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Indian break out the ink with latest tattoo competition

Indian break out the ink with latest tattoo competition

Indian have unveiled the first of their incoming outlandish tattoo-inspired livery designs, with three well known tattoo artists all creating a design that is digitally displayed on a Chief model...

Sunra Robo S ridden: Electric arrival delivers convincing offer to commuters

Sunra Robo S ridden: Electric arrival delivers convincing offer to commuters

New player to the European two-wheeler scene, Sunra have just released their Robo S 125cc equivalent electric scooter in the UK. If you’re not familiar with the name, it’s because they’re new to the...

Bobber job! French custom house reveals two Honda CMX1100 Rebel specials

Bobber job! French custom house reveals two Honda CMX1100 Rebel specials

Honda Europe have teamed up with French custom house FCR Original to create two unique CMX1100 Rebel builds, said to celebrate the 'dual personality' of the Japanese firm’s latest twin-cylinder...

LiveWire One: Electric bike drops the Harley badge and the price

LiveWire One: Electric bike drops the Harley badge and the price

LiveWire, the freshly spun-off electric motorbike brand from Harley-Davidson, have unveiled their first model called the LiveWire One. Related articles on MCN Harley-Davidson LiveWire...

Smoke show: Yamaha revise two-stroke YZ motocross range and reveal all-new YZ125

Smoke show: Yamaha revise two-stroke YZ motocross range and reveal all-new YZ125

Yamaha are aiming to get the holeshot on the off-road racing competition with their 2021 two-stroke motocross range; revealing updates to the YZ85 and YZ250, plus an all-new YZ125 for good...

Benda’s outlandish flattracker could roll in at under £6k

Benda’s outlandish flattracker could roll in at under £6k

Benda are making serious waves in the Chinese market and expanding into Europe with dealer networks in Spain and Italy – and now they’ve launched not one but two new four-cylinder models. The first,...

Energica’s giant leap: New EMCE motor promises greater power and range

Energica’s giant leap: New EMCE motor promises greater power and range

Energica have announced a new electric motor, which they say offers a considerable improvement in all areas. The motor, dubbed the EMCE, has been co-engineered with the Italian company Mavel, a...

Word on the Street: CCM celebrate golden anniversary with two new models

Word on the Street: CCM celebrate golden anniversary with two new models

CCM have produced two new bikes based on their Spitfire platform as they celebrate 50 years in business. The family-owned firm have been going from strength to strength since the Spitfire range was...

CE into the future: BMW CE 04 electric scooter is just the start

CE into the future: BMW CE 04 electric scooter is just the start

BMW have unveiled the latest of their electric scooters, the CE 04 and apart from its futuristic styling it’s actually quite a normal sounding machine. Some electric manufacturers have been guilty of...

Honda CBR600: Your in-depth guide

Honda CBR600: Your in-depth guide

The 2021 Honda CBR600RR was launched on 25 September featuring more aerodynamic styling, revised engine internals, traction control and more. Unfortunately, it’s not coming to Europe – with the...

Do-it-yourself: Custom kits for Royal Enfield 650s

Do-it-yourself: Custom kits for Royal Enfield 650s

Bad Winners have built a series of do-it-yourself kits for the Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor and Continental. Related articles on MCN Limited edition Indian Scout Bobber Sixty customs The best base...

Road stats are mixed bag: Good and bad news for bikers in latest figures

Road stats are mixed bag: Good and bad news for bikers in latest figures

There was a 16% reduction in road deaths in 2020 but the picture wasn’t quite so rosy for bikers. The reason for the reduction was the lockdown, with millions fewer miles travelled. Related articles...

French fancies: Parisian dealer teams up with custom house for limited-run Scout Bobber Sixty range

French fancies: Parisian dealer teams up with custom house for limited-run Scout Bobber Sixty range

Meet the Indian Neon Scout Bobber Sixty series – a design collaboration between custom house Tank Machine and Parisian dealer Indian Étoile, inspired by Nascar racing liveries. Costing around £17,560...

Voxan and Biaggi set sights on more electric speed records

Voxan and Biaggi set sights on more electric speed records

Former GP and WSB star Max Biaggi is preparing to take the electric bike speed record to a whole new level with his Voxan Wattman. After setting no fewer than 11 new records in November 2020, the...

1969 Honda CB750: The world's first superbike

1969 Honda CB750: The world's first superbike

More than half a century ago, British bikers got their first look of the machine that would change motorcycling forever. On April 5, 1969 at the Metropole Hotel, venue for the Brighton Motorcycle...

A new Frontier: Norton provide support to students for electric bike project

A new Frontier: Norton provide support to students for electric bike project

Norton have provided expertise, data and a brand new superbike frame to students at WMG, part of the University of Warwick, to help them in their research into electric motorcycles. There are 13...

Adventure bargain beckons: New Voge 500DS will debut in the UK for under £5000

Adventure bargain beckons: New Voge 500DS will debut in the UK for under £5000

The Voge 500DS is coming to the UK, at last, with the folks at Lexmoto helping to bring the Chinese brand to our shores. If you’re not familiar with Voge, it’s a recently launched brand from Chinese...

Italjet Dragster: Andrea Dovizioso to help develop quirky new twist-and-go

Italjet Dragster: Andrea Dovizioso to help develop quirky new twist-and-go

Former 125cc world champion and MotoGP race winner Andrea Dovizioso has signed a deal with Italjet to help develop the space-age Dragster scooter range. The Italian firm revealed the unconventional...

BMW R1300GS: New test mules and trademarks point towards new engine

BMW R1300GS: New test mules and trademarks point towards new engine

BMW have been spotted testing a new version of the GS, which combined with some recent trademark applications suggest that a new engine is in the pipeline. Related articles on MCN BMW R1250GS...

Benelli’s new 550: Chinese-owned brand set to launch sporty parallel twin

Benelli’s new 550: Chinese-owned brand set to launch sporty parallel twin

The middleweight sportsbike market has been dominated by four-cylinder 600s for decades but as those models fade into obscurity a new generation of parallel twin-powered replacements has started to...

Past shapes the future: Shaft drive isn’t just for looks on BMW’s upcoming electric models

Past shapes the future: Shaft drive isn’t just for looks on BMW’s upcoming electric models

BMW are already established as early adopters in electric bikes but they’re on the verge of a much more concerted push in that field as technology previewed in 2019’s Vision DC concept is set to debut...

Triple A in a shed: Motorcycle clothing designer brings old-school tech bang up to date

Triple A in a shed: Motorcycle clothing designer brings old-school tech bang up to date

Designer Ashley Watson has created a new wax jacket that meets the latest stringent CE testing with a triple-A rating. You might imagine this sort of work would involve vast sums of money from...

'Let's make biking safer' say National Motorcyclists Council

'Let's make biking safer' say National Motorcyclists Council

The National Motorcyclists Council is calling for a set of international standards to be adopted to help improve safety for motorcyclists. Who are the NMC? The NMC, which is made up of numerous UK...

Monkeying around: Honda's quirky mini retro gets new engine and five-speed gearbox

Monkeying around: Honda's quirky mini retro gets new engine and five-speed gearbox

Honda have updated their Monkey model with a completely revised engine and a whole host of changes to make it a more practical little run-around. Relaunched in 2018, the Monkey has always been a...

Honda make the Super Cub C125 even more practical in 2021 update

Honda make the Super Cub C125 even more practical in 2021 update

The Honda SuperCub has been overhauled for 2021 with tweaks to the engine to meet Euro5 regulations and some other changes to make the model more comfortable. Related articles on MCN 2019 Honda C125...

A cool idea for summer riding: Chill Ride vest aims to solve the comfort conundrum

A cool idea for summer riding: Chill Ride vest aims to solve the comfort conundrum

Even in the temperate climes of the UK every rider’s wardrobe is filled to bursting point with riding gear to cope with the weather conditions we face. Whether you’re battling to stay warm in winter...

Extra SPecial prize: MCN Yamaha MT-09 SP competition winner thought it was a wind-up!

Extra SPecial prize: MCN Yamaha MT-09 SP competition winner thought it was a wind-up!

MCN reader Matthew Brookfield thought it was a scam when he got the call telling him he’d just won a brand-new Yamaha MT-09 SP. Related articles on MCN 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP review White Motorcycle...

Suzuki unveil A2-friendly GSX-S950 middleweight

Suzuki unveil A2-friendly GSX-S950 middleweight

Suzuki have unveiled an A2-friendly version of their GSX-S model called the GSX-S950. The bike is based on the brand-new GSX-S1000 but is tuned for around 94bhp meaning it can be restricted to 47bhp...

Biking birthday blowout: CCM celebrate 50th anniversary with a series of biking events

Biking birthday blowout: CCM celebrate 50th anniversary with a series of biking events

British bike brand CCM are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a series of special-edition bikes and events - starting with the CCM Golden Jubilee Scramble on June 27. The Bolton-based...

Brit brands Renntec and Metal Mule join forces

Brit brands Renntec and Metal Mule join forces

The popular Renntec and Metal Mule motorcycle accessory labels are to merge following the two brands’ takeover by British biking brothers Alan and Geoff Giles. Geoff, an experienced customiser and...

Benelli go touring: 1200GT reaches production and it’s on its way here

Benelli go touring: 1200GT reaches production and it’s on its way here

Benelli’s long-awaited 1200GT – the first new big-capacity triple from the firm since the takeover by Qianjiang in 2005 – has gone on sale in China at a price that massively undercuts similarly-spec’d...

Triple threat: Zontes plan to use three-cylinder engine for large capacity models

Triple threat: Zontes plan to use three-cylinder engine for large capacity models

China have been producing small-capacity bikes for decades but the nation’s motorcycle industry has shifted gears recently to put an increasing focus on large multi-cylinder machines. Zontes are the...

Happy returns for the MT-OAP: Biking-mad pensioner celebrates 92nd birthday with a trackday

Happy returns for the MT-OAP: Biking-mad pensioner celebrates 92nd birthday with a trackday

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but 92-year-old Peter Villis has proved them all wrong by enjoying a day at the British Superbike School at Blyton Park aboard a Yamaha MT-09 SP. Related...

Shock treatment: JvBMoto customise Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Shock treatment: JvBMoto customise Harley-Davidson LiveWire

German customiser JvBMoto has turned his hand to the Harley-Davidson LiveWire after falling in love with one on a test ride. Related articles on MCN LiveWire is rewired: H-D’s electric bikes spun off...

Kermit takes the crown: Custom Indian £3K challenge winner announced

Kermit takes the crown: Custom Indian £3K challenge winner announced

This customised Indian Scout Bobber built by Thor Motorcycles in Cornwall has been crowned winner of Indian’s 'Project Scout 3K' dealer build-off challenge, which restricted customisation to a budget...

Two-stroke revolution beckons: Limited-run Langen Two Stroke passes MSVA test ahead of autumn production

Two-stroke revolution beckons: Limited-run Langen Two Stroke passes MSVA test ahead of autumn production

After two years of meticulous development, the first Langen Two Stroke model has been approved for UK roads, after passing a Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval (MSVA) test on Monday, June 7. Starting...