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2electron McFly: Electric bike tech emulates petrol engine of your choice

2electron McFly: Electric bike tech emulates petrol engine of your choice

Electric bike tech firm, 2electron, have been working on further developing their McFly system, which emulates the power and torque characteristics, gear ratios, sound and vibration of a potentially...

Reborn electric BMW C1 gets airbags, safety cell, active aeros and can be ridden as a normal bike

Reborn electric BMW C1 gets airbags, safety cell, active aeros and can be ridden as a normal bike

Before BMW’s R1250GS took up residence at the top of the sales charts the German firm spent years searching for a machine that would bring it to prominence – and as the millennium dawned it was the C1...

Spied new RC390 moves on the A2 game in a big way for KTM

Spied new RC390 moves on the A2 game in a big way for KTM

KTM are working on a new RC390 that’s safer, more stylish and far more hi-tech. The current machine is no slouch but it’s lagging behind the competition and is even out-classed by KTM’s 390 Duke. Now...

24 hour 'Compass Challenge' ride raises over £3k for charity

24 hour 'Compass Challenge' ride raises over £3k for charity

Two R5K members raised more than £3000 for Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and 16th Warrington West (1st Burtonwood) Scout Group by attempting to visit all four corners of Mainland Britain...

Push comes to shove: Harley-Davidson patent reveals VVT pushrod engine

Push comes to shove: Harley-Davidson patent reveals VVT pushrod engine

Harley-Davidson have patented a variable valve timing (VVT) system for their next engine in a bid to meet emissions targets for an air-cooled engine. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen drawings for...

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 brought you our video review of the Yamaha Tricity 300, which is a leaning three-wheeler you can ride on a car licence. See the maxi-scooter in action and find out what Martin...

Who dragged you up? Roland Sands creates custom Dragster from BMW R18

Who dragged you up? Roland Sands creates custom Dragster from BMW R18

The latest custom designer to be given free rein with BMW’s R18 cruiser is Roland Sands, and this muscle car-inspired Dragster is the result. With a pared down design that makes a show-piece of the...

Aprilia Tuono 660 heading towards showrooms

Aprilia Tuono 660 heading towards showrooms

Aprilia’s much anticipated Tuono 660 is nearing reality and the best bit is that it’s barely changed from the prototype. Although Aprilia’s 100hp RS660 twin-cylinder sports bike is the headline-maker...

The Honda CBR600RR is back! YouTube short film shows new model in action

The Honda CBR600RR is back! YouTube short film shows new model in action

After disappearing from UK showrooms in 2017, Honda’s CBR600RR could be about to make a shocking return, following a short model reveal trailer uploaded to the firm’s Japanese YouTube channel earlier...

Working from home: Warwick uni students design carbon chassis parts for electric superbike off campus

Working from home: Warwick uni students design carbon chassis parts for electric superbike off campus

If you’ve been working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, then chances are you’ve had a video call meeting for just about every reason possible. Working on group projects, planning for future...

Michael Neeves reveals secrets of a road tester - episode 4

Michael Neeves reveals secrets of a road tester - episode 4

Bikertek promotion In the fourth episode of ‘Secrets of a Road Tester’, MCN’s Michael Neeves moves on to skilful cornering, explaining how vision is always the top priority. "Position yourself on the road, so you can...

DNA spray gives law a longer arm: Notts Police get new tool to tackle anti-social off-roading

DNA spray gives law a longer arm: Notts Police get new tool to tackle anti-social off-roading

A Nottinghamshire police force has become the latest to employ DNA spray technology in the fight against illegal off-road riding. Forces in the West Midlands and the North East have already used the...

Long Way Up to be shown on Apple TV+ starting in September, 2020

Long Way Up to be shown on Apple TV+ starting in September, 2020

The first three episodes of Long Way Up will premiere globally on September 18, 2020, on Apple TV+ with further episodes released weekly. Starting at the tip of South America in Ushuaia, the show will...

Off-roaders urged: check routes first

Off-roaders urged: check routes first

The Mendip Byways & Bridleways Association is urging off-road motorcyclists to take caution when planning their routes, after they say there has been an increase in people riding where they’re not...

Amazing bikes under the hammer: Bonhams Summer Sale features everything from classic GP bikes to budget projects

Amazing bikes under the hammer:  Bonhams Summer Sale features everything from classic GP bikes to budget projects

The Bonhams Summer Sale is nearly upon us and with a bumper auction full of exciting lots, there’s something to suit every budget. Right at the very top of the tree, is a unique Ducati that’s come to...

Highway Code review for vulnerable road users doesn't include motorbikes

Highway Code review for vulnerable road users doesn't include motorbikes

On Tuesday, 28 July, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced their Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, which the DfT says is a...

Norton's creditors' new hope: Statement of Affairs suggests customers could get money back

Norton's creditors' new hope: Statement of Affairs suggests customers could get money back

Stuart Garner’s Statement of Affairs in regard to Norton Motorcycles UK Ltd. (subsequently renamed NMUL Realisations Ltd.) has been published, with the estimated figures suggesting there will be...

Back in black: BMW S1000RR to get stealthy colour option for 2021

Back in black: BMW S1000RR to get stealthy colour option for 2021

BMW have announced the changes we will see for the 2021 range, including a new blacked out paintjob for the S1000RR called black storm metallic. The new, stealthy look features a black subframe and...

Fantic Caballero Scrambler gets funky, urban makeover for Deluxe edition

Fantic Caballero Scrambler gets funky, urban makeover for Deluxe edition

Fantic have a brand-new limited-edition version of their Caballero Scrambler 500, which brings a number of practical updates along with some nice cosmetic tweaks. Called the Deluxe, it forgoes the...

DVSA launch free online course to boost safety for learner riders

DVSA launch free online course to boost safety for learner riders

As motorcycle training and tests have resumed in England, Wales and Scotland, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have unveiled a new, free online course to boost safety for learner...

Now you're talking: Cardo Packtalk Black revealed with larger speakers

Now you're talking: Cardo Packtalk Black revealed with larger speakers

Cardo have released a special-edition version of their Packtalk comms kit called the Packtalk Black. Coming in black (no real surprises there) the key feature of the new unit is the 45mm JBL helmet...

SHARK Helmets – a choice of protection for all…

SHARK Helmets – a choice of protection for all…

SHARK helmets promotion It doesn’t matter if you’re riding a 50cc scooter to and from college or a 200hp motorcycle at Mugello, SHARK Helmets - our #Ride5000miles sponsor - is just as committed to providing a safety helmet...

Ready player one: Ride 4 gameplay trailer revealed

Ready player one: Ride 4 gameplay trailer revealed

A new gameplay teaser trailer (above) has been revealed for upcoming bike racing videogame, Ride 4.  The fourth instalment of the popular two-wheeled franchise produced by Italian developers,...

Motorway roadworks speed limit increased in England

Motorway roadworks speed limit increased in England

Highways England have announced that the speed limit for motorway roadworks will be increased from 50mph to 60mph where it is safe to do so. The decision was taken after lengthy trials and research...

Guy back on track: Martin returns to Elvington as he targets 300mph barrier

Guy back on track: Martin returns to Elvington as he targets 300mph barrier

Guy Martin has been back in action testing his turbo-charged Hayabusa as he strives to be the first person to break 300mph in a standing mile on a motorcycle. Racing on a windy Tuesday at Elvington...

Determined bikers find ways to smash 5000-mile target

Determined bikers find ways to smash 5000-mile target

Lockdown may have put the brakes on big-distance rides for a few months, but plenty of #ride5000miles members have wasted no time getting back in the saddle and are already smashing the high-mileage...

Voxan Wattman: Max Biaggi to pilot electric streamliner powered by race car engine

Voxan Wattman: Max Biaggi to pilot electric streamliner powered by race car engine

Voxan have revealed their Wattman streamliner, which will be piloted by ex-MotoGP and WSB racer Max Biaggi in an attempt to set a new electric bike world speed record. If you’re not familiar with...

Sinnis Terrain 380cc Adventure Motorcycle Goes On UK Presale

Sinnis Terrain 380cc Adventure Motorcycle Goes On UK Presale

Sinnis Motorcycles British motorcycle brand Sinnis begins its presale campaign this week for the much-anticipated Terrain 380cc adventure. Customers can deposit £100 to pre-order one of the first bikes to land in Autumn...

Harry Dunn update: Immunity loophole closed

Harry Dunn update: Immunity loophole closed

The loophole that allowed the woman charged with Harry Dunn’s death to leave the country is to be closed, the government has announced. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has been in the UK and...

The baffle of Britain: Noisy exhausts are back in the spotlight – but is the negative attention fair?

The baffle of Britain: Noisy exhausts are back in the spotlight – but is the negative attention fair?

Loud pipes and their effect on the public’s perception of motorbikes is an issue that’s been brewing for decades, but the combination of a lockdown, empty roads and an early summer has brought it...

Third Honda Adventure Roads tour set for Iceland in 2021

Third Honda Adventure Roads tour set for Iceland in 2021

Honda Europe are offering 30 riders the biking trip of a lifetime as their Adventure Roads touring programme heads to Iceland for 2021. A chance to experience the volcanic island’s stunning scenery...

Back to biking: No more excuses for Ola as she chases her #ride5000miles biking dream

Back to biking: No more excuses for Ola as she chases her #ride5000miles biking dream

Almost two years ago, lifelong motorcycle fan, 59-year-old dental practice manager, Ola Alara, decided to finally take the plunge and learn to ride. Bagging all the right gear and completing her CBT,...

Motoring events on Brighton's Madeira Drive saved

Motoring events on Brighton's Madeira Drive saved

Labour members of Brighton Council have taken a dramatic U-turn on their refusal to support future motorsport events on Madeira drive after pressure from Conservative councillors and members of the...

"Riding changed my life" - Army veteran Andy Brown says bikes helped him beat PTSD

"Riding changed my life" - Army veteran Andy Brown says bikes helped him beat PTSD

"I had a very bad 2019," says Andy Brown, a 48-year-old ex-soldier from Devon. The post-traumatic stress disorder he’d been dulling for 20 years with a succession of high-adrenalin jobs (bomb...

Have it your way: MV Agusta launch Monaco Design Studio to produce one-off specials

Have it your way: MV Agusta launch Monaco Design Studio to produce one-off specials

MV Agusta are no strangers to one-off motorcycles. In the past 12 months alone, we’ve seen the Brutale 1000 RR 'ML', a special €28,000 Dragster 800 RR for luxury goods website, TheArsenale and a...

Back on track: Bimota ramp up testing of supercharged Tesi H2 ahead of September production

Back on track: Bimota ramp up testing of supercharged Tesi H2 ahead of September production

Following online footage and photos of on-circuit testing, exotic Italian motorcycling marque, Bimota, have confirmed to MCN that their supercharged Tesi H2 will go into production in September,...