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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, we released our video review of the new retro-inspired, semi-faired Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR. The new bike is a lot more than just a Speed Triple RS in a fancy frock, watch the whole...

Brabus 1300 R: High-end German car tuning house joins forces with KTM

Brabus 1300 R: High-end German car tuning house joins forces with KTM

Over the last 45 years Brabus have established themselves as one of the world’s most respected car tuning firms, but in 2022 the company will make their first move into bikes with this machine – the...

Stolen bike back from Romania: Owner’s detective work rewarded as machine comes home

Stolen bike back from Romania: Owner’s detective work rewarded as machine comes home

Kelston Chorley, the determined biker who traced his stolen AJP to Romania last year, has finally managed to bring his machine home. For those who missed the story, the PR7 was pinched in July 2020...

New 2022 model line-up gets exclusive UK launch at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show

New 2022 model line-up gets exclusive UK launch at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show

MCN Promotion One of the best loved events in the UK, the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show 11-13 Feb returns to London’s ExCeL with all the major manufacturers confirming huge displays including...

New tech from Exro promises E-bike performance boost

New tech from Exro promises E-bike performance boost

One of the exciting things about the introduction of electric motorcycles is that we’re still learning how to make the most of them – so there’s scope for giant leaps in performance instead of the...

Hot Himmy: Power boost on the cards for Royal Enfield Himalayan

Hot Himmy: Power boost on the cards for Royal Enfield Himalayan

Royal Enfield are working on a hot new version of the Himalayan according to multiple sources in India. The Himalayan has been a big success for the brand thanks to its ease of use and rugged nature,...

Bumper year for biking: How motorcycling is on the up despite repeated Covid lockdowns

Bumper year for biking: How motorcycling is on the up despite repeated Covid lockdowns

Amidst the doom and gloom of both winter weather and the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, it might be hard to fathom but 2021 was one of the strongest years for biking in well over a...

Motorcycling charity gears up to train 1000 new mental health first aiders in 2022

Motorcycling charity gears up to train 1000 new mental health first aiders in 2022

Recently established two-wheeled charity Mental Health Motorbike (MHM) are planning to train up 1000 mental health first aiders from across the biking community in 2022. "It's been an absolute...

Valeo step into battery power: Hopes for a low-cost route to electric bikes

Valeo step into battery power: Hopes for a low-cost route to electric bikes

Valeo might not be a household name but they’re among the world’s biggest automotive parts suppliers with 187 production facilities and 67 R&D bases across 33 countries – so their intention to...

Old Honda C90s gear up for 1368-mile Benidorm epic

Old Honda C90s gear up for 1368-mile Benidorm epic

Six intrepid Honda C90 riders are planning an ambitious mission to cover six countries in six days to raise money for charity. John Haynes and five mates hope to cover 1368 miles on their trusty...

Michelin roll out new Road 6 and Road 6 GT touring rubber

Michelin roll out new Road 6 and Road 6 GT touring rubber

Michelin have announced new versions of their do-it-all tyre, which will now be called the Road 6 and Road 6 GT. Following on from the Road 5, which has been a firm favourite in the MCN office since...

Dunn trial postponed: Talks between CPS and defendant’s lawyers still on going

Dunn trial postponed: Talks between CPS and defendant’s lawyers still on going

The expected court appearance of Anne Sacoolas, the woman charged with causing the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn, has been postponed. Dunn, 19, died following a collision with a car on...

Four massively important motorcycling campaigns that deserve your support in 2022

Four massively important motorcycling campaigns that deserve your support in 2022

As we head into 2022, the new year is traditionally time for taking stock and making resolutions and plans for the 12 months to come, and motorcycling currently has plenty of stories, issues and...

“We want to support the community” - Brokers offer help after MCE Insurance disclaims policies

“We want to support the community” - Brokers offer help after MCE Insurance disclaims policies

Insurance brokers from across the bike market have offered help to riders affected after Gibraltar based Green Realisations 123 Ltd. (formerly MCE Insurance Company Limited) stated their intention to...

Smart motorway rollout paused for safety data collection

Smart motorway rollout paused for safety data collection

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a pause on the creation of all new smart motorways until a full five years of safety data is available for schemes opened before 2020.   Revealed...

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R launch ready: Return to the golden age of 400s is on the cards

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R launch ready: Return to the golden age of 400s is on the cards

Forbidden fruit is always the sweetest and as such Kawasaki’s jewel-like ZX-25R – a 250cc four-cylinder sports bike that’s offered in some Asian markets but not in the West – seems all the more...

Back protectors made compulsory at trackdays

Back protectors made compulsory at trackdays

Back protectors are being made compulsory for most UK trackdays from March 31, 2022. The move has been sparked by leading trackday provider Motorsport Vision Trackdays and is a progression from their...

Read six great bike magazines in one app

Read six great bike magazines in one app

MCN Promotion Subscribe to Bikes Unlimited and get access to six of Britain’s best motorcycling magazines for just £7.99 per month. Bikes Unlimited is the app from the maker’s of MCN that features...

New Ohvale Evo models promise easier ergonomics for the racing stars of the future

New Ohvale Evo models promise easier ergonomics for the racing stars of the future

Premium miniature race bike firm Ohvale have revealed two new Evo models for 2022, promising to make life that bit easier for the GP stars of tomorrow. Standing at just 790mm tall, the GP-0 110 4S Evo...

Brough get tough: Desert-inspired ‘Lawrence Nefud’ adds scrambler style to top-spec retro

Brough get tough: Desert-inspired ‘Lawrence Nefud’ adds scrambler style to top-spec retro

This glorious neo-classic, scrambler-style roadster is the latest model from boutique performance bike brand Brough Superior. The £50,000 Lawrence Nefud is based on the Lawrence roadster which the...

New Highway Code rules protecting more vulnerable road users set to arrive on January 29

New Highway Code rules protecting more vulnerable road users set to arrive on January 29

Changes to the Highway Code look set to come into force later this month, giving greater focus to the safety of vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders. Proposed by the...

Alpinestars inflate their airbag range for 2022 including new entry-level Tech-Air 3

Alpinestars inflate their airbag range for 2022 including new entry-level Tech-Air 3

Alpinestars have unveiled three new wearable airbag systems at the CES Las Vegas event called the Tech-Air 10, Tech-Air 3 and Tech-Air Off Road V2. They join the existing Tech-Air 5, which remains in...

British bike brands bounce back for 2022

British bike brands bounce back for 2022

This year is shaping up to be the year of the British bike, with a whole host of brands new and old bringing out models that have the power to shake up the global motorcycle market once again. The...

Spyshots: Updated KTM 990 Duke striding closer to production

Spyshots: Updated KTM 990 Duke striding closer to production

KTM’s parallel twin has won the brand plaudits and sales since its introduction in 2018, with the motor finding its way into multiple models since. MCN revealed very early test mules last year, but...

Crated Honda RC213V-S becomes most expensive Japanese bike ever sold at auction

Crated Honda RC213V-S becomes most expensive Japanese bike ever sold at auction

A Honda RC213V-S still in its original shipping crate has become the most expensive Japanese bike ever sold at auction – fetching a whopping total sales price of £182,500. The 2016 road-legal MotoGP...

Kawasaki mark 50 years of the Zed name with four Z50 special models

Kawasaki mark 50 years of the Zed name with four Z50 special models

Kawasaki are marking 50 years of Zed models with special 'Z50' versions of the Z900, Z650, Z900RS and Z650RS nakeds. Available from March 2022, the bikes will feature distinctive liveries reminiscent...

Damon come out swinging with new HyperFighter electric super naked range

Damon come out swinging with new HyperFighter electric super naked range

Canadian electric bike firm Damon have unveiled their new naked bike called the HyperFighter at the CES Las Vegas technology show. Based on the HyperSport electric superbike first unveiled in 2020,...

Small-scale Bournemouth dealer is aiming high as 2022 kicks off

Small-scale Bournemouth dealer is aiming high as 2022 kicks off

When Ross Allison jacked in his solid job at Bournemouth Kawasaki and sank £90k of his own money into starting his new business, Rotate Motorcycles, he had every right to be a little nervous. But...

Mix and match Arrow platform to spawn new family for Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Mix and match Arrow platform to spawn new family for Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is one of the best electrics out there – but it’s far from cheap. Now, however, things are changing fast with H-D’s decision to spin-off the e-bike operation and news of a...

New CFMoto 800MT heading to UK: KTM-based adventurer to hit dealers in summer

New CFMoto 800MT heading to UK: KTM-based adventurer to hit dealers in summer

CFMoto have confirmed the first big bike from their deal with KTM will arrive in dealers in June – with prices starting below £10k. Called the 800MT, the bike uses the 799cc parallel twin from KTM’s...

Metzeler get adventurous: new tyre sizes mean more touring options

Metzeler get adventurous: new tyre sizes mean more touring options

Metzeler have revealed two new adventure bike tyres for 2022 – the road-biased Tourance Next 2 and the mud-plugging Karoo 4. The second-generation Tourance is designed for riders covering long...

Bike Shed founders recognised in the New Year’s Honours List

Bike Shed founders recognised in the New Year’s Honours List

The husband and wife team who created London’s Bike Shed – Vikki and Anthony 'Dutch' van Someren – have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List. The pair have been awarded the British Empire...

New SWMs ready to roll: small-capacity nakeds mark firm's 50th anniversary

New SWMs ready to roll: small-capacity nakeds mark firm's 50th anniversary

SWM have released a pair of small-capacity bikes as a tribute to their home region on the firm’s 50th anniversary. The duo are called the VA125Z and VA400Z respectively, after Italy's Varese...

Harley-Davidson and Kymco team up on LiveWire electric bikes

Harley-Davidson and Kymco team up on LiveWire electric bikes

Harley-Davidson and Kymco are both making an investment in LiveWire – the brand H-D spun out for their electric motorcycle. H-D made LiveWire a separate company last year in a move that they say would...

New Fantic XEF 450 Rally will face Dakar in January

New Fantic XEF 450 Rally will face Dakar in January

Fantic’s all-new XEF 450 Rally is set to make its Dakar debut in January. The 450cc single will be piloted by former runnerup Franco Picco, who helped develop the bike. It will then go on sale in the...

MV Agusta CEO confirms new 950 triple range plus high-performance 1000cc engine in development

MV Agusta CEO confirms new 950 triple range plus high-performance 1000cc engine in development

MV Agusta boss Timur Sardarov has confirmed that a new 950 range based on the existing 800 line-up is on the way and revealed plans for a new 1000cc-plus high-performance machine that looks set to...