April

Can’t tour on an on-the-edge 600? Think again

Can’t tour on an on-the-edge 600? Think again

THERE were some decent enough reasons for making this voyage of intense pleasure and crippling pain.My new 2001 GSX-R600, in its glorious black and yellow, needed a good thousand miles of running in...

First ride on bigger-bore C1

First ride on bigger-bore C1

Riding a 175cc bike from Bracknell, around the M25 then up the M1 to Kettering may not sound like a lot of fun to most people. But then, you probably haven’t tried it on one of the oddest looking ...

Bonnie gets the cafe treatment

Bonnie gets the cafe treatment

German tuner LSL has taken a new Triumph Bonneville and created a real café racer called the LSL Bonneville Clubman.LSL has changed as few parts as possible to keep the price down.The most...

First test of the best sports twins

First test of the best sports twins

It’s twice the price of an SP-1. It’s six grand dearer than the RSV-R… It can’t be that much better, can it? I mean, how can you need more than the Honda or Aprilia? On the road, or anywhere?The fact...

Why you can rely on a buy from New Bikes Direct

Why you can rely on a buy from New Bikes Direct

COLIN KAY is a Scot. He is also a senior bank manager for a major High Street concern. In short, he knows a thing or two about the value of money.Perhaps that’s why he is the first person to have a...

Four new bike sections now open

Four new bike sections now open

Follow the ‘BIKES’ link at the top of the page and you’ll immerse yourself in a world of facts and figures, tests and tips on the motorcycles you own, admire and lust after.The latest additions to...

KTM reveals official sketches of LC8 Rallye

KTM reveals official sketches of LC8 Rallye

KTM is planning a Rallye version of its new monster trailie, the LC8 Adventure.The bike, which will make its racing debut at Dakar 2002, will form the basis of a production race replica version which...

Mugello test reveals Tornado almost ready

Mugello test reveals Tornado almost ready

TESTS earlier this week in Mugello reveal Benelli’s WSB hopeful, the Tornado, is almost ready for action. The Italian firm first presented their three cylindered hopeful to a receptive audience at...

KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

KTM’S plans to place more focus on road bikes have taken a major step forward with proposals for a 1000cc naked musclebike.The Austrian firm’s chief executive Stefan Pierer says it will be a bike in...

The ultimate Katana specials

The ultimate Katana specials

Yoshimura has got hold of five of the last Suzuki Katanas to be built and is turning them into jaw-droppers.After 20 years of continuous production, Suzuki has finally pulled the plug on the Katana,...

SV650 gets a winning makeover

SV650 gets a winning makeover

Suzuki’s V-twin SV650 is winning races in America against Ducati 750s, 250GP bikes and 400cc in-line fours.And all the parts that make it a winner are available to SV owners in the UK.Most of the...

Foggy tribute Monster only available online

Foggy tribute Monster only available online

Following internet sales success of the MH900e and 996R, Ducati will sell 300 limited edition MS4 Fogarty Monsters through online only.The order books will open in June, with deliveries starting...

Buell to build full-on 1000cc sports bikes

Buell to build full-on 1000cc sports bikes

BUELL is finally going to make the bikes its founder has always wanted to – full-on, sports bikes.So far the Buell badge has been standing for grunt-laden bikes which are bags of fun but not quite on...

£50,000-worth of retro Harley

£50,000-worth of retro Harley

THE Trakker might be a Harley under the skin, but its looks might make fans of more sporting bikes drool.Designed to resemble a Harley board-track racer of the 1920s, it harks back to a time when the...

GS500 gets a makeover

GS500 gets a makeover

Suzuki has revamped its GS500. The 2001 model features a new, sportier tail unit and rear light. It comes with a new yellow and black colour option and the fuel tank capacity has been increased to...

Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

Japanese tuner Moriwaki is launching a 150bhp version of the Honda SP-1.Called the MP101, they are hand built to order, with a range of specifications for use either on the road or track. The firm...

Take one Monster and add £6000 of Gallic flair

Take one Monster and add £6000 of Gallic flair

DUCATI specialist Desmo Shop has employed all its engineering skill and used thousands of pounds-worth of carbon-fibre to create this year 2000 Monster 900-based special.The anodised blue frame,...

Scottish Indian gears up for larger scale production

Scottish Indian gears up for larger scale production

The Scottish firm responsible for building just a few Indian Dakota-4s says it has been selling all of the £23,000 bikes it can make, so now is the time to go into bigger production.They plan to turn...

700 miles by scooter

700 miles by scooter

HONDA’s new Silver Wing is as happy touring two-up as it is dealing with the brake, swerve, squirt of urban riding in Europe’s busiest cities.The engine is new. It’s a four-stroke parallel twin with...

BMW’s updated bikes ridden 1800 miles on first test

BMW’s updated bikes ridden 1800 miles on first test

BMW’S latest bikes prove you can ride 600 miles a day without the aid of a chiropractor.Our 1800-mile round trip to the south of France included the chance to ride three updated models.And the flat...

Aprilia Futura recalled

Aprilia Futura recalled

APRILIA has recalled all of the first batch of Futuras in the UK because of a possible loose nut.A fault with a machine on the production line in Italy has meant that a retaining nut in the generator...

The shape of forks to come

The shape of forks to come

Dutch designer Roel van der Heide reckons some day all bikes will be this way.Called the Chiqane 2, the bike that uses his system is the result of years of development.Van der Heide first developed a...

Ducati boss admits plans for giant trailie

Ducati boss admits plans for giant trailie

THREE years after MCN first predicted it, Ducati is admitting a V-twin giant trailie is very much part of its plans.It will be very much in the mould of Cagiva’s Navigator. The firm’s boss, Federico...

Honda V5 GP bike breaks cover

Honda V5 GP bike breaks cover

THESE are the world's first action pictures of the all-new four-stroke Honda Grand Prix bike destined to start racing in 2002.The shots of the V5-engined bike were taken at Sugo in Japan today, where...

V8 is back… for £70,500

V8 is back… for £70,500

REMEMBER the 850cc Morbidelli V8? Only four were ever sold when they went into production in 1997.But now the firm has announced the model’s comeback… if UK dealer George Beale can drum up enough...

Yes, it really is made in China

Yes, it really is made in China

The machine pictured here is the first sign that China has what it takes to build bikes we in the west might actually desire.China is the biggest bike producer in the world, but it’s generally known...

The ‘sportiest’ sports tourer yet

The ‘sportiest’ sports tourer yet

DUCATI’S new ST4S has uprated suspension, new brakes and the 996 V-twin engine and our first ride reveals that all adds up to the most sporting sports-tourer yet.On Wednesday (April 12), Kevin Ash...

MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

Yamaha-owned scooter firm MBK has added a ninth scooter to its UK range.The Thunder 125 features front and rear disc brakes and a 12bhp, four-stroke engine which MBK claims will take it to 70mph.It...

The most powerful BMW ever

The most powerful BMW ever

BMW is preparing to build a range-topping genuine superbike.It should be the bike that finally shrugs off any remnants of the pipe and slippers image the brand has accrued.The firm is thought to be...

The return of the Hesketh

The return of the Hesketh

IT’S 22 years since Hesketh tried to bring us an all-British superbike with the benefit of breeding. Now it’s back, as a well-to-do classic. Now you can own a brand new version for £11,750.According...

MV Agusta F5 spied on test

MV Agusta F5 spied on test

IT’S the datalogging kit strapped to the pillion seat that gives the game away. This is no F4 1+1. It is, you can be assured, a well disguised F5, complete with that tempting 998cc engine.It’s a...

New Bonnie spotted in Oz

New Bonnie spotted in Oz

THE cruiser-style version of Triumph’s Bonneville has been spied on test in Australia.The bike, which was first reported in MCN last year, will use the same air-cooled, 790cc, four-stroke parallel...