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Italian race bike builder, Giancarlo Morbidelli dies aged 86

Italian race bike builder, Giancarlo Morbidelli dies aged 86

Giancarlo Morbidelli, the name behind some of the greatest bikes in smaller-capacity GP racing, has died in his hometown of Pesaro, Italy. He was 86. After building his first racers in 1969 his...

Cheaper 2020 Triumph Street Triple 765 R gets two-way quickshifter as standard

Cheaper 2020 Triumph Street Triple 765 R gets two-way quickshifter as standard

After predicting its arrival last week, we can now fully reveal the significantly updated 2020 Triumph Street Triple R. The 'mid-spec' version of its hugely-popular 765cc streetfighter is now...

Medley maker: Piaggio updates 125 scooter

Medley maker: Piaggio updates 125 scooter

There's a revised Piaggio Medley scooter range on the way for 2020; with a new sporty look and plenty of room for your shopping, too. The new bike has the latest generation liquid-cooled four-stroke...

Harley-Davidson's custom department creates extra special CVO Road Glide

Harley-Davidson's custom department creates extra special CVO Road Glide

Harley-Davidson have unveiled a new limited-production, super-premium model for 2020, the CVO Road Glide. CVO stands for Custom Vehicles Operation and is Harley’s premium bike building division, which...

#Ride5000miles member plans to tour Scotland the alphabetic way round

#Ride5000miles member plans to tour Scotland the alphabetic way round

A Scottish member of our #ride5000miles group plans to visit a different village, town or city in the country for every letter of the alphabet aboard his trusty Kawasaki ZZR1400. "I’ve been on...

2020 Indian Roadmaster Elite pumps up the volume and the price-tag

2020 Indian Roadmaster Elite pumps up the volume and the price-tag

Introducing the 2020 Indian Roadmaster Elite: a special £35,499 version of the standard Roadmaster, boasting a lavish hand-finished paint job, lashings of chrome and a new sound system that’s a...

Jeans stronger than steel: lightweight kit strong enough to lift a skip

Jeans stronger than steel: lightweight kit strong enough to lift a skip

The latest gear from cutting-edge clothing company Saint combines a stretchy and comfortable denim with AA-rated protection, with enough strength to lift a two-tonne skip from just a single layer of...

Return of a legend: new Hayabusa spied in Suzuki patent leaks

Return of a legend: new Hayabusa spied in Suzuki patent leaks

For more than a year now it’s been impossible to buy a brand new Suzuki Hayabusa in Europe after the legendary hyperbike failed to meet Euro4 emissions limits – but it’s not gone forever. Suzuki...

Super-scoot! Italjet confirm Dragster production will begin in Italy in May

Super-scoot! Italjet confirm Dragster production will begin in Italy in May

It has been confirmed this morning that the 2020 Italjet Dragster will begin production in Italy in May.  Speaking in a statement, Italjet President and CEO, Massimo Tartarini said: "The Dragster...

Special MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR for TheArsenale to be limited to one unit

Special MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR for TheArsenale to be limited to one unit

A special-edition version of the MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR has been built in celebration of luxury goods website, TheArsenale. Using the latest version of the Dragster as a base and produced as a...

Record year sees CCM Motorcycles more than quadruple sales figures

Record year sees CCM Motorcycles more than quadruple sales figures

Bolton-based CCM Motorcycles are busy celebrating record growth across 2019, after sales more than quadrupled in the last 12 months. Equating to a turnover of more than £17 million and a healthy...

Government confirms motorbikes not included in 2035 petrol ban

Government confirms motorbikes not included in 2035 petrol ban

The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday, February 4 the Government’s intention to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2035. Despite some mixed messages, the Department for Transport...

Harley-Davidson celebrate 30 years of the Fat Boy with blacked-out special edition

Harley-Davidson celebrate 30 years of the Fat Boy with blacked-out special edition

In celebration of 30 years of production, Harley-Davidson have revealed a new Fat Boy special edition, limited to 2500 units. With each bike’s tank fitted with a unique serial number plate for...

Royal Enfield discontinues 500cc engine used in Bullet and Classic

Royal Enfield discontinues 500cc engine used in Bullet and Classic

Royal Enfield have officially confirmed that they will cease production of their 500cc engine currently used in the Classic and Bullet models. The single-cylinder engine has been used by the brand...

Easy-fit kit converts Yamaha Fazer 600 into retro race rep

Easy-fit kit converts Yamaha Fazer 600 into retro race rep

With all the interest in café racers and home-built specials, how about this? A 1970s TZ-inspired street racer based on the Yamaha Fazer 600 that you can build yourself with a new £1800 kit. It's the...

Three-day ride across UK aims to raise £30,000 for Crisis

Three-day ride across UK aims to raise £30,000 for Crisis

Nigel Lomas has combined his love of riding motorcycles a long way with raising money for worthwhile causes and his latest venture could make a huge difference to the homeless. The active...

Training triumph for new riders as rogue instructors shut down

Training triumph for new riders as rogue instructors shut down

The DVSA have shut down more than 100 rogue motorcycle trainers who have been delivering sub-standard training to new motorcyclists. Related: learn to ride with MCN As a result of their work 18...

Subtly sharpened 2020 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro and Sport Pro revealed

Subtly sharpened 2020 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro and Sport Pro revealed

Meet the all-new 2020 Ducati Scrambler 1100 twins - the Pro and the Sport Pro. Related: Best street scramblers and soft-roaders Both get a new exhaust, shorter rear mudguard, an improved seat and a...

BBC investigation highlights dangers of smart motorways

BBC investigation highlights dangers of smart motorways

An investigation by the BBC has shown just how dangerous smart motorways can be. A smart motorway does not have a hard shoulder, instead relying on refuges and the ability to close lanes to traffic...

Paralysed Claire Lomas to do 26.2 miles in wheelchair... in full bike gear

Paralysed Claire Lomas to do 26.2 miles in wheelchair... in full bike gear

Claire Lomas is planning to complete this year’s London Marathon in her wheelchair while wearing full riding gear – including leathers and helmet. Claire was paralysed from the chest down in 2007...

Triumph confirm Bajaj collaboration to build all-new mid-capacity range

Triumph confirm Bajaj collaboration to build all-new mid-capacity range

Triumph Motorcycles and Bajaj Auto India have formally commenced a long term, non-equity partnership to build a brand-new range of mid-capacity motorcycles that will bolster Triumph’s fortunes in...

The Speedshop: BBC considering full series for custom bike build show

The Speedshop: BBC considering full series for custom bike build show

The Speedshop could be in line to get a full series if viewer feedback and iPlayer performance are good enough. The show followed custom bike builder, Titch Cormack as he made an adapted off-roader...

Rent-a-wrench: new membership workshop opens in Leicestershire

Rent-a-wrench: new membership workshop opens in Leicestershire

A new DIY engineering workshop has opened in Leicestershire, allowing members to make use of £25,000 worth of industrial working machinery. The Machine Shop is based in Burbage (near Hinckley) and...

Pricing revealed for Mile-munching Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel

Pricing revealed for Mile-munching Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel

The fun, quirky and characterful Moto Guzzi V85 TT retro-adventure has proved so successful it’s spun-off this new ‘Travel’ version, and in January 2020 pricing was revealed. It's set to start at...

The 2020 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory gets electronic Öhlins; £900 premium over 2019 model

The 2020 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory gets electronic Öhlins; £900 premium over 2019 model

The 2020 Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory has finally been given Öhlins electronic suspension, and a price tag up £900 from the 2019 bike.  Its Smart EC 2.0 system is different to that of the Tuono...

Sand or snow, special-edition Tiger 1200s are a Triumph for luxury and value

Sand or snow, special-edition Tiger 1200s are a Triumph for luxury and value

Triumph have released two new special edition Tiger 1200s that come with some new paint and some fancy trinkets. Called the Desert Edition and the Alpine Edition, they’re basically slightly posh...

Battery-bike bonanza as Harley-Davidson gives glimpse of their electric future

Battery-bike bonanza as Harley-Davidson gives glimpse of their electric future

Harley-Davidson have posted a render image of a new middleweight electric concept on their US website. The flattrack-inspired electric motorbike looks to bridge the gap between the very lightweight...

Ducati Panigale V4S 2020 - the story

Ducati Panigale V4S 2020 - the story

MCN's Chris Newbigging has attended the launch, and you can read his 2020 Ducati Panigale V4S review here. The new 1103cc, 211bhp V4-powered missile is Ducati's second-generation S model and promises...

KTM reveal long anticipated 2020 1290 Super Duke R

KTM reveal long anticipated 2020 1290 Super Duke R

The long-anticipated 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R super naked broke cover at the Eicma motorcycle show in Milan in November 2019, promising more power and less weight, thanks to a new chassis. We've now...

Zero-mile Paul Smart Ducati among stars at Vegas Bonhams auction

Zero-mile Paul Smart Ducati among stars at Vegas Bonhams auction

It’s that time of year when Bonhams put on their Las Vegas auction, arguably the biggest classic bike sale of the year. Taking place at Caesar's Entertainment Studios on Thursday, 23 January, among...

How a Yamaha RXS100 restoration project got a couple hooked on biking

How a Yamaha RXS100 restoration project got a couple hooked on biking

Ride5000miles member Nigel Hobson accidentally inspired his wife Emma to take up motorcycling after purchasing a Yamaha RXS100 project bike to rekindle his own biking youth. The low-capacity...

We're Hiring! Do you fancy working with us?

We're Hiring! Do you fancy working with us?

If you have a burning passion for all things motorcycling, an insatiable need to write in an exciting and engaging way and want to have the might of the world’s no.1 motorcycle publication behind you...

Never mind deBolex, here’s a custom Kawasaki ZRX1200R!

Never mind deBolex, here’s a custom Kawasaki ZRX1200R!

DeBolex have made a name for themselves the last few years producing beautiful handbuilt café racers, and whaddaya know - they’ve done it again. This time though, it’s based on a rather special and...

BMW R1250GS and GS Adventure top the sales charts in 2019

BMW R1250GS and GS Adventure top the sales charts in 2019

BMW Motorrad UK registered a record 9,353 new motorbikes in 2019, a 3.5% increase on 2018’s figure. Motorcycle and powered two wheeler (PTW) sales were up across the board in 2019, but this included a...

Range of Buell WSB, IOM TT and Macau bikes for sale

Range of Buell WSB, IOM TT and Macau bikes for sale

Ten Buell racing motorbikes and other inventory from the firm’s final days in World Superbike and road racing have gone up for sale. The EB1190 models are being sold by NCCR in Sweden who ran the Erik...

Vote now for Britain's best biker café for 2020!

Vote now for Britain's best biker café for 2020!

After weeks in the saddle and days wolfing down breakfasts, our man Justin has come up with his shortlist of the 'Best Bike Cafés in the UK 2020' – and now it’s your turn to choose an overall...