2011

German dealer beats BMW to Custom Concept reality

German dealer beats BMW to Custom Concept reality

German aftermarket parts specialists Wunderlich has beaten BMW to building a fully-working and road legal Custom Concept using a BMW HP2 Sport as the basis. BMW unveiled the Custom Concept (originally...

2012 Honda Goldwing – more details released

2012 Honda Goldwing – more details released

In addition to revised bodywork, suspension and sat-nav, Honda has now confirmed that the revised bikes will be available in red, blue, white and black with a range of accessories, such as built-in...

Motus durability tests the MST-01 in public on 'American Sport Tour'

Motus durability tests the MST-01 in public on 'American Sport Tour'

American sports-tourer start-up Motus has announced plans to very publicly test/demonstrate the durability of its MST-01 on a 7,000-mile trans-USA tour. Prototypes of the 161bhp V4 sports-tourer will...

'It is a joy to be policed by Aprilia Mana GTs' say happy, productive citizens of Chongqing [REDACTED]

'It is a joy to be policed by Aprilia Mana GTs' say happy, productive citizens of Chongqing [REDACTED]

Aprilia has secured a landmark deal with China, allowing it to ethically dispose of a large number of Mana 850 GTs. 30 of the twist-and-go middleweights – a year's-worth of sales in the UK – have...

New Honda Vision due next month

New Honda Vision due next month

Honda has announced its new Vision 110 scooter will be arriving in dealers next month at a price of £1800. With its fuel-injected 110cc engine, the Vision is set to replace Honda’s existing Lead 110.

Jawa releases new 350 Sport

Jawa releases new 350 Sport

This is the new 350 Sport from Jawa. Based on the existing 350 Classic, the Sport gets the same two cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke engine, displacing 343.5cc and producing 23.6 ftlb. The Sport,...

New BMWs to feature raft of safety tech

New BMWs to feature raft of safety tech

MCN's senior reporter Andy Downes is in Germany for the launch of a range of as yet undisclosed BMW technology. Though some will inevitably be pie-in-the-sky concept ideas, it's thought much of the...

KTM plans multiple new Duke models

KTM plans multiple new Duke models

KTM is months from unveiling a new Duke 690 with both 250 AND 350 versions under development as models the Austrian firm hopes can attract new, younger riders to motorcycling. The firm has also...

Spied: BMW R1200GS with Ohlins electronic suspension

Spied: BMW R1200GS with Ohlins electronic suspension

MCN’s spies have captured a BMW R1200GS sporting a new Multistrada-style Ohlins electronic suspension system. The development mule was caught near Ohlins headquarters sporting a version of the Swedish...

Suzuki V-Strom 650 first ride

Suzuki V-Strom 650 first ride

The new Suzuki V Strom 650 is currently being tested in Croatia, by MCN's Phil West, these are his first impressions: "We’ve just ridden about 150 miles, along the spectacular Dalmatian coast, and...

BMW HP2 – only 20 left to buy

BMW HP2 – only 20 left to buy

BMW Motorrad UK has announced (30-6-2011) only 20 of its HP2 boxer-twin sports bikes exist in UK BMW dealers and that any prospective buyers should be quick to snap one up because production of the...

New Triumph Trophy 1200 tourer spied again

New Triumph Trophy 1200 tourer spied again

Triumph's all-new 1200cc three-cylinder tourer has been spotted undergoing final endurance testing on the road in Spain just months ahead of its launch. This spy picture – which is shown in full in...

Suzuki V-Strom launch

Suzuki V-Strom launch

MCN’s Executive Editor Phil West has flown to Croatia for the launch of Suzuki’s much anticipated, updated V-Strom. He’s just phoned through this brief report: "My first thoughts are that in the flesh...

Warrs 'Bullet' Café Racer debuts at Ace

Warrs 'Bullet' Café Racer debuts at Ace

This Harley-Davidson is the latest 'themed' bike to roll out of the workshop of Warrs Harley-Davidson, Europe’s oldest H-D dealer. The 'Bullet' café racer is based around the rolling chassis of a new...

Brammo starts European production

Brammo starts European production

Electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo has started production in Hungary, expanding its business into Europe for the first time. Production is taking place at the Flextronics facility in Sarvar and...

New Suzuki V-Strom price announced

New Suzuki V-Strom price announced

The revised V-Strom 650 ABS will go on sale at a price of £6899 on the road when it becomes available in dealers in late July, Suzuki has revealed. The facelifted machine features new bodywork,...

Bimota TB-S Concept

Bimota TB-S Concept

Here's my idea for a retro Bimota. What do you think?

Face of Ducati 1199 superbike revealed

Face of Ducati 1199 superbike revealed

Italian magazine Motociclismo has scooped images of the new Ducati 1199 superbike according to a story on the website. The full story will be out later this week in Italy. It appears studio images of...

Hodgson tests Aprilia and Ducati rider aids for MCN

Hodgson tests Aprilia and Ducati rider aids for MCN

Even the base spec versions of Aprilia and Ducati’s latest superbikes, the RSV4 and 1198, are now bristling with electronic rider aids such as traction control and anti-wheelie – but how good are...

Video: Neil Hodgson tests superstock BMW S1000RR

Video: Neil Hodgson tests superstock BMW S1000RR

New MCN Road Tester and ex-WSB/BSB champ Neil Hodsgon got to throw his leg over two superstock spec Park Lane BMW BMW S1000RRs at Brands GP recently. One of the BMW S1000RR’s, which is raced by Senior...

Video: Keith Flint's FTR Moto2

Video: Keith Flint's FTR Moto2

If you’ve got deep enough pockets you can now buy your very own Grand Prix bike. This £75,000 FTR Moto2, belonging to Prodigy front man Keith Flint, is the first customer machine to be built by the...

How to TT-proof your GSX-R1000 by Guy Martin team boss Philip Neill

How to TT-proof your GSX-R1000 by Guy Martin team boss Philip Neill

Suzuki's GSX-R1000 will get you round the TT at 125mph+ no problem. But that fancy feather-light race bodywork you've been hankering after? It could cost infinitely more time than it saves, says...

VIDEO: Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE v some Datsun – are bike firms growing their balls back?

VIDEO: Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE v some Datsun – are bike firms growing their balls back?

Look at bike ads from decades passed and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren’t fighting hard enough for the customers they have. Most of all, why did they ever decide to let cars get...

New Aprilia SR Max 125 and 300 scooters

New Aprilia SR Max 125 and 300 scooters

Aprilia has unveiled two new scooters called the SR Max 125 and 300 with styling Aprilia optimistically suggests is inspired by the RSV4 Superbike. The SR Max will go head to head with bigger scooters...

Video: New Husqvarna 900 spied on the road

Video: New Husqvarna 900 spied on the road

This spy video reveals the new Husqvarna 900 undergoing testing on the road near a BMW testing facility in Munich, Germany and shows the parallel-twin undergoing endurance testing on the road. We’re...

New Ducati 1199 stuns Bayliss in test at Mugello

New Ducati 1199 stuns Bayliss in test at Mugello

Ducati's rivals are reeling after retired Ducati legend Troy bayliss matched his fastest ever time around Mugello, in a sensational three-day test of the new 1199. The 52-time WSB race winner left the...

300mph, jet-assisted Hayabusa: meet the Bullet 1236

300mph, jet-assisted Hayabusa: meet the Bullet 1236

So this is the theory: a bike could go a lot faster on the straights if it didn't have wheels dragging on the ground. The solution? A small jet engine and a few subtle wings contributing enough thrust...

£1240-worth of goodies with new Harley-Davidson XR1200s

£1240-worth of goodies with new Harley-Davidson XR1200s

Harley-Davidson are offering – for a limited period – performance and cosmetic goodies worth at total of £1240 with purchases of its XR1200X. The offer, introduced to coincide with the current XR1200...

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition first impressions

Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition first impressions

Ducati's new special edition Pikes Peak version of its 1200S Multistrada is about to arrive in dealers and MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is currently getting a first ride, exclusively for MCN.

Suzuki leaks new 650 V-Strom by mistake

Suzuki leaks new 650 V-Strom by mistake

Suzuki has accidentally leaked full details of the new DL650 V-Strom revealing at last what the finished bike will look like with full technical details. The details show a bike that has been given a...

2012 Husqvarna enduro models revealed

2012 Husqvarna enduro models revealed

Revitalised BMW-owned Husqvarna has released details of its updated 2012 range of enduro bikes. Each gets new graphics, new black chassis and new silver wheels while the TE250 and TE310 four-stroke...

Husqvarna designer explains new 900

Husqvarna designer explains new 900

Spy shots of the new Husqvarna 900 were revealed earlier this week in MCN but now the Italian firm has released a video where a designer explains what the new bike is all about. The video explains how...

Most powerful Benelli TNT ever with TNT160R

Most powerful Benelli TNT ever with TNT160R

The Benelli TNT range also gets this TNT160R model which has a 160bhp version of the 1130cc inline triple engine along with a series of changes to the frame, mapping and brakes seen on the Century...

Video: BMW K1600GTL speed testing

Video: BMW K1600GTL speed testing

We investigate 8 things that you never knew about the BMW K1600GTL in this week's MCN. One of those things is that the big Bavarian tourer is bloody fast. The K1600GTL does 137.62mph. We know - we...

Bimota TB-3 Fun Triple 675

Bimota TB-3 Fun Triple 675

This is the third model from the marriage between Triumph and Bimota. The TB-3 Fun Triple 675.

Will Suzuki's new middleweight live up to its own hype?

Will Suzuki's new middleweight live up to its own hype?

Suzuki has released yet more (blurred) teaser pics of its new 'middleweight motorcycle' - almost certainly a new V-Strom 650. Something about the way Suzuki is drip-feeding these images suggests a...