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Current affairs: Horwin planning fast-charging ‘niobium-battery’ bike by 2024

Current affairs: Horwin planning fast-charging ‘niobium-battery’ bike by 2024

The Brazilian arm of electric bike firm Horwin has inked a deal with niobium supplier CBMM to bring ultra-fast charging niobium batteries to the company’s bikes as soon as 2024. Niobium is an element...

Keep yourself safe: Police offer tips ahead of start of riding season

Keep yourself safe: Police offer tips ahead of start of riding season

Lincolnshire Police have asked riders to be vigilant as they return to the roads over the Easter weekend. Having examined their statistics for the last three years, Lincs police say that the most...

Yamaha developing power steering for motorcycles

Yamaha developing power steering for motorcycles

The barrage of rider aids on today’s bikes would be unthinkable to riders even a decade or so ago but Yamaha’s latest addition could be a game-changer – not only adding an extra layer of safety but...

‘It’s not like other shows – it’s real’: Dropping the S-Bomb on the BBC’s Sunday night hit – The Speedshop

‘It’s not like other shows – it’s real’: Dropping the S-Bomb on the BBC’s Sunday night hit – The Speedshop

There’s not much that can beat spending Sunday evening on the sofa in the company of great biking stories, as you try to ignore the inevitable arrival of another Monday. And to make Sundays even...

Sammy Miller’s 'Miller' returns to join famous museum

Sammy Miller’s 'Miller' returns to join famous museum

Sammy Miller MBE, riding legend and owner of the Sammy Miller Museum, has just finished the restoration of arguably his rarest bike yet – the one-off, eponymously named, ‘Miller’. Although most famous...

Adventure Spec release Honda CRF300L accessory range

Adventure Spec release Honda CRF300L accessory range

Kit retailers Adventure Spec have released a range of parts to turn the Honda CRF300L from tame green laner into a fully fledged small-capacity adventurer. The range follows on from their already...

Stuart Garner walks free: Former Norton Motorcycles owner gets suspended sentence

Stuart Garner walks free: Former Norton Motorcycles owner gets suspended sentence

The former owner of Norton Motorcycles, Stuart Garner, has received an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to illegal pension investments.   The 53-year-old...

Septuagenarian keeps on riding: Charity support sees lifelong biker remain on two wheels after cancer

Septuagenarian keeps on riding: Charity support sees lifelong biker remain on two wheels after cancer

A lifetime biker can celebrate his 75th birthday this week on two wheels thanks to support from the National Association of Bikers with a Disability (NABD). Retired church minister John Schofield, 74,...

More than 80 collectable bikes up for grabs in April auction

More than 80 collectable bikes up for grabs in April auction

Two collections of classic bikes, including machines as diverse as a 1949 Norton International, 1952 Sunbeam S7, 1978 Kawasaki KH250 triple and even a rare Morgan three-wheeler, are among the stars of...

MotoGP tech to improve airflow is set to make its way onto road bikes

MotoGP tech to improve airflow is set to make its way onto road bikes

If you’ve had even a passing interest in MotoGP over the last few years you’ll have noticed there’s something of an aerodynamic revolution underway for motorcycles. And some of that work is trickling...

MCE refunds arrive: Riders finally get some cash back after long delays

MCE refunds arrive: Riders finally get some cash back after long delays

Four months after MCE Insurance Company Limited fell into administration, and two months since the administrators cancelled policies, riders have started to receive partial refunds from the Financial...

Special delivery! Sunra Robo S Utility designed to zap goods across busy city centres

Special delivery! Sunra Robo S Utility designed to zap goods across busy city centres

Small electric bike specialists Sunra have revealed a new Robo-S Utility model, designed to zap across city centre low emission zones delivering goods and cutting transport costs for...

Piaggio announce special urban scoot in partnership with Feng Chen Wang

Piaggio announce special urban scoot in partnership with Feng Chen Wang

Piaggio have teamed up with clothing designer Feng Chen Wang to create a special version of the 1 electric urban scoot. Finished in a striking lime green watercolour design, prices start at £2750 for...

A bit on the side: Watsonian report post-pandemic sales boom

A bit on the side: Watsonian report post-pandemic sales boom

British sidecar specialists Watsonian are reporting a post-pandemic sales boom and are celebrating their success with a new Triumph Speedmaster kit. Based in Moreton-in-Marsh in the heart of the...

Langen’s bright future: High-end Brit firm reveal plans for four-stroke and electric models

Langen’s bright future: High-end Brit firm reveal plans for four-stroke and electric models

Wigan-based Langen Motorcycles are here for the long haul, with founder Chris Ratcliffe revealing a four-stroke model is set to appear in the next 18 months and development of an electric bike is...

Clock ticking for imports: Stocks of 1980s and 1990s exotica hit by price hikes

Clock ticking for imports: Stocks of 1980s and 1990s exotica hit by price hikes

A leading seller of rare and collectable two-wheeled specials has told MCN that the UK’s pool of 80s and 90s dream bikes is being squeezed, thanks to increased appetite in the US and rising purchase...

Three new GS models on the way: BMW’s service website reveals future plans

Three new GS models on the way: BMW’s service website reveals future plans

There are three new GS models in the not too distant future, all confirmed by BMW’s own servicing website. We’ve suspected for some time that a new model was in the works, after spyshots emerged of a...

Bike security video special: Angle grinder vs chains and a ground anchor

Bike security video special: Angle grinder vs chains and a ground anchor

There’s a feeling a that if a thief really wants your bike, they’ll get it. And this isn’t helped by the ready availability of battery-powered angle grinders – whether that’s in your local DIY...

Incoming! Mutt GT-SR 125 and 250 models set for April release

Incoming! Mutt GT-SR 125 and 250 models set for April release

Founders of Mutt Motorcycles, Benny Thomas and Will Rig, have given MCN an exclusive sneak peek at their upcoming GT-SR models, due to be released in April 2022. Available as both a 125 and 250, it’s...

Good news for Harley-Davidson: ‘expansive removal’ of tariffs taking effect in June

Good news for Harley-Davidson: ‘expansive removal’ of tariffs taking effect in June

A deal has been reached between the UK and US suspending retaliatory tariffs on imported American products such as Harley-Davidsons, leading to potentially cheaper bikes. Back in 2018, following a...

Aston Martin Broughs delivered: First customers receive 183bhp/180kg track-only turbo twin

Aston Martin Broughs delivered: First customers receive 183bhp/180kg track-only turbo twin

The phenomenal, ultra-exclusive, Aston Martin Brough Superior AMB 001 lives at last – and is heading to customers with even more power than originally hoped. First revealed in November 2019, the AMB...

Yorkshire council district becomes the latest to let bikers use bus lanes

Yorkshire council district becomes the latest to let bikers use bus lanes

A Yorkshire council district has become the latest to allow motorcycles to use bus lanes. Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire, which includes Halifax, Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge, has now joined a...

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 goes on UK tour

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 goes on UK tour

Triumph are currently undertaking a test ride tour for their new Tiger Sport 660, running between March and June 2022. Bikes are available for both A and A2 licence-holders, visiting 15 Triumph...

Triumph’s UK R&D department set for expansion and extra staff

Triumph’s UK R&D department set for expansion and extra staff

Triumph’s UK facility received a further boost this week with news that it’s to expand its R&D department and take on extra staff. This follows the announcement earlier this month that the British...

Last Quasar rides again: Unfinished feet-forward machine rescued

Last Quasar rides again: Unfinished feet-forward machine rescued

The last ever Quasar – the radical, ‘feet-forward’, fully-faired motorcycle developed in Britain in the 1970s – has been rebuilt ready for the road – and is now being offered for sale. It was bought...

UK design house creates last-mile electric delivery scoot for Middle East and North African markets

UK design house creates last-mile electric delivery scoot for Middle East and North African markets

A Warwick-based design house has created a plug-in last mile delivery scooter for the Middle East and North African (MENA) markets to tackle the growing consumer demand in the region. Called the Rena...

All-new KTM 125 Duke breaks cover: New engine, frame, suspension and more for 2023

All-new KTM 125 Duke breaks cover: New engine, frame, suspension and more for 2023

KTM look set to reveal a virtually all-new 125 Duke this autumn, with fresh spyshots taken in Spain revealing changes to the engine, frame, ancillaries and more. Handily parked up next to the existing...

QJMotor 701 and 701R: Enter the new parallel universe

QJMotor 701 and 701R: Enter the new parallel universe

With the demise of the 600cc four-cylinder sportsbike, a chasm has emerged that’s rapidly being filled by new parallel twins. The Yamaha R7 is leading the way but rivals are hot on its heels and two...

Chancellor's fuel duty cut welcomed but retailers call for patience updating forecourt pricing

Chancellor's fuel duty cut welcomed but retailers call for patience updating forecourt pricing

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 5p-per-litre cut in fuel duty in response to rocketing petrol prices has generally been welcomed by the motoring industry – but retailers are also warning that it may take...

Christian Pfeiffer: Bike world rocked by shock death of stunt star

Christian Pfeiffer: Bike world rocked by shock death of stunt star

Motorcycling lost one of its greatest ever stunt riders this week with the tragic news that Christian Pfeiffer took his own life at the age of just 51, following a reported long bout of...

Triumph team up with Gibson for special DGR Bonneville

Triumph team up with Gibson for special DGR Bonneville

Triumph have teamed up with guitar brand Gibson to produce a special edition Bonneville T120 to be awarded to the highest fundraiser at this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) charity...

Honda Hawk 11: Rocking new café racer revives the spirit of the 60s

Honda Hawk 11: Rocking new café racer revives the spirit of the 60s

Honda have previewed a new Hawk 11 ahead of an official unveiling at the 2022 Tokyo Motorcycle Show. Despite its café racer styling, the Hawk 11 is based on Honda’s new NT1100 tourer, itself derived...

KTM apply 'Pikes Peak' formula to 1290 Super Adventure

KTM apply 'Pikes Peak' formula to 1290 Super Adventure

KTM are testing a new variation of their Super Adventure that’s clearly designed to go up against the likes of Ducati’s Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak. Just like Ducati have done with the Pikes Peak, KTM...

Brits charging ahead: New electric marque Maeving get off to a flying start from their Coventry home

Brits charging ahead: New electric marque Maeving get off to a flying start from their Coventry home

The British motorcycle industry is making a comeback – but it’s not just the old guard re-establishing themselves. Hot on the scene comes Coventry firm Maeving, who have already sold the first 100...

Fantic on the up: New factory, new engines and even new bikes from resurgent Italian brand

Fantic on the up: New factory, new engines and even new bikes from resurgent Italian brand

Fantic are going from strength to strength, with big plans for the future, according to CEO Mariano Roman. Having only been revitalised eight years ago, the brand now has 30 importers and 1000 dealers...

Royal Enfield Scram 411: Stripped back Himalayan is ready to scramble around town

Royal Enfield Scram 411: Stripped back Himalayan is ready to scramble around town

Royal Enfield have unveiled the Scram 411, a stripped-back Himalayan adventure bike that’s been fettled for tackling the urban jungle, rather than the actual jungle. Sharing many of the same...