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Lightning strikes twice: American electric firm takes aim at Energica with plans for new plug-in adventure bike

Lightning strikes twice: American electric firm takes aim at Energica with plans for new plug-in adventure bike

American electric firm Lightning appear to be working on a new off-road-focussed plug-in adventure bike. Exposed in design pictures registered in China, the new machine looks set to go toe to toe...

Guy's 200mph rotary bid: Martin takes Crighton CR700W to over 180mph

Guy's 200mph rotary bid: Martin takes Crighton CR700W to over 180mph

Road racing and TV star Guy Martin has big plans to take the limited-run, rotary-powered Crighton CR700W superbike to 200mph. The Lincolnshire rider took to Elvington runway last week and hit a...

World Supercross comes to Cardiff

World Supercross comes to Cardiff

The newly formatted World Supercross Championship will kick start in Britain later this year, with the first round destined to take place in Cardiff during October. Tickets for the Supercross...

Solar power for new electric race track: MSV unveil plans for new 'green circuit' in France

Solar power for new electric race track: MSV unveil plans for new 'green circuit' in France

The world’s first dedicated ‘eco racing circuit’ could be up and running within four years according to new plans announced by MotorSport Vision (MSV). The proposed site, known as Couvron, is...

Getting RC: MV Agusta release limited edition RC versions of flagship triple models

Getting RC: MV Agusta release limited edition RC versions of flagship triple models

Italian exotica brand MV Agusta have announced three limited run RC models based on their F3, Dragster, and Turismo Veloce platforms.  Standing for ‘Reparto Corse’, the RC line-up builds on the...

R7 heaven for one lucky MCN reader! Competition winner collects his new bike

R7 heaven for one lucky MCN reader! Competition winner collects his new bike

One very lucky winner has walked away with a new Yamaha R7, worth £8200, and a stack of  Genuine Yamaha Racing Technology accessories to enjoy, too. Paul McDougall, 60, from Essex, picked his bike...

Suzuki boost scooter range: Two new twist-and-go commuters set to go on sale in October 2022

Suzuki boost scooter range: Two new twist-and-go commuters set to go on sale in October 2022

Suzuki are attempting to cash in on the continuing popularity of 125cc scooters brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, by adding two new models to their range.   Called the Avenis 125 and Address...

Hydrogen’s swappable solution: Car giant’s H2 plans could pave the way for next-gen motorcycles

Hydrogen’s swappable solution: Car giant’s H2 plans could pave the way for next-gen motorcycles

Japanese automotive powerhouse Toyota have demonstrated a method to overcome one of the greatest stumbling blocks of using hydrogen as a fuel.  Hydrogen is attractive on several fronts. Its...

Historic TT Norton racer could fetch up to £40K: First ever ES2 up for sale as ultimate classic project

Historic TT Norton racer could fetch up to £40K: First ever ES2 up for sale as ultimate classic project

This partially restored 1920s TT racer is believed to be the ‘first-ever’ Norton ES2 model and is expected to fetch £30K-£40K as the star lot at an auction of vintage vehicles and collectables at the...

Life’s a picnic: New Vespa Primavera unveiled

Life’s a picnic: New Vespa Primavera unveiled

Vespa have announced a new version of their Primavera scooter called the Pic Nic, which comes fitted with everything you need for – you guessed it – a picnic.   Building on the standard Primavera...

British firm reveal Dakar-style retro: CCM prototype packs old-school desert racer vibes

British firm reveal Dakar-style retro: CCM prototype packs old-school desert racer vibes

This bike, sneakily shown at the recent Adventure Bike Rider Festival, shows that CCM are planning to continue spinning-off impressively spec’d versions of their popular, hand-crafted, retro-roadster...

Going for a Gold Star: BSA’s new owners aim for refinement and authenticity with all-new model

Going for a Gold Star: BSA’s new owners aim for refinement and authenticity with all-new model

BSA’s revived Gold Star caused a stir when it was unveiled at Motorcycle Live last year but has had a rocky route to market through the Covid-19 pandemic. MCN took the opportunity to sit down with...

Triumph TE-1 wows at Oulton Park with electric production models now in development

Triumph TE-1 wows at Oulton Park with electric production models now in development

Triumph have announced the end of their TE-1 electric motorcycle development programme by producing an aggressive 175bhp sports naked capable of hitting 100mph faster than a combustion-engined Speed...

First time lucky? MV enter the adventure bike market with a punchy 930cc trail and tarmac weapon

First time lucky? MV enter the adventure bike market with a punchy 930cc trail and tarmac weapon

MV Agusta are set to stir things up in the booming adventure bike market with the Cagiva Elefant-inspired Lucky Explorer 9.5. The all-new MV features a 931cc triple, pushing out a claimed 121.4...

Fresh electronic updates arrive for the 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 range

Fresh electronic updates arrive for the 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 range

Ducati have continued their commitment to producing easier to ride superbikes, by updating the electronics on their Panigale V4 range for 2023. The updates come just a year on from the reveal of...

The Rebel alliance: Honda reveal 10-strong custom cruiser line-up at Wheels and Waves

The Rebel alliance: Honda reveal 10-strong custom cruiser line-up at Wheels and Waves

Honda are celebrating their CMX500 and CMX1100 Rebel cruiser models by showcasing a range of radical custom builds at this year’s Wheels and Waves Festival in Biarritz, France. The 10-strong...

Get off the beaten path: Fantic Caballero 500 Rally Explorer available now

Get off the beaten path: Fantic Caballero 500 Rally Explorer available now

The new ‘Explorer’ version of Fantic’s Caballero 500 scrambler is now on sale in the UK priced at £7649. The Explorer is a higher-spec, more rugged version of the ‘retro-mod’ Caballero launched in...

Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the stories that mattered in motorbikes this week

Weekly wind-on: your roundup of the stories that mattered in motorbikes this week

This week, we saw fresh spy shots of Triumph’s upcoming small capacity model. The bike is a joint project between the British firm and Indian manufacturer Bajaj and will be built in Asia. We expect...

Maeving delivers: First hundred RM1s arrive with customers

Maeving delivers: First hundred RM1s arrive with customers

Small-capacity urban electric firm, Maeving have now delivered around 100 of their RM1 motorcycles to customers across the UK, having only launched their website publicly at the beginning of November...

Blood Bikers UK tour unites biking world

Blood Bikers UK tour unites biking world

Two volunteer Blood Bikers have ridden all round the nation in a biking marathon to raise money for charity and attempt to set a new Guinness World Record. Thomas Carroll, 52, and Mark Robinson,...

A fatal flaw in our roads: MCN Compare survey reveals true extent of pothole menace

A fatal flaw in our roads: MCN Compare survey reveals true extent of pothole menace

A recent poll conducted by our insurance partners at MCN Compare has revealed one in five motorcyclists claim to have had an accident or sustained damage to their bike as a result of hitting a...

Vertigo to scale new heights: Trials specialists get ready to launch cool street bike

Vertigo to scale new heights: Trials specialists get ready to launch cool street bike

Unless you’re immersed in the world of trials the name Vertigo might not be a familiar one. Represented in the UK by Dougie Lampkin, who has taken their machines to five wins in the Scottish Six Days...

Win this rally-spec Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid

Win this rally-spec Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid

This official ‘rally spec’ version of Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 World Raid, which has been built to race in the 2022 Africa Eco Race in October, is being offered as the star prize in a charity raffle for...

Clever kit is creating a real buzz: How honeycomb structures inspire new lighter, thinner body armour

Clever kit is creating a real buzz: How honeycomb structures inspire new lighter, thinner body armour

Knox has revealed their lightest and thinnest products yet. Inspired by natural structures such as honeycomb, the new Micro-Lock Compact builds on the firm’s already popular Micro-Lock range,...

Secrets of a Road Tester: DocBike

Secrets of a Road Tester: DocBike

Bikertek promotion BikerTek and MCN have teamed up to produce a third series of exciting riding videos to make your biking summer both exciting and safe. This week, we’re looking at DocBike: One of the advantages...

Ago MV Agusta sold at auction to raise money for Ukraine

Ago MV Agusta sold at auction to raise money for Ukraine

This MV Agusta Superveloce Ago limited edition raised £52,900 in aid of the UNICEF Ukraine emergency fund when it was auctioned at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. Signed by 15-times world...

Triumph's range review ushers in new colours and some new names for existing bikes

Triumph's range review ushers in new colours and some new names for existing bikes

Triumph have been busy with their brushes as a whole host of new colourschemes have been revealed. As well as some lively (tangerine and blue anyone?) designs on the entire Bonneville range, the...

Super-rare Supermono sale: Classic Ducati single racer built from spares to star in NMM sale

Super-rare Supermono sale: Classic Ducati single racer built from spares to star in NMM sale

This mint 1990s Ducati Supermono racing single is set to star, along with not one but three classic Vincent V-twins, at an auction at the National Motorcycle Museum (NMM) in Solihull at end of...

Village meet is back: Cassington Bike Night returns after three years

Village meet is back: Cassington Bike Night returns after three years

Thousands descended on the picturesque village of Cassington in Oxfordshire last week for the return of the popular bike night. Covid forced the meet-up to take a hiatus and it’s been three years...

British Bonneville: Speed Week event set to be held at Elvington in May 2023

British Bonneville: Speed Week event set to be held at Elvington in May 2023

A new Bonneville-style ‘Speed Week’ event is being planned to take place in Britain next spring, with organisers hoping to see riders eclipse the magical 300mph mark. Called the UK & ITA...

BSA aim big with new UK distributor

BSA aim big with new UK distributor

BSA has announced a new UK and Eire distributor, alongside a new visitor experience. The historic brand was bought by Indian automotive giant Mahindra in 2016 and unveiled its first all-new bike, the...

Sell-out crowds witness Wayne Rainey reunited with his YZR500 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Sell-out crowds witness Wayne Rainey reunited with his YZR500 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed returned last weekend, with 200,000 motorsport enthusiasts descending on the four-day hillclimb celebration ready to applaud the highly anticipated return of three-time...

Three wheeling: Piaggio unveil tech-laden new MP3 model line up

Three wheeling: Piaggio unveil tech-laden new MP3 model line up

Piaggio have revealed an all-new MP3 range for 2022, promising a variety more sophisticated three-wheeled commuting tools packed with radar-guided electronics, reversing cameras, and more. Piaggio...

Ducat-E: Bologna brand release details on electric MotoE racer and hint at future production machines

Ducat-E: Bologna brand release details on electric MotoE racer and hint at future production machines

Ducati have released fresh technical details of their 2023 MotoE racer, which looks set to provide the development data for plug-in production bike of the future. Dubbed the V21L, the finished...

BMW's baby sportsbike arrives: German firm reveal fully faired G310RR sportsbike to the Indian market

BMW's baby sportsbike arrives: German firm reveal fully faired G310RR sportsbike to the Indian market

After endless social media teasing, BMW have pulled the covers off their sportiest A2 category bike so far: a fully-faired G310RR single based on the existing G310R naked and G310GS adventure...

‘We are shipping product and it is real’: Forcite smart helmet boss explains how their high-tech helmet will succeed where others failed

‘We are shipping product and it is real’: Forcite smart helmet boss explains how their high-tech helmet will succeed where others failed

Smart motorcycle helmets are nothing new. Companies have been promising internal cameras, head-up displays and more for years, but very few have made it to market and fewer still have made any...