2012

Video: Mickey Rourke's custom ridden

Video: Mickey Rourke's custom ridden

American custom builder Roland Sands is a curious mix of top level racer and world class fabricator, and his bikes follow that route - they're often beautiful to behold, yet outrageously fast. Sands...

Suzuki Inazuma first ride: "A doddle to ride"

Suzuki Inazuma first ride: "A doddle to ride"

Suzuki UK has just announced that its new roadster won’t arrive in the UK until September, but MCN managed to secure an exclusive first taster at the factory’s top secret Motorcycle Technical Centre...

Video: Schwantz's post-sports bike picks

Video: Schwantz's post-sports bike picks

Growing out of extreme sports road bikes, but unwilling to give up your mojo at the same time as your GSX-R? Ex-GP world champion Kevin Schwantz is your personal shopper. The 1993 500cc world champ...

Poll: How soon will China make a market-leading bike?

Poll: How soon will China make a market-leading bike?

Next week's MCN features a road test of a Chinese designed and built 650cc parallel twin naked bike called the WK650. It's at the forefront of a new breed of Chinese bikes with ever-increasing build...

Honda CBR600F 12 month report

I bought my CBR exactly 12 months ago and have done nearly 20,000 miles on it in all weathers. It was a split choice between a the CBR or an ER6 - I think I made the right choice. You can ride around town at 15mph or go a bit crazy at the top end. At a regular 75-80mph I get 55 mpg and 180 miles to a tank. At 5'8 it's a perfect fit. I have fitted a Power Bronze...

Video: Extreme adventure test - part two

Video: Extreme adventure test - part two

We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure on an off-road adventure and to really test their abilities, we enlisted Stan Watt, who finished...

MV Agusta F3 fuelling problem fixed

MV Agusta F3 fuelling problem fixed

The MV Agusta F3 was one of the most eagerly anticipated sports bikes in recent years, but when it was launched back in February it was a huge disappointment. Chronic fuelling problems and poor...

Kawasaki ER six month appraisal

Kawasaki ER six month appraisal

I’ve had the ER6n for over six months now and it’s just gone through its 4000 mile service with no issues. The only thing to note is I’d overfilled it with oil which seemed to have a slight...

Tom Sykes' Kawasaki WSB bike ridden

Tom Sykes' Kawasaki WSB bike ridden

Tom Sykes’ works Kawasaki ZX-10R broke the WSB record earlier this year by clocking an astonishing 211mph at the end of Monza’s long straight. But what does a 240bhp, 210mph-plus superbike feel like?...

New radial Continental tyres for your classic tested

New radial Continental tyres for your classic tested

German tyre firm Continental have spent the last year developing a radial tyre to fit common classic bike wheel sizes, with the aim of revolutionising the performance of older machines. On the basis...

Video: Smart money superbikes

Video: Smart money superbikes

The 1000cc sports bike class has ripped in two and there are now two distinct camps. In the ‘extreme’ corner there’s the super-powerful, electronically-enhanced superbikes, like the Aprilia RSV4, BMW...

Smart money superbikes - the best used examples

Smart money superbikes - the best used examples

The 1000cc sports bike class has ripped in two and there are now two distinct camps. In the ‘extreme’ corner there’s the super-powerful, electronically-enhanced superbikes, like the Aprilia RSV4, BMW...

Adventure bikes for me please

I'll confess I'm a GS Adventure rider, but I have got my eyes on a shiny new 990 at the moment - awaiting test ride, then I'll make the choice. My GS has been nothing but bullet proof. I know it has a few achilles heels, such as the sidestand switch but overall I have a big grin when I get home from a ride. I recently took it off-road at the Walters Arena during the Touratech Adventure Travel...

Video: Extreme adventure test - part one

Video: Extreme adventure test - part one

Four bikes. A Dakar hero. 100+ miles off-road. Just one question: can adventure bikes live up to their billing? We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and...

Extreme adventure test - which would you choose?

Extreme adventure test - which would you choose?

Designed for travelling to the remotest corners of the globe, big bore adventure bikes have become the must have biking accessory in recent years. While for many, adventure bikes represent comfort, on...

Video: Husqvarna TE310 longterm review

Video: Husqvarna TE310 longterm review

Based on the super-light TE250, the Husqvarna TE310 sits squarely between the 250 and the monstrous TE449. Husqvarna have bored and stroked the 250 engine ou tto 302.44cc to create a bike that is just...

Piaggio X10 first ride

Piaggio X10 first ride

The Piaggio X10 is not dirt cheap: the £5,000 you need to score one will seem like a lot to plenty of bike riders, who inevitably consider what motorcycle they could get for that money, but against...

Video: Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts bikes ridden

Video: Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts bikes ridden

The Barry Sheene bike we have here is a square-four 1975 Suzuki RG500 XR14. Sheene won his first ever GP on it and the '76 and '77 world championships. In the yellow corner is an inline-four-cylinder...

Classis Honda V4s tested

Classis Honda V4s tested

Honda’s first production V4, tested by MCN 30 years ago this week, was the start of a dynasty Honda was determined would define it, if it didn’t destroy it first. It scaled no greater heights than the...

Jay Leno on the Mission Motors Mission R

Jay Leno on the Mission Motors Mission R

American comedian and chat-show host Jay Leno has recently ridden the Mission Motors Mission R electric bike on the road in the US. The Mission R uses a lithium ion battery and makes a claimed 160bhp,...

Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale vs BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4

Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale vs BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4

It’s a sad fact for speed freaks that superbike sales have slipped in recent years, while things like naked and adventure bikes are on the up. So can one of the most exciting, talked-about motorcycles...

WSB homologation specials at a glance

WSB homologation specials at a glance

Britain has always loved World Superbikes: not just the racing, but the limited edition models that manufacturers produced to let them to compete. To celebrate 25 years of WSB, we’ve got the top five...

Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale onboard the Isle of Man TT circuit

Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale onboard the Isle of Man TT circuit

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child will compete in this year's lightweight TT race aboard a Kawasaki ER-6 with help from road racing expert Ryan Farquar. Child - or Chad as he's known at MCN - has been...

Ducati 1199 Panigale vs rivals: At a glance

Ducati 1199 Panigale vs rivals: At a glance

It’s a sad fact for speed freaks that superbike sales have slipped in recent years, while things like naked and adventure bikes are on the up. So can one of the most exciting, talked-about motorcycles...

Ducati 1199 Panigale Tricolore first ride

Ducati 1199 Panigale Tricolore first ride

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to stump up the £23,495 for the Tricolore version of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, you’re in for a treat. Not only do you get this sexy colour scheme included in the...

Supermotos - impractical?

Supermotos - impractical?

I disagree with the continuous comments I read in MCN of supermotos being impractical. I live in the real world with a real budget, I have a Honda XR650R supermoto with USD forks and yokes...

Zero S: A big step forward for electric bikes

Zero S: A big step forward for electric bikes

Zero’s latest S-model roadster is not just the best electric motorcycle yet to go on sale, it’s proof that battery-powered bikes could be a force in the near future. The comprehensively revamped...

Video: Foggy Petronas FP1 ridden on the road

Video: Foggy Petronas FP1 ridden on the road

The road-going Foggy Petronas FP1 looks like a well prepared Superbike and it's a case of the more you look, the more you see. It's all about the detail and this bike is blessed. The ultra clean and...

Inside this week's new-look MCN: Foggy Petronas FP1 ridden on the road!

Inside this week's new-look MCN: Foggy Petronas FP1 ridden on the road!

10 years after its launch, we’ve finally ridden it. Revealed in 2002, the Foggy FP1 was set to spawn a superbike dynasty to rival Ducati. The first 150 road bikes were built, but never ridden. Until...

Inside this week's new-look MCN: Time up for the R1200GS?

Inside this week's new-look MCN: Time up for the R1200GS?

Three all-new rivals, including Triumph’s eagerly-awaited Tiger Explorer, make the adventure bike class more competitive than ever. But which is best? We took the Triumph Explorer 1200, Ducati...

KTM 450RR Dakar bike ridden

KTM 450RR Dakar bike ridden

It doesn’t look like a bike that’s just finished the Dakar – it’s clean and there are only minimal signs of wear. A closer look tells you that the built to order factory KTM 450RR has seen some action...

Aprilia SRV850 ridden

Aprilia SRV850 ridden

Super scooters have re-ignited the top speed battle between manufacturers – a battle which has been largely irrelevant for motorcycles since hyperbikes such as Suzuki's Hayabusa started cracking...

KTM 690 Duke Track first ride

KTM 690 Duke Track first ride

Hook sixth gear, crouch down as small as possible and focus on the small strip of white paint at the side of the track. Wait, wait, wait… Sit up, brake, down three gears, let clutch out, as possible...

MV Agusta F3 vs rivals at a glance

MV Agusta F3 vs rivals at a glance

MV Agusta's new F3 is one of the most eagerly awaited bikes of 2012, but since its launch storm clouds have been gathering. Is the beautiful Italian simply too track-focused and rough around the edges...

Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm report

Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm report

Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just taken delivery of the Ducati Streetfighter 848 he’ll be running this year. After his time spent with the 1098 version in 2009, the Streetfighter is one of...

Video: BMW C600 Sport and C650GT ridden

Video: BMW C600 Sport and C650GT ridden

BMW's new C650GT and C600 Sport are the first £9.5k step-thrus, and though MCN's first ride proves their general competence, it's difficult to see how they're worth twice as much as BMW's own F650GS...