April

New Benelli Cafe Racer 899 lands in UK

New Benelli Cafe Racer 899 lands in UK

Benelli’s new Café Racer 899 is arriving at UK dealers now. The new 899cc model has cafe racer looks with a power output of 120bhp from the three cylinder liquid-cooled engine. The engine has a new...

New Triumph specials from Italy

New Triumph specials from Italy

These three new specials based on the current Triumph Bonneville have just been launched, costing around £11,000. The bikes, Bonneville Six Days, Goldenboy and Bullitt, have been created by...

New Rieju MRT50 Competition arrives in UK

New Rieju MRT50 Competition arrives in UK

Spanish firm Rieju is bringing a road legal 50cc endurance racer to the UK which will cost £3499. The bike may only be a 50cc machine but it’s packing some top-specification components based around a...

Triumph Thunderbird gets hot-rodded

Triumph Thunderbird gets hot-rodded

In standard trim the Triumph Thunderbird has a grunty 1597cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, beautiful steering and solid stability. Next week in MCN we reveal a Thunderbird that’s like that, but more...

Ducati Multistrada 1200S: Used alternatives under £4k

Ducati Multistrada 1200S: Used alternatives under £4k

The new Ducati Multistrada 1200S looks set to redifine the adventure bike market with its four switchable modes (sport, touring, urban and enduro), which adjust power delivery, suspension and...

80mpg and 140bhp from new concept hybrid

80mpg and 140bhp from new concept hybrid

This new concept bike by Russian Igor Chack, 26, is the latest in a line of innovative ideas based on hybrid power – where electric motors are used alongside petrol engines. The Izh-1 was inspired by...

2010 Aprilia Shiver 750 - tech specs revealed

2010 Aprilia Shiver 750 - tech specs revealed

Aprilia has revealed full tech specs for the 2010 Shiver 750 which is set to cost £6,199 when it goes on sale in May. Find an Aprilia Shiver 750 for sale As MCN's story back in November revealed,...

Confederate Satan's Whiff 66

Confederate Satan's Whiff 66

This is a proposal for Confederate Satan's Whiff 66, which I have designed.

Save £2800 on a new Yamaha R6

Save £2800 on a new Yamaha R6

Brand new 2008 Yamaha R6s are for sale at £7199 – £1800 less than the 2010 model’s £8999 – despite rumours that Yamaha had stopped dealers discounting the bikes.    Find a Yamaha R6...

AJS surprises with super-cool custom 125s

AJS surprises with super-cool custom 125s

These two, super-cool looking customs aren’t one-off hogs from California or Orange County Choppers – they’re the latest production bikes from Britain’s AJS and are a learner-friendly 125cc! The black...

BMW gears up for liquid-cooled GS

BMW gears up for liquid-cooled GS

BMW is in the early stages of making an all-new, super-efficient, Euro4 compliant water-cooled replacement for its iconic Boxer engine. The new engine is being developed because of tough Euro4...

Bimota MMB-2 Fightermotard

Bimota MMB-2 Fightermotard

This could be the second model of a future co-operation between Bimota and Moto Morini. A new genre of bike - the MMB-2 Fightermotard.

Can't wait for an FZ8? Top used alternatives for under 4k

Can't wait for an FZ8? Top used alternatives for under 4k

Is 800 the new 600 in the world of middleweight all-rounders? BMW has the F800R, Aprilia has the Mana and now Ducati and Yamaha are both joining the fray with the Monster 796 and...

Monster 796 colours: did no-one tell the designers the red frame was staying?

Monster 796 colours: did no-one tell the designers the red frame was staying?

Ducati has rightly got highly excited by the near-instant colour-changing capabilities of its new Monsters, and the new 796 heralds the launch of a new set of tasty ‘logomania’ panels. Except, nobody...

“We’re the fastest” claim ZEV

“We’re the fastest” claim ZEV

Electric scooter manufacturer ZEV has windmilled into competitors over the performance of their new machine, the ZEV7000. Here’s what they say on their website: “Zev has had it with all of the claims...

Ducati reveals rider friendly Monster 796

Ducati reveals rider friendly Monster 796

Ducati has launched a new Monster 796 with the 803cc engine from the Hypermotard 796 and other improvements based on owner feedback. Broadly, the new bike is similar to the 696 and 1100 version of the...

New Ducati Monster 796 launch this Wednesday

New Ducati Monster 796 launch this Wednesday

MCN will be first to ride Ducati’s new middleweight Monster 796 this Wednesday on the roads surrounding Ducati’s Bologna HQ in Italy. The V-twin sits between the beginner-friendly Monster 696 and the...

Bimota-Moto Morini 1 (MMB-1)

Bimota-Moto Morini 1 (MMB-1)

This is my idea of what a collaboration between Bimota and Moto Morini could look like.

New-look Honda CBF1000 makes last-minute appearance

New-look Honda CBF1000 makes last-minute appearance

Honda is reversing its decision not to import the new CBF1000 – it will now go on sale in August. The overhauled CBF gets a raft of chassis, styling and practical changes over the plain but capable...

Honda electric scooter on sale later this year

Honda electric scooter on sale later this year

Honda has revealed the latest prototype of the EV-neo electrical motorcycle and will begin lease sales in Japan of the model in December 2010. Honda first showed the EV-neo at the Tokyo Motorcycle...

Yamaha FZ8 and FZ8 Fazer are go...

Yamaha FZ8 and FZ8 Fazer are go...

MCN’s first ride of Yamaha’s new FZ8 and FZ8 Fazer takes place on Monday 19 April. MCN’s chief road tester Trevor Franklin will be one of the very first to get to grips with the new naked FZ8 and...

Record-breaking BMW sales put Germans on top

Record-breaking BMW sales put Germans on top

BMW UK has announced record sales for the first three months (2010). BMW sold 1539 bikes – double the amount sold in the same period in 2009. BMW sales were up by 40% in a motorcycle market that is...

Gas Gas SM 450 R

Gas Gas SM 450 R

This is my design for a new Gas Gas Supermoto. The Gas Gas SM 450 R! 

Paolo Berlusconi saves failing Moto Morini

Paolo Berlusconi saves failing Moto Morini

Troubled Italian manufacturer Moto Morini has been bought for 2.5 million Euros by Paolo Berlusconi, brother of Italian Prime Minister Silvio. Moto Morini declared itself bankrupt in September 2009 –...

Video: New MV triple on track at Almeria

Video: New MV triple on track at Almeria

MV Agusta's new middleweight sports bike has been spotted again testing in Spain, and this time the spy pictures prove it has a three-cylinder engine. Browse MV Agustas for sale MCN readers...

New MV Brutale gets more finance

New MV Brutale gets more finance

MV Agusta has extended the finance offers available on the all new 2010 Brutale models.   0% finance is available until 30 April 2010, with 25% deposit and repayments over 18...

Three men in a garage build electric RGV250

Three men in a garage build electric RGV250

This electric Suzuki RGV250 has been built by three Derbyshire bike fanatics to tackle the big-cash efforts in the TTXGP UK electric bike racing series. It’s possibly the most shoestring electric race...

New Harley-Davidson Softail Convertible

New Harley-Davidson Softail Convertible

MCN editor Marc Potter has just ridden the new Harley-Davidson Softail Convertible from the company’s Custom Vehicles Operation – the department where Harley engineers sit and stroke their beards and...

New MV middleweight is definitely a triple

New MV middleweight is definitely a triple

MV Agusta’s new middleweight sports bike has been spotted again testing in Spain, and this time the spy pictures prove it has a three cylinder engine. Browse MV Agustas for sale The new shots –...

Ouroboros Zaeta 530

Ouroboros Zaeta 530

This is my vision of a possible evolution for the Ouroboros Zaeta. The dirt track bike preferred by Graziano Rossi (father of Valentino). The new motorcycle will be powered by a 530cc engine from...

First two Ducati Multistrada 1200s arrive in UK

First two Ducati Multistrada 1200s arrive in UK

Ducati Coventry has taken delivery of the first two Ducati Multistrada 1200s to arrive in the UK with one going to a customer and the other available as a dealer demonstrator. Video: Ducati...

New Trackstar 125 from Sinnis

New Trackstar 125 from Sinnis

This is Sinnis’s new Trackstar 125, the Chinese manufacturer’s first stab at “trendy, retro” bikes. Designed in cooperation with its UK importer to compete with the likes of Suzuki’s VanVan and...

Kawasaki limited editions: Kawasaki ZX-10R Performance Edition

Kawasaki limited editions: Kawasaki ZX-10R Performance Edition

Kawasaki has brought out five new special editions; a ZX-10R, a ZX-6R, ZZR1400, Z750 and a VN900 Classic cruiser which will be available in May. All of the bikes have been specified with a host of...

Kawasaki limited editions: Kawasaki ZX-6R Performance Edition

Kawasaki limited editions: Kawasaki ZX-6R Performance Edition

Kawasaki has brought out five new special editions; a ZX-10R, a ZX-6R, ZZR1400, Z750 and a VN900 Classic cruiser which will be available in May. All of the bikes have been specified with a host of...

Kawasaki limited editions: Kawasaki ZZR1400 Sports Edition

Kawasaki limited editions: Kawasaki ZZR1400 Sports Edition

Kawasaki has brought out five new special editions; a ZX-10R, a ZX-6R, ZZR1400, Z750 and a VN900 Classic cruiser which will be available in May. All of the bikes have been specified with a host of...

New Kawasaki limited edition models: Kawasaki VN900 Classic Light Tour Edition

New Kawasaki limited edition models: Kawasaki VN900 Classic Light Tour Edition

Kawasaki has brought out five new special editions; a VN900 Classic cruiser, a ZX-6R, ZZR1400, Z750 and a ZX-10R which will be available in May. All of the bikes have been specified with a host of...