2008

Bikesafe courses back for 2009

Bikesafe courses back for 2009

Bikesafe is continuing to run courses around the country in 2009 to help improve rider ability and work on reducing the number of motorcycle accidents. BikeSafe work with more than 40 police...

Video: Kawasaki ZX-6R: 2008 v 2009

Video: Kawasaki ZX-6R: 2008 v 2009

Kawasaki have made big claims that their new ZX-6R is more powerful, lighter and easier to ride than ever before. To find out if they're right, Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves puts it to the test...

Video: LSL Kawasaki Clubman W 740R road test

Video: LSL Kawasaki Clubman W 740R road test

Kawasaki's W650 surfaced in 1998 and dipped back under the radar sometime in 2003. Based on a very early Kawasaki model from an age where where hippies were all the rage (and itself a very good copy...

Aprilia getting to grips with the RSV4 Tuono

Aprilia getting to grips with the RSV4 Tuono

Aprilia is speeding ahead with the naked Tuono version of the RSV4 according to MCN’s Mole. Designer Miguel Galuzzi and his team at the Noale HQ are already carving away at clay models to try and get...

Video: Buell 1125CR road test

Video: Buell 1125CR road test

Buell extends its water-cooled V-twin range with the introduction of the 1125CR; a naked version of the Rotax-powered 1125R sports bike. As you'd expect with a bike that has a claimed 146bhp output,...

Video: Sherco 2.5i F goes Enduro

Sherco has a proven track record of building some of the world's best trials bikes and now they've turned their attention to the enduro market.   The Sherco 2.5i F (250cc) is very user friendly and offers plenty of torque all the way up to 12,000 rpm. Handling is good, and the bike is already a proven winner after Graham Jarvis won the recent Red Bull Romaniacs event. Watch the video below to...

Video: Technical Analysis of Honda CBR1000RR ABS system

MCN Senior road tester Michael Neeves has been out in Qatar testing the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade equipped with ABS. Watch the video to see Michael Neeves explain exactly how the electronically-controlled 'brake-by-wire' system on the new Fireblade works and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, 17 December, 2008.

Video: ABS Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade gets MCN thumbs-up

Video: ABS Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade gets MCN thumbs-up

Honda recently launched their new-for-2009 ABS equipped Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in Qatar - and our verdict is the system works. The electronically-controlled ‘brake-by-wire’ system on the new...

Video: Adrenalin-Moto XR 1200 road test

Darlington based Adrenalin Moto have produced this one off special XR1200 Harley Davidson, reducing the bikes weight by 25kg and significantly increasing the bikes performance and handling. They’ve loosely based the bike on the new race bike which will be appearing in next year's British Superbike program in the new Henderson Harley Davidson XR1200 Trophy. Watch the video below to...

First ride: ABS Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

First ride: ABS Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is in Qatar testing the new ABS Honda Fireblade... The electronically-controlled ‘brake-by-wire’ system on the new Fireblade is revolutionary, totally unique on a...

Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

German tuning company AC Schnitzer has developed an excellent reputation for producing some stunning aftermarket accessories for all manner of BMW motorcycles. Most recently it has turned its...

Video: Triumph 675 launch

The original Triumph Daytona 675 was a cracking supersports bike when it was released in 2006. So Triumph had a big task on their hands in making the new model better. The new Daytona handled the Cartegena circuit very well, with the uprated chassis and the suspension making it an absolute joy to throw in to the twsties. The three cylinder engine pulls from as low as 3,000 rpm. Even if...

Video: Jack Lilley Triumph Scrambler road test

Video: Jack Lilley Triumph Scrambler road test

Jack Lilley motorcycles are famed for producing one-of-a-kind Triumph specials and this is their latest. Based on the 2009 Scrambler, this Triumph has been given that 'Great Escape' Steve McQueen...

Head-to-head: New and old Kawasaki ZX-6R

Head-to-head: New and old Kawasaki ZX-6R

I’ve just come in from riding the new 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R against the old 2008 model and I’m flabbergasted. I won’t give too much away; you’ll have to read all about it in our full road test in the...

Video: Superstock Honda Fireblade faster than Touring Car at Silverstone

Check out this exclusive and unique footage taken at Silverstone race circuit. The Superstock Honda Fireblade easily proved faster than the Honda Type R Touring car around the historic British track. Riding the motorcycle is Steve 'Baywatch' Brogan, British Superstock 1000 Champion on-board his championship winning Honda Fireblade. Watch Steve Brogan's onboard lap In the British...

Jack Lilley special Triumph Scrambler

Jack Lilley special Triumph Scrambler

MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves has just ridden a very special Triumph Scrambler, built by Triumph dealers Jack Lilley. Here are his first impressions: “At the beginning of this year Triumph...

Video: Steve Brogan onboard at Silverstone

MCN road tester Adam Child bumped into British Superstock 1000 Champion Steve Brogan at Silverstone recently at a Honda media day. Steve 'Brogie' Brogan agreed to a few flying laps onboard his Championship winning Honda Fireblade with our cameras fitted. Check out the very fast onboard action around the shortened Silverstone circuit.

2009 Triumph Daytona 675 first test - road riding update

2009 Triumph Daytona 675 first test - road riding update

The world first test of the 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 is taking place in Spain - and this is today's update - how the Daytona 675 performs on challenging mountain roads. Triumph motorcycles for...

RiDER Power: The world's best handling motorcycles aren't sportsbikes

RiDER Power: The world's best handling motorcycles aren't sportsbikes

In the 2008 RiDER Power survey, the bikes rated highest for handling and suspension aren't Japanese. Even more surprisingly, they're not even sportsbikes... As Ben Miller writes in this...

Video: Ducati 1198 first ride

Just as we were all thinking the Ducati 1098 was the best V-twin ever, out of nowhere Ducati's 1198 appears and you can see it here in our video. MCN senior road tester Trevor Franklin travelled to Portugal's Circuito de Algarve to get the first ride of Ducati's 1198 to see if bigger does mean better. Watch the video below to see how the motorcycle got on and read the full article in MCN,...

The PB100: 6 - 1998 Yamaha R1

The PB100: 6 - 1998 Yamaha R1

The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. It stunned the senses... In the 1990s the FireBlade was the sportsbike to have. Fast, agile...

Image gallery: Ace Cafe Racer

Image gallery: Ace Cafe Racer

In this week's edition of MCN, road tester Adam Child takes a ride on the gorgeous Ace Cafe Racer created by custom bike builder Nick Gale. In case the road test left you wanting more, here's...

Ducati 1198/1198S first ride!

Ducati 1198/1198S first ride!

MCNs Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, is at the launch of Ducati’s new 1198/1198S at the Circuito de Algarve near Portimao, Portugal, here’s what he has to say: “While the new 1198 retains the...

Video: Miles Per Gallon Fuel Test

With the downward spiral from credit crunch to full-on recession MCN senior roadtester Trevor Franklin wanted to see if the economy of motorcycles can still be highly prized. To find out Trevor took Suzuki's Sixteen, BMW's F650GS, Kawasaki's Z1000 and a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade to Bruntingthorpe testing circuit in Leicestershire to conduct two tests. How far would a gallon of unleaded fuel go at...

Video: Bob Farnham tunes Yamaha R1

The racing season has only just finished, but Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is already looking ahead to the 2009 season with his trusty 2007 Yamaha R1 long term test bike. He took it along to Bob Farnham, one of the UK's top engine tuners just down the road from Brands Hatch for an engine refresh and a bit of a tune. Watch the video below to see how the bike got on and little tour around...

Video: Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport first ride

MCN Man Michael Neeves headed out to Lake Como in Italy to get the first ever ride on the new 4v Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport. Check out the video below to take a tour of the impressive factory and see the bike in action around the lakes.

Video: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R launch test

Video: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R launch test

MCN man Adam Child is now back inthe UK after testing the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R for the first time and he brought back this video report on the new motorcycle. Check out the video below to see what Chad...

Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v first ride!

Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v first ride!

MCN’s Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, is in Italy to ride Moto Guzzi’s brand new 1200 Sport 4V and he’s at the factory for this world exclusive first ride. Here’s his first...

First ride! 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R

First ride! 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R

MCN Road Tester Adam Child is in Japan to ride Kawasaki’s all new ZX-6R. Here’s his initial impressions.  “This new Kawasaki ZX-6R has been heavily revised for 2009, the main areas where they...

Video: 2009 Yamaha XVS950 Midnight Star first ride

MCN Man Adam Child headed out to Georgia, US, to get us this video of the first ride on the new XVS 950 Midnight Star from Yamaha. Check out the video below to see the bike in action and hear what Chad thinks of the new lightweight cruiser.

Video: Buell 1125CR first look

Buell has launched the new 1125CR, a naked version of its 1125R sports bike and MCN man Trevor Franklin was there to take a look. Check out the video below to see the bike and hear what Trev thinks.

The PB100: 2 - Honda RC45

The PB100: 2 - Honda RC45

The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. The 10-year-old 750 that makes as much power as an 08 Blade. I have a small list of...

The PB100: 1 - Honda SP1

The PB100: 1 - Honda SP1

The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. Get the next 3 issues of PB for £3 when you subscribe before November 5th It seemed Honda...

Video: Bimota DB7 takes on the Ducati 1098R and MV F4 1000 312RR

There is no doubt that the new Bimota DB7 is a stunning machine, but is it good enough to take on the cream of the Italian crop? To find out we took along the video camera as all three motorcycles were put through there paces at the Misano circuit in Italy. Check out the video below to see the bikes in action an find out if the Bimota can live up to the challenge.

Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R onboard fast laps round Mallory Park

MCN man Adam Child took his 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R long term test bike to Mallory for the ACU practice session to give it a quick blast at full pace. Check out the video below to see Chad in action at the short fast circuit on his road-going ZX-10R.

Video: F650GS takes on budget trailie-style rivals

Video: F650GS takes on budget trailie-style rivals

In this week's issue of MCN, we pit the BMW F650GS against the Kawasaki Versys and Suzuki DL650 V-Strom to see which is best suited to British roads and riders.  BMW's new F650GS (which...