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Motorcycle Man: Dave Roper is the only US man to win the Isle of Man TT

Motorcycle Man: Dave Roper is the only US man to win the Isle of Man TT

Dave Roper, who has raced a motorbike every single year since 1972, has had a documentary film made about him and his relationship with motorbikes. It is being screened in the UK from May 6, 2021...

Safety fears as driverless cars steer a course for UK

Safety fears as driverless cars steer a course for UK

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that we could see self-driving cars on UK roads by the end of 2021, leading to renewed concerns for motorcycle safety. The DfT says automated...

MV Agusta switch it up: Boss confirms first electric model ‘within the next six years’

MV Agusta switch it up: Boss confirms first electric model ‘within the next six years’

MV Agusta CEO Timur Sardarov has confirmed to MCN that the Varese firm will begin research into electric models next year, before revealing their first plug-in by 2027. Six years may seem a long time,...

'I'm not having that!' - Brave biker goes on a mission to rescue stolen machine

'I'm not having that!' - Brave biker goes on a mission to rescue stolen machine

What started out as a relaxed Friday ride out to try on a new helmet quickly turned into an adrenaline-fuelled surveillance mission for London biker Mina Bloomfield after she discovered that her...

MotoGB raffle off Royal Enfield Himalayan in support of Covid-19 relief in India

MotoGB raffle off Royal Enfield Himalayan in support of Covid-19 relief in India

UK motorcycle importer and distributor MotoGB are raffling off a 2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan to help raise money in support of India’s latest Covid-19 outbreak. Raising funds for the Ekam UK charity,...

First ‘Chinese Norton’ debuts: Zongshen Cyclone RX6 is powered by 650 twin from the Atlas

First ‘Chinese Norton’ debuts: Zongshen Cyclone RX6 is powered by 650 twin from the Atlas

By now it should have been possible to buy Norton’s 650cc Atlas parallel twins – but the firm’s traumatic 2020 means the Chinese-made Zongshen Cyclone RX6 may actually be the first machine into...

New Aprilia RS125 and Tuono 125 unveiled

New Aprilia RS125 and Tuono 125 unveiled

Aprilia have unveiled fresh versions of their RS125 and Tuono 125 models with updates including new styling, a reworked engine, fully digital dash readout and a new ECU. Related articles on...

New Safe Driving for Life website offers wealth of information for learners

New Safe Driving for Life website offers wealth of information for learners

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new website for learners that hosts loads of invaluable information for bikers both new and old. Related articles on MCN MCIA Secured...

Interesting array of classic machines up for auction in new Silverstone sale

Interesting array of classic machines up for auction in new Silverstone sale

Classic car specialists Silverstone Auctions are turning their hands to two wheels, with more than 40 bikes already confirmed in their May sale and with more to come. There is a huge range of bikes in...

Kawasaki’s auto-clutch revolution: New patent reveals tech that blurs quickshift and semi-auto transmission

Kawasaki’s auto-clutch revolution: New patent reveals tech that blurs quickshift and semi-auto transmission

Quickshifters are standard kit among a growing number of new models, giving a taste of the track by easing clutchless changes. The tech is relatively simple, with load sensors in the linkage that tell...

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 had our hands on the brand-new Kawasaki ZX-10R and the homologation special ZX-10RR in the UK for the first time. The bikes have both had their suspension tweaked to put more weight...

Harley-Davidson stung with massive tax hike as US bikes face 56% EU import tariff

Harley-Davidson stung with massive tax hike as US bikes face 56% EU import tariff

Harley-Davidson could face ruin in Europe in less than two month’s time after being slapped with a whopping 833% increase in tariffs. The rise in duty is the latest fallout from an escalating trade...

The Devitt MCN Festival is back and better than ever

The Devitt MCN Festival is back and better than ever

MCN Festival The Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling is returning to the East of England Arena this September 4-5 with a huge lineup of entertainment, bargains, live music, test rides, live action and so much...

Slice of classic Americana: Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival could put the swinging sixties in your garage

Slice of classic Americana: Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival could put the swinging sixties in your garage

Harley-Davidson have launched a new Icons Collection, starting with the Electra Glide Revival. The Icons Collection will be an ongoing project for Harley that will highlight classic American style...

Guy Martin could pilot 400mph bike in world record attempt

Guy Martin could pilot 400mph bike in world record attempt

This British built streamliner will attempt to become the first motorcycle to smash the 400mph barrier next year… and Guy Martin could be at the controls! The turbine motorcycle streamliner has...

Husqvarna E-Pilen concept unveiled: Electric urban mobility with style

Husqvarna E-Pilen concept unveiled: Electric urban mobility with style

Husqvarna have become the latest manufacturer to join the electric motorbike market with a new model concept called the E-Pilen. The bike has a 125-rivalling 10.7bhp and a range of 62 miles, putting...

Celebrity biking pals take on paddle board challenge for charity

Celebrity biking pals take on paddle board challenge for charity

A group of friends that includes bike-mad celebrities Charley Boorman, Iwan Thomas and Damon Hill are embarking on a 30-mile endurance paddle in support of the Movember charity. Starting on May 17,...

Feel the Forza: bigger, faster and more tech-laden Honda Forza 125, 300 and 750

Feel the Forza: bigger, faster and more tech-laden Honda Forza 125, 300 and 750

Honda have unleashed a 2021 attack team in the small, mid and big-capacity scooter class as the Forza range gets a radical revamp. At the top of the tree is the Forza 750 which replaces the Integra.

CFMoto 800MT unveiled: Partnership with KTM results in Chinese brand’s first large capacity machine

CFMoto 800MT unveiled: Partnership with KTM results in Chinese brand’s first large capacity machine

CFMoto have revealed their biggest bike yet, the first fruit of a deal with KTM which sees the Chinese brand use a variety of the Austrian firm’s motors. Related articles on MCN CFMoto 650GT...

Updated Suzuki GSX-S1000 gets engine, styling and spec boost for £10,999

Updated Suzuki GSX-S1000 gets engine, styling and spec boost for £10,999

Suzuki have released this revamped version of its GSX-S1000, a naked which is more powerful, stylish and capable than ever before. The old GSX-S proved popular for many years due to its combination...

Smart motorway safety improvement plans accelerated

Smart motorway safety improvement plans accelerated

Highways England (HE), working in tandem with the Department for Transport (DfT), has produced an action plan for ‘smart motorways’ that should significantly boost safety. Related articles on...

Piaggio celebrates 75 years of the Vespa with special editions

Piaggio celebrates 75 years of the Vespa with special editions

Piaggio are celebrating the 75th anniversary of their iconic Vespa model with three special editions only available in 2021. Related articles from MCN The rise, fall and rise again of Aprilia:...

Custom guru Roland Sands resurrects the machine that inspired the family business

Custom guru Roland Sands resurrects the machine that inspired the family business

Roland Sands has rebuilt a bike that, at the tender age of 19, his father bought, built, crashed then sold before founding their custom fabrication family business, Performance Machine. Perry Sands...

Head first into speed records: How helmet tech helped Zarco become MotoGP’s fastest rider

Head first into speed records: How helmet tech helped Zarco become MotoGP’s fastest rider

On the 27th of March this year, Pramac Ducati rider Johann Zarco took the previous MotoGP top speed record and hurled it out of the window. Related articles on MCN Yamaha MT-09 exhaust...

Room for desert: Triumph unveil limited edition Street Scrambler along with Euro5 updates

Room for desert: Triumph unveil limited edition Street Scrambler along with Euro5 updates

Hot on the heels of the latest Scrambler 1200 models, Triumph have unveiled the Euro5 updated version of the Street Scrambler, including this special edition, called the Sandstorm. Related...

#Ride5000miles campaigns start in earnest as Covid restrictions ease

#Ride5000miles campaigns start in earnest as Covid restrictions ease

With Covid restrictions easing, riders have been taking advantage of dry tarmac in a bid to reach their 5000-mile targets by the end of 2021. From short jaunts to the seaside for a bag of chips, to...

Thrifty learner: Lexmoto launch new LXS 125 model

Thrifty learner: Lexmoto launch new LXS 125 model

Lexmoto have introduced a new CBT-friendly sportsbike to their range called the LXS 125. The new machine sits beside the recently updated LXR models but uses a slightly more powerful single-cylinder...

Arai sets new standard with ECE 22.06 Quantic

Arai sets new standard with ECE 22.06 Quantic

Arai’s new sports touring helmet is the first, and so far the only, helmet to pass the rigorous new ECE 22.06 standard. The test was introduced last year and significantly raises the bar compared to...

Northumbria PCC backtracks on bike trackers

Northumbria PCC backtracks on bike trackers

The office of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, have published a new statement on the issue of motorcycle trackers. MCN first reported the news on April 9, 2021 that...

Small KTMs now have BIG ideas: Radical reinvention for all-new 125, 250 and 390 Dukes

Small KTMs now have BIG ideas: Radical reinvention for all-new 125, 250 and 390 Dukes

It’s been a decade since KTM introduced the 125 Duke and the larger 250 and 390 single-cylinder models followed soon after. Now the line-up is on the verge of a top-to-toe revamp including all-new...

Video: Walk around and startup of the new Indian Chief

Video: Walk around and startup of the new Indian Chief

Indian’s fully revamped Chief range has arrived in the UK and you’ll be able to get your hands on them in the next few weeks. Related articles on MCN 2021 Indian FTR1200 range revealed 2021...

Triumph launch SOS app that calls you an ambulance if you crash

Triumph launch SOS app that calls you an ambulance if you crash

Triumph have launched an accident detection system that turns your smartphone into an SOS lifeline in the event of a crash. Triumph SOS uses the sensors in your smartphone to detect an accident. You...

Tech-laden MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 range raises the comfort stakes for 2021

Tech-laden MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 range raises the comfort stakes for 2021

MV Agusta have whipped the covers off their updated 2021 Turismo Veloce touring range, which now promises greater rider comfort over distance, a more modern electronics package and Euro5...

‘Perfection is worth fighting for’ - Arc creator and now owner says project is back on target

‘Perfection is worth fighting for’ - Arc creator and now owner says project is back on target

The Arc Vector burst onto the scene in late 2018, promising unparalleled performance. At the time Arc said the electric hyper bike would weigh just 220kg, produce 133bhp, fully charge from zero in 45...

Triumph’s new King of Cool: Steve McQueen edition Scrambler 1200 unveiled alongside updates

Triumph’s new King of Cool: Steve McQueen edition Scrambler 1200 unveiled alongside updates

Triumph have released a limited-edition Steve McQueen model Scrambler 1200 at the same time as updating their range-topping retro scramblers to meet the latest emissions standards. Related articles on...

Roland Sands gives Indian Scout the tracker treatment

Roland Sands gives Indian Scout the tracker treatment

With Indian’s ‘Wrecking Crew’ race team continuing to dominate US Flat Track with the Scout-inspired works FTR750 racers you’d be forgiven for fancying a Scout-based street tracker of your...