2008

MCN Daily 16/04/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 86 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show police hunt a 150mph biker, MCN’s Deputy Editor Ped Baker is back from Morocco where he was trying out Yamaha’s new XT660Z Tenere, and James Toseland has silenced his critics.  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...

BMW officially unveils World Superbike contender

BMW officially unveils World Superbike contender

These are the first official pictures of BMW’s 2009 World Superbike (WSBK) contender, which was unveiled to a select group of journalists in Germany this morning. The motorcycle is named the S1000RR,...

Kawasaki reveal price of Ninja 250R

Kawasaki reveal price of Ninja 250R

Kawasaki has revealed that its Ninja 250R will cost £3299 on-the-road when it goes on sale late April. MCN reveal first pictures of the Ninja 250R The 249cc parallel twin is designed to round-out the...

MV Agusta Bestiale ready to go into production

MV Agusta Bestiale ready to go into production

The MV Agusta Bestiale concept motorcycle attracted lots of attention when it was unveiled at last year's Paris Show, and now finally it has been confirmed this radical conversion is to go into...

Malaguti brings back the 250 stroker

Malaguti brings back the 250 stroker

Tiny Italian independant manufacturer, Malaguti, seems to have sparked life in to the two stroke market with its new MR250, which was unveiled at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. The Malaguti MR250 houses a...

The Futures Bright, The Futures Orange!

The Futures Bright, The Futures Orange!

After reading your write up on the KTM RC8 yesterday, 2nd April, I decided to go and have a look at one of the orange beasties in the flesh. On arriving at the KTM dealer in South Wales, Wayne...

Spy shots: Triumph's new twin

Spy shots: Triumph's new twin

These spy pictures reveal Triumph testing the almost-finished version of their parallel twin cruiser. The motorcycle is believed to be between 1820 and 1920cc, which puts the motorcycle in line with...

Buell 1125R notches up more racing success

Buell 1125R notches up more racing success

A Buell 1125R has finished on a race podium for the second time in two weeks. Video: Buell 1125R first ride Bruno Destoop rode the near-stock machine to second place in the first round of the ‘Top...

Suzuki set to be first with production fuel cell motorcycle

Suzuki set to be first with production fuel cell motorcycle

Suzuki and British firm Intelligent Energy have announced an extension of their agreement to develop hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles with the intention of creating a production-ready hydrogen-powered...

Vote in our poll, do you prefer monocoques or conventional frames?

Vote in our poll, do you prefer monocoques or conventional frames?

Sportscar manufacturer Lotus has revealed the design of a motorcycle design, which was set to revolutionise chassis. The theory of a monocoque is to dispense of the usual frame and replace it with...

MCN Daily 25/03/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 71 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear David Cameron ignores traffic laws while cycling, Michael Schumacher proves he is good on two wheels and BSB testing falls victim to the weather.  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...

My new GSX-R750 - better than I'd hope for

It was a cold wet saturday afternoon but that did not stop me going to pick up my new K8 GSX-R750. I was trading up from a K6 GSX-R600 and I must admit that this new bike had a lot to live up to. As soon as I left the dealer I could feel the bike still felt as comfy and precise as the bike i had just left behind. As it was wet and blowing a gale I had the excuse to...

Prague 2008

Prague 2008

I was over in Prague for a stag party when I happend to spot a group of bikers coming out of the underground station all carrying what looked like newly purchased motorcycle lids. I followed the trail...

Video: Production starts on Ducati Monster 696

Video: Production starts on Ducati Monster 696

Ducati has started pre-production of the new Monster 696. The firm's boss, Gabriele Del Torchio, posted this video on the firm's Desmoblog website showing the first bikes being...

2008 Aprilia Tuono colours revealed

2008 Aprilia Tuono colours revealed

Aprilia has released these pictures of the 2008-spec Tuono 1000 in new silver and orange colour schemes. In a break with Aprilia’s usual trend of painting their motorcycles in lairy colours with bold...

Get exclusive Suzuki GSX-R750 wallpapers on your mobile

Get exclusive Suzuki GSX-R750 wallpapers on your mobile

Fancy getting a fantastic picture of the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 on your mobile? Well here's your chance courtesy of MCN and Suzuki. Simply choose which of the three pictures from the right you want, or...

Riders rush to buy the KTM RC8

Riders rush to buy the KTM RC8

KTM has already pre-sold 180 of the 350 RC8’s destined to come to the UK. The motorcycle has been causing quite a stir since it was introduced last year so it is no surprise it is selling well. Watch...

Wet weather leaves '08 bikes un-collected

Wet weather leaves '08 bikes un-collected

Scotland’s weather isn’t known for being the most forgiving, but a particularly unpleasant start to March has impacted deliveries of new motorcycles in the country. Dealers who had geared up for the...

Sbarro reveals four-wheeled motorcycle

Sbarro reveals four-wheeled motorcycle

Geneva-based designer Franco Sbarro has revealed the Pendolauto concept bike at the annual Geneva Motor Show. The four-wheeled leaning "bike" uses independent front and rear suspension to allow it to...

Four-wheeled "motorcycle" due for launch this week

Four-wheeled "motorcycle" due for launch this week

This four-wheeled tilting motorcycle is set to be unveiled this week at the Geneva motor show. Created by madcap Swiss design firm Sbarro - famous in the past for its prototype bikes built around...

New Sachs SX1 Scooter

New Sachs SX1 Scooter

Sachs has released a new learner-legal 50cc sport scooter – the SX1. The scooter features halogen and LED lights at the front and an LED light cluster at the rear. The SX1 has 12” tri-spoke alloy...

Honda DN-01 price announced

Honda DN-01 price announced

Honda has announced the price of its new DN-01 automatic motorcycle - but only in Japan. Over there, the innovative machine with its hydraulic drive system will cost 1,239,000 Yen, which translates to...

The Tail of the Dragon

Valentino Rossi fan that loves bikes more than anything else. This video is a trip my buddies and I made to Deal's Gap or The Tail of the Dragon. It's a road on the TN, NC border that is 11 miles long and has 318 turns in it! Make the trip, it's worth it.

Voxan GTV1200 tourer to go into production

Voxan GTV1200 tourer to go into production

Sources in France have told MCN that the Voxan GTV1200 touring motorcycle shown at last year’s Paris Motorcycle Show is being developed ready for 2009. The quirky-looking GTV1200 was shown as a...

Honda DN-01 power and weight announced

Honda DN-01 power and weight announced

Honda has finally announced performance figures for the DN-01, four months after the production motorcycle was unveiled at the Tokyo show. The DN-01 makes a claimed 60bhp, and has a hefty claimed...

Video: Aprilia RSV-4 in action

Last Friday Aprilia revealed the prototype of its new RSV-4 WSB challenger at a dealer meeting in Italy - and thanks to video-equipped mobile phones you can now even see and hear it in action. The bike was fired-up on stage at its unveiling, allowing dealers present to hear its 1000cc V4 engine running through a race exhaust. Although the machine has no visible redline on the rev counter, it reads...

World Exclusive: Aprilia RSV-4 official pictures

World Exclusive: Aprilia RSV-4 official pictures

Aprilia has released these first official pictures of the RSV-4 World Superbike racing motorcycle. The photographs show the finished model that Aprilia plans to campaign in the 2009 WSB championship,...

Picture gallery: Bakker Grizzly All-Road

Picture gallery: Bakker Grizzly All-Road

This crazy looking motorcycle is the Bakker Grizzly All-Road and is the creation of Dutch chassis specialist Nico Bakker. The motorcycle uses a tuned 2002 GSX-R1000 engine in a hand built frame. The...

Repsol replica 2008 Honda Fireblade unveiled

An Italian dealer has created the first 2008 Honda Fireblade in MotoGP replica Repsol colours. The new CBR1000RR is stock apart from the Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden replica paint, and isn't due to be offered as an official model at the moment.  

Sachs update MadAss 125 for 2008

Sachs update MadAss 125 for 2008

German motorcycle firm Sachs has released an updated version of the MadAss 125. The changes for 2008 have been mostly cosmetic with the addition of matt black alloy wheels with polished rims and a...

Spy pics: New BMW superbike breaks cover

Spy pics: New BMW superbike breaks cover

This is the first picture of the near-finished version of BMW's new superbike which has appeared after the motorcycle was caught testing in Spain. You can read our full story on...

Wallpaper gallery: Triumph Speed Triple

Wallpaper gallery: Triumph Speed Triple

Triumph recently launched the latest version of its Speed Triple in Lanzarote. While the 2007 model was a hit, Triumph has made some subtle changes based on owners' opinions. The changes to the...

Picture gallery: Suzuki GSX-R1000 Ultimate and Honda RC30

Picture gallery: Suzuki GSX-R1000 Ultimate and Honda RC30

Suzuki has released a limited edition "Ultimate Edition" GSX-R1000, with even more impressive performance figures than the standard motorcycle. Carbon wheels, Yoshimura exhausts, wavy brake discs...

Percy’s MV Agusta Brutale

Percy’s MV Agusta Brutale

Just when you think MV Agusta can’t possibly launch another limited-edition version of one of its bikes, another one crops up – and the Brutale is the latest in line for the treatment. The all-white...

Gallery: KTM RC4 leaked pictures

Gallery: KTM RC4 leaked pictures

Last week KTM leaked official sketches of the RC8's little sibling, the RC4. The motorcycle first broke cover in 2007, testing in Cagiva Mito bodywork. On track it was only two seconds slower than the...

BMW's uncrashable motorcycle

BMW's uncrashable motorcycle

However hard kit manufacturers try to make crashing safer there’s always set to be a risk if you come off your motorcycle – but now manufacturers are working on ways to make the very act of falling...