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Chrome-covered Kawasaki W800 adds touch of class to 2020 range

Chrome-covered Kawasaki W800 adds touch of class to 2020 range

Kawasaki’s 2020 range is not all going to be about brute force and horsepower, with a classy-looking new W800 being added to the existing Street and Café models. The new arrival has a 19in front...

2020 Indian Challenger engine details revealed

2020 Indian Challenger engine details revealed

Indian have revealed details of their new PowerPlus V-twin engine - a motor that will appear in the 2020 Challenger. This 1769cc lump generates 119bhp and 131ft-lb of torque, but apparently pays...

Government announces plans to introduce green licence plates for electric vehicles

Government announces plans to introduce green licence plates for electric vehicles

The Department for Transport have today announced a consultation into the idea of introducing green number plates for zero-emissions vehicles. Part of a larger plan to achieve net zero emissions by...

MCN sponsors Parkers Awards Van of the Year 2020 - and the winner is...

MCN sponsors Parkers Awards Van of the Year 2020 - and the winner is...

Sister title and consumer car, van and pickup review experts Parkers has announced its list of winners in this year's Parkers Awards. MCN sponsored the trio of van categories - small, medium and large...

Updated: Harley-Davidson resume production of LiveWire

Updated: Harley-Davidson resume production of LiveWire

Harley-Davidson have resumed production of their first electric motorbike, the LiveWire after a 'non-standard condition' paused the project and left owners unable to charge their bikes at home. "After...

RMK E2 electric motorbike, including hubless rear wheel, will make series production

RMK E2 electric motorbike, including hubless rear wheel, will make series production

Finnish firm RMK are going to reveal a production-ready version of their E2 electric motorbike in Milan at the Eicma show in November. It's set to launch with the unusual hubless rear drive system...

Yamaha unveil 2020 MT-125

Yamaha unveil 2020 MT-125

Yamaha have unveiled the 2020 version of their A1-friendly naked, the MT-125. The updated model features similar styling and headlight to the recently unveiled MT-03 and also boasts an LCD dash. Read...

Heat up your Royal Enfield 650 with S&S kit

Heat up your Royal Enfield 650 with S&S kit

Tuning specialists S&S have worked their magic on Royal Enfield’s 650 twins, turning them from retro rumblers to burbling brutes. The Indian-built roadsters have proved hugely popular since going...

Team Classic Suzuki Katana's final fling

Team Classic Suzuki Katana's final fling

In the Team Classic Suzuki Katana’s tender three year life it’s been crashed, set on fire, finished on podiums, travelled all over Europe, Down Under to Phillip Island and the Classic TT. Paraded and...

R5Ker tackles 48 states in 48 days for air ambulance service

R5Ker tackles 48 states in 48 days for air ambulance service

A 61-year-old Brit has ridden across all 48 contiguous (connected) US states in just 48 days to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Gordon Wilson, a retired senior lecturer from...

Yamaha charge towards electric with trio of battery-powered concepts

Yamaha charge towards electric with trio of battery-powered concepts

Yamaha have unveiled three electric motorbike concepts that could be the perfect city runarounds.  Related: electric motorbikes coming soon Unveiled ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, which starts...

Dates announced for World Ducati Week 2020

Dates announced for World Ducati Week 2020

The dates for World Ducati Week 2020 have been announced this morning, with over 90,000 Ducati enthusiasts expected to attend the biennial event. Occurring at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli...

Steph Jeavons leads all-female bike troop to Everest Base Camp

Steph Jeavons leads all-female bike troop to Everest Base Camp

Global motorcycling adventurer, Steph Jeavons, has arrived home in Wales, having lead an all-female riding troop along a 2300km (1429-mile) ride to Mount Everest Base Camp. Setting off on Sunday, 15...

Biking duo prepare for charity epic in a bid to raise £53k

Biking duo prepare for charity epic in a bid to raise £53k

Two #ride5000miles members from Willington, County Durham, are hoping to break a world record by riding to 50 countries in 20 days in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Having previously completed two...

Female bikers tackle the #ride5000miles challenge in style

Female bikers tackle the #ride5000miles challenge in style

It’s been an action-packed summer of motorcycling for the dedicated female members of #R5K, with riders tackling big trips and achieving high-mileage. Making up 10.1% of the 12,000-strong group, women...

Triumph reveal 2020 Street Triple RS - the story

Triumph reveal 2020 Street Triple RS - the story

Triumph have officially unveiled a new Street Triple RS which comes packed with Moto2 know-how and a mighty mid-range that should blow away its middleweight naked rivals. 2020 Triumph Street Triple...

MCIA Secured aims to make your motorbike harder to steal

MCIA Secured aims to make your motorbike harder to steal

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) have launched a new scheme to help bike buyers easily see what level of security a new bike has before they buy. MCIA Secured is an attempt to help buyers...

Distinguished Gentleman's ride 2019: damper but still dapper

Distinguished Gentleman's ride 2019: damper but still dapper

Towns and cities around the world reverberated to the sound of classic and vintage-style bikes on Sunday, as riders in over than 100 countries donned their finest tweed and took to the streets for the...

Yamaha unveil 2020 Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha unveil 2020 Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha have unveiled an updated version of their A2 middleweight MT-03, featuring updates to the suspension and styling and a new LCD dash. The most obvious change is the new dual headlight that gives...

Arc enters administration, £90k Vector project in jeopardy

Arc enters administration, £90k Vector project in jeopardy

The company behind the Arc Vector electric motorcycle has run into financial trouble. Arc Vehicle Ltd entered administration on September 4, with administrators Leonard Curtis appointed to take charge...

Peter Hammond Motorcycles celebrates 60 years of business

Peter Hammond Motorcycles celebrates 60 years of business

Family-run Peter Hammond Motorcycles, in Cirencester, are celebrating 60 years of trading this month with a special open weekend, featuring a ride out to the Sammy Miller Museum. Taking place on...

Yamaha tease new naked in Motorcycle Live competition

Yamaha tease new naked in Motorcycle Live competition

Yamaha have revealed a teaser image for a new 2020 naked bike, set to be revealed on Wednesday, October 16, at 2pm CET. Appearing in a head-on silhouette displaying the outline of the bike and three...

Surrey police force deploy DNA spray in the fightback against motorbike theft

Surrey police force deploy DNA spray in the fightback against motorbike theft

A police operation in Epsom and Ewell, Surrey, has resulted in 31 vehicles being stopped and the recovery of a stolen motorbike, while another machine was impounded by officers. Following a rise in...

'Tactical contact' and new security measures get big results against bike crime

'Tactical contact' and new security measures get big results against bike crime

The Metropolitan Police's 'Operation Venice', the moped crime task force which caused controversy by using 'tactical contact' to end pursuits with suspects on two wheels, looks to be succeeding,...

Top custom builder creates a very special CB1100RS

Top custom builder creates a very special CB1100RS

Honda UK have unleashed his stunning special-edition CB1100RS, inspired by the factory endurance racers of the 1980s. There will be 54 of the drop-dead gorgeous machines built in partnership with...

Valentino Rossi rides YZR-M1 to Misano GP

Valentino Rossi rides YZR-M1 to Misano GP

Hundreds of cheering fans saw Valentino Rossi fulfil a life-long dream last Tuesday, as he rode his MotoGP bike through the streets of his hometown, Tavullia in Italy. Aboard a full race-spec Yamaha...

Goodwood Revival plays host to best-ever motorcycling line-up

Goodwood Revival plays host to best-ever motorcycling line-up

Over 100,000 people flocked to Goodwood Motor Circuit this past weekend to witness some of motorcycling’s greatest riders do battle in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy races. Part of the annual...

Associated British Motorcycles reveal radical new 765 Moto2 racer

Associated British Motorcycles reveal radical new 765 Moto2 racer

Legendary builder Tony Scott turns his hand to the new Triumph 765 There’s a brand new 765 Moto2 weapon on track but it’s not rolled out of the Triumph factory – it’s actually the brainchild of...

Suzuki to restore Barry Sheene race bikes at Motorcycle Live

Suzuki to restore Barry Sheene race bikes at Motorcycle Live

Suzuki GB have taken delivery of three iconic Barry Sheene race bikes, ready to be restored at the 2019 Motorcycle Live trade show. The bikes in question consist of Sheene’s final grand prix bike; a...

Ducati Monster 1200 S gains 'Black on Black' livery

Ducati Monster 1200 S gains 'Black on Black' livery

Ducati’s Monster 1200 S will sport a new 'Black on Black' livery for 2020, combining strips of matt and gloss black paint alongside streaks of red to create a new understated design to sit alongside...

2020 Indians get new Thunder Stroke 116 engine plus new tech

2020 Indians get new Thunder Stroke 116 engine plus new tech

Indian have unveiled a host of updates for their 'heavyweight' models including the massive new Thunder Stroke 116 engine. The real star of the show is the new Roadmaster Dark Horse, which effective...

Off-road bike squad recover 204 stolen machines

Off-road bike squad recover 204 stolen machines

South Yorkshire Police have been celebrating the success of their off-road bike unit, which has been in operation for two years and recovered 204 stolen bikes. Not only do they have a great record in...

New tech could soon replace conventional helmet liners

New tech could soon replace conventional helmet liners

A major breakthrough in helmet safety could save your skull in a crash and keep your head cooler than current lids. Virtually every motorcycle helmet currently uses an EPS (expanded polystyrene)...

Exploring the tech inside the 2020 Yamaha R1

Exploring the tech inside the 2020 Yamaha R1

Yamaha have pulled off a minor miracle with the new R1 by creating a modern superbike that meets the stringent Euro5 emissions regs, remains reliable and does not lose a drop of power. Related: full...

Exploring the technology behind cornering ABS and traction control

Exploring the technology behind cornering ABS and traction control

A technological revolution is transforming biking as cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction control, powered by inertial measurement units (IMUs), become the norm even on mundane models, all thanks...

Motorcycling youth charity prepares for biggest-ever fundraiser

Motorcycling youth charity prepares for biggest-ever fundraiser

A charity set-up to tackle kids using motorcycles anti-socially are preparing to host their largest-ever fundraising event, with live music, displays and a group rideout across the Yorkshire...