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Best naked 125s of 2021

Best naked 125s of 2021

Looking at buying a new naked 125? Well, MCN has got you covered with this handy pick of the bunch. The sporty naked 125 market is currently saturated with both new and used examples from almost...

Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum ravaged by fire

Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum ravaged by fire

Several European news agencies are reporting that the Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum in Austria has been devastated by a substantial fire. Early reports suggest that the building, which houses over...

Beat the isolation blues with MCN's top YouTube videos of the last 12 months!

Beat the isolation blues with MCN's top YouTube videos of the last 12 months!

With the start of 2021 bringing revised, tougher coronavirus restrictions and travel cut back to only essential journeys, getting your two-wheeled fix could be proving difficult right...

Things to do during Covid isolation: give your motorbike a proper clean

Things to do during Covid isolation: give your motorbike a proper clean

As many of us find ourselves isolated once again and at a loose end in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, what better time is there to give your motorbike a proper clean? While scrubbing your bike...

World auction records help raise much-needed funds for National Motorcycle Museum

World auction records help raise much-needed funds for National Motorcycle Museum

The struggling National Motorcycle Museum (NMM) received a massived boost in much-needed funds with record-breaking sales at the Bonhams Motorcycles Winter Sale. The NMM had 52 motorcycles from its...

Bucketlist: Ride a classic banked circuit

Bucketlist: Ride a classic banked circuit

Most bikers have experience of race circuits, either through racing, trackdays or simply spectating. It’s an experience that  rings a far greater appreciation of the adrenaline-fuelled thrills...

Get your stoppers gleaming: how to clean your motorbike's brakes

Get your stoppers gleaming: how to clean your motorbike's brakes

Cleaning your brakes is an important step in motorcycle maintenance and a fairly easy one to do. The tools required are basic (allen keys, a socket set and a torque wrench) and the payoff is instant.

Buy your dream bike – now!

Buy your dream bike – now!

I've been dreaming of this moment for 18 years. To be honest, I never thought it would happen – but several things conspired to form a perfect storm, and the dream has finally become a reality. Oddly,...

MCN's most wanted: the bikes that excite us arriving in 2021

MCN's most wanted: the bikes that excite us arriving in 2021

Coronavirus may have spoilt a lot of things, but it hasn’t stopped motorcycle manufacturers coming out with an army of awesome bikes for 2021. After months of reporting on new model reveals and riding...

Watch: Nick Sanders on the Snowdonia 360

Watch: Nick Sanders on the Snowdonia 360

In this week's special 5-in-1 MCN we have a supplement about inspirational things you could plan to do in 2021. Among them is Nick Sanders MBE's trip around the Snowdonia 360 - Wales's answer to the...

Best adventure motorbikes of 2021

Best adventure motorbikes of 2021

Although adventure bikes such as BMW’s definitive R1250GS were conceived to be capable of conquering continents, as famously portrayed in Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s TV series 'Long Way...

Ohvale UK Cup: How Peter Hickman is nurturing the next generation of UK racing stars

Ohvale UK Cup: How Peter Hickman is nurturing the next generation of UK racing stars

Peter Hickman is one of the most versatile British motorcycle racers of the modern age. Having won the National Superstock 1000 Cup championship 16 years ago, he’s since become a multiple British...

Evel Knievel Laverda leaps back into the limelight

Evel Knievel Laverda leaps back into the limelight

A bike used by Evel Knievel has been discovered, restored and put on public display. Knievel, who died in 2007, is best remembered for using Harley-Davidson XR750s in the 1970s, most notably for his...

How to prepare your motorbike for winter

How to prepare your motorbike for winter

Preparing your motorbike for the colder weather, salt on the roads and slippery conditions is an important task if you don't want to watch it rot away in front of your eyes.  Related: Essential...

So long supersport: A history of the Yamaha R6

So long supersport: A history of the Yamaha R6

The supersport class has been struggling in recent years and now the Yamaha R6 has become the latest model to fall foul of dwindling sales and ever-tightening emissions regulations. Hard to believe...

Boxer goodies: Polish custom house create stunning café racer BMW R100RT

Boxer goodies: Polish custom house create stunning café racer BMW R100RT

A Polish motorcycle custom house have transformed a 1982 BMW R100RT into a modern café racer. Warsaw-based Eighty Six Gear Motorcycles spent a year-and-a-half turning the 49,700-mile classic into the...

The Tesi H2 marks Bimota's return – but where did it all begin?

The Tesi H2 marks Bimota's return – but where did it all begin?

With orders now being taken for the supercharged, hub-centre-steered Bimota Tesi H2, it’s worth revisiting the Italian brand’s glittering, yet chequered, history. Related articles on MCN Bimota KB4...

MTB to motorbike: The Mod 1 test

MTB to motorbike: The Mod 1 test

Given how everyone I know with a motorbike says the first practical test is harder than the second, I was surprised to discover it usually takes about 15 minutes and mostly involves riding around...

Our bikes: Richard Newland's Ducati 996

Our bikes: Richard Newland's Ducati 996

There’s something exceptionally pleasing about big V-twins. The flatness of their delivery, their deceptive speed and gluttonous dollops of torque. The way they build power with a surging tide...

Dream Ducatis: Michael Neeves tangos with a trio of Superleggeras

Dream Ducatis: Michael Neeves tangos with a trio of Superleggeras

Ducati’s Superleggera is a rare, exotic beast. Only 1500 have ever been built: 500 magnesium-framed 1199s in 2014, 500 carbon-framed 1299s in 2017 and new for this year 500 carbon-framed V4s. They’re...

Thanks for the memories: Honda Ron Haslam Race School calls time after 24 years of expert tuition

Thanks for the memories: Honda Ron Haslam Race School calls time after 24 years of expert tuition

After 24 years and an estimated 87,000 customers, the chequered flag has fallen on the Honda Ron Haslam Race School. Having announced that 2020 would be their final year of operation back on...

Celebrating Black History Month: As one of the few mixed race riders in bikesport, Asher Durham hopes he can inspire others

Celebrating Black History Month: As one of the few mixed race riders in bikesport, Asher Durham hopes he can inspire others

Asher Durham is a BSB Junior Superstock 600 racer who started in motocross and then became the youngest ever rider to compete in the 125cc British championship at the age of 13. He went on to be a...

Celebrating Black History Month: Ex-bike journalist Jane Omorogbe is one motorcycling's rare high-profile black riders

Celebrating Black History Month: Ex-bike journalist Jane Omorogbe is one motorcycling's rare high-profile black riders

Most people first became aware of Jane Omorogbe as 'Rio' in the late-90s TV phenomenon that was Gladiators (she was also in the film epic, Gladiator). She went on to present a wide array of TV...

Put a spring in your step: Why you should get a pro suspension set up

Put a spring in your step: Why you should get a pro suspension set up

Feel like making a dramatic change to your bike’s performance, something that’ll affect every aspect of your riding? Forget fancy carbon-clad exhausts – pound for pound suspension upgrades make the...

Plans announced to ban all mobile use at the wheel

Plans announced to ban all mobile use at the wheel

A consultation has been opened to toughen up the laws around using a mobile phone while in charge of a vehicle on the road. You might think that the rules stop you from doing it already, but...

Britain's best bikes: these are the 2020 MCN Award winners

Britain's best bikes: these are the 2020 MCN Award winners

The MCN Awards celebrate what we think are the very best motorbikes by category available in the UK right now. It may not feel like there’s been much to celebrate in 2020, but some truly wonderful...

The Ace Café London through the ages

The Ace Café London through the ages

The Ace Café on London's North Circular has been a home from home for motorcyclists for over 80 years, so we at MCN thought we'd put together a gallery of pictures to show how it has changed in that...

Zef Eisenberg, 1973-2020

Zef Eisenberg, 1973-2020

Multiple world and British speed record holder Zef Eisenberg tragically lost his life in an accident during a record attempt at Elvington airfield on Thursday, October 1. Zef, 47, was a businessman,...

Smile for miles! It's the best touring motorbikes of 2021

Smile for miles! It's the best touring motorbikes of 2021

Touring by motorbike is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you can do on two wheels. While it’s true that you can tour on anything from a superbike to a 125, this list will concentrate on...

Boxing clever: BMW R18's engine was 100 years in the making

Boxing clever: BMW R18's engine was 100 years in the making

The 1802cc air-cooled unit inside the new BMW R18 is the largest and torquiest boxer they've ever built. It sets a whole new standard in modern, air-cooled engine design but the basic layout stretches...

30 years on: The story behind Triumph's rebirth

30 years on: The story behind Triumph's rebirth

Thirty years ago this month, in September 1990, Triumph Motorcycles were reborn when, not one, not two, but SIX all-new Hinckley-built bikes were unveiled on the opening day of the Cologne Show in...

Top A2 licence-friendly bikes for 2021

Top A2 licence-friendly bikes for 2021

If you're 19 or older, after a CBT, theory test and two-part practical assessment you can gain an A2 licence, which allows you to ride a bike of up to 35kW (roughly 47bhp) without displaying L-plates.

Cow herding…on a bike! Ex-Great Escape Triumph TR6 is a firm farm favourite

Cow herding…on a bike! Ex-Great Escape Triumph TR6 is a firm farm favourite

Nearly 60 years ago Steve McQueen wowed motorcyclists with his riding in the classic movie The Great Escape. Following completion of filming, the Triumph TR6 that was used in the famous jump over the...

How to pass your full UK motorbike licence

How to pass your full UK motorbike licence

Getting a motorcycle licence in the UK - known as a category A licence - opens the door to one of the most exciting and liberating experiences going, but doing so can seem offputtingly complicated.

Upright aggression: MCN's guide to the best stripped-back super nakeds on the market in 2021

Upright aggression: MCN's guide to the best stripped-back super nakeds on the market in 2021

The super naked motorbike market is sizzling right now, with bikes such as the Ducati Streetfighter and BMW S1000R bringing superbike performance to the upright, naked bodystyle. There's never been a...

MCN's August Bank Holiday events guide

MCN's August Bank Holiday events guide

The August Bank Holiday weekend is almost upon us and is offering bikers a chance to get out and about at some great events, as well as enjoy some cracking world championship motorcycle racing...