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A fast Ducati, by Gaz

We believe this impersonation was conducted under the influence…

Ten biker gatherings in one weekend

Ten biker gatherings in one weekend

Beer always gives people strange ideas. Nothing is so preposterous that it doesn’t seem like a viable proposition after a few pints. You can bet Eddie the Eagle decided to take up ski jumping after a...

If you’ve ever had a crash…

If you’ve ever had a crash…

Ever been involved in a bike crash? We want to know how your lid, leathers, gloves and boots stood up.When kit hits Tarmac and metal it goes through the ultimate test. Your feedback will help others...

BMW R1150GS

BMW R1150GS

The GS may be the most off-road orientated of the trio, down to its alloy bashplate, but it’s not a real trail bike. Mostly, it’s for show, but I liked its funky looks and the chunky way it goes about...

Video: Suzuki’s super model in the studio

John Crawford’s GSX-R750 is just about as sexy as his namesake Cindy. So when Crescent produced a limited edition version of JC’s Suzuki superbike we thought we’d give it the same star treatment.Click on the link on the right and we’ll give you the £30,000 Crescent machine from every one of its sexy 360 degrees.

A Ducati, by Gaz

This is Gaz before he took the substance.

How do you make a Trophy churn out 1200bhp?

How do you make a Trophy churn out 1200bhp?

WHAT makes 1200bhp and does a standing quarter in under seven seconds and is doing 200mph by the time it gets to the end. The surprise answer is a Triumph Trophy… but perhaps not the one you are used...

Video: Stalker’s eye view of Mallory

Video: Stalker’s eye view of Mallory

Click on the link on the right to download our exclusive video of Mallory Park, from on-board Chris Walker’s GSX-R750.This video is around two minutes long and so may take slightly longer than usual...

Video: Potter does Magny-Cours – backwards

Video: Potter does Magny-Cours – backwards

IN his most recent long-term test of Suzuki’s GSX-R1000, MCN features editor Marc Potter rode to the French Formula One GP track Magny-Cours, with British biking holiday firm Byrne-Up Bike Tours.You...

Van plus R1 engine equals embarrassed sports car drivers

Van plus R1 engine equals embarrassed sports car drivers

Builder Tony Lynch has slapped an R1 engine in a Suzuki Supercarry van and created a vehicle that will accelerate to 60mph in under 7 seconds.The weedy 1000cc 38bhp engine that used to power the...

50mph signs go up on the Cat and Fiddle

50mph signs go up on the Cat and Fiddle

The speed limit on the famous Cat and Fiddle run was cut on Monday from 60mph to 50mph.As signs warning of the new limit went up police were already in place, lurking for speeders on the stretch of...

Aprilia ETV1000 Capo Nord

Aprilia ETV1000 Capo Nord

The new Aprilia was Smith’s favourite – it’s the one that feels most like a conventional sports tourer. Its 96bhp V-twin engine feels as strong as the Tiger’s and has the bottom-end punch you’d expect...

A lap of Mallory on board with Chris Walker

A lap of Mallory on board with Chris Walker

Ever wondered what Mallory Park looks like to Chris Walker from a flying GSX-R750?Our new video brings you exclusive on-board action and commentary from a flying lap of Mallory Park with the Stalker...

More of your bike impersonations added

More of your bike impersonations added

We played you a slightly mad impersonation of a two-stroke. Now we’ve started receiving your efforts to go one dafter.Listen to these bike-a-like warblings and feel free to comment on them… Think you...

Honda’s 2002 SP-2 gets closer to the WSB racer

Honda’s 2002 SP-2 gets closer to the WSB racer

This is how Honda’s SP-2 will look when you see it for the first time at this autumn’s big bike shows.Honda has committed itself to continually developing its WSB machine – reflecting the changes made...

Yamaha updates revealed

Yamaha updates revealed

We’ve got exclusive details of two new Yamahas. Both the updated Fazer 600 and all-new TDM900 will be launched at shows this autumn, according to insiders.The TDM900 replaces the outgoing TDM850...

2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

The first 2002-model Gas Gas Pamperas have arrived in the UK – at the same time as the first batch of the firm’s 2001-model Supermotos finally arrive. The all-new Pampera is a lightweight two-stroke...

First test of Borile’s hand-built café racer

First test of Borile’s hand-built café racer

The Borile B500CR is an exceptionally neat-looking machine. The frame’s exaggerated curves are inspired part by function – to clear the round airbox covers at each side – and partly, says designer,...

Ducati trailie IS coming

The long-rumoured big-bore Ducati trailie is finally nearing a launch, probably at the Milan Show next month.It will be powered by the same 916cc engine as the Monster S4 and ST4.It will compete with bikes such as the Cagiva Navigator, Suzuki XF1000L, Honda Varadero, Triumph Tiger and BMW R1150GS.An MCN source revealed Ducati has completed testing the bike on Italian roads.It is likely to make...

TT 600 gets naked

TT 600 gets naked

Triumph is thought to be ready to launch a naked TT600 sports bike after this successful experiment in Italy.Italian Triumph importer Numero Tre has built a run of 50 unfaired bikes and dubbed it the ...

Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

Aprilia’s RSV-based naked musclebike has been undergoing road tests in Italy and will go on show for the first time at next month’s Milan show.It will have a similar twin-spar frame and the 1000cc...

Your bike can star at Malvern Big Bikes Show

Your bike can star at Malvern Big Bikes Show

There’s a show with a difference this weekend. Offer your bike as an exhibit and you’ll save on the entry price.The Big Bikes at Malvern Show runs from Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19 in Wye...

More Gatsos, but in sensible places and easier to spot

More Gatsos, but in sensible places and easier to spot

More Gatsos are coming with predictions of three times as many speeding fines being issued. But the Government is insisting that from now on cameras are painted bright to make them easy to spot and...

Steve Hislop in his own words

Steve Hislop talked to fans in the VIP Lounge of our Talk Bikes section of the site on Thursday, August 16.Here’s a full transcript of the conversation. " MCN " is used to indicated a question from an MCN user.MCN: I've started doing some track days and done all the four levels of the California Superbike School, but what i feel is holding me up is my confidence on really fast turns,...

The equipment

The equipment

Each officer carries both a pager and a cellphone along with a radio headset which can switch between different frequencies. You can speak bike-to-bike or to dispatch back at headquarters. This radio...

Is council Cat & Fiddling speed limits?

Is council Cat & Fiddling speed limits?

The rules about UK speed limits in the Highway Code are clear. A table tells us that on single carriageway roads, in non-built-up areas, the limit is 60mph.That rule isn’t just there for the benefit...

Revealed! Secrets of brake discs

Revealed! Secrets of brake discs

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your brake discs. They look pretty shiny… and that’s about it. But they’re one of the most important parts of your bike when you reach that panic...

The ChiPs Legend

The ChiPs Legend

In late 1977, the TV-watching nation was treated to its first taste of CHiPs, which followed the glamourous lives of two Los Angeles motorcycle cops; officers Francis Poncherello (Ponch) and Jon Baker...

The Blast is on this weekend

The Blast is on this weekend

Rockingham hosts a motorcycling festival this weekend, with everything from 200mph speed runs to off-road displays. The event, called The Blast, has been set up by the Motorcycle Industry Association...

Now it’s Mr Ice guy

Now it’s Mr Ice guy

A man in a violent orange suit is jumping up and down, waving his arms about. He’s got ants in his pants. It’s 8am and Neil Hodgson is more than ready to head out for a few laps of the Island on the...

Don’t be conned by bike theft team

Don’t be conned by bike theft team

Police are warning anyone selling a bike to beware of con men who have been bagging three bikes a week in Bedfordshire.One of their number poses as an interested buyer, sits on the bike and asks you...

Hislop slams "greedy" race promoters

Hislop slams "greedy" race promoters

British superbike championship leader Steve Hislop has called race promoters " greedy " during a live web chat session on motorcyclenews.com.Hislop was responding to questions about the...

Competitors pull out of rally as mark of respect for Deacon

Competitors pull out of rally as mark of respect for Deacon

Competitors in the Master Rallye have decided not to complete the event after the death of John Deacon on Wednesday.Deacon was running in second on the seventh day of the rally on when he was involved...

Rider Power survey’s top bikes and dealers revealed

Rider Power survey’s top bikes and dealers revealed

Three Hondas, a BMW and a Yamaha fill the top five spots in this year’s RiDER Power survey, published in RiDE magazine this Friday (August 17). At number five it’s Yamaha’s XJR1300, fourth is Honda’s...

Riding with the California Highway Patrol

Riding with the California Highway Patrol

In the fast lane of Los Angeles’ hyper-busy 605 freeway, my car’s pushing 85mph and struggling to keep up with a gang of 30 or so motorbikes that are blasting over the sun-scorched surface in a sharp...

First test on Metzeler’s replacement for MEZ3

First test on Metzeler’s replacement for MEZ3

Metzeler’s Sportec M1 will replace the firm’s MEZ3 tyres and they work wonderfully. The German company has adhered to a rigid brief to make the tyre work well in the real world. Bosses insisted on a...