2004

New look 999

New look 999

Ducati has listened to calls from racers riding its 999 and announced a series of changes to the bike for 2005 that will see a new upper fairing and more powerful engine. These are the first official...

CCM on the ropes

CCM on the ropes

CCM went into voluntary administration on Wednesday July 8 - and there seems little hope that the company can be saved. The British off-road and supermoto manufacturer told staff they were all being...

Meet race stars

Meet race stars

If you’re at a loose end this weekend then there are a whole host of open days and special offers to take advantage of and plenty of chance to meet top British racers. The Bike People in...

05 GSX-R1000 revealed

05 GSX-R1000 revealed

Suzuki will launch an updated and even more powerful version of its GSX-R1000 for 2005 complete with MotoGP inspired dimensions and a radical snout designed to scoop in more air. Its weight is being...

Pick up a bargain bike

Pick up a bargain bike

If you’re after a new bike then there are a whole range of offers available at the moment. Here are just a few to choose from. Ducati are offering a special insurance deal on the 999 and 749.

Ducati bids for Aprilia

Ducati bids for Aprilia

Federico Minoli, Ducati Chairman and CEO, said: "We are not financial investors. We are moved by passion and we are dedicated to the success of Italian bikes worldwide. "We are conscious...

£50M for MV Agusta

£50M for MV Agusta

Proton has agreed to invest around £50 million in MV Agusta in return for an undisclosed stake in the business. The deal was revealed in a statement from MV Agusta this week. The cash means the...

Real price for 600s

Real price for 600s

How much should you really pay for your new sports 600? The recommended retail price that manufacturers issue is only a guide price, and most dealers have got plenty of room to manoeuvre. A little bit...

2005 Suzuki cruisers

2005 Suzuki cruisers

Suzuki’s 2005 cruiser line-up has been launched in the U.S. with a new model and completely new names for the whole range. All Suzuki cruisers are now called Boulevards in the US but it is not...

Cruiser chaos at MCN

Cruiser chaos at MCN

The news that a Honda Rune was in the MCN car park was enough to see the office empty this morning, Wednesday June 30, 2004. The added news that there was a Triumph Rocket and a Boss Hoss parked next...

Powersports open day

Powersports open day

Powersport bikes in Bradford are holding an open weekend on July 10 and 11 with test rides on the 2004 Suzukis, a bike show, trade stands and dyno run. You’ll be able to ride anything from a...

Great deals this weekend

Great deals this weekend

There are plenty of bargains to be had if you are in the market for a new bike this weekend. Cheltenham Motorcycles is running a special discount on its range of Suzuki’s and offering a...

MV 1000 is fastest yet

MV 1000 is fastest yet

The new MV Agusta F4 1000 has the highest top speed of any superbike we’ve ever tested. The previous record holder was a high-speed run on a Suzuki GSX-R1000K3 - which maxxed out at 182mph late...

New CBR600RR revealed

New CBR600RR revealed

Honda will reveal a revamped CBR600RR this September with reworked brakes, upside-down forks and Blade-inspired styling. Insiders who have already ridden the new bike reveal more in MCN, out on...

Honda's super cruiser

Honda's super cruiser

Honda could be preparing to launch another mad super cruiser - following in the tradition of the US-built Goldwing-powered Rune. The new power cruiser shown here uses a VTX1800 twin cylinder engine...

2005 Yamaha YZs launch

2005 Yamaha YZs launch

Yamaha has unveiled it's 2005 range of YZ off-road bikes at the Belgian motocross Grand Prix in Neeroeteren (Saturday, June 26, 2004). The two-stroke 125cc and 250cc bikes both feature aluminium...

Rocket III first test

Rocket III first test

MCN has ridden the staggering Triumph Rocket III – the heavyweight cruiser which Triumph claims can beat an R1 to 100mph - at its world launch in the United States. In Wednesday’s MCN...

Naked Moto Morini

Naked Moto Morini

These are the latest pictures of the bike that Moto Morini hopes will be the first off its production line since 1993. The engine for the naked v-twin, which still hasn't been officially named, was up...

First-bike bargains

First-bike bargains

If you're ready to get on two wheels for the first time there are some great deals to be had on many of the novice bikes on the market, even the latest offerings from Honda and Kawasaki. Our latest...

Suzuki launches RM-Z450

Suzuki launches RM-Z450

Suzuki has finally launched a production version of the RM-Z450 motorcross machine that has been competing in the World MX1 championship all this year. The bike, which took its first win in the...

Deals for beginners

Deals for beginners

Thinking of buying your first bike? Our latest 'Target Price' survey reveals the prices you should be aiming for when buying a new 125cc learner bike. Whether you are ready to take the plunge...

RCV for the road

RCV for the road

Insiders are hinting that Honda is planning a version of its RCV MotoGP bike for road riders. Rumours of the road-legal V5 superbike follow news that Ducati is going to build a road bike inspired by...

Foggy FP1 at Goodwood

Foggy FP1 at Goodwood

Carl Fogarty will ride his new Foggy Petronas FP1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 25-27, 2004. The event will also feature F1 stars Jenson Button in the BAR Honda, Olivier Panis in the...

R1 tops sales chart

R1 tops sales chart

Yamaha's R1 is topping bike sales so far this year, according to figures released by the Motorcycle Industry Association on June 11, 2004. It's no coincidence that the R1 is the most-popular search in...

Fila rep Malaguti

Fila rep Malaguti

To celebrate its status as official paddock bike supplier to the Ducati MotoGP and World Superbike squads, Malaguti has launched a limited edition F15 scooter in full Fila Ducati livery, called the...

Benelli and MV test rides

Benelli and MV test rides

Red Dog Motorcycles’ open weekend on June 5 and 6 offers the chance to test ride the new Benelli TNT, the Tornado, MV Agustas and a range of CCMs. If you order a new Benelli on either day you'll...

Honda crossers slim down and power up

Honda crossers slim down and power up

Honda's new motocross lineup for 2005 is leaner and meaner with the firm managing to shave off weight from almost every component of the 2004 bikes. The CRF450, CRF250 and CR85 all get a complete...

BMW superbike to outgun Busa

BMW superbike to outgun Busa

BMW's new K1200S could outgun the likes of the Hayabusa thanks to a peak power of 167bhp and less weight than the outrageous Suzuki. It will be BMW's most powerful road bike so far by almost 40bhp.

2004 Fireblade recall

2004 Fireblade recall

Honda is recalling a number of its 2004 CBR1000RR Fireblades to fix a potential speedo fault. The fault can make your bike show that it's going 25 per cent slower than it actually is. Honda claims...

Naked 1000cc Blade due

Naked 1000cc Blade due

The Hornet 900 is set to be replaced by a new naked Honda using a derivative of the latest 1000cc Blade engine. Insiders say the update is a response to tougher competition from the likes of the...

Grab an '03 bargain

Grab an '03 bargain

If price is the first thing you think about when you're shopping for a new bike then there are some great deals to be had if you're prepared to go without that '04 tag. There are minimal changes on...

Suzuki offers Bank Holiday bargains

Suzuki offers Bank Holiday bargains

Suzuki says its dealers will offer amazing deals this coming Bank Holiday weekend – particularly on Bandit GSF600/SK4 and GSF1200/S, GSX-R1000K4, GSX-R600K4, GSX600FK3 and the SV1000K3. The...

Nexus hits the UK

Nexus hits the UK

Gilera has aimed its newly launched Nexus 500 scooter squarely at the weekend sports bike rider in a bid to tempt them out of the car during the week. And with the offer of an easy, no hassle, but...

GSX-R750: Our first impressions

GSX-R750: Our first impressions

Suzuki’s GSX-R750 could be the perfect sports compromise – it handles as sweetly as the firm’s 600 yet offers huge bhp for performance that won’t see it lagging too far behind a GSX-R1000 on the...

First ride: '04 Yamaha R1

First ride: '04 Yamaha R1

Yamaha has launched the 2004 YZF-R1 in Australia and MCN road tester Michael Neeves was there to get the first ride.But while riding the bike in the perfect Australian weather is one thing, we wanted...

Ducati reveals 2004 Desmosedici

Ducati reveals 2004 Desmosedici

Ducati unveiled its new 2004 Desmosedici GP4 MotoGP bike in Bologna today (February 4).MCN's Chris Jones was there and will bring you a full report on all the changes to the bike in the next issue of...