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Monkeying around: Honda's quirky mini retro gets new engine and five-speed gearbox

Monkeying around: Honda's quirky mini retro gets new engine and five-speed gearbox

Honda have updated their Monkey model with a completely revised engine and a whole host of changes to make it a more practical little run-around. Relaunched in 2018, the Monkey has always been a...

Honda make the Super Cub C125 even more practical in 2021 update

Honda make the Super Cub C125 even more practical in 2021 update

The Honda SuperCub has been overhauled for 2021 with tweaks to the engine to meet Euro5 regulations and some other changes to make the model more comfortable. Related articles on MCN 2019 Honda C125...

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, Suzuki unveiled a new A2-friendly version of their GSX-S1000 model called the GSX-S950. It uses the same 999cc inline four engine as the full fat version but tuned for 94bhp with a...

A cool idea for summer riding: Chill Ride vest aims to solve the comfort conundrum

A cool idea for summer riding: Chill Ride vest aims to solve the comfort conundrum

Even in the temperate climes of the UK every rider’s wardrobe is filled to bursting point with riding gear to cope with the weather conditions we face. Whether you’re battling to stay warm in winter...

Ace day out for Op Venice as officers attend crime-busting Motorcycle Awareness Day

Ace day out for Op Venice as officers attend crime-busting Motorcycle Awareness Day

Bike crime and how to prevent it was under the spotlight as London’s Ace Cafe held its Motorcycle Awareness Day – or MAD Sunday – in aid of the charity Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers. Related...

Retro models lead motorbike sales surge

Retro models lead motorbike sales surge

New bike sales are continuing to surge with commuters (including electrics) and retros particularly popular – however dealers are still urging caution. The latest figures are for May 2021 compared to...

Extra SPecial prize: MCN Yamaha MT-09 SP competition winner thought it was a wind-up!

Extra SPecial prize: MCN Yamaha MT-09 SP competition winner thought it was a wind-up!

MCN reader Matthew Brookfield thought it was a scam when he got the call telling him he’d just won a brand-new Yamaha MT-09 SP. Related articles on MCN 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP review White Motorcycle...

White noise: Tech secrets of bold British attempt to smash electric bike record

White noise: Tech secrets of bold British attempt to smash electric bike record

A new British challenger to the electric land speed record for motorcycles will be officially unveiled next week at Silverstone. Related articles on MCN Max Biaggi claims 11 speed records on Voxan...

Suzuki unveil A2-friendly GSX-S950 middleweight

Suzuki unveil A2-friendly GSX-S950 middleweight

Suzuki have unveiled an A2-friendly version of their GSX-S model called the GSX-S950. The bike is based on the brand-new GSX-S1000 but is tuned for around 94bhp meaning it can be restricted to 47bhp...

Sharpen up your riding skills in our new video series

Sharpen up your riding skills in our new video series

Bikertek promotion MCN’s Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves is back again this year with a new video series that’s about to be launched on Bikertekshop.co.uk.   The weekly video series has been produced in...

Biking birthday blowout: CCM celebrate 50th anniversary with a series of biking events

Biking birthday blowout: CCM celebrate 50th anniversary with a series of biking events

British bike brand CCM are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a series of special-edition bikes and events - starting with the CCM Golden Jubilee Scramble on June 27. The Bolton-based...

MV Agusta unveil updated, easier to live with Brutale 800 RR

MV Agusta unveil updated, easier to live with Brutale 800 RR

The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is among the firm's most popular bikes, and it's been updated with a new engine, chassis and electronics suite. The idea, so MV say, is to keep things as fun and zippy as...

Brit brands Renntec and Metal Mule join forces

Brit brands Renntec and Metal Mule join forces

The popular Renntec and Metal Mule motorcycle accessory labels are to merge following the two brands’ takeover by British biking brothers Alan and Geoff Giles. Geoff, an experienced customiser and...

Benelli go touring: 1200GT reaches production and it’s on its way here

Benelli go touring: 1200GT reaches production and it’s on its way here

Benelli’s long-awaited 1200GT – the first new big-capacity triple from the firm since the takeover by Qianjiang in 2005 – has gone on sale in China at a price that massively undercuts similarly-spec’d...

Honda Rebel 1100 incoming! Africa Twin-powered CMX1100 revealed

Honda Rebel 1100 incoming! Africa Twin-powered CMX1100 revealed

With the all-new Honda Rebel 1100, the firm are re-entering the big-bore cruiser class in 202. It's a large-capacity version of their popular Rebel 500. As predicted by MCN back in April 2020,...

Triple threat: Zontes plan to use three-cylinder engine for large capacity models

Triple threat: Zontes plan to use three-cylinder engine for large capacity models

China have been producing small-capacity bikes for decades but the nation’s motorcycle industry has shifted gears recently to put an increasing focus on large multi-cylinder machines. Zontes are the...

New Norton bosses want to simplify process of fixing existing V4SS bikes

New Norton bosses want to simplify process of fixing existing V4SS bikes

Norton’s new owners are assessing the total cost of repair work to existing V4SS models and working with the liquidators to make the process of fixing the bikes simpler. The Norton business, now under...

Joe Biden "actively engaged" in Harry Dunn Case says Boris Johnson

Joe Biden "actively engaged" in Harry Dunn Case says Boris Johnson

American President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have met ahead of the G7 Summit in Cornwall to discuss a range of issues including the case of Harry Dunn. Speaking in a television...

Happy returns for the MT-OAP: Biking-mad pensioner celebrates 92nd birthday with a trackday

Happy returns for the MT-OAP: Biking-mad pensioner celebrates 92nd birthday with a trackday

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but 92-year-old Peter Villis has proved them all wrong by enjoying a day at the British Superbike School at Blyton Park aboard a Yamaha MT-09 SP. Related...

Shock treatment: JvBMoto customise Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Shock treatment: JvBMoto customise Harley-Davidson LiveWire

German customiser JvBMoto has turned his hand to the Harley-Davidson LiveWire after falling in love with one on a test ride. Related articles on MCN LiveWire is rewired: H-D’s electric bikes spun off...

Kermit takes the crown: Custom Indian £3K challenge winner announced

Kermit takes the crown: Custom Indian £3K challenge winner announced

This customised Indian Scout Bobber built by Thor Motorcycles in Cornwall has been crowned winner of Indian’s 'Project Scout 3K' dealer build-off challenge, which restricted customisation to a budget...

BMW’s brave new CE 04 electric scooter spied in testing

BMW’s brave new CE 04 electric scooter spied in testing

BMW are close to putting an all-new CE 04 into production and it looks pretty much identical to the concept bike that shocked the world a few years ago. The Concept Link’s transformation to production...

Two-stroke revolution beckons: Limited-run Langen Two Stroke passes MSVA test ahead of autumn production

Two-stroke revolution beckons: Limited-run Langen Two Stroke passes MSVA test ahead of autumn production

After two years of meticulous development, the first Langen Two Stroke model has been approved for UK roads, after passing a Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval (MSVA) test on Monday, June 7. Starting...

Refined brutality: MV Agusta unveil 2021 Brutale 1000 RR

Refined brutality: MV Agusta unveil 2021 Brutale 1000 RR

MV Agusta have revealed an updated version of their Brutale 1000 RR super naked for 2021 with Euro5 tweaks to the engine. The new Brutale also swaps the previous model’s Bosch cornering ABS control...

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

Room for a little One: 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...

Yamaha confirm bike test fleet for Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling

Yamaha confirm bike test fleet for Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling

MCN Festival The Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling has always been the best place to swing your leg over the latest models and this year’s rescheduled event is no different. On September 4-5 the festival will...

Get cross: Kawasaki off road range kicks off with one for the kids

Get cross: Kawasaki off road range kicks off with one for the kids

We are only halfway through 2021 but Kawasaki are already revealing their 2022 off-road range and there is something for everyone, regardless of age, experience and discipline. Related articles on...

Track-spec Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo goes on sale to the public

Track-spec Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo goes on sale to the public

Aprilia’s RS 660 has begun a supersport renaissance. Its 99bhp twin-cylinder engine and pin-sharp handling, combined with real-world practicality make perfect sense on our speed camera-saturated...

Team Classic Suzuki reveal lockdown Katana build based on GSX-R1000 WSB racer

Team Classic Suzuki reveal lockdown Katana build based on GSX-R1000 WSB racer

Team Classic Suzuki have been keeping busy during lockdowns by creating the ultimate custom Katana streetfighter – mating its iconic angular looks with the frame and engine from a GSX-R1000 World...

Synthetic petrol: How bikes could become carbon-neutral without switching to battery power at all

Synthetic petrol: How bikes could become carbon-neutral without switching to battery power at all

As governments propose firm dates for the end of petrol and diesel powered vehicles you might be forgiven for thinking we’re living in the end days of the internal combustion engine. But the...

New Aprilia RS 125 and Tuono 125 unveiled

New Aprilia RS 125 and Tuono 125 unveiled

Aprilia have unveiled fresh versions of their RS 125 and Tuono 125 models with updates including new styling, a reworked engine, fully digital dash readout and a new ECU. Related articles on...

New rally for old bikes heads from Brooklands to the real Dakar

New rally for old bikes heads from Brooklands to the real Dakar

A new rally has been set up for classic cars and bikes that will roughly trace the route of the Dakar before it moved to South America. Called the Dakar Enduro Rally, the event is being run by Bespoke...

Yamaha R7 impresses on track: Testers over the pond report good first impressions

Yamaha R7 impresses on track: Testers over the pond report good first impressions

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...

Limited edition KTM 1290 Super Duke RR drops 9kg and is brimming with tech

Limited edition KTM 1290 Super Duke RR drops 9kg and is brimming with tech

KTM have turned it up to 11 with their state of the art new 1290 Super Duke RR, taking the already formidable stock machine and stripping out every gram of fat while tuning the electronics to the...

Bikes don’t get much longer: Benda LFC 700 is almost as stretched as BMW R18

Bikes don’t get much longer: Benda LFC 700 is almost as stretched as BMW R18

Meet the LFC 700 from Chinese firm Benda. Unveiled as a concept under the name LF-01 last year, the production bike that’s due to make its debut this summer is set to be almost indistinguishable from...

2021 Triumph Speed Twin: Engine changes and chassis upgrades for popular retro

2021 Triumph Speed Twin: Engine changes and chassis upgrades for popular retro

Triumph have unveiled an updated version of their popular Speed Twin with a range of changes to the engine and suspension, plus a few subtle component upgrades. Related articles on MCN World's...