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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’ve been in Italy for the Eicma motorcycle trade show to see the latest and next bike models as they are unveiled to the world’s press. Moto Guzzi have fully unveiled the V100 Mandello...

TT ace James Hillier raises thousands for mental health charity

TT ace James Hillier raises thousands for mental health charity

Road racing star James Hillier has raised more than £5000 for mental health charity CALM by riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End in a single day... on a Honda C90. Setting off at 2am on a chilly...

Voxan Wattman update: More speed for Biaggi’s record bid

Voxan Wattman update: More speed for Biaggi’s record bid

Voxan have revealed an improved version of the Wattman – a high electric speed weapon on which ex-GP star Max Biaggi hopes to smash even more records. The latest version of the French operation’s...

New warning over scammers: Vigilant sellers report being targeted by internet fraudsters

New warning  over scammers: Vigilant sellers report being targeted by internet fraudsters

Complex financial fraud and phishing scams are increasingly common, and it can be all too easy to fall into a trap. MCN has heard from a reader who believes he was the target of just such a scheme...

Harder, better, faster, stronger: Ducati update the V4 Panigale to be ever more track focused

Harder, better, faster, stronger: Ducati update the V4 Panigale to be ever more track focused

Ducati have given their top of the range Panigale V4 superbike an update with a view to making it an even more potent track performer, while also making it a bit easier to ride for us mere...

KTM sportsbike is ready to roll: Road-going 990 parallel twin race-rep caught on camera

KTM sportsbike is ready to roll: Road-going 990 parallel twin race-rep caught on camera

KTM are readying their biggest fully-faired sportsbike since the full-on RC8 V-twin left production in 2015. Having dived head-first into the superbike market with the RC8 in 2008, the company have...

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT refined for 2022

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT refined for 2022

KTM have waved their magic wand at the ultimate sports tourer for hooligans resulting in a plethora of small but welcome upgrades to the 1290 Super Duke GT. Internally the motor has been given a...

New Ninja on the radar: Kawasaki’s supercharged H2 SX flagship gets major makeover for 2022

New Ninja on the radar: Kawasaki’s supercharged H2 SX flagship gets major makeover for 2022

Say ‘hello’ to the new supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX, the bike which, due to a raft of revisions including being the first Japanese machine to adopt Bosch’s advanced radar-guided electronics, is,...

Kawasaki Versys 650 gets big bike makeover for 2022

Kawasaki Versys 650 gets big bike makeover for 2022

Kawasaki’s popular, twin cylinder all-rounder, the Versys 650, is getting a significant makeover for 2022. Related articles on MCN Kawasaki Z650RS review Kawasaki Z650 review Kawasaki Ninja 650 Most...

Carbon-clad Bimota KB4 retro sportsbike finally ready for the road

Carbon-clad Bimota KB4 retro sportsbike finally ready for the road

After almost two years of development shots, hushed conversations, and spoon-fed details, Bimota have finally revealed their finished '70s-inspired KB4 retro sportsbike at the Eicma trade show in...

Royal Enfield SG650 concept: A new direction for much-loved company

Royal Enfield SG650 concept: A new direction for much-loved company

This radical, 650cc, twin cylinder concept cruiser has been created by Royal Enfield to explore possible directions the Indian company’s future bikes might take. Called the SG650, it’s based on the...

Katana sharpened! Suzuki roadster gets 2022 engine and electronics updates

Katana sharpened! Suzuki roadster gets 2022 engine and electronics updates

Suzuki’s popular retro-inspired Katana roadster has got a significant makeover for 2022 to gain more power, improved electronics, uprated dash, new colours and more! Originally introduced in 2019 as a...

Full details: New Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello breaks cover at Eicma

Full details: New Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello breaks cover at Eicma

Moto Guzzi have released more details on the V100 Mandello, which signifies a huge step forward for the brand. Best known for their low-tech retro machines of late, the new V100 is the most...

Aprilia updates RS660, Tuono and unveils all-new scooters

Aprilia updates RS660, Tuono and unveils all-new scooters

Aprilia has brought out two new versions of its popular Tuono 660 and RS660 sportsbike, as well as all-new 125 and 200cc scooters. The Tuono 660 (pictured above) is now available in ‘Factory’ trim,...

Yamaha Ténéré 700 Raid Prototype unveiled

Yamaha Ténéré 700 Raid Prototype unveiled

Yamaha have unveiled a radical off-road focused concept based on the popular Ténéré 700 that they say "is just the beginning".  The Ténéré 700 has been an incredibly successful bike for Yamaha...

Hornet returns! Honda revive legendary naked bike name for surprise concept at Eicma

Hornet returns! Honda revive legendary naked bike name for surprise concept at Eicma

Honda have announced plans to revive the iconic Hornet name - revealing a surprise naked bike concept at the Eicma trade show, in Milan. The Japanese firm delivered the announcement at the end of...

Elefants in the room: MV Agusta borrow a slice of Cagiva’s Dakar racing heritage for two new adventure bikes

Elefants in  the room: MV Agusta borrow a slice of Cagiva’s Dakar racing heritage for two new adventure bikes

MV Agusta have dived headfirst into the adventure bike market, revealing two mud-plugging models inspired by the Dakar Rally success of the Cagiva Elefant. Related articles on MCN MV Agusta Turismo...

Honda gives Fireblade major improvements for 2022 and 30th Anniversary SP fully unveiled

Honda gives Fireblade major improvements for 2022 and 30th Anniversary SP fully unveiled

There wasn’t much wrong with Honda’s CBR1000RR-R and SP superbikes – they were brand-new just two years ago, after all – but Honda has improved them anyway. Related articles on MCN Honda CBR1000RR-R...

Ready for small ADVenture? Honda unveil 350 version of their adventure scooter

Ready for small ADVenture? Honda unveil 350 version of their adventure scooter

Meet the new Honda ADV350, a scooter the Japanese firm say is conceived to mix the sophistication and practicality of a conventional, mid-range scooter with a fashionable rugged style as inspired by...

New Yamaha MT-10 SP raises the bar: Latest Ohlins suspension leads changes to Japan’s top super naked

New Yamaha MT-10 SP raises the bar: Latest Ohlins suspension leads changes to Japan’s top super naked

Following Yamaha’s recent unveiling of a virtually all-new MT-10 super naked with six extra bhp, refreshed styling, improved brakes and new TFT dash, comes this even higher spec SP version. Related...

Kenyan-built Opibus expected to cost under a grand

Kenyan-built Opibus expected to cost under a grand

This rugged two-wheeler might not win any beauty contests but it could change the world by being the first electric bike built in Africa with the idea of being so affordable and practical it could...

Affordable Mutt FSR125 and 250 get racier wheels, styling and more

Affordable Mutt FSR125 and 250 get racier wheels, styling and more

UK firm Mutt Motorcycles have unveiled two updated FSR models. Still based around a Chinese-built, old-school air-cooled single in either 125cc/12bhp or 250cc/21bhp guises, the two bikes are the...

BSB R1s will hit the road: 10 Mackenzie replicas are being built

BSB R1s will hit the road: 10 Mackenzie replicas are being built

If you ever fancied a true replica of a BSB championship-winning machine – now’s your chance! A special run of 10 replicas of Tarran ‘Taz’ Mackenzie’s 2021 BSB-winning Yamaha R1 are to be built, each...

Semi-active super naked: KTM reveal 1290 Super Duke R Evo with electronic WP springs

Semi-active super naked: KTM reveal 1290 Super Duke R Evo with electronic WP springs

KTM are updating their snarling V-twin 1290 Super Duke R range for 2022, revealing a new Evo model complete with WP semi-active suspension. Already impressively damped in standard trim, thanks to full...

Yamaha TMAX goes to the max! Top-spec scoot gets more tech and a major restyle

Yamaha TMAX goes to the max! Top-spec scoot gets more tech and a major restyle

Yamaha have updated their flagship maxi-scooter, the TMAX Tech Max, for 2022 with sportier looks and bang up-to-date tech. The front-end is now more muscular with reshaped and higher headlights and...

BMW’s R18 cruiser turned into tasty café racer in tie-up with Japanese custom king

BMW’s R18 cruiser turned into tasty café racer in tie-up with Japanese custom king

This ‘sport endurance’ version of BMW’s R18 cruiser is the latest one-off custom to be made out of collaboration between the German firm and some of the world’s leading bike builders. Related articles...

Going, going, gone! World's Fastest Bobber sells for £38k

Going, going, gone! World's Fastest Bobber sells for £38k

This radical, supercharged, nitrous-injected Triumph Bonneville Bobber sold for a whopping £38,000 last week. The bike, claimed to be the 'world’s fastest bobber' was built by Midlands custom Triumph...

Happy Kawi-Versary to the Zed: Kawasaki tease 50th birthday special

Happy Kawi-Versary to the Zed: Kawasaki tease 50th birthday special

Kawasaki are poised to reveal an anniversary retro naked model to mark 50 years since the introduction of the Z1. Although the company will not be drawn on anything concrete at this stage, a 21-second...

Team Classic Suzuki to campaign GSX-R750 SRAD racer

Team Classic Suzuki to campaign GSX-R750 SRAD racer

Team Classic Suzuki have turned the clocks back to 1996 and introduced a gorgeous GSX-R750 SRAD racer, ready to compete in future international classic meetings. The bike is based around a former...

‘I am determined to make Norton big and successful’ says new CEO

‘I am determined to make Norton big and successful’ says new CEO

With a spanking new factory comes a fresh start and expectations of spanking new bikes as the world’s attention turns to what will roll out of Norton’s high-tech new Solihull factory. CEO Robert...

The everyday Streetfighter? Ducati's new V2 takes tech from baby Panigale

The everyday Streetfighter? Ducati's new V2 takes tech from baby Panigale

Ducati are broadening the appeal of their Streetfighter line-up for 2022, revealing a more approachable £14,995 V2 model based on the Panigale V2 sportsbike. It’s been almost two years since Ducati...

The full SP: Ducati launch blacked-out lightweight Streetfighter V4 SP

The full SP: Ducati launch blacked-out lightweight Streetfighter V4 SP

Ducati have launched their most bonkers super naked to date – a lighter version of the Streetfighter V4 S boasting an exclusive paintjob, single seat and components taken from the Superleggera V4...

LiteLok take lightweight motorbike security to the next level

LiteLok take lightweight motorbike security to the next level

Lightweight motorcycle security specialists LiteLok have unveiled their latest product, the Core Moto. Rather than aiming to be impervious to attack, the LiteLok is intended to be as secure as...

Honda reinvent the superbike: Composite and cast alloy monocoque patent revealed

Honda reinvent the superbike: Composite and cast alloy monocoque patent revealed

It’s been more than 35 years since the Suzuki GSX-R750 laid the template that almost every Japanese superbike still follows – but Honda have been hard at work creating a machine that might topple the...

Yamaha give their bold and bonkers MT-10 a significant upgrade for 2022

Yamaha give their bold and bonkers MT-10 a significant upgrade for 2022

Yamaha have updated the MT-10 for 2022, making what promises to be the most powerful version yet. The MT-10 has been a popular fixture in the range, sitting atop the MT tree since its introduction in...

For a limited time only: Triumph unveil three new special editions

For a limited time only: Triumph unveil three new special editions

Triumph have unveiled a raft of new special editions based on the Rocket 3 R and GT, Thruxton RS and Street Twin models. Although the numbers won’t be limited, each of the specials will only be on...