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Poll: Should all bikes be ULEZ exempt?

Poll: Should all bikes be ULEZ exempt?

Riders of older motorcycles in London have been handed a lifeline thanks to a new TfL-approved emissions testing centre being set up that should see many older bikes be exempted from the upcoming ULEZ...

Police crush gang bikes after mob rides through towns

Police crush gang bikes after mob rides through towns

The bikes of a gang who ran amok on the roads during an illegal 'ride out' event have been crushed by West Midlands Police. Last month the force secured public nuisance convictions against 29 men who...

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory news, specs and launch date

Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory news, specs and launch date

The Aprilia Tuono V4 is the pinnacle of super-naked factory street fighters – and yet the firm sells mere handfuls of them in the UK each year. Find out more about the Aprilia Tuono models...

Foggy on tap! King Carl teams up with biker brewery to make his own ale

Foggy on tap! King Carl teams up with biker brewery to make his own ale

Seven time world champion Carl Fogarty MBE has teamed up with Lancashire based Crankshaft Brewery to launch his own signature beer, Foggy Gold. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while,”...

The Southend Shakedown is back for 2019!

The Southend Shakedown is back for 2019!

Thanks to motorcycle group The Oilheads and financial backing from motorbike insurance specialists Devitt Insurance, the Southend Shakedown is back and will take place on Monday April 22 – Easter bank...

TV’s Guy Willison sets up motorcycle company

TV’s Guy Willison sets up motorcycle company

Best known for his work alongside Henry Cole on The Motorbike Show, bespoke motorcycle builder Guy Willison has set up a company of his own called 5Four Motorcycles. Named after his call sign while he...

Honda reveal CR-E MX concept electric bike

Honda reveal CR-E MX concept electric bike

Honda have unveiled an electric concept version of their CRF off-road bike at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. It’s the first step towards electrification we’ve seen from the Japanese giant, although...

Norton reveals low-cost 650cc Atlas Nomad and Ranger

Norton reveals low-cost 650cc Atlas Nomad and Ranger

Norton have announced two new affordable models, the all-new Atlas Nomad (£9995) and Atlas Ranger (£11,995), which share a new 650cc parallel-twin engine, chassis and electronics package, but differ...

Bott Power reveal XR1 White Carbon - a flat track-styled special

Bott Power reveal XR1 White Carbon - a flat track-styled special

Spanish firm Bott Power have unveiled their latest Buell-based special – the ‘XR1 White Carbon’, and the kit is set to cost from £9,000. If you’ve not heard of Bott Power, they’re a side project for...

Gallery: motorbikes at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting

Gallery: motorbikes at the 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting

Amid the tweed and public-school games, a new motorbike race made its debut at the 77th Members’ Meeting down at the Goodwood circuit last weekend. The Barry Sheene trophy was a 20-minute Formula 750...

R5k Facebook group goes global

R5k Facebook group goes global

With member numbers swelling to 9000, the #Ride5000Miles Facebook group is going from strength to strength and almost 20% of members live overseas. So we decided to find out what it’s like to live and...

Allen Millyard's home-made Velocette V-twin

Allen Millyard's home-made Velocette V-twin

No stranger to creating magical one-off motorbikes often with ‘doubled-up’ engines, Berkshire bike-building genius Allen Millyard has done it again with this fantastic 698cc Velocette V-twin. Created...

One spot left to ride with Valentino Rossi at Misano

One spot left to ride with Valentino Rossi at Misano

Just one place remains for the exclusive new 'Dainese Experience', which allows a select number fans to ride with nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi. Kicking off on Wednesday, April 17 with a...

Charity T-shirts raise money for Manx Grand Prix helicopter ambulance

Charity T-shirts raise money for Manx Grand Prix helicopter ambulance

OEM and pattern motorcycle parts specialists Wemoto are raising money for the Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club with charity T-shirts, to help fund their life-saving helicopter ambulance service. This...

Moped crime wanted posters are huge success

Moped crime wanted posters are huge success

The Metropolitan Police have made 15 arrests after a week of action on moped crime, with one offender even handing themselves in after seeing their face publicly displayed. Over 30 people appeared in...

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...