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Kawasaki ramp up technology for three-wheeled superbike project

Kawasaki ramp up technology for three-wheeled superbike project

Anyone who’s ridden a tilting three-wheeler like the Yamaha Niken or Piaggio MP3 has probably idly wondered what might happen if similar chassis tech was applied to a full-blown...

Classic scooters quit smoking: Battery conversion for Vespas and Lambrettas

Classic scooters quit smoking: Battery conversion for Vespas and Lambrettas

No two-wheelers are better-suited to electric power than scooters and no scoots are cooler than classic Vespas and Lambrettas – and now you can get electric versions of both thanks to these British...

Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the stories that mattered in motorbikes this week

Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the stories that mattered in motorbikes this week

This week, Triumph unveiled the full details of their new Speed Triple 1200 RR model. The half-faired sportsbike gets a dash of retro styling thanks to a single headlight that replaces the bug-eyes of...

Holy moly! Mad-looking British speed machine hits the track in high-speed testing

Holy moly! Mad-looking British speed machine hits the track in high-speed testing

The outlandish Brit bike that’s targeting the speed record for electric motorcycles has hit the track as it undergoes initial test runs in the UK. Related articles on MCN Max Biaggi claims 11 speed...

Sharper Kawasaki Z900 SE gets improved suspension and more stopping power

Sharper Kawasaki Z900 SE gets improved suspension and more stopping power

Kawasaki’s Z900 naked is getting the SE treatment; with the more premium model complete with better Brembo brakes, revised forks, and an Öhlins shock joining the line-up in December 2021. Starting up...

T is for Tiger: new Triumph 1200 will get T-plane crank

T is for Tiger: new Triumph 1200 will get T-plane crank

The new Triumph Tiger 1200 will get the T-plane crank and firing order first used in the firm’s Tiger 900. Triumph fed us this latest tidbit of information along with fresh images of the bike in...

Sammy Miller scoops top honours at star-studded Salon Privé Concours

Sammy Miller scoops top honours at star-studded Salon Privé Concours

This fabulous 1951 Moto Guzzi racer owned by Sammy Miller MBE was one of three bikes that scooped top honours at the 2021 star-studded Salon Privé Concours. Held in the grounds of Blenheim Palace,...

Triumph launch Ride Out to Help Out campaign

Triumph launch Ride Out to Help Out campaign

Triumph and some of our best known biking celebs have launched a scheme to get Britain biking. Star names, including Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton and TT racer Maria Costello MBE, are urging...

Mixed picture on bike theft stats: MAG report criticises police forces for unreliable figures

Mixed picture on bike theft stats: MAG report criticises police forces for unreliable figures

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) have published their annual bike theft report for 2020 and it shows an overall drop in bike theft nationally. Related articles on MCN Off road bike cops on patrol in...

New motorbike sales bounce back

New motorbike sales bounce back

New bike sales are booming in Britain with the first eight months of 2021 showing a 17% increase over the same period in 2020. Related articles on MCN UK motorcycle crime Piaggio announce £2500...

All the fun of the fairing: Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR unveiled

All the fun of the fairing: Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR unveiled

Triumph are no strangers to building thoroughly modern bikes that draw on styling inspiration from yesteryear and that’s exactly what they’ve done with this new Speed Triple 1200 RR. Related articles...

Moto Guzzi celebrate 100 years with new V100 Mandello

Moto Guzzi celebrate 100 years with new V100 Mandello

Moto Guzzi have been celebrating their 100 year anniversary in style: first some special editions, next a new factory and now a whole new bike. But not just any bike - a bike that takes a giant step...

Bullit Bluroc 125 retro scrambler to be available this month

Bullit Bluroc 125 retro scrambler to be available this month

The retro-inspired L-plate-friendly Bullit Bluroc 125 hit dealers on Monday, March 9 2020 costing just £1999. It was released alongside a 250cc, V-twin version. Related: Learn to ride...

Lincolnshire firefighters on course to raise £2000 with 400-mile county charity ride

Lincolnshire firefighters on course to raise £2000 with 400-mile county charity ride

Five firefighters from across Lincolnshire have ridden 400 miles in a day, visiting every fire station in the county to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Prostate Cancer UK. "To see people...

Brit tennis star Emma Raducanu shares motocross memories

Brit tennis star Emma Raducanu shares motocross memories

British teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu shocked the sporting world by winning the US Open on Saturday 11 September, but many of the millions watching her make history may not have known that...

Hubless Verge TS electric combines super-efficient performance with next-gen looks

Hubless Verge TS electric combines super-efficient performance with next-gen looks

Hot from the continent comes the Verge TS – a hubless electric bike that could change the way we think about motorcycle design. Verge are a Finnish company, previously known as RMK (see below), who...

Room for a little 1: Piaggio announce £2500 E-scooter aimed at teens

Room for a little 1: Piaggio announce £2500 E-scooter aimed at teens

Piaggio have unveiled a new electric scooter that’s specifically aimed at being an easy and affordable transport option for youngsters. Related articles on MCN Best electric motorcycles Swappable...

'More accessible' MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS unveiled

'More accessible' MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS unveiled

Italian exotica experts MV Agusta have just unveiled a new Brutale 1000 RS: a simpler, more comfortable and cheaper version of its bonkers 1000 RR super naked – although at over 22 grand and 200bhp...

Teaser videos suggest new retro Kawasaki model is on the way

Teaser videos suggest new retro Kawasaki model is on the way

Kawasaki have been teasing us for a few weeks with a new model using the stomach-turning phrase the ‘Retrovolution is coming’ on their social media channels. Related articles on MCN Kawasaki Z900RS...

Variable-rigidity 'chain mail' that stiffens on command could be the future of motorcycle clothing

Variable-rigidity 'chain mail'  that stiffens on command could be the future of motorcycle clothing

Motorcycle clothing is a conundrum that’s proved tough to crack. Even ignoring the problems that weather conditions pile into the equation, there’s a stark contrast between the requirement to move...

Swappable batteries on the horizon: Giants team up to make swap-in, swap-out battery packs a reality

Swappable batteries on the horizon: Giants team up to make swap-in, swap-out battery packs a reality

Honda, KTM, Piaggio and Yamaha have signed an agreement to create a 'Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium' with a view to standardising batteries in electric bikes globally. Battery...

Royal Enfield reintroduce the Classic 350

Royal Enfield reintroduce the Classic 350

Royal Enfield have unveiled a renewed version of the Classic 350 arriving in the UK early next year. Related articles on MCN Royal Enfield Meteor 350 review Royal Enfield Classic Tribute Black marks...

BMW electric concepts give glimpse of the future of personal mobility

BMW electric concepts give glimpse of the future of personal mobility

BMW have released a new electric vehicle concept that’s neither motorcycle nor scooter, but which is aimed at pulling youngsters into the brand. Related articles on MCN BMW CE 04 electric scooter...

Devitt MCN Festival 2021: Doors are open and the crowds have arrived!

Devitt MCN Festival 2021: Doors are open and the crowds have arrived!

MCN Festival The gates to the 2021 Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling opened at 9am this morning and ever since, crowds have been flooding in to test ride the latest bikes, grab a deal from one of several stalls...

Mansell mania: Custom BMWs honour F1’s most committed driver

Mansell mania: Custom BMWs honour F1’s most committed driver

Greg Mansell, son of Formula One World Champion, Nigel Mansell, has launched a short production run of custom BMW R18s to honour his father’s successes. Until the arrival of Lewis Hamilton, Mansell...

Streamliner shakedown: Guy Martin completes slow speed tests of 400mph record attempt bike

Streamliner shakedown: Guy Martin completes slow speed tests of 400mph record attempt bike

Guy Martin has completed a slow speed shakedown run on a 1200shp land speed streamliner ahead of attempting to eclipse a new 400mph record on the Bolivian salt flats. The veteran road racer turned...

Rough Crafts custom Yamaha XSR900 build joins firm’s cool Yard Built series

Rough Crafts custom Yamaha XSR900 build joins firm’s cool Yard Built series

Custom builder Winston Yeh has worked his magic once again, this time turning his hand to Yamaha’s XSR900 – and you could have one just like it. Most of Winston’s customs are one-offs but this time...

Portuguese Honda dealership wins CB650R custom competition

Portuguese Honda dealership wins CB650R custom competition

Portuguese Honda dealership Mototrofa has bounced back from the effects of a devastating fire to claim victory in the 2021 European CB650R Honda Customs contest. The online competition attracted over...

Boost for Baby Blade: Honda CBR500R updated along with CB500X and CB500F

Boost for Baby Blade: Honda CBR500R updated along with CB500X and CB500F

Honda have released new versions of their A2-friendly 500s with significant upgrades to the ‘Baby Blade’ CBR500R supersports, CB500F naked and CB500X adventure bike. Related articles on MCN KTM RC390...

Buell back on track: Famous US brand set for yet another rebirth – starting with 182bhp ‘Hammerhead’ superbike

Buell back on track: Famous US brand set for yet another rebirth – starting with 182bhp ‘Hammerhead’ superbike

Buell motorcycles are returning to full production once more with the company well on the way to launching their first new bike: the 1190RX ‘Hammerhead’. Related articles on MCN Erik Buell starts...

Fresh-faced KTM RC125 offers MotoGP looks and L-plate-ready performance

Fresh-faced KTM RC125 offers MotoGP looks and L-plate-ready performance

KTM have revealed the first major update to their CBT-friendly RC125 sportsbike, promising MotoGP-inspired bodywork, an updated chassis, revised engine, and more tech for 2022. We've ridden the 2022...

High-tech 2022 KTM RC390 gets all the bells and whistles

High-tech 2022 KTM RC390 gets all the bells and whistles

KTM have officially unveiled their new RC390 A2 sportsbike with a new look fairing and headlight and a load of new technology, too. We've ridden the new KTM RC390 and gave it five stars in our full...

Swedish super-single surprise: NCCR turn half a Buell V-twin into race engine

Swedish super-single surprise: NCCR turn half a Buell V-twin into race engine

Well before the 916, in 1992, Ducati created a racebike called the ‘Supermono’. Essentially an 888 with the rear cylinder removed the Supermono was an effective race bike that became the stuff of...

Honda Africa Twin models updated for 2022

Honda Africa Twin models updated for 2022

Honda have updated their Africa Twin models for 2022 with tweaks to both to make them a little more practical as well as sharper looking. Related articles on MCN Honda NT1100 sports tourer...

Help to turn green: More money to encourage Londoners to change bikes

Help to turn green: More money to encourage Londoners to change bikes

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced additional funding for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scrappage scheme ahead of its expansion in October. Related articles on MCN Ban on sale of new...

A Svart move: Latest Husqvarna Svartpilen looks to be getting a serious overhaul

A Svart move: Latest Husqvarna Svartpilen looks to be getting a serious overhaul

Spyshots have emerged that show Husqvarna are working on a replacement for the Svartpilen 401. Related articles on MCN Husqvarna Norden 901 is nearly ready Spyshots: KTM 990 Duke Husqvarna Svartpilen...