May

Interview: We catch up with former trials champ Steve Colley

Interview: We catch up with former trials champ Steve Colley

Ahead of attending this year's Carole Nash MCN Festival 2018 we caught up stunt rider and former trials champ, Steve Colley, to talk about irritating car drivers, stunts and riding the Isle of Man TT...

WSB on the cheap (Part 2)

WSB on the cheap (Part 2)

‘Damn, that thing still sounds good!’ hink we’d forgotten the booming and beautiful work of HRC art that is the SP-2? Double world champion Colin Edwards certainly hasn’t... The Honda SP-2 holds a...

WSB on the cheap (Part 1)

WSB on the cheap (Part 1)

They may not be the exotic homologation specials of old, but these bikes all boast a WSB title to their name – and they’re great value too hen World Superbike rules were tweaked to allow 1000cc...

Street Triple 765 at large

Street Triple 765 at large

After months of hiding in a tree, one of MCN’s spy photographers has finally managed to grab a series of decent images of the all-new Triumph Street Triple 765 as it was undergoes final road...

Wrenchmonkees XSR900 'Monkeebeast' breaks cover

Wrenchmonkees XSR900 'Monkeebeast' breaks cover

Danish house of custom loveliness, Wrenchmonkees, have long been involved with Yamaha’s extensive Yard Built activities, and their Copenhagen workshop has just opened its doors to reveal this, the...

Buy a Shark – and you could meet Lorenzo

Buy a Shark – and you could meet Lorenzo

SHARK Helmets have launched a UK-wide promotion for one lucky Race-R PRO Lorenzo Replica owner to meet the man himself at the OCTO British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The prize draw winner will receive...

When Bike Swaps Go Bad. No 6: Freddie Spencer

When Bike Swaps Go Bad. No 6: Freddie Spencer

1983 Honda NS500 to 1984 Honda NSR500 reddie Spencer’s nightmare came not from a change of make but of model, from nimble three-cylinder NS500 to the cumbersome V4 NSR.  The NS was torquey and...

When the Suzuki MotoGP bike hit 201mph at the TT

When the Suzuki MotoGP bike hit 201mph at the TT

It was meant to be an historic but undramatic ride, a demonstration lap showing off the first ever MotoGP bike on the Isle of Man. Instead, the Suzuki GSV-R’s 2010 parade lap left spectators, racers,...

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...

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...