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Riders charity bags two Royal awards

Riders charity bags two Royal awards

Riders for Health, the motorcycling charity which works to provide transport for medicine in Africa, has won the Prince Michael of Kent Road Safety Award for 2002 in two categories – the motorcycle...

100 people rate the best bikes, bargains and babes at the NEC Show

100 people rate the best bikes, bargains and babes at the NEC Show

We asked 100 people to choose their favourite bikes, the top stands to see, the hottest bargains to be had and the loveliest ladies to spot at the NEC Show. Check their answers to see if you agree or...

The sixth group of ten

The sixth group of ten

Marvin Rothman, 37, from Braintree, Essex, rides an Aprilia RSV-R Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1996. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson V-Rod. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: They’re all top standard. BEST...

The ninth group of ten

The ninth group of ten

Allan Davison, 40, from Chichester, Sussex, rides an Aprilia RSV Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1997. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Aprilia Blue Marlin. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The top-heavy one on the Piaggio...

The seventh group of ten

The seventh group of ten

Steve Paston, 47, from Norwich, rides a Yamaha RD500LC. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1991. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: MV Agusta F4. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The Urchin stand girl. BEST STAND: BMW. BEST BARGAIN: I’m...

It’s AKA a motorcycle…

It’s AKA a motorcycle…

The NEC Show features plenty of jaw-dropping models, but few are quite as ” stand-out ” as this machine from AKA Design. But we want to hear what you think of it. The Hitchin, Herts-based firm...

First full test on Benelli superbike

First full test on Benelli superbike

Halway through this year’s World Superbike race season a stunning green and silver bike appeared in the paddock and qualified for the two races at Misano. The Benelli Tordano had arrived. The even...

Triumph issues recall on range of bikes

Triumph issues recall on range of bikes

Triumph has issued a recall to have clutch cables replaced on many of its models. The Trophy is the only modern Triumph model to escape the recall, which affects bikes fitted with cables made by one...

Yes, it looks amazing, but what’s under the fairing?

Yes, it looks amazing, but what’s under the fairing?

Creating a motorcycle from scratch is no easy feat. Creating one that throws away conventional wisdom and can run in World Superbikes is unbelievable – but that’s exactly what Benelli has done with...

Your tips and comments on the NEC Show

Here are just some of your tips on getting the best out of the NEC. If you have any to add, e-mail them to david.cushman@emap.com with NEC SHOW ADVICE in the subject line. We had a great day at the NEC on Sunday 11, returning with some excellent prints, clothing, bike parts and accessories, all in all a really excellent day! Plenty to do and see, plenty of people to talk to, we met Jez and Katja,...

The fourth group of ten

The fourth group of ten

Rebecca Milner, 14, from Selby, also wants a bike when she’s old enough. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha R1. BEST-LOOKING MAN: Harley-Davidson’s dancer. BEST STAND: Honda.

Watch our exclusive NEC Show video

Watch our exclusive NEC Show video

Choose from (MOV) Quicktime or (RM) Real Player downloads. The video plays for around two minutes once downloaded. It may take some time to download if you connection is not particularly fast. We...

The babe you rated best

The babe you rated best

BEST BABE MCN girl Vikki, 19, from Cannock, Staffs, was overwhelmingly voted best looking woman at the show by the visitors we asked. VITAL STATS: 34, 25, 34. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING VOTED THE...

Don’t worry, you’ll get your turn soon

Don’t worry, you’ll get your turn soon

A race bike may seem far removed from our experience on the road, but the Tornado Racing is just the first step in the launch of the Tornado 900/3 Tre road bike. Benelli was keen to go racing because...

Should ultimate Duke special be Monster or 998-based?

THE ultimate Ducati special is on the drawing boards at John Hackett Performance. It will be based on a brand-new, hand-finished Testastretta engine, hot off the production line in Bologna and a Keppler carbon-fibre frame from Austria. But Hackett hasn’t decided yet whether to build the machine as 998-style race replica, or as a naked Monster. What do YOU want to see? A 125bhp Monster, or a...

Exclusive video captures the spirit of the NEC Show

Exclusive video captures the spirit of the NEC Show

The new bikes, the race stars, the babes, the stunning supercross stunts… all the fun of the NEC Show is here. Just follow the link, right, to watch our exclusive video. If you’ve been it’ll bring...

Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a bike you’ve come to the right site. If you are looking to buy you have access to an unrivalled archive of information combined with enviable contact with...

‘Maria’ looks set to be the oddest at the NEC

‘Maria’ looks set to be the oddest at the NEC

No, this isn’t the latest toy delighting Japanese kids. This is a real, full-size motorcycle, and one that’s intended as a tribute to the Suzuka Eight-Hour. If you don’t believe us, you can see it for...

Meet Bayliss, Edwards, Xaus and Haydon in one go

Meet Bayliss, Edwards, Xaus and Haydon in one go

Troy Bayliss, Colin Edwards, Ruben Xaus and James Haydon will ALL be at Knotts Motorcycles in Stratford on Wednesday night, and you’re invited. Make the effort and you’ll meet the current World...

Best, wackiest and newest products to see at the NEC

Best, wackiest and newest products to see at the NEC

We’ve visited every stand to bring you the newest, best or even wackiest new products, and a round-up of some of Birmingham’s best buys, too. 1. Knox Aeropack £39.99 This rucksack has more features...

The testers

The testers

When you’re testing top machinery you need top riders. Much as we’d all like to think we could ” give it good seeing to ” , it takes real talent to push a superbike to the limit. So we got a pair of...

Where to find NEC bargains

Where to find NEC bargains

D H Autos at hall 17, stand R3B has Akito commuter gloves for £15, down from £19.99, and Sportstars for £15. Padgett’s at hall 17, stand R5 has Spada Apex jackets for £85 from £105 and R1-branded...

Virgin Yamaha R7

Virgin Yamaha R7

£100,000 Power and torque Est 163bhp 75ftlb Weight, power to weight ratio 162kg (356lb), 1.0bhp/kg Acceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed 9.8s, 154mph Top speed 190mph Geometry...

Crashing on Tarmac

Crashing on Tarmac

Evel Knievel explains the pain of an 80mph crash

The hardware and the details

The hardware and the details

The school makes use of the Over The Top stunt team’s impressive collection of nutter tackle. The two-wheelers are a bog-standard Kawasaki KDX220 enduro machine and two motocrossers: A Yamaha YZ250...

News, as it happened, from Press Day at the NEC Show

News, as it happened, from Press Day at the NEC Show

Eighth update: Thursday 5pm: German firm Sachs has revealed it is going to put its Beast into production. MCN’s Keith Farr reports the bike will be on sale by summer next year but no prices have yet...

Repossessed bikes under the hammer

Around 50 nearly-new motorcycles are being put up for auction as repossessions. There could be bargains to strike at the British Car Auctions venue at Bell Vue, Manchester on December 7. The firm has already held one successful bike auction, in October, and is looking to make them regular events. The bikes range from cruisers to sports bikes. For details e-mail enquiries@bca-group.com Thinking of...

What did you say your name was?

What did you say your name was?

There’s only one Evel Knievel.

Big crowds

Big crowds

The Ulster GP attracts one of the biggest crowds in UK sport

First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

Yamaha’s new Road Star Warrior is no ordinary cruiser. With a mere 2000rpm displayed on the LCD tachometer (an arc of blocks which sweep around an analogue-style scale) the bike punches forward with a...

Another record

Another record

Evel Knievel remembers the Astradome.

Listen to the sound of the Benelli WSB bike

Click one of the options, right, to hear the glorious sound of Marc Potter on board the Benelli superbike. The MOV option plays in Quicktime and the RM option plays on Real Player.

What they thought

What they thought

Jack Wolfendale, 50, from Bolton, Lancs. Rides a Honda FireBlade ” I came along because I’ve been riding since I was 16 and I want to try all aspects of motorcycling. Everyone’s been really friendly.

Kawasaki seeks out new niches

Kawasaki seeks out new niches

Kawasaki has found a new niche – retro bikes that are only legal to ride on the road in the daytime (that’s about seven hours a day in the UK right now). One is a 1970s-style grasstracker. It looks...

Free test rides on ZX-6Rs… and you can win one

Free test rides on ZX-6Rs… and you can win one

Carnell-City is offering free test rides on 2001 ZX-6Rs this weekend (November 10-11). Anyone who takes one will goes in a draw to win an example of the bike, too. And if you fall for its charms on...

How September 11 could affect your premium

How September 11 could affect your premium

We only have to watch the news to see what impact the events of September 11 have had around the world but we could soon be feeling the effects closer to home in the form of much higher insurance...