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Machine of the Year (Sports Tourer)

Machine of the Year (Sports Tourer)

And in the last 12 months there have been some fine entrants into this sector to run alongside a few old hands, which it has to be said are still among the most popular bikes in the UK. But the winner...

Directions

Directions

You take a left, then a left, then a left and, oh just keep going until you see the chequered flag.

Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

Yamaha’s new Tricker concept bike combines the 223cc SOHC four-stroke single of the new TW225 with an alloy beam frame. Yamaha says the bike was inspired by the X-Games – where BMXs and skateboards...

Why biking is back in fashion

Why biking is back in fashion

When we were kids, bikers were cool. Unless you’re over 50, you didn’t see hippie odyssey Easy Rider when it came out, and you almost certainly weren’t around when outlaw Marlon Brando terrorised...

Machine of the Year (All-rounder)

Machine of the Year (All-rounder)

The winner has taken the term all-rounder and redefined it …it is the Yamaha Fazer 1000. Despite a stiff price that has doubtless turned off many buyers, the Fazer 1000 has still sold well and anyone...

Manufacturer of the Year

Manufacturer of the Year

The bronze award goes to a company that relocated, restructured and plain and simple sold more bikes…Ducati The silver award goes to company that worked hard to reposition itself, offered some...

Grime. Together we’ll crack it

Grime. Together we’ll crack it

Cleanliness is a personal thing. Some reckon they can get by with a quick rub with a wet flannel. Others fell no less than an hour in the shower is sufficient. It’s the same with bikes. You may...

First details of bigger-bore Blade

First details of bigger-bore Blade

Honda’s FireBlade is to get a 1060cc capacity and a far more torque-laden power delivery. The idea is to open up a wider gap in character between the CBR600 and the Blade. The changes to the Blade are...

Step eight: Black trim

Step eight: Black trim

Items like mirrors (well the casing, not the glass), indicator stalks and rear mudguards. Cut a normal sponge into smaller pieces and apply a car bumper care product to the sponge. This will spread...

2001 Ulster GP

2001 Ulster GP

One GP Rossi couldn’t win

XR250 goes supermoto

XR250 goes supermoto

Honda has given its XR250 crosser a supermoto spin and dubbed it the Custom. The bike – revealed at Tokyo – is a one-off to show how customers can transform the XR using readily available parts. In...

Product of the Year (Clothing)

Product of the Year (Clothing)

Congratulations to Thunderchild for spotting the opening in the British market for the Roof range of helmets, epitomised by the Diversion, a helmet which combines unique and stylish looks and great...

Troy Bayliss: in his own words

Rgvm: Congratulations Troy – whats the first thing you said/or will say to Colin Edwards when you lift the trophy? TroyBayliss: Nothing really. I don’t think there’s going to be any gloating. Dazzie: Troy, many congratulations! World Champion – how mental is that?! How does it feel!? TroyBayliss: Well, I just feel the same I did before it all happened really. But I do sort of feel a bit strange. I...

Doing it Hizzy style

Doing it Hizzy style

Ride the Steve Hislop way

The history of four cylinders

The history of four cylinders

Four pistons hurtling up and down at up to 15,000 times a minute. Exhaust screaming. Air intakes howling. Whatever you think of four-cylinder sports bikes, you can’t deny they do their job pretty...

Dealer (Clothing & Accessories)

With a growing network of stores Hein Gericke has taken the clothing retail experience to new heights, epitomised by its Belfast store. And despite some well-publicised problems with its holding company, Hein Gericke in the UK has continued to offer great products in a great environment. So congratulations to Hein Gericke. 1. Hein Gericke, Belfast 2. Biker’s Clearance 3. Harpers

Dealer of the Year (more than one outlet)

Congratulations to George White a dealership chain that proves that you can offer great personal service in a modern retail environment and offer a great range of products. 1. George White 2. Lloyd Cooper 3. Colin Appleyard Shortlisted: Bridge Motorcycles

Step two: Wheels and degreasing:

Step two: Wheels and degreasing:

Your wheels are usually the dirtiest part of your bike. They’re nearest the road so they get road grime, but they also get the worst of chain lube and brake dust. A good spray over with a motorcycle...

CCM R30 Supermoto

CCM R30 Supermoto

The CCM is like one of those deep sea fish that’s all head and teeth – only in this case it’s nearly all engine. The enormous, 20 year-old, aircooled Rotax 600 dominates the R30 from either side. Add...

Funeral procession draws riders from around the country

The funeral for Shire Training Service’s boss Colin Fenton was held on Thursday morning. More than 40 friends and former pupils travelled from around the country to ride in the funeral procession, which took in the Monks Wood stretch of Cambridgeshire B-roads he loved so much. Colin died following a stroke. His advanced riding tips and advice often featured in the motorcycling press and he...

Dealer of the Year (one outlet)

Congratulations to CW Motorcycles, a dealership which our readers tell us really knows how to combine service and excellence with an expert knowledge of the BMWs they sell. On top of that independent surveys consistently put this dealership at, or near, the top, which it is why it is a worthy winner of Bridgestone MCN Dealer of the Year single outlet category. 1. CW Motorcycles 2. Millennium...

Get your foot down

Get your foot down

Knee-sliders? No. Sole sliders? Quite possibly.

Place your bets…now!

Place your bets…now!

He’s an ultra fit athlete who trains hard and is in peak physical condition. BUT how long can British Supersport rider John McGuinness hold his breath? 18 seconds, 28 seconds or 58 seconds?...

Supermoto test

Supermoto test

There comes a time when every sportsbike rider finds him (or her)self in a hedge, or a court, or even a pawn shop, wondering where it all went wrong. Sound familiar? Of course it does. It’s called...

Step three: Bodywork

Step three: Bodywork

With the grease removed, you can now see where the dirt is. This may also include the wheels and brakes, despite your efforts with the degreaser. Cover the entire machine with a motorcycle cleaner,...

Step nine: Finishing

By this time, you’ve spent a couple of hours and you’re tired. But you should have a good sense of reward. This is a good time to lube the chain, because chances are you’re not going to ride straight away, and again overspray will come off easily with the polish. As always, there’s no need to drown the chain in lube. It’s best left overnight after lubing, to work into the chain – if you ride...

Accessories

HONDA has more or less grown a new department to keep up with the demands of the modern rider – Honda Accessory Corporation. The job of HAC staff will be to offer riders a complete range of totally integrated extras for their machines, instead of having to pick and choose among aftermarket parts. The new VFR and Hornet 900 will be the first bikes to benefit from the new accessories, with a range...

More bhp at a stroke

More bhp at a stroke

IMAGINE riding a 600cc sports bike that turns into a 750 at the twist of the throttle. No nitrous, no big-bore kit, just ready power. It sounds like fantasy, but this is the reality of a radical new...

Video: On board Hodgson’s WSB Ducati at Donington

Video: On board Hodgson’s WSB Ducati at Donington

CLICK the MOV link right (if you have Quicktime player installed on your PC) or the RM link (for Real player users) to download on-board video clips of MCN’s Marc Potter lapping Donington on Hodgson’s...

Victory reveals its vision of future cruising

Victory reveals its vision of future cruising

AMERICAN cruiser firm Victory has revealed a glimpse of what its future models could offer in the shape of the aptly named Vision concept bike. Pretty? well, we’ll leave you to form your own opinions...

Motorcycle Ambulance Technician

Motorcycle Ambulance Technician

Name: Paul Keating. Age: 37. Salary: £21,450. Hours: 39 a week (average). Special requirements: Need basic life support training plus the completion of a three-week police motorcycle response course.

Railway Incident response Manager

Railway Incident response Manager

Name: Robin Bennett. Age: 34. Salary: £15,000 plus. Special Requirements: Basic railway qualifications, advanced riding course, off-road training. Work Bike: Honda Transalp. Bike Extras: Tracking...

Walker signs for Kawasaki WSB – full story

Walker signs for Kawasaki WSB – full story

LAST UPDATED 11am MONDAY OCTOBER 15 CHRIS WALKER is back – just three months after he was dropped from the Shell Advance Honda 500GP team, he has signed a deal to ride a factory Kawasaki in WSB. It...

Launch of the 998R

Launch of the 998R

A new era for Ducati… another WSB winner revealed

Threesy rider

Threesy rider

IF Del and Rodney ever do become ” miwwionnaires ” , here’s what they’d rush out and buy. Like their trusty yellow Reliant van, The Corbin Merlin Roadster is a threewheeler, but there the similarity...

You asked Walker – here’s his answers

You asked Walker – here’s his answers

CHRIS WALKER took the stand this week to answer the questions you wanted the answers to just days after he signed to Kawasaki to race in WSB next season. The questions ranged from the serious to the...