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TT fans left out of pocket as hotels refuse refunds for Coronavirus cancellations

TT fans left out of pocket as hotels refuse refunds for Coronavirus cancellations

With travel to the Isle of Man now limited and the annual TT races cancelled due to Covid-19, some visitors are now facing the prospect of losing thousands of pounds as some Manx hoteliers refuse to...

Keep your bike locked up in lockdown: Police seeing rise in joyriding during coronavirus epidemic

Keep your bike locked up in lockdown: Police seeing rise in joyriding during coronavirus epidemic

"Regularly check on your security and upgrade if necessary," is the message from police across the UK as forces see a rise in joy riding during lockdown. "This increase in motorcycle and scooter theft...

Exploding the myths: Everything you need to know about motorbike airbag vests

Exploding the myths: Everything you need to know about motorbike airbag vests

Airbags used to be the preserve of factory racers and wealthy trackday riders but with prices now dropping below £400 for the first time, everyday road riders can benefit from the latest safety tech.

Charging ahead: Can the new Electric Motion Epure Race match its petrol trials bike rivals?

Charging ahead: Can the new Electric Motion Epure Race match its petrol trials bike rivals?

If there was ever a sector of motorcycling made for electric bikes, it is trials. As a discipline trials is all about slow-speed control, explosive-yet-useable power and light weight. E-bike tech is...

#Ride5000miles key workers are doing their bit to fight virus pandemic

#Ride5000miles key workers are doing their bit to fight virus pandemic

Countless people are using their motorcycles to travel to jobs in the emergency services and as key workers during the Coronavirus crisis. With two wheels cutting journey times for some and providing...

How former MotoGP star Jeremy McWilliams helped create the fiery new KTM 890 Duke R

How former MotoGP star Jeremy McWilliams helped create the fiery new KTM 890 Duke R

When KTM's 790 Duke burst onto the scene it gave middleweight fans an unhinged alternative to the Yamaha MT-07, but there was no R version... until now. Related: 2020 KTM 890 Duke R review on...

Hardcore Rally Raid Yamaha T7 ups the ante for tackling the toughest terrain

Hardcore Rally Raid Yamaha T7 ups the ante for tackling the toughest terrain

Rally Raid Products have once again made use of their engineering and off-road expertise to transform another machine. We love the T7 and so do Rally Raid owners, but as with all bikes built to a...

Petrol stations in rural areas struggle as low demand combines with tumbling oil prices

Petrol stations in rural areas struggle as low demand combines with tumbling oil prices

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) have warned that the number of rural and independent garages forced to close during the Coronavirus pandemic could go from 100 to 1000 in the coming weeks. The...

Oxfordshire Council withdraw anti-bike statements from consultation document

Oxfordshire Council withdraw anti-bike statements from consultation document

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) have been forced to change their approach to motorcycles after outraging the biking community with scathing and unsubstantiated claims. A document published as part of...

#Ride5000miles member delivers vital prescriptions across Wells on KTM 390 Duke

#Ride5000miles member delivers vital prescriptions across Wells on KTM 390 Duke

A selfless member of #ride5000miles has been delivering much-needed prescriptions to vulnerable people across Wells during the Coronavirus outbreak, aboard her trusty KTM 390 Duke. Naomi Sharp, 41,...

Globetrotter back home: Nick Sanders gets last flight home from Sydney

Globetrotter back home: Nick Sanders gets last flight home from Sydney

Nick Sanders MBE has made it back to the UK safe and sound after catching one of the last flights out of Australia on his latest round-the-world trip. His journey started in November when he collected...

Blood Bike charities stand to lose £200,000 a month during Coronavirus

Blood Bike charities stand to lose £200,000 a month during Coronavirus

It has been revealed that UK Blood Biking charities could collectively lose between £170,000 and £200,000 a month according to the Chairman of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB), John...

Super Soco are superheroes: Electric bike firm step in to help NHS bike theft victim

Super Soco are superheroes: Electric bike firm step in to help NHS bike theft victim

It’s nice to be able to report some good news and that’s never been more true than during the Coronavirus lockdown. Last week we brought you the shocking story of dementia respite worker, Keith, who...

Blood Biking #ride5000miles member transports vital Coronavirus samples as volunteer

Blood Biking #ride5000miles member transports vital Coronavirus samples as volunteer

A charitable member of #ride5000miles has revealed he has been carrying potentially life-saving samples of the Covid-19 virus as part of his volunteer work with the Shropshire, Staffordshire and...

Fuelling the fightback: Blood Bikers get free BP fuel and VED scrapped

Fuelling the fightback: Blood Bikers get free BP fuel and VED scrapped

UK Blood Bike charities have been given vital additional financial support, with Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) on service vehicles now scrapped and free fuel across BP’s 1200-strong network of...

Sing Hosanna: Harley-Davidson crown their King of Kings

Sing Hosanna: Harley-Davidson crown their King of Kings

Harley-Davidson have announced the winner of their King of Kings custom build competition as Oscar Peralta from Querétaro, Mexico and his dealer’s creation, Apex Predator. Over 50,000 public votes...

Bespoke memorial bench built for deceased biker by lifelong friend set to be placed at renovated Hartside Café site

Bespoke memorial bench built for deceased biker by lifelong friend set to be placed at renovated Hartside Café site

A bespoke memorial bench built in memory of a County Durham motorcyclist will be placed at the renovated Hartside Café site, in Cumbria, after MCN helped to put its creator in touch with the...

Over 12,000 bikers get behind 2021 NHS and key worker ride of thanks

Over 12,000 bikers get behind 2021 NHS and key worker ride of thanks

Over 12,000 motorcyclists have pledged to honour NHS staff and key workers for their vital role during the Coronavirus crisis with a number of simultaneous rides of respect, taking place across the UK...

Iridium visors certified for both day and night from SHARK Helmets

Iridium visors certified for both day and night from SHARK Helmets

SHARK helmets While not many of us in the UK are riding anywhere at the moment due to the lockdown, that doesn’t stop us from prepping our riding gear ready for when the ban lifts. One item on our list is an...

Time for a two-stroke comeback

Time for a two-stroke comeback

Cutting carbon emissions and accepting dried-up oil supplies means adopting alternative technology. So, the obvious thing is of course to bring back two-strokes... In a few years Formula 1 racing will...

Super Soco announce 10% discount for all key workers during Coronavirus outbreak

Super Soco announce 10% discount for all key workers during Coronavirus outbreak

Small-capacity electric motorbike manufacturer, Super Soco have this morning announced they will be offering a 10% discount to all key workers during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. The offer is valid...

Harley-Davidson up their game with new flat track and café concepts

Harley-Davidson up their game with new flat track and café concepts

Filings from the European patent office have confirmed that Harley-Davidson are moving forward with two bikes powered by their new water-cooled engine that follow classic flat track and café racer...

Dainese set-up GoFundMe to provide medical equipment for Italian healthcare professionals

Dainese set-up GoFundMe to provide medical equipment for Italian healthcare professionals

Dainese are currently appealing for donations as they attempt to raise €200,000 to help provide medical equipment for Italian healthcare professionals tackling the Coronavirus emergency. The...

Step up to the MCN Visor Challenge on social media!

Step up to the MCN Visor Challenge on social media!

We challenged you all to see if you could beat Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves’s visor change time in the #mcnvisorchallenge and you didn’t disappoint! If you want to take part, you can still post...

#R5K member Mark Silcox gets reunited with his beloved Ducati 998S after 11 years, following a serious racing accident

#R5K member Mark Silcox gets reunited with his beloved Ducati 998S after 11 years, following a serious racing accident

For many, Ducati’s 916 family are regarded as the most beautiful sportsbikes ever made, and it’s the reason why 53-year-old Mark Silcox became the owner of a brand new 998S in 2002. Purchased after...

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...