2005

Electric scoots on charge

Electric scoots on charge

American electric scooter maker Evader Inc is tieing up with a Brazillian manufacturer with a plan to build 20,000-plus electric and petrol scooters a year for the next five years. Rio-based Garini...

Kawasaki ER-6n revealed

Kawasaki ER-6n revealed

First pictures and details of Kawasaki’s radical ER-6n big-value bike are revealed in MCN – out on June 29. The taster picture shown here reveals revolutionary styling in a bike that’s set to be...

Heretic at Goodwood

Heretic at Goodwood

If you go to the Goodwood festival of speed this weekend you’ll get the chance to see the mad Ecosse Heretic for the first time in Europe. The bike has been available for a few years in the US...

Gilera updates DNA

Gilera updates DNA

Gilera has launched an updated version of its DNA 50 with a new styling and improved handling. Gilera has seen the massive rise in popularity of naked bikes and that reflects in the changes to the...

GSX-R tops the charts

GSX-R tops the charts

Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 has knocked the Honda Fireblade of the top of the sales charts by selling a massive 234 more than the Blade and helping to halt the downturn in Sports bike sales. The sports...

Infinity expands range

Infinity expands range

Infinity Motorcycles has now introduced Aprilia and Kawasaki franchises to their York branch, celebrating with an official launch attended by World Superbike star Chris Walker. "We are confident...

Bikes boom abroad

Bikes boom abroad

Motorcycle use is booming in India, as Bajaj Autos, the second-largest bike firm, announces 76 per cent growth for May, 2005 alone. A total of 153973 two-wheelers were sold in May alone, up from...

Free GPS for BMW tourer

Free GPS for BMW tourer

Anyone buying a BMW K1200LT tourer will receive a Motorrad Navigator II GPS system worth £1350 for free, including fitting, until the end of September, 2005. The K1200LT has won the MCN Best...

Sachs drops prices

Sachs drops prices

Sachs has announced that it is cutting huge amounts off it’s stylish 125cc bikes the XTC125 and the X-Road 125. The £800 price cut makes the XTC 125 only £400 more than the market...

Test ride for MCN

Test ride for MCN

MCN needs you to take part in the testing of a new 163bhp machine. Do you live for fast bikes, fast roads and the odd trackday? Do you and three friends own 1000cc superbikes? If yes, you are...

Yamaha's maxed out 250

Yamaha's maxed out 250

Yamaha has plugged the hole in its scooter range with the launch of the new Xmax 250 scooter. The new 4-stroke scooter is designed to take the style of the successful Tmax 500cc auto and make it...

BMW Adventure special

BMW Adventure special

BMW has launched a special edition version of its R1150GS Adventure, offering even more focus on enduro and long distance riding. The bike takes the already off-road focused Adventure and adds the...

Interest free Suzukis

Interest free Suzukis

Suzuki has launched a new finance deal on all its 650cc bikes letting you pick one up for next to nothing. For just a £1 deposit you can walk away with either a faired or unfaired Bandit 650,...

Breva 11 on sale soon

Breva 11 on sale soon

Moto Guzzi has announced that its new Breva V1100 will be available from dealers by the end of the month. The new bike, which is much more than just a bigger capacity version of the Breva 750, will...

Video: KTM 950SM

Video: KTM 950SM

MCN road tester Adam Child has just got back from the world launch of the new KTM 950SM and we grabbed him to get his first impressions. “The 950SM is like no other supermoto,” said Chad.

Bike sales shoot up

Bike sales shoot up

The motorcycle market looks like it is bouncing back with overall sales in April showing a massive seven percent increase on last year. The figures, provided by the Motorcycle Industry Association...

MZ 125 specials

MZ 125 specials

MZ has released a whole bunch of special editions of its SM125 learner legal supermoto. There will be four special edition bikes available from August plus a new range of colour schemes. The bike...

You track test K1200S

You track test K1200S

Sports bike riders from across the country came together at Rockingham on Thursday to ride and rate BMW’s K1200S on the track. See video riders’ verdicts and clips of action from the day...

Test ride a SuperDuke

Test ride a SuperDuke

KTM’s mad 990 SuperDuke has arrived in the UK and you’ll be able to test ride one at a KTM dealer this weekend. Every KTM dealer across the country is offering free test rides on the...

See K1200R at the Ace

See K1200R at the Ace

If you liked the look of the BMW K1200R in our world exclusive road test in this week’s MCN, then get down to the Ace Café on Sunday May 15 and you can see it in the flesh. BMW Motorrad...

Touring MZ revealed

Touring MZ revealed

MZ has launched a new touring version of the 1000S offering a more comfortable and practical package for long distance riding. The 1000ST SuperTraveller is basically the same as the 1000S but gets...

250,000 less Yamahas

250,000 less Yamahas

Yamaha has admitted it made ‘mistakes in counting’ the number of bikes it made and exported in the last year – to the tune of a quarter of a million motorcycles. According to...

BMW confirms HP2 detail

BMW confirms HP2 detail

BMW has officially released details about its HP2 off-roader – the most powerful production off-road bike ever. MCN carried a world exclusive on the bike in our April 13 issue. Now details are...

Viper signs factory deal

Viper signs factory deal

American cruiser maker Viper has announced a deal for Performance Assembly Solutions to make its bikes and engines at Livonia, Michigan. The big V-twin engines, including a 2500cc version, have been...

Try free track sessions

Try free track sessions

Free track sessions on BMW’s wildly-powerful K1200S are being offered to anyone considering buying a sports bike this year. You get to ride two 15-minute sessions on your own bike and one on...

ZX-6R alternative found

ZX-6R alternative found

MCN has unearthed some early clay model workings and design sketches for the current Kawasaki ZX-6R – and we want to know what owners think. The early models show how much work went into the...

Harley cuts production

Harley cuts production

Harley-Davidson – the bike firm that makes more money than the world’s biggest car maker – is showing signs of a slow-down in its stratospheric growth. It has announced it is...

Italian sales take a dive

Italian sales take a dive

New bike sales in Italy are struggling with a 43% fall in scooters and small bikes in the first three months of 2005. In the period January-March 2005 total sales are down around 20% year on year...

C-charge bonus for bikes

C-charge bonus for bikes

London’s Congestion Charge is to rise from £5 to £8 this summer – offering even greater incentive for car drivers to switch to two wheels. The current £5 levy for cars...

New MV specials

New  MV specials

MV Agusta has just realeased photos of its two new limited edition specials, the Brutale Gladio and F4 1000 Corse. The bikes have been released to celebrate the opening of MV’s racing...

90,000 at Tokyo Show

90,000 at Tokyo Show

The 32nd Tokyo Motorcycle Show attracted more than 90,000 people at the weekend. The event at Tokyo Big Sight ran from Friday to Sunday (April 1-3) The 90,955 total visitor number was up more than...

England's footy scooter

England's footy scooter

Italian scooter maker Piaggio has landed the deal to make the official England football team scooter. The limited edition England NRG Power 50cc is inspired by the design of the new team strip, as...

Bargain price for Bullets

Bargain price for Bullets

A price rethink from Royal Enfield means that you can now buy a brand new Bullet 350 for less than two grand. The classic bike, which is practically unchanged from the 1950s machine has had its price...

Exclusive: Ducati RR pics

Exclusive: Ducati RR pics

Want to see the most exciting production Ducati ever built? The road-going Ducati V4 Desmosedici GP replica, with 200bhp? Exclusive pictures of the actual bike undergoing testing, with full details,...

Rod is Wright choice

Rod is Wright choice

Ex Arsenal and England legend Ian Wright has picked up a new Harley Street Rod. Wright was joined by his step son - and current England international - Shaun Wright-Phillips when he visited Thames...

3000kms in 24 hours

3000kms in 24 hours

Friday night - March 18 (For reference: 100kmh = 62.15mph) 00.00 hrs: Take off in Leiden (Leiden lies 30 km's south of Amsterdam) on the new BMW K1200S for a trip through Germany, Switzerland,...