2013

Video: CCM GP450 Adventure

Video: CCM GP450 Adventure

Bolton's CCM is on its way back with a vision for an all-new, mid-size adventure bike. But can a 450 single really compete with world-beating giants?

Video: BMW F800GS vs R1200GS and Triumph 800XC vs 1200 Tiger Explorer

Video: BMW F800GS vs R1200GS and Triumph 800XC vs 1200 Tiger Explorer

Do you really need anything bigger than the new F800GS from BMW? Is there any need for the larger R1200GS? And by the same token, why would you go for Triumph's larger 1200 Tiger Explorer when its 800...

Hypersport owners needed!

Hypersport owners needed!

MCN are looking for owners of hypersports bikes for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of the Kawasaki ZX-12R  (2000-2006), Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird...

Staff blog: Back to the CBR

Staff blog: Back to the CBR

It was a huge relief to return from the States and get back on the Honda CBR500R. I'd had a fantastic time riding a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide down Route 66 and up the Pacific Coast Highway. But...

Staff Blog: Sorting our my saggy-ness

Staff Blog: Sorting our my saggy-ness

  You might have seen my latest long term review published in July 3 issue of MCN. I’ve been having a few issues with my suspension and Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, gave me a few tips on...

Staff Blog: Hyperstrada – 3588-miles in eight days.

Staff Blog: Hyperstrada – 3588-miles in eight days.

  I’ve just got back from my 3588-mile riding holiday to France, Spain and Portugal. It seems weird just riding to work today and not grinding out hundreds of miles in the sunshine, on the wrong...

Staff Blog: First long ride (and in the sun, too!)

Staff Blog: First long ride (and in the sun, too!)

It seems I couldn’t have picked a better time to finally get out on two wheels! The sun’s beaming down, I’m sitting in the press office at Snetterton, and the little Yamaha R125 is parked...

Staff blog: Roman Holiday

Staff blog: Roman Holiday

My ride to Rome is now a distant memory (see MCN July 3) but I'll always have a load of holiday snaps to remind me. Here are some that didn't make it into the paper and also the...

KTM 250 EXC-F first ride

KTM 250 EXC-F first ride

KTM dominate off-road sport with over 200 world championships under their belt. And they dominate because every year, without fail, the Austrian manufacturer makes its bikes better, sometimes...

BMW S1000RR and Kawasaki ZX-10R owners needed!

BMW S1000RR and Kawasaki ZX-10R owners needed!

MCN are looking for owners of 2010/11 BMW S1000RRs and 2004/05 Kawasaki ZX-10Rs for an upcoming feature. We'll be using the information to help with our article and there may be a chance you get...

Staff blog: Hyperstrada on tour

Staff blog: Hyperstrada on tour

I'm half way through a riding holiday with a couple of my mates. We've ridden down the west coast of France, along the top of Spain and now stopped half way down the Portuguese coast, in the resort of...

Video: BMW F800GT vs rivals

Video: BMW F800GT vs rivals

BMW's new F800GT is branded as a do-everything entry level tourer. We took it out againstsome of it's class rivals - the Honda Deauville and Yamaha's Fazer 8 - to see what it faired like in the real...

Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

Lexmoto’s new ZSX125 is a good indicator of how far – and fast – the much-maligned Chinese motorcycle industry has come in recent years, being not just as keenly priced as ever but also now being...

Staff Blog: Multistrada 1200 tyre review

Staff Blog: Multistrada 1200 tyre review

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring is now on the third set of tyres in 6500 miles with a set of new-to-the-market Michelin Pilot Power 3s the latest fitted. I’m going to do a run through of how...

Kymco K-Pipe 50cc

I'm 16 and just got my first motorcycle - The K-Pipe 50cc. This bike is great! It looks and sounds very nice, but since I have owned it I've noticed a major flaw in the bike. Hills are it's worst enemies! If you run into an incline in 3rd or 4th gear (the gears you need in fast moving traffic) the bike will lose all power and you will be riding up the hill at about 3 or 4 mph or just stall...

Staff Blog: How’s that for the ultimate in accessories?

Staff Blog: How’s that for the ultimate in accessories?

  I’m not a slave to fashion and wouldn’t normally be classed as a girlie-girl but as a bit of fun I thought I’d add a little colour coded accessory to my Fazer8, well not exactly to the bike but...

Staff Blog: Pushing the limit

Staff Blog: Pushing the limit

When I picked the Victory Judge up from Victory UK I remember Victory UK's PR man telling me I'd want to start looking for a petrol station pretty sharpish after 120 miles. He also said if the petrol...

Staff Blog: In search of confidence

Staff Blog: In search of confidence

I’ve started to try and get to the bottom of the confidence issue I reported in the paper last week, which has left me with chicken strips on the Street Triple R’s Pirelli tyres. First step was to...

Staff Blog: Friday Night is Rideout Night!!!

Staff Blog: Friday Night is Rideout Night!!!

  Following my recent appeal to you lovely blog readers I’ve just spent a cracking weekend riding the Yamaha Fazer8 round North Norfolk visiting some little gems that you recommended. I’m going...

Staff Blog: Hyperstrada at Snetterton and beyond

Staff Blog: Hyperstrada at Snetterton and beyond

I took my Hyperstrada for a blast around the Snetterton 300 circuit on Monday – my second trackday of the year on the Ducati. I was there helping fellow MCN-er, Andy Davidson, who was doing his first...

Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

The BMW F800GT is a tourer. So far I’ve covered just short of three thousand miles worth of short trips to and from various parts of the country - living out of the panniers for the occasional odd...

Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

Whether I’m picking up a curry on a Saturday night, filling up with petrol somewhere, or answering calls from readers who are thinking of buying one (or never buying one) – I’m regularly bombarded by...

Video: MV Agusta F3 800 first ride

Video: MV Agusta F3 800 first ride

We head to Misano to ride MV Agusta's new F3 800 to see if it's 173kg and 30bph more in the midrange than its 675 brother means it really has the perfect blend of power and handling.

Staff Blog: Did You Ride to Work Today?

Staff Blog: Did You Ride to Work Today?

It's Ride to Work Day today and after my early morning ride to the office here’s the photo of my Yamaha Fazer8 in the car park at MCN Towers! As you can see there’s only me and a couple...

Staff Blog: It’s a Family Affair!!

Staff Blog: It’s a Family Affair!!

  After four and a half long years my other half and I went for our first ride out together over the weekend. Mark was involved in a start-line crash at Brands Hatch when racing his Suzuki SV650...

Video: KTM Duke 390 vs A2 rivals group test

Video: KTM Duke 390 vs A2 rivals group test

MCN’s Andy Davidson and Liam Marsden recently took KTM’s new newcomer-aimed Duke 390 out on local roads to pit it against the similarly-aimed Honda CBR500R and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Hear what they...

Staff Blog: Black Bikes...

Staff Blog: Black Bikes...

I love the idea of black bikes. They're the stealth option. In 2013 black also seems like the sensible choice for a sports bike like the GSX-R750, not so much because it helps you slip unnoticed from...

Michelin v Pirelli

Michelin v Pirelli

I’ve spent this week getting to know the new Pirelli Angel GT tyres I fitted on Monday. I’ve been using my bike for commuting to work and the other day I rode the 320-mile round trip down to Ramsgate...

Staff blog: In defence of the Burgman, pt 1

Staff blog: In defence of the Burgman, pt 1

I’m experiencing mild frustration at some of the preconceptions I’ve encountered about the Burgman. If you’ve read my replies to reader comments under my previous blog entries, you may have detected a...

Kawasaki Z1000 owners needed!

Kawasaki Z1000 owners needed!

MCN is looking for Kawasaki Z1000 owners for an upcoming feature. We're specifically looking for owners of: 2003-2006 original pea shooter exhaust model 2007 - 2009 second generation 2010 - current...

Video: New BMW F800 GS Adventure first ride

Video: New BMW F800 GS Adventure first ride

The 'baby' version of BMW's ever-popular Adventure bike gets put through it's paces in deepest Wales. Will it live up to the reputation gained by it's elder sibling?

Staff Blog: Please don't kill me

Staff Blog: Please don't kill me

Well that was the scariest, most bum-puckery, head-duckery moment I’ve had since I got back on a bike in the Spring. Casually riding south on the A1, thinking about whether to make one more overtake...

Staff Blog: Not so naked now

Staff Blog: Not so naked now

I have finally fitted a screen from German firm MRA. The aftermarket plastic is not specifically designed for the Z800 but is a racing screen built for newer, aggressively-styled naked bikes. I fitted...

Staff Blog: Barely a sign of 6000 miles ridden

Staff Blog: Barely a sign of 6000 miles ridden

The odometer clicked through 6000 miles on the Multistrada 1200 S Touring on the way to work this morning and in light of this approaching milestone I spent three hours giving the bike a deep clean...

Staff Blog: Hyperstrada Tyre Testing

Staff Blog: Hyperstrada Tyre Testing

I’m working my way through as many new-for-2013 tyres as I can for this year, so I can see what the tyre companies have been up to. With each new generation of tyre, we get more bang for our buck. The...

Staff Blog: Thanks for all your suggestions

Staff Blog: Thanks for all your suggestions

Further to my previous blog I've been really chuffed with the amount of reponses I've received so thank you. My route around North Norfolk is taking shape nicely with the addition of a particularly...