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Find out which bikes you should be choosing in our expertly curated Best section, or find the perfect kit and accessories at MCN Product Picks.

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MCN's 2021 Black Friday motorbike kit deals guide

MCN's 2021 Black Friday motorbike kit deals guide

MCN should be your first port of call when hunting for Black Friday deals. We will be hunting for top deals on worthwhile products. We appreciate that shopping is not everyone’s favourite pastime. But...

Chasing perfection: Honda’s oval-piston NR750 at 30

Chasing perfection: Honda’s oval-piston NR750 at 30

In October 1991, the most exotic and most expensive production bike ever been produced by any Japanese brand was launched, embracing a level of tech which – even today – seems extreme. The Honda...

Best adventure motorcycle boots

Best adventure motorcycle boots

If you’re heading off-road on your bike, then like the rest of your kit, your boots need to be ready for the job. Like your jacket and trousers, they need to be supportive and keep you...

Motorcycle helmets with a feminine twist

Motorcycle helmets with a feminine twist

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this page, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust...

Best motorcycle top boxes

Best motorcycle top boxes

Motorcycle top boxes are bought mainly for functional reasons. No-one buys a top box because they want to improve the look of their bike so functionality has to come first. While it may not be as fun...

Best women's motorcycle clothing

Best women's motorcycle clothing

While clothing options for men are enormous, and have been for years, that’s not necessarily the case for women. Up until fairly recently, women had little choice but to wear the appropriate size of...

Top motorcycle waterproofs

Top motorcycle waterproofs

Sometimes, you may not want to wear your full waterproof, breathable and super-technical touring clothing when you’re out on the bike. It might be a lovely summer’s day and you’re heading for the...

Try track-based training: Improve your cornering skills in a safe environment

Try track-based training: Improve your cornering skills in a safe environment

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never been confident when it comes to cornering. Whether that’s because of the scrape of my footboards when I try to lean or my complete lack of experience on a track,...

Try an electric trials bike at Inch Perfect Trials

Try an electric trials bike at Inch Perfect Trials

Sweat is pouring down my face as I focus every ounce of concentration onto negotiating the rocky river bed, desperate to keep my feet up and avoid a 'dab' whilst my fingers tickle the throttle just...

Britain's best bikes: these are the 2021 MCN Award winners

Britain's best bikes: these are the 2021 MCN Award winners

The MCN Awards celebrate what we think are the very best motorbikes by category available in the UK right now. Some truly wonderful bikes have hit the roads this year, while others remain at the top...

Test your riding endurance in an Iron Butt Rally

Test your riding endurance in an Iron Butt Rally

The Iron Butt Association is dedicated to the pursuit of safe, long-distance motorcycling. Sure, most of us have done extended days on the bike, but to class yourself as a genuine 'Iron Butter' you...

Experience riding as fast as you want on a German autobahn

Experience riding as fast as you want on a German autobahn

With sixth gear engaged and the throttle open to the stop, the three-lane-wide autobahn funnels ever narrower into a tiny apex in the distance. Accented orange by the rising sun on the horizon, every...

Motorcycle track day tips for beginners

Motorcycle track day tips for beginners

Motorcycle track days in the UK are big business - particularly since international travel dwindled during the Covid-19 pandemic. And here's why...  Related: Best motorbike trackday...

Learn the art of bike control: California Superbike School will teach you the secrets to speed

Learn the art of bike control: California Superbike School will teach you the secrets to speed

Riding in the company I keep at work can be a sobering experience. The wider MCN team have hundreds of years of experience of riding every type of bike on the roads, runways, trails and racetracks –...

Now is the time to design your own helmet

Now is the time to design your own helmet

Hello. My name is Richard, and I’m a shameless hypocrite. OK, so this isn’t group therapy, but I felt it would be wrong not to share with the group that this rampant self-indulgence is spectacularly...

24hr party people: MCN join in the action at the first 24hr Freetech Endurance race

24hr party people: MCN join in the action at the first 24hr Freetech Endurance race

It’s 4.30am. We’ve already been racing for 16.5 hours, and I’ve just woken from an exhausted hour’s slumber at the back of our race awning, a face mask over my eyes and earplugs rammed firmly home to...

You meet the nicest people on a Honda: 60 years of the HOC

You meet the nicest people on a Honda: 60 years of the HOC

The carpark is abuzz with broad smiles, excited chatter, and gorgeous bikes. Despite the threat of rain, members of the Honda Owner’s Club (HOC) haven’t shied away from an opportunity to come together...

Bike airbag or lifejacket? Don’t get caught out by misleading web listings for cheap safety gear

Bike airbag or lifejacket? Don’t get caught out by misleading web listings for cheap safety gear

Motorbike airbag vests have been moving into the mainstream in recent years thanks to a wider range of manufacturers launching their own versions at more accessible prices. But not all of the items...

Seconds from glory: How close is Honda’s latest Fireblade to a full factory racer?

Seconds from glory: How close is Honda’s latest Fireblade to a full factory racer?

In 1992 Tadao Baba created the Honda FireBlade with the sole intention of making the best possible sports motorcycle. Deliberately opting for a 893cc rather than a 750cc motor, as demanded by the...

Continental concerns? It's MCN's guide to riding your motorbike in Europe

Continental concerns? It's MCN's guide to riding your motorbike in Europe

A European motorbike trip can be a great way to get some miles racked up towards your #ride5000miles total at any time of year; whether it's your summer holiday, a way to extend the riding...

Yamaha mark 60 years of GP racing as the second most successful manufacturer of all time

Yamaha mark 60 years of GP racing as the second most successful manufacturer of all time

Yamaha may not have won as many grand prix races as Honda, but the Hamamatsu manufacturer is arguably still the greatest racing brand of them all. The company contested its first grand prix in May...

Viva Vespa! Celebrating 75 years of the scooter that changed two wheels forever

Viva Vespa!  Celebrating 75 years of the scooter that changed two wheels forever

Seventy-five years ago this spring, motorcycling – or, to be precise, powered two-wheelers – changed forever when the very first scooter was launched. Spawned from the rubble of post-WW2 Italy,...

Explore Northumberland: New 250-mile route launched to rival the NC500

Explore Northumberland: New 250-mile route launched to rival the NC500

A pair of Northumberland residents have created the Northumberland 250 – a route set to rival the North Coast 500. Related articles on MCN The best UK roads to explore by motorbike this...

Plug in, ride out: Best electric motorbikes of 2021

Plug in, ride out: Best electric motorbikes of 2021

It’s time to take electric motorbikes seriously. In 2016, Germany voted to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030, and the UK Government has followed suit, bringing its ban on the sales of new...

Avoid buying a nicked track bike: How to make sure a new toy doesn’t belong to someone else

Avoid buying a nicked track bike: How to make sure a new toy doesn’t belong to someone else

With the world getting back to some kind of normal and summer fast approaching, a lot of riders will be spending their hard-earned cash on a dedicated bike to enjoy at a circuit in the UK. Related:...

Strip lightning! The best naked motorbikes of 2021

Strip lightning! The best naked motorbikes of 2021

Before sports bikes gained racer-replica bodywork, touring machines required weather-beating full fairings and even adventure machines donned screens, beaks and all manner of plastic add-ons, all...

Michael Laverty’s all-new riding academy is all about developing the British stars of tomorrow

Michael Laverty’s all-new riding academy is all about developing the British stars of tomorrow

For the first time since 2010 there are no British riders in MotoGP. Three-time race winner Cal Crutchlow’s departure at the end of 2020 has left a void, with no obvious candidates waiting in the...

Marvellous Motobirds: The story of the UK’s first all-female biking stunt team

Marvellous Motobirds: The story of the UK’s first all-female biking stunt team

In 1972, 17-year-old lab technician Mary Connors was idly flicking through a local newspaper when she spotted a small ad: Girls required to ride motorcycles, full training given. "I honestly thought...

Now's the time to try off-road riding

Now's the time to try off-road riding

I always thought that handling a bike at high speed on a circuit represented the very pinnacle of skill, not slithering around a field getting mud sprayed up my back. Oh how wrong can a person be? "I...

Make 2021 the year when you take control of your own touring destiny

Make 2021 the year when you take control of your own touring destiny

With destination set to ‘Home’ the satnav tells me there’s a little over 1000 miles ahead, and just before midnight I’ll be back in moonlit Peterborough. It’s at this point, a lightbulb flickers and a...

Ride your own adventure: It’s time to take your first steps off-road

Ride your own adventure: It’s time to take your first steps off-road

Leaving the tarmac behind on a £20k fully loaded BMW R1250GSA is the elephant in the adventure bike showroom. Every manufacturer spends millions developing bikes capable of handling the rough stuff,...

Share your biking obsession: Get someone back on two wheels

Share your biking obsession: Get someone back on two wheels

I’m sure we all know someone who, for one reason or another, holds a motorcycle licence but has given up riding. A dormant biker, just waiting to be gently awoken back to the world of two-wheels. In...

Creating a Monster: Has the 2021 Ducati Monster turned its back on tradition?

Creating a Monster: Has the 2021 Ducati Monster turned its back on tradition?

We recently got the chance to ride the all-new 2021 Ducati Monster, almost three decades after the firm took the wraps off the original prototype at the 1992 Cologne Motor Show. Entering production...

Back to your biking best: How to shake off the lockdown riding rust

Back to your biking best: How to shake off the lockdown riding rust

We made it! Spring's here, the days are getting longer, and Monday, March 29 saw England’s stay-at-home order lifted, meaning just a little more freedom to start enjoying biking for pleasure. Although...

MCN legends: Kawasaki Z1

MCN legends: Kawasaki Z1

If the CB750 was Japan’s first large capacity four, the Z1 was the world’s first superbike; raising the performance bar to unforeseen heights; leading a new era of big Japanese multis and setting the...

Supersport screamers: It's the best 600cc sports bikes for 2021

Supersport screamers: It's the best 600cc sports bikes for 2021

The 600cc sportsbike market has taken a hiding in recent years, with almost all major manufacturers slowing development of their middleweight three and four-cylinder screamers in favour of flagship...