February

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Road test: Exup-engined, Harris-framed Suzuka replica

Road test: Exup-engined, Harris-framed Suzuka replica

A classic road test from the PB archives. Welcome to January 1998... ‘It’s wet and it’s slippery. It looks gorgeous’ said Bob. ‘Stop trying to make it sound good’ said Alex. Just buy a CBR600 and have...

Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

KTM launched their all-new 178bhp sports touring 1290 Super Duke GT in Majorca, Spain this weekend, and MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child was there to put it though its paces. The new GT uses the...

MCN's GS Trophy Diary: Day Three

MCN's GS Trophy Diary: Day Three

MCN’s Michael Guy is in Thailand for the BMW GS Trophy, which pits teams from 19 countries against each other in a gruelling series of challenges on R1200GS bikes. Michael is resident journalist for...

The Trackday Revolution (Part 1)

The Trackday Revolution (Part 1)

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 or 2016, there will be more track...

Why the birth of the Ninja dynasty was the dawn of modern motorcycling

Why the birth of the Ninja dynasty was the dawn of modern motorcycling

It’s difficult to imagine how any modern bike could match the impact of Kawasaki’s GPZ900R in 1984. Launched into a world of sluggish, aircooled monsters, it was the first watercooled, fully-faired,...

MCN's GS Trophy Diary: Day Two

MCN's GS Trophy Diary: Day Two

MCN’s Michael Guy is in Thailand for the BMW GS Trophy, which pits teams from 19 countries against each other in a gruelling series of challenges on R1200GS bikes. Michael is resident journalist for...

Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage gets fluoro makeover

Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage gets fluoro makeover

Yamaha have given the 2016 MT-07 Moto Cage a grey and fluorescent yellow makeover to bring it into line with the all-new MT-10 range topper. The ‘stunt orientated’ MT-07 Moto Cage get a list of...

Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

Ducati’s impractical – and hysterically entertaining to ride – Hypermotard range has been given even more potency for 2016 with all three models (Hypermotard, Hypermotard SP and Hyperstrada) gaining a...

MCN’s GS Trophy Diary: Day One

MCN’s GS Trophy Diary: Day One

The 2016 BMW GS Trophy starts here! For those of you who don’t know what it is, click here for a video that shows the intensity of the days ahead. Essentially it’s a global event with three-rider...

Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

The CB500 range gets only minor upgrades for 2016, predominantly in the styling department, but changes to the air flow and exhaust have made the engine more enthusiastic and free revving, which makes...

Poll: Will races on Saturday and Sunday help the world fall back in love with WSB?

Poll: Will races on Saturday and Sunday help the world fall back in love with WSB?

Will races on Saturday and Sunday help the world fall back in love with WSB?

New MCN February 24: Rossi & Marquez at it again

New MCN February 24: Rossi & Marquez at it again

In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from February 24: MotoGP test latest: Rossi & Marquez at it again Triumph Speed Triple shootout Yamaha MT-10 new...

Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

MCN is on the world launch of Yamaha’s new MT-03 and updated MT-09 and FJR1300. Today MCN are testing the MT-03 and updated MT-09 with first ride reports to follow, tomorrow Staff writer Andy Davidson...

2016 Yamaha MT-09 first ride incoming

2016 Yamaha MT-09 first ride incoming

MCN is on the launch of Yamaha’s updated MT-09 today, where we will be testing the 2016 model for the first time.  The MT-09 has remained practically the same for 2016. Priced at £7,349, the...

10 pearls of wisdom to pass on to new riders

10 pearls of wisdom to pass on to new riders

Help someone starting out in bikes care for their machine with these top tips 1. Tyres Like everything else, start from the bottom. Tyres are pretty crucial – getting a new motorcyclist in the habit...

Yamaha MT-03 first ride incoming

Yamaha MT-03 first ride incoming

The long awaited MT-03 marks the latest addition to the hugely successful MT family. It bridges the gap between the single-cylinder MT-125 and parallel-twin MT-07 by offering riders a step-up bike...

Honda CBR500R first ride incoming

Honda CBR500R first ride incoming

MCN Web Producer Liam Marsden is at the launch of the updated Honda CBR500R and CB500F in Carmona, Spain. Both models get an aggressive new look for 2016, along with other minor updates such as...

My life in bikes: Ian Lougher

My life in bikes: Ian Lougher

‘I got banned at 17 for burning off the cops’ en-time TT winner comes out of retirement to race the Suter MMX 500 in the 2016 Isle of Man TT   How did you get interested in bikes? My dad had...

MCN Festival goes large

MCN Festival goes large

With more retail stands, more clubs, more live action and a brand new autojumble, everything about this year’s MCN Festival is bigger, except the ticket price! After the success of last year’s MCN...

New ZX-10R takes on its rivals

New ZX-10R takes on its rivals

To find out if Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R has what it takes to beat its rivals, we’ve begun a week-long comparison test, which starts at MCN’s Peterborough HQ today and finishes at the Alcarras circuit in...

In The Pits For Foggy's 40th win

In The Pits For Foggy's 40th win

Uncompromising and fanatical - Carl Fogarty's your nightmare workmate. Back in August 1997, Bike's Olly Duke joined team Ducati Corse as Foggy became superbike's best rider lorious sunshine beats down...

Tornado hits MCN Festival 2016!

Tornado hits MCN Festival 2016!

Texas Tornado Colin Edwards, one of the most exciting and charismatic racers of his generation, has been confirmed as star guest at the MCN Festival of motorcycling held on May 14-15 at the...

Whatever happened to Bodywork side panels?

Whatever happened to Bodywork side panels?

Once a visual centerpiece of every bike, why are they now so rarely seen? n the days before fairings, most machines had round headlights, so it was the profile of a bike’s petrol tank and side panels...

We Want It! Bimota YB8

We Want It! Bimota YB8

In the days before razor-sharp big-bike handling, Bimota were the torch-bearers for brilliant chassis. This YB8 is a piece of (almost) affordable exotica that makes the most of the FZR1000 EXUP’s...

All-new Victory Octane revealed

All-new Victory Octane revealed

The rebirth of American firm Victory as a more performance-orientated company has been kick-started with the all-new Victory Octane model revealed here for the first time. The Victory Octane features...

Video: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R top speed run

Video: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R top speed run

Go onboard with the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R as senior road tester Adam Child takes it on a top speed run at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground.

Chris Walker still stalking titles (Part 2)

Chris Walker still stalking titles (Part 2)

On the eve of his sidecar debut, we sat down with one of Britain’s favourite racers to look back over an incredible 20-year career ew racers of any generation have managed to reinvent themselves as...

Circuit of Wales moves a step closer

Circuit of Wales moves a step closer

Work may finally be set to get underway at the proposed new home of the British Grand Prix, after reports emerged that the Circuit of Wales has secured £300 million in funding from insurance giant...

The five greatest injury comebacks in MotoGP history

The five greatest injury comebacks in MotoGP history

Racers treat injuries with a disdain that looks utterly deranged. But they still feel pain. They just ignore it. And that takes real courage rash. bang, wallop. And then ouch. Crashes are part of...

360º onboard video at the North West 200

360º onboard video at the North West 200

Onboard videos from road races such as the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT are always spectacular, but this video - uploaded to Youtube recently by the BBC NI Technology Innovation Group - takes...