December

New Rieju SMX125 supermoto learner motorcycle

New Rieju SMX125 supermoto learner motorcycle

This is the new Rieju SMX125 learner supermoto, due in motorcycle dealers shortly. The SMX is powered by a Yamaha-sourced air-cooled four stroke single, and is housed in Rieju’s own a steel beam...

Picture special: Rieju unveils top-spec MRX450 enduro motorcycle

Picture special: Rieju unveils top-spec MRX450 enduro motorcycle

Rieju is aiming to win over the big names in enduro motorcycles with the all-new Yamaha-powered MRX450. Using the Yamaha WR450F’s 449cc five-valve single, the new Rieju MRX450 gets a head start in...

Picture special: The Radd-ical Suzuki GSX-R1000

Picture special: The Radd-ical Suzuki GSX-R1000

The designer of Yamaha’s GTS1000 has turned his hand to superbikes by creating this awesome hub-centre-steered version of Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. James Parker has spent decades working on alternative...

MV Agusta team up with fashion label Hydrogen for Brutale special

MV Agusta team up with fashion label Hydrogen for Brutale special

For those who prefer the standard Brutale MV Agusta has released the Hydrogen limited edition in association with Italian fashion jeans label, Hydrogen. The machine is a mechanically stock 2007-spec...

Ducati design boss Pierre Terblanche leaves

Ducati design boss Pierre Terblanche leaves

Pierre Terblanche, Ducati’s design boss for the last decade, has left the firm to set up a design studio of his own. Terblanche, who can count designs including the Ducati 900SS, 999, Supermono and...

Ariel Chimera?

Here is the ideal oportunity to develop the ultimate bike! Personally I like naked street fighters, sports and motorcrossers!! Imagine if there was a bike that could succesfully incorporate all, have fully easily adjustable suspension and height to give fast road stability and handling alongside off road functionality. Match this with a fully remappable engine 'tune' with the flick of a switch!...

MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 19/12/07

In Episode 18 of the MCN Daily video show we hear that the MV Bestiale has been given the go-ahead for production, Ariel will produce a supercharged single after you voted, and we take a look at the radical M85 stunt cycle.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us...

MCN readers give supercharged Ariel the thumbs up

MCN readers give supercharged Ariel the thumbs up

After an MCN reader vote picked the supercharged single concept as the best of three new Ariel designs, Ariel’s owner says the motorcycle will go into production. The Ariel brand was one of the...

MV Agusta Bestiale motorcycle is a production reality

MV Agusta Bestiale motorcycle is a production reality

The designer of the striking MV Agusta Bestiale prototype has exclusively confirmed to MCN that the concept will go into production – and a kit will be offered to convert existing MVs. The Bestiale...

Thinking outside the box!

I have a great disliking for chains. Having ridden shaft drive BMW's for 20 years I now have a belt driven model - brilliant. Years ago I had an idea that transmission could be by hydraulic pipe. I think this has now been achieved as a front wheel off roader. By Honda perhaps. Why not persue this for the rear wheel [or should bikes become front wheel drive anyway?] The looks could be made quite...

Modern take on a classic BMW

Modern take on a classic BMW

German BMW aftermarket part gurus Wunderlich have brought the current R1200R back to the seventies with a conversion kit to transform the bike into the seventies classic R90S. The kit, which they’ve...

Ducati Desmosedici sells out

Ducati Desmosedici sells out

If you want a Ducati Desmosedici and haven’t placed your order yet, you better start scouring the classifieds as the firm has now completely sold out its planned production run of 1500...

Picture special: 2008 motorcycle 'interesting' paintschemes

Picture special: 2008 motorcycle 'interesting' paintschemes

Kawasaki has revealed two special paintschemes for its top sportsbikes – but fortunately they’re not going to be offered in the UK. The America-only special edition 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R gains black...

Roehr superbike gets go-ahead

Roehr superbike gets go-ahead

The Harley-Davidson V-Rod engined Roehr superbike has got the go-ahead to reach production in the middle of 2008. The motorcycle, which has been developed over several years by Walter Roehrich, uses a...

Picture exclusive: BMW HP2 Sport launched in Spain

Picture exclusive: BMW HP2 Sport launched in Spain

Find it hard to believe BMW could make a thoroughbred sportsbike out of an engine and chassis design we all thought was best suited to tourers and sport tourers? So did we. But we should all stand...

Video: Honda CB1100F at Tokyo Show

Modern technology might not be the first thing you associate with a retro bike but Honda’s CB1100F uses the latest in computer-aided design to breathe new life into the idea. Unveiled in October as a prototype, Honda has now decided to put this motorcycle in to production for 2009. Take a look at this video from the Tokyo Show where the prototype of the motorcycle was first unveiled to the...

First design of the Ariel Supercharged Single...

First design of the Ariel Supercharged Single...

This is the first drawing supplied by Ariel of their possible return to the motorcycling market with a supercharged single cylinder motorcycle. This design is one of three posibilities for a new Ariel...

KTM quad makes UK debut

KTM quad makes UK debut

Austrian firm KTM has given its new quad range its UK debut at the Dirt Bike Show at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry. This year the firm introduced of the four-wheeled machines – the 450 XC and 525 XC –...

Special edition paintschemes for the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R and ZZR1400

Special edition paintschemes for the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R and ZZR1400

The 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R and the 2008 Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 will be available in two very special paintschemes - but fortunately they’re not going to be offered in the UK. The America-only special edition...

MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 06/12/07

In Episode nine of the MCN Daily video show we get the news that the Honda Ape is to live a while longer, Ariel are getting back into bikes and you can choose what they make, and the Vectrix electric superbike gets it's UK debut.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to...

What motorcycle do you want Ariel to build?

What motorcycle do you want Ariel to build?

British firm Ariel is set to make a motorcycle comeback under the guidance of boss Simon Saunders. You can read about his plans in MCN (December 5, 2007), on sale now, but here's a sneak preview of...

Honda Ape gets injected

Honda Ape gets injected

The tiny Honda Ape 50 motorcycle has just been revamped to make sure it can stay in production. The air-cooled 49cc single, a slightly bigger version of the classic Monkey bike, has been given Honda’s...

My new ride

My new ride

This is my latest ride. A Yamaha FZ600 Fazer. The nicest semi-sports bike there is. 98 bhp and lots of go. 6 speed - it's a winner!!!