once again to retain place on the podium   The fifth stage of the BMW GS Trophy was arguably the toughest yet. While the riding itself was not hugely technical it was a...

Indian reveal new Springfield bagger

Indian reveal new Springfield bagger

Indian Motorcycle’s continued new model role-out continues with this new derivative of the Chieftain range called the Indian Springfield. The bike has been named after the birthplace of the Indian...

Too Tall Tel's tall tales

Too Tall Tel's tall tales

Abusing Lawson, riling Foggy, chasing Doohan. Terry Rymer has lived a full and fruity racing life… he 90s were a heady time for British race fans. They not only got to marvel at the sights of Rainey,...

Christmas Quiz: The results

Christmas Quiz: The results

Better late than never eh? If you're still trying to nail the last few questions in our quiz published in our Christmas bumper print edition we can finally put you out of your misery. The correct...

MCN's GS Trophy diary: Day 8

MCN's GS Trophy diary: Day 8

Today's win puts Team UK back in the top three Stunning riding, river crossings, puncture repairs, dust and no less than three special stages defined day four of the BMW GS Trophy in Thailand...

Learn from John Hopkins’ data engineer

Learn from John Hopkins’ data engineer

Reactive Suspension is holding a two-day data logging course on March 21-22 under the intruction of Bob Gray, John Hopkins' crew chief for 2016. The course is aimed at club or national racers and...

New 1190’s big screen test

New 1190’s big screen test

Despite the strategic smattering of disguise tape, we can see the windscreen – built on this bike from rapid prototyping material – is taller, adjustable and also offers a wider area for improved...

Victory Octane First Ride

Victory Octane First Ride

The rebirth of historic American marque Indian by new owners Polaris may have been a huge success (its Chief and Scout models have already taken a big enough chunk of the US market to make Harley sit...

Clubs galore at this year’s MCN Festival

Clubs galore at this year’s MCN Festival

Owners clubs from far and wide will be flocking to this year’s MCN Festival of Motorcycling and all are planning to have some very special bikes on display. We’ve increased the number of clubs at the...

Poll: Is where a bike is built important to you?

Poll: Is where a bike is built important to you?

Is where a bike is built important to you?

KTM’s secret weapon

KTM’s secret weapon

KTM’s upcoming parallel-twin has been spied testing – and official word from Austria has now confirmed a family of middleweight bikes will stem from this all-new 800cc engine layout. The first of this...

My Life in bikes; Federico Sabbioni

My Life in bikes; Federico Sabbioni

‘It’s an emotional moment seeing a bike come to life’ e’s the father of the Scrambler family, but it all started with a write-off      When did you first become interested in bikes? I...

Triumph Bobber gets Bonnie grunt

Triumph Bobber gets Bonnie grunt

This is the second time this bike has been spied testing on the road but, unlike last time in the summer of 2015, it appears now to be in almost completely finished form except for a missing front...

BMW unveils Tyco Racing BSB road replica

BMW unveils Tyco Racing BSB road replica

BMW has created a limited-edition Tyco BMW Race Replica which has become the highest-specification S1000RR in the range in the UK. The bike is painted in an exact replica of the 2016 Tyco race bike...

MCN's BMW GS Trophy diary: Day seven

MCN's BMW GS Trophy diary: Day seven

Tough day for team UK as South Africa extend lead   After running in the top two during the opening two days of the 2016 GS Trophy, team UK dropped to joint fourth today alongside the Central...

MCN gearing up for Victory Octane launch

MCN gearing up for Victory Octane launch

MCN is getting ready for the launch of Victory’s latest addition to its performance cruiser rang – the new Octane which we’ll be testing near Daytona Beach, Florida later this week. The Octane is the...

Picture story: The summer of rocket bike mania

Picture story: The summer of rocket bike mania

Rocket propulsion was one of motorcycling's more predictable dead-ends. Promoted by Opel's head of testing (and grandson of the company's founder) Fritz von Opel, 1928's 'Monster' was based on the...

9 Ways to ensure you never fail an MoT

9 Ways to ensure you never fail an MoT

Your bike’s MoT test doesn’t have to be worse than a trip to the dentist 1. Is the chassis sweet? Inspect your bike’s chassis well in advance of the MoT date. Check for clunks, creaks, loose parts...

New MCN March 2: Sportsbike of the year

New MCN March 2: Sportsbike of the year

In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from March 2: Exclusive mega-test: Sportsbike of the year KTM 1290 Super Duke GT first ride Secret KTM 800s spied Surtees...

Video: This drag race doesn't go to plan

Video: This drag race doesn't go to plan

Drag racing; go as fast as you can in a staight line for a quarter of a mile. Simple. But what happens when both competitors' bikes suffer mechanical failures on the start line? In the video above,...

Interview: Mr Two-Stroke - Stan Stephens

Interview: Mr Two-Stroke - Stan Stephens

1980, and Yamaha launch the RD250 and 350LC. More than anyone else, Stan Stephens was the man who could make them fly or a generation of riders and fans, the early 1980s were about production racing...

MCN's BMW GS Trophy diary: Day six

MCN's BMW GS Trophy diary: Day six

Strong performance sees team UK retain second overall! If the first day of the GS Trophy event was defined by tough special stages and a slightly compromised route due to rain, the second will be...

The Trackday Revolution (Part 2)

The Trackday Revolution (Part 2)

Trackdays are more than just turning up at your local circuit and riding around in circles. They’ve evolved into something special – and 2016 is packed full of them Ride and learn days inding tuition...

MCN's BMW GS Trophy diary: Day five

MCN's BMW GS Trophy diary: Day five

The waiting is over. The 2016 BMW GS Trophy kicked of in style this morning with 19 teams from around the globe leaving Chiang Dao, in Thailand to head into the jungle under the glare of TV camera’s...

We ride one of the world's maddest road races

We ride one of the world's maddest road races

One of the craziest road races on earth takes place in New Zealand on Boxing Day. Last year was the 60th anniversary of the Cemetery Circuit so we sent MCN’s road racer and senior road tester Adam...