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Eicma 2018: Benelli unveil 752S naked middleweight

Eicma 2018: Benelli unveil 752S naked middleweight

Benelli have unveiled an exciting new sporty naked middleweight at Eicma 2018 in Milan. The Benelli 752S uses a 750cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine making 75bhp (the same as a Suzuki SV650X),...

Eicma 2018: Husqvarna unveil Vitpilen 701 Aero concept

Eicma 2018: Husqvarna unveil Vitpilen 701 Aero concept

Husqvarna have unveiled a new concept for a faired sporty single at EICMA 2018. The Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 Aero is a retro-inspired motorbike built around the firm’s Vitpilen 701...

Triumph Speed Twin: the story

Triumph Speed Twin: the story

When Triumph set out to develop their new Speed Twin the goal was to create a bike that combined the style of a modern classic with the performance and handling of a modern roadster. Also read:...

Eicma 2018: Carl Fogarty joins forces to create Spitfire Foggy Edition

Eicma 2018: Carl Fogarty joins forces to create Spitfire Foggy Edition

Four-time WSB champ Carl Fogarty has joined forces with CCM to create this Spitfire Foggy Edition. Only 300 will be built…plus one for “King Carl’ himself.  Based on the Bolton firm’s tubular...

Eicma 2018: Husqvarna unveil EE 5 electric motorcycle

Eicma 2018: Husqvarna unveil EE 5 electric motorcycle

Husqvarna’s first electric motorbike will arrive at authorised dealers in the summer of 2019. The Husqvarna EE 5 is aimed at young riders and makes just shy of...

EICMA: BMW reveal C400GT scooter for 2019

EICMA: BMW reveal C400GT scooter for 2019

BMW have unveiled a new Gran Turismo middleweight scooter at EICMA 2018 in Milan. The BMW C400GT will sit alongside the BMW C400X as a long-range touring version of the popular scooter. Using the same...

Eicma 2018: BMW reveal new R1250R and RS

Eicma 2018: BMW reveal new R1250R and RS

As well as the new R1250GSA, BMW have just unveiled a new R1250R and RS, which are the naked and sport-touring versions of the flagship adventure machine. Read the full 2019-on BMW R1250GS review...

Eicma 2018: Yamaha unveil 3CT prototype

Eicma 2018: Yamaha unveil 3CT prototype

As part of Yamaha’s Urban Mobility vehicles, the firm have tonight unveiled a prototype three-wheeler, the 3CT, at EICMA 2018. Using the successful Trinity 125, first released in 2015, as a base,...

Eicma 2018: Yamaha XSR700 XTribute launched

Eicma 2018: Yamaha XSR700 XTribute launched

Harking back to the now legendary 1981 XT500 trail bike, the new XTribute is an XSR700-based reimagining of the 80s do-it-all. While it’s a long way from being a true descendant (the new Ténéré 700 is...

Eicma 2018: Yamaha Niken GT unveiled

Eicma 2018: Yamaha Niken GT unveiled

When we first tested the Niken we couldn’t help but think what a great tourer it would make – and now it seems Yamaha have hasd the same realisation, and delivered with a new Niken GT. Building on the...

R5K: 'I love the way riding lets you forget the mundanities of life'

R5K: 'I love the way riding lets you forget the mundanities of life'

With a bumper summer and a mild, long autumn we’ve seen huge numbers of bikers not just complete their 5000-mile challenge, but push far past that as well. This year we’ve seen more members than ever...

Best motorcycle events to attend this month

Best motorcycle events to attend this month

With the dark nights drawing in and gritters beginning to march angrily onto our frosted roads, it can be easy to think that the biking year is now well and truly over. After being spoilt by an almost...

Video: Kawasaki reveal details of 2019 ZX-6R

Video: Kawasaki reveal details of 2019 ZX-6R

Kawasaki have released the full details of their 2019 ZX-6R, which features a raft of new electronics, as well as reworked styling. Retaining the firm’s 636cc inline-four engine, which first appeared...

Add to your #ride5000miles total with a brew at Squires

Add to your #ride5000miles total with a brew at Squires

I want a giant mug of tea, so heavy I can barely hold it with one hand. I want a huge carpark full of diverse machines. I want greetings, smiles, and a friendly ‘ey-up’ from the locals. And I want my...

BMW's riderless bike tech could save lives

BMW's riderless bike tech could save lives

We’re trackside watching a BMW GS do its stuff. So far, so normal. But there’s one crucial difference: the bike is riding itself. It’s no party piece. BMW’s self-riding bike has been developed to...

New 2000cc British naked!

New 2000cc British naked!

South West England bike dealer Moto Corsa have announced ambitions to become a low-volume motorcycle manufacturer by this week unveiling their first machine. They plan to produce up to 20 of the...

Share your riding goals with #ride5000miles

Share your riding goals with #ride5000miles

It may be approaching the end of the biking season, but there’s no reason why you can’t still sign up to our #ride5000miles challenge. "The beauty of R5K is that you pledge to cover 5000 miles in a...

MV's F4 goes out in style

MV's F4 goes out in style

Earlier this year, we reported that at the launch of the new Brutale 800RR, MV Agusta CEO, Giovanni Castiglioni, announced that there will be a trio of new litre bikes in the near future, as well as a...

Revisited: 2005-2009 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

Revisited: 2005-2009 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

In 2005 we tested the then new Triumph Speed Triple. Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves, sadi: "The bike that invented the super-naked streetfighter class over a decade ago is back – stronger than...

Event: Triumph hosts Scrambler 1200 launch party in London

Event: Triumph hosts Scrambler 1200 launch party in London

Triumph hosted over 2000 people at the Scrambler 1200 launch party. The exclusive event took place at the ExCel London  on October 24. Entertainment for the evening included live music...

Achieve #R5K with the Longest Day

Achieve #R5K with the Longest Day

Three thirty-seven in the morning and the carpark of the Holiday Inn near Land’s End should be quiet, but today it is a hive of bizarre, hushed activity. In the shadows, lit by the strobe of a...

40 year special: Mike Hailwood - the man and the bike

40 year special: Mike Hailwood - the man and the bike

Eleven years after quitting bike racing to compete in F1, Mike Hailwood returned to the TT to make racing history, winning the Formula One race on a Sports Motor Cycles Ducati. The man who made it...

Autumn weather won't stop R5K members

Autumn weather won't stop R5K members

Changeable autumn weather that fluctuates between sun and rain and gusting winds hasn’t stopped MCN #ride5000miles members from getting the most of their bikes and it seems they have two ways of...

The Flying Millyard: Five litres of eccentric joy

The Flying Millyard: Five litres of eccentric joy

When the judges at the exclusive Salon Privé show awarded Allen Millyard the Best in Show for his exquisite Honda SS100 V-twin, an idea formed in his mechanically mischievous mind. "I thought, if I've...

Biking family begin installing defibrillators in memory of son tragically killed in riding accident

Biking family begin installing defibrillators in memory of son tragically killed in riding accident

The family of a motorcyclist killed during a traffic accident have begun installing life-saving defibrillators at popular biking haunts, in an attempt to help save the lives of riders caught-up in any...

What the #ride5000miles group means to its members

What the #ride5000miles group means to its members

We love our #ride5000miles Facebook group. The online world can be a cruel place and we’ve carved out an enclave for us bikers to seek advice, share experiences or generally have a natter about life...

The day MCN rode an Evel Knievel Harley-Davidson XR750 replica

The day MCN rode an Evel Knievel Harley-Davidson XR750 replica

Motorbike daredevil Evel Knievel would have turned 80 on Wednesday, October 17. He inspired generations of stunt riders and was a hero to many with his intoxicating blend of bravery and...

Epic trails and enlightenment on the Trans Euro Trail

Epic trails and enlightenment on the Trans Euro Trail

The sun is sinking low in the sky, casting golden light on the mountains around us. Beneath me the rear tyre of my fully loaded Honda Africa Twin is spinning wildly on the steep gravel trail, but in a...

Triumph Glasgow create 135bhp supercharged Triumph Bobber Black

Triumph Glasgow create 135bhp supercharged Triumph Bobber Black

Fancy a Triumph Bonneville Bobber Black with the rear wheel power of a Speed Triple and more torque than a Ducati Diavel? Well Triumph Glasgow have created the bike of your dreams and it could be...

Edinburgh sees 60% drop in bike theft

Edinburgh sees 60% drop in bike theft

A massive reduction in motorcycle crime in Edinburgh and surrounding areas is the result of an uprated police operation, according to Police Scotland. Between April and September 2018 there was a 60%...

'I'm trying to clock my 5000 miles in Japan!'

'I'm trying to clock my 5000 miles in Japan!'

Japanese #ride5000miles enthusiast Kazuo Sakai is our furthest-flung member and he’s bidding to clock the 5000-mile mark on a variety of machinery which includes a Kawasaki Z250, a Honda CB400...

Revisited: 15 years of the Kawasaki Z750 middleweight

Revisited: 15 years of the Kawasaki Z750 middleweight

The Kawasaki Z750 is an ideal naked middleweight for those looking for something capable of tackling the daily commute and scratching the weekend B-road blast. We decided to take a look back at the...

New Yamaha YZF-R3 brings MotoGP aggression to the A2 class

New Yamaha YZF-R3 brings MotoGP aggression to the A2 class

Yamaha have been bossing the bottom end of the supersport market for years with their YZF-R125, and 2019 sees an even more radical new version of that model reach our shores – and now the firm has...

Ducati release first teaser of new off-road model

Ducati release first teaser of new off-road model

Ducati have released a first teaser image for a new off-road model, promising further information will be released on October 12. Stay tuned: 12 October a new bike is coming! ⌚️11 am CEST ...

Zillers Garage become first Russian AMD World Champions

Zillers Garage become first Russian AMD World Champions

The AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building 2018 has been won by a Russian builder for the first time. Zillers Garage took the title with their Yamaha SR400 based ‘Insomnia’ entry. UK...

Piaggio start taking orders for Vespa Elettrica scooters

Piaggio start taking orders for Vespa Elettrica scooters

Piaggo Group have started taking deposits of £550 for their Vespa Elettrica scooter online. The remaining balance of the £5999 price will be settled with a local dealer. MCN MODEL GUIDES Triumph...