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Zero to tackle Pikes Peak on SR/F electric streetfighter

Zero to tackle Pikes Peak on SR/F electric streetfighter

This year’s Pikes Peak will get another dose of whispering aggression with a handful of electric motorbikes whistling up the 156-corner 12.42-mile 'race to the clouds' at the end of June. As well as...

MCN races a replica of Mike Hailwood's 1978 NCR Ducati

MCN races a replica of Mike Hailwood's 1978 NCR Ducati

If the Truman Show had its own racetrack, it would look just like the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. This swooping 17-turn, 2.38-mile ribbon of ‘asphalt’ is lovingly draped across...

Bolt-ons turn Honda's CRF450L into 'mini adventurer'

Bolt-ons turn Honda's CRF450L into 'mini adventurer'

Honda’s new CRF450L is a great trail bike but in standard trim its uses are limited. But Yorkshire-based Adventure Spec have spotted its potential and designed a whole range of products to toughen it...

April Fool's stories from the world of motorbikes in 2019

April Fool's stories from the world of motorbikes in 2019

Every year on April 1 we see a raft of stories that seem too crazy to be true, because they’re not. Here is MCN’s round-up of the April Fool's stories we’ve seen around the web. Triumph jet engine...

R5K members 'live the dream' riding Vietnam on Honda scooters

R5K members 'live the dream' riding Vietnam on Honda scooters

We all like to daydream and plan trips to far flung places but rarely do these dreams become reality. But #ride5000miles members, Colin Bloomer and Clive Gillow, decided to bite the bullet, fly from...

Meet the Lightning Strike - a more affordable electric bike!

Meet the Lightning Strike - a more affordable electric bike!

Lightning have unveiled the Strike – a new electric bike that’s got the looks, the tech and a very sensible list price. This could well be the machine we’ve all been waiting for... Lighting have been...

Ixon introduce universal airbag system for any jacket

Ixon introduce universal airbag system for any jacket

French motorbike gear manufacturer, Ixon, have produced an airbag system that can be worn under any motorbike jacket. The system uses a smart electrical "In&box" system that analyses the biker’s...

Motorbikes and the law: Wheelies and getting your knee down

Motorbikes and the law: Wheelies and getting your knee down

Have you ever wondered if it is illegal to pop a wheelie on a public road? Or how about getting your knee down on a twisty B road? MCN has looked into it so you don't have to and consulted legal...

New BMW Motorrad dealership set to open in Swansea

New BMW Motorrad dealership set to open in Swansea

Motorcycle sales, clothing and parts specialists M&P Direct are set to become an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer, opening a new store in Swansea in April. The new 10,000 square foot showroom will...

#ride5000miles members brave the elements at the 58th Dragon Rally

#ride5000miles members brave the elements at the 58th Dragon Rally

While most of us wouldn’t want to spend a winter weekend under canvas, more than 1300 rally-goers braved the elements at the 58th Dragon Rally, organised by Conwy Motor Cycle Club. We caught up with...

Recall issued for several Triumph models - get yours fixed soon

Recall issued for several Triumph models - get yours fixed soon

Triumph have issued a safety recall for many of their Street Twin and Bonneville T100 and T120-based models to fix a fault with the headstock tidy which could cause damage to the wiring loom. Owners...

Honda Fireblade: from road to race

Honda Fireblade: from road to race

BSB is the fiercest, most celebrated domestic race series in the world and the headlining superbikes and sideways-slewing superstockers can always be relied on to produce the fastest, most...

New AJP PR7 Adventure breaks cover

New AJP PR7 Adventure breaks cover

AJP might not be a manufacturer you're very aware of, but if you're looking for a completely authentic rally-bred trail and adventure bike, then their new PR7 might be for you. This is no lumbering...

Great Escape Triumph TR6 to headline 75th anniversary event

Great Escape Triumph TR6 to headline 75th anniversary event

Once of the most famous motorcycle film scenes ever committed to celluloid or pixels will be relived this March 24 on the 75th anniversary of the events that inspired the 1963 war epic – The...

R5k members find different ways to boost their miles

R5k members find different ways to boost their miles

It doesn’t matter how you make up your miles, as members of our #ride5000miles group prove, there are many ways to hit that target. With a spirit of adventure, Rob Wright and his mate took a trip to...

MCN explains: automatic clutch kit for Husqvarna 401s

MCN explains: automatic clutch kit for Husqvarna 401s

Husqvarna Motorcycles have announced this week that their stylish Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 duo will be available with Rekluse clutch kits that turn the fully manual gearbox into an unstallable...

Suzuki Katana 2019 - the MCN guide and model history

Suzuki Katana 2019 - the MCN guide and model history

Suzuki have revealed their big, new, retro bruiser, the GSX-S1000-based Katana, will cost £11,399 when it arrives in dealers in late April. We've already ridden it on the launch, and now we're looking...

Motorcycle theft falls as police use tougher tactics

Motorcycle theft falls as police use tougher tactics

The battle to stem the theft of motorcycles and scooters looks to have achieved a tangible improvement over the past 12 months. The news comes against a backdrop of wildly accelerating automotive...

2019 Carole Nash MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show is roaring success

2019 Carole Nash MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show is roaring success

Blue skies on Saturday morning heralded the return of the Carole Nash MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh at the weekend. More than 15,000 show-goers streamed...

Indian reveal limited-edition Jack Daniel’s Springfield Dark Horse

Indian reveal limited-edition Jack Daniel’s Springfield Dark Horse

Minneapolis-based Indian Motorcycles have teamed up with Jack Daniel’s and Klock Werks Kustom Cycles to create a limited-run Springfield Dark Horse. Available from September 2019 onwards, just 177...

The mums, dads, sons and daughters of #R5k

The mums, dads, sons and daughters of #R5k

We all ride for different reasons but there’s a common theme when it comes to our earliest memories of the world of two wheels. Seeing family and friends, in particular our parents, enjoy the thrills...

No Limits announce Sepang trackday in 2020

No Limits announce Sepang trackday in 2020

Have you ever dreamed of rolling down pit lane at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit for some hot laps of the gruelling 3.4-mile track? Well now you can, with No Limits. The trackday firm have announced a new...

Riding with Ian Hutchinson: Miracle man

Riding with Ian Hutchinson: Miracle man

Hutchy’s front wheel rises over the crest, he’s slightly crossed up, but perfectly in control. I spot his right foot tap another gear on his modified Honda Fireblade SP, and he’s gone. Two corners...

New KTM 690 engines offer more power and less vibes

New KTM 690 engines offer more power and less vibes

Everyone knows singles rock because they’re small and lightweight. KTM can even make them superbly powerful too, but the trade-off for 690 owners has always been lots of vibes through the contact...

Harley-Davidson reveal stripped-back Electra Glide Standard

Harley-Davidson reveal stripped-back Electra Glide Standard

Harley-Davidson have revealed a pared-back version of their Electra Glide, which aims to provide riders with a more raw ownership experience. Still powered by the same Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, the...

Two-storey extension for Sammy Miller Museum

Two-storey extension for Sammy Miller Museum

The Sammy Miller Museum has received planning permission for a 10,000sqft two-storey extension. The museum was able to gain the permission, itself difficult as the site is on greenbelt land, after...

SPIED: KTM electric scooter

SPIED: KTM electric scooter

Evidently tired of competing in MotoGPs, dominating the Dakar (and pretty much any other off-road race going), KTM have turned their eyes to the hypercompetitive world of e-scooters. Don’t check the...

Warr's 'Crook' bags top spot in Harley Battle of the Kings

Warr's 'Crook' bags top spot in Harley Battle of the Kings

Warr’s simple but effective take on the chopper has netted them the top spot of the public vote once again in Harley-Davidson’s Battle of the Kings custom competition. Fighting off some extremely...

Keith Flint: My life in bikes

Keith Flint: My life in bikes

News broke this morning that The Prodigy frontman, Keith Flint, had tragically passed away aged 49. The singer and dancer was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex earlier today, and had...

Bike theft: No more cash for salvaged motorbikes

Bike theft: No more cash for salvaged motorbikes

One of the UK’s largest salvage auctioneers will no longer make cash payments for written off vehicles. Starting from March 31, customers will be paid by bank transfer. It’s hoped that by insisting on...

Win a Rich-Art Concepts LS2 carbon helmet with Bullit

Win a Rich-Art Concepts LS2 carbon helmet with Bullit

Bullit Motorcycles have teamed up with LS2 and legendary helmet painter Rich-Art Concepts to offer one lucky winner an LS2 MX471 Xtra in their own custom design. Entries are open now, with the winner...

Young Rider Focus event seeks to protect new bikers

Young Rider Focus event seeks to protect new bikers

A new event for road safety professionals is taking place in Birmingham on Wednesday, March 6 aiming to ‘spark debate and positive action to improve young rider safety’. Developed by the team behind...

Indian reveal striking Roadmaster Elite limited-edition

Indian reveal striking Roadmaster Elite limited-edition

Indian Motorcycle have today revealed that just two Roadmaster Elite limited-editions will be available for the UK market.  A higher-spec version of their existing Roadmaster tourer, the £33,899...

Triumph Thruxton R 'Black' spied

Triumph Thruxton R 'Black' spied

Special 'Black' editions aren’t new to Triumph and it looks like the firm are readying a Thruxton R Black to add to the line-up. You can already get a Bonneville Bobber Black, Bonneville T120 Black or...

Video: Onboard with Zef Eisenberg at 176mph on ice

Video: Onboard with Zef Eisenberg at 176mph on ice

Ultra-speed record racer and Maximuscle founder, Zef Eisenberg managed a top speed of 176mph on ice at the Arsunda Speed Weekend in Sweden. He and the MADMAX Race Team were aiming to break the 200mph...

Gang who used mopeds to commit robberies found guilty

Gang who used mopeds to commit robberies found guilty

Four moped enabled, modern-day bandits who stole mobile phones, committed robberies and targeted luxury shops have been convicted of multiple crimes at Blackfriars Crown Court. This is a result of...