July

Suzuki admit: B-King almost never made it

Suzuki admit: B-King almost never made it

Suzuki has just revealed to MCN that the B-King was so radical it almost didn’t make it passed the prototype stage. Speaking to MCN editor Marc Potter at the launch in Germany, they admitted that...

M1800R gets a friend - the R2

M1800R gets a friend - the R2

Joining the standard M1800R in Suzuki’s 2008 range is the M1800R2. The R2 is based closely on the standard M1800R – the mechanical specifications are exactly the same. That means the same 1783cc...

2008 Yamaha V-Max patents revealed

2008 Yamaha V-Max patents revealed

These line drawings show how Yamaha is developing its all-new 2008 V-Max, which is set to be launched later this year. The patent drawings, taken from several patent applications regarding different...

2008 Suzuki B-King: World first test

2008 Suzuki B-King: World first test

On Wednesday morning (August 1, 2007) we’ll be bringing you the first impressions of what the long-awaited Suzuki B-King motorcycle is like to ride. The bike’s been on show since the 2001 Tokyo...

Suzuki RM250 enduro motorcycle launched

Suzuki RM250 enduro motorcycle launched

Suzuki GB has released a limited-run enduro version of the RM250 two-stroke motocross motorcycle. The RM250 Paul Edmondson replica motorcycle was developed by its four-time world champion...

Vespa go back to the 1970s with retro scooter

Vespa go back to the 1970s with retro scooter

Vespa is famous for its retro-style scooters – but rather than harking back to the 1950s or 1960s the new Vespa S reflects the firm’s 1970s machines. Both 50cc two-stroke and 125cc four-stroke...

Piaggio hybrid scooter

Piaggio hybrid scooter

This is Piaggio’s HyS prototype – hybrid electric/petrol scooter which could see production in the very near future. The firm has already created prototypes of the machine, using the two-wheeled Vespa...

Exhaust patents reveal next generation Honda Fireblade

Exhaust patents reveal next generation Honda Fireblade

These patent drawings are conclusive proof that the next Fireblade is to use a Hornet-style under slung exhaust system. The current Fireblade design will be fours years old next year, and in the world...

BMW to make it's mark in motorsport

BMW to make it's mark in motorsport

The revelation that BMW is set to enter the World Superbike Championship in 2009 – as revealed in MCN this week – perhaps shouldn’t be such a surprise, since the firm has been gradually revamping its...

Aprilia's RS-V4 caught on test

Aprilia's RS-V4 caught on test

Less than four months before it is set to be shown in public for the first time we can reveal that Aprilia’s forthcoming V4 superbike is still testing in heavy disguise with little sign of the final...

Vide: Aprilia analysis

Vide: Aprilia analysis

Unfortunately, due to technical problems, the exclusive video details Aprilia's plans for the V4 is not available. We are working to resolve this problem, and the video will be online from 1pm on...

New Honda CBF600 for 2008

New Honda CBF600 for 2008

Honda is on the verge of releasing a new version of its CBF600 commuter motorcycle for 2008 – incorporating the latest CBR600RR engine, as also found in the new Hornet 600. Related: full 2008...

Video: Ecosse Spirit ES1 motorcycle unveiled at Laguna Seca MotoGP

Tonight (Friday 20 July) the Ecosse Spirit ES1 superbike will be officially launched at the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca. MCN snuck in before the official unveiling to see the prototype, and its designer, Dick Glover, explained the thinking behind it. Check out the video to see the bike in all its carbon fibre glory, and read about it in MCN – on sale now.

BMW buys Husqvarna

BMW buys Husqvarna

It has just been confirmed that BMW has bought the Husqvarana motorcycle brand outright. The deal was signed with Husqvarna boss Claudio Castiglioni yesterday, (Thursday July 19), and will be...

Video: Aprilila Mana auto motorcycle v military jet

Video: Aprilila Mana auto motorcycle v military jet

Many people have wondered if Aprilia's new Mana 850cc automatic motorcycle will be able to give the same acceleration as a normal motorcycle, so to put minds at ease the company put it up against a...

Diesel motorcycle to go into production shortly

Diesel motorcycle to go into production shortly

Neander’s diesel-powered motorcycle is to go into production later this summer. The final tweaks to the motorcycle are being made now before pre-production models are built for the launch in August.

New Honda CB750 rumoured

New Honda CB750 rumoured

Honda is planning to recreate one of the greatest motorcycles it ever made, in the form of a new Honda CB750. Having seen the success of other retro bikes like Triumph’s Bonneville, insiders...

BMW HP2 megamoto supermoto goes on sale

BMW HP2 megamoto supermoto goes on sale

BMW’S HP2 Megamoto is on the verge of hitting motorcycle dealerships – with BMW promising the motorcycle will be available before the end of the month. With 113bhp, the second bike in the HP2...

Video: Britain's leaning monkey trike

Video: Britain's leaning monkey trike

A few people have had a go at leaning trike prototypes but few make it past the drawing design stage. But here we have video of a completely working and road registered prototype that has been...

The electric Daytona

The electric Daytona

Alongside the Enertia purpose-made electric motorcycle, Nevada firm evDaytona motorcycles is another company working on electric motorcycles – but with more of a performance angle.   The...

Electric motorcycle becomes a reality

Electric motorcycle becomes a reality

From early next year a practical, useable electric motorcycle – with decent performance and range – is set to go into production in America. The Enertia is a purpose-made electric bike, officially...

World Exclusive: Harley-Davidson XR1200 gets go ahead for production

World Exclusive: Harley-Davidson XR1200 gets go ahead for production

Harley-Davidson has just announced that the XR1200 sports bike is to be made a full production bike. The XR1200 is based loosely around the XR750 race bike that dominates US flat track racing, but set...

The Buell 1125R, 2008 Buells, 2008 Harley-Davidson, and the Triumph Street Triple first test

The Buell 1125R, 2008 Buells, 2008 Harley-Davidson, and the Triumph Street Triple first test

Today has seen the launch of the 2008 Buell range, including Americas new superbike, the Buell 1125R. It's also seen the launch fo the 2008 Harley-Davidson range. And we've also got the...

Anniversary-edition Harley-Davidsons

Anniversary-edition Harley-Davidsons

To celebrate its 105th anniversary in 2008 Harley-Davidson has created a range of eight Anniversary bikes across its new range. All the Anniversary bikes get a copper and black two-tone paint scheme,...

Fly-by-wire for 2008 Harley-Davidson tourers

Fly-by-wire for 2008 Harley-Davidson tourers

Harley-Davidson’s touring range – the Road King, Street Glide and Electra Glide models – have also been given the once-over for 2008. As well as gaining optional ABS the bikes have been give a raft of...

More capacity for the 2008 Harley-Davidson V-Rod

More capacity for the 2008 Harley-Davidson V-Rod

Harley-Davidson’s  VRSC range is being upgraded for 2008 – gaining a capacity boost previously used only on Screamin’ Eagle versions. All V-Rods and Night Rod Specials get the Screamin’ Eagle...

Harley-Davidson Nightster coming to the UK

Harley-Davidson Nightster coming to the UK

Harley-Davidson’s Sportster-based Nightster is set to go on sale in the UK later this year thanks to modifications to let it pass European homologation. Launched in America last year, the Nightster...

Harley-Davidson Rocker revealed

Harley-Davidson Rocker revealed

Taking inspiration from the custom chopper scene, Harley-Davidson has created a whole new line of bikes in its Softail range – the Rockers. Two Rockers will be offered in the 2008 range, the standard...

Harley launches new Fat Bob

Harley launches new Fat Bob

Harley-Davidson has launched its new Dyna Fat Bob with the intention of boost sales in Europe and the UK. The bike is designed to reflect European custom trends, with a wide 130-section front tyre and...

Faired Suzuki GSX-F to cost only £50 more than Bandit 650S

Faired Suzuki GSX-F to cost only £50 more than Bandit 650S

<?xml:namespace prefix="o/?"?>The budget all-round motorcycle, the&nbsp;Suzuki GSX650F is due to cost between £4,800-£4,900, just £50-£150 more than the half-faired Bandit on which it is closely...

Video: The official video of the new Buell 1125R for 2008

Video: The official video of the new Buell 1125R for 2008

This is the official factory video to accompany the launch of the 2008 Buell 1125R. To read more about the first water-cooled bike from Buell in 14 years, click here, including why the&nbsp;it's a...

2008 Buells updated

2008 Buells updated

While&nbsp;the New Buell&nbsp;1125R is guaranteed to be the talking point of the 2008 Buell range, the firm’s other bikes haven’t gone unchanged. While the Buell Firebolt has been dropped in favour of...

New Buell 1125R revealed

New Buell 1125R revealed

Finally America’s only sportsbike maker has become America’s only superbike maker with the launch of the new 1125R. Marking the first water-cooled Buell motorcycle since the first, two-stroke 750RW of...

New V-twin sports motorcycle launches exclusively on our website

New V-twin sports motorcycle launches exclusively on our website

At 9am Monday morning we’ll bring you the world’s first video and pictures of the most exciting sports bike we’ve seen since the Ducati 1098. Sadly we can’t say what it is yet as we’re under a strict...

Triumph Street Triple: First test

Triumph Street Triple: First test

Our tester is currently riding Triumph's brand new Street Triple at its world unveiling near Lake Garda, Italy. Here's what we've found out so far: "As expected it's small, light, and a doddle to...

Suzuki's 2008 Hayabusa shows its aerodynamic skills

Suzuki's 2008 Hayabusa shows its aerodynamic skills

THIS is how the all-new 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-R1300R&nbsp;motorcycle will cut through the air. The image, directly from the Suzuki motorcycle R&amp;D Department, has been made to show just how...