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A little careless…

A little careless…

And right on the racing line as well

FREDDIE SPENCER’S 1984 NS500

FREDDIE SPENCER’S 1984 NS500

Freddie Spencer had won the 1983 500cc world title riding the NS500 triple, but lined up for the following season on a brand new V4 NSR500. At the Nurburgring round, he demanded the NS500 back after a...

MCN investigates insurance costs

MCN investigates insurance costs

INSURANCE has become a bit of a dirty word to many motorcyclists in recent years. From riders who find they can’t get insurance on their bikes, to those who get a renewal notice asking for £2000,...

MICK DOOHAN’S 1995 NSR500

MICK DOOHAN’S 1995 NSR500

The second time Doohan won the world 500 championship was on this NSR500. Doohan instantly became attached to the bike and continued his dominance with seven wins, three seconds, two non-finishes and...

On board TV to replace mirrors

On board TV to replace mirrors

Look in the mirrors on most sports bikes and all you’ll see is your elbows.Now an engineering design student has come up with a system to use a video camera and small display screen to give you more...

Listen to the NSR500 V4

Listen to the NSR500 V4

Wish you ‘d been to Goodwood? Never mind if you couldn’t make it because we can bring you a flavour of the Festival.Click on the link below and you’ll be transported back to 1989 to hear Eddie...

EDDIE LAWSON’S 1989 NSR500

EDDIE LAWSON’S 1989 NSR500

When Eddie Lawson left Yamaha after six years and three 500 GP titles to join the Rothmans Honda team for the 1989 season, many people felt it was a mistake. He exchanged the sweet-handling YZR500...

Decision due on £36m Donington facelift

Decision due on £36m Donington facelift

DONINGTON PARK bosses should learn later this month whether they can go ahead with a major £36 million revamp of the Leicestershire circuit.Giant American entertainment company SFX, which leases...

Chat live and sort your suspension

Chat live and sort your suspension

Suspension expert Craig Webb will be available to answer your questions in a live chat on motorcyclenews on Thursday, July 19.Webb is eminently well qualified to help you improve your handling as he...

The Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed

LINED up in front of me are four NS/NSR500s from the Honda Collection Hall museum in Japan. The men who make this museum and the bikes inside it their lives are looking anxious as they explain how to...

Deeply dippy

Deeply dippy

We haven’t seen ruts like that since the Somme

Best thing for them

Best thing for them

Some will say this is the only way you should treat a vehicle like this.

Listen to the NS500 V3

Listen to the NS500 V3

You too can sample some of the flavour of Freddie Spencer’s awesome NS500 triple. Click on the link below to hear one of the most evocative sounds in Grand Prix motorcycling and the last ever V-3...

Q8 Oils arrive in the UK

Q8 Oils arrive in the UK

The choice of which oil to use in your bike in Britain has increased, with the launch of Q8 Oils for motorcycles and scooters.The motorcycle range includes Q8 SBK part synthetic for four-strokes at...

Go on, wipe the smile off his face

Go on, wipe the smile off his face

Every rider’s favourite TV personality, Steve Berry, is going to get the gunge treatment this weekend.If you’ve seen his smiling mug on your TV just one or two times too many, you’ll want to be there...

Riding Honda’s factory 500s at Goodwood

Riding Honda’s factory 500s at Goodwood

I’m about to ride my dream bike – Mick Doohan’s NSR500. The one that took Doohan on to his second title with seven wins in 1995. All 180bhp and more of its savage two-stroke power around a park in the...

Dark visors are illegal in Europe, too

Dark visors are illegal in Europe, too

IT’S easy to feel jealous of riders in the rest of Europe. There are no GATSOs in France. There are no speed limits on some stretches of German autobahn. And anyone can walk into their nearest dealer,...

Moving around

Moving around

Many feel they get the best from their bike by moving around it during corners… this bloke over does it.

Grass is less grippy

Grass is less grippy

Not sure that this is the line he was shown…

Meet Reynolds at open day

MCN’s dealer of the year for clothing and accessories hosts an open day on Saturday, July 14. John Reynolds will be there and there will be bargains galore, too.The Harpers superstore, in the heart of London, won the prestigious MCN award despite having only been open for just over a year. On the day there will be a huge sale with leather suits available from as little as £100. There will be a...

You’re never going to win like that

You’re never going to win like that

Staying in the saddle is a prerequisite for victory

We are being sacrificed to make drivers safer

We are being sacrificed to make drivers safer

The current design of UK roadside barriers may protect drivers in a crash but they only serve to maim and kill riders, according to a leading professor of structural engineering. Dr John Knapton is...

Police stop adding Gatsos and start offering alternatives to points

Police stop adding Gatsos and start offering alternatives to points

While police in London call a halt to adding to the capital’s Gatsos, Northants police seem to be making life marginally easier, too.In the capital the force says it is concentrating its budgets on...

You vote for Honda to turn concept into reality

You vote for Honda to turn concept into reality

Your reactions to Honda’s new concept sports bike suggest Honda should go ahead and put it into production.While there are dissenting voices, the majority think it’s a work of art and one they’d be...

World first test on Harley’s most important new bike for years

World first test on Harley’s most important new bike for years

The oldest name in motorcycling has just taken a massive turn in the right direction with a 140mph water-cooled bike that even the most sports-focused riders may be tempted by.The new V-Rod looks...

First pictures of Buell’s fast-turning ‘Sport Fighter’

First pictures of Buell’s fast-turning ‘Sport Fighter’

Buell’s all new Firebolt has a wheelbase 75mm shorter than an R1’s and a steering head angle so steep that it’s likely to become known as the world’s fastest turning production bike.To prevent it...

Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

Kawasaki wants the latest member of its Vulcan family to be its most performance-oriented yet.The 1470cc V-twin engine has been retuned for more power by increasing the size of the intake and exhaust...

Sachs to add 125 to its range

Sachs to add 125 to its range

GERMAN firm Sachs is adding a new 125 machine to its range, the ZZ Funbike.It uses the Yamaha DT125R engine. Sachs says the bike is designed for use either on or off road, but it comes with Pirelli MT...

New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

Italjet’s retro-meets-future-styled Jet-Set will be available here in August and there will be a 50cc too. And the Taiwanese Freespirit scooter is also available now. The Jet-Set is expected to be the...

Crowds turn out

Crowds turn out

The Motocross Des Nations is a real crowd-puller. Watch and find out why.

One small step

One small step

One small step for a man… one giant get-off for mankind

You put the questions… here are Walker’s answers

You put the questions… here are Walker’s answers

We’ve added the full transcript from yesterday’s live web chat with Chris Walker. If you missed it live, at least you can catch up now.You’ll find the full transcript by following the " Chris...

Video: How to wheelie

Video: How to wheelie

Click on the link on the right to download Kev Smith’s video guide to pulling wheelies.Controversial maybe, illegal on the road certainly, but without a doubt amazing to watch and cool to perform.Kev...

Here’s mud in your eye

Here’s mud in your eye

A slew of grit and dust could be the only explanation for this.

Shut your eyes

Shut your eyes

You just know what’s going to happen next… and it won’t be cheap

UK circuits are finally cleaning up their act

UK circuits are finally cleaning up their act

WE all love to watch bike racing. The noises, the smells, the atmosphere, the danger... it all adds up to a unique experience. Sadly, though, regular race-goers could put a different interpretation on...