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More delays: Honda and Kawasaki join list of manufacturers struggling to deliver new bikes

More delays: Honda and Kawasaki join list of manufacturers struggling to deliver new bikes

A recent apology to customers and dealers from Yamaha Motor Europe’s president Eric de Seynes revealed the depth of problems that bike firms are facing in getting motorcycles and parts to UK...

Figures show leap in thefts across Herts and West Mercia

Figures show leap in thefts across Herts and West Mercia

As the pandemic led thousands to put their bikes into hibernation during the national lockdowns, bike thieves saw chances to steal them dwindle. The Office for National Statistics reported a 35% drop...

Norton build momentum: 110 workers employed as Solihull factory begins Commando production

Norton build momentum: 110 workers employed as Solihull factory begins Commando production

Norton’s new Midlands factory is taking shape with bikes being built and a grand opening planned for the near future. Despite Covid restrictions affecting development of the new factory in Solihull,...

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 2021 with this – a large-capacity version of their popular Rebel 500. As predicted by MCN back in April...

Enginehawk – leading the revolution on motorcycle gear

Enginehawk – leading the revolution on motorcycle gear

Promoted content Bikers rev up your engines! Ruroc – the team behind the incredible Atlas helmets – have launched Enginehawk, the clothing brand that blends safety without sacrificing style. With 13 insane jackets...

New R7 on the way? Yamaha drop second YouTube teaser for incoming mystery parallel-twin model

New R7 on the way? Yamaha drop second YouTube teaser for incoming mystery parallel-twin model

Yamaha have revealed a second teaser trailer for what could be a new sportsbike model powered by the MT-07 naked’s 689cc parallel-twin engine. Like the original video, the 28 second follow-up, simply...

CFMOTO launch four-year warranty across 2021 range

CFMOTO launch four-year warranty across 2021 range

CFMOTO UK have launched an impressive new four-year warranty on all of their 2021 machines including the 300NK, 650NK, 650MT and 650GT. The deal will also apply to the new 300SR sportsbike, which is...

Campaigners want motorcyclists to pipe down at biking beauty spots

Campaigners want motorcyclists to pipe down at biking beauty spots

As lockdown measures ease, the weather improves and bikers increasingly head out to enjoy the countryside and biker meeting spots, a rural campaign group is again urging motorcyclists to 'slow down...

British 400mph record bid boosted by classics sales

British 400mph record bid boosted by classics sales

The man behind a bold British attempt on the motorcycle world speed record is selling some of his classic bikes to fund the project and help get the streamliner to salt flats in South America. The 52...

Cineco electric maxi scoot could come in at £8000 below BMW’s C-Evolution

Cineco electric maxi scoot could come in at £8000 below BMW’s C-Evolution

Cineco have launched a battery maxi-scoot that sets a new standard for combining a long range with an attractive price. Developed as an alternative to a 300cc petrol bike, the E-RT3 shares its chassis...

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...

Yamaha gets retro with new XSR125

Yamaha gets retro with new XSR125

Yamaha have practically perfected the art of building a brilliant new bike and then creating loads of stylish spin-offs. They’ve done that with the MT-07 and MT-09 to great effect and now the XSR125...

Husqvarna reveal Vektorr electric scooter concept

Husqvarna reveal Vektorr electric scooter concept

Husqvarna have unveiled another electric concept to add to their steadily growing 'e-mobility' quiver. The strangely named 'Vektorr' is designed to show us what Husky describe as a 'tantalising vision...

Air ambulances need you: Government rejects calls for tax-payer funded future

Air ambulances need you: Government rejects calls for tax-payer funded future

A petition for public funding of air ambulances has been debated in parliament after attracting over 134,000 signatures. The petition was started by Bethany Billington, after her sister Lee-Anne...

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 got our hands on the brand-new BMW M1000RR homologation special on circuit at its UK launch. BMW haven’t wasted time and money adding shiny bits that will end up in the bin when race...

Husqvarna lead the charge towards swappable batteries for bikes

Husqvarna lead the charge towards swappable batteries for bikes

Electric bikes have been meandering towards the mainstream for years but Husqvarna’s upcoming E-Pilen could be the first proper motorcycle to adopt a new standard for swappable batteries. That’s a big...

Rallymoto bring their popular navigation events to tarmac-only riders

Rallymoto bring their popular navigation events to tarmac-only riders

A new road-based navigation event is coming this summer that will see road riders get a taste of the Dakar spirit without having to venture off the black stuff. The Cannonball Challenge is being...

Less is more: Why bike manufacturers are taking a new approach to valve action

Less is more: Why bike manufacturers are taking a new approach to valve action

Read the spiel on the new Suzuki GSX-S1000, or Hayabusa – or bikes from many other manufacturers, actually – and they’ll say the same thing: reduced valve overlap. But what is it, how did we end up...

Say hello to the 2021 Honda Grom 125

Say hello to the 2021 Honda Grom 125

As expected, Honda’s cult, uber-cute MSX125 mini-bike is getting a significant update for 2021 – and this is the result: the all-new Honda Grom 125.  First launched in 2014, the 1970s...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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:...