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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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All-rounder rubber! It's the best sports-touring tyres

All-rounder rubber! It's the best sports-touring tyres

Welcome to MCN’s 2021 sports-touring tyre test. This is the rubber that promises the best of everything; handling performance, allweather grip and thousands of miles of life. In fact, apart from...

Go-anywhere Garmins: Montana 700 series launched complete with SOS feature

Go-anywhere Garmins: Montana 700 series launched complete with SOS feature

Riding a motorcycle along a rugged trail just got a little safer, thanks to a new all-terrain sat-nav system from Garmin, complete with emergency SOS functionality. Consisting of three navigation...

Jam busters! How to filter on a motorbike

Jam busters! How to filter on a motorbike

As cars and 4x4s get ever fatter, the lanes we use for filtering are becoming narrower, the margins for error tighter. So more than ever the slickest and safest way to slip through traffic is to slow...

Biking on the big screen: On Any Sunday turns 49

Biking on the big screen: On Any Sunday turns 49

Not only was it nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for best documentary, but On Any Sunday was also backed by Steve McQueen - the coolest man ever to have graced Planet Earth. Related: Best motorbike...

Testing times: How to pass your motorbike MoT first time

Testing times: How to pass your motorbike MoT first time

If your MoT expired from March 30, 2020 the Government gave you an automatic extension on your current certificate without needing a retest. But that extension will lift on August 1 as restrictions...

Teenage dreams: We ride Allen Millyard's Honda SS50 specials

Teenage dreams: We ride Allen Millyard's Honda SS50 specials

The humble Honda SS50 is iconic. Built and sold in their thousands as the moped craze swept through 1970s UK, the slick-looking four-stroke looked like a miniature motorcycle. Flat bars, upswept...

Safety first: Join a Biker Down! course near you

Safety first: Join a Biker Down! course near you

There are plenty of courses available to bikers to help them with improving riding skills, awareness and basic maintenance – you can join an IAM training course or sign-up for...

Fun in the sun: Top tips for riding your motorbike in a heatwave

Fun in the sun: Top tips for riding your motorbike in a heatwave

When the sun comes out it’s more tempting than ever to get the bike out of the garage and rack-up some miles. Riding in hot weather is great but you and your bike need to be prepared. This is...

How to pass your CBT and ride a motorbike on L-plates

How to pass your CBT and ride a motorbike on L-plates

If you've decided you want to ride a motorbike, the first thing you'll need to do is complete a Compulsory Basic Training, or CBT course. It may be a step down from your dreams of exploring the open...

Forty years of the GS: Original BMW R80 G/S designer tells us the untold story

Forty years of the GS: Original BMW R80 G/S designer tells us the untold story

It’s exactly 40 years since the first ever BMW GS went on sale: the R80 G/S. No one knew it would go on to be the most popular bike in the company’s history and that it would help to change the course...

Back on the bike: Brush up on safe riding with these great tips

Back on the bike: Brush up on safe riding with these great tips

With filthy roads, nasty weather and a distinct shortage of daylight, it’s not surprising that so many of us choose to put our hard-earned pride and joy to bed for winter. But while we’re saving our...

The lids are alright: Best sports-touring motorcycle helmets for under £300

The lids are alright: Best sports-touring motorcycle helmets for under £300

In the market for a new sports touring motorcycle helmet? Got a budget of up to £300? We're here to help. As well as being in direct contact with manufacturers and distributors of the latest lids, our...

In the blood: MV Agusta marks 75 years of building soul-stirring motorbikes

In the blood: MV Agusta marks 75 years of building soul-stirring motorbikes

Few motorcycle marques have combined racing success with showroom sex-appeal quite like MV Agusta. With 38 Grand Prix World Championship titles, the Italian brand have enjoyed the most on-track...

VE Day celebrations: remembering the Royal Enfield 'Flying Flea'

VE Day celebrations: remembering the Royal Enfield 'Flying Flea'

It’s 75 years since World War II officially finished as the Allies accepted Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945. And as VE Day celebrations remember big characters and big machines, there was also one...

Having fun without two wheels Part 4: motorbike-themed things to do during Coronavirus

Having fun without two wheels Part 4: motorbike-themed things to do during Coronavirus

Ding dong! Your latest delivery of 10 fresh boredom-busting ideas is here to see you through lockdown. Be it pure entertainment or a bit of self- or bike-improvement, you can indulge your passion for...

Two tribes go to war: The story behind the Honda SP-1

Two tribes go to war: The story behind the Honda SP-1

 It is not often that the might of HRC gets rattled, but in 2000 this was the case. Despite dominating the premier class of racing with Mick Doohan and the NSR500, Honda were being given a very...

MCN's guide to selling your motorbike

MCN's guide to selling your motorbike

Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, modernising or just fancy a change, selling your motorbike is often a big part of the process of buying a new one. Here are MCN’s tips for getting the most for...

Safety on the move: How to ride like a road test pro

Safety on the move: How to ride like a road test pro

I thought I’d share some of the ways I ride to stay in one piece on the road. Not the mechanics of going through corners – body position and all that stuff, but the zen-like way you think about what...

Charge! Keep your motorbike battery healthy while it's laid up

Charge! Keep your motorbike battery healthy while it's laid up

When a bike’s being used regularly, the battery should stay fit and healthy for several years. But when a bike is laid up – as many are over the winter months, and many more were during 2020's...

Neevesy's bike-hacks: How to set up your motorbike like a road test pro

Neevesy's bike-hacks: How to set up your motorbike like a road test pro

So your bike is sitting patiently in your garage, waiting to blink back out into the sun again when this is all over, but what can you do to it to make it work better for you, without spending any...

Clinical trials: Dougie Lampkin trains Riders for Health workers in Lesotho

Clinical trials: Dougie Lampkin trains Riders for Health workers in Lesotho

The rider ahead is still sitting down, which I find reassuring. If he can navigate the wet clay, loose rocks and increasing gradient without having to leave the saddle, then even a wobbly off-roader...

Putting the style in textile: MCN's guide to the best waterproof gear you can buy right now!

Putting the style in textile: MCN's guide to the best waterproof gear you can buy right now!

Aside from being unpleasant and sucking the fun out of your riding, being uncomfortable or cold on a motorbike can lead to distraction or slow down your reactions. One of the best ways to avoid this...

Motorbike tyre advice: know your bike’s boots

Motorbike tyre advice: know your bike’s boots

Tyres are the most important part on your bike – your sole connection with the road for the overwhelming majority of the time. Related: Best tyre pressure gauges There’s a lot to know about your...

Tyre test: Metzeler M9 RR sports tyre review

Tyre test: Metzeler M9 RR sports tyre review

Seven years after their launch, Metzeler’s Sportec M7 RR sports tyres can still mix it with the best. Related: Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE review But under attack from new rivals in the rubbery shape of...

Tyre test: Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE review

Tyre test: Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE review

Metzeler’s Roadtec has been at the top of the sports touring tree for a decade now, firstly the Interact Z8 version, followed by the 01 in 2016 – both offering class-leading levels of all-weather...

Can do attitude? It's MCN's guide to replacing your motorbike exhaust silencer

Can do attitude? It's MCN's guide to replacing your motorbike exhaust silencer

Fitting a new motorcycle exhaust is usually a luxury rather than a necessity. It’s nice to slip off a clumpy, heavy OE silencer and slip on something altogether lighter and sexier. But sometimes you...

Triumph Daytona exhibition opened at Hinckley Visitor Experience

Triumph Daytona exhibition opened at Hinckley Visitor Experience

The Triumph Factory Visitor Experience in Hinckley has assembled a collection of 14 Triumph Daytona models that display the chronology of the firm’s sportsbike over a 50-year period. The centrepiece...

Braking bad? How to change your motorbike's brake fluid

Braking bad? How to change your motorbike's brake fluid

Changing your motorbike’s brake fluid is a relatively easy DIY job. It may be hidden from view, but the liquid inside your bike’s braking system should never be taken for granted. Related: Top...

Video: Joacim Boive riding his KTM enduro bike off-road

Video: Joacim Boive riding his KTM enduro bike off-road

A Swedish motorcyclist is aiming to be the first one-legged person to compete in an enduro series after taking up off-road riding. Joacim Boive lost his right leg to cancer when he was 13 but was...

Special investigation: Lookalike fake helmets have never been more dangerous

Special investigation: Lookalike fake helmets have never been more dangerous

Counterfeit goods are nothing new but the problem is now worse than ever. Not only are the copies looking better, making it harder to distinguish a fake at first glance, but online retailing makes it...

Yamaha RD350LC at 40 - a celebration

Yamaha RD350LC at 40 - a celebration

Arguably the most loved and inspirational Japanese bike of all – Yamaha’s RD350LC – went on sale for the first time 40 years ago. And while the abilities of the 47bhp stroker twin are now the stuff of...

From 50-650cc, MCN's round-up of the best new Chinese bikes

From 50-650cc, MCN's round-up of the best new Chinese bikes

Chinese-built bikes have had a chequered history over the past decade or so due partly to a reputation for being cheap or poor quality copies of old Japanese designs – but that’s certainly changing...

Changing the game: Neevesy's top 12 bikes of the last decade

Changing the game: Neevesy's top 12 bikes of the last decade

With 2020 just days away, we wave farewell to another year and another decade of motorcycling excellence. The past 10 years have seen some dramatic changes to the two-wheeled landscape; with the...

Cruise controlled: Top Gun movie delayed

Cruise controlled: Top Gun movie delayed

Sister publication Empire magazine is reporting the US release of the new Top Gun film has been put back to December 23, 2020, due to Coronavirus. Since the UK launch was slated for after the US one...

The golden ratio? It's MCN's best automatic motorcycles of 2021

The golden ratio? It's MCN's best automatic motorcycles of 2021

Automatic motorbikes are very rare. Or rather, they used to be. But now the swathe of 'twist 'n go' scooters have equivilents in the larger, more powerful classes of bikes too. With changing biker...

Modified mayhem! Find the best base bike for your custom motorbike with MCN

Modified mayhem! Find the best base bike for your custom motorbike with MCN

Custom bikes are more fashionable than ever – and we don’t mean old school, V-twin cruisers. Today a personalised 'Bobber', individual 'scrambler', uniquely accessorised 'retro roadster' or even a...