October

News podcast episode 16: Bike of the year special

News podcast episode 16: Bike of the year special

Welcome to the latest episode of the MCN News Podcast is an online offering from MCN, discussing the latest news in the biking world. The MCN News Podcast is available regularly via Soundcloud and the...

New KTM Freeride E-XC unveiled

New KTM Freeride E-XC unveiled

KTM have just unveiled the new Freeride E-XC at Hangar-7 in Austria (a collection of all things Red Bull), which they say is their statement of intent. KTM want to sing loud and proud about ‘urban...

Toro, Toro, Toro!

Toro, Toro, Toro!

Established Spanish off-road firm, Toro Trail, have launched a new adventure break, dubbed Toro Adventure, and using BMW’s R1200GS Rallye. Based in a luxurious mountain top villa, Toro Adventure is...

Video: Yamaha jump on the teaser bandwagon

Video: Yamaha jump on the teaser bandwagon

Not wanting to be left out, Yamaha have now joined in the fun with the release of a teaser video teasing something on October 25 - bang in the middle of the Tokyo Motor Show. Mark October 25 on your...

Yamaha’s MT-09 new model barmy

Yamaha’s MT-09 new model barmy

After a year of rampant success with their hot SP version of the already bonkers MT-10, the Japanese rumour mill suggests that Yamaha are on the verge of releasing an SP version of the MT-09, too. The...

MV Agusta reveal new F4 RC

MV Agusta reveal new F4 RC

After the recent announcement of the Lewis Hamilton-designed F4 LH44, MV Agusta are battling back with another stunning new bike, following months of financial turbulence. The immediate fruits of...

Moped gang jailed for 18 years

Moped gang jailed for 18 years

A gang of thieves who used mopeds to enable their crime spree of more than 100 robberies in a period of less than three weeks were jailed last week for a total of over 18 years. Claude Parkinson, 18,...

Bike tech – the way forward

Bike tech – the way forward

BMW have long been at the sharp end of motorcycle tech development, and are continuing to push the boundaries with their ConnectedRide programme, which aims to deliver inter-vehicle position awareness...

Zero Motorcycles get a bit more range for 2018

Zero Motorcycles get a bit more range for 2018

Zero Motorcycles have now made their 2018 range a l-i-t-t-l-e bit more exciting by adding 10% more range and faster charging. The electric motorcycle manufacturer has introduced three new batteries;...

Tougher terms for reckless drivers

Tougher terms for reckless drivers

Drivers who kill behind the wheel could now be sentenced to life in prison under new legislation. Those who cause death by dangerous driving, or by careless driving while under the influence of drugs...

The Sunday Social with the British Trans America Expedition team

The Sunday Social with the British Trans America Expedition team

For this week’s Sunday Social we spoke with Major Nick Foulerton and Surgeon Lieutenant Alex Bamford, two members of a six man military expedition that recently rode from Ushuaia, Argentina to Prudhoe...

Revealed: The best vans and trucks for lugging motorbikes

Revealed: The best vans and trucks for lugging motorbikes

If you’re lugging your bike around to be fixed or transported during the wintry season, chances are you’ll need a big vehicle. Luckily, help is at hand if you’re trying to decide what to buy or rent...

In one go: Triumph's Explorer tackles the road, off-road and motocross

In one go: Triumph's Explorer tackles the road, off-road and motocross

We're currently slap bang in the middle of teaser video season, but Triumph don't have any teaser videos to show us apparently, so instead they've put together this video with their current Explorer...

The history of two-strokes

The history of two-strokes

It’s all about character. Nothing else on two wheels delivers the visceral thrills of a two-stroke engine. They deliver a hit of power every other stroke where a four-stroke manages only half as many.

Excelsior-Henderson brand up for auction

Excelsior-Henderson brand up for auction

The entire historic brand of Excelsior-Henderson is set to go up for auction at the Mecum auction in Las Vegas on January 27, 2018. Excelsior-Henderson was a big American motorcycle manufacturer, on a...

Officially one of the best on the spanners in Europe

Officially one of the best on the spanners in Europe

A Suzuki mechanic working at Bristol’s Fowlers dealership has come second in a European-wide competition that celebrates and finds the best technicians on the continent. Dave Ball has been a...

Dales pitstop

Dales pitstop

Deep in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, at the head of Wensleydale, lies the small market town of Hawes. Drop in on almost any weekend throughout the riding season and you’re guaranteed to find more...

Coroner calls for cycle lane review after motorcyclist death

Coroner calls for cycle lane review after motorcyclist death

A coroner has said there needs to be urgent research into the levels of grip on London's cycle superhighways following the death of a motorcyclist in Battersea. Assistant Coroner for Inner West...

BMW’s 2018 R1200GS Adventure arriving in dealers now

BMW’s 2018 R1200GS Adventure arriving in dealers now

The new-for-2018 incarnation of the R1200GS Adventure has arrived in dealers, bringing all the updates enjoyed by the 2017 R1200GS to conform to Euro4 regulations – and adding a whole host of optional...

Officially the coolest kid on the block

Officially the coolest kid on the block

We all remember being a kid, riding around on a bicycle and wishing it was a motorbike. A piece of card on the frame getting attacked by the spokes of the wheel was a common sight, providing a...

Alta Motors unveil Redshift EX

Alta Motors unveil Redshift EX

American electric bike builders Alta Motors have been steadily developing their line-up and now they’ve added another: the Redshift EX, an enduro version of the existing MX model. The changes are...

Dear oh deer, it’s that time of the year

Dear oh deer, it’s that time of the year

Road safety organisation, GEM Motoring Assist are warning drivers and riders to be extra vigilant of deer at this time of year as they are more active due to the rutting season. With the Deer...

Tacita reveal radical electric cruiser concept

Tacita reveal radical electric cruiser concept

Cruisers are large, thunderous brash things – they’re not smooth and silent, so you might not think of them as primed to lead the electric revolution, but that hasn’t stopped Tactica releasing the...

Crouching Tiger, hidden engine

Crouching Tiger, hidden engine

When Triumph opened their new visitors centre, they regaled us with stories of legendary victories at the TT and on the saltflats but there was a distinct gap. While they’ve had off-road bikes in...

Surtees bikes at Classic Bike Live

Surtees bikes at Classic Bike Live

Classic Bike Live will soon open its doors at The East of England Arena over the weekend of October 28-29. The latest addition to the attractions is a special display honouring the late, great John...

Which has been your favourite race series of 2017?

Which has been your favourite race series of 2017?

We've seen some epic racing across all three of the major classes this year. In MotoGP Marc Marquez is currently leading the championship, but he's been pushed every step of the way, with Ducati...

Kawasaki to reveal new supercharged bike

Kawasaki to reveal new supercharged bike

Kawasaki have got us very excited with the release of a new video that’s teasing a new supercharged motorcycle at EICMA next month. It’s that time of year when the teaser mill is turning in full...

Watsonian Sidecars get, er, sporty

Watsonian Sidecars get, er, sporty

British manufacturer Watsonian-Squire have released a new sidecar to mark the company’s 105th anniversary. Called the Flight, the sidecar has been designed to suit modern motorcycles. It features...

BikeTrac report 90% recovery rate of stolen vehicles

BikeTrac report 90% recovery rate of stolen vehicles

Motorcycle tracking company BikeTrac have recorded their busiest summer of recoveries in a year that has seen the rate of motorcycle crime soar. With an increasing number of bikes being stolen,...

#ride5000miles: Biking summer keeps on giving

#ride5000miles: Biking summer keeps on giving

Autumn is definitely upon us but there’s still some decent weather and great riding to be done… as our #ride5000miles members have proved this week. Big-mile stars include Neil Moseley, who travelled...

Video: Travis Pastrana backflips river barges

Video: Travis Pastrana backflips river barges

Mad man, sorry, err, professional mad man, Travis Pastrana, who was the first competitor at the X Games to land a double backflip, has now become the first rider to land a backflip while jumping...

Vespa go RED for charity

Vespa go RED for charity

Vespa have teamed up with charitable organisation RED to produce a (Vespa 946)RED and (Vespa)RED VXL scooter. Matching the Italian flair and style with the charity’s distinctive red colour scheme is...

Triumph announce autumn offers

Triumph announce autumn offers

Triumph have announced offers across several models in their range available to customer until the end of December, including a £1200 personalisation contribution with the Triumph Explorer. The...

West Midlands Police tackling bike crime

West Midlands Police tackling bike crime

West Midlands Police are currently leading two successful campaigns in the fight against motorcycle crime. The ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign has seen officers leaving notices on motorcycles and...

Are Triumph targeting a 2020 return for the Daytona with a Moto2 developed 765 engine?

Are Triumph targeting a 2020 return for the Daytona with a Moto2 developed 765 engine?

Triumph’s headlong entrance into the biggest motorcycle racing spotlight on Earth in 2019, as the Hinckley firm become the official engine supplier for Moto2, poses an immediate and obvious question:...

Head for the Shed

Head for the Shed

If you’re looking for a place to meet and talk bikes regardless of the weather or time of year then look no further than the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club in London’s Shoreditch. This unique destination...