October

New Ducati Multistrada name confirmed

New Ducati Multistrada name confirmed

Ducati has finally officially confirmed that its new GS-rival will be called the Multistrada.      Read Ducati motorcycle reviews In a press release announcing that the...

Rossi's naked Yamaha M1

Rossi's naked Yamaha M1

This is what Valentino Rossi¹s YZR-M1 looks like stripped of all sponsor logos and painted in Yamaha corporate racing colours.     Find a Yamaha R1 for sale Read the 2009 Yamaha...

The Honda Cub returns in Japan

The Honda Cub returns in Japan

This recently launched version of the classic Honda Cub is an all-new incarnation that meets new emissions regulations yet still looks like the model that helped start up the Honda company with...

More green bikes at the Tokyo show

More green bikes at the Tokyo show

Honda had two zero emissions bikes with the EVE-neo and EV-Cub. Suzuki was the first to bring out a production fuel cell bike with the hydrogen burning Burgman Fuel-Cell, which takes compressed...

Suzuki Gladius 400 revealed

Suzuki Gladius 400 revealed

Suzuki showed a 400cc version of the brilliant Gladius at the Tokyo show. Find a Suzuki for sale The 400cc version with ABS of the 650 V-twin so well received in Europe is completely identical,...

Honda CB1100R 'can't stay a concept'

Honda CB1100R 'can't stay a concept'

The man behind the Honda CB1100 road bike has told MCN he's going to fight to get the gorgeous CB1100R in production. Chief Engineer Hirofumi Fukanaga was responsible for several recent generations of...

Video: Honda VFR1200F in action

Video: Honda VFR1200F in action

We’ve just got some action video sent back from Japan following the preview launch of the new Honda VFR1200F last week.  More info on the Honda VFR1200 First impressions of the VFR1200F The...

Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory on the way

Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory on the way

Aprilia will unveil a new Factory version of the Dorsoduro 750 and a mildly tweaked Shiver at the Milan motorcycle show in two weeks. Aprilia motorcycles for sale There is no official word on the two...

Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short

Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short

The launch of the new Aprilia RSV4-R at Mugello was cut short yesterday after five of the bikes suffered terminal con rod failures. Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves was there: “I did two 20-miniute...

Yamaha hybrid scooter for production?

Yamaha showed a new hybrid scooter at last week’s Tokyo Motor Show and it’s thought the clever petrol and electric technology may well make production in 2010. The concept bike was kept mysteriously out of the main talk of the Yamaha bosses on stage but it appears this bike is the latest evolution of the Gen-Ryu bike we saw a couple of years ago. The HV-X combines a 15KW electric motor with a...

Poll: Would you consider buying the Honda CB1100?

Poll: Would you consider buying the Honda CB1100?

Honda wants to know if you would buy the CB1100 which was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show for the first time in full production form. At the moment there aren’t plans to bring the bike to Europe or...

Video: Kawasaki GTR1400 traction control explained

Video: Kawasaki GTR1400 traction control explained

The new Kawasaki GTR1400 features advanced traction control - watch the video for a technical explanation of how the system works.      Video: Kawasaki GTR1400 official...

Video: Kawasaki GTR1400 official promo

Video: Kawasaki GTR1400 official promo

Kawasaki have released this official promo video of their new GTR1400 hyper tourer.   Kawasaki GTR1400 first ride report Find a Kawasaki GTR1400 for sale

Yamaha reveal futuristic electric scooter

Yamaha reveal futuristic electric scooter

Yamaha have unveiled two electric concept scooters, the EC-F and the EC-Fs, at the Tokyo Motor Show. Described by Yamaha as "electric commuter vehicles", they are far more ambitious in design than...

Kawasaki 1400GTR First Ride!

Kawasaki 1400GTR First Ride!

The 2010 Kawasaki GTR1400 has incredible traction control according to our man who is testing the bike on wet and cold Tuscan roads. At the launch of the new 2010 Kawasaki GTR1400 MCN's Adam Child...

Zero emissions Suzuki Burgman unveiled

Zero emissions Suzuki Burgman unveiled

The new Suzuki Burgman fuel cell scooter will be available in the UK within months. The zero emissions scooter is due to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show today. The scooter has been developed...

Moto Morini unveils up-dated Granpasso

Moto Morini unveils up-dated Granpasso

Engineers at the Bologna factory have concentrated on ergonomic changes and improvements to the off-road handling of the 118bhp v-twin. The handlebars have been upgraded with risers that allow...

VFR1200F shaft drive explained

VFR1200F shaft drive explained

Honda has made a big deal of its unique shaft drive on the VFR – but the initial information didn’t explain exactly how it works or why it’s better. MCN has clarified the advantages of the design –...

Blindspot electric bikes may be green, but they're not pretty

Blindspot electric bikes may be green, but they're not pretty

A new American company is transforming junkyard relics in to zero emission bikes. But despite all of their green credentials, its difficult to get round the fact they lack looks thanks to the bulky...

VFR1200F first ride blog: First impressions of the VFR1200F

VFR1200F first ride blog: First impressions of the VFR1200F

MCN's Andy Downes is testing the new VFR1200F in Japan. Andy is at Sugo race track right now, and has just been out riding on the VFR1200F for the first time. More info on the Honda...

Yamaha Super Ténéré concept update: more pictures

Yamaha Super Ténéré concept update: more pictures

Yamaha is drip-feeding more pictures of its interesting, if slightly ludicrous, made-from-cloth Super Ténéré  concept, revealed today (October 21) at the Tokyo show. It’s quite clear that this is...

Video: Honda VFR1200F 360 view

Video: Honda VFR1200F 360 view

MCN's Andy Downes will be testing the new VFR1200F in Japan later this week, but right now he's at the Toyko motor show and he just sent back this quick mobilephone video showing 360-degrees of the...

New Yamaha Tenere concept is made of cloth!

New Yamaha Tenere concept is made of cloth!

Yamaha has shocked the Tokyo Motor Show crowds by unveiling a concept version of the new Super Tenere which is due for release next year. Weirdly, the concept bike is made of cloth, though...

Vyrus: The world's most-powerful road motorcycle

Vyrus: The world's most-powerful road motorcycle

Tiny Italian firm Vyrus will launch a new hub-centre-steered superbike in November which in its ultimate form offers 211bhp. That makes it easily the most powerful street bike in the world – eclipsing...

Yamaha launches two new X-Max scooter models

Yamaha launches two new X-Max scooter models

Yamaha has unveiled two new X-Max scooters – with 250cc and 125cc engines. The new X-Max’s have new rigid frames, increased storage capacity and a new dashboard design.   They echo the...

Video: Ducati Hypermotard 796 promo

The new Ducati Hypermotard 796 is a smaller version of the Hypermotard 1100, with an all-new engine and a lighter, lower chassis aimed at new riders. Here's Ducati's promotional video for the new bike.  

796 Ducati Hypermotard Vs 1100 Ducati Hypermotard

796 Ducati Hypermotard Vs 1100 Ducati Hypermotard

MCN's Michael Neeves has been testing Ducati's 796 Hypermotard in Italy, here he reveals the raft of changes that make the 796 Hypermotard a superior machine to the 1100 Hypermotard. The 796’s seat...

Inside the technology of the VFR1200F

Inside the technology of the VFR1200F

Honda has spent years developing the technology making up the new VFR1200F – some of it will only be making an appearance on future versions – but this is the first close look at the technology...

VFR1200F test rider speaks

VFR1200F test rider speaks

Honda test rider Dave Hancock is adamant the new VFR1200F is so good it will change the world of bikes for the next decade. More info on the Honda VFR1200 Hancock has been a Honda test rider for the...

2010 Ducati Multistrada squares up against GS

2010 Ducati Multistrada squares up against GS

These latest exclusive pictures of Ducati’s new 2010 Multistrada show the Italian firm is going straight after sales of BMW’s R1200GS. The extreme test conducted on a motocross track was spotted...

Video: Kawasaki Europe releases proper 2010 Z1000 vid

Video: Kawasaki Europe releases proper 2010 Z1000 vid

Kawasaki Europe has responded to the dull-as-dishwater Kawasaki America video for the 2010 Z1000 with a much better advert for the new bike. The European video starts with a minute of wheelies, skids...

10th Anniversary Yamaha TMAX WHITE MAX

10th Anniversary Yamaha TMAX WHITE MAX

To celebrate 10 years of the Yamaha TMAX 500 maxi-scooter, the firm is released a limited-edition white version. Technically the scooter is the same 500cc parallel twin as the 2008/2009 model, but...

New Yamaha BW’s 125 for 2010

New Yamaha BW’s 125 for 2010

Yamaha is adding a 125cc four-stroke version of the long-running BW’s to its scooter range for 2010. The BW’s 125 has an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, and has the same short...

Finally, Honda’s VFR1200F officially breaks cover

Finally, Honda’s VFR1200F officially breaks cover

It’s been the worst secret in motorcycling for years but these are the first official pics of the 1200cc V4 VFR1200F from Honda. More info on the Honda VFR1200 The bike is the new replacement for the...

2010 Yamaha YBR125

2010 Yamaha YBR125

Continuing with the ‘barely changed’ theme of Yamaha’s 2010 models, the Yamaha YBR125 learner bike gets a restyled fuel tank cover, exhaust shroud, grab rail and instruments. Related: full 2005-2016...

2010 Yamaha FZ1 and FZ1 Fazer

2010 Yamaha FZ1 and FZ1 Fazer

Yamaha’s FZ1 and FZ1 Fazer will only get a new ECU map for ‘increased drivability’ for the 2010 model year – the rest of the bike remains technically unchanged. Yamaha says: “For 2010 both the FZ1 and...