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Hold on tight…

Hold on tight…

This is my second cigarette in ten minutes. It’s also only my second cigarette in five years. The reason for my nervousness is just a few feet away. It’s Steve Webster’s sidecar outfit. And he wants...

The most powerful BMW ever

The most powerful BMW ever

BMW is preparing to build a range-topping genuine superbike. It should be the bike that finally shrugs off any remnants of the pipe and slippers image the brand has accrued. The firm is thought to be...

Video action from Donington

Video action from Donington

For a unique perspective of Donington, join us a foot from the ground as we bring you on-board video from a World Championship sidecar.190bhp, three wheels and plenty of rain.

Triumph is celebrating 10 years… without making profit

Triumph is celebrating 10 years… without making profit

IT’S exactly 10 years since the Triumph production line rolled out its first bike after its revival – the Trophy 1200, which was hailed as the first of a new breed of British superbikes. The firm was...

How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

THIS bike might be one of the only machines in the country that looks like a Cagiva Xtra-Raptor, but it’s the sound which makes it one in a million. Anything ridden through a tunnel as long as...

MV Agusta F5 spied on test

MV Agusta F5 spied on test

IT’S the datalogging kit strapped to the pillion seat that gives the game away. This is no F4 1+1. It is, you can be assured, a well disguised F5, complete with that tempting 998cc engine. It’s a...

Now you see them

THE council in Doncaster have started playing the game. They’ve joined Plymouth in starting to paint GATSO cameras eye-catching colours rather than melt-into-the-background grey. There’s been a 43 per cent reduction in accidents since one of Plymouth’s GATSOs was given dayglow yellow stripes – now all 26 cameras in the Devon city are to be given bright colourschemes. Doncaster Metropolitan Borough...

The return of the Hesketh

The return of the Hesketh

IT’S 22 years since Hesketh tried to bring us an all-British superbike with the benefit of breeding. Now it’s back, as a well-to-do classic. Now you can own a brand new version for £11,750. According...

MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

Yamaha-owned scooter firm MBK has added a ninth scooter to its UK range. The Thunder 125 features front and rear disc brakes and a 12bhp, four-stroke engine which MBK claims will take it to 70mph. It...

First test of the Yamaha Maxster

First test of the Yamaha Maxster

Taking a 125cc scooter on a race track doesn’t sound like a good idea given the lack of power, poor handling and shoddy brakes associated with the breed. But things look different if that track is...

So what's so good about your Suzuki, Karl?

So what's so good about your Suzuki, Karl?

Supersport star Muggeridge tells you why he’s in with a shout of a title this year

Reshaping exhaust design

Reshaping exhaust design

Exhaust downpipes may not be as sexy as the cans themselves, but their design is vital if you want the most power from your engine. Until now, they’ve largely been produced in the same way – using...

Raptor special is a big noise in the city

Raptor special is a big noise in the city

FROM their bike emporium in North London Moto-Casoli are used to adding extra special touches to their customers’ already special bikes. Their’s is an Aladdin’s cave of Italian exotica; MV Agustas...

The BMW’s in its elements

The BMW’s in its elements

Some friends of mine are Americans born and bred. They can’t believe the way us Brits are obsessed by the weather. But it’s easy for them, riding their sports bikes in the sunshine on dry roads.

Falling like nine pins

Falling like nine pins

It was tempting fate to invite a load of bike journalists to a go-kart track in Kent to ride a scooter that Yamaha said was designed to handle. Rain, on top of a track laced with oil and rubber,...

The shape of the R1 to come

The shape of the R1 to come

YOU’LL have to wait the best part of a year before this will be in our showrooms, but if the ultimate in sports performance is what you’re after, you might find it’s worth the wait. The current R1 is...

Best roads in the world are right on your doorstep

Best roads in the world are right on your doorstep

EVERY year thousands of us flock to Spain, Switzerland and France for our riding kicks. We take our bikes across the channel, trap them on ferries and go seeking the ultimate roads because we’ve all...

Enfield Clubman takes you back

Enfield Clubman takes you back

” What year is it mate? ” ” Err, 2000 actually. ” This innocent question, asked by a passer-by just seconds after I parked the Clubman, demonstrates exactly what this bike is about. A 1950’s bike,...

People stare. They point. They laugh. But you don’t care

People stare. They point. They laugh. But you don’t care

MOTORCYCLES attract attention. Few people can resist turning their head when a bike goes past, even if they’ve never been on two wheels in their life. So it’s not surprising that the sound of four...

Get your ears around this competition…

RECKON your ears are sharper than Spock’s? Have a crack at our first “Name That Bike!” competition then. If you reckon you know the bike being “warmed up” in these sound clips, you can win a Motorcyclenews.com T-shirt, and feel suitably smug. Post your suggestions as to which bike it is in the Talk Bikes section. Head for the message board entitled “Name That Bike Competition, Number One”. Next...

Free recovery doesn’t always mean free

Free recovery doesn’t always mean free

When is free recovery not really free? Apparently, when you’re a member of the AA or RAC and you’ve had an accident. Most of us assume when we join such an association that our membership fee will...

Get on board the world's fastest race bikes

Get on board the world's fastest race bikes

Wonder no more at what it’s like to ride everything from an NSR500 to a GSX-R600

New 996 will be lighter, faster… and redder

New 996 will be lighter, faster… and redder

Pierre Terblanche, the man who is working on a replacement for the Ducati 996, gave a few hints about how it will look when he joined in a live chat session on motorcyclenews.com on...

Sensible? Only if you want it to be

Sensible? Only if you want it to be

AS I straighten out of the left-hander, a VW Golf appears a few hundred yards ahead of me, going at a rate of knots. Just before the next bend, its brake lights flash, then its bodywork squats on one...

And they say speeding is dangerous

If certain so-called authorities on road safety are to be believed, the only thing we need to do to avoid accidents is slow down. Of course, anyone who has ever had some idiot driver pull out in front of him – in other words, all of us – will know that’s not true. Inconsiderate, careless, incompetent and downright dangerous driving is much more hazardous. Unfortunately, not everyone sees things...

The baddest mothers in town. This week anyway

The baddest mothers in town. This week anyway

Bubba was a big man, and after six days of dubious personal hygiene and with the stench of stale bourbon and vomit dancing on his breath he wasn’t getting any prettier. But more worrying than that –...

Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

JOIN a ride-out to mark the 20th anniversary of Mike Hailwood’s death on Sunday, March 25. The run goes from Fort Dunlop, Birmingham to Portway Motor Centre, to the spot where Mike and his daughter...

Haslam’s hairy tales

Haslam’s hairy tales

The world’s fastest sideburns… Rocket Ron speaks and rides

Pons on his favourite race

Pons on his favourite race

Spanish 250 world champion – and now 500 team owner – Sito Pons reflects on his favourite race

Be a video star and win £100

Be a video star and win £100

If you’ve got star quality, we want to know about it. Be it funny, serious, or just plain daft, we want to see your homemade biking videos. And if fellow users of motorcyclenews.com reckon it’s good,...

Roberts’ favourite race

Roberts’ favourite race

Trust Roberts Snr to pick the day he beat the Brits on home soil as his favourite race…

A legend in his own road sign

A legend in his own road sign

German 250 legend Anton Mang, so famous they still name streets after him back home

Pierre Terblanche in his own words

Pierre Terblanche is Ducati’s top designer. He is in charge of the project to create a bike to replace the 996. He joined us in the VIP Lounge in the TALK BIKES area of the site on Friday, March 23 and answered your questions for an hour-and-a-half. In a frank interview he talked about the pressures he’s under, how the " new 996 " is shaping up and how he hasn’t taken a break from work in a...

Moments of Mamola magic

Moments of Mamola magic

The Clown Prince of GPs, Randy Mamola, in the days before he was ‘that American on Eurosport’

MV Agusta ready to unveil 1000cc superbike

MV Agusta ready to unveil 1000cc superbike

THE new MV Agusta F5 promises to be the most desirable bike in the world. With a 150bhp 1000cc four-cylinder engine and the design genius of Massimo Tamburini (the man responsible for the F4 and, of...

2001 CBR600 recalled

2001 CBR600 recalled

Following on the heels of a worldwide recall of FireBlades to correct faulty clutches, Honda’s reputation as the world’s most reliable motorcycle manufacturer has taken another knock. The firm has...