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Cat and Fiddle run improved

Cat and Fiddle run improved

One of our favourite roads is re-opening. Parts of the Cat And Fiddle road – also known as the A537 Buxton-to-Macclesfield – have been shut over the last three weeks for roadworks. You’ll be pleased...

FJR1300 long term test: The value of a good warranty

FJR1300 long term test: The value of a good warranty

It’s never much fun when something goes wrong with your bike. But these things do happen, even with bikes under a year old. After all, that’s what warranties are for. The important thing when things...

A flip-up numberplate? If only it was legal

A flip-up numberplate? If only it was legal

007 would love it. Press a button and this numberplate folds in half to cover up your number. Sadly this is strictly illegal for use on the road. But, you’d only want one as a show plate or on a track...

Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

Ducati chose its first big U.S. rally to unveil its Ben Bostrom replica 998S. The bike was shown off for the first time at the Ducati Revs America event in Las Vegas. Bostrom’s helmet design was the...

Too much Guinness

Too much Guinness

The Ulster GP can be fun… but don’t overdo the black stuff.

You’re nicked sonny! Think, you’ll find I’m not, officer

You’re nicked sonny! Think, you’ll find I’m not, officer

The rules police must follow when nicking you for speeding are complex and thorough. Our guide to them will equip you to make the most of your rights should that summons come. We’ve put it together...

Price of MV Agustas, Triumphs and Cagivas tumble

Price of MV Agustas, Triumphs and Cagivas tumble

Three manufacturers have announced price cuts ranging from £100 right up to £1500. Even the lusted after MV Agusta F4S is down £1001. And there are hefty savings from Triumph. The new recommended...

Drysdale GP engine based on road V8

Drysdale GP engine based on road V8

Australian engineer Ian Drysdale is close to completing his second road-going V8-based road bike. But as he puts the finishing touches to The Cruiser, he’s already designing and building his next...

Your chance to interview Max Biaggi

Your chance to interview Max Biaggi

We’ve lined-up an interview with GP superstar Max Biaggi early in November and we want you to put the questions. We’ll be meeting the Yamaha star for an exclusive chat but time will be short so we...

Put that radar gun away officer

Put that radar gun away officer

This ain’t no ride out… it’s the Ulster GP

Where would we be without the XT500?

Where would we be without the XT500?

We can thank Yamaha for the current big, single-cylinder trail bikes that give us such an unexpected laugh on the road, and yet still manage to plug through mud and up and down green lanes when the...

Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

The fashion for retro looks has reached off-road styled bikes. The latest to reflect the trend is Kawasaki’s 250TR. It looks like a 1970s scrambler – but is actually aimed at style-conscious...

Your chance to design Hodgson’s Ducati superbike paintscheme

Your chance to design Hodgson’s Ducati superbike paintscheme

Here’s a unique opportunity to help shape how Neil Hodgson and James Toseland’s GSE Racing Ducatis will look in next year’s World Superbike championship. Use your artistic skills to come up with a...

Benefits of being a two-stroke

Benefits of being a two-stroke

We’re all familiar with big capacity four-stroke singles, because they’re the most interesting. But a third of today’s single-cylinder bikes are much smaller-capacity two-strokes; usually mopeds and...

Ready for your close-up

Ready for your close-up

Fans can get close to their heroes at the Ulster GP

The history of the single

The history of the single

Ninety per cent of singles are learner bikes or big trailies. Does that make them irrelevant to modern motorcycling life? Are they just the poorest cousin of all bike engines, reserved for the...

Honda’s other V-TEC bike gets upgraded version for 2002

Honda’s other V-TEC bike gets upgraded version for 2002

Honda’s CB400 Super Four, the V-TEC-assisted bike that led the way for the 2002 VFR800 V-TEC , has been given a new version of the system for next year. The Japan-only bike uses the firm’s Hyper V-TEC...

Tips to get more from the NEC Show… and how to get there

Tips to get more from the NEC Show… and how to get there

The International Motorcycle and Scooter Show (The NEC Show to you and I) opens its doors on November 9. It’s a biggy, and can be overwhelming if you don’t go armed with a bit of forward planning. Our...

Aren’t they looking young these days?

Aren’t they looking young these days?

I say old chap, you might want to try a smaller shell

Honda to close its UK riders club

Honda to close its UK riders club

The 20,000-member HUKRC (Honda UK Riders’ Club) will close on Thursday, November 1. It will mean the end for the club’s rideouts, holidays and discounted official Honda goods and cheap tickets to...

DIY road test: Sports 600s

DIY road test: Sports 600s

Here at MCN we regularly get readers and site visitors volunteering to write up their experiences on two wheels for the general enlightenment of the rest of the world. It’s hard to find space for this...

Keep pillion pegs and indicators with new high-level Micron

Keep pillion pegs and indicators with new high-level Micron

Micron is launching a new high-mount silencer for the Yamaha R6 which allows you to keep your pillion pegs and your indicators. The indicator position is moved, but you get all the bracketry and parts...

2002 MCN Awards reward everything from best kit to best bikes

2002 MCN Awards reward everything from best kit to best bikes

The sixth annual MCN Awards were held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Wednesday, October 24, to reward everything the Motorcyclist of the Year to the Machine of the Year. Neil...

Step seven: Rubbers

Step seven: Rubbers

No giggling at the back! There are lots of rubber parts on your bike – hoses and the like. Whether you’ve had the fairing off or not, you can get to a lot of the engine hoses with a silicon spray.

Machine of the Year (Sports under 601cc)

Machine of the Year (Sports under 601cc)

In a category where the Yamaha R6 doesn’t even get on the podium, you know that the standards are high. So congratulations to Suzuki’s GSX-R600 for taking the honours. The GSX-R was relaunched this...

Machine of the Year (Sports over 601cc)

Machine of the Year (Sports over 601cc)

Every now and again a new motorcycle comes along which redefines what is great, which resets the standards and which everyone knows is the new benchmark. The GSX-R1000 has done that, just as the...

Machine of the Year (Scooter/Moped)

Machine of the Year (Scooter/Moped)

The best way to provide a future for motorcycling is to get kids on bikes and if ever a scooter was going to do that it is the Gilera DNA, as sales are already proving. It is unique, affordable and...

Step six: Polish

The machine needs to be dry for this – polish doesn’t work on a wet bike. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to apply polish by the gallon. All that does is leave white lines between the panels and around graphic stickers and fairing bolts. Apply polish to all the bodywork and the wheels, but don’t do black trim and obviously keep it off parts like brake discs. Unless you enjoy the...

Man of the Year

Man of the Year

Voted for by the readers and users of MCN this coveted Award has in the past been won by some of the greatest names in motorcycle racing. Men like Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Barry Sheene, Carl...

The final verdict, the lack of any Japanese bikes, and how to ride sideways

The final verdict, the lack of any Japanese bikes, and how to ride sideways

Verdict Despite its wild looks and our desire for the British bike to win, the CCM is the one that feels least comfortable on the road mainly because it’s pretty much set up as an out and out race...

Honda’s vision of future commuting

Honda’s vision of future commuting

IT seems Honda is not even pausing for breath after launching the the new all-new VFR800, Blade, Pan-European and Hornet 900 – for the firm will reveal no less than 15 new designs later this week,...

Machine of the Year (Cruiser)

Machine of the Year (Cruiser)

In the judges opinion, despite only just being released, the winner, and still the real thing…is the Harley V-Rod Other manufacturers have spent years trying to copy the look and feel of a Harley and...

Motorcyclist of the Year

Motorcyclist of the Year

For the first time, MCN is proud to honour, in its Awards, the ordinary British motorcyclist. Why? Well because some of things that they do are amazing. Hardly a week goes by when we at the MCN...

Drysdale V8 1000 ready to roll

Drysdale V8 1000 ready to roll

Aussie firm Drysdale is putting the finishing touches to its new 1000cc naked bike. Only a handful will be built each year and it’s no surprise – with a tiny team of engineers and a price tag of...

Bid for WSB goodies and help Riders for Health

Bid for WSB goodies and help Riders for Health

You could be enjoying VIP treatment at a WSB round of your choice next season (where the battle between Chris Walker and Neil Hodgson will be rejoined) if yours is the highest bid in a great charity...

KTM LC4 Supermoto

KTM LC4 Supermoto

If you’re looking for the mad dog in this test, you’ve found it. The KTM LC4 Supermoto is a full-on dirt racer with 17 inch wheels and a bigger front disc. End of story. And you aren’t going to...