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Return of the Dax! Honda revive their long-lost model with new ST125 single

Return of the Dax! Honda revive their long-lost model with new ST125 single

After a 41-year absence from the UK, Honda have revived the humble little Dax. Following on from the success of the Super Cub, Monkey and Grom on which it’s based, the ST125 is a cute mix of old and...

Famous five: Indian release special FTR after their fifth championship victory

Famous five: Indian release special FTR after their fifth championship victory

After five years back-to-back wins, Indian Motorcycle have celebrated the total domination of their FTR750 racebike with a limited-edition version of their FTR production bike. Effectively a ‘greatest...

Ducati hail their new V4 SP2 as the 'ultimate racetrack machine'

Ducati hail their new V4 SP2 as the 'ultimate racetrack machine'

Ducati have unveiled the £34,295 V4 SP2, which they say it’s the pinnacle of track performance for mere mortals like us. Built on the 1103cc V4 Desmosedici Stradale from the V4S, rather than the...

Stroke survivor Andy Ibbott set for Everest Base Camp trek

Stroke survivor Andy Ibbott set for Everest Base Camp trek

Motorcycle industry veteran Andy Ibbott, who suffered a catastrophic stroke in 2011, is trekking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity. A former MCN road tester, Ibbott worked around bikes...

Serial globe-trotter Nick Sanders resumes paused circumnavigation as pandemic recedes

Serial globe-trotter Nick Sanders resumes paused circumnavigation as pandemic recedes

Adventure rider Nick Sanders has set off on his lap of the world once again after the coronavirus pandemic brought the trip to a halt in Australia. Sanders covered 18,000 miles before Covid intervened...

Spied: Big changes as Triumph test Öhlins-equipped Street Triple 765

Spied: Big changes as Triumph test Öhlins-equipped Street Triple 765

Triumph are working on a top-spec Street Triple to take over from the RS as the pinnacle of the 765 pile. The current bike has been with us since 2020 and does an excellent job. But that update was...

SuperTouring superbike: Buell make mad 182bhp V-twin adventure tourer

SuperTouring superbike: Buell make mad 182bhp V-twin adventure tourer

Buell have burst back onto the scene in a big way, unveiling two new bikes powered by the engine from their Hammerhead 1190 superbike offering. The Buell name was all but defunct until recently, when...

Yamaha becomes the latest major manufacturer to pursue electric sales

Yamaha becomes the latest major manufacturer to pursue electric sales

Yamaha have planted their flag in the move to electric with the unveiling of two scooters, one pedelec (which is a bit of a licence weirdo for us) plus three electric bicycles. This isn’t Yamaha’s...

BMW K100 review and used buying guide: Ever heard of the Flying Brick?

BMW K100 review and used buying guide: Ever heard of the Flying Brick?

Ben Kingham, owner of BMW K series specialists BSK Speedworks reveals his buying tips for the 987cc four cylinder BMW K100, affectionately known as the Flying Brick… Related: 30th anniversary of K...

Consultation could see bikes banned from green lane routes

Consultation could see bikes banned from green lane routes

Riders are being urged to respond to a consultation on the green road network that could be used to ban bikes vehicles from unsealed and minor tarmac roads. The Government has begun the exercise on...

Bike tax on the up: Machines over 600cc cross the £100 threshold

Bike tax on the up: Machines over 600cc cross the £100 threshold

Motorcycle tax rates are set to increase from April 1 2022, with bikes over 600cc crossing the £100 threshold. Motorcycles in this category will now cost £101 a year as a one-off payment – an increase...

Portuguese students make electric motorcycle brand

Portuguese students make electric motorcycle brand

Three young Portuguese motorcyclists have turned their success from building parts and accessories into an electric motorcycle start-up. The trio met as part of the MotoStudent programme, investing...

Bold new hybrid planned: Yamaha design has petrol motor to extend electric battery range

Bold new hybrid planned: Yamaha design has petrol motor to extend electric battery range

Hybrid cars are rapidly becoming the norm as a stepping stone to full electric power and there’s a growing suggestion that bikes might take the same route. In 2030 it will become illegal to sell new...

Fresh 5Four hits the road: Guy Willison’s striking hand-built custom Honda CB1000R is revealed

Fresh 5Four hits the road: Guy Willison’s striking hand-built custom Honda CB1000R is revealed

Motorcycle customiser Guy Willison has unveiled the finished version of the second custom Honda built under his 5Four brand. Willison first built a CB1100RS in 2019, before turning his attention to...

Customiser lightens Indian FTR with layers of sleek carbon fibre

Customiser lightens Indian FTR with layers of sleek carbon fibre

Indian have revealed a second machine from customiser Brice Hennebert called the FTR Black Swan, this time taking cues from 1990s sportsbikes. Hennebert got the idea while racing at the Wheels & Waves...

Royal Enfield commemorate 120th anniversary with special editions

Royal Enfield commemorate 120th anniversary with special editions

Royal Enfield have unveiled a pair of special edition 650s to commemorate their 120th anniversary. The limited run of Interceptor 650 and Continental GT650s will go on sale in a first come, first...

Return of the 400cc four-cylinder sportsbike as Chinese Colove 400RR revealed

Return of the 400cc four-cylinder sportsbike as Chinese Colove 400RR revealed

Chinese brand Colove are promising a series of new machines for Europe including a 400cc sportsbike and an 800cc adventure bike. The 400cc fours that emerged in the second half of the 1980s...

Retro racing heads to the continent with the Great Malle Mountain Rally

Retro racing heads to the continent with the Great Malle Mountain Rally

Malle have expanded their events calendar, going international to complete a bumper summer of biking fun. Malle have been running their ‘inappropriate bike’ races since 2015, later adding the Great...

Yamaha’s latest hydrogen engine paves the way for new breed of bikes

Yamaha’s latest hydrogen engine paves the way for new breed of bikes

Yamaha have unveiled a V8 hydrogen powered car engine that sets the stage for a two-wheeled version. The prototype is based on the 5-litre engine from the Lexus RC F with Yamaha modifying the...

Custom Indian FTR AMA channels the style of 1980s racers

Custom Indian FTR AMA channels the style of 1980s racers

Indian have unveiled the first of two new custom bikes built by Brice Hennebert, the man behind their Appaloosa drag racer. The first one seen here is the FTR AMA, while the Black Swan will be...

Kawasaki World Superbike team auction heritage tribute ZX-10RRs

Kawasaki World Superbike team auction heritage tribute ZX-10RRs

Kawasaki Racing Team are auctioning two road-going Ninja ZX-10RR superbikes, paying tribute to the iconic ZXR750 H2 and GPZ900R. The two track-focussed machines are inspired by special heritage...

Save our leisure bikes: MCIA urges Government to take phased approach to motorbike decarbonisation

Save our leisure bikes: MCIA urges Government to take phased approach to motorbike decarbonisation

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is calling for the Government to take a more holistic approach to decarbonisation where motorbikes are concerned in a new document called The Journey to a...

Indian Challenger-based Pursuit raises the bar for luxury travel

Indian Challenger-based Pursuit raises the bar for luxury travel

This is Indian’s new Pursuit – the US brand’s range-topping ‘full-dress’ tourer that looks set to bring new levels of sophistication to the class. It’s derived from Indian’s Challenger bagger, as...

Perfect timing: Triumph unveil limited Breitling edition Speed Twin

Perfect timing: Triumph unveil limited Breitling edition Speed Twin

This up-specced version of Triumph’s Speed Twin is the latest limited edition machine to roll out of the British firm’s Hinckley factory and is the result of a tie-up between the firm and premium...

New material inside the latest Ruroc Atlas 4.0 helmet helps it exceed new standards

New material inside the latest Ruroc Atlas 4.0 helmet helps it exceed new standards

Helmets are getting safer and now a UK firm are pushing the boundaries. The new ECE 22.06 standard means they have to protect against oblique strikes which can cause rotational forces – a common...

Sticky rubber season: New tyres from Pirelli and Continental hit the UK

Sticky rubber season: New tyres from Pirelli and Continental hit the UK

With bikes getting more powerful every year, both Continental and Pirelli have released ‘hyper’ tyres designed to get that stomp to the ground. Starting with the slightly more mainstream option,...

CU on the street: Super Soco bring their CU mini electric moped to the UK

CU on the street: Super Soco bring their CU mini electric moped to the UK

Super Soco have just brought their CU mini to the UK. Marketed as an alternative to e-bikes or small step-on e-scooters, its 0.8bhp motor powers it to a top speed of 25mph. Like many electric bikes...

Retro race aces: Royal Enfield race series heads to Europe

Retro race aces: Royal Enfield race series heads to Europe

Royal Enfield’s one-make race series is making its way to Europe after Enfield’s French importer, SIMA, kicked off their own racing series. Enfield had previously announced the Continental GT Cup in...

£50K Phil Read MV Agusta among collection of auction bikes at Stafford sale

£50K Phil Read MV Agusta among collection of auction bikes at Stafford sale

One of just two MV Agusta Boxers brought to Britain is to go under the hammer at Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale on April 23-24 2022. The 1977 machine is best known to riders as the Monza, but the model...

New tech: Forward-facing camera for 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

New tech: Forward-facing camera for 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

Advanced rider-assistance systems are the latest high-tech battleground and with front and rear radars already standard on the 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX, the firm’s next move may be the addition of a...

Spied: Are these the new Royal Enfield Bullet 650 and Meteor 650 pairing?

Spied: Are these the new Royal Enfield Bullet 650 and Meteor 650 pairing?

Two new Royal Enfields have been spied out during testing, suggesting the firm are expanding the range to fill the void left by their 500s going the way of the dodo. Prior to the release of the 650...

Yamaha Ténéré World Raid brings more range, extra suspension travel, and more gadgets

Yamaha Ténéré World Raid brings more range, extra suspension travel, and more gadgets

Yamaha have unveiled a long distance, off-road adventure focused version of their Ténéré 700, which joins the BMW F850GSA in the land of the supertankers. Until now, if you wanted a really long range...

Brabus 1300 R: Limited edition tie-in with German performance car firm results in this jaw-dropping 1300

Brabus 1300 R: Limited edition tie-in with German performance car firm results in this jaw-dropping 1300

We got the scoop on the KTM Brabus 1300 R last month when the Austrian firm’s new supercar tie-in model was caught testing on the road. Now it’s official and the bike looks every inch the high-end...

Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show 2022 - win a bike at the event!

Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show 2022 - win a bike at the event!

MCN Promotion One of the best loved events in the UK, the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show 11-13 Feb returns to London’s ExCeL with all the major manufacturers confirming huge displays including...

New plan for E-bikes: Government’s decarbonisation plan looks at bikes

New plan for E-bikes: Government’s decarbonisation plan looks at bikes

The Government has launched an action plan that it’s hoped will help realise the potential electric motorcycles and scooters offer for reducing emissions and congestion. The Motorcycle Industry...

Voge 650DSX: Bargain adventure bike to hit dealers in 2022

Voge 650DSX: Bargain adventure bike to hit dealers in 2022

Chinese brand Voge have released a new A2-compliant adventurer that combines big bike features with a small bike price. If you’re not familiar with Voge, they’re a sub-brand of Loncin who do work for...