Motorbike Inspiration

Welcome to MCN's Inspiration section, where you'll be able to read about everything that makes us tick as bikers. Catch our guides to top classic motorcycles, long weekend reads and much more.

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...

Forty years of the GS: Original BMW R80G/S designer tells us the untold story

Forty years of the GS: Original BMW R80G/S designer tells us the untold story

It’s exactly 40 years since the first ever BMW GS went on sale: the R80G/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...

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...

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...

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...

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...