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Fresh colours for 2021 Kawasaki 650 twins

Fresh colours for 2021 Kawasaki 650 twins

Following the announcement last week of subtle changes to their 2021 Vulcan S cruiser, Kawasaki have this morning revealed fresh colours for the rest of their 2021 650 parallel-twin range. Consisting...

Honda update 650s and give Africa Twin new colour option

Honda update 650s and give Africa Twin new colour option

Honda have given their 650s a small handling and convenience boost while also treating the Africa Twin to a new paintjob in their latest range update for 2021. First up, the Africa Twin because the...

Big insurance shake up coming: Firms warned to stop hiking premiums

Big insurance shake up coming: Firms warned to stop hiking premiums

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has put out proposals to rid the insurance market of second-year price hikes that favour new customers over existing policyholders. After an analysis of the...

So long Sportster: Harley-Davidson withdraws longstanding range

So long Sportster: Harley-Davidson withdraws longstanding range

After decades of sales, Harley-Davidson have confirmed that the venerable Sportster range will make a quiet exit from Europe due to the upcoming Euro5 emissions regulations. Small updates aside, the...

Devitt MCN Festival: Britain's best biking festival is back for 2021!

Devitt MCN Festival: Britain's best biking festival is back for 2021!

MCN Festival Moped Mayhem, the wild and wacky endurance race that was the highlight of the old BMF shows in the 1980s and 90s is making its longawaited comeback at the Devitt MCN Festival of Motorcycling on May...

Movember and DGR create fund for first responders

Movember and DGR create fund for first responders

Movember, in collaboration with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), have created a multi-million pound fund to help first responders overcome the difficulties they face through the job. Over the...

New Triumph Trident images revealed: entry-level triple poised to take on MT-07

New Triumph Trident images revealed: entry-level triple poised to take on MT-07

Triumph have released a few more teasers of their upcoming entry level Trident. We first saw the bike last month as a design concept, painted entirely in white and while there are still no firm stats,...

#Ride5000miles members pack in late summer miles with UK touring trips

#Ride5000miles members pack in late summer miles with UK touring trips

Ditching the Pyrenees for Penrith and Stelvio for Somerset, #ride5000milers made full use of previously easing coronavirus restrictions to explore the scenery on offer across Britain. With his usual...

There's never been a better time to buy a new bike

There's never been a better time to buy a new bike

Buying a bike is a big financial decision, so it’s easy to understand why many people might be tempted to put it off. But if you’re lucky enough to be able to buy a new machine there may be no better...

Electric explorers: Exclusive interview with the stars of Long Way Up

Electric explorers: Exclusive interview with the stars of Long Way Up

"The idea for Long Way Up has probably been kicking around since we finished Long Way Down in 2007, because when you do a big and exciting trip you have a comedown afterwards and the way to get over...

Michael Neeves reveals secrets of a road tester - see all six episodes here

Michael Neeves reveals secrets of a road tester - see all six episodes here

Bikertek promotion In the final episode of his series ‘Secrets of a Road Tester’, Michael Neeves summarises his approach to riding. He says that after two decades as a road tester, covering tens of thousands of miles,...

Big-bore Niken rival under development by Aprilia

Big-bore Niken rival under development by Aprilia

Yamaha have been out to make the leaning three-wheeler market their own – developing the Tricity scooter range and the MT-09-based Niken – but Piaggio first popularised the idea and now want their own...

BMW M1000RR homologation special targets range-topping Ducatis

BMW M1000RR homologation special targets range-topping Ducatis

BMW have unveiled the M1000RR – a tuned, lightweight, hyper-expensive version of their S1000RR that officially stretches their M range from four wheels to two. Built to dominate on the track for...

Piping up: How nuclear subs gave us titanium exhausts

Piping up: How nuclear subs gave us titanium exhausts

As bikes get heavier manufacturers search for ways of making them lighter. Just look at the latest superbikes, such as the Ducati Superleggera or Honda Fireblade, with their titanium pipes. But what...

#Ride5000miles members pick up new skills during the pandemic

#Ride5000miles members pick up new skills during the pandemic

Covid-19 has forced many riders to think about everything differently and it’s seen #ride5000miles members pushing beyond their usual riding regimes. From trackdays, to off-road experiences and...

2021 Honda CB125F is lighter and more economical without sacrificing performance

2021 Honda CB125F is lighter and more economical without sacrificing performance

Honda have pulled the covers off their 2021 CB125F, revealing a completely redesigned learner-friendly commuter that now weighs 11kg less than the previous model and is capable of a claimed 497 miles...

ContiRoad Performs Exceptionally on KTM Bike

ContiRoad Performs Exceptionally on KTM Bike

Continental tyres promotion Motorcycle legend, Jeremy McWilliams, a former MotoGP rider, Multiple Northwest 200 winner and full-time KTM test and development rider, had the opportunity to extensively test the new ContiRoad at...

2020 ‘Bonnie Build-off’ contenders revealed

2020 ‘Bonnie Build-off’ contenders revealed

The contenders for this year's Triumph 'Bonneville Build-Off Challenge' have been unveiled. The bikes were submitted by Triumph dealers from around the UK and the bikes can now be viewed...

Something for the weekend: Royal Enfield team up with Baffle Culture for bike event

Something for the weekend: Royal Enfield team up with Baffle Culture for bike event

If you’ve not managed to get your bike show fix this summer, there’s still time as Royal Enfield have teamed up with Baffle Culture in Pontypool, Wales, to bring you a weekend of socially distanced...

#Ride5000miles member’s Triumph Tiger 800 faces the chop after 181,944 miles

#Ride5000miles member’s Triumph Tiger 800 faces the chop after 181,944 miles

Iron Butt UK President and #ride5000miles member, Phil Weston has said goodbye to his trusty Triumph Tiger 800 after 181,944 miles of service. Having bought the Tiger new in 2014, the Bristol-based...

Indian Motorcycle announce Roadmaster Limited and Vintage Dark Horse for 2021

Indian Motorcycle announce Roadmaster Limited and Vintage Dark Horse for 2021

Indian Motorcycle have given their range a shake up for 2021, and added two new models, including the headline-grabbing Roadmaster Limited. The Limited model represents a fresh redesign of the big...

Supercharged show-stopper: Bimota Tesi H2 available in Europe from October 1

Supercharged show-stopper: Bimota Tesi H2 available in Europe from October 1

Following months of social media teasing and rigorous track testing, Italian exotica brand Bimota have confirmed the full specs of their supercharged Tesi H2 and it’s a bit of a monster. Slated for a...

New riders sign up for MCN’s #Ride5000miles challenge

New riders sign up for MCN’s #Ride5000miles challenge

Despite Covid-19's best efforts, 2020 has welcomed countless new faces to motorcycling. Bikes have helped provide a break from the daily impact of coronavirus and present fresh challenges – and unlock...

Spied KTM 1290 Super Adventure boasts radar plus lighter and lower chassis

Spied KTM 1290 Super Adventure boasts radar plus lighter and lower chassis

These spy pictures are the best yet of KTM’s 2021 1290 Super Adventure S and R and reveal that the range-topping adventure bike will debut not only radar-guidance but also get a new look, updated...

Next Ducati Monster 821 incoming - but the steel trellis frame may not be...

Next Ducati Monster 821 incoming - but the steel trellis frame may not be...

Sources have revealed that an all-new Ducati Monster 821 is in the works, and it could be the first Monster without a steel trellis frame. Spyshots of what appeared to be a Monster with an alloy frame...

UK electric bike specialists Saietta target global sales with new high-tech motor

UK electric bike specialists Saietta target global sales with new high-tech motor

One of Britain’s leading electric motor makers have announced ambitious expansion plans which could see their workforce multiply 10-fold and their technology used in thousands of machines on the...

Recently-saved Melbourne Raceway transformed by £180,000 in donations

Recently-saved Melbourne Raceway transformed by £180,000 in donations

York-based drag racing venue Melbourne Raceway has blasted back into action after a massive fundraising effort saved it from extinction – and the team behind it have just agreed a fresh 10-year lease...

Fun at the ton: Suzuki unveils 100th anniversary GSX-R1000R

Fun at the ton: Suzuki unveils 100th anniversary GSX-R1000R

Suzuki have announced a limited edition GSX-R1000R to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. Related: Full Suzuki GSX-R1000R review on MCN Have Suzuki really been around that long we hear you...

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance create month-long charity route to raise funds

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance create month-long charity route to raise funds

Motorcyclists are being encouraged to get out on their bikes to help raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance service. In a month-long fund-raising campaign known as 'Ride...

Third time's a charm: Could this be Royal Enfield's 650 cruiser?

Third time's a charm: Could this be Royal Enfield's 650 cruiser?

A pair of short videos have been uploaded to YouTube appearing to show a new Royal Enfield cruiser in testing, powered by the same basic engine as the firm’s existing 650s - the Interceptor and...

Big four's electric dream: giants link-up for swappable battery project

Big four's electric dream: giants link-up for swappable battery project

Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki have put aside their rivalries to work together on developing a standardised set of specifications for electric bike batteries – with a trial starting this...

New Citycruiser from SHARK Helmets in dealers NOW

New Citycruiser from SHARK Helmets in dealers NOW

SHARK helmets promotion #Ride5000miles sponsors, SHARK Helmets, has always been a brand known for innovation - never afraid to think outside of the box and develop new styles, fashions and use new technology. The...

Harley-Davidson's 2021 Bronx bites the bullet

Harley-Davidson's 2021 Bronx bites the bullet

The Harley-Davidson Bronx streetfighter, which was unveiled as a prototype last year and scheduled to go on sale in 2021, has been canned. The 975cc super-naked was unveiled at the Milan show (EICMA)...

1100-mile BarbersRide goes ahead despite coronavirus complications

1100-mile BarbersRide goes ahead despite coronavirus complications

Charities throughout the UK have suffered a huge financial hit as a result of cancelled fundraising events during lockdown, but thanks to the efforts of a determined band of scissor-weidling bikers...

Subtle tweaks for Honda's 2021 500 range

Subtle tweaks for Honda's 2021 500 range

Honda’s CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X have been updated for 2021, featuring all-new paint schemes as well as minor changes to bring them into line with the latest emissions rules.  The tweaks are...

The super naked with the X factor: limited edition, track-only Tuono V4 X is lightest and most powerful yet

The super naked with the X factor: limited edition, track-only Tuono V4 X is lightest and most powerful yet

This ultra-trick, track-only version of Aprilia’s Tuono V4 has just been unveiled and is claimed to be the lightest and most powerful production super naked ever. Related articles on MCN Best super...