2009

Video: Sports bike of the year 2009

Video: Sports bike of the year 2009

The Aprilia RSV4 takes on the best of the best to find the UK's ultimate sports machine for 2009. The KTM RC8R, Yamaha R1, Aprilia RSV4 and Triumph Daytona 675 were taken to the...

Top 5 three-quarter litre corner eaters

Top 5 three-quarter litre corner eaters

Is 750cc the perfect capacity? For many it strikes the perfect balance between the light weight and sharp handling of a 600 and the all out power of a litre bike. Thinking of trading in? Sell your...

MCN's top sports bikes of the year 2009

MCN's top sports bikes of the year 2009

In the May 27 issue of MCN the sporty group test winners go head to head to see which sports bike is the best of the best in 2009.    Video: Watch the sports bike of the year 2009...

Suzuki Bandit 650 launch: First impressions

Suzuki Bandit 650 launch: First impressions

MCN's Marc Potter is on the Isle of Wight riding both the unfaired and faired (650SA) versions of Suzuki's updated Bandit at the UK launch. Here are his first impressions of the faired version. ...

Top 5 best handling bikes - according to you

Top 5 best handling bikes - according to you

Here's a top 5 countdown of the bikes rated highest for handling by user reviewers in the MCN bike reviews section.  Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 Do you...

Video: Aprilia RSV4 vs Yamaha R1

Video: Aprilia RSV4 vs Yamaha R1

The Yamaha R1 claims its its biggest scalp yet by taking on and beating the brilliant new Aprilia RSV4 Factory in a shoot-out on the roads of Southern France.   Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden...

Top 5 road-biased sports bikes

Top 5 road-biased sports bikes

Sometimes it seems that in the battle for less weight, more power and sharper handling, bike manufacturers are forgetting that the majority of us spend our time on the road, not the track. Here's...

Top 5 commuters under £2k

Top 5 commuters under £2k

If you're after a bargain run-around or workhorse, look no further. Here's 5 of the best commuters for under £2k, as rated by MCN readers in the MCN Biking Britain survey. Thinking of trading...

Video: Triumph Thunderbird details

Video: Triumph Thunderbird details

MCN's Phil West reports from the launch of the new Triumph Thunderbird with a description of the features and details of Triumph's new cruiser. Triumph Thunderbird launch centre First ride:...

First ride: Triumph Thunderbird

First ride: Triumph Thunderbird

Phil West is on the world launch of the Triumph Thunderbird in Barcelona, Spain and these are his first impressions. Video: Triumph Thunderbird launch  ‘Triumph are heading into the big time...

Top 5 best value bikes

Top 5 best value bikes

Here's a top 5 countdown of the bikes rated highest for sheer value by user reviewers in the MCN bike reviews section. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 Scroll down...

Top 5 hypertourer heavyweights

Top 5 hypertourer heavyweights

If you munch serious miles and like your bike trips to be more sports than touring, then you need a hypertourer. Here's 5 of the best. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 A good...

Aprilia RSV4 review: 415 miles later...

Aprilia RSV4 review: 415 miles later...

At the world launch of the Aprilia RSV4 it was pouring with rain, so MCN road tester Michael Neeves couldn't push the bike to the limit - until now.  Read the updated MCN Aprilia RSV4 bike...

Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden on the road

Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden on the road

The stunning new Aprilia RSV4 superbike is ridden on the road for the first time in a 415-mile trip from the Aprilia factory to Cannes and Monaco. Watch the video to see how it got on -...

Top 5 bikes for women

Top 5 bikes for women

You've probably heard the term 'girls bike' at some point, especially if you've ever owned a Suzuki SV650 or Ducati Monster 695. But sexism aside, a lot of us lady riders have...

World Exclusive: First ride of the RSV4 on the road

World Exclusive: First ride of the RSV4 on the road

MCN’s world first road ride on Aprilia's new RSV4 has proved what an exceptional bike it is. But it has also highlighted problems that did not show up on the racetrack launch. New V4 Aprilia ridden...

125s test: new Cagiva Mito 525 v Aprilia RS125R v Yamaha YZF-R125 v Honda CBR125R

125s test: new Cagiva Mito 525 v Aprilia RS125R v Yamaha YZF-R125 v Honda CBR125R

MCN road testers give their verdict on the latest 125 racer-replicas Honda CBR125R For many years Honda's CBR125R was the perfect way to through your bike test. It was cheap, uber reliable, modern and...

Top 10 massive cruisers

Top 10 massive cruisers

Kawasaki has just launched their new VN1700 range. In the hope of outdoing Harley-Davidson, the 3 new bikes pack 100cc more and cost £3000 less than similar offerings from the US firm. But don't...

Top 5 drag strip heroes

Top 5 drag strip heroes

In this week's issue of MCN the BMW K1300S challenges the Suzuki Hayabusa for the speed title. But they're not the only bikes capable of blistering straight-line pace... here's 5 bikes that beg to be...

The best of British metal

The best of British metal

Since it's St. George's Day we've decided to get all patriotic and take a look at some of the best modern British motorcycles on the market. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for...

Kawasaki VN1700 Classic & Classic Tourer first rides

Kawasaki VN1700 Classic & Classic Tourer first rides

MCN’s Guy Procter reports from the VN1700 launch in the South of France. Kawasaki claims fans of it cruisers prize the firm’s heavy-industry heritage and the weight of these bikes certainly evokes...

Kawasaki VN900 Light Tourer - first ride

Kawasaki VN900 Light Tourer - first ride

Kawasaki pulled a surprise at the launch of the VN1700 range by announcing a fourth bike – the VN900 Light Tourer. And as luck would have it, they’d brought a couple along to test. A popular...

Kawasaki Ninja 250R v Honda VTR250

Kawasaki Ninja 250R v Honda VTR250

Honda’s revised ‘mini-Monster’ VTR250 will be in Europe this autumn, giving another shot in the arm to the rejuvenated 250 class. But it’s already in Japan – where the VTR has existed in all its...

Harley-Davidson Judgement days: Take a test ride and win a bike

Harley-Davidson Judgement days: Take a test ride and win a bike

Harley-Davidson is asking riders to challenge their preconceptions and try out their machines with a four-week test ride campaign in all UK dealerships. This week is focused around their...

Half-faired but twice as practical?

Half-faired but twice as practical?

Are half-faired bikes the perfect compromise? They're cheaper to insure and more comfortable than sportsbikes, plus offer better wind-protection and distance potential than naked bikes. Here's 5...

Top 5 engines as voted for by you

Top 5 engines as voted for by you

Here's a top 5 countdown of the bikes ratest highest for their engines by user reviewers in the MCN bike reviews section. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 The top 5...

Your opinions wanted on MCN bike reviews & bikes for sale

Your opinions wanted on MCN bike reviews & bikes for sale

At MCN we'd like to hear your suggestions on how to improve the bike reviews and bikes for sale sections of our website. If you've ever used these areas of our site, we'd like to know...

The evolution of the Yamaha R1

The evolution of the Yamaha R1

The iconic and much-loved Yamaha R1 has been thrilling UK riders since the original (and best?) was launched way back in 1998. We take a look back at how the R1 has evolved since then. Thinking of...

5 great parallel twin motorcycles

5 great parallel twin motorcycles

Is the parallel twin engine dead? A thing of the past or only good for powering boring commuters? The designers of these current models certainly don't think so. Thinking of trading...

Yamaha MT-0X 660

Yamaha MT-0X 660

Imagine a bike more fun than the XT, plus more attractive than MT-03!

Video: KTM Adventure v BMW GS on the beach

Video: KTM Adventure v BMW GS on the beach

The KTM 990 Adventure takes on the BMW GS Adventure in this week's MCN. Does the KTM have what it takes to beat the BMW GS's blend of long-distance comfort and off-road fun? Find out in the April 8...

ZX12R creates future biker

ZX12R creates future biker

I visited some friends last Saturday and went there on my ZX12R. They let me take it through the house to the back garden for security as I was staying over for a party that night. My friend's...

Video: Aprilia RSV4 first ride

Video: Aprilia RSV4 first ride

The Aprilia RSV4 is so much fun that despite a soaking wet track and pouring rain, MCN's Michael Neeves didn't want to give the keys back. Visit the Aprilia RSV4 information centre Neeves says that...

Top 10 coolest 125cc bikes

Top 10 coolest 125cc bikes

In the current economic climate, more and more people are realising that small capacity bikes make sense as affordable transport. Models like the Honda CBR125R and Yamaha YBR125 have sold in huge...

Report on riding a KTM 990 SMT

Spring fever is upon me so, being a fickle individual, I am considering changing my bike for something new. Perhaps not brand new, but certainly different to my existing BMW R1150R (Rockster – yes I know it’s a stupid name for a bike!). Having had in-line 4 rice rockets, I wanted a naked twin with a bit of pillion comfort and the Beemer fitted the bill. Continuing with this trend I recently took...

Poll: How excited are you about the new Aprilia RSV4?

Poll: How excited are you about the new Aprilia RSV4?

MCN wants to find out what British bikers think about the issues facing motorcycling today. That's why from now on we'll be running weekly polls to gather your opinions on all aspects of biking. ...