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Bike News (December 2018)

  • The motorcycle highs and lows of 2018

    30 December 2018 by MCN News

    The motorcycle highs and lows of 2018

    2018 has been a busy year in the world of motorcycling. We enjoyed the joint hottest summer on record, saw new models from top manufacturers and a blistering new lap record from Peter Hickman at the...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

    29 December 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

    BIKES FOR SALEThe Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin began life in 2016 and resurrected one of the most legendary names in adventure off-road motorcycling.  Sporting a 998cc, 94bhp parallel-twin motor, the original...

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  • MCN Shop bargains just in time for New Year

    28 December 2018 by MCN News

    MCN Shop bargains just in time for New Year

    mcn shopThe sales after Christmas can throw up some great bargains, allowing you to get top-notch motorcycle gear at low prices. It can be a great opportunity to get some fresh, new kit before the...

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  • Best electric bikes to look forward to in 2019

    27 December 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Best electric bikes to look forward to in 2019

    2018 has been a bumper year for electric motorcycle exploration, with manufacturers pushing the boundaries of performance, charging times and availability (not to mention cost). With major players...

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  • Revisited: 2000-2001 Honda VTR1000 SP-1

    27 December 2018 by Bruce Dunn

    Revisited: 2000-2001 Honda VTR1000 SP-1

    The Honda VTR1000 SP-1 was built with competition in mind. Sick of Ducati ruling the limelight in World Superbikes' golden era, the Japanese firm's V-twin thumper proved to be a capable machine with...

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  • Top 9 craziest motorbikes of 2018

    26 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Top 9 craziest motorbikes of 2018

    There’s been no shortage of exciting motorbike announcements in 2018, from new models or manufacturers to updates for exciting bikes and a raft of concepts and customs. While we’re excited for bikes...

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  • Gallery: A motorcycling Christmas

    25 December 2018 by MCN News

    Gallery: A motorcycling Christmas

    Welcome to MCN’s Christmas photo gallery; celebrating everything festive in the world of motorcycling from the last 50 years. Ranging from professional racers past and present revelling in yuletide...

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  • Bike of the day: Triumph Scrambler

    25 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Triumph Scrambler

    bikes for saleIt’s Christmas Day and watching The Great Escape is as traditional to some as turkey and sprouts, so today’s bike of the day had to be a Triumph Scrambler. Inspired by classic bikes like the Triumph...

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  • Best electric bikes of 2018

    24 December 2018 by MCN news

    Best electric bikes of 2018

    As much as we may attempt to fight it, the end appears nigh for internal combustion engine powered production motorcycles. In 2016, Germany voted to ban the fossil-fuel-powered polluting motors...

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  • Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-6R

    24 December 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-6R

    Bikes for saleThe Kawasaki ZX-6R has been a part of the Ninja family for 20 years and ahead of its 2019 update, we thought we'd make it the final bike of the day before Christmas 2018.  The bike we're...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda CBR900RR FireBlade

    23 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Honda CBR900RR FireBlade

    bikes for saleWhen Tadao Baba was given the task of designing a Honda to outperform the Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP and Suzuki GSX-R1100, he used his ‘light is right’ motto to craft the FireBlade, an incredibly nimble and...

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  • Bike of the day: Suzuki GSF1250S Bandit

    22 December 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Suzuki GSF1250S Bandit

    bikes for saleThe Suzuki GSF1250S Bandit is a simple, dependable workhorse of a bike. Its lazily tuned big-bore 1255cc engine makes just 97bhp and will run to huge mileages without a problem if serviced...

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  • Police need help to crack plate crime

    20 December 2018 by MCN News

    Police need help to crack plate crime

    A freedom of information request to the police by the AA has revealed that 29,256 numberplates were reported stolen last year. This has gone some way to answering why so many citizens going about...

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  • Secrets of the new Triumph Speed Twin

    19 December 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Secrets of the new Triumph Speed Twin

    When Triumph set out to develop their new Speed Twin the goal was to create a bike that combined the style of a modern classic with the performance and handling of a modern roadster. MORE FROM...

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  • Vote for Britain's best biking cafe

    19 December 2018 by MCN News

    Vote for Britain's best biking cafe

    Very few things go together better than a rideout and a steaming hot mug of tea washing a full English past your tonsils. And with more biker-orientated cafés than ever popping up in old service...

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  • Win a Yamaha Tracer 700GT!

    19 December 2018 by MCN News

    Win a Yamaha Tracer 700GT!

    MCN has teamed up with Yamaha to give you the chance to win a brilliant do-anything motorcycle. Using the tried and tested parallel twin motor from the MT-07, the new-for-2019 Tracer 700GT is sure...

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  • British motorbikes are back on top

    16 December 2018 by Adam Child & Phil West

    British motorbikes are back on top

    When was the last time you saw a British manufacturer in MotoGP? Or could walk into a showroom and afford a brand new Norton? Or even confidently look forward to a Norton TT victory? Not in most of...

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  • Top 7 Christmas presents for your motorbike

    16 December 2018 by MCN News

    Top 7 Christmas presents for your motorbike

    mcn shopIf you're not sure what to get the bike-mad loved one in your life for Christmas this year, have you considered getting them a gift for their motorbike instead? If they use their bike at this time of...

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  • Best biking reads this Christmas

    14 December 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Best biking reads this Christmas

    Christmas a time of giving; for families to come together and be merry, exchanging gifts with loved ones often not seen for months on end. However, there comes a point where the magic fades, the...

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  • Brexit spikes motorcycle theft threat

    13 December 2018 by MCN News

    Brexit spikes motorcycle theft threat

    “Motorcyclists should remain on high alert to prevent their machines being stolen by the gangs who are currently exploring the weaknesses in UK security on the run up to our departure from the EU,”...

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  • Revisited: 2004-2005 Honda Fireblade

    13 December 2018 by Bruce Dunn

    Revisited: 2004-2005 Honda Fireblade

    The Honda Fireblade joined the litre sportsbike club in 2004. The bike was powered by a 998cc inline-four engine and was the firm's attempt at the superbike top-spot, which was being ruled by the...

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  • Rotobox reveal stunning £32K supermoto

    11 December 2018 by MCN news

    Rotobox reveal stunning £32K supermoto

    Slovenian carbon-fibre experts Rotobox, best known for gorgeous lightweight wheels, have made their first complete bike and it’s one of the most stunning supermotos we’ve ever seen. Built with help...

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  • Bike of the day: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    09 December 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    BIKES FOR SALEChris Walker Kawasaki is selling this 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX for £8,495. Since the first S1000SX released in 2010, Kawasaki have continued to improve the Z1000SX over the years. The 2017 version has...

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  • Bike of the day: Triumph Street Triple R

    08 December 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Triumph Street Triple R

    BIKES FOR SALEThe Triumph Street Triple R has been the choice of road-going hooligans since 2007 and continues to dominate the middleweight naked market, albeit with a now revised 765 triple motor.  The Street...

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