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Classy new 125s for under £3000: Liquid-cooled Zontes range has spec to rival the best

Classy new 125s for under £3000: Liquid-cooled Zontes range has spec to rival the best

The above stylish, liquid-cooled 125 is just one of an all-new, three-bike line-up about to go on sale in the UK. The latest good-looking offerings come from Zontes, a brand which have been trading in...

Triumph Speed Twin Café Racer kit helps turn roadster into speedster

Triumph Speed Twin Café Racer kit helps turn roadster into speedster

Triumph’s Speed Twin may be a great performer thanks to its Thruxton 1200 engine and souped-up cycle parts but many would agree its sober styling isn’t the most exciting in the world. Related articles...

Going the distance: Bridgestone launch T32 sports touring tyres

Going the distance: Bridgestone launch T32 sports touring tyres

Bridgestone have revealed a new Battlax Sport Touring T32 tyre range, set to take over from the existing T31 as the firm’s flagship road-going distance offering - promising improved wet weather...

The long paw of the law: South Yorkshire Police use canine power against bike crime

The long paw of the law: South Yorkshire Police use canine power against bike crime

South Yorkshire Police have had plenty of success in beating bike crime with their dedicated off-road motorcycle team. But this week, it’s a furry member of the force in the form of Police Dog Luna...

Say hello to the 2021 Honda Grom

Say hello to the 2021 Honda Grom

As expected, Honda’s cult, uber-cute MSX125 mini-bike is getting a significant update for 2021 – and this is the result! First launched in 2014, the 1970s monkey-bike-inspired, 12-inch wheeled 125...

Female riders launch calendar in aid of ovarian cancer charity

Female riders launch calendar in aid of ovarian cancer charity

A group of 300 female bikers from the Southwest have launched a charity calendar to raise money for ovarian cancer support group, Ovacome. Known as the Bristol Biking Girls, the online ladies-only...

MCN advice: What Coronavirus restrictions mean for riding a motorbike

MCN advice: What Coronavirus restrictions mean for riding a motorbike

From Friday, October 23, 2020, Wales is going into a national lockdown until Monday, November 9, meaning you cannot ride there from England apart from in certain circumstances (like going to work) and...

Go anywhere touring: KTM reveal 890 Adventure for 2021

Go anywhere touring: KTM reveal 890 Adventure for 2021

Following the launch of the more extreme rally-inspired R models in early October, KTM have now pulled the covers off a new 890 Adventure, set to arrive in dealers in January 2021. Based on the...

Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the stories that matter in motorbikes

Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the stories that matter in motorbikes

This week, we’ve been riding the eagerly awaited Aprilia RS660 at its launch in Italy. The new bike sits somewhere between a traditional headbanging supersport and a softer, road-going bike like a...

Bright idea: BMW's new headlights see round corners

Bright idea: BMW's new headlights see round corners

Riding in the dark highlights an innate problem with traditional headlights – when you lean into a turn the beam is angled away from the direction you’re trying to go. Related articles on MCN BMW...

Breaking: BMW reveal R1250RT with radar cruise control

Breaking: BMW reveal R1250RT with radar cruise control

BMW have become the second manufacturer to release a model with radar guided cruise control having pulled the wraps off the 2021 R1250RT tourer. The all-conquering tourer also gets a rejuvenated look...

Zero Motorcycles 2021 model updates

Zero Motorcycles 2021 model updates

Zero have announced updates to their range of production electric bikes for 2021 with colour changes throughout and a series of detail and specification changes. Related articles on MCN Zero SR/S...

Multistrada V4: Ducati ditches Desmo for new Granturismo engine

Multistrada V4: Ducati ditches Desmo for new Granturismo engine

Ducati have officially unveiled the Granturismo version of their V4 engine to be used in the eagerly awaited new Multistrada V4. One of the biggest changes is a move away from Desmodromic valve...

Quartararo tear-off sells at charity auction for £4250

Quartararo tear-off sells at charity auction for £4250

The visor tear-off that ended Jack Miller’s race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Misano sold for an incredible £4250 at auction. UK-based charity, Two Wheels for Life, were able to sell the piece...

Feel the Forza: Honda release bigger, faster and more tech-laden scooter range

Feel the Forza: Honda release bigger, faster and more tech-laden scooter range

Honda have unleashed a 2021 attack team in the small, mid and big-capacity scooter class as the Forza range gets a radical revamp. At the top of the tree is the Forza 750 which replaces the Integra.

Kawasaki’s popular Versys 1000 range gets total makeover for 2021

Kawasaki’s popular Versys 1000 range gets total makeover for 2021

Kawasaki has raised the bar with its hugely popular Versys 1000 line-up for 2021. The ambitious overhaul sees the standard Versys replaced by a much higher-spec-as-standard S version while the SE...

Road manners, race looks: In-depth Aprilia RS660 spec and performance revealed

Road manners, race looks: In-depth Aprilia RS660 spec and performance revealed

Aprilia have announced full details of their eagerly anticipated new £10,150 RS660, which will be available in dealers in November.  Latest: 2020 Aprilia RS660 review on MCN It’s unmistakably...

Thieves take over £20k of stock from Maidstone Harley dealer

Thieves take over £20k of stock from Maidstone Harley dealer

Thieves have stolen over £20,000-worth of stock from Maidstone Harley-Davidson after breaking into the dealership in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, October 8. Biking gear was the target...

Mental health and motorbikes: UK baton relay planned to get bikers talking about mental wellbeing

Mental health and motorbikes: UK baton relay planned to get bikers talking about mental wellbeing

A biker has set up a non-profit organisation to help people struggling with mental health, especially issues heightened by social isolation. Paul Oxborough’s mission is to help people in need,...

Like water off a biker's back: Why Belstaff turned to Gore-Tex to create kit for the Long Way Up

Like water off a biker's back: Why Belstaff turned to Gore-Tex to create kit for the Long Way Up

You might think of Gore-Tex – as used in Charley and Ewan’s kit for their latest TV epic – as a bit of a wonder material. It magically stops water getting in while letting sweat get out. But you might...

MCN teams up with Parkers.co.uk in the New Van Awards 2021

MCN teams up with Parkers.co.uk in the New Van Awards 2021

Parkers – the definitive resource for car buyers in the UK – has partnered MCN to bring you four important shortlists for the prestigious Parkers New Car Awards 2021. The...

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro gets the Dark treatment

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro gets the Dark treatment

Ducati have added an entry level version of their new 1100 Scrambler Pro models to the range called the Scrambler 1100 Dark Pro. Related: Best street scramblers and...

Bigger, better 'Busa: Suzuki Hayabusa replacement on the way

Bigger, better 'Busa: Suzuki Hayabusa replacement on the way

This new artist’s impression based on the latest information out of Japan gives the clearest indication yet of Suzuki’s hugely-anticipated new Hayabusa, due to be officially unveiled later this...

Biking YouTuber takes on 220-mile Honda Vision 50 ride for PTSD UK

Biking YouTuber takes on 220-mile Honda Vision 50 ride for PTSD UK

Riding from Northants to Skeggy and back might not sound like a big deal... but it is when you are doing it on Honda Vision moped that won’t top 30mph. Alan Dowsett, 38, who goes by the name of...

Norton customers react to administrator report: 'I always had a little bit of hope'

Norton customers react to administrator report: 'I always had a little bit of hope'

Nearly nine months after Norton collapsed, customers are hopeful they may get a good outcome. In an update issued in September 2020, administrators BDO confirmed a £16m sale to Indian firm TVS and...

SHARK Helmets brand-new EVOJET now in UK dealers

SHARK Helmets brand-new EVOJET now in UK dealers

SHARK helmets promotion #Ride5000miles sponsor, SHARK Helmets, released news of its futuristic EVOJET helmet at EICMA last year and now, you can get your hands on your own! Designed in France and manufactured at SHARK...

2021 BMW G310GS: Baby of the GS family gets updated

2021 BMW G310GS: Baby of the GS family gets updated

BMW have announced an updated version of the G310GS, their small-capacity member of the world-conquering GS family. First launched in 2016, the baby GS now gets a number of tweaks to keep it up to...

BMW unveil anniversary R1250GS alongside a host of new tech

BMW unveil anniversary R1250GS alongside a host of new tech

BMW have used the 40th anniversary of the GS to unveil their most technologically advanced models yet, which have everything from heated seats to lights that aim around corners. Oh they even look a...

Arc set to return after founder revives high-end e-bike brand

Arc set to return after founder revives high-end e-bike brand

Arc are set to return after the founder rescued the project from administration hell. Arc rose to prominence last year with the Vector: an electric hyper naked with big promises on weight, power and...

Fresh colours for 2021 Kawasaki 650 twins

Fresh colours for 2021 Kawasaki 650 twins

Following the announcement last week of subtle changes to their 2021 Vulcan S cruiser, Kawasaki have this morning revealed fresh colours for the rest of their 2021 650 parallel-twin range. Consisting...

Honda update 650s and give Africa Twin new colour option

Honda update 650s and give Africa Twin new colour option

Honda have given their 650s a small handling and convenience boost while also treating the Africa Twin to a new paintjob in their latest range update for 2021. First up, the Africa Twin because the...

Big insurance shake up coming: Firms warned to stop hiking premiums

Big insurance shake up coming: Firms warned to stop hiking premiums

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has put out proposals to rid the insurance market of second-year price hikes that favour new customers over existing policyholders. After an analysis of the...

So long Sportster: Harley-Davidson withdraws longstanding range

So long Sportster: Harley-Davidson withdraws longstanding range

After decades of sales, Harley-Davidson have confirmed that the venerable Sportster range will make a quiet exit from Europe due to the upcoming Euro5 emissions regulations. Small updates aside, the...

Devitt MCN Festival: Britain's best biking festival is back for 2021!

Devitt MCN Festival: Britain's best biking festival is back for 2021!

MCN Festival Moped Mayhem, the wild and wacky endurance race that was the highlight of the old BMF shows in the 1980s and 90s is making its longawaited comeback at the Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling on May...

Movember and DGR create fund for first responders

Movember and DGR create fund for first responders

Movember, in collaboration with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), have created a multi-million pound fund to help first responders overcome the difficulties they face through the job. Over the...

New Triumph Trident images revealed: entry-level triple poised to take on MT-07

New Triumph Trident images revealed: entry-level triple poised to take on MT-07

Triumph have released a few more teasers of their upcoming entry level Trident. We first saw the bike last month as a design concept, painted entirely in white and while there are still no firm stats,...