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Yamaha confirm sporty three-cylinder MT-09 as first bike to use new Y-AMT semi-automatic system

Yamaha confirm sporty three-cylinder MT-09 as first bike to use new Y-AMT semi-automatic system

Yamaha have now confirmed that the first bike to use their incoming Y-AMT semi-automatic gear shifting system will be the three-cylinder MT-09 naked. The Japanese brand announced the introduction...

Royal Enfield top boss responds to one-off factory custom 850 adventure bike shown at Goodwood FoS

Royal Enfield top boss responds to one-off factory custom 850 adventure bike shown at Goodwood FoS

Royal Enfield could well be gearing up to join the mid-size adventure bike market with a larger parallel twin model, having showcased a bored-out 850 rally concept at the recent Goodwood Festival of...

Striking Morbidelli C1002V cruiser twin rolls onto British roads for less than £10k

Striking Morbidelli C1002V cruiser twin rolls onto British roads for less than £10k

Remember Morbidelli? No, not Pramac MotoGP star Franco Morbidelli, instead the Italian motorcycle brand founded 1969 that won the 125cc Grand Prix world championship three times between 1975 and 1977,...

Rapid charge revolution | How solid-state battery tech could be the game-changer for electric bikes

Rapid charge revolution | How solid-state battery tech could be the game-changer for electric bikes

There must be something slightly disheartening about being in the battery development game. For years we all simply accepted the same old alkaline disposable cells and NiCd rechargeables, with short...

Yamaha open new hydrogen testing facility for greener manufacturing processes

Yamaha open new hydrogen testing facility for greener manufacturing processes

Yamaha have announced they are stepping up exploration of hydrogen power – but not as an alternative energy source for future motorcycles but as a greener fuel in their long-term bid to be carbon...

Yamaha take the retro vibes to the max with seven custom-painted XSR900 GPs for Wheels and Waves

Yamaha take the retro vibes to the max with seven custom-painted XSR900 GPs for Wheels and Waves

Yamaha Europe have turned the nostalgia dial up to 11 with a range of seven special XSR900 GP retro sportsbikes finished in a range of bespoke liveries inspired by motorcycles of the 1980s and...

Kawasaki edge closer to hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine by testing prototype H2 SX

Kawasaki edge closer to hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine by testing prototype H2 SX

Kawasaki have taken their hydrogen internal combustion engine motorcycle project to the next stage by running a prototype machine at a test track. We first saw renders of an H2 SX-based concept...

Goodwood go for 2025 | Dates announced and tickets available ahead of next year's Festival of Speed

Goodwood go for 2025 | Dates announced and tickets available ahead of next year's Festival of Speed

Following the success of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, organisers have announced dates ahead of the 2025 event.  Related: Michael Dunlop honoured at 2024 Goodwood Festival of...

Sportsbike sales on top | Revived Honda CBR600RR supersport leads middleweight sales boom

Sportsbike sales on top | Revived Honda CBR600RR supersport leads middleweight sales boom

Honda’s revived-for-2024 CBR600RR has become Britain’s best-selling middleweight, topping the sector sales charts in June according to figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA). “What...

Pierer cut back | KTM parent company forced to axe jobs and move production abroad to stay afloat

Pierer cut back | KTM parent company forced to axe jobs and move production abroad to stay afloat

Pierer Mobility, the parent company of KTM, Husqvarna, GasGas, WP Suspension, and 50.1% of MV Agusta have released a statement describing a shortfall in overall sales for 2024, with the poor...

Norton expansion plans | British marque announces overseas sales plan and promises six new models

Norton expansion plans | British marque announces overseas sales plan and promises six new models

Revived historic British brand Norton appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in early July to announce plans for international expansion including six new models over the next three years. The...

Stripped back biking | 2024 Lightweight Adventure Festival draws biggest crowd to date

Stripped back biking | 2024 Lightweight Adventure Festival draws biggest crowd to date

Hundreds of motorcycle travel enthusiasts headed to the Peak District recently to attend this year’s Lightweight Adventure Festival.  Now in its third year, the event grew from humble beginnings in...

Nonstop oldies | Solihull classic motorcycle auction nets over £1 million in sales

Nonstop oldies | Solihull classic motorcycle auction nets over £1 million in sales

Over £1 million of classic bikes were recently sold at a UK auction, with bids coming in from around the world.  Related: Oldest surviving Vincent Rapide Series-A up for grabs in Autumn...

Enter the Dragster 700 | Italjet's radical new 68bhp twin-cylinder super scooter

Enter the Dragster 700 | Italjet's radical new 68bhp twin-cylinder super scooter

Radical Italian scooter specialists, Italjet have launched their biggest, maddest, and fastest offering yet – a 68.4bhp, twin cylinder Dragster 700. Aiming squarely at the likes of Yamaha’s TMAX...

Dunlop’s time to shine | TT star enjoys balcony moment at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Dunlop’s time to shine | TT star enjoys balcony moment at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Isle of Man TT took centre stage at last weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with thousands of onlookers treated to a ‘balcony moment’ celebrating the record-breaking achievements of Michael...

Camshaft controversy! KTM respond to allegations of expensive engine defects on their LC8c models

Camshaft controversy! KTM respond to allegations of expensive engine defects on their LC8c models

KTM have responded to allegations of camshaft defects on their LC8c parallel-twins, following online pressure from owners. The allegations are of excessive wear and the problem is said to...

Royal Enfield launch new Himalayan-based Guerrilla 450 naked roadster starting at £4850

Royal Enfield launch new Himalayan-based Guerrilla 450 naked roadster starting at £4850

Royal Enfield have expanded their arsenal of affordable small capacity singles with a new Guerrilla 450 roadster starting at just £4850 when finished in silver. The bike sits on the existing...

V-twins axed | Ducati call time on the Superquadro V-twin with special edition Panigale V2

V-twins axed | Ducati call time on the Superquadro V-twin with special edition Panigale V2

Ducati have announced they are ending production of their Superquadro V-twin engine, with a special edition version of their Panigale V2 supersport bike, limited to 555 units. The news could mean...

Combustion’s green future | Compressed Natural Gas bike from Bajaj banks planet-saving promises

Combustion’s green future | Compressed Natural Gas bike from Bajaj banks planet-saving promises

While many are focusing efforts on electric as the clean, green future, one company is turning to compressed natural gas as a low-cost, low-emission fuel. That brand is Bajaj, one of India’s...

Beast from the East | Chinese motorcycle manufacturer create luxury two-litre tourer that's gunning for the Goldwing

Beast from the East | Chinese motorcycle manufacturer create luxury two-litre tourer that's gunning for the Goldwing

The Great Wall Souo S2000 Motorcycle has been created by China’s Great Wall Motor, a car maker that already owns five four-wheeled brands – Ora, Wey, Haval, Tank and Great Wall. Ora recently...

Streetwise Scout | Tricked up Indian flat-tracker built for Twenty One Pilots drummer

Streetwise Scout | Tricked up Indian flat-tracker built for Twenty One Pilots drummer

Indian have teamed up with Roland Sands Design (RSD) to create an aggressive one-off Indian Scout twin for Joshua Dun, the drummer from US band Twenty One Pilots. Related: Roland Sands Design adds...

BMW confirm more models are to receive the semi-automatic treatment, so says adventure boss Reiner Fings

BMW confirm more models are to receive the semi-automatic treatment, so says adventure boss Reiner Fings

Expect more BMWs to be offered with the firm’s new Automated Shift Assistant (ASA) semi-automatic gearbox system. The plan was confirmed to MCN by Reiner Fings, Product Manager for the BMW GS and GS...

Brave biker completes lap of Mallory Park 13 years on from life changing racing accident

Brave biker completes lap of Mallory Park 13 years on from life changing racing accident

A former motorcycle club racer from Staffordshire has returned to Mallory Park to complete a lap, 13 years on from a horror accident at Gerard’s Bend that left him unable to walk. Having defied the...

Honda UK launch Adventure Roads special edition of the CRF1100L Africa Twin

Honda UK launch Adventure Roads special edition of the CRF1100L Africa Twin

Honda UK have just announced the launch of not one but two new limited edition versions of their CRF1100L Africa Twin. Limited to the UK buyers only, the new ‘Adventure Roads Edition’ is being...

Valentino Rossi joins fellow Yamaha racing legends to ride classic Grand Prix machinery at Jerez

Valentino Rossi joins fellow Yamaha racing legends to ride classic Grand Prix machinery at Jerez

Nine-time Grand Prix world Champion, Valentino Rossi joined a number of Yamaha owners on an exclusive track event at Jerez, sampling a number of iconic 500GP two-strokes alongside the likes of...

Greater Manchester Police offer fresh security warning as six mopeds recovered in Stockport

Greater Manchester Police offer fresh security warning as six mopeds recovered in Stockport

Police officers in Greater Manchester have offered a fresh security warning to motorcycle and scooter owners, in a bid to help further reduce the number of vehicles stolen in the area. “The MO of...

Party in the park | Road racing returns to Aberdare in Wales this August

Party in the park | Road racing returns to Aberdare in Wales this August

The annual Aberdare Park Road Races will take place in South Wales on August 3 and 4, promising two days of non-stop action around the 0.9-mile wooded track. Bikes as small as 50cc two-strokes will...

Michael Dunlop to star at 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Michael Dunlop to star at 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Twenty nine-time Isle of Man TT winner, Michael Dunlop is set to appear at next weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in celebration of his record breaking road racing achievements. Dunlop set a new...

Hand-built MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro retro superbike promises 205bhp

Hand-built MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro retro superbike promises 205bhp

MV Agusta have revealed a new 205bhp four-cylinder retro superbike limited to just 500 units, called the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro. The arrival of the bike has been expected for some time, with a...

Aprilia launch RS457 Trophy racing kit to nurture next generation of track stars

Aprilia launch RS457 Trophy racing kit to nurture next generation of track stars

Aprilia are looking to inspire the next generation of motorcycle racing stars with a specialist track kit for the £6500 RS457 parallel-twin A2-friendly sportsbike. Related: Best sportsbike kit...

BMW launch £18,870 R1300GS Adventure with optional semi automatic gearbox

BMW launch £18,870 R1300GS Adventure with optional semi automatic gearbox

BMW have finally pulled the covers off their incoming £18,870 R1300GS Adventure, revealing the bike in front of thousands of fans at this year’s Motorrad Days festival in the Bavarian ski town of...

Honda CG125 riding duo from the UK reach South Africa on round the world tour

Honda CG125 riding duo from the UK reach South Africa on round the world tour

A daring pair of motorcycle travellers have completed the first significant leg of their planned round the world trip, riding two Honda CG125s from the UK to South Africa via Africa’s west...

Glorious Goodwood | MotoGP legends set for iconic Festival of Speed hill climb next weekend

Glorious Goodwood | MotoGP legends set for iconic Festival of Speed hill climb next weekend

The initial motorcycling line-up has been announced for the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a star studded roster of racing legends taking to the 1.16-mile hill climb course in celebration of 75...

Moto Morini confirm UK pricing and 2024 arrival dates for new Calibro cruiser twin range

Moto Morini confirm UK pricing and 2024 arrival dates for new Calibro cruiser twin range

Moto Morini have confirmed their full Calibro cruiser line-up and UK pricing ahead of their arrival this summer, having initially launched the bike back in October 2023. The low slung machine will...

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Chinese brand Kove Moto take aim at Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 with cheaper new 800X Pro

Chinese brand Kove Moto take aim at Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 with cheaper new 800X Pro

Rapidly expanding Chinese brand Kove Moto have established a new UK arm of their business, with plans to distribute a range of adventure, sports, and off-road offerings at affordable prices. The...