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May the Forcite be with you: Meet the latest smart helmet, on its way to the UK from Down Under

May the Forcite be with you: Meet the latest smart helmet, on its way to the UK from Down Under

Smart motorcycle helmets are not a new phenomenon. In the past five years alone, we’ve seen countless concepts and designs boasting head-up displays (HUD), built-in cameras, audio systems and more –...

‘We’re not here as a greatest hits band’: MCN sits down with Norton’s new CCO

‘We’re not here as a greatest hits band’: MCN sits down with Norton’s new CCO

It’s been 18 months since TVS Motor Company purchased Norton Motorcycles for £16million. In that time, the Indian multinational has built a new 7300 square metre factory in Solihull, and a redesigned...

New Sinnis supermoto: SM-R 125 is new street version of SM-XE learner trailie

New Sinnis supermoto: SM-R 125 is new street version of SM-XE learner trailie

This funky, learner-legal supermoto is the latest from Chinese/British brand Sinnis and, if it looks familiar, that’s because it’s the new street-tyred spin-off of the SM-XE 125 trail bike also...

Doing it for the kids: N.Ireland Police run six-week course for budding off-roaders

Doing it for the kids: N.Ireland Police run six-week course for budding off-roaders

Police in Northern Ireland have embarked on a project to engage with young people and teach them to use bikes safely and legally in a bid to reduce antisocial behaviour and crime.  The Motorcycle...

Yamaha's green dream: Japanese giant aims for factories to be carbon neutral by 2035

Yamaha's green dream: Japanese giant aims for factories to be carbon neutral by 2035

The world’s second largest motorcycle manufacturer, Yamaha, has announced that its green goal to make its factories around the world carbon neutral it being accelerated by a full 15 years. The...

Yamaha’s green initiative: $100 million fund available for environmental tech firms

Yamaha’s green initiative: $100 million fund available for environmental tech firms

Yamaha has become the latest major motorcycle manufacturer to significantly expand its green credentials with the announcement of a new $100 million fund for investing in environmental...

Purple helmets bow out: Final ride will be in August 2022

Purple helmets bow out: Final ride will be in August 2022

The Purple Helmets motorcycle display team, best known for their comedy stunt shows at the IOMTT races, performed their final mainland English show last week as part of a farewell tour which ends on...

£50K on the longest day: LEJOG charity ride raises serious cash for cancer cause

£50K on the longest day: LEJOG charity ride raises serious cash for cancer cause

A fleet of 36 intrepid bikers riding motorcycles costing no more than £600 set off from Land’s End to John o’ Groats on June 21 for the annual Longest Day Challenge charity ride. The summer...

A family affair: Rare barn finds star in Bonhams sale

A family affair: Rare barn finds star in Bonhams sale

Two vintage barn find motorcycles are among the star lots at the upcoming Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale, which will be held between October 15 and 16. The bikes in question are a Sunbeam Model...

SR75 World Team Suzuki celebrate Arenacross success with tricked-up V-Strom 650 XT

SR75 World Team Suzuki celebrate Arenacross success with tricked-up V-Strom 650 XT

Suzuki are celebrating their multiple Arenacross titles with a very special V-Strom 650XT inspired by the firm’s RM-Z450 motocross racer. The one-off V-twin adventurer made its public debut at the...

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 heard the news that TVS-owned Norton are embarking on an electrification project with a host of UK business partners. WMG University of Warwick – who have worked with Norton on an...

No hybrids from BMW confirmed in exclusive interview

No hybrids from BMW confirmed in exclusive interview

BMW’s Vice President of Customer, Brand, and Sales says there is no plan for the German firm to pursue hybrid motorcycles, instead focusing on internal combustion and electrification. “The hybrid...

MCN grabs a ride on one of only two pre-production RQi electric 125s in existence

MCN grabs a ride on one of only two pre-production RQi electric 125s in existence

Chinese company NIU has just released details of its new 125cc equivalent electric bike, the RQi Sport. The world’s largest manufacturer of electric urban mobility solutions, NIU has produced more...

Textile gear that covers all bases: How Klim use the latest fabrics to create tough but breathable waterproof gear

Textile gear that covers all bases: How Klim use the latest fabrics to create tough but breathable waterproof gear

For adventure riders, there’s never been an answer to the age-old question: what gear is cool enough off-road but protective enough on-road and waterproof too?   A suit that saves you from a 70mph...

Go-anywhere learner: Sinnis SM-XE 125 is a return to L-plate-friendly mud pluggers

Go-anywhere learner: Sinnis SM-XE 125 is a return to L-plate-friendly mud pluggers

Following the demise of previously popular Japanese 125cc trail bikes such as Yamaha’s XT and WR, Suzuki’s DRZ and Kawasaki’s KLX, there’s not been much choice for 17-year-olds looking for a modern,...

Secrets of a Road Tester: State of mind

Secrets of a Road Tester: State of mind

Bikertek promotion BikerTek and MCN have teamed up to produce a third series of exciting riding videos to make your biking summer both exciting and safe. This week, we’re looking at cornering. Most bikers enjoy...

Two-wheel drive Ultra Bike promises road and water-based adventure for £2400

Two-wheel drive Ultra Bike promises road and water-based adventure for £2400

Talk about getting off the beaten track… the 2×2 Ultra Bike promises a level of versatility rarely seen on two wheels. Subject of a crowdfunding effort on Indigogo, the machine comes from US-based...

More than a bit distinguished: 2022 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride smashes global fundraising targets

More than a bit distinguished: 2022 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride smashes global fundraising targets

This year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has beaten previous records for fundraising and attendance – and next year’s could be bigger and better still. Fund raising from the 2022 gathering closed...

Triumph purchases Oset: Hinckley firm snaps up electric off-road name to get more youngsters riding

Triumph purchases Oset: Hinckley firm snaps up electric off-road name to get more youngsters riding

Triumph Motorcycles are aiming to attract a new wave of young off-road riders to the British brand, having announced the acquisition of kids’ electric firm Oset Bikes. East Sussex based Oset was...

R18 gets wood: Latest BMW custom unveiled in Monaco

R18 gets wood: Latest BMW custom unveiled in Monaco

This wacky wood and metal cruiser, unveiled in Monaco earlier this month, is the result of the latest collaboration between BMW’s R18 boxer twin cruiser and a top custom house. It’s called the R18...

MCN Promotion Statistics reveal the unpleasant truth that motorcycle thefts are seven times more likely to happen than any other road vehicle theft. According to the British Motorcyclist Foundation, a motorcycle...

Steve Harris 1949 - 2022: Pioneering engineer and Harris Performance founder has died

Steve Harris 1949 - 2022: Pioneering engineer and Harris Performance founder has died

The death in June, 2022 of Steve Harris marks the end of an era – when a single or a small group of independent engineers could play a major part in the motorcycle industry. Essentially...

Final shoulder tap for Paul: TT start line official bows out after nearly 70 years of involvement with the Isle of Man road racing scene

Final shoulder tap for Paul: TT start line official bows out after nearly 70 years of involvement with the Isle of Man road racing scene

An Isle of Man TT start line official responsible for giving riders the tap on the shoulder to set off has retired after 68 years of involvement with the races. Paul Kermode, 79, from Douglas on...

New CCM Classic Tracker officially unveiled

New CCM Classic Tracker officially unveiled

Bolton-based CCM have released a new Classic Tracker – a new flattrack inspired addition to their popular single-cylinder Spitfire range that builds on the existing Street Tracker model. Previously...

Have a go heroes: Run what ya brung sprint racing action returns to Ramsey seafront on the Isle of Man

Have a go heroes: Run what ya brung sprint racing action returns to Ramsey seafront on the Isle of Man

Thousands of spectators have flocked to Ramsey’s Mooragh Promenade for two days of high-octane closed road motorcycle sprint racing. Taking place on Sunday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 7 just a few...

Petrol vs electric: MCN lifts the lid on the true cost of battery powered bikes

Petrol vs electric: MCN lifts the lid on the true cost of battery powered bikes

Love it or hate it, we’re seeing major developments in electric motorcycles. But the latest research shows that their environmental advantage over more traditional petrol-powered machines is far from...

Cutting carbon footprints with Cake: Swedish firm evaluate paper-based replacement for plastic components

Cutting carbon footprints with Cake: Swedish firm evaluate paper-based replacement for plastic components

The drive towards a carbon-neutral future has long focused on the direct emissions of engines and the shift to electric power but even the complete elimination of exhaust fumes is only a partial step...

Norton goes electric: Two-and-a-half year project to create new model announced

Norton goes electric: Two-and-a-half year project to create new model announced

Norton have unveiled new plans to design and build electric motorbikes right here in the UK, co-funded by a Government scheme. The TVS-owned business are aiming high, saying they want to “create an...

BMW outfit is collie good fun: Dynamic duo of Daves have covered over 20,000 miles

BMW outfit is collie good fun: Dynamic duo of Daves have covered over 20,000 miles

Meet Dave: the four-and-a-half-year-old sidecar-riding collie, who has embarked on a new life of motorcycling adventure after being rescued two years ago.  A failed sheepdog originally from...

Government plug-in grant for electric motorbikes continues as car levy scrapped

Government plug-in grant for electric motorbikes continues as car levy scrapped

Despite the Government recently announcing the end of its plug-in car grant scheme, electric bikes remain unaffected, with manufacturers continuing to report growing sales. On Tuesday June 14,...

Pedrosa set for Goodwood: Three-time world champion joins illustrious line-up for Festival of Speed

Pedrosa set for Goodwood: Three-time world champion joins illustrious line-up for Festival of Speed

Former MotoGP star Dani Pedrosa is the latest motorcycle racing royalty to join the lineup at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.  The former Honda star was one of the most successful riders of...

Fifty shades of Indian Motorcycle: Limited FTR Stealth Gray arrives

Fifty shades of Indian Motorcycle: Limited FTR Stealth Gray arrives

Revived American manufacturer Indian Motorcycle has just announced this special, limited edition version of its punchy, flat track-style FTR roadster. Called the FTR Stealth Gray, it has been...

Lifelong TT racing fan celebrates 75 years of coming to the Isle of Man

Lifelong TT racing fan celebrates 75 years of coming to the Isle of Man

Ian Anthony Huntly first visited the Isle of Man as a seven-year-old boy in 1947, when the Senior race winner lapped the course at a fastest average speed of 84.07mph. Flash forward 75 years and...

CFMoto point the way to the future with their modular chassis ethos

CFMoto point the way to the future with their modular chassis ethos

We’ve had our first look under the skin of a new CFMoto electric in the works that uses a modular plug-and-play design that could be adapted into a range of models. The Chinese firm has already...

Langen's electric future: UK firm famous for 2T café racer are working towards swappable battery tech

Langen's electric future: UK firm famous for 2T café racer are working towards swappable battery tech

Wigan-based Langen Technology is developing a new modular battery system that they believe could revolutionise the off-road and greenlaning industry. A sister firm to Langen Motorcycles (the team...

Moto Guzzi’s long-awaited centenary celebrations set for September

Moto Guzzi’s long-awaited centenary celebrations set for September

Moto Guzzi’s long-awaited centenary celebrations, which were set to go ahead last year but were postponed due to the pandemic, are now finally due to take place this September. A weekend-long...