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More cubes, power and tech for 2021 KTM 890 Duke

More cubes, power and tech for 2021 KTM 890 Duke

KTM have transplanted the motor and much of the firepower from the 890 Duke R into the 790 Duke, creating a new standard 890 Duke and pouring even more petrol onto the middleweight class inferno in...

ZX-6R and Ninja H2 among Kawasaki's 2021 Euro5 casualties

ZX-6R and Ninja H2 among Kawasaki's 2021 Euro5 casualties

Kawasaki have confirmed that a number of models from across their line-up will not be updated for 2021 and Euro5 emissions rules.  Having released a statement late last year suggesting there were...

F1 tech for future Hondas: Prechamber combustion to maximise fuel efficiency

F1 tech for future Hondas: Prechamber combustion to maximise fuel efficiency

Honda are looking to Formula 1 car racing to address the demand for ever-cleaner engines – with a patent revealing a superbike engine featuring the sort of prechamber combustion that’s universal in...

Sled with new sting: Hookie’s Scorpion kit customises Ducati Scrambler

Sled with new sting: Hookie’s Scorpion kit customises Ducati Scrambler

Motorcycle customisers Hookie Co have turned their attentions to the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled creating the ‘Scorpion’ and if you like what they’ve done, you’ll be able to buy a kit to get the look...

The sound of Silence: European electric scooter brand hits the UK

The sound of Silence: European electric scooter brand hits the UK

Silence may not be a household name in the UK, but they’re one of Europe’s biggest electric scooter brands and now they’re launching an innovative four-model range over here. Related articles on...

Italian adventurer incoming: Aprilia Tuareg 660 spied in testing

Italian adventurer incoming: Aprilia Tuareg 660 spied in testing

The third entrant into Aprilia's 660 engine line-up is on the way, and it's an off-road-ready adventure bike called the Tuareg.  Back in autumn 2019, Aprilia presented the RS660 after several...

#Ride5000miles member says group made him a better biker

#Ride5000miles member says group made him a better biker

Anyone who’s a member of the #ride5000miles Facebook group will know it’s a vibrant online community, full of handy advice from riders all over the world. It’s also packed with inspiring tales that...

Low-capacity KTM Dukes get 2021 Euro5 refresh and new paint

Low-capacity KTM Dukes get 2021 Euro5 refresh and new paint

KTM have tweaked their learner-legal £4299 125 Duke and A2-licence compliant £4899 390 Duke for 2021, updating the single-cylinder engines in both bikes to meet the latest Euro5 emissions...

Twin TFTs and semi-active suspension for new Yamaha Tracer 9 and GT

Twin TFTs and semi-active suspension for new Yamaha Tracer 9 and GT

Hot on the heels of a revised MT-09 comes the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 and 9 GT – a pair of sports tourers powered by the same new triple. Now we've ridden it, read the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 review. If you...

Yamaha MT-09 SP is a naughtier naked with Öhlins upgrade and more for 2021

Yamaha MT-09 SP is a naughtier naked with Öhlins upgrade and more for 2021

The next step in Yamaha's 2021 new model offensive is an all-new MT-09 SP – a high-spec version of one of the market’s leading middleweight nakeds. We've now ridden this exciting new bike, so follow...

The pipes, the pipes are calling: How Yamaha made the MT-09 howl

The pipes, the pipes are calling: How Yamaha made the MT-09 howl

Yamaha’s engineers have spent countless hours on the dyno and the road trying to perfect the sound of the 2021 MT-09, with its heavily revamped 889cc triple. Now they’ve revealed details of the...

More firepower: Bullit Hero 250 unveiled

More firepower: Bullit Hero 250 unveiled

Trendy, small-capacity specialists, Bullit Motorcycles have announced a new 250cc version of their scrambler-styled Hero model. The Hero 250 has all the cool styling of its 125cc little brother but...

Meet your makers: Kawasaki revive Meguro brand that laid the foundation for their motorcycle business

Meet your makers: Kawasaki revive Meguro brand that laid the foundation for their motorcycle business

This is a Meguro K3 – a modern retro roadster based on the new(ish) Kawasaki W800. Although you could argue that the W800 is actually based on the Meguro/Kawasaki collaborative K, which was based on...

Too much of a good Wing: Honda Gold Wing improves in all areas as it looks to regain the touring crown

Too much of a good Wing: Honda Gold Wing improves in all areas as it looks to regain the touring crown

Touring luxury has just reached an even higher plane, thanks to a decent update to the Honda Gold Wing. Related articles on MCN 2021 Honda CB1000R revealed Honda CMX1100 Rebel unveiled Honda CB1100X...

A truly super naked: Fresh BMW S1000R revealed for 2021

A truly super naked: Fresh BMW S1000R revealed for 2021

The 2021 BMW S1000R is lighter and more sophisticated than ever before. It replaces the old S1000R introduced in 2014 which was based on the original S1000RR superbike, although its four-cylinder...

Download a FREE Triumph Rocket 3 colouring-in sketch right here!

Download a FREE Triumph Rocket 3 colouring-in sketch right here!

MCN free gift Got a printer and some pencils? Then your luck's in, because here at MCN we have a gift for you. Or indeed a younger member of your family... download our second, unique, special edition colouring-in...

How #Ride5000miles helped beat those Covid-19 blues in 2020

How #Ride5000miles helped beat those Covid-19 blues in 2020

It’s fair to say that 2020 was not the year that anyone wanted, but members of MCN's #ride5000miles group made the best of it - maximising their bike time to create Covid-defying...

Major changes on the way for KTM 890 Adventure

Major changes on the way for KTM 890 Adventure

KTM are already working on a replacement for the 890 Adventure, which was itself only updated from the 790 in 2020. Latest review: 2021 KTM 890 Adventure R From these new spyshots, it seems the new...

John McGuinness awarded MBE

John McGuinness awarded MBE

John McGuinness has been awarded an MBE for his services to motorcycle racing after being included in the 2021 New Year Honours List. McGuinness is the greatest living Isle of Man TT racer with 23...

Piaggio reveal 2021 Beverly scooter range with Euro5 300 and 400 models

Piaggio reveal 2021 Beverly scooter range with Euro5 300 and 400 models

Piaggio have revealed a revised Beverly scooter line-up for 2021, consisting of two A2-licence friendly mid-sized machines, which the Italian firm say combine the agility of an urban twist-and-go with...

Ride onboard with Rossi at the VR46 Ranch

Ride onboard with Rossi at the VR46 Ranch

Ever wished you could ride flat track at Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Motor Ranch? Well, thanks to Dainese, now you can! Sort of… The Italian motorcycle clothing giants and long-time sponsors of Valentino...

MCN’s resident riding coach Mark Edwards retires

MCN’s resident riding coach Mark Edwards retires

After 24 years of training motorcyclists - including MCN road testers for over a decade and 100s of our readers - Mark Edwards has retired. Previously serving with Thames Valley Police for three...

Carbon-clad custom: Bolt-on kit from Bottpower transforms Yamaha triples

Carbon-clad custom: Bolt-on kit from Bottpower transforms Yamaha triples

Performance bike builder, Bottpower have released a new carbon kit for Yamaha’s current range of 847cc CP3 triples, transforming the XSR900, MT-09, or Tracer 900 into a minimalist, flat track-inspired...

Scramble into the future: Fantic use Euro5 as perfect excuse for big updates

Scramble into the future: Fantic use Euro5 as perfect excuse for big updates

Fantic have completely overhauled their Caballero range, updating the 125 and 500 for Euro5 while sadly saying goodbye to the 250. Related articles on MCN Fantic Caballero Scrambler 500 review Fantic...

CFMoto unveil electric scooter concept

CFMoto unveil electric scooter concept

CFMoto have a new tech-heavy electric scooter, called the Cyber Concept, which they say is capable of 0-30mph in 2.9s, has a 70mph top speed and an 80-mile range. Built by Zehoo, the electric division...

2021 Arai Quantic currently undergoing ECE 22.06 testing

2021 Arai Quantic currently undergoing ECE 22.06 testing

Earlier this week, Arai announced a new Quantic sports touring helmet, which according to a statement, was said to be 'the first Arai full-face to go through the new, more rigorous ECE 22.06...

Bimota UK 2021 dealer plan revealed

Bimota UK 2021 dealer plan revealed

Getting your hands on the recently released Kawasaki Ninja H2-powered Bimota Tesi H2 or incoming retro KB4 sportsbike looks set to become easier in 2021 with the UK importer confirming plans for a UK...

Nippy Normans reimagine BMW R18 as all-conquering super tourer

Nippy Normans reimagine BMW R18 as all-conquering super tourer

After the unveiling of the R18, BMW parts specialist Nippy Normans started wondering: what if that hulking great engine wasn’t just confined to powering a cruiser? Related articles on MCN BMW R18...

London #ride5000miles member triples his normal mileage in 2020

London #ride5000miles member triples his normal mileage in 2020

With Covid-19 and lockdowns causing all kinds of chaos, it would've been easy to write off this year's #ride5000miles challenge in favour of a bigger, better 2021. However, despite the disruption,...

Special MV Agusta Superveloce Alpine sells out in hours

Special MV Agusta Superveloce Alpine sells out in hours

If you were hoping to get your hands on one of the 110 limited edition MV Agusta Alpine models, you're out of luck. That's because they sold out just hours after the bike was revealed online. Related...

Ducati's not for sale: VW to keep hold of Italian brand

Ducati's not for sale: VW to keep hold of Italian brand

Car giants Volkswagen have confirmed that it will not be selling the Ducati brand at a meeting of their supervisory board. Rumours have been circulating that the motorcycle marque, which has been...

A total screamer: Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-25R ridden in exclusive UK test

A total screamer: Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-25R ridden in exclusive UK test

The UK’s small-capacity sportsbike market is now dominated by a selection of competent, but comfortable single and parallel-twin cylinder machines, capped at 47bhp. Practical, frugal and...

Vision express: Honda update their popular 110 commuter scooter for 2021

Vision express: Honda update their popular 110 commuter scooter for 2021

Honda have today announced yet another new model for their 2021 line-up, with big changes coming to their CBT-friendly Vision 110 scooter next year. Equipped with fresh styling, a new part-LCD display...

Honda CB1100X sports tourer on the horizon

Honda CB1100X sports tourer on the horizon

Sources in Japan have confirmed that Honda are working on a sports tourer that will be powered by the engine from the Africa Twin. Sales of sports tourers have been on the wane but adventure styled...

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 could be the ultimate budget city bike

Royal Enfield Meteor 350 could be the ultimate budget city bike

Royal Enfield have unveiled their new Meteor 350 – a small capacity city cruiser that could be make a perfect post-Covid commuter. Powering this little machine is a brand new 349cc SOHC air and oil...

Fresh pictures reveal more about incoming Bimota KB4

Fresh pictures reveal more about incoming Bimota KB4

Fresh images of the upcoming Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX-powered Bimota KB4 have appeared online, after the Italian firm posted shots of the bike in testing on social media. Related articles on MCN Bimota...