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Legendary customisers join forces to create unique Indian Chief

Legendary customisers join forces to create unique Indian Chief

Hot on the heels of the production version of the Indian Chief, the American firm have released the first of three customs. The first one, seen here, is known as the Cox-Keino Chief as it’s been built...

Harley-Davidson unveil limited Street Glide Special Arctic Blast

Harley-Davidson unveil limited Street Glide Special Arctic Blast

Harley-Davidson have used the Sturgis rally as the perfect excuse to unveil a limited run of Street Glides with a special paintjob. Known as ‘Arctic Blast’ the scheme consists of a pearlescent...

Kawasaki reveal Z900RS SE with uprated suspension and 70s tribute paint

Kawasaki reveal Z900RS SE with uprated suspension and 70s tribute paint

Kawasaki are gunning for the retro bike top spot after revealing a new Z900RS SE model for 2022 featuring beefier suspension components, uprated brakes and a striking 'Yellow Ball' 70s tribute paint...

Yamaha Ténéré ready to rally: Deus turn middleweight adventure bike into a retro Dakar machine

Yamaha Ténéré ready to rally: Deus turn middleweight adventure bike into a retro Dakar machine

If there’s two things that are hot property, it’s the 1980s and it’s the Dakar rally. Both hark back to a time before electronics, when life was a little simpler, smartphones didn’t exist and travel...

Motorbikes permanently excluded from Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Motorbikes permanently excluded from Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The organisers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb have announced that motorbikes will be permanently excluded from the competition. Bike racing was temporarily excluded from the event after...

Falklands hero Simon Weston fulfils lifelong dream to take up biking

Falklands hero Simon Weston fulfils lifelong dream to take up biking

Falklands veteran Simon Weston CBE has taken to the road on a bespoke Triumph trike paid for by crowdfunding. Related articles on MCN Father and son ride 1040 miles for charity Memorial ride planned...

Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Viking 360 goes under the hammer

Steve McQueen's Husqvarna Viking 360 goes under the hammer

A Husqvarna Viking 360 previously owned by Steve McQueen is to be sold at a three-day auction in Monterey, Californa, USA courtesy of RM Sotheby's. As a keen racer, McQueen was on a quest to find the...

Playing dirty: New Honda CRF250RX and CRF250R unveiled

Playing dirty: New Honda CRF250RX and CRF250R unveiled

Honda have revamped their popular mid-sized off-roaders with new frames, updated engines and overhauled suspension. Related articles on MCN Triumph to build competition off road bikes Yamaha reveal...

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is globe-trotting rally raider

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is globe-trotting rally raider

The KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is the Austrian firm's assault on the 2021 large-capacity off-road-centric adventure bike class.  Priced at £15,999, the Euro5-friendly brute is claimed to be the...

Patents reveal new Brixton 1200 to rival Bonneville

Patents reveal new Brixton 1200 to rival Bonneville

Triumph have had very little large capacity competition for the retro Brit-style bike crown, but that could soon change when Brixton bring their new 1200cc twin to the market. The new machine, which...

Father and son ride 1040 miles in under 24 hours in charity challenge

Father and son ride 1040 miles in under 24 hours in charity challenge

A Newcastle-based father and son biking duo have raised around £3500 for defibrillator and diabetes charities by riding over 1000 miles in under 24 hours. Lee Atherton and his father Neil Atherton set...

Bike touring back on the menu: Relaxation of travel rules opens up European possibilities

Bike touring back on the menu: Relaxation of travel rules opens up European possibilities

The Government have announced that people who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine will no longer have to quarantine on return from France – which reopens easy access to much of Europe...

Official Guy Willison 5Four special Honda CB1000R unveiled

Official Guy Willison 5Four special Honda CB1000R unveiled

Honda UK have yet again teamed up with customiser Guy Willison to create another short run of specials. This latest model, limited once more to just 54 individually numbered units, is built around a...

Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP in works: Red hot new top-spec naked on the way

Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP in works: Red hot new top-spec naked on the way

American emissions documents have revealed that Ducati are working on an SP version of the Streetfighter V4. Related articles on MCN MCN's long-term Ducati Streetfighter V4 S review Ducati Panigale...

Aprilia Tuareg 660 aims for mid-sized adventure bike supremacy

Aprilia Tuareg 660 aims for mid-sized adventure bike supremacy

After more than a year of teasing, Aprilia have finally revealed their incoming Tuareg 660 adventure bike online, which looks set to take the fight directly to Yamaha’s 689cc parallel-twin Ténéré...

Indian Motorcycle dealer creates pair of custom Scouts

Indian Motorcycle dealer creates pair of custom Scouts

French dealer Indian Motorcycle Metz have unveiled two new custom creations based on the Indian Scout. The Hundred is inspired by the drag strips of America with a riding position to suit the sprint...

Yamaha lays out a plan for the future: New models, new niches and new power sources

Yamaha lays out a plan for the future: New models, new niches and new power sources

Yamaha have outlined a plan that pushes the firm towards carbon neutrality by 2050. That’s a long way off but the firm gives strong hints about the models it’s working on right now. Related articles...

Highway Code to support bikers

Highway Code to support bikers

The Highway Code has been given an update to be published in the autumn that will create a hierarchy of vehicles designed to protect vulnerable road users. In the current Highway Code everyone on the...

Bagger is better: BMW supersize the R18 with Transcontinental and R18B

Bagger is better: BMW supersize the R18 with Transcontinental and R18B

BMW have unveiled two new R18 based tourers – the R18B ‘Bagger’ and the R18 Transcontinental ‘full dresser’. Both bikes take the core of the R18, a giant 1802cc air-cooled boxer engine, exposed shaft...

Spyshots show BMW R nine T Scrambler and Urban G/S models are set to get serious off road

Spyshots show BMW R nine T Scrambler and Urban G/S models are set to get serious off road

BMW are working on two new scramblers inspired by the early R80G/S. With a focus on competent off-road ability, it’s likely these bikes will be successors to the R nine T Urban G/S and the Scrambler,...

Nevermind the Sex Pistols: deBolex create carbon custom from Ducati Monster 1200

Nevermind the Sex Pistols: deBolex create carbon custom from Ducati Monster 1200

British customisers deBolex have finally unveiled the fruits of nearly two years’ work with the db25 – a limited run of radically customised bikes based on the Ducati Monster 1200. Related articles on...

Andromeda Moto create track-rated vegan 'leathers'

Andromeda Moto create track-rated vegan 'leathers'

Andromeda Moto have created both one and two-piece ‘leather’ suits for bikers that don’t use any leather at all – in fact, it’s completely vegan. Related articles on MCN Best vegan motorbike gear How...

Bikes not chopped: Reports of the death of motorcycles 'greatly exaggerated'

Bikes not chopped: Reports of the death of motorcycles 'greatly exaggerated'

The government has published a paper on their plan to ‘decarbonise transport’ with plans to have all new cars ‘fully zero emission at the tailpipe from 2035’ but when it comes to motorcycles, reports...

Forever 21: Ducati pay tribute to Troy Bayliss with special edition Panigale V2

Forever 21: Ducati pay tribute to Troy Bayliss with special edition Panigale V2

Ducati have honoured one of their most successful and well loved racers with a special edition bike to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first world title. The eponymous Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st...

Spyshots: New KTM 990 could shake up the road-going naked world

Spyshots: New KTM 990 could shake up the road-going naked world

KTM hit the mainstream with the 790 Duke in 2018, followed by a strong update this year boosting capacity to 890. Now spyshots suggest there’s another bike in the offing. Related articles on MCN KTM...

Life on the road with DocBike

Life on the road with DocBike

Bikertek promotion The sixth and final part of the 2021 series is all about DocBike. It will feature a day in the life of a band of emergency service workers who are out there trying to keep all road users safe -...

KTM RC 8C offers an orange slice of the GP action

KTM RC 8C offers an orange slice of the GP action

KTM have taken their 'ready to race' motto to a whole new level with the RC 8C – a carbon-kevlar clad racing machine powered by the engine from the 890 Duke R naked. Developed with Krämer Motorcycles,...

Triumph reveal bold plans for new MX and enduro machines

Triumph reveal bold plans for new MX and enduro machines

Triumph are planning an assault on the lucrative motocross and enduro market – with two big-name ambassadors helping them to blaze a new off-road trail. The Hinckley-based operation have outlined...

DAB Concept-E combines roadster charm with supermoto cool in learner legal package

DAB Concept-E combines roadster charm with supermoto cool in learner legal package

French boutique bike builders DAB Motors have whipped the covers off their new Concept E – a 13.4bhp learner-legal roadster and the firm’s first foray into electrification. The prototype was produced...

Yamaha R7: Great first impressions from USA

Yamaha R7: Great first impressions from USA

We've now ridden the new 2022 Yamaha R7. Get our full review here.  There’s an old joke that we’re always a few months behind the Americans when it comes to the latest trends and in the case of...

Auction prices hit record high: AJS Porcupine sees auction prices spike

Auction prices hit record high: AJS Porcupine sees auction prices spike

The Bonhams Summer Stafford Sale set new records as the auction paid its first visit to the show since the autumn of 2019 – with the ultra-rare 1940s AJS 497cc E90 ‘Porcupine’ Grand Prix bike setting...

Riding on coconut shells: Activated carbon inserts made from sawdust and coconut shells could transform your bike

Riding on coconut shells: Activated carbon inserts made from sawdust and coconut shells could transform your bike

Motorcycle firms have dabbled with the idea of air suspension for decades, but now a British firm have developed a technology that breathes new life into the idea. Related articles on MCN How helmet...

Norton CEO outlines ambitious racing plans and 'understands V4 owners’ frustration'

Norton CEO outlines ambitious racing plans and 'understands V4 owners’ frustration'

The new boss of Norton has outlined ambitious plans for the firm and a renewed determination to treat owners of the V4SS bought from the ‘old’ company (NMUL) fairly, in an interview with MCN. Dr...

New Akita 125 is the latest L plate friendly affordable retro from Mutt Motorcycles

New Akita 125 is the latest L plate friendly affordable retro from Mutt Motorcycles

Meet the Mutt Akita 125: a new minimalist L-plate friendly retro costing £955 less than Yamaha’s incoming XSR125. Priced at £3495 before OTR costs, the Akita is the latest creation from Birmingham...

Harley-Davidson Sportster S unveiled with new chassis, new engine and new £14k pricetag

Harley-Davidson Sportster S unveiled with new chassis, new engine and new £14k pricetag

Harley-Davidson have unveiled the Sportster S – the latest machine powered by their new Revolution engine – which promises more power and improved electronics built on a brand new platform. The...

British built and customised machines steal the show as Goodwood Festival of Speed returns

British built and customised machines steal the show as Goodwood Festival of Speed returns

British built, designed and customised bikes dazzled at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which was given a last-minute go ahead as a coronavirus 'pilot event'. Thousands flocked to the open-air...