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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Back in black: Indian work the Bobber treatment on the entry-level Scout Sixty

Back in black: Indian work the Bobber treatment on the entry-level Scout Sixty

Indian have released a smaller capacity and cheaper version of their brilliant Scout Bobber, making that cool blacked out styling available to everyone. This is Indian’s second 'Sixty' model, so named...

Passing the baton: Women Riders World Relay honoured in National Motorcycle Museum

Passing the baton: Women Riders World Relay honoured in National Motorcycle Museum

The Women Riders World Relay has come to an end after the baton was passed along 63,400 miles and across 79 countries in 333 days. Now the event is over, the baton has found a permanent home at...

Bullit Bluroc 125 retro scrambler to be available this month

Bullit Bluroc 125 retro scrambler to be available this month

The retro-inspired L-plate-friendly Bullit Bluroc 125 will hit dealers on Monday, March 9 costing just £1999. The bike will be released alondside a 250cc, V-twin version, too. Revealed on...

Giving A2 riders the Vs: Bullit Bluroc 250 is firm's first V-twin and biggest model to date

Giving A2 riders the Vs: Bullit Bluroc 250 is firm's first V-twin and biggest model to date

The Bullit Bluroc 250 becomes the largest capacity model in the Belgian firm’s range and is released alongside the 125cc version unveiled in November last year. Hot on the heels of the Bullit Hero 50...

Not quite Time to Die: Bond 25 postponed until November

Not quite Time to Die: Bond 25 postponed until November

The new James Bond film, No Time to Die, has been postponed until November, presumably due to the on-going international COVID-19 'Coronavirus' outbreak. Until today we've been expecting a premiere on...

Limited Edition version of Honda Forza 300 added to 2020 line-up

Limited Edition version of Honda Forza 300 added to 2020 line-up

A special Honda Forza 300 Limited Edition model has been added for 2020; retaining the same engine, geometry and styling package revealed in 2018 and pairing them with new colours, stitching, top...

Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich steps down following years of falling sales

Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich steps down following years of falling sales

Matt Levatich has agreed to step down as President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Harley-Davidson.  Levatich had been with the company for 26 years, and had been CEO for five,...

How fast?! Triumph Rocket 3 R blasts past firm’s internal 0-60mph record

How fast?! Triumph Rocket 3 R blasts past firm’s internal 0-60mph record

The 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R has smashed the Hinckley firm’s internal 0-60mph production bike record, reaching the definitive pub-bragging speed in just 2.73 seconds during a track event in Cartagena,...

Indian reveal sub-zero Appaloosa v2.0 ahead of Russian ice drag racing debut

Indian reveal sub-zero Appaloosa v2.0 ahead of Russian ice drag racing debut

Introducing the Indian Appaloosa v2.0: a nitrous-injected Indian Scout Bobber drag racer that’s set to make its frozen debut at the 2020 Baikal Mile Ice Speed Festival, in Siberia,...

2020 Honda Africa Twin: the story

2020 Honda Africa Twin: the story

Now we've have a chance to ride it, be sure to check out our 2020 Honda Africa Twin review. In September 2019 pricing and PCP details were announced for the 2020 Honda Africa Twin. The list features...

The positives of biking: How two wheels helped one man's cancer recovery

The positives of biking: How two wheels helped one man's cancer recovery

When #ride5000miles member Nigel Hart learned he had prostate cancer two-years-ago he used his love of biking to boost his recovery. "I had always pined for a motorbike, but my wife had always said...

Harley-Davidson Softail Standard offers clean slate for customisers

Harley-Davidson Softail Standard offers clean slate for customisers

Harley-Davidson have added a new model to their Softail range and it’s the cheapest way to own the brand’s ‘big twin’ Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. The Softail Standard is intended as a blank canvas to...

Largest GS Trophy ever sees 22 teams from around the world compete

Largest GS Trophy ever sees 22 teams from around the world compete

The 2020 GS Trophy has come to a close after the largest one to date. Staged in New Zealand, teams from around the world competed in a series of challenges to see who would be crowned the winners,...

Triumph invest in UK R&D as volume production moves to Thailand

Triumph invest in UK R&D as volume production moves to Thailand

For the first time in the history of Triumph Motorcycles, all volume production models will be built outside of the UK, as the firm confirms its intent to move the last two UK produced models to its...

Retro banger: Mash X-Ride Classic 650

Retro banger: Mash X-Ride Classic 650

Fancy classic ’70s Yamaha XT500 or even retro Ducati Scrambler style but at a fraction of the price? Say hello to the Mash X-Ride Classic 650 - the latest from the retro bike specialists, and a...

Bullit Hero 50 shoots into dealers: price and spec announced

Bullit Hero 50 shoots into dealers: price and spec announced

The Bullit Hero 50 is a scaled down version of the Belgian firm’s Hero 125 retro scrambler and it’s in dealers now priced at £2199. The new bike adopts the same cool, café scrambler style as its big...

Slimmer, meaner Triumph Tiger 1200 spied in testing

Slimmer, meaner Triumph Tiger 1200 spied in testing

This is our first look at the 2021 Triumph Tiger 1200. With the new Tiger 900 seriously impressing on the launch, these spy pics suggest Triumph are planning to pull the same trick with the larger...

Mad-looking Lazareth goes on sale for £84k

Mad-looking Lazareth goes on sale for £84k

This wacky, four-wheeled, leaning quad, powered by a 998cc Yamaha R1 motor, is the LM 410, the latest creation from madcap French custom builder Ludovic Lazareth. Costing €100,000 (£84,116),...

Fully faired Zero SR/S revealed in leaked teaser video

Fully faired Zero SR/S revealed in leaked teaser video

MCN has ridden the new 2020 Zero SR/S in prototype form here. As expected, the SR/S is based heavily on the existing SR/F naked roadster – with the same ZF75-10 motor, ZF14.4kWh lithium-ion...