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Think this looks easy? You must be dreaming

Think this looks easy? You must be dreaming

It’s not a ghost… it’s action from inside the Sheffield Arena.

Junior Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

Junior Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

RIDER: James Hutchins POWER: Over 105bhp@13,800rpm DRY WEIGHT: 170kg TOP SPEED: 165mph RESULTS: Donington Park: 2nd Silverstone: Injured Snetterton: Injured Oulton Park: Injured

Supersport Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

RIDER: Karl Harris POWER: Over 120bhp@14,200rpm DRY WEIGHT: 167kg TOP SPEED: 175mph RESULTS: Donington Park: DNF Silverstone: 3rd Snetterton: 6th Oulton Park: 3rd

Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R1000

Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R1000

RIDER: John Crockford POWER: Over 155bhp@12,400rpm DRY WEIGHT: 175kg TOP SPEED: 190mph RESULTS: Donington Park: 5th Silverstone: DNF Snetterton: DNF Oulton Park: 7th

First pictures of Road Star Warrior

First pictures of Road Star Warrior

Yamaha’s new XV1700 Road Star Warrior is unveiled today, boasting sports bike technology and cruiser styling. The Warrior’s engine is pure cruiser. Based on the XV1600 Wild Star’s 48 degree air-cooled...

Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

This year Suzuki has done the triple with its 600, 750 and 1000. All three are the best bikes in their class. Best meaning the most-focussed, lightest and most powerful bikes in their respective...

German and British firms consider link to buy TL engines

German and British firms consider link to buy TL engines

GERMAN firm Sachs and British company CCM are in talks aimed at teaming up to buy Suzuki TL V-twin engines. CCM refuses to confirm it, but an insider at Sachs said: ” It helps if we work together.

What happened next?

What happened next?

The bright lights of indoor arena trials shine again

More for the TT fans

More for the TT fans

They might call the 250 race the Lightweight, but it’s a race for the real heavyweights of The Island.

Kicking up dust

Kicking up dust

You don’t need to ride THAT close to the kerbs, John!

Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

Sometimes, the strangest combinations actually go together remarkably well. When I was a kid, my favourite teatime snack was peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Other children would curl their lips...

Get out of that!

Get out of that!

OK, all you need to do is ride over this lot…

Riding Britain’s greatest road

Riding Britain’s greatest road

The days of the Roman Empire weren’t just about eating grapes, grappling with virgins and having lots of hot baths. Some of it was about standing guard on the rainswept borders of northern England...

Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

PRESSURE groups are there to fight for our rights. They understand the things we care about and the issues that wind us up. That’s the idea, anyway. But a recent demonstration against toll charges at...

Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

RIDER: John Crawford POWER: Over 165bhp@14,000rpm DRY WEIGHT: 162kg TOP SPEED: 190mph RESULTS: Donington Park: 3rd and 3rd Silverstone: 3rd and 5th Snetterton: 7th and 7th Oulton Park: DNF and 4th

Trials? Boring? Take another look

Trials? Boring? Take another look

Action from the Sheffield Arena trial last year is likely to change your mind

Labour’s roads minister interviewed on bike policy

Labour’s roads minister interviewed on bike policy

EVERY four years, something strange happens to politicians. Suddenly, their horizons broaden. They develop keen interests in anything from farmers to bone marrow transplants, so quickly it makes...

Yamaha Bulldog revealed

Yamaha Bulldog revealed

Yamaha’s new Bulldog BT1100 is revealed today for the first time. The Japanese firm claims the Bulldog is specifically designed to meet the needs of the European market. Yamaha reckons its new machine...

Our first long term test on a Buell

Our first long term test on a Buell

I was shaking. Part cold, part anticipation, part excitement. But mainly fear. I was just about to to pick up my Buell X1 Lightning. Problem was, I had not ridden a motorcycle in 15 years and I don’t...

Joining our cameraman at his proper job

Joining our cameraman at his proper job

David Jefferies shows the skills needed to wield the MCN onboard camera

Rival parties pass their verdict

Conservatives " Labour have been all mouth and no delivery in their integrated transport strategy. The Government doesn’t even measure journey times in congested cities. If they did, they’d find motorcycles to be the shortest. Labour should be promoting two-wheelers instead of clobbering motorists. We will do our utmost to empower bikes. In congested areas in particular, motorcycles play a great...

The advantages of lightweight wheels

WHERE do you start when you want to modify your bike? A bit of engine tuning first, maybe upgrade the brakes to suit the improved performance and as it goes along add rear sets and finish off with a spangly new paint job. But would you add lightweight wheels? For most of us, light wheels are something of a luxury item. They cost a fortune, admittedly look good but surely they can’t make that much...

The view from the mudguard…

The view from the mudguard…

The TT might not be on for the racers, but we can still marvel at what they do.

Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

The last time I rode a ZX-12R, it topped out with a less than hyperbolic 183mph, or 12mph slower than a politically castrated 2000 Hayabusa, leaving in its wake more questions than answers. But let...

Rare Ducatis become available

Rare Ducatis become available

Just when you thought Ducati’s super-exclusive MH900E was impossible to get hold of… a British dealer has managed to bag a couple. But if you want one you really shouldn’t hang about. DK has just two...

Long term test: Life with an FJR

Long term test: Life with an FJR

I had said farewell to my ZX-12R in mid-December. It was mid-May before I finally got my hands on the FJR. I hadn’t even ridden a push bike in the intervening time. You will therefore understand my...

Out and about: Hunstanton

Out and about: Hunstanton

Hunstanton hands over a prime parking spot to motorcycles, close to the bandstand and nestled between amusement arcades and cafes. There are some good routes to it to be found if you scour your map of...

Missing the TT?

Missing the TT?

Let Steve Hislop bring it a little closer…

Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

September will see the launch of Suzuki’s new Skywave 650 – a big bore scooter aimed at bikes like Yamaha’s T-max and Honda’s Silverwing. Like its competitors, the bike will use a two-cylinder engine...

Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

Kawasaki is launching a budget cruiser aimed at the Harley Sportster market. The bike will join the firm’s VN1500 family next year, say sources close to the factory. The Japanese firm’s VN range...

Strange tales from when the racers are at play

There’s a clapped-out cliché that’s been pinned to the noticeboard of many a place of employment over the years which reads as follows: " You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here – But It Helps! " While many workplaces aren’t exactly the lunatic asylums they’d like to think they are, the bike racing industry can rest easy in the knowledge that, for them, this shop-soiled sentiment rings remarkably...

Now this is gonna hurt…

Now this is gonna hurt…

Not your average tank-slapper

Government orders dark visor tests… at night

Government orders dark visor tests… at night

The Government is ordering tests on dark visors… AT NIGHT. The decision (and we wish the testers the best of luck) has been taken after an initial report suggested dark visors are fine for daytime use...

Are "real world" bikes the future?

Are "real world" bikes the future?

Sports bikes have a tradition of outselling all other types of motorcycle in the UK, and the latest sales figures show they’re still our first choice. But they also reveal something else. Though the...

Death of the TL1000S

Death of the TL1000S

The TL1000S is no longer being made or officially imported to the UK. Stocks of the Suzuki sports twin you now find in dealers are the last there is. And although the TL1000R will remain in production...

Major revamp for Blade leads rush of new Hondas

Major revamp for Blade leads rush of new Hondas

Honda is bringing us a new Blade, as our artist’s impression shows. It’s an entirely new machine, not due to hit the streets until 2004. But there are also major changes coming this September, as our...