2004

RVF is better than ever

RVF is better than ever

Now that I've finally stopped holding a grudge against our Used Bikes Editor for sending my RVF400RR (on loan from DK Motorcycles) into a gravel trap at Rockingham, I can finally admit that it might...

On the road again

On the road again

The CBR600F is back on the road at last after finally getting a new chain and sprockets fitted. The Renthal set that I fitted back in May had really suffered hard after doing around15,000 miles but...

Le cops nab our man

Le cops nab our man

Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar is completing his last session at the European Superbikes School three day track course at the Norgaro circuit in France. He's going quicker but is 90 Euros lighter in...

Z750 tidied and sorted

Z750 tidied and sorted

Changing the suspension on my Z750 made a big difference when I rode it at Rockingham. The Hagon Products (0208 502 6222) front and rear suspension took the handling from 'ok' to confidence...

Our big French thrash

Our big French thrash

Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar has just called from the pits at the Nogaro circuit in France, where he's improving his track skills with the European Superbike School. Farquhar is sweltering in 25...

French tour for CBR

French tour for CBR

motorcyclenew.com's Angus Farquhar is off to France on his long-term test Honda CBR600F on Friday, September 24, to take part in a three-day track school at Nogaro. Farquhar is riding down to the...

Final Rockingham night

Final Rockingham night

Wednesday September 1, is the last chance to meet the MCN longterm test bike riders at a Rockingham track evening. Attending will be MCN Editor Marc Potter on his Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade, Chief...

GSX-R tweeks tested

GSX-R tweeks tested

The tweeks to my GSX-R1000's suspension have made a significant improvement to the way the bike handles on track. I rode Rockingham on August 18. Harris's Ohlins suspension experts adjusted my...

Long termers on track

Long termers on track

A host of MCN long term test bikes and their riders enjoyed a cracking night at Rockingham on Wednesday. Editor Marc Potter was there with his blade, road tester Michael Neeves took his R1 out, road...

GSX14 passes track test

GSX14 passes track test

The GSX1400 made its track debut on August 25 at a Rockingham track evening - and it worked a treat. Stiffening up the suspension seemed to transform the bike to the point it was grinding the pegs at...

Meet us at Rockingham

Meet us at Rockingham

Meet members of the MCN team at Rockingham track evenings this month - the latest is on Wednesday, August 25. It's our third evening of this current season - and they continue every Wednesday up to...

Crunch time for our RVF

Crunch time for our RVF

Our long term test RVF400RR (on loan from DK Motorcycles) is in need of cosmetic repair work after a bit of off road action at a rain-soaked Rockingham on Wednesday night (Aug 18). Used Bikes Editor...

Calling GSX-R owners

Calling GSX-R owners

Got a GSX-R? So have three of MCN’s long term test team and we’ll be taking all of them to Crescent Suzuki’s performance centre in Verwood, Dorset for an open weekend all GSX-R...

Z750 debuts on track

Z750 debuts on track

Sat in the MCN office at 4.15pm on Wednesday night (August 11) my heart was pounding and my palms were sweaty - as they always are before I embark on a track day. Last night I attended the California...

MCN tour hits first snag

MCN tour hits first snag

MCN's Angus Farquhar and Marc Abott have reached Ireland after an eventful first stage of their trip to the Emerald Isle. Used Bikes Editor Farquhar was enjoying the sun started to go down - and he...

MCN tour hits NW200

MCN tour hits NW200

MCN’s dynamic touring duo, Angus Farquhar and Marc Abbott, have spent the afternoon in Joey’s Bar on their trip around Northern Ireland and Eire. Farquhar says the weather is good and...

MCN rides Rockingham

MCN rides Rockingham

The consensus amoung the other riders was the same, with everyone having a great time. And in the paddock we had been joined by other memebers of the MCN staff, including Editor Marc Potter. It felt...

GSX14 hits 5000 miles

GSX14 hits 5000 miles

MCN'S Suzuki GSX1400 long-termer is now 5000 miles old and is really coming into its own. The first report on the bike, supplied by Fowlers of Bristol on long-term loan, is in the August 11 issue of...

MCN tours Ireland

MCN tours Ireland

After another night back in Bray, the pair set out to make the long trip back all in one go. 100 miles to the ferry, a two and a half hour crossing and 350 miles across Britain seemed like a do-able...

Follow MCN on tour

Follow MCN on tour

MCN’s Angus Farquhar and Marc Abbott are off on a tour of the Emerald Isle this week on their long-term test bikes Farquhar and Abbott will be pilling on the soft luggage and taking the Honda...

Great night at Squires

Great night at Squires

Many of the MCN long term fleet made the trek up the A1M from Peterborough on Wednesday June 23 to sample the bike meet at Squires Cafe in Yorkshire. It was an informal two-hour ride-out after work,...

Parking row latest

Parking row latest

The observant ones among you might remember that Editor David Cushman was unfortunate enough to have his 2004 GSX-R1000 stolen from a parking bay in London in April. His long term report, here,...

Rapid Skills day

Rapid Skills day

There’s not much point in having a sports bike if you don’t know how to use it properly. Having only ever owned all-rounders before I thought it was about time to learn some fast riding...

Back to superbike school

Back to superbike school

I know how to ride. Sounds arrogant doesn’t it? But it’s true, I really do know the theory of how to ride inside out. It’s the practice I sometimes struggle with. After a series of...

GSX-R breezes service

GSX-R breezes service

My GSX-R1000 has sailed through its first service - and that's a stage further than the first one I had this year... That one, you may recall, got stolen the day before it was booked in for its first...

Living with a CBR600F

Living with a CBR600F

Too much cold tyre acceleration ruined the first set of new tyres I put on the CBR but when I had the new Pirellis fitted the different profile made the tyre rub on the Hugger that was fitted to the...

Mistaken identity?

Mistaken identity?

Sometimes finding out more about a second-hand motorcycle can be fun, in a Sherlock Holmes kind of way. I'm planning to attend a trackday run by the guys at www.400greybike.co.uk, and thought I should...

Learning to love his GSX-R600

Learning to love his GSX-R600

Matt Wildee is one of MCN’s team of news reporters. He is running an O4 Suzuki GSX-R600 this year. This is what he has to say about it so far. The GSX-R and I are set for the ultimate summer. In...

Hooked on a Honda RVF400

Hooked on a Honda RVF400

It's the bike I always dreamed of owning as a teenager, and almost a decade later it's still as sexy as ever. It truly is a mini-version of the RC45 and every ride so far has had me imagining I'm at...

BMW R1200GS off to a bad start

BMW R1200GS off to a bad start

Peter Baker, 34, is running a 2004 BMW R1200GS for MCN this year. He’s one of the paper’s two Deputy Editors and has 20 years of riding experience. His previous bikes include a Triumph...

Daring to be different with a Multistrada

Daring to be different with a Multistrada

Phil West is MCN’s road test editor. He’s running a Ducati Multistrada this year. You can email him about it on phil.west@emap.com. Here’s what he has to say about the bike: Call me...

GSX-R750 turned me into a scrubber

GSX-R750 turned me into a scrubber

Andy Downes, MCN’s News Editor, is running a GSX-R750 this year. This is what he has to say about it so far. If you’ve got an ’04 GSX-R750 and want to contact Andy, email him at...

CBR is the perfect choice

CBR is the perfect choice

In the four weeks I've had it the CBR has done 1500 miles on everything from my daily commute to work, motorway trips around the country, and as many back lane rides with my mates as I could squeeze...