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Swindon Speedway meet off

The torrential rain the Swindon area has seen in the last 24 hours means Friday night’s home Knockout Cup meeting with Exeter has had to be called off.The semi-final tie will now be staged on Sunday, August 12 at 6.30pm.

The Brands track ride out

The Brands track ride out

Were you among those riding the circuit at the GSX-R Festival. Do you know someone who was?Take a look at the video and see if you can spot anyone you know.

The best of the best

The best of the best

More than 50 crack pilots apply to join the Red Arrows every year. Only three of them are successful. Those who do succeed become part of a flying legend which has been wowing crowds all over the...

BMW R1150R long term test: Smooth gear-changes and more noise

BMW R1150R long term test: Smooth gear-changes and more noise

SOMETHING has been niggling me ever since I took delivery of my R1150R back in April. It’s the small matter of getting a slick, judder-free gearchange – the kind of clean shift that sends barely a...

New MCN Sport magazine goes on sale

New MCN Sport magazine goes on sale

A new glossy magazine for bikesport fans hit the shops on Friday: MCN Sport.The 148-page quarterly publication includes exclusive new articles featuring Valentino Rossi, Carl Fogarty, Chris Walker,...

MAG founder Howard dies

MAG founder Howard dies

DENNIS HOWARD, the founder of biking rights organisation the Motorcycle Action Group, has died following an accident on a pushbike last week. He was 80.Howard launched the group to campaign for...

Video of Kevin Schwantz at Brands

Video of Kevin Schwantz at Brands

Kevin Schwantz rode a Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Brands Hatch and our cameraman was on hand to catch the moment.Schwantz, seen in the video leading World Rally Championship star Colin McRae round the short...

Learning at the California Superbike School

Learning at the California Superbike School

If you’ve ever entered a corner in mild panic or found yourself drifting wide uncontrollably, and let’s face it we all have, you’re a prime candidate for the famous California Superbike School.In one...

Buell’s Firebolt radical? We’ve seen it all before

Buell’s Firebolt radical? We’ve seen it all before

When Buell released its new Firebolt two weeks ago, it came with a host of unusual features. But how many of these are actually new? Is the bike a radical machine bristling with 21st Century concepts,...

Blackbird goes red

Blackbird goes red

Honda’s 2002 Super Blackbird will only be changed in one respect from the current model, it will be available in Candy Blazing Red. The eye-catching colour will add to those currently available; blue,...

Harley’s Evel past revived by new flat-tracker replica

Harley’s Evel past revived by new flat-tracker replica

HARLEY Davidson are hoping to draw on memories of Evel Knievel and flat track racing with its new limited edition XL 883R.Modelled on the legendary XR750 twin which made the Harley name famous in...

First test of new BMW R1150RS

First test of new BMW R1150RS

New images added at 5pm, WednesdayThe R1150RS is beyond competent. It is genuinely, spirit-lifting fun… whatever the weather.The changes over the old R1100RS are few and far between. Essentially, the...

First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

Marc Potter has been riding the Hodgson Replica 996S and you can read his first test verdict here. Next week you’ll be able to see video of Hodgson himself on the bike on the Isle of Man.And the WSB...

New Suzuki technology will make bikes accelerate faster

New Suzuki technology will make bikes accelerate faster

Motorcyclenews.com has discovered Suzuki is planning to start using an electro-magnetically-operated clutch which will work even better than the quickshifters of today. It is likely to debut on a...

"Coals to Newcastle" as BSA ready all-new twin for Japanese buyers

"Coals to Newcastle" as BSA ready all-new twin for Japanese buyers

ALTHOUGH BSA was once as powerful a force in biking as Honda is today, it may come as a surprise to some that the legendary British firm is still producing bikes at all, let alone readying an all-new...

Ask Schwantz

Ask Schwantz

We’re interviewing GP legend Kevin Schwantz on Wednesday, and here’s your chance to take part. If you have a question, e-mail it to us now and we’ll put the best of them to the man himself.E-mail your...

The new bikes of 2002 brought together

From now until the big bike shows of Autumn, you’ll find an ever-growing section on motorcyclenews.com bringing together all the new bikes of 2002.Each time we break news of a 2002 bike, we’ll also add it to this new section. That way you can see all the bikes together.Why not check it out now? There may be some you’ve missed from the Gilera 600 and 2002 FireBlade to a Laverda scooter and Harley’s...

Your pictures of the ladies

Your pictures of the ladies

All the pictures of the lovely ladies that provided such a distraction from the racing.

Your pictures of the fans

Your pictures of the fans

A selection of the best pictures of the crowds and atmosphere at Brands Hatch

What the parts will cost you

What the parts will cost you

It’s difficult to justify forking out the price of a three-bedroomed semi in Accrington for a road bike, let alone a machine you’d have trouble using outside a track and which is destined to see...

Your pictures of the stars

Your pictures of the stars

All the pictures of the riders and legends that were at the Kent track

Win a WSB video signed by Foggy

Since early Monday morning you’ve been e-mailing in your pictures of the racing, stars, babes and casualties of Brands Hatch WSB.Now’s your chance to win a copy of the History of the World Superbike Championship video simply by picking which submitted picture you like best.We have five copies signed by Carl Fogarty. Four will go to the people who sent in the pictures which get the four highest...

Strange but true…

Strange but true…

Here’s our latest round-up of motorcycle related oddities from around the planet. If you know of one worthy of inclusion in our next collection, e-mail jon.urry@emap.comGERMANY: SPOTTED in German...

The Sahara and back in six days

The Sahara and back in six days

We rode to the Sahara and back on a BMW R1150GS, Aprilia CapoNord and Triumph Tiger 955i. Here’s the day-by-day story…This was originally updated daily, which is why you’ll find the final day at the...

Crescent GSX-R750 Parts List

Crescent GSX-R750 Parts List

Forks: Factory Showa/Ohlins, £12,000/£1500; Shock: Factory Showa, £5000; Swingarm: Factory Suzuki, £3000; Magnesium yokes: Factory Suzuki, £1000; Handlebars: Factory Suzuki, £400; Front brakes: AP...

Brands WSB: the way you saw it

Brands WSB: the way you saw it

Here are just some of your pictures from the experience that was Brands Hatch World Superbikes.If you’ve got some to add, send them by email to david.cushman@emap.com.We’ve got 10 copies of The...

Don’t believe everything you read about speeding

The police and media seem all too willing to believe in the big, bad menace of speeding motorcyclists… so much so that they’ve really ended up with egg on their faces this time.Chelmsford newspaper the Essex Chronicle ran a story about a rider caught doing 137mph on a local road, and got so indignant about it that they ran a " comment " column about it, berating the rider and insisting...

Ray Stringer’s live advice clinic

MCN:- I own a 2000 CBR600FY, I’m 6' 1'' tall and weigh 13 stone. I find that to prevent the bike from wallowing in bends I have to increase the rebound damping so much it becomes uncomfortable the rest of the time. Would different springs to suit my weight help?RayStringer:- Yes. Yeah, if you went to a proper weighted spring but you'd probably want more compression damping on there more than just...

Benefit from Ray’s advice

Benefit from Ray’s advice

Ray Stringer was in our chatrooms at 1pm on Thursday to dish out valuable advice on tyres, suspension and engine tuning.He answered close to 60 questions in the 45-minute session ranging from how to...

Feel the speed in a Hayabusa outfit

Feel the speed in a Hayabusa outfit

A Hayabusa feels shatteringly fast from the relatively high position of the rider’s seat. Imagine what if feels like from that Tarmac-level outfit?Sidecar firm boss Phil Ball has been dreaming of...

How good is your lid?

How good is your lid?

Does your lid fit brilliantly or let too much wind noise in? Is it easy to change the visor? Do the vents work? Are the fasteners easy to use? Tell us and tell the world by writing a review.All you...

First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

According to the crowds at Brands there is only one Carl Fogarty. Fortunately there is more than one Fogarty replica. First there was the 996SPS Foggy rep. Now there is the Monster S4 Foggy rep.So...

The new look of the R1

The new look of the R1

This exclusive drawing is the most accurate impression yet of how the new Yamaha R1 will look for 2002. It’s based on detailed information from the factory. Only the colour-scheme is likely to change.

Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

We’ve been talking about it since 1999, now Suzuki has finally given it a name and a finished form, and here it is: the XF1000L.Our artist’s impression is just as you’ll see the bike when it is...

Professional thieves target Brands

Professional thieves target Brands

THE sneak thieves warned of by police yesterday struck again last night in the Brands Hatch campsites – and they are so good at their work that even the police are forced to admit how expert they...

Honda CX500 Custom

Honda CX500 Custom

WHEN a bike, within minutes of its 1978 launch, acquires the tag " Plastic Maggot " , it’s safe to assume the machine has been less than well received by the masses. But the original CX...