2011

Blown away: TTS supercharged Suzuki Hayabusa

Blown away: TTS supercharged Suzuki Hayabusa

Suzuki's 195bhp Hayabusa has never been a wallflower. But compared to this latest supercharged example, which has been built by tuning experts TTS of Silverstone and puts out a massive 283bhp with no...

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSR750 - GSR shines at wet Brands Hatch

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSR750 - GSR shines at wet Brands Hatch

I’ve now been on two track days and on both there’s been rain. Despite the fact like most motorcyclists I don’t like rain (I don’t mind getting wet, it’s more the inconsistent grip levels) I decided...

Video: KTM RC8R Track at Donington Park

Video: KTM RC8R Track at Donington Park

Track days today are more like race paddocks from a few years ago. Find a KTM RC8R for sale. With club racing turning increasingly professional, brand new race bikes are becoming common. Enter the KTM...

First verdicts on 161bhp Motus V4 sports-tourer

First verdicts on 161bhp Motus V4 sports-tourer

New American V4 sports-tourer the Motus MST-01 has completed the first leg of a multi-thousand-mile public development ride. The joyously coarse-sounding pushrod-actuated, direct-injected engine is...

Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - Corrosion sets in

Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - Corrosion sets in

I really like my G650GS. So I’m massively disappointed to report that the paintwork doesn’t seem to be up to much. Corrosion is already beginning to appear in places and it’s not yet had to endure a...

Harley Davidson XR1200 Challenge Brands GP 7th August

Harley Davidson XR1200 Challenge Brands GP 7th August

Well, that was a surprise. I didn’t think I’d enjoy racing a Harley so much, or do that well – I finished 7th in Sunday’s XR1200 Challenge feature race, less than two tenths behind 6th place after our...

Video: Triumph Daytona 675 buying guide

Video: Triumph Daytona 675 buying guide

In our latest video buying guide we look at the Triumph Daytona 675. The 675 put the Hinckley firm back on the shortlist of many UK sports motorcycle riders, who hadn't seen the previous middleweight...

MRO Powerbike blog: Brands Hatch Indy 30/31 July

MRO Powerbike blog: Brands Hatch Indy 30/31 July

Well, that was another fantastic weekend racing with Bemsee in the MRO Powerbike championship. Riding my BMW Park Lane S1000RR, we bagged three third positions, had some close racing with leaders Rob...

Kawasaki's VN1700 'bagger' rolls into UK

Kawasaki's VN1700 'bagger' rolls into UK

The new, chopped-down, touring VN1700 Voyager Custom is the third bike in Kawasaki's Voyager line-up to hit the UK and neatly fills a gap between the fully-dressed touring Voyager and laid-back,...

Benelli struggle on with style

Benelli struggle on with style

Although Benelli hasn't gone the way of compatriots Moto Morini (which went into administration last year), there's no doubt it has been struggling, with model updates limited to minor revisions on a...

F4 RR is the best MV Agusta yet!

F4 RR is the best MV Agusta yet!

Our world-first test of the stunning new 201bhp F4 RR Corsacorta has revealed it to be not only the fastest MV Agusta we've ever ridden - but also the most refined. MCN rode the new £18k...

Vyrus 986 M2: The future of Moto2?

Vyrus 986 M2: The future of Moto2?

This is the 986 M2, a Honda CBR600RR-powered Moto2 racer, built by tiny Italian manufacturer Vyrus - or, in other words, one man called Ascanio Rodrigo. Ascanio helped develop the original Bimota Tesi...

Sheep in Wolf's clothing

Sheep in Wolf's clothing

Sym's latest offering, the Wolf 125, looks familiar and that's entirely deliberate. The 'mini Honda CB1000R' (if you don't believe me compare the headlamp cowl, wheel design and seat) is the...

Staff bikes: Yamaha Super Tenere: Saddling up the beast

Staff bikes: Yamaha Super Tenere: Saddling up the beast

With a few big trips planned in the next couple of months it was time to get the Super Tenere ready for action. I'm heading to the Nurburgring at the start of September for the World Superbike round...

Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - A do-anything bike with mega attitude

Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - A do-anything bike with mega attitude

The weather gods have been smiling upon us, which has meant that the Diavel has hardly stopped running over the last two months, whether it be commuting or a full-on 200-mile round trip to find some...

Video: Triumph Speed Triple buying guide

Video: Triumph Speed Triple buying guide

In our latest buying guide we look at the 2005-2010 Triumph Speed Triple. The Triumph Speed Triple 1050 is one factory streetfighter that delivers the goods. Find a Triumph Speed Triple for sale. It's...

Foggy and Whit ride again!

Foggy and Whit ride again!

On the eve of the World Superbikes at Silverstone and with the mouthwatering, all-new Ducati 1199 in prospect, we reckoned there was no better time to look back at the benchmark bikes that gave the...

Video: MCN rides a Honda NR750

Video: MCN rides a Honda NR750

Only 300 road-going Honda NR750s were built and at £38,000 it was the most expensive production bike of its day and can now change hands for six-figure sums. The 125bhp, 748cc V4 engine has oval...

Video: Kawasaki ZX-6R buying guide

Video: Kawasaki ZX-6R buying guide

With more Kawasaki ZX-Rs for sale than any other site, we take a look at the 2007 Kawasaki ZX-6R in our latest buying guide. What MCN said at the time: "In the Kawasaki ZX-6R, Kawasaki has built...

Moto Guzzi V7 chases down the café racer king

Moto Guzzi V7 chases down the café racer king

Moto Guzzi is on a roll. Under the guidance of Aprilia (itself under the umbrella of Piaggio) one of the oldest names in Italian motorcycling is once again producing modern, practical and desirable...

MRO Powerbike blog: Snetterton 300

MRO Powerbike blog: Snetterton 300

Another good weekend racing in the bag, with two second places and a third. It’s the second time we’ve visited the Snetterton 300 circuit this year and we’re back again in September racing on the...

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - British GP puts Brutale under strain

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - British GP puts Brutale under strain

Working at the British MotoGP round at Silverstone meant my MV Agusta Brutale test bike got a hard workout…and ended up looking like it had been buried at sea! The bike did more than 350 miles in...

Oliver's Mount racing blog: Barry Sheene Festival

Oliver's Mount racing blog: Barry Sheene Festival

My road racing season continues but this time at the tight and twisty Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. Oliver’s Mount is the last true road racing circuit left in the UK, nearly 2.4 miles of park road,...

Video: Is a Yamaha R6 worth £3000 more than a Benelli Tornado 900?

Video: Is a Yamaha R6 worth £3000 more than a Benelli Tornado 900?

Not all superbikes costs silly money. The latest offers from Benelli sees its once £11,700 Tornado Tre 900 now priced at just £5999, making the exotic Italian a surprising, alternative, bargain. Let's...

New Moto Guzzi V7 Racer takes on Triumph Thruxton

New Moto Guzzi V7 Racer takes on Triumph Thruxton

Moto Guzzi’s latest variant of its delectable V7 Classic – the V7 Racer – looks set to be its best yet thanks to a host of cosmetic enhancements and quality detail touches. But is it good enough to...

First ride: New V-Strom wins over the sceptics

First ride: New V-Strom wins over the sceptics

While the timing of Suzuki's 2012 V-Strom 650 launch remains a mystery, our first ride of the revamped middle-weight adventure bike this week blows away any doubt that it's been changed for the...

BMW S1000RR racers ridden

BMW S1000RR racers ridden

What happens when you take one of the most powerful, best-handling sportsbikes, loaded with the latest electronic rider aids and turn it into a racer? To find out, BMW let us ride four S1000RRs,...

‘Super Ten better than sex’ according to TV’s Adrian Chiles

‘Super Ten better than sex’ according to TV’s Adrian Chiles

Daybreak TV presenter Adrian Chiles has been singing the praises of Yamaha’s XT1200Z Super Tenere after trying one out recently. Find a Yamaha Super Tenere for sale The sometime sports presenter,...

MCN in 3D: Neil Hodgson riding the Ducati 1198

MCN in 3D: Neil Hodgson riding the Ducati 1198

With the latest Aprilia RSV4 R APRC and Ducati 1198, electronic rider aids are becoming more affordable. Both machines are equipped with eight-stage traction control and a quickshifter, which saves...

Electronics for the people: Aprilia RSV4 R v Ducati 1198

Electronics for the people: Aprilia RSV4 R v Ducati 1198

With the price of Japanese superbikes edging ever closer to European 'exotica', the products of Italian factories such as Aprilia and Ducati are starting to appear better value than ever - especially...

Video: Honda CBR250R tackles the class of 33bhp

Video: Honda CBR250R tackles the class of 33bhp

You're under 21 and have passed your test - what are you going to ride? The law says you must spend two whole years on a 33bhp-limited bike before you rip out the washers, throw them in the river and...

MRO Powerbike blog: Silverstone 18/19 June 2011

MRO Powerbike blog: Silverstone 18/19 June 2011

That was the best weekend’s racing I’ve ever had –three out of three wins (two in the dry, one in the wet). I just scraped the fastest lap of the weekend on Silverstone’s national circuit, ahead of...

Is the new Honda CBR600 worthy of the name?

Is the new Honda CBR600 worthy of the name?

Honda's new-for-2011 CBR600F brings an iconic name back to the middleweight class – but does it live up to its illustrious forbears? Where the original CBRs were market-leading supersports in their...

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Fitting an eSystem Scottoiler

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Fitting an eSystem Scottoiler

Last weekend I fitted an eSystem chain oiling system to my long term Triumph Tiger 800. Unlike traditional vacuum valve operated oilers, Scottoiler’s eSystem uses a small electric pump to dispense...

Video: Riding Keith Flint's Moto2 bike

Video: Riding Keith Flint's Moto2 bike

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves went along to the Brands GP circuit to ride the FTR Moto2. You don’t have to be a GP god to own this bike, as it’s the British firm’s first ever Grand Prix machine,...

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - The first month

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - The first month

I've now had the Tiger 800 for a month and when it's not being thrashed on a group test or chasing Ross Noble across the UK, I've been riding it on my 30 mile commute every day. Here's what I've...