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World first test on the Ducati 996R

World first test on the Ducati 996R

AFTER his first ride on Ducati’s 996R, MCN’s Marc Potter believes it is the firm’s finest sports bike yet. Potter rode the bike at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Wednesday, March 7, and said: ”...

In memory of Joey Dunlop

In memory of Joey Dunlop

Scenes from Duke Video’s moving tribute to the greatest road racer ever, the late, great Joey Dunlop

Catch up on the TT

Catch up on the TT

The 2000 TT was one of the best ever. Didn’t go? Have a look at some of these memories and then make up your mind

MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

THIS is how MZ wants its planned 1000cc muscle bike to look. The image shown here is an official factory sketch. It is due to go into production next year and cost under £7800. The 1000N will use a...

Daytona by night

Daytona by night

Daytona Bike Week is now in full swing in Florida, attracting close to 300,000 bike fans. Based around the Daytona 200 race, the Bike Week action is actually more about babes in their underwear and...

Watch video of the 996R in action

Watch video of the 996R in action

Join MCN’s Marc Potter on board the 996R in Valencia, Spain today.

Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

British classic racers continued their annual pillage of the AHRMA (America Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) vintage road races at Daytona this week. In the first day of racing at the famous...

Woman airlifted to hospital from coleslaw wrestling

COLESLAW wrestling often reveals some of the finer points of Daytona Bike Week. But the crowd gathered at the Cabbage Patch for the annual bikini-clad bouts got more than their usual eyeful. A skydiver, hired to impress the crowd, misjudged his landing and came down heavily on a woman serving beer. She was knocked out and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter and last reports indicate she was...

Mladin sets pole for Daytona 200

SUZKI’S Mat Mladin started his U.S superbike championship title defence in perfect style today when he set pole for the first round of the American series at Daytona in Florida. The Australian finished front row qualifying well ahead of countryman Anthony Gobert in second on a Yamaha R7 and Honda’s Nicky Hayden in third. Mladin’s team-mate Aaron Yates completed the front row for Sunday’s...

GSX-R shows V-twins the way at the Speedbowl

LITRE-SIZED twins may be the bikes to beat in World Superbikes at present, but it’s a four-cylinder bike which is leading practice for the prestigious Daytona 200 race in America so far. Reigning U.S. superbike champion Mat Mladin is leading the field by a clear 0.38s on his Suzuki GSX-R750 after final practice before tomorrow’s qualifying session. He’s well ahead of the bike in second, a Ducati...

Rainey remembers…

Rainey remembers…

Racing legend Wayne Rainey talks of his most memorable 500 GP win, the epic 1989 German GP at Hockenheim

CapoNord looks ready for anything

CapoNord looks ready for anything

THE CapoNord is going to be a genuine rival for bikes like BMW’s R1150GS and Honda’s Varadero. It even coped with a little bit of off-road riding in Sardinia. ” I tried it on a bit of green laning...

More scenes from Daytona

More scenes from Daytona

Our man in Florida has been busy with the camera again and sent us his latest batch of images for you to enjoy. The Daytona Bike Week is warming up and the streets are getting more and more lairy, so...

If only all decisions were as enjoyable

If only all decisions were as enjoyable

HERE in Britain, our roads are titchy and crammed with traffic, our speed limits are archaic and proliferating speed cameras mean our chance of making the most of our bikes’ performance seem to...

Piaggio reveals 250… and promises a 500 to follow

Piaggio reveals 250… and promises a 500 to follow

PIAGGIO is launching a 250cc scooter next month called the Jupiter. Powered by a Yamaha YP250 Majesty engine it will be in UK showrooms by April. A 180cc version and a 500cc one will follow later this...

All these first tests coming soon

MCN’S Marc Potter will ride Ducati’s new 996R on Wednesday March 7, becoming one of the first people outside the factory to do so. And we’ll be bringing you his first reactions on that very day. In the next fortnight you can also look forward to the world’s first tests of the Aprilia CapoNord, Kawasaki RZX1200S and ZR7S and Piaggio’s new 500cc super-scooter, the X9. Keep checking back with...

Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

DUCATI bosses in Italy have confirmed they are working on a Monster tribute to four-times WSB champion Carl Fogarty based on the latest S4 version of the bike. It uses a 916cc water-cooled motor...

The choice is no longer so clear-cut

HERE in Britain, we have a history of favouring one type of bike over any other. More than any other riders in Europe, we choose to spend our money on sports bikes and superbikes. But now the first of a new breed of motorcycle has arrived, which could change all that. Say hello to Yamaha’s Fazer 1000 (see road test on page 24). It’s cheaper than a full-on superbike, but it still offers awesome...

Honed to perfection

Honed to perfection

HAVING honed and refined the FireBlade over the eight years since its introduction in 1992, Honda entered the new millennium with perhaps its most radical incarnation of the model yet. Although always...

INSURANCE The bike falls into the group 16 category in the UK, which means that certain types of cover in certain parts of the country for some riders isn’t available at all from a handful of firms, making shopping around for quotes essential rather than merely advisable. MODEL VARIATIONS When buying a ZX-9R, potential purchasers essentially have a choice of two main model types – the pre-1998 “B”...

The meanest green machine

The meanest green machine

KAWASAKI’S Ninja nine has enjoyed a cult following amongst the big cube cognoscenti, not just for its sheer performance but also for its styling and brute-force engine. Determined not to let their...

Forget Bodie and Doyle, the real professionals are here

Forget Bodie and Doyle, the real professionals are here

EVERY discipline has its crack troops, who are called into action for the key projects. You want to send specialists behind enemy lines to disable their radar systems? You need the SAS. You need to...

Benelli boss speaks exclusively to MCN

Benelli boss speaks exclusively to MCN

NOBODY outside the factory has ridden the Benelli Tornado yet but it’s already one of the most desirable bikes on the planet – and that is just for starters, according to Benelli president Andrea...

More Gatso cameras looming

EVERY police force in the country could soon be allowed to use money from speeding fines to pay for thousands more speed cameras. Following similar pilot schemes involving eight police forces around the country, the Association of Chief Police Officers has announced plans to spread the scheme nation-wide. Richard Brunstrom, chief constable of North Wales and ACPO co-ordinator of the scheme,...

A Triumph to make Italy tremble – but not Japan

A Triumph to make Italy tremble – but not Japan

TRIUMPH publicly unveiled to the world this morning the long-awaited successor to its 955i triple – and immediately told riders looking for something to humble a GSX-R1000 to look elsewhere. The...

Can we take the politicians seriously this time?

Can we take the politicians seriously this time?

REMEMBER the promises the Labour Party made before it was elected? All that stuff along the ” Bike to Basics ” line. Well, unfortunately, the party itself doesn’t. After a landslide victory,...

ZX-9R to power new musclebike

ZX-9R to power new musclebike

KAWASAKI is planning to launch a naked musclebike using a retuned version of the ZX-9R’s 144bhp engine. The 899cc four-cylinder engine could be tweaked to make more torque than the ZX-9R’s formidable...

There can be only one

There can be only one

AUSTRALIAN firm Hunwick Harrop has released full details of the Phantom 1500 cruiser. The bike, which is to go on sale over the Internet towards the end of the year, is the first in a range due for...

Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

A BRITISH-built superbike with the potential to take on the best Japanese and Italian machines is enough to get any rider’s mouth watering. And Triumph reckons its new 955i Daytona is exactly...

Have your cake. And eat it

Have your cake. And eat it

THREE-and-a-half hours ago, this bike was sat in the palm-shaded car park of a Sicilian hotel. Its futuristic, angular lines and silver colourscheme couldn’t have been in starker contrast to the...

Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

GILERA is expected to unveil a new 600cc sports bike at the Milan Show in September. Italian scooter giant Piaggio, Gilera’s parent company, has confirmed plans to reveal its first big bike since the...

Kawasaki’s big-bore response

Kawasaki’s big-bore response

KAWASAKI is working on a tourer which is destined to rival Yamaha’s all-new FJR1300. A new bike, thought to be called the ZZ-R1200, will be 2002’s answer to Yamaha’s 145bhp tourer, which has...

Don’t call me boring

Don’t call me boring

THE sound of a race bike at full chat is pretty exciting when you’re stood behind one as it flies past in a race. It’s even better if you manage to wangle your way into the paddock and get behind one...

Defy convention

Defy convention

IT’S not every day you get the chance to ride two new British motorcycles for the first time. And when they’re bikes like this, it’s an even more novel experience. The latest models from...

A standard R1 just wasn't enough

A standard R1 just wasn't enough

MODIFIED R1s can be found at every pub meet in the country, but few are as desirable as QB Carbon’s Yamaha. More than £12,000 has been lavished on the bike to turn it into the ultimate R1 – and it’s...

Learn to wheelie in a day… or your money back

Learn to wheelie in a day… or your money back

OVERRIDING your natural survival instincts is one of the toughest things a human can ever do. As a species, we’ve spent thousands of years relying on our innate self-preservation instincts to get us...