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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...

Chris Walker in his own words

The following is a full transcript of the conversation between Chris Walker and motorcyclenews.com users in the VIP Lounge in Talk Bikes on July 5, 2001. Where " MCN " precedes the questions, it means this is a question which was put by a motorcyclenews.com user.MCN: Hi, Hope your feeling well and hope that you can race on Sunday. I read that you had hoped Ron Haslam would team mate...

We want your maddest snaps

We want your maddest snaps

If you’re going to Donington Park for the GP this weekend we want you to show us the way you see it through the lens of your cameras.Take a digital camera (try to beg or borrow one if you don’t...

Mad, bad and occasionally dangerous to do: Wheelies and how to pull them

Mad, bad and occasionally dangerous to do: Wheelies and how to pull them

They are illegal and can be hazardous to both rider and bike, but almost anyone who ever swings a leg over a bike wonders; " Can I pull a wheelie? " Our video guide will answer your...

Winners ride Rockingham

Winners ride Rockingham

Five motorcyclenews.com winners spent a day thrashing around Britain’s newest circuit on Wednesday – Rockingham Speedway. And it wasn’t just the usual infield circuit – our winners got to try the...

Say goodbye to pistons

Say goodbye to pistons

An amateur inventor with a background in designing bus engines reckons he’s come up with a way to blow traditional pistons away – by using a wedge-shaped version which moves sideways.Mervyn Davies, of...

Dig in and make the turn

Dig in and make the turn

That’s really going to work those thigh muscles…

Another big air day

Another big air day

Stars in flight at the Motocross Des Nations

How you can do it

You don’t need to ride an old knacker to take part in the Motogiro d’Italia. As wella s the old racers, there is a touring section for road bikes, new or old, which joins up with the main event in each town the race stops off at.This year’s tour group included bikes ranging from a 1929 Panther to a 996.If you want to do the trip on a classic bike there are alternatives to travelling down to the...

Where are my GP tickets?

A batch of advance tickets for the British GP at Donington this weekend have been delayed in the post. If yours haven’t turned up, this is what organisers are asking you to do:When you arrive at Donington, go to the ticket collection point. This is clearly signed from all around the site.Bring with you the credit/debit card you used to book your tickets with. If you don’t want to bring the card...

Sort your forks, learn to wheelie… and much more

Check our News Features section for some great new additions. Read how to sort your forks for not a lot of cash or watch our video guide to pulling a wheelie in relative safety.We’ve also included a huge report on the revival of a classic race to mark Ducati’s 75th anniversary.To find the New Features section simply click on NEWS in the navigation bar. Once in NEWS you’ll see NEWS FEATURES offered...

Voxan files for bankruptcy… but it isn’t the end

Voxan files for bankruptcy… but it isn’t the end

Voxan has filed for bankruptcy – despite a full order-book and waiting lists for its bikes.The French firm, which builds a range of 1000cc V-twin machines using its own fuel-injected motor, has called...

Is your bike on our list?

Is your bike on our list?

Ever owned one of the bikes on the following list? Do you know someone who has one now? We want to hear from you for a feature we’re currently putting together.Here’s the list: Bimota Mantra, Aprilia...

Ducati marks 75th anniversay by resurrecting a classic road race

Ducati marks 75th anniversay by resurrecting a classic road race

Carl Fogarty has a big head. It’s so big that it covers nearly a quarter of the side of the Ducati factory wall. He’s staring out over the car park where about 60 bikes are lined up ready to race each...

Unhappy landing…

Unhappy landing…

And just to prove it doesn’t always go right…

Whitham, Haydon and Co set up shop

Whitham, Haydon and Co set up shop

Britain’s newest Yamaha dealership is being officially opened this weekend and it’s a partnership between World Supersport star James Whitham, British Superbike rider James Haydon and Virgin Yamaha...

Manx GP cancelled

Manx GP cancelled

The organisers of the Manx GP have announced that it must go the same way as the TT.The Manx Motorcycle Club said today (July 3) that the event, due to be held on August 18-31, had to be cancelled in...

Strange but true…

THAILAND Police riders are being trained as midwives because ambulances are getting stuck in traffic. The 150 Bangkok officers are expected to make a thouasand deliveries a year.GERMANY: A raffle winner dropped dead when he went to collect the keys to his two-wheeled prize. Hans Hitzig, 47, suffered a fatal heart attack as he received a Harley-Davidson in Schleiz, eastern Germany.BULGARIA Budding...

How to uprate your fork internals

How to uprate your fork internals

IT’S ironic that the only company today to use an alternative to telescopic forks is the same one which introduced them first on production bikes.BMW’s R12 and R17 had the first telescopics in 1935,...

Sheene blasts Walker's team in run up to British GP

Sheene blasts Walker's team in run up to British GP

WE spoke to Barry Sheene before this weekend's Donington Park British GP, and amongst his as-usual colourful comments he made no secret of his disappointment that Chris Walker's team hasn’t tested...

Strange but true

Strange but true

Here’s our latest round-up of bike related madness from around the world.THAILAND: Residents of Nonthanburi are flocking to see a five-foot monitor lizard. Grieving mum Chamlong Taengniem believes the...