Picture exclusive: Getting technical with British Superbikes

Picture exclusive: Getting technical with British Superbikes

This week MCN brings you an exclusive road test on four of the best British Superbike motorcycles. MCN’s Senior road Tester Michael Neeves took to the track at Cadwell Park on champion Ryuichi...

Video: The best superbikes in the world?

We’ve just ridden the best superbikes in the country. Check out our video below to see how Ryuichi Kiyonari’s British Superbike Championship-winning Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade, Tommy Hill’s Virgin Yamaha R1, Michael Rutter’s Kawasaki ZX-10R and Cal Crutchlow’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 compare against each other. Read the full report in this week’s MCN, available Wednesday, October 31, 2007.

Picture special: Peugeot's new Satelis 500 maxi-scooter

Picture special: Peugeot's new Satelis 500 maxi-scooter

Peugeot’s new maxi-scooter, the Satelis 500, is one of the best-equipped – and most affordable – superscooters yet, as Kevin Ash discovered during his first test in MCN in its October 31 issue. What...

Video: Launch test of the 2008 Honda Transalp

MCN has tested the new 2008 Honda Transalp by riding it across the alps. Check out the video below to see the highights of the trip.

Suzuki RE5 Rotary

Impression of the 30-year-old Suzuki RE 5 rotary.

Video: 2008 Yamaha R6 track launch

MCN recently got to try out the new 2008 Yamaha R6 around the Sugo circuit in Japan. Check out the video below to see the bike in action and read the October 24 edition of MCN for the full report. Take a tour round the Yamaha Museum here

Video: 08 Hayabusa takes on the ZZ-R and K1200 on real-roads tour

Video: 08 Hayabusa takes on the ZZ-R and K1200 on real-roads tour

We’ve tested the 2008 Busa on it’s own, we’ve tested it on the track against the ZZ-R, now we’ve put it on real roads against the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 and BMW K1200S on a long-distance tour to Cornwall...

Breva 850 test

Moto Guzzi Breva 850 road test.

FJR vs Norge 1200

Here’s a road test of the Yamaha FJR1300AS and Moto Guzzi Norge 1200.

2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 first test report

2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 first test report

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin has just ridden the new 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 at Sugo in Japan. The full report will be in this the October 24 issue of MCN but here’s what he’s had to say: “The new...

108 Cylinder

On the road with a lot of six-cylinder motocycles.

New Suzuki test

Road test: Suzuki for motonieuws.nl

Moto Guzzi Breva 850

Road test: Moto Guzzi Breva 850 video

1300AS vs Norge1200

We were going to the motorshow at Paris on two bikes for a test ride. An impression for www.motornieuws.nl

World Superbikes' Max Biaggi's Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 explained

World Superbikes' Max Biaggi's Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 explained

Before riding (and crashing!) Max Biaggi’s Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 World Superbikes machine, MCN’s World Superbike reporter Michael Guy spoke to Max Biaggi’s crew chief, Giacomo Guidotti, about...

Video: World Superbike bikes tested

Check out the video below as MCN’s World Superbikes reporter, Michael Guy, and Senior Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, put three World Superbikes to the test in Magny Cours. We see Trevor Franklin check out Noriyuki Haga’s Yamaha R1 while Michael Guy sees what it takes to ride a world championship winning motorcycle as he tries James Toseland’s Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade for size around the French...

Picture special: Victory Kingpin 8-Ball

Picture special: Victory Kingpin 8-Ball

American manufacturer Victory motorcycles are certainly not holding back when it comes to taking a fight to their greatest rival Harley-Davidson. The new Kingpin 8-Ball cruiser has good...

Video: Hayabusa 08 Tested

Check out the video below as we take a look at the new 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa. MCN road testers Adam Child and Bruce Dunn tested the 2008 model to its limits at Bruntingthorpe circuit in Leicestershire with the help of five old Hayabusa owners. Like you, we were expecting big figures from these mighty rocket ships but came away slightly disappointed. The main reason is that all these bikes are now...

Video: Auto 66 at Elvington part two

Take a look at the video below to see what happened when MCN road tester, Adam Child put the Suzuki GSX-R600 through its paces.   Adam’s technically-gifted brother, Mark, and long-suffering dad finally got the old GSX-R600 ready for Elvington, the last meeting at the airfield track with Auto 66.   The motor  was up and running, Mark has even fitted a crank case breather system, all home made,...

Video: Onboard the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Watch our exclusive video of the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa flat out at Bruntingthorpe. MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child pushed the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa to an indicated 200mph. Then watch the new Suzuki GSXR1300 Hayabusa take on the Kawasaki ZZR 1400, flat out again. Watch the breathtaking race between the two hypersports motorcycles around the track. And read more details of the test...

Video: Akrapovic adds more power to Kawasaki Z1000

Watch this exclusive MCN video to see the fitting of a full Akrapovic exhaust to my long term test Kawasaki Z1000 motorcycle, which not only dropped loads of weight off the motorcycle but also gave another 11bhp. The Kawasaki Z1000’s stock exhausts are the only ‘Marmite’ part of the motorcycle, judging by MCN readers’ comments, which range from ‘distinctive’ to ‘minging’. Find parts and...

Kawasaki GTR1400 - an owner's view

The GTR1400 is slick, fast and very comfortable and I’ve also done 4000 miles but don’t worry about the fuel consumption. Mine averages around 30-33 mpg until we get on the motorway and hour after hour its 40-44 mpg averaging out at around 180 miles to a tank. On B-roads it’s thirsty but it is a big lump (mind you so am I) but it does redeem itself slightly on long rides which to be fair is what...

Video: First ride of the new Aprilia Mana

It’s half motorcycle and half automatic scooter, but is it any good? MCN man Michael Neeves travels to Turin to ride the new Aprilia Mana. Check out the video below to see how the bike faired in the Turin traffic and twisty country roads.

Off-road excursion

Went on a tour to France and ended up taking our road tyre-shod GS1150As off road for our first taste of dirt riding. We just happened to have 4 cameras running at the time – see how it worked out! For our latest TV venture, see www.ironbutts.co.uk

Video: Aprilia Shiver vs.the Suzuki SV650, BMW F800 and Street Triple

Aprilia’s new Shiver 750 v-twin is no ordinary naked bike, it handles like a supermoto and boasts a fly-by-wire throttle. Check out the video below to see how it fairs in the real world against the sensible usability of the Suzuki SV650, the handling of the BMW F800S or the shear fun of the Triumph Street Triple.

Video: The back roads of Britain by Bullet

“We were two up, weighed down with a tank bag and saddlebags, and lost somewhere in Wiltshire, trying to ride up a one-in-four narrow lane that was bereft Tarmac and covered in loose gravel. “The Bullet was chugging away effortlessly in second gear and I swear to God you could count each firing stroke. It was so utterly ludicrous in this modern era that I burst out laughing and nearly veered off...

Video: Words first test of the BMW Sport Boxer R1200S

BMW’s endurance racing Sport Boxer is more than just a racing protoype, it’s the development mule for the firms new road-going sports bike, the HP2 Sport, which is set to be unveiled at the Paris show next week. Check out the video below to see what MCN man Trevor Franklin thought of the race bike and then check back later in the week to get the first look at BMW’s 2008 range of bikes.

Video: Italjet are back with the Grifon 650

Italjet is one of Italy’s most famous bike makers. They went out of business in 2003, but now they’re back making scooters, quads and pit bikes – but the Grifon 650 could be their first step back onto the big-bike ladder. It’s a collaboration between Hyosung and Italjet; the 650cc V-twin engine and chassis comes from the Korean firm, while things like the suspension, spoked wheels, suspension,...

Boss Hoss test

On Saturday, we did a test ride on the Boss Hoss and made a little video with a simple camera. It was for Oliepeil.nl and motornieuws.nl

Haslam vs Tornado

Haslam vs Tornado

Leon Haslam racing an RAF Tornado GR4 on a Ducati 1098. Who won? Who cares? It was still awesome!

Video: Trails of the unexpected Part III

Time for the off. Can our three vintage trail bikes make it to Scarborough unscathed? And which will win? The mission was to buy and prepare three late 70s/early 80s trailies and ride them from Morecambe to Scarborough to find out which is the best within a budget of £1000 and we rejoin our team as the day of reckoning has come (see part one here and part two here). The moment, or hopefully...

Video: Full report on Ducati's Desmosedici RR

We’ve already brought you ourfirst impressions of the new Ducati Desmosedici RR when MCN road tester Michael Neeves got to ride the bike at the Mugello Circuit but now you can see Michael’s full report on the increible new motorcycle. Check out the video below to watch as Michael walks you through all the technical aspects of the MotoGP replica motorcycle and then takes the beast out on track to...

Ducati 1098 versus Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

Ducati 1098 versus Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

This test by TV show Fifth Gear puts the £151,000 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera up against a £11,250 Ducati 1098, ridden by British Superbikes Airwaves Ducati star Leon Haslam. The Ducati 1098...


Anyone with the age-old problem of a 29-inch or less inside leg measurement will know all too well the difficulty in finding a bike that allows you to get both feet, or even tip-toes, flat on the floor at standstill. Custom bikes, cruisers, custom-cruisers aren’t everyone’s cup of Typhoo, but at least they have low seat heights. For a more sportier way of life the occasional imported Japanese...

Video: Ducati Desmosedici first test

Video: Ducati Desmosedici first test

MCN road tester Michael Neeves has just sent the first pictures and video from Mugello, where he is today riding the Ducati Desmosedici RR. The test was scheduled to take place at Misano one week ago,...

Video: Onboard lap of the Salzburgring on the 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa

We’re already brought you action and opinion on the world first ride of the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa in our first test video, but now you can enjoy a flying lap of the Salzburgring on the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa with MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child. So strap yourself in as the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa rockets up to 300km/h on the straights (in fifth gear), and the new sharper...