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Bike News (January 2019)

  • Angelman Rally charity ride is huge success

    10 June 2019 by MCN news

    Angelman Rally charity ride is huge success

    Despite terrible weather, near constant rain and one small spill, The Angelman Rally has returned home triumphant, having raised thousands for charity. Xavier Lomas, Graham Trood and Dan Whitley spent...

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  • 5 ways to own a Ducati Panigale

    26 April 2019 by Ben Clarke

    5 ways to own a Ducati Panigale

    bikes for saleThe Panigale has represented the flagship end of Ducati’s sportsbike range since 2012, when the 1199 Panigale was released. With a stressed-engine chassis design, and bevvy of electronic rider aids,...

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  • Riding with Ian Hutchinson: Miracle man

    06 March 2019 by Adam Child

    Riding with Ian Hutchinson: Miracle man

    Hutchy’s front wheel rises over the crest, he’s slightly crossed up, but perfectly in control. I spot his right foot tap another gear on his modified Honda Fireblade SP, and he’s gone. Two corners...

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  • Honda CBR900RR FireBlade used test

    31 January 2019 by Bruce Dunn

    Honda CBR900RR FireBlade used test

    In 1992, the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade changed the sportbike game forever. Promising unparalleled levels of lightness, agile steering and plenty of poke, it was the must have bike of the time. Over a...

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  • Bike of the day: Suzuki GSF600 Bandit

    30 January 2019 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Suzuki GSF600 Bandit

    BIKES FOR SALEThe humble Suzuki GSF600 Bandit was born in 1996 and stayed with us until 2005. In that time, the bike managed to carve a niche as a budget middleweight roadster ideal for commuting and the occasional...

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  • Bike of the day: Triumph Thruxton 900

    28 January 2019 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Triumph Thruxton 900

    bikes for saleWith Triumph taking the covers off their Thruxton TFC last week, we thought we’d pick a Triumph Thruxton 900 as today’s bike of the day. MORE FROM MCN Ducati electric mountain bike arrives in...

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  • 5 ways to own a Yamaha motorcycle

    27 January 2019 by Dan Sutherland

    5 ways to own a Yamaha motorcycle

    BIKES FOR SALEFounded in 1955 with Genichi Kawakami at the helm as the first President, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd have been producing motorcycles in various guises for around 64 years. Now established as one of the...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha R1

    26 January 2019 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Yamaha R1

    bikes for saleThe Yamaha R1 was first released in 1998 and was an instant hit. In a world of lardy Honda FireBlades, Kawasaki ZX-9Rs, and thumpy V-Twins like the Suzuki TL1000, this 998cc, 150bhp, 20-valve missile...

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  • Bike of the day: Ducati Scrambler 800

    25 January 2019 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Ducati Scrambler 800

    BIKES FOR SALEThe Ducati Scrambler 800 Desert Sled isn’t just a posing accessory for parking outside coffee shops in trendy parts of town (although it doesn’t look out of place doing so), it’s a genuine...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda VFR400

    24 January 2019 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Honda VFR400

    Bikes for saleProduced between 1988 and 1994, the Honda VFR400 (or NC21/NC24/NC30 as they were commonly known respectively) cashed in on a sportsbike-mad '90s UK biking culture and is effectively a shrunken version...

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  • Metisse are thinking big

    23 January 2019 by MCN News

    Metisse are thinking big

    An all-new biking destination will soon be on the map thanks to bespoke motorcycle manufacturer Metisse. The company, based in Carswell, Oxfordshire, have announced that construction is due to begin...

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  • Bike of the day: Triumph Scrambler

    21 January 2019 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Triumph Scrambler

    bikes for saleIs there a cooler and more enduring biking image than Steve McQueen jumping the fence at the end of The Great Escape? We’re not saying you’ll look exactly the same on a Triumph Scrambler, but close,...

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  • SWM appoint 3X Motorcycles as UK dealer

    21 January 2019 by Ben Clarke

    SWM appoint 3X Motorcycles as UK dealer

    SWM, the Italian motorbike manufacturer famed for their off-road exploits in the 1970s and '80s have appointed 3X Motorcycles as their official UK distributor. The deal means that 2019 models will be...

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  • Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-10R

    20 January 2019 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-10R

    bikes for saleThe Kawasaki ZX-10R is the Japanese firm's flagship superbike and burst onto the scene like a seriously wound-up bull in a china shop in 2004. With 181bhp on tap and remorseless handling, the...

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  • Top 5 waterproof motorcycle jackets

    18 January 2019 by MCN News

    Top 5 waterproof motorcycle jackets

    MCN ShopAlthough the biting cold temperatures and constant downpours of winter are now in full effect, we at MCN recognise that not everyone either wants to or is fortunate enough to park the bike up until...

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  • Revisited: 1990-1992 Kawasaki KR-1S

    17 January 2019 by Bruce Dunn

    Revisited: 1990-1992 Kawasaki KR-1S

    The Kawasaki KR-1S was one of the most exciting two-stroke performance bikes produced in the 1990s and here in Britain we absolutely lapped them up. So, what's it like 28 years on? MCN finds out. MORE...

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  • BMW's loose spoke woes

    16 January 2019 by Richard Newland

    BMW's loose spoke woes

    Up to a thousand BMW bikes sold in the UK last year with spoked rims could be at risk of multiple spokes working loose, leading to compromised wheel integrity. The issue also affects all spoked-rim...

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  • Bike of the day: Ducati 1199 Panigale

    16 January 2019 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Ducati 1199 Panigale

    BIKES FOR SALEIn an age of ballistic BMW S1000RRs and savage Kawasaki ZX-10Rs creeping ever-closer to a genuine claim of 200bhp, the Ducati 1199 Panigale was the long-awaited successor to the...

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  • Bike of the day: Suzuki Hayabusa

    15 January 2019 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Suzuki Hayabusa

    BIKES FOR SALEWhen the Hayabusa, or GSX1300R, was launched in 1998, it smashed its rivals out of the water and became the fastest production bike in the world - pipping the Honda CBR1100XX Super...

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  • CES Las Vegas 2019 motorbike tech on display

    15 January 2019 by MCN News

    CES Las Vegas 2019 motorbike tech on display

    The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is where technology companies from all over the world display their latest and greatest ideas. This year a few motorcycle companies made the trip, including...

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  • 5 ways to own a scrambler motorbike

    14 January 2019 by Ben Clarke

    5 ways to own a scrambler motorbike

    bikes for saleThe biking world has gone mad for scramblers in recent years. One in every four motorbikes Ducati sold in 2017 was a Scrambler model and while some dismiss the retro-inspired machines as eye candy...

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