March

Met police hand out free bike covers as part of anti-theft campaign

Met police hand out free bike covers as part of anti-theft campaign

Bike manufacturers and members of the Met Police Motorcycle Crime Unit were out in force last Thursday advising commuters on the best ways to prevent bike theft. In a concerted effort across London,...

Bennetts and California Superbike School training and track days

Bennetts and California Superbike School training and track days

Bennetts has once again teamed up with the California Superbike School to offer advanced rider training and trackdays throughout 2018. And if you have an insurance policy with Bennetts you will even...

MCN’s highlights of the Tokyo Motorcycle Show

MCN’s highlights of the Tokyo Motorcycle Show

MCN visited the Tokyo Motorcycle Show recently, where the big four Japanese manufacturers rub shoulders with the many smaller Japanese custom houses. One of the most impressive stands was that of Moto...

Do you need MCN’s Riding Clinic?

Do you need MCN’s Riding Clinic?

Have you got a riding problem? Are you feeling uncomfortable going around right-handers? Or maybe it’s lefts? Not sure how to overtake safely, read the road ahead, or brake effectively into corners?...

Yamaha unveil TY-E electric trials bike concept

Yamaha unveil TY-E electric trials bike concept

Yamaha fanned the flames of the electric fire with the TY-E electric trials bike concept at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show last week.  The firm has shown electric concepts before, such as the PED-1...

Kymco promise to revolutionise cheap electric travel

Kymco promise to revolutionise cheap electric travel

Kymco unveiled the Ionex electric scooter at last week’s Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which they say eliminates all the barriers to going green. What are the barriers? There are four apparently: looks,...

Poll: Do you nod at fellow riders?

Poll: Do you nod at fellow riders?

Is biking etiquette a thing of the past? Should we all be looking steadfastly forward and ignoring our fellow two-wheeled riders? Let us know if you are a nodder or not… Do you nod at fellow riders?

Full steam ahead for land speed record attempt

Full steam ahead for land speed record attempt

No, the Suzuki Hayabusa in the picture hasn’t just thrown a piston out of its engine, it is in fact Manxman Chris Wedgwood’s steam-powered land speed record attempt bike in action. Yes, steam...

Zero Motorcycles release electric adventure tourer

Zero Motorcycles release electric adventure tourer

American electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero has just released an electric bike that it claims is targeted at ‘the growing number of riders seeking to tour on an electric bike.’ But is there any...

We Ride London protest planned

We Ride London protest planned

We Ride London, a pressure group that supports riders of motorcycles and scooters in London, is planning a mass protest on March 27 to raise awareness of two-wheeled issues. The group claims that the...

Can you help MCN? Let us know!

Can you help MCN? Let us know!

Calling all Suzuki Hayabusa owners, we need your help for a new feature that will be appearing in MCN soon. Our man, Bruce Dunn, is going to help cure faults and improve the handling of lots of...

John Reynolds to race again

John Reynolds to race again

Three-times British Superbike Champion, John Reynolds, is dusting off his leathers and will be taking to the track again this year. Standing in for James Whitham in the Team Classic Suzuki squad, JR...

Ron Haslam Race School Experience dates

Ron Haslam Race School Experience dates

The Ron Haslam Race School has just released its dates for the 2018 season, so if you fancy blasting around Donington Park with Ron, stick these days in your diary and get on the phone to book a...

Video: How to travel the world like Elspeth Beard

Video: How to travel the world like Elspeth Beard

For Elspeth Beard travelling around the world via motorcycle in 1982 was a much different experience to what might be perceived by others nowadays. The first British woman to travel the world by...

Cagiva goes electric

Cagiva goes electric

Alongside the announcement that four new 1000cc MV Agusta models are on the way, MV boss Claudio Castiglioni also announced the return of the Cagiva brand as an electric bike manufacturer. Don’t pin...

Ducati’s sales continue to rise

Ducati’s sales continue to rise

Despite a tough global bike market (worldwide sales were down 3.5% for bikes over 500cc), Ducati managed to buck this trend and posted a sales increase last year – their eighth successive yearly...

Poll: Has Rossi done the right thing by signing for another two years?

Poll: Has Rossi done the right thing by signing for another two years?

Last week Valentino Rossi announced that he had extended his contract with the Yamaha team by another two years, taking it until at least the end of the 2021 MotoGP season. But is it time the GOAT...

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX vs ZZR1400 – on the dyno

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX vs ZZR1400 – on the dyno

Last week MCN got our hands on one of the first Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX models in the UK, so we decided to answer the question on everyone’s lips – can a supercharged litre bike out-gun a...

Four new 1000cc MVs on the way

Four new 1000cc MVs on the way

At the launch of the new Brutale 800RR, MV Agusta CEO, Giovanni Castiglioni, announced that there will be a trio of new litre bikes in the near future, as well as a special edition F4. Speaking in...

Look what PCP deals digging around on Honda’s website reveals…

Look what PCP deals digging around on Honda’s website reveals…

If you are in the market for a new bike this year, Honda have some pretty interesting deals tucked away in a corner of their website. You have to do a bit of digging, but under the offers section you...

BMW R nineT conversion by Hornig

BMW R nineT conversion by Hornig

German special parts and accessories company Hornig have just released details of their BMW R nineT special. And it’s not a bad looking bike at all. The firm, which started trading in 2001 and...

Exclusive spy shots: Brough cleans up its act

Exclusive spy shots: Brough cleans up its act

When George Brough built his first SS100 in 1924 with the intention of creating the ‘Rolls Royce of motorcycles’, he cannot have imagined a world of catalytic converters or anti-lock brakes but these...

Destination Nordkapp

Destination Nordkapp

There is somewhere where you can ride for 2000 miles in one direction without ever touching a motorway, seeing a traffic jam, discovering a poorly surfaced road, or fearing for your safety should you...

Aprilia visionary Beggio dies

Aprilia visionary Beggio dies

Italian motorcycling greats including former world champ Max Biaggi and Piaggio boss Roberto Colaninno have been among those paying tribute to Ivano Beggio, the former president of Aprilia, who has...

Poll: Would you use a BMW 'Boris bike' city scooter?

Poll: Would you use a BMW 'Boris bike' city scooter?

BMW are proposing Boris bike style scooters for major cities. Would you use one to get around? Vote now:    BMW are proposing Boris bike style scooters for major cities. Would you use one...

BMW considering a bike share scheme

BMW considering a bike share scheme

BMW’s Head of Mini, Rolls-Royce and motorcycle brands, Peter Schwarzenbauer, has said that the firm is considering a ride sharing scheme in major cities using their scooters to speed through...

Huskies set to arrive this weekend

Huskies set to arrive this weekend

Husqvarna has confirmed that their new range of street models will be in UK dealers by this weekend. So if you are interested in checking out these cool new Austrian-built single cylinder machines in...

Moped acid attack teenager jailed

Moped acid attack teenager jailed

Derryck John, the 17-year-old who attacked six moped riders with acid while trying to steal their bikes, was jailed today for 10 and a half years. Having previously admitted to carrying out the...

Snow joke – motorcycle sales are up!

Snow joke – motorcycle sales are up!

Despite some horrific weather doing its best to dampen enthusiasm, motorcycle sales actually increase year-on-year in February. A total of 3613 bikes were sold in the UK last month, a 5.3% increase on...

Kushitani winter clothing sale

Kushitani winter clothing sale

Kushitani UK is having a sale on their range of winter clothing – and considering the recent weather in the UK, now may be a good time to snap up a bargain! The Japanese clothing manufacturer has...

Indian release a Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Indian release a Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Indian Motorcycles have teamed up with legendary whisky brand Jack Daniel’s to create a limited edition run of Scout Bobbers. Somewhat strangely, the bikes aren’t inspired by the company’s famous...

John Lennon’s monkey bike sells for £57,500!

John Lennon’s monkey bike sells for £57,500!

A 1969 Honda Z50A monkey bike that was once owned by Beatles legend John Lennon sold for a staggering £57,500 last weekend, making it the most expensive monkey bike in the world. The bike, which...

KTM add navigation to their TFT dash

KTM add navigation to their TFT dash

KTM have just released an update to their MY RIDE app that allows owners of the 1290 Super Adventure S and R models to have turn-by-turn navigation displayed on their TFT dash directly from the app.

Hartside Top Café destroyed by fire

Hartside Top Café destroyed by fire

The popular Hartside Top Café, located on the A686 near Alston in Cumbria and claimed to be England’s highest café at 1904ft above sea level, has been destroyed following a fire that broke out...

Motorcycle industry accuses London Mayor of putting riders’ lives at risk

Motorcycle industry accuses London Mayor of putting riders’ lives at risk

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has gone on the offensive and accused the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, of putting hundreds of thousands of motorcycle and scooter riders' lives at risk by...