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Under the skin of the 2020 KTM 890 Duke R: lighter, faster and much more expensive

Under the skin of the 2020 KTM 890 Duke R: lighter, faster and much more expensive

KTM have reignited our excitement for the 2020 890 Duke R with a new short film on YouTube debuted on Tuesday, March 31; detailing its place and purpose in the middleweight segment, as well...

Norton Motorcycles: Chinese firm bought rights to 961 engine platform

Norton Motorcycles: Chinese firm bought rights to 961 engine platform

Norton sold the rights to the 961 engine platform before the company went into administration, it has been revealed. Chinese company Jinlang, who make scooters and 125cc machines, say they did the...

Damon Motorcycles bring in tech and expertise from Alta and Mission

Damon Motorcycles bring in tech and expertise from Alta and Mission

Canadian electric bike newcomers, Damon have released details of two new versions of their Hypersport model, the Arctic Sun and the Midnight Sun. The two new model variants are the latest premium...

Download a FREE Ducati Panigale V4S colouring-in sketch right here!

Download a FREE Ducati Panigale V4S colouring-in sketch right here!

MCN free gift Got a printer and some pencils? Then your luck's in, because here at MCN we have a gift for you. Or indeed a younger member of your family...  Fill in the form below and you'll gain access to a...

L-plate workforce need CBT clarity during Covid-19

L-plate workforce need CBT clarity during Covid-19

Thousands of workers who use a moped or scooter to do their jobs do so by virtue of the fact they have a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificate. But since test centres are not on the Government’s...

Step up to the MCN Visor Challenge on social media!

Step up to the MCN Visor Challenge on social media!

We challenged you all to see if you could beat Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves’s visor change time in the #mcnvisorchallenge and you didn’t disappoint! If you want to take part, you can still post...

MCN advice: How Coronavirus is affecting motorbike events

MCN advice: How Coronavirus is affecting motorbike events

MCN is compiling a list of motorbike events that have been affected by the outbreak of Coronavirus. Check here before setting out or striking it off your calendar. Related: how motorbike industry and...

#R5K member Mark Silcox gets reunited with his beloved Ducati 998S after 11 years, following a serious racing accident

#R5K member Mark Silcox gets reunited with his beloved Ducati 998S after 11 years, following a serious racing accident

For many, Ducati’s 916 family are regarded as the most beautiful sportsbikes ever made, and it’s the reason why 53-year-old Mark Silcox became the owner of a brand new 998S in 2002. Purchased after...

Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the news that matters in motorbikes

Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the news that matters in motorbikes

For obvious reasons, Covid-19 has dominated the news this week and despite our best efforts to keep bringing you motorbike-related content, it was inevitable that the global pandemic would have an...

Honda step back in time: New CB-F Concept takes the CB1000R back to the '80s

Honda step back in time: New CB-F Concept takes the CB1000R back to the '80s

Honda have worked a little '80s magic on the CB1000R and brought us this: the CB-F Concept. It’s based on the CB900F (the original – not the recent Hornet), which itself was attempting to...

Will the Government's MoT extension affect vehicle tax or insurance?

Will the Government's MoT extension affect vehicle tax or insurance?

Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, has granted an MoT exemption of six months but only if your MoT expires after March 30. Given the circumstances I'm granting an MOT temporary...

Riders fight plans to charge bikes to park in Hackney

Riders fight plans to charge bikes to park in Hackney

Hackney council have proposed emissions-based charging permits for motorcycles that could see locals paying hundreds of pounds a year to continue riding their bikes. It’s currently free to park a bike...

Spy shots: 2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT looks to gain chassis and engine from 2020 Super Duke R

Spy shots: 2021 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT looks to gain chassis and engine from 2020 Super Duke R

KTM’s raucous 1290 Super Duke GT looks set to receive a revised chassis and new Euro5-friendly engine courtesy of the 2020 Super Duke R, after fresh spy shots revealed test rider Jeremy McWilliams...

Watch: Ducati Superleggera V4 hot lap of Portimao

Watch: Ducati Superleggera V4 hot lap of Portimao

Ducati have released an onboard video of test rider, Alessandro Valia taking the Superleggera V4 for a spin around Portimao in Portugal. Unlike the short track action video they released before where...

Coronavirus and bikes - a letter from our Editor

Coronavirus and bikes - a letter from our Editor

Dear readers, As the world continues to get increasingly unrecognisable day by day, I’ve realised just how much I rely on motorbikes for my daily happiness and dose of soul food. But, for now, my...

Coronavirus, sport and the motorbike industry: NW200 and BSB postponed; IoM TT cancelled, MV, Ducati, KTM and more suspending production lines

Coronavirus, sport and the motorbike industry: NW200 and BSB postponed; IoM TT cancelled, MV, Ducati, KTM and more suspending production lines

The Coronavirus pandemic has already caused significant disruption to the motorbike industry in a number of ways, and the signs are that it’ll continue to do so for weeks to come. From postponed races...

Braaps the spirit: Movember ambassador offers self-isolating biking fix to all with new Instagram profile

Braaps the spirit: Movember ambassador offers self-isolating biking fix to all with new Instagram profile

Self-employed men's health and mental health advocate, Ben Bowers, has created a new Instagram page, allowing bikers to indulge their passion for engine noise, without risking unnecessary harm during...

Ways to read Motor Cycle News

Ways to read Motor Cycle News

MCN MCN is the world’s number one biking weekly. Every issue is packed full of the latest news from the world of biking, as well as new bike reviews and thorough testing of the bikes you care about on the...

Devitt MCN Festival postponed until September 19-20

Devitt MCN Festival postponed until September 19-20

MCN Festival It is with regret that The Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling is being postponed until the 19-20 September in response to the Government guidance regarding Coronavirus. Our aim for September is to...

Ducati Streetfighter V4: the story

Ducati Streetfighter V4: the story

We've had a chance to ride this new hyper-naked now, so check out our Ducati Streetfighter V4 review, or read on for the full story of this wild new bike.  Ducati Streetfighter V4: bonkers 220hp...

Bare-bones Beemer: Pared back BMW R18 spied in testing

Bare-bones Beemer: Pared back BMW R18 spied in testing

Spyshots have emerged of what appears to be a stripped back version of BMW’s upcoming R18 cruiser. Taking aim directly at Harley-Davidson’s Heritage models, the classic-looking machine has a tall...

The Cake Kalk INK brings similar performance to road-going Kalk& for a big saving

The Cake Kalk INK brings similar performance to road-going Kalk& for a big saving

Swedish electric bike makers Cake have added another machine to their range, focussing heavily on reducing the cost. The new Kalk INK is £4000 cheaper than the Kalk& - a bike we’ve...

Big helmet changes coming: new ECE standard could make lids safer but pricier too

Big helmet changes coming: new ECE standard could make lids safer but pricier too

A big shake up of safety standards is coming that will see more protective helmets on the market within two years. The new regulations, dubbed ECE 22.06, take over from ECE 22.05, which was introduced...

Four on tour: Spyshots show Ducati's Multistrada V4 is almost finished

Four on tour: Spyshots show Ducati's Multistrada V4 is almost finished

New spyshots have emerged that finally confirm Ducati are working on a V4 Multistrada and it appears to be nearly ready. As well as a new engine, the machine has a new chassis and a full suite of...

Racking up the miles: How #ride5000miles is helping generations join the two-wheeled fun and games

Racking up the miles: How #ride5000miles is helping generations join the two-wheeled fun and games

It could be said that riding a motorcycle is something of a selfish hobby. Just you, your bike and the road in front of you; there are no phones, no interruptions and often no real destination in mind...

Hit the road Jack: Indian tease fifth Jack Daniel's special to mark 80 years of Sturgis Rally

Hit the road Jack: Indian tease fifth Jack Daniel's special to mark 80 years of Sturgis Rally

Indian Motorcycles have announced their fifth collaboration with whiskey experts, Jack Daniel's, and will reveal a new limited-edition motorcycle at the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, in South Dakota,...

Giant plans for mini adventurer: middleweight Honda Africa Twin model incoming

Giant plans for mini adventurer: middleweight Honda Africa Twin model incoming

Honda are working on a small-capacity Africa Twin to muscle in on a lucrative segment of the adventure bike market. The new twin will be one of three models based on a modular platform, MCN sources...

How to buy MCN during Coronavirus

How to buy MCN during Coronavirus

We are doing everything possible to ensure the content of the MCN newspaper is still being produced during this period of disruption, to the high standard that you expect.  However, like lots of...

New tax proposals could see poorer bikers penalised

New tax proposals could see poorer bikers penalised

Following yesterday’s Budget, the HM Treasury has issued a ‘call for evidence’ to assess changing the way VED tax is charged for motorcycles on UK roads. The suggestion is to move to a CO2-based...

Potholes to petrol: what does the Chancellor's budget mean for bikers?

Potholes to petrol: what does the Chancellor's budget mean for bikers?

The budget by Chancellor Rishi Sunak looks like good news for bikers with a pledged £2.5 billion pothole fund, which should go some way to filling the estimated 50 million bone-jarring blemishes...

Long ranger: Husqvarna 701LR price announced

Long ranger: Husqvarna 701LR price announced

Husqvarna’s adventure ready 701LR has arrived in dealers priced at £10,699 – just £900 more than the standard model. The 701LR has an additional 12-litre front petrol tank on top of the standard...

Trials star and dealership raise thousands for charity

Trials star and dealership raise thousands for charity

An evening with Dougie Lampkin MBE at Colin Appleyard Motorcycles has helped to raise much needed funds for a local charity. The event saw over 180 customers descend on the dealership to hear...

The shape of things to come: 3D-printed Morlaco heralds a revolution in specials building

The shape of things to come: 3D-printed Morlaco heralds a revolution in specials building

This Fireblade-powered, ‘funny-front-end’ superbike has become one of the very first to have its bodywork and other components produced by 3D printing technology. Dubbed the Morlaco, it’s the latest...

Video interview: new BMW F750GS-P is a lean, mean thief-busting machine

Video interview: new BMW F750GS-P is a lean, mean thief-busting machine

As MCN reported at the end of January, London's Metropolitan Police have taken delivery of a new fleet of BMW F750GS-P bikes to help in the fight against bike and scooter crime in the capital. To make...

Learner leccy: 50cc-equivalent Super Soco TSx arrives in dealers

Learner leccy: 50cc-equivalent Super Soco TSx arrives in dealers

Introducing the Super Soco TSx: A 50cc-equivalent electric motorbike, designed for young riders from 16-years-old, that's just arrived in dealers.  Although missing the charming 'ding' and blue...

Unique 1964 Ducati four highlights classics being auctioned by Bonhams at 2020 Spring Stafford Sale

Unique 1964 Ducati four highlights classics being auctioned by Bonhams at 2020 Spring Stafford Sale

An astonishing 200 classic racing motorcycles, highlighted by this unique, 1964 Ducati four-cylinder 125 which is worth in excess of £500,000, will be the stars of the Bonhams auction at the upcoming...