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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Italian race bike builder, Giancarlo Morbidelli dies aged 86

Italian race bike builder, Giancarlo Morbidelli dies aged 86

Giancarlo Morbidelli, the name behind some of the greatest bikes in smaller-capacity GP racing, has died in his hometown of Pesaro, Italy. He was 86. After building his first racers in 1969 his...

Cheaper 2020 Triumph Street Triple R gets two-way quickshifter as standard

Cheaper 2020 Triumph Street Triple R gets two-way quickshifter as standard

After predicting its arrival last week, we can now fully reveal the significantly updated 2020 Triumph Street Triple R. The 'mid-spec' version of its hugely-popular 765cc streetfighter is now...

Medley maker: Piaggio updates 125 scooter

Medley maker: Piaggio updates 125 scooter

There's a revised Piaggio Medley scooter range on the way for 2020; with a new sporty look and plenty of room for your shopping, too. The new bike has the latest generation liquid-cooled four-stroke...

Harley-Davidson's custom department creates extra special CVO Road Glide

Harley-Davidson's custom department creates extra special CVO Road Glide

Harley-Davidson have unveiled a new limited-production, super-premium model for 2020, the CVO Road Glide. CVO stands for Custom Vehicles Operation and is Harley’s premium bike building division, which...

#Ride5000miles member plans to tour Scotland the alphabetic way round

#Ride5000miles member plans to tour Scotland the alphabetic way round

A Scottish member of our #ride5000miles group plans to visit a different village, town or city in the country for every letter of the alphabet aboard his trusty Kawasaki ZZR1400. "I’ve been on...

2020 Indian Roadmaster Elite pumps up the volume and the price-tag

2020 Indian Roadmaster Elite pumps up the volume and the price-tag

Introducing the 2020 Indian Roadmaster Elite: a special £35,499 version of the standard Roadmaster, boasting a lavish hand-finished paint job, lashings of chrome and a new sound system that’s a...

Jeans stronger than steel: lightweight kit strong enough to lift a skip

Jeans stronger than steel: lightweight kit strong enough to lift a skip

The latest gear from cutting-edge clothing company Saint combines a stretchy and comfortable denim with AA-rated protection, with enough strength to lift a two-tonne skip from just a single layer of...

Special MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR for TheArsenale to be limited to one unit

Special MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR for TheArsenale to be limited to one unit

A special-edition version of the MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR has been built in celebration of luxury goods website, TheArsenale. Using the latest version of the Dragster as a base and produced as a...

Record year sees CCM Motorcycles more than quadruple sales figures

Record year sees CCM Motorcycles more than quadruple sales figures

Bolton-based CCM Motorcycles are busy celebrating record growth across 2019, after sales more than quadrupled in the last 12 months. Equating to a turnover of more than £17 million and a healthy...

Harley-Davidson celebrate 30 years of the Fat Boy with blacked-out special edition

Harley-Davidson celebrate 30 years of the Fat Boy with blacked-out special edition

In celebration of 30 years of production, Harley-Davidson have revealed a new Fat Boy special edition, limited to 2500 units. With each bike’s tank fitted with a unique serial number plate for...

Easy-fit kit converts Yamaha Fazer 600 into retro race rep

Easy-fit kit converts Yamaha Fazer 600 into retro race rep

With all the interest in café racers and home-built specials, how about this? A 1970s TZ-inspired street racer based on the Yamaha Fazer 600 that you can build yourself with a new £1800 kit. It's the...

Three-day ride across UK aims to raise £30,000 for Crisis

Three-day ride across UK aims to raise £30,000 for Crisis

Nigel Lomas has combined his love of riding motorcycles a long way with raising money for worthwhile causes and his latest venture could make a huge difference to the homeless. The active...