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Get out of that!

Get out of that!

OK, all you need to do is ride over this lot…

Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

RIDER: John CrawfordPOWER: Over 165bhp@14,000rpmDRY WEIGHT: 162kgTOP SPEED: 190mphRESULTS:Donington Park: 3rd and 3rd Silverstone: 3rd and 5thSnetterton: 7th and 7thOulton Park: DNF and 4th

Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

Sometimes, the strangest combinations actually go together remarkably well. When I was a kid, my favourite teatime snack was peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Other children would curl their lips with...

More for the TT fans

More for the TT fans

They might call the 250 race the Lightweight, but it's a race for the real heavyweights of The Island.

Supersport Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

RIDER: Karl HarrisPOWER: Over 120bhp@14,200rpmDRY WEIGHT: 167kgTOP SPEED: 175mphRESULTS: Donington Park: DNFSilverstone: 3rdSnetterton: 6thOulton Park: 3rd

Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

This year Suzuki has done the triple with its 600, 750 and 1000. All three are the best bikes in their class. Best meaning the most-focussed, lightest and most powerful bikes in their respective...

Junior Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

Junior Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R600

RIDER: James HutchinsPOWER: Over 105bhp@13,800rpmDRY WEIGHT: 170kgTOP SPEED: 165mphRESULTS: Donington Park: 2ndSilverstone: InjuredSnetterton: InjuredOulton Park: Injured

Kicking up dust

Kicking up dust

You don't need to ride THAT close to the kerbs, John!

What happened next?

What happened next?

The bright lights of indoor arena trials shine again

Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R1000

Superstock Clarion Suzuki GSX-R1000

RIDER: John CrockfordPOWER: Over 155bhp@12,400rpmDRY WEIGHT: 175kgTOP SPEED: 190mphRESULTS: Donington Park: 5thSilverstone: DNFSnetterton: DNFOulton Park: 7th

First pictures of Road Star Warrior

First pictures of Road Star Warrior

Yamaha’s new XV1700 Road Star Warrior is unveiled today, boasting sports bike technology and cruiser styling.The Warrior’s engine is pure cruiser. Based on the XV1600 Wild Star’s 48 degree air-cooled...

German and British firms consider link to buy TL engines

German and British firms consider link to buy TL engines

GERMAN firm Sachs and British company CCM are in talks aimed at teaming up to buy Suzuki TL V-twin engines.CCM refuses to confirm it, but an insider at Sachs said: " It helps if we work...

Out and about: Hunstanton

Out and about: Hunstanton

Hunstanton hands over a prime parking spot to motorcycles, close to the bandstand and nestled between amusement arcades and cafes.There are some good routes to it to be found if you scour your map of...

The view from the mudguard…

The view from the mudguard…

The TT might not be on for the racers, but we can still marvel at what they do.

Long term test: Life with an FJR

Long term test: Life with an FJR

I had said farewell to my ZX-12R in mid-December. It was mid-May before I finally got my hands on the FJR. I hadn't even ridden a push bike in the intervening time. You will therefore understand my...

The advantages of lightweight wheels

WHERE do you start when you want to modify your bike? A bit of engine tuning first, maybe upgrade the brakes to suit the improved performance and as it goes along add rear sets and finish off with a spangly new paint job. But would you add lightweight wheels?For most of us, light wheels are something of a luxury item. They cost a fortune, admittedly look good but surely they can’t make that much...

Missing the TT?

Missing the TT?

Let Steve Hislop bring it a little closer…

Rival parties pass their verdict

Conservatives " Labour have been all mouth and no delivery in their integrated transport strategy. The Government doesn’t even measure journey times in congested cities. If they did, they’d find motorcycles to be the shortest. Labour should be promoting two-wheelers instead of clobbering motorists. We will do our utmost to empower bikes. In congested areas in particular, motorcycles play a...

Joining our cameraman at his proper job

Joining our cameraman at his proper job

David Jefferies shows the skills needed to wield the MCN onboard camera

Labour’s roads minister interviewed on bike policy

Labour’s roads minister interviewed on bike policy

EVERY four years, something strange happens to politicians. Suddenly, their horizons broaden.They develop keen interests in anything from farmers to bone marrow transplants, so quickly it makes people...

Our first long term test on a Buell

Our first long term test on a Buell

I was shaking. Part cold, part anticipation, part excitement. But mainly fear. I was just about to to pick up my Buell X1 Lightning. Problem was, I had not ridden a motorcycle in 15 years and I don’t...

Rare Ducatis become available

Rare Ducatis become available

Just when you thought Ducati’s super-exclusive MH900E was impossible to get hold of… a British dealer has managed to bag a couple.But if you want one you really shouldn’t hang about. DK has just two...

Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

The last time I rode a ZX-12R, it topped out with a less than hyperbolic 183mph, or 12mph slower than a politically castrated 2000 Hayabusa, leaving in its wake more questions than answers. But let...

Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

September will see the launch of Suzuki’s new Skywave 650 – a big bore scooter aimed at bikes like Yamaha’s T-max and Honda’s Silverwing.Like its competitors, the bike will use a two-cylinder engine...

Yamaha Bulldog revealed

Yamaha Bulldog revealed

Yamaha’s new Bulldog BT1100 is revealed today for the first time.The Japanese firm claims the Bulldog is specifically designed to meet the needs of the European market.Yamaha reckons its new machine...

Government orders dark visor tests… at night

Government orders dark visor tests… at night

The Government is ordering tests on dark visors… AT NIGHT.The decision (and we wish the testers the best of luck) has been taken after an initial report suggested dark visors are fine for daytime use...

Strange tales from when the racers are at play

There’s a clapped-out cliché that’s been pinned to the noticeboard of many a place of employment over the years which reads as follows: " You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here – But It Helps! " While many workplaces aren’t exactly the lunatic asylums they’d like to think they are, the bike racing industry can rest easy in the knowledge that, for them, this shop-soiled sentiment...

Now this is gonna hurt…

Now this is gonna hurt…

Not your average tank-slapper

Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

Kawasaki is launching a budget cruiser aimed at the Harley Sportster market.The bike will join the firm’s VN1500 family next year, say sources close to the factory. The Japanese firm’s VN range...

Some more dirt to roll around in

Some more dirt to roll around in

Scenes from the 2000 Motocross des Nations, MX's World Cup

Ready for the gun…

Ready for the gun…

36 bikes, one corner… you work it out

How to avoid aches and pains when riding

How to avoid aches and pains when riding

WristsIf you ride a bike for long enough you can fall foul of an affliction known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The ‘carpal tunnel’ is a bracelet of bones and ligament at the base of your hand and anyone...

Hitch a ride with Ronnie

Hitch a ride with Ronnie

Ride with the man who gives David Beckham hair tips

Are "real world" bikes the future?

Are "real world" bikes the future?

Sports bikes have a tradition of outselling all other types of motorcycle in the UK, and the latest sales figures show they’re still our first choice.But they also reveal something else. Though the...

Suzuki France launches limited edition Bandit

Suzuki France launches limited edition Bandit

Suzuki France has commissioned Tuning Formula to create a limited edition Bandit 1200 called the Alcatraz.The Bandit’s two handlebar clamps are replaced with a one-piece alloy clamp, which is engraved...

Magni’s retro masterpiece

Magni’s retro masterpiece

The late ’60s and early ’70s will be remembered for plenty of things. It was the era of Afghan coats, stacked boots, keep on trucking badges and hair that was long at the back and short on top.Weeding...