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First ‘Chinese Norton’ debuts: Zongshen Cyclone RX6 is powered by 650 twin from the Atlas

First ‘Chinese Norton’ debuts: Zongshen Cyclone RX6 is powered by 650 twin from the Atlas

By now it should have been possible to buy Norton’s 650cc Atlas parallel twins – but the firm’s traumatic 2020 means the Chinese-made Zongshen Cyclone RX6 may actually be the first machine into...

New Safe Driving for Life website offers wealth of information for learners

New Safe Driving for Life website offers wealth of information for learners

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new website for learners that hosts loads of invaluable information for bikers both new and old. Related articles on MCN MCIA Secured...

Interesting array of classic machines up for auction in new Silverstone sale

Interesting array of classic machines up for auction in new Silverstone sale

Classic car specialists Silverstone Auctions are turning their hands to two wheels, with more than 40 bikes already confirmed in their May sale and with more to come. There is a huge range of bikes in...

Kawasaki’s auto-clutch revolution: New patent reveals tech that blurs quickshift and semi-auto transmission

Kawasaki’s auto-clutch revolution: New patent reveals tech that blurs quickshift and semi-auto transmission

Quickshifters are standard kit among a growing number of new models, giving a taste of the track by easing clutchless changes. The tech is relatively simple, with load sensors in the linkage that tell...

Harley-Davidson stung with massive tax hike as US bikes face 56% EU import tariff

Harley-Davidson stung with massive tax hike as US bikes face 56% EU import tariff

Harley-Davidson could face ruin in Europe in less than two month’s time after being slapped with a whopping 833% increase in tariffs. The rise in duty is the latest fallout from an escalating trade...

Slice of classic Americana: Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival could put the swinging sixties in your garage

Slice of classic Americana: Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Revival could put the swinging sixties in your garage

Harley-Davidson have launched a new Icons Collection, starting with the Electra Glide Revival. The Icons Collection will be an ongoing project for Harley that will highlight classic American style...

Celebrity biking pals take on paddle board challenge for charity

Celebrity biking pals take on paddle board challenge for charity

A group of friends that includes bike-mad celebrities Charley Boorman, Iwan Thomas and Damon Hill are embarking on a 30-mile endurance paddle in support of the Movember charity. Starting on May 17,...

Feel the Forza: bigger, faster and more tech-laden Honda Forza 125, 300 and 750

Feel the Forza: bigger, faster and more tech-laden Honda Forza 125, 300 and 750

Honda have unleashed a 2021 attack team in the small, mid and big-capacity scooter class as the Forza range gets a radical revamp. At the top of the tree is the Forza 750 which replaces the Integra.

CFMoto 800MT unveiled: Partnership with KTM results in Chinese brand’s first large capacity machine

CFMoto 800MT unveiled: Partnership with KTM results in Chinese brand’s first large capacity machine

CFMoto have revealed their biggest bike yet, the first fruit of a deal with KTM which sees the Chinese brand use a variety of the Austrian firm’s motors. Related articles on MCN CFMoto 650GT...

Updated Suzuki GSX-S1000 gets engine, styling and spec boost for £10,999

Updated Suzuki GSX-S1000 gets engine, styling and spec boost for £10,999

Suzuki have released this revamped version of its GSX-S1000, a naked which is more powerful, stylish and capable than ever before. 2021 Suzuki GSX-S1000 review The old GSX-S proved popular for many...

Smart motorway safety improvement plans accelerated

Smart motorway safety improvement plans accelerated

Highways England (HE), working in tandem with the Department for Transport (DfT), has produced an action plan for ‘smart motorways’ that should significantly boost safety. Related articles on...

Piaggio celebrates 75 years of the Vespa with special editions

Piaggio celebrates 75 years of the Vespa with special editions

Piaggio are celebrating the 75th anniversary of their iconic Vespa model with three special editions only available in 2021. Related articles from MCN The rise, fall and rise again of Aprilia:...

Custom guru Roland Sands resurrects the machine that inspired the family business

Custom guru Roland Sands resurrects the machine that inspired the family business

Roland Sands has rebuilt a bike that, at the tender age of 19, his father bought, built, crashed then sold before founding their custom fabrication family business, Performance Machine. Perry Sands...

Head first into speed records: How helmet tech helped Zarco become MotoGP’s fastest rider

Head first into speed records: How helmet tech helped Zarco become MotoGP’s fastest rider

On the 27th of March this year, Pramac Ducati rider Johann Zarco took the previous MotoGP top speed record and hurled it out of the window. Related articles on MCN Yamaha MT-09 exhaust...

#Ride5000miles campaigns start in earnest as Covid restrictions ease

#Ride5000miles campaigns start in earnest as Covid restrictions ease

With Covid restrictions easing, riders have been taking advantage of dry tarmac in a bid to reach their 5000-mile targets by the end of 2021. From short jaunts to the seaside for a bag of chips, to...

Thrifty learner: Lexmoto launch new LXS 125 model

Thrifty learner: Lexmoto launch new LXS 125 model

Lexmoto have introduced a new CBT-friendly sportsbike to their range called the LXS 125. The new machine sits beside the recently updated LXR models but uses a slightly more powerful single-cylinder...

Arai sets new standard with ECE 22.06 Quantic

Arai sets new standard with ECE 22.06 Quantic

Arai’s new sports touring helmet is the first, and so far the only, helmet to pass the rigorous new ECE 22.06 standard. The test was introduced last year and significantly raises the bar compared to...

Northumbria PCC backtracks on bike trackers

Northumbria PCC backtracks on bike trackers

The office of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, have published a new statement on the issue of motorcycle trackers. MCN first reported the news on April 9, 2021 that...

Small KTMs now have BIG ideas: Radical reinvention for all-new 125, 250 and 390 Dukes

Small KTMs now have BIG ideas: Radical reinvention for all-new 125, 250 and 390 Dukes

It’s been a decade since KTM introduced the 125 Duke and the larger 250 and 390 single-cylinder models followed soon after. Now the line-up is on the verge of a top-to-toe revamp including all-new...

Video: Walk around and startup of the new Indian Chief

Video: Walk around and startup of the new Indian Chief

Indian’s fully revamped Chief range has arrived in the UK and you’ll be able to get your hands on them in the next few weeks. Related articles on MCN 2021 Indian FTR1200 range revealed 2021...

Triumph launch SOS app that calls you an ambulance if you crash

Triumph launch SOS app that calls you an ambulance if you crash

Triumph have launched an accident detection system that turns your smartphone into an SOS lifeline in the event of a crash. Triumph SOS uses the sensors in your smartphone to detect an accident. You...

Tech-laden MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 range raises the comfort stakes for 2021

Tech-laden MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 range raises the comfort stakes for 2021

MV Agusta have whipped the covers off their updated 2021 Turismo Veloce touring range, which now promises greater rider comfort over distance, a more modern electronics package and Euro5...

‘Perfection is worth fighting for’ - Arc creator and now owner says project is back on target

‘Perfection is worth fighting for’ - Arc creator and now owner says project is back on target

The Arc Vector burst onto the scene in late 2018, promising unparalleled performance. At the time Arc said the electric hyper bike would weigh just 220kg, produce 133bhp, fully charge from zero in 45...

Roland Sands gives Indian Scout the tracker treatment

Roland Sands gives Indian Scout the tracker treatment

With Indian’s ‘Wrecking Crew’ race team continuing to dominate US Flat Track with the Scout-inspired works FTR750 racers you’d be forgiven for fancying a Scout-based street tracker of your...

Lighter evenings mean more chances to ride your motorcycle

Lighter evenings mean more chances to ride your motorcycle

Eager bikers are making up for lost time in the saddle and planning plenty of mid-week blasts after work, made all the better for the switch to British Summer Time. Members of MCN’s #ride5000miles...

Pricing announced for 2021 Aprilia Tuono V4 and V4 Factory

Pricing announced for 2021 Aprilia Tuono V4 and V4 Factory

Aprilia have confirmed the pricing for their 2021 Tuono V4 super naked range, with bikes set to arrive in UK dealers before the end of April.  Updated: We've now ridden the 2021 Aprilia Tuono V4...

MSV secures Donington Hall Estate for new motorsport facility and hotel

MSV secures Donington Hall Estate for new motorsport facility and hotel

English race circuit giants MotorSport Vision (MSV) have purchased the freehold of the Donington Hall Estate in an effort to create a unique leisure resort for the motorsport enthusiast. The...

Ducati 'looking carefully at synthetic fuel' for future models ahead of electrification

Ducati 'looking carefully at synthetic fuel' for future models ahead of electrification

In an ordinary year a near 10% drop in sales would have the board of a major motorcycle manufacturer on the hunt for the CEO’s head. Related articles on MCN Ducati working on 'perfect electric...

40,000 miles and counting! Biker bids to complete global riding epic

40,000 miles and counting! Biker bids to complete global riding epic

When Mark Waters set off on a round-the-world motorcycle trip in July 2018, the furthest he had ever toured was four days around Wales on a Kawasaki ZX-9R – 15 years previously. Having never ridden...

Volunteer rider John Baxter of Blood Bikes Scotland goes electric with a Zero SR/S

Volunteer rider John Baxter of Blood Bikes Scotland goes electric with a Zero SR/S

MCN spoke to John Baxter, a volunteer with Blood Bikes Scotland, who’s planning on doing around 15,000 miles per year on an electric motorbike – none other than a Zero SR/S.  Related: Best...

Updated MV Agusta Superveloce revealed alongside new S model

Updated MV Agusta Superveloce revealed alongside new S model

MV Agusta have updated their runaway success Superveloce retro sportsbike with updated tech and brand new top of the range S model. At the heart of both models is their 145bhp 798cc triple with its...

Armchair Adventure Festival heading to Cornwall in September

Armchair Adventure Festival heading to Cornwall in September

An adventure festival, founded virtually in April 2020, is heading to Cornwall later this year for a 'physical' weekend of inspiring tales, group riding and plenty of food and drink. The Armchair...

Saved by the app: New smartphone tech could save your life after a crash

Saved by the app: New smartphone tech could save your life after a crash

When it comes to pushing the boundaries of lifesaving motorcycle tech, Bosch have been at the forefront for years. Related articles on MCN Bosch accident detection built into your bike All you need...

How low can you go? The Harley-Davidson Pan America's adaptive suspension explained

How low can you go? The Harley-Davidson Pan America's adaptive suspension explained

Harley-Davidson’s new Pan America 1250 Special is packed to the gills with tech. There’s everything from electronic phasers on the camshafts to advanced traction control. Harley-Davidson Pan America...

Take it to the MAX: Yamaha celebrate 20 years of the TMAX with special carbon edition

Take it to the MAX: Yamaha celebrate 20 years of the TMAX with special carbon edition

Yamaha have unveiled a special £14,699 TMAX to celebrate the maxi-scoot’s 20th birthday. Originally dreamed up in the mid-90s, when Yamaha set out to create the world’s fastest scooter, the...

Some MotoGP fans still await refunds - Dorna say 'it's down to tracks'

Some MotoGP fans still await refunds - Dorna say 'it's down to tracks'

MotoGP bosses Dorna insist they are not directly responsible for assisting fans still chasing ticket refunds from the Covid-19 hit 2020 season. Related articles on MCN Biking after Brexit: How...