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New statistics show how few motorcycle thefts result in action

New statistics show how few motorcycle thefts result in action

New figures have revealed the size of the motorcycle theft problem in London and how little of it ends in police action being taken. From January 2015 to October 2018, over 45,000 motorcycle or moped...

Italian design house create Ducati Panigale V4 streetfighter

Italian design house create Ducati Panigale V4 streetfighter

This stunning Ducati Panigale V4 streetfighter could be the shape of things to come with Ducati promising more models with the MotoGP-derived engine. Italian design house Officine GP Design are...

Bag a motorbike kit bargain in online clearance auction

Bag a motorbike kit bargain in online clearance auction

£500,000-worth of motorbike kit is to be auctioned online during the first week of February 2019. The stock of Bradford-based retailer Nicholas Noble (UK) Ltd, which recently went into administration...

Crescent Motorcycles celebrate 55 years with Suzuki

Crescent Motorcycles celebrate 55 years with Suzuki

Multi-franchise motorcycle dealer group Crescent Motorcycles are celebrating 55 years in partnership with Suzuki.  Crescent took delivery of their first machines in the 1960s, when the business...

Steve McQueen's Triumph fetches £118,000 at auction

Steve McQueen's Triumph fetches £118,000 at auction

The massive Las Vegas Bonhams motorcycle auction took place on Thursday, January 24 with 128 motorbikes going under the hammer. MORE FROM MCN Ducati electric mountain bike arrives in dealers 5 ways...

#ride5000miles memories flood back with the help of members' photographs

#ride5000miles memories flood back with the help of members' photographs

We all ride for different reasons. But whether you’re a commuter, summer Sunday warrior or ride year-round, it’s always good to share experiences, either at the time with friends or down the line with...

Hex Innovate create new generation BMW diagnostic tool

Hex Innovate create new generation BMW diagnostic tool

South African motorcycle tech experts Hex Innovate have created a new diagnostic tool for riders, which can be operated remotely via a laptop or smartphone. Known as the GS-911, the unit gives BMW...

Government sets up a new taskforce to tackle rise in bike crime

Government sets up a new taskforce to tackle rise in bike crime

The Home Office has set up a vehicle taskforce after a huge rise in theft nationally. The taskforce is chaired by Policing Minister Nick Hurd MP and includes representatives from various police...

Metisse are thinking big

Metisse are thinking big

An all-new biking destination will soon be on the map thanks to bespoke motorcycle manufacturer Metisse. The company, based in Carswell, Oxfordshire, have announced that construction is due to begin...

"Men worry about dropping their bike too, they just don't talk about it"

"Men worry about dropping their bike too, they just don't talk about it"

Being 50 years old wasn’t going to stop MCN reader Sue Gibbons getting her bike licence and nor was being a woman in the largely male-dominated motorbike world. As a pillion on her husband’s...

SWM appoint 3X Motorcycles as UK dealer

SWM appoint 3X Motorcycles as UK dealer

SWM, the Italian motorbike manufacturer famed for their off-road exploits in the 1970s and '80s have appointed 3X Motorcycles as their official UK distributor. The deal means that 2019 models will be...

R5K members who've ditched the car to travel by bike

R5K members who've ditched the car to travel by bike

For every 20k miles a year superstar there’s another type of riding hero, someone who’s achieved perhaps the most difficult thing in biking: starting to ride, and there’s plenty of those who’ve signed...

Revisited: 1990-1992 Kawasaki KR-1S

Revisited: 1990-1992 Kawasaki KR-1S

The Kawasaki KR-1S was one of the most exciting two-stroke performance bikes produced in the 1990s and here in Britain we absolutely lapped them up. So, what's it like 28 years on? MCN finds out. MORE...

BMW's loose spoke woes

BMW's loose spoke woes

Up to a thousand BMW bikes sold in the UK last year with spoked rims could be at risk of multiple spokes working loose, leading to compromised wheel integrity. The issue also affects all spoked-rim...

Complicated sales fraud catches out unwitting bike buyers

Complicated sales fraud catches out unwitting bike buyers

Used motorcycle buyers are being warned to be extra cautious and vigilant after a sophisticated new fraud emerged, which involves the theft and selling of three similar motorcycles. The fraud catches...

GYTR race kit transforms Yamaha YZF-R3 into Supersport 300 racer

GYTR race kit transforms Yamaha YZF-R3 into Supersport 300 racer

Alongside the introduction of a revised YZF-R3 road bike for 2019, Yamaha have revealed a new GYTR performance kit to transform the standard machine into a World Supersport 300 (WSSP300) race...

Poll: Which was the greatest late 80s/early 90s Japanese sportsbike?

Poll: Which was the greatest late 80s/early 90s Japanese sportsbike?

As Kawasaki’s ZXR750 turns 30, we are on a quest to discover the greatest late 80s to early 90s Japanese superbike ever produced. In the running is the Honda RC30, Yamaha OW01 and the aforementioned...

CES Las Vegas 2019 motorbike tech on display

CES Las Vegas 2019 motorbike tech on display

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is where technology companies from all over the world display their latest and greatest ideas. This year a few motorcycle companies made the trip, including...

Mutt Super 4 roadster celebrates 1970s Japanese classics

Mutt Super 4 roadster celebrates 1970s Japanese classics

Birmingham cool kids Mutt have made a name for themselves with an array of trendy, low-capacity machines that's seen them curry favour with the likes of James May and Tom Hardy and now they’ve...

Adventure Spec Challenge is perfect for bikers new to off-roading

Adventure Spec Challenge is perfect for bikers new to off-roading

After the success of last year’s Wales 500 the organisers, RallyMoto, have expanded the event into a series called the Adventure Spec Challenge. For 2019 there will be three '500' events in...

Yamaha's 2019 Tracer 700GT explored

Yamaha's 2019 Tracer 700GT explored

Yamaha have revealed that their popular Tracer 700 will recieve the GT treatment for 2019, gaining an adjustable larger touring screen, roomy, comfortable padded seat and a set of...

Motoz Tractionator first ride

Motoz Tractionator first ride

Of all the questions we get here at MCN, ‘what tyres should I buy?’ is easily the most common. Everyone wants the magic combination of good grip with decent wear, perfect in the wet and in the dry...

Honda's sportier 2019 CBR650R will cost £7729

Honda's sportier 2019 CBR650R will cost £7729

Part of the ‘Fs are off’ theme, the Honda CBR650F – which suffered the same worthy-but-dull image as it’s naked sibling – has succumbed to the R treatment for 2019 to become the Honda CBR650R. Priced...

Honda unveil 2019 CB650R price

Honda unveil 2019 CB650R price

The Honda CB650F has been a decent performer, but it was a little ‘ordinary’ in terms of styling and delivery. But Honda claim that’s all changed with this completely restyled and revamped version –...

Ride 5000 miles: The 2019 miles are already flowing

Ride 5000 miles: The 2019 miles are already flowing

New year, fresh start and for most #ride5000miles members that doesn’t mean hitting the gym or giving up booze, but snapping a pic of the bike’s 2019 start mileage and getting off the mark as quickly...

MV Agusta announce A2-friendly Brutale 800 and F3 675

MV Agusta announce A2-friendly Brutale 800 and F3 675

Never ones to be accused of not looking after the interests of young people, MV Agusta have homologated A2-compliant versions of the MV Agusta Brutale 800 and MV Agusta F3 675 that can be...

Motorcycle tracker accuracy could be reduced after Brexit

Motorcycle tracker accuracy could be reduced after Brexit

Just as the motorcycle community is achieving some good recovery results after the theft problems in recent years, Dr Ken German, a motorcycle crime expert and former Head of Technology at the Met has...

BMW showcase self-riding technology at CES Las Vegas

BMW showcase self-riding technology at CES Las Vegas

BMW have been showing off their self-riding R1200GS at the CES technology show in Las Vegas as you can see in the video above. We first learned of the project in 2018 when BMW revealed they were set...

MAG calls for responses to City of London transport plans

MAG calls for responses to City of London transport plans

Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) are appealing for motorcyclists to respond to a City of London Transport Strategy Consultation, detailing plans to prioritise walkers within the Square Mile over all...

Join the high miles club in 2019 with #ride5000miles

Join the high miles club in 2019 with #ride5000miles

When MCN started the #ride5000miles campaign back in July 2017, we had no idea it would become so popular. It’s gone from nothing to more than 8000 members (on the Facebook group) in just 18...

Special edition Yamaha GYTR R1 costs £35,000

Special edition Yamaha GYTR R1 costs £35,000

It’s now 20 years since Yamaha released the first R1; a model that redefined sportsbikes and set litre bikes on the path they’re still following to this day. Even back in 1998 it had a claimed 140bhp...

Lightning ramp up electric bike assembly line

Lightning ramp up electric bike assembly line

Just as the electric bike market is heating up with more manufacturers and increasing sales, US firm Lightning have entered the next stage of mass production with their LS-218 sportsbike. MORE FROM...

Video: Tesla update allows autopilot system to see motorcyclists

Video: Tesla update allows autopilot system to see motorcyclists

Developments with Tesla’s autopilot system are now enabling their driverless cars to 'see' bikes that are filtering between moving traffic. This is a huge step forward for autonomous vehicles as...

Many motorbikes could be exempt from London emission charge

Many motorbikes could be exempt from London emission charge

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, appears to be listening to the concerns of bikers over London’s incoming Ultra Low Emission Zone. MORE FROM MCN Riding with Ian Hutchinson: Miracle man Royal...

Exploring Royal Enfield's stunning V-twin Concept KX

Exploring Royal Enfield's stunning V-twin Concept KX

Royal Enfield stunned the world in Milan by unveiling this Concept KX bobber - a modern re-imagining of a 1930s Royal Enfield model. They say the project was started to show the talents of their...

Mike Hailwood Ducati TT replica auctioned

Mike Hailwood Ducati TT replica auctioned

This NCR Ducati replica, identical to the bike Mike Hailwood rode to historic victory at the 1978 TT, is the star lot at the Mecum auction in Las Vegas later this month. NCR were a tuning shop down...