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The new Virtual Test Lab by Mips aims to boost lid safety

The new Virtual Test Lab by Mips aims to boost lid safety

Development of a motorcycle helmet can be a drawn-out process, with years of testing, retooling components and a dollop of trial and error. Swedish helmet safety specialists Mips are tackling this...

Revealed: the world's keenest learner!

Revealed: the world's keenest learner!

When Asad Mirza, 36, decided he wanted to take his riding up a notch, he discovered a problem: despite his native India having a population of one billion people, not one of them is an advanced riding...

Maeving RM1: British-built electric 'boardtracker' offers an alternative take on urban mobility

Maeving RM1: British-built electric 'boardtracker' offers an alternative take on urban mobility

The Maeving RM1 is a new small-capacity electric motorcycle assembled in Coventry which combines modern removable battery tech with 1920s boardtracker styling. Chances are you’ve never heard of...

BMW and TVS partner up for electric project

BMW and TVS partner up for electric project

We could be seeing cheaper electric bikes from BMW in as little as two years after the German firm this week announced an expansion of a collaboration with Indian firm TVS specifically to develop...

BSA Gold Star returns! Iconic British brand resurrected by Mahindra

BSA Gold Star returns! Iconic British brand resurrected by Mahindra

BSA are back! The iconic British marque has risen from the ashes with a brand-new BSA Gold Star 650 single, set to arrive in dealers from March 2022. The mid-sized retro roadster has been developed in...

Electric bike manufacturers step in to cover reduced plug-in grants

Electric bike manufacturers step in to cover reduced plug-in grants

Premium electric bike firms Zero and Harley-Davidson have announced they will continue to knock £1500 off the price of new machines into 2022, after the Government revealed changes to the plug-in...

France closes border with the UK for all but essential travel

France closes border with the UK for all but essential travel

From Saturday, December 18 2021, travellers from the UK will not be able to enter France unless they have an essential reason – as defined by French officials. French nationals and residents are...

Under the skin of the £90,000 Arc Vector electric superbike

Under the skin of the £90,000 Arc Vector electric superbike

The Arc Vector grabbed headlines when it was unveiled back in 2018 and while the bike hasn’t had the smoothest run into production the firm are finally putting production-spec machines into their last...

Norton’s New Year’s revolution: CEO talks public perception, model redevelopment and 2022 production

Norton’s New Year’s revolution: CEO talks public perception, model redevelopment and 2022 production

Norton motorcycles have set clear targets for 2022, with plans to begin production of their V4SV superbike at their new Solihull plant and a continued focus on restoring faith in the brand after...

Confirmed: 2021 Honda CB125F will cost £2799 OTR

Confirmed: 2021 Honda CB125F will cost £2799 OTR

Keen to cash in on the recent rise in low-capcity two-wheeled commuter sales, Honda have confirmed that their 2021 CB125F will cost £2799 OTR - a whole £100 cheaper than the current version, last...

Plastic fantastic: Lego Technic launch BMW M1000RR model

Plastic fantastic: Lego Technic launch BMW M1000RR model

BMW and Lego have released their latest collaboration, this time producing a Lego Technic version of the BMW M1000RR. Designed as a 1:5 scale version of the 209bhp superbike, the little racer is...

Stark VARG electric motocross racer takes aim at the petrol-powered competition

Stark VARG electric motocross racer takes aim at the petrol-powered competition

Meet the Stark VARG: An all-new electric motocross racer claiming to outperform its combustion-engined rivals in every way. Developed over the last two years on the outskirts of Barcelona, the Stark...

Curtiss One: American firm open order book for £87k electric model

Curtiss One: American firm open order book for £87k electric model

Curtiss Motorcycles have started taking orders for their first electric bike, which is called the One. The Curtiss brand was born back in 2015 as an electric venture for the very much petrol-driven...

Ducati DesertX combines a retro adventure looks with modern adventurers’ innards

Ducati DesertX combines a retro adventure looks with modern adventurers’ innards

Ducati have combined the two most popular market segment bikes into one, creating one of the most exciting models in recent years. Technologically interesting, beautifully styled and with the business...

Making fuel from fresh air: Sunlight and air create ‘drop-in’ replacement for burning petrol

Making fuel from fresh air: Sunlight and air create ‘drop-in’ replacement for burning petrol

The idea of conjuring petrol from nothing but fresh air and sunlight sounds like alchemy but a pilot project in Switzerland has proved that it’s possible. On the roof of research university ETH Zurich...

Harley-Davidson to launch new Adventure Centre with Dakar legend Mick Extance

Harley-Davidson to launch new Adventure Centre with Dakar legend Mick Extance

Harley-Davidson have teamed up seven-time Dakar Rally competitor Mick Extance to set up a new off-road adventure school in Wales. The H-D Adventure Centre will kick off in 2022, giving Harley fans the...

Voxan Wattman zaps to 283mph

Voxan Wattman zaps to 283mph

Not content with setting 11 new world records, Voxan have overhauled their Wattman electric land speed bike and bagged another. With former GP racer Max Biaggi at the controls again, the new bike...

Radical new Triumph Tiger 1200 arrives: Lighter, more powerful and now with an option for a 30-litre tank

Radical new Triumph Tiger 1200 arrives: Lighter, more powerful and now with an option for a 30-litre tank

Triumph have unveiled a fully overhauled Tiger 1200 range that is not only claimed to be lighter and more powerful than the competition but also adds a 30-litre long-range tank option for the first...

Dot Motorcycles return with two new retro 650s

Dot Motorcycles return with two new retro 650s

Small-scale British bike name Dot Motorcycles have whipped the covers off two Kawasaki-powered retro 650 twins at Motorcycle Live. The sporty-looking Reed Racer and scrambler-styled Dot Demon are...

White Motorcycle Concepts WMC300FR: Prototype three-wheeled scooter brings radical aero to the real world

White Motorcycle Concepts WMC300FR: Prototype three-wheeled scooter brings radical aero to the real world

This summer Northants-based White Motorcycle Concepts revealed their astounding WMC250EV electric land-speed record challenger – an ultra-aerodynamic creation with a vast hole running right through...

Cake yourself to work: New Swedish machine is part e-bike, part workbench

Cake yourself to work: New Swedish machine is part e-bike, part workbench

Swedish electric bike brand Cake have launched a new range aimed at professional users called the ‘:work’ series. Starting with their existing platforms, Cake have fitted larger batteries, boosted...

Circuit break? BMW launches track tuition programme at Anglesey

Circuit break? BMW launches track tuition programme at Anglesey

BMW have launched a four-level track school with some superstar instructors. Prices for a day of track tuition, at the stunning and challenging Anglesey circuit in North Wales, start at £649 with...

Yamaha’s SpinForged wheels save weight, improve handling and don’t cost a packet

Yamaha’s SpinForged wheels save weight, improve handling and don’t cost a packet

Excess weight has always been a bike designer’s nemesis, but while overall reductions are welcome, there are disproportionate benefits from cutting the mass of a motorcycle’s wheels. That’s where...

Café Racer version of Norton V4SV superbike unveiled

Café Racer version of Norton V4SV superbike unveiled

Norton have unveiled their first entirely new machine since TVS took the reigns with the V4 Café Racer. Publicly unveiled at Motorcycle Live, the V4CR is based on the 185bhp V4SV putting it toe-to-toe...

Bimota boss confirms Kawasaki H2 SX-powered Tesi tourer is on the way

Bimota boss confirms Kawasaki H2 SX-powered Tesi tourer is on the way

Bimota are thinking big with two new models revealed at the European Eicma motorcycle show in Milan last week, along with bold plans for more groundbreaking machines in the near future. The firm are...

Triumph’s one in a million: Brit marque marks milestone with one-off Tiger 900

Triumph’s one in a million: Brit marque marks milestone with one-off Tiger 900

Triumph’s one millionth bike (of the Hinckley/John Bloor era) rolled off the production line last week. The machine, a special Tiger 900 Rally Pro with a one-off silver paintjob and graphics, was...

Happy anniversary: Limited-edition Royal Enfield 650s mark 120 years

Happy anniversary: Limited-edition Royal Enfield 650s mark 120 years

Royal Enfield have unveiled two limited-edition versions of their popular 650 twins, the Interceptor and Continental GT. Related articles on MCN Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 bike review Royal...

CFMoto get serious with new track focussed SR-C21 sportsbike concept

CFMoto get serious with new track focussed SR-C21 sportsbike concept

CFMoto have made their future track-focussed intentions very clear - revealing a new SR-C21 sportsbike concept at the Eicma trade show, in Milan. The Chinese bike firm, who are the latest name to...

Getting RC: Naked version of the Bimota KB4 sportsbike unveiled

Getting RC: Naked version of the Bimota KB4 sportsbike unveiled

You wait for one Bimota to come along, and then two arrive all at once. Revealed alongside the stunning KB4 at the Eicma Motorcycle Show in Milan, comes the KB4 RC – a bold and brash naked. Related...

F.B Mondial revive past Piega name for futuristic 125 naked roadster

F.B Mondial revive past Piega name for futuristic 125 naked roadster

F.B Mondial are reviving the Piega name after 21 years for a minimalist learner-legal streetfighter, complete with winglets and a TFT dash. The Piega name was previously used in the firm’s 2001...

Zero’s latest tech allows sweeping upgrades to be made via an app

Zero’s latest tech allows sweeping upgrades to be made via an app

There’s no question we live in an instant-gratification society but the latest development from electric bike pioneers Zero takes it to a new level by offering 'over-the-air' updates that can...

MCN Sport: ROSSI – THE GREATEST

MCN Sport: ROSSI – THE GREATEST

MCN Promotion Valentino Rossi is, quite simply, the Greatest Of All Time. He exploded into grand prix racing with a cheeky irreverence that rocked the establishment, astounded his rivals, and...

TT ace James Hillier raises thousands for mental health charity

TT ace James Hillier raises thousands for mental health charity

Road racing star James Hillier has raised more than £5000 for mental health charity CALM by riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End in a single day... on a Honda C90. Setting off at 2am on a chilly...

Harder, better, faster, stronger: Ducati update the V4 Panigale to be ever more track focused

Harder, better, faster, stronger: Ducati update the V4 Panigale to be ever more track focused

Ducati have given their top of the range Panigale V4 superbike an update with a view to making it an even more potent track performer, while also making it a bit easier to ride for us mere...

KTM sportsbike is ready to roll: Road-going 990 parallel twin race-rep caught on camera

KTM sportsbike is ready to roll: Road-going 990 parallel twin race-rep caught on camera

KTM are readying their biggest fully-faired sportsbike since the full-on RC8 V-twin left production in 2015. Having dived head-first into the superbike market with the RC8 in 2008, the company have...

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT refined for 2022

KTM 1290 Super Duke GT refined for 2022

KTM have waved their magic wand at the ultimate sports tourer for hooligans resulting in a plethora of small but welcome upgrades to the 1290 Super Duke GT. Internally the motor has been given a...