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Six new supermotos launched in UK

Six new supermotos launched in UK

SUPERMOTO race and road bikes are rapidly gaining in popularity, or so we’re told. And here’s some evidence it might be true – in the shape of SIX new models coming to the UK. Italian firm Vertemati...

£100,000 added to Joey Dunlop fund

£100,000 added to Joey Dunlop fund

Helmet maker Arai has boosted the Joey Dunlop Fund by £100,000 in recognition of Joey’s loyalty to the brand during his career. The money was raised though the sale of a limited series of Dunlop...

World’s first test on Honda’s new Hornet 900

World’s first test on Honda’s new Hornet 900

HONDA’S new Hornet 900 comes with an asking price of under £6000, a fun-loving attitude and a wild streak that will have you laughing time after time. We managed to get a first ride on the new Hornet...

Now that’s some record

Now that’s some record

A man worthy of respect

Your 2002 new bike questions answered

Your 2002 new bike questions answered

We’ve got all the new bikes of 2002 arranged in one massive archive (which you can get to by following the link on the right) but if you still had questions about the bikes you could have joined our...

Watch our exclusive 998 video

Click on the links, right, to download our exclusive video, recorded at the official launch test of the bike in Italy.

Husaberg refines line-up for 2002

Husaberg refines line-up for 2002

After last year’s all-new range of machines, Husaberg has been busy refining its new designs further. All the new models feature re-designed engine cases, which are stronger and lighter. The electric...

Hislop in hospital: in his own words

Dazzie: Steve, very bad luck on the crash – what is the latest on your injuries? SteveHislop: The latest is everything is looking pretty good. If I improve in the next 2 or 3 weeks as much as I have in the last 2 days, I’ll be laughing. The pain has gone from the ankle and my leg, it’s just the collarbone which is niggly. Delbert6: Hi Steve, does such a nasty crash affect your bottle? SteveHislop:...

Decision on dark visors due

Decision on dark visors due

The verdict on whether or not we can legally wear dark visors on UK roads is finally ready to be made… a year after Government-commissioned experts first started sifting the evidence. The Department...

So that’s what Honda meant by ‘big bang’

So that’s what Honda meant by ‘big bang’

Melbourne based Australian artist Eamon O’Toole has created this sculpture as a tribute to five-time 500cc GP champion Mick Doohan. Don’t be alarmed, the bike is a full-scale model… not a chopped up...

Things we’ve experienced since the FireBlade

Things we’ve experienced since the FireBlade

It’s ten years since the world was rocked by the unveiling of Honda’s FireBlade, but just how far has biking really come since 1991? When the CBR900 hit the showrooms, thousands of people rushed to...

Police call for your help in hunt for thieves

Police call for your help in hunt for thieves

Police have run out of leads in their hunt for a thief who got away with 15 Yamahas in one raid. Now they need your help. A white ERF van was stolen when the driver, who was transporting the bikes...

The Ducati 998 test

The Ducati 998 test

The shape of Ducati’s 996 seems to have been around for ever – just like that other curvy design icon it’s often compared to, the Coca-Cola bottle. Now there’s another Ducati packaged in those classic...

Multi-million pound bid to beat vehicle crime

Multi-million pound bid to beat vehicle crime

The Government is making a multi-million pound effort to cut vehicle crime… and they’ve managed to find room for 10 tips to beat bike theft among it all. Essentially, it’s a campaign to make us all...

Don’t forget the basics

Don’t forget the basics

Turn the fuel switch to on, you fool!

How long must we wait for 2002 bikes?

How long must we wait for 2002 bikes?

You’ve seen the new bikes of 2002, first on this site. Now you’ll want to know when they will hit a show room near you… and be available to buy. Use our round-up to see when the new bikes will be...

World economy teeters… but Harley just keeps rumbling on

World economy teeters… but Harley just keeps rumbling on

A month on from the terror attacks on New York and Washington and while the world economy teeters, Harley-Davidson just keeps powering on. Perhaps Americans are backing the good old US of A more than...

Dainese reveals stronger alternative to leather

Dainese reveals stronger alternative to leather

Dainese is introducing a man-made alternative to leather which it claims is 10 times stronger. The material, called D-stone, will go on sale soon in the form of a one-piece suit and two jackets – and...

New bikes supplement free with Wednesday’s MCN

New bikes supplement free with Wednesday’s MCN

With an all-new R1 and a fresh FireBlade among the hundreds of new models due next year, choosing a bike is about to get harder than ever – but the free supplement in MCN on sale on Wednesday, October...

A Road racing school for kids

A Road racing school for kids

The three R6 riders are giving it a handful, but it’s no use. The two Aprilia RS125s which have just appeared out of the murk behind them are closing fast. Eventually, the trio realise the futility of...

We’ve lost

We’ve lost

Dayglo Pink Kit: Like shell suits and mullets, some of the worst fashion atrocities of the eighties still hadn’t had the decency to die gracefully by the time 1991 rolled around. We all have painful...

Full transcript of live webchat with Hislop

Full transcript of live webchat with Hislop

Injured Steve Hislop told motorcyclenews.com users he will never, ever ride in the TT again during a live web chat session. Joining the session from his hospital bed in Kettering, Northants, Hizzy...

First test and video action of the new 998

First test and video action of the new 998

The new 998 has a new frame and a new 123bhp Testastretta engine based around the new narrow head Testastretta motor. Here you’ll read our first full test and get the chance to see and hear the bike...

Your pet hates revealed

Your pet hates revealed

Thousands of riders have been surveyed to find out what we really, really hate – and top of the list is car drivers chucking burning cigarettes out of their windows. The Motorcycle Industry...

The Ducati 998 technical changes

The Ducati 998 technical changes

Engine: The new Testastretta engine is the cornerstone of the 998 range and Ducati’s future sports bike production. It’s an all-new design first shown on the top-of-the-range 996R last year.

Making the GSX-R1000 even more special

Making the GSX-R1000 even more special

FRENCH tuning firm West Bike has changed the current GSX-R so much it looks like a completely new bike. With a retro paintjob and around 170bhp, you know it’s a little different. Combine that with a...

Bike cop killed in hit and run

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a driver sped off after killing a police motorcyclist. They believe the driver deliberately rammed PC Malcolm Walker’s Pan European in Birmingham on Thursday, October 4. If you have any information that could help track the driver, call on: 0845-1135000.

G-Racer points to bikes of the future

G-Racer points to bikes of the future

The firm which helped develop Ducati’s MH900e and Benelli’s beautiful Tornado has come up with a new prototype created to do a lap of the planet. And while the bike itself is unlikely to ever see the...

Evolution of a legend

Evolution of a legend

1993: The 916 Strada is introduced with the look and style we’ve come to know and love. Its 916cc motor makes a claimed 109bhp and it’s only available with a single seat. 1994: The 916 Biposto takes...

motorcyclenews.com wins two major awards

motorcyclenews.com wins two major awards

THIS site was awarded Best New Launch and Best Design in the prestigious PPAi awards at the Millennium Mayfair, London, on Tuesday night. Motorcyclenews.com was also short-listed for Best Integration...

Got a Gixxer? You could star in next MCN video

Got a Gixxer? You could star in next MCN video

Have you got a trick GSX-R? Do you consider yourself something of a hooligan, closet or otherwise? Get in touch and you could be on your way to featuring in MCN’s next video. If you reckon you or your...

We’ve gained

We’ve gained

Aprilia: The Italian firm has grown from a miniscule manufacturer of stylish two-strokes to the second biggest bike-maker in Europe, producing some of the world’s most desirable superbikes. But that’s...

Speed camera loophole lets riders off the hook

Speed camera loophole lets riders off the hook

A newly-discovered legal loophole could mean any rider caught speeding on camera now has a get-out clause and could spell the end of rear-facing cameras… the only ones that could ever catch us...

Rieju reveals Yamaha-powered 125s

Spanish firm Rieju is bringing two new Yamaha-powered supermoto and motocross-style machines to the UK. The MRX and SMX are both 125cc four-strokes with twin-beam steel frames and Showa upside-down forks. The only differences between the SMX supermoto and MRX motocross versions are the addition of road tyres, polished aluminium wheels, an electric start and a rev counter to the SMX bike. There are...

Hybris takes streamlining to extremes

Hybris takes streamlining to extremes

It’s got bucket seats, will lean over as far as 45-degrees and is capable of well over 150mph… it’s the Hybris. French firm Hybris Concept put the bike on display at Paris. It comes complete with a...

Our 996 winner revealed

Our 996 winner revealed

Barry Simkins is the very chuffed and proud winner of out latest give-away: a blood red Ducati 996. Barry won with a simple answer to a simple WSB question in the competitions section of our site and...