February

5 bikes that deserve a comeback

5 bikes that deserve a comeback

The current range of new motorcycles is wide and varied, but there are still some niches not being satisfied. Here's 5 used bikes, no longer in production, that deliver something unique...

Honda SH125 scooter: First ride!

Honda SH125 scooter: First ride!

Honda’s SH125 has been a massive sales success in Europe and with the tweaked 2009 version, looks like it could do well in the UK too. If you want the best possible economy you’ll do better with a...

Video: Yamaha V-Max tears up the tarmac at Santa Pod

Video: Yamaha V-Max tears up the tarmac at Santa Pod

Yamaha’s new V-Max is the most powerful production motorcycle we have ever put on our dyno.   The new 2009 Yamaha V-Max made a whopping 184bhp at the rear tyre, and 116ft lb of torque. In...

Video: Honda Fireblade ABS v non-ABS

Video: Honda Fireblade ABS v non-ABS

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Feb 25th, MCN road tester Michael Neeves and two MCN readers put the ABS Fireblade up against the non-ABS version. The two MCN readers were taken to Bruntingthorpe...

Video: KTM 990 SMR takes on road and track

Video: KTM 990 SMR takes on road and track

The KTM 990 SMR is the track-ready version of the standard SM. MCN's Adam Child has ridden the bike at the launch and you can read his full road test in this week's MCN, on sale February 25th. Watch...

Test ride a bike... or just bimble on it

Went to Dobles to have a test ride on a Fireblade as part of the Honda weekend promotion. But the bike had only done 280 miles and the salesman asked if i could keep it under 6000 rpm as it was still being run in. Now, i know some could say that whilst away from the shop who is going to tell what revs you were doing, but i kept my promise to the salesman. However, what is the point of having a...

Take a test ride and win with Honda this weekend

Take a test ride and win with Honda this weekend

Anyone who test rides a Honda this weekend has a chance to win a new bike. To be eligible you just have to book online and take out a bike any time between Friday 20th and Monday 23rd...

Video: KTM 990 SMT first ride

Video: KTM 990 SMT first ride

The all-new KTM 990 SM-T uses the firms 990cc LC8 engine to give the SM-T the fun factor of a large supermoto, while the seat and fairing gives it all the practicalities of a tourer. Whether you want...

Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 vs Honda Fireblade

Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 vs Honda Fireblade

Michael Neeves says the new Yamaha R1 engine with crossplane crank gives the bike all the top-end rush of an inline-four, with the low down grunt of a twin and at the launch of the bike in...

Ducati Multistrada replacement: top 5 rivals rated

Ducati Multistrada replacement: top 5 rivals rated

Ducati's new practical superbike - the Multistrada replacement -  will enter one of the fastest growing segments of the motorcycle market. Will it have what it takes to edge out the competition?...

Launch report: KTM 990 SMR

Launch report: KTM 990 SMR

KTM has billed the KTM 990 SMR as the world’s fastest supermoto, Chad is out in Portugal putting the bike through its paces on road and on the Portimao track. KTMs for sale Here are Chad’s first...

Launch report: Ktm 990 SMT

Launch report: Ktm 990 SMT

The KTM 990 SMT supermoto isn't just new for 2009, it's an entirely new concept combining the exciting performance of a Supermoto with practical touches such as a taller screen and a fuel tank bigger...

5 of the best retro-cool roadsters

5 of the best retro-cool roadsters

Classic bikes are cool, but breaking down by the side of the road isn't. If you want that old-school look without the oil leaks, why not try a modern day retro roadster instead? You get...

New Yamaha R1 starts to edge out Honda Fireblade

New Yamaha R1 starts to edge out Honda Fireblade

Our world first test of the 2009 Honda Fireblade against the 2009 Yamaha R1 is taking place in the South of France right now. We took the first bikes in the country, strapped them in a van and drove...

Video: 2009 Budget naked group test

Video: 2009 Budget naked group test

In this week's MCN, on sale Wednesday 11th February, the budget nakeds go head to head to see which bike offers the best overall package and value for money. Considering a trade in? Sell your bike...

Cynic wanted to help test the new ABS Honda Fireblade

Cynic wanted to help test the new ABS Honda Fireblade

MCN was looking for a cynical reader who thinks that the ABS braking system on the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade won’t work. Michael Neeves, Senior Road Tester, will be testing the bike at...

2009 Budget naked test: Which would you buy?

2009 Budget naked test: Which would you buy?

In this week's issue of MCN the latest budget naked bikes are put to the test in a road trip to Ramsgate. See how the Kawasaki ER-6n compares to the Suzuki Gladius, Yamaha XJ6 and Ducati Monster 696.

Video: Triumph Daytona 675 2009 v 2008

Video: Triumph Daytona 675 2009 v 2008

Triumphs quest for domination of the 600cc supersport category took another leap forward with the introduction of the 2009 Daytona 675. While at first glance the new 675 looks identical to the...

Video: 600cc Supersport track shootout

Video: 600cc Supersport track shootout

The 600cc supersport class is one of the most fiercely contested, with bikes such as the Honda CBR600RR and Triumph Daytona 675. The supersport shootout at Calafat had one aim  - to find out...

Launch report: KTM RC8R

Launch report: KTM RC8R

KTM's new RC8R is one of the best sports bikes on the planet, says MCN's Trevor Franklin who has just ridden the bike in Portugal. The new bike is the long-awaited 'R' version of the already...

Top 5 naked roadsters for under £3k

Top 5 naked roadsters for under £3k

A budget naked middleweight is the swiss army knife of bikes. If you need one motorcycle capable of commuting, touring and weekend scratching then they offer a good compromise between...