2021

Modifying your bike could be made illegal: New plans that could make fitting non-OEM parts a crime

Modifying your bike could be made illegal: New plans that could make fitting non-OEM parts a crime

The Motorcycle Action Group is encouraging motorcyclists to respond to proposals from the Department for Transport (DfT) that would restrict owners from modifying their bikes. The proposals are part...

Quarter-litre learners: A2 test changes bring 250cc bikes into play

Quarter-litre learners: A2 test changes bring 250cc bikes into play

An amendment to motorcycle licence legislation that allows riders to take their A2 test on a 250 has been published in draft form. Following a consultation, the DVSA opted to lower the minimum engine...

JD and poke: Indian use Jack Daniel's special to launch new tech

JD and poke: Indian use Jack Daniel's special to launch new tech

Indian have unveiled a Jack Daniel's limited-edition Challenger Dark Horse that is so much more than a fancy paintjob. The new bike brings with it a host of top-notch brand-new tech. Oh and it comes...

Servicemen fix up BMW R1150RS to raise money for Combat Stress

Servicemen fix up BMW R1150RS to raise money for Combat Stress

A group of military personnel have restored an abandoned BMW R1150RS in the hope of raising almost £4000 for the Combat Stress charity. The group form part of 6 Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corps...

Disabled motorcyclist Claire Lomas MBE ready to ride again

Disabled motorcyclist Claire Lomas MBE ready to ride again

Disabled motorcyclist Claire Lomas MBE raised over £10,000 by completing the London Marathon in a wheelchair, while wearing full bike gear. Now she has her sights set on riding a lap of the TT circuit...

One-off 1920s-style Brooklands racer took four years to make

One-off 1920s-style Brooklands racer took four years to make

Building a bike is the dream of many motorcyclists – but making one completely from scratch, including most of the engine, frame and bodywork, is virtually unheard of. Yet that’s exactly what this...

Rare MotoGP race bikes up for grabs at Bonhams Stafford auction

Rare MotoGP race bikes up for grabs at Bonhams Stafford auction

An astonishing 24-bike collection of rare racers – including five genuine MotoGP machines – is among the stars of the upcoming Autumn Stafford Sale by auctioneers Bonhams. The MotoGP machines are all...

It’s the Flying Dutchman: Nico Bakker gives BMW K1600GT the GS treatment

It’s the Flying Dutchman: Nico Bakker gives BMW K1600GT the GS treatment

This 1600cc, 160bhp beast has to be the maddest ‘GS’ ever. When Willem Heijboer started grinding out the engine cases of his BMW K1600GT he realised that he needed help. That help came from Dutch bike...

Big backer for CCM: British firm to expand and explore new markets

Big backer for CCM: British firm to expand and explore new markets

CCM’s 50th birthday present has just arrived in the form of a huge chunk of investment which should help the firm go from strength to strength. Related articles on MCN CCM celebrate 50 years with two...

Parkers Awards: Best Large Van and Best Electric Van winners revealed  in association with MCN

Parkers Awards: Best Large Van and Best Electric Van winners revealed  in association with MCN

Parkers – the definitive resource for car buying advice in the UK – have partnered with MCN to bring you the awards for the Best Large Van and Best Electric Vans in the prestigious...

New Ducati Desert X adventure weapon leads new bike charge

New Ducati Desert X adventure weapon leads new bike charge

Ducati is planning to unleash a raft of red-hot new machines between now and Christmas with the all-new Desert X adventure weapon being the headline machine for the firm’s 2022 line-up. Related...

Sammy Miller scoops top honours at star-studded Salon Privé Concours

Sammy Miller scoops top honours at star-studded Salon Privé Concours

This fabulous 1951 Moto Guzzi racer owned by Sammy Miller MBE was one of three bikes that scooped top honours at the 2021 star-studded Salon Privé Concours. Held in the grounds of Blenheim Palace,...

Triumph launch Ride Out to Help Out campaign

Triumph launch Ride Out to Help Out campaign

Triumph and some of our best known biking celebs have launched a scheme to get Britain biking. Star names, including Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton and TT racer Maria Costello MBE, are urging...

Lincolnshire firefighters on course to raise £2000 with 400-mile county charity ride

Lincolnshire firefighters on course to raise £2000 with 400-mile county charity ride

Five firefighters from across Lincolnshire have ridden 400 miles in a day, visiting every fire station in the county to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Prostate Cancer UK. "To see people...

Brit tennis star Emma Raducanu shares motocross memories

Brit tennis star Emma Raducanu shares motocross memories

British teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu shocked the sporting world by winning the US Open on Saturday 11 September, but many of the millions watching her make history may not have known that...

Mansell mania: Custom BMWs honour F1’s most committed driver

Mansell mania: Custom BMWs honour F1’s most committed driver

Greg Mansell, son of Formula One World Champion, Nigel Mansell, has launched a short production run of custom BMW R18s to honour his father’s successes. Until the arrival of Lewis Hamilton, Mansell...

Rough Crafts custom Yamaha XSR900 build joins firm’s cool Yard Built series

Rough Crafts custom Yamaha XSR900 build joins firm’s cool Yard Built series

Custom builder Winston Yeh has worked his magic once again, this time turning his hand to Yamaha’s XSR900 – and you could have one just like it. Most of Winston’s customs are one-offs but this time...

Portuguese Honda dealership wins CB650R custom competition

Portuguese Honda dealership wins CB650R custom competition

Portuguese Honda dealership Mototrofa has bounced back from the effects of a devastating fire to claim victory in the 2021 European CB650R Honda Customs contest. The online competition attracted over...

Legendary customisers join forces to create unique Indian Chief

Legendary customisers join forces to create unique Indian Chief

Hot on the heels of the production version of the Indian Chief, the American firm have released the first of three customs. The first one, seen here, is known as the Cox-Keino Chief as it’s been built...

Motorbikes permanently excluded from Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Motorbikes permanently excluded from Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The organisers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb have announced that motorbikes will be permanently excluded from the competition. Bike racing was temporarily excluded from the event after...

Falklands hero Simon Weston fulfils lifelong dream to take up biking

Falklands hero Simon Weston fulfils lifelong dream to take up biking

Falklands veteran Simon Weston CBE has taken to the road on a bespoke Triumph trike paid for by crowdfunding. Related articles on MCN Father and son ride 1040 miles for charity Memorial ride planned...

Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Viking 360 goes under the hammer

Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Viking 360 goes under the hammer

A Husqvarna Viking 360 previously owned by Steve McQueen is to be sold at a three-day auction in Monterey, Californa, USA courtesy of RM Sotheby's. As a keen racer, McQueen was on a quest to find the...

Father and son ride 1040 miles in under 24 hours in charity challenge

Father and son ride 1040 miles in under 24 hours in charity challenge

A Newcastle-based father and son biking duo have raised around £3500 for defibrillator and diabetes charities by riding over 1000 miles in under 24 hours. Lee Atherton and his father Neil Atherton set...

Indian Motorcycle dealer creates pair of custom Scouts

Indian Motorcycle dealer creates pair of custom Scouts

French dealer Indian Motorcycle Metz have unveiled two new custom creations based on the Indian Scout. The Hundred is inspired by the drag strips of America with a riding position to suit the sprint...

Highway Code to support bikers

Highway Code to support bikers

The Highway Code has been given an update to be published in the autumn that will create a hierarchy of vehicles designed to protect vulnerable road users. In the current Highway Code everyone on the...

Andromeda Moto create track-rated vegan 'leathers'

Andromeda Moto create track-rated vegan 'leathers'

Andromeda Moto have created both one and two-piece ‘leather’ suits for bikers that don’t use any leather at all – in fact, it’s completely vegan. Related articles on MCN Best vegan motorbike gear How...

Indian break out the ink with latest tattoo competition

Indian break out the ink with latest tattoo competition

Indian have unveiled the first of their incoming outlandish tattoo-inspired livery designs, with three well known tattoo artists all creating a design that is digitally displayed on a Chief model...

Bobber job! French custom house reveals two Honda CMX1100 Rebel specials

Bobber job! French custom house reveals two Honda CMX1100 Rebel specials

Honda Europe have teamed up with French custom house FCR Original to create two unique CMX1100 Rebel builds, said to celebrate the 'dual personality' of the Japanese firm’s latest twin-cylinder...

LiveWire One: Electric bike drops the Harley badge and the price

LiveWire One: Electric bike drops the Harley badge and the price

LiveWire, the freshly spun-off electric motorbike brand from Harley-Davidson, have unveiled their first model called the LiveWire One. Related articles on MCN Harley-Davidson LiveWire...

Smoke show: Yamaha revise two-stroke YZ motocross range and reveal all-new YZ125

Smoke show: Yamaha revise two-stroke YZ motocross range and reveal all-new YZ125

Yamaha are aiming to get the holeshot on the off-road racing competition with their 2021 two-stroke motocross range; revealing updates to the YZ85 and YZ250, plus an all-new YZ125 for good...

Energica’s giant leap: New EMCE motor promises greater power and range

Energica’s giant leap: New EMCE motor promises greater power and range

Energica have announced a new electric motor, which they say offers a considerable improvement in all areas. The motor, dubbed the EMCE, has been co-engineered with the Italian company Mavel, a...

Do-it-yourself: Custom kits for Royal Enfield 650s

Do-it-yourself: Custom kits for Royal Enfield 650s

Bad Winners have built a series of do-it-yourself kits for the Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor and Continental. Related articles on MCN Limited edition Indian Scout Bobber Sixty customs The best base...

Road stats are mixed bag: Good and bad news for bikers in latest figures

Road stats are mixed bag: Good and bad news for bikers in latest figures

There was a 16% reduction in road deaths in 2020 but the picture wasn’t quite so rosy for bikers. The reason for the reduction was the lockdown, with millions fewer miles travelled. Related articles...

French fancies: Parisian dealer teams up with custom house for limited-run Scout Bobber Sixty range

French fancies: Parisian dealer teams up with custom house for limited-run Scout Bobber Sixty range

Meet the Indian Neon Scout Bobber Sixty series – a design collaboration between custom house Tank Machine and Parisian dealer Indian Étoile, inspired by Nascar racing liveries. Costing around £17,560...

Triple A in a shed: Motorcycle clothing designer brings old-school tech bang up to date

Triple A in a shed: Motorcycle clothing designer brings old-school tech bang up to date

Designer Ashley Watson has created a new wax jacket that meets the latest stringent CE testing with a triple-A rating. You might imagine this sort of work would involve vast sums of money from...

Extra SPecial prize: MCN Yamaha MT-09 SP competition winner thought it was a wind-up!

Extra SPecial prize: MCN Yamaha MT-09 SP competition winner thought it was a wind-up!

MCN reader Matthew Brookfield thought it was a scam when he got the call telling him he’d just won a brand-new Yamaha MT-09 SP. Related articles on MCN 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP review White Motorcycle...