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Yamaha lays out a plan for the future: New models, new niches and new power sources in the quest for carbon neutrality

Yamaha lays  out a plan for  the future: New models, new niches and new power sources in the quest for carbon neutrality

Yamaha have outlined a plan that pushes the firm towards carbon neutrality by 2050. That’s a long way off but the firm gives strong hints about the models it’s working on right now. Related articles...

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 riding Honda’s new CRF300 Rally, which replaces the popular 250 Rally in the firm’s line-up for 2021. MCN’s BMW S1000R video review is now live on our YouTube channel and it...

Highway Code to support bikers

Highway Code to support bikers

The Highway Code has been given an update to be published in the autumn that will create a hierarchy of vehicles designed to protect vulnerable road users. In the current Highway Code everyone on the...

Bagger is better: BMW supersize the R18 with Transcontinental and R18B

Bagger is better: BMW supersize the R18 with Transcontinental and R18B

BMW have unveiled two new R18 based tourers – the R18B ‘Bagger’ and the R18 Transcontinental ‘full dresser’. Both bikes take the core of the R18, a giant 1802cc air-cooled boxer engine, exposed shaft...

Jail for thief who stole restored ZXR: Three bikes worth a total of £38,000 taken in overnight raid

Jail for thief who stole restored ZXR: Three bikes worth a total of £38,000 taken in overnight raid

A Northamptonshire bike thief has been sentenced to two years in prison and banned from driving for 30 months after his fingerprints were discovered at the scene of a commercial robbery. Appearing at...

Spyshots show BMW R nine T Scrambler and Urban G/S models are set to get serious off road

Spyshots show BMW R nine T Scrambler and Urban G/S models are set to get serious off road

BMW are working on two new scramblers inspired by the early R80G/S. With a focus on competent off-road ability, it’s likely these bikes will be successors to the R nine T Urban G/S and the Scrambler,...

Nevermind the Sex Pistols: deBolex create carbon custom from Ducati Monster 1200

Nevermind the Sex Pistols: deBolex create carbon custom from Ducati Monster 1200

British customisers deBolex have finally unveiled the fruits of nearly two years’ work with the db25 – a limited run of radically customised bikes based on the Ducati Monster 1200. Related articles on...

Andromeda Moto create track-rated vegan 'leathers'

Andromeda Moto create track-rated vegan 'leathers'

Andromeda Moto have created both one and two-piece ‘leather’ suits for bikers that don’t use any leather at all – in fact, it’s completely vegan. Related articles on MCN Best vegan motorbike gear How...

Bikes not chopped: Reports of the death of motorcycles 'greatly exaggerated'

Bikes not chopped: Reports of the death of motorcycles 'greatly exaggerated'

The government has published a paper on their plan to ‘decarbonise transport’ with plans to have all new cars ‘fully zero emission at the tailpipe from 2035’ but when it comes to motorcycles, reports...

Forever 21: Ducati pay tribute to Troy Bayliss with special edition Panigale V2

Forever 21: Ducati pay tribute to Troy Bayliss with special edition Panigale V2

Ducati have honoured one of their most successful and well loved racers with a special edition bike to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first world title. The eponymous Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st...

Spyshots: New KTM 990 could shake up the road-going naked world

Spyshots: New KTM 990 could shake up the road-going naked world

KTM hit the mainstream with the 790 Duke in 2018, followed by a strong update this year boosting capacity to 890. Now spyshots suggest there’s another bike in the offing. Related articles on MCN KTM...

Life on the road with DocBike

Life on the road with DocBike

Bikertek promotion The sixth and final part of the 2021 series is all about DocBike. It will feature a day in the life of a band of emergency service workers who are out there trying to keep all road users safe -...

KTM RC 8C offers an orange slice of the GP action

KTM RC 8C offers an orange slice of the GP action

KTM have taken their 'ready to race' motto to a whole new level with the RC 8C – a carbon-kevlar clad racing machine powered by the engine from the 890 Duke R naked. Developed with Krämer Motorcycles,...

Triumph reveal bold plans for new MX and enduro machines

Triumph reveal bold plans for new MX and enduro machines

Triumph are planning an assault on the lucrative motocross and enduro market – with two big-name ambassadors helping them to blaze a new off-road trail. The Hinckley-based operation have outlined...

DAB Concept-E combines roadster charm with supermoto cool in learner legal package

DAB Concept-E combines roadster charm with supermoto cool in learner legal package

French boutique bike builders DAB Motors have whipped the covers off their new Concept E – a 13.4bhp learner-legal roadster and the firm’s first foray into electrification. The prototype was produced...

Yamaha R7: Great first impressions from USA

Yamaha R7: Great first impressions from USA

There’s an old joke that we’re always a few months behind the Americans when it comes to the latest trends and in the case of Yamaha’s R7, that’s literally the case. The exciting new middleweight twin...

Auction prices hit record high: AJS Porcupine sees auction prices spike

Auction prices hit record high: AJS Porcupine sees auction prices spike

The Bonhams Summer Stafford Sale set new records as the auction paid its first visit to the show since the autumn of 2019 – with the ultra-rare 1940s AJS 497cc E90 ‘Porcupine’ Grand Prix bike setting...

Riding on coconut shells: Activated carbon inserts made from sawdust and coconut shells could transform your bike

Riding on coconut shells: Activated carbon inserts made from sawdust and coconut shells could transform your bike

Motorcycle firms have dabbled with the idea of air suspension for decades, but now a British firm have developed a technology that breathes new life into the idea. Related articles on MCN How helmet...

Norton CEO outlines ambitious racing plans and 'understands V4 owners’ frustration'

Norton CEO outlines ambitious racing plans and 'understands V4 owners’ frustration'

The new boss of Norton has outlined ambitious plans for the firm and a renewed determination to treat owners of the V4SS bought from the ‘old’ company (NMUL) fairly, in an interview with MCN. Dr...

New Akita 125 is the latest L plate friendly affordable retro from Mutt Motorcycles

New Akita 125 is the latest L plate friendly affordable retro from Mutt Motorcycles

Meet the Mutt Akita 125: a new minimalist L-plate friendly retro costing £955 less than Yamaha’s incoming XSR125. Priced at £3495 before OTR costs, the Akita is the latest creation from Birmingham...

Harley-Davidson Sportster S unveiled with new chassis, new engine and new £14k pricetag

Harley-Davidson Sportster S unveiled with new chassis, new engine and new £14k pricetag

Harley-Davidson have unveiled the Sportster S – the latest machine powered by their new Revolution engine – which promises more power and improved electronics built on a brand new platform. The...

British built and customised machines steal the show as Goodwood Festival of Speed returns

British built and customised machines steal the show as Goodwood Festival of Speed returns

British built, designed and customised bikes dazzled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which was given a last-minute go ahead as a coronavirus 'pilot event'. Thousands flocked to the open-air...

Indian break out the ink with latest tattoo competition

Indian break out the ink with latest tattoo competition

Indian have unveiled the first of their incoming outlandish tattoo-inspired livery designs, with three well known tattoo artists all creating a design that is digitally displayed on a Chief model...

Sunra Robo S ridden: Electric arrival delivers convincing offer to commuters

Sunra Robo S ridden: Electric arrival delivers convincing offer to commuters

New player to the European two-wheeler scene, Sunra have just released their Robo S 125cc equivalent electric scooter in the UK. If you’re not familiar with the name, it’s because they’re new to the...

Bobber job! French custom house reveals two Honda CMX1100 Rebel specials

Bobber job! French custom house reveals two Honda CMX1100 Rebel specials

Honda Europe have teamed up with French custom house FCR Original to create two unique CMX1100 Rebel builds, said to celebrate the 'dual personality' of the Japanese firm’s latest twin-cylinder...

LiveWire One: Electric bike drops the Harley badge and the price

LiveWire One: Electric bike drops the Harley badge and the price

LiveWire, the freshly spun-off electric motorbike brand from Harley-Davidson, have unveiled their first model called the LiveWire One. Related articles on MCN Harley-Davidson LiveWire...

Smoke show: Yamaha revise two-stroke YZ motocross range and reveal all-new YZ125

Smoke show: Yamaha revise two-stroke YZ motocross range and reveal all-new YZ125

Yamaha are aiming to get the holeshot on the off-road racing competition with their 2021 two-stroke motocross range; revealing updates to the YZ85 and YZ250, plus an all-new YZ125 for good...

Benda’s outlandish flattracker could roll in at under £6k

Benda’s outlandish flattracker could roll in at under £6k

Benda are making serious waves in the Chinese market and expanding into Europe with dealer networks in Spain and Italy – and now they’ve launched not one but two new four-cylinder models. The first,...

Energica’s giant leap: New EMCE motor promises greater power and range

Energica’s giant leap: New EMCE motor promises greater power and range

Energica have announced a new electric motor, which they say offers a considerable improvement in all areas. The motor, dubbed the EMCE, has been co-engineered with the Italian company Mavel, a...

Word on the Street: CCM celebrate golden anniversary with two new models

Word on the Street: CCM celebrate golden anniversary with two new models

CCM have produced two new bikes based on their Spitfire platform as they celebrate 50 years in business. The family-owned firm have been going from strength to strength since the Spitfire range was...

CE into the future: BMW CE 04 electric scooter is just the start

CE into the future: BMW CE 04 electric scooter is just the start

BMW have unveiled the latest of their electric scooters, the CE 04 and apart from its futuristic styling it’s actually quite a normal sounding machine. Some electric manufacturers have been guilty of...

Honda CBR600: Your in-depth guide

Honda CBR600: Your in-depth guide

The 2021 Honda CBR600RR was launched on 25 September featuring more aerodynamic styling, revised engine internals, traction control and more. Unfortunately, it’s not coming to Europe – with the...

Do-it-yourself: Custom kits for Royal Enfield 650s

Do-it-yourself: Custom kits for Royal Enfield 650s

Bad Winners have built a series of do-it-yourself kits for the Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor and Continental. Related articles on MCN Limited edition Indian Scout Bobber Sixty customs The best base...

Road stats are mixed bag: Good and bad news for bikers in latest figures

Road stats are mixed bag: Good and bad news for bikers in latest figures

There was a 16% reduction in road deaths in 2020 but the picture wasn’t quite so rosy for bikers. The reason for the reduction was the lockdown, with millions fewer miles travelled. Related articles...

French fancies: Parisian dealer teams up with custom house for limited-run Scout Bobber Sixty range

French fancies: Parisian dealer teams up with custom house for limited-run Scout Bobber Sixty range

Meet the Indian Neon Scout Bobber Sixty series – a design collaboration between custom house Tank Machine and Parisian dealer Indian Étoile, inspired by Nascar racing liveries. Costing around £17,560...

European Commission drops insurance green card requirement for UK motorists

European Commission drops insurance green card requirement for UK motorists

The European Commission has scrapped the requirement for UK riders (including Northern Ireland) to carry an insurance green card within the EU. Related articles on MCN National Motorcyclists Council...