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Italjet Dragster: Andrea Dovizioso to help develop quirky new twist-and-go

Italjet Dragster: Andrea Dovizioso to help develop quirky new twist-and-go

Former 125cc world champion and MotoGP race winner Andrea Dovizioso has signed a deal with Italjet to help develop the space-age Dragster scooter range. The Italian firm revealed the unconventional...

BMW R1300GS: New test mules and trademarks point towards new engine

BMW R1300GS: New test mules and trademarks point towards new engine

BMW have been spotted testing a new version of the GS, which combined with some recent trademark applications suggest that a new engine is in the pipeline. Related articles on MCN BMW R1250GS...

Benelli’s new 550: Chinese-owned brand set to launch sporty parallel twin

Benelli’s new 550: Chinese-owned brand set to launch sporty parallel twin

The middleweight sportsbike market has been dominated by four-cylinder 600s for decades but as those models fade into obscurity a new generation of parallel twin-powered replacements has started to...

Dunn trial gets the nod: Government and CPS look to hold virtual trial for Anne Sacoolas

Dunn trial gets the nod: Government and CPS look to hold virtual trial for Anne Sacoolas

The Government appears to have cleared the way for Anne Sacoolas, the woman suspected of causing teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn’s death, to be tried virtually over his death. Sacoolas has admitted...

Past shapes the future: Shaft drive isn’t just for looks on BMW’s upcoming electric models

Past shapes the future: Shaft drive isn’t just for looks on BMW’s upcoming electric models

BMW are already established as early adopters in electric bikes but they’re on the verge of a much more concerted push in that field as technology previewed in 2019’s Vision DC concept is set to debut...

Triple A in a shed: Motorcycle clothing designer brings old-school tech bang up to date

Triple A in a shed: Motorcycle clothing designer brings old-school tech bang up to date

Designer Ashley Watson has created a new wax jacket that meets the latest stringent CE testing with a triple-A rating. You might imagine this sort of work would involve vast sums of money from...

'Let's make biking safer' say National Motorcyclists Council

'Let's make biking safer' say National Motorcyclists Council

The National Motorcyclists Council is calling for a set of international standards to be adopted to help improve safety for motorcyclists. Who are the NMC? The NMC, which is made up of numerous UK...

Monkeying around: Honda's quirky mini retro gets new engine and five-speed gearbox

Monkeying around: Honda's quirky mini retro gets new engine and five-speed gearbox

Honda have updated their Monkey model with a completely revised engine and a whole host of changes to make it a more practical little run-around. Relaunched in 2018, the Monkey has always been a...

Honda make the Super Cub C125 even more practical in 2021 update

Honda make the Super Cub C125 even more practical in 2021 update

The Honda SuperCub has been overhauled for 2021 with tweaks to the engine to meet Euro5 regulations and some other changes to make the model more comfortable. Related articles on MCN 2019 Honda C125...

A cool idea for summer riding: Chill Ride vest aims to solve the comfort conundrum

A cool idea for summer riding: Chill Ride vest aims to solve the comfort conundrum

Even in the temperate climes of the UK every rider’s wardrobe is filled to bursting point with riding gear to cope with the weather conditions we face. Whether you’re battling to stay warm in winter...

Retro models lead motorbike sales surge

Retro models lead motorbike sales surge

New bike sales are continuing to surge with commuters (including electrics) and retros particularly popular – however dealers are still urging caution. The latest figures are for May 2021 compared to...

Extra SPecial prize: MCN Yamaha MT-09 SP competition winner thought it was a wind-up!

Extra SPecial prize: MCN Yamaha MT-09 SP competition winner thought it was a wind-up!

MCN reader Matthew Brookfield thought it was a scam when he got the call telling him he’d just won a brand-new Yamaha MT-09 SP. Related articles on MCN 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP review White Motorcycle...

Suzuki unveil A2-friendly GSX-S950 middleweight

Suzuki unveil A2-friendly GSX-S950 middleweight

Suzuki have unveiled an A2-friendly version of their GSX-S model called the GSX-S950. The bike is based on the brand-new GSX-S1000 but is tuned for around 94bhp meaning it can be restricted to 47bhp...

Biking birthday blowout: CCM celebrate 50th anniversary with a series of biking events

Biking birthday blowout: CCM celebrate 50th anniversary with a series of biking events

British bike brand CCM are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a series of special-edition bikes and events - starting with the CCM Golden Jubilee Scramble on June 27. The Bolton-based...

MV Agusta unveil updated, easier to live with Brutale 800 RR

MV Agusta unveil updated, easier to live with Brutale 800 RR

The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR is among the firm's most popular bikes, and it's been updated with a new engine, chassis and electronics suite. The idea, so MV say, is to keep things as fun and zippy as...

Brit brands Renntec and Metal Mule join forces

Brit brands Renntec and Metal Mule join forces

The popular Renntec and Metal Mule motorcycle accessory labels are to merge following the two brands’ takeover by British biking brothers Alan and Geoff Giles. Geoff, an experienced customiser and...

Benelli go touring: 1200GT reaches production and it’s on its way here

Benelli go touring: 1200GT reaches production and it’s on its way here

Benelli’s long-awaited 1200GT – the first new big-capacity triple from the firm since the takeover by Qianjiang in 2005 – has gone on sale in China at a price that massively undercuts similarly-spec’d...

Triple threat: Zontes plan to use three-cylinder engine for large capacity models

Triple threat: Zontes plan to use three-cylinder engine for large capacity models

China have been producing small-capacity bikes for decades but the nation’s motorcycle industry has shifted gears recently to put an increasing focus on large multi-cylinder machines. Zontes are the...

Happy returns for the MT-OAP: Biking-mad pensioner celebrates 92nd birthday with a trackday

Happy returns for the MT-OAP: Biking-mad pensioner celebrates 92nd birthday with a trackday

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but 92-year-old Peter Villis has proved them all wrong by enjoying a day at the British Superbike School at Blyton Park aboard a Yamaha MT-09 SP. Related...

Shock treatment: JvBMoto customise Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Shock treatment: JvBMoto customise Harley-Davidson LiveWire

German customiser JvBMoto has turned his hand to the Harley-Davidson LiveWire after falling in love with one on a test ride. Related articles on MCN LiveWire is rewired: H-D’s electric bikes spun off...

Kermit takes the crown: Custom Indian £3K challenge winner announced

Kermit takes the crown: Custom Indian £3K challenge winner announced

This customised Indian Scout Bobber built by Thor Motorcycles in Cornwall has been crowned winner of Indian’s 'Project Scout 3K' dealer build-off challenge, which restricted customisation to a budget...

Two-stroke revolution beckons: Limited-run Langen Two Stroke passes MSVA test ahead of autumn production

Two-stroke revolution beckons: Limited-run Langen Two Stroke passes MSVA test ahead of autumn production

After two years of meticulous development, the first Langen Two Stroke model has been approved for UK roads, after passing a Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval (MSVA) test on Monday, June 7. Starting...

Refined brutality: MV Agusta unveil 2021 Brutale 1000 RR

Refined brutality: MV Agusta unveil 2021 Brutale 1000 RR

MV Agusta have revealed an updated version of their Brutale 1000 RR super naked for 2021 with Euro5 tweaks to the engine. The new Brutale also swaps the previous model’s Bosch cornering ABS control...

Room for a little One: Piaggio announce £2500 E-scooter aimed at teens

Room for a little One: Piaggio announce £2500 E-scooter aimed at teens

Piaggio have unveiled a new electric scooter that’s specifically aimed at being an easy and affordable transport option for youngsters. Related articles on MCN Best electric motorcycles Swappable...

Get ready to ride: Seven full test fleets now announced for the Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling

Get ready to ride: Seven full test fleets now announced for the Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling

MCN Festival With seven full test fleets now announced for the Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling this September 4-5, the East of England Arena in Peterborough will be brimming with bikes ready and waiting for...

Get cross: Kawasaki off road range kicks off with one for the kids

Get cross: Kawasaki off road range kicks off with one for the kids

We are only halfway through 2021 but Kawasaki are already revealing their 2022 off-road range and there is something for everyone, regardless of age, experience and discipline. Related articles on...

Track-spec Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo goes on sale to the public

Track-spec Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo goes on sale to the public

Aprilia’s RS 660 has begun a supersport renaissance. Its 99bhp twin-cylinder engine and pin-sharp handling, combined with real-world practicality make perfect sense on our speed camera-saturated...

Team Classic Suzuki reveal lockdown Katana build based on GSX-R1000 WSB racer

Team Classic Suzuki reveal lockdown Katana build based on GSX-R1000 WSB racer

Team Classic Suzuki have been keeping busy during lockdowns by creating the ultimate custom Katana streetfighter – mating its iconic angular looks with the frame and engine from a GSX-R1000 World...

Synthetic petrol: How bikes could become carbon-neutral without switching to battery power at all

Synthetic petrol: How bikes could become carbon-neutral without switching to battery power at all

As governments propose firm dates for the end of petrol and diesel powered vehicles you might be forgiven for thinking we’re living in the end days of the internal combustion engine. But the...

New Aprilia RS 125 and Tuono 125 unveiled

New Aprilia RS 125 and Tuono 125 unveiled

Aprilia have unveiled fresh versions of their RS 125 and Tuono 125 models with updates including new styling, a reworked engine, fully digital dash readout and a new ECU. Related articles on...

New rally for old bikes heads from Brooklands to the real Dakar

New rally for old bikes heads from Brooklands to the real Dakar

A new rally has been set up for classic cars and bikes that will roughly trace the route of the Dakar before it moved to South America. Called the Dakar Enduro Rally, the event is being run by Bespoke...

Limited edition KTM 1290 Super Duke RR drops 9kg and is brimming with tech

Limited edition KTM 1290 Super Duke RR drops 9kg and is brimming with tech

KTM have turned it up to 11 with their state of the art new 1290 Super Duke RR, taking the already formidable stock machine and stripping out every gram of fat while tuning the electronics to the...

Bikes don’t get much longer: Benda LFC 700 is almost as stretched as BMW R18

Bikes don’t get much longer: Benda LFC 700 is almost as stretched as BMW R18

Meet the LFC 700 from Chinese firm Benda. Unveiled as a concept under the name LF-01 last year, the production bike that’s due to make its debut this summer is set to be almost indistinguishable from...

2021 Triumph Speed Twin: Engine changes and chassis upgrades for popular retro

2021 Triumph Speed Twin: Engine changes and chassis upgrades for popular retro

Triumph have unveiled an updated version of their popular Speed Twin with a range of changes to the engine and suspension, plus a few subtle component upgrades. Related articles on MCN World's...

Seeing red: MV Agusta F3 800 Rosso unveiled

Seeing red: MV Agusta F3 800 Rosso unveiled

MV Agusta have released the F3 800 Rosso: an entry level supersports bike from the Italian marque. Related articles on MCN Tech-laden MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 unveiled 2013 MV Agusta F3 800...

Yamaha E01 electric scooter concept set for reality

Yamaha E01 electric scooter concept set for reality

It was back in 2019 that Yamaha took the wraps off their E01 concept scooter at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now, nearly two years on, a production version of the same bike is on the verge of being...