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Kawasaki mark 50 years of the Zed name with four Z50 special models

Kawasaki mark 50 years of the Zed name with four Z50 special models

Kawasaki are marking 50 years of Zed models with special ‘Z50’ versions of the Z900, Z650, Z900RS and Z650RS nakeds. Available from March 2022, the bikes will feature distinctive liveries reminiscent...

Damon come out swinging with new HyperFighter electric super naked range

Damon come out swinging with new HyperFighter electric super naked range

Canadian electric bike firm Damon have unveiled their new naked bike called the HyperFighter at the CES Las Vegas technology show. Based on the HyperSport electric superbike first unveiled in 2020,...

Small-scale Bournemouth dealer is aiming high as 2022 kicks off

Small-scale Bournemouth dealer is aiming high as 2022 kicks off

When Ross Allison jacked in his solid job at Bournemouth Kawasaki and sank £90k of his own money into starting his new business, Rotate Motorcycles, he had every right to be a little nervous. But...

Mix and match Arrow platform to spawn new family for Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Mix and match Arrow platform to spawn new family for Harley-Davidson LiveWire

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is one of the best electrics out there – but it’s far from cheap. Now, however, things are changing fast with H-D’s decision to spin-off the e-bike operation and news of a...

New CFMoto 800MT heading to UK: KTM-based adventurer to hit dealers in summer

New CFMoto 800MT heading to UK: KTM-based adventurer to hit dealers in summer

CFMoto have confirmed the first big bike from their deal with KTM will arrive in dealers in June – with prices starting below £10k. Called the 800MT, the bike uses the 799cc parallel twin from KTM’s...

Metzeler get adventurous: new tyre sizes mean more touring options

Metzeler get adventurous: new tyre sizes mean more touring options

Metzeler have revealed two new adventure bike tyres for 2022 – the road-biased Tourance Next 2 and the mud-plugging Karoo 4. The second-generation Tourance is designed for riders covering long...

Bike Shed founders recognised in the New Year’s Honours List

Bike Shed founders recognised in the New Year’s Honours List

The husband and wife team who created London’s Bike Shed – Vikki and Anthony ‘Dutch’ van Someren – have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List. The pair have been awarded the British Empire...

New SWMs ready to roll: small-capacity nakeds mark firm's 50th anniversary

New SWMs ready to roll: small-capacity nakeds mark firm's 50th anniversary

SWM have released a pair of small-capacity bikes as a tribute to their home region on the firm’s 50th anniversary. The duo are called the VA125Z and VA400Z respectively, after Italy’s Varese...

Harley-Davidson and Kymco team up on LiveWire electric bikes

Harley-Davidson and Kymco team up on LiveWire electric bikes

Harley-Davidson and Kymco are both making an investment in LiveWire – the brand H-D spun out for their electric motorcycle. H-D made LiveWire a separate company last year in a move that they say would...

New Fantic XEF 450 Rally will face Dakar in January

New Fantic XEF 450 Rally will face Dakar in January

Fantic’s all-new XEF 450 Rally is set to make its Dakar debut in January. The 450cc single will be piloted by former runnerup Franco Picco, who helped develop the bike. It will then go on sale in the...

The new Virtual Test Lab by Mips aims to boost lid safety

The new Virtual Test Lab by Mips aims to boost lid safety

Development of a motorcycle helmet can be a drawn-out process, with years of testing, retooling components and a dollop of trial and error. Swedish helmet safety specialists Mips are tackling this...

Revealed: the world's keenest learner!

Revealed: the world's keenest learner!

When Asad Mirza, 36, decided he wanted to take his riding up a notch, he discovered a problem: despite his native India having a population of one billion people, not one of them is an advanced riding...

BMW and TVS partner up for electric project

BMW and TVS partner up for electric project

We could be seeing cheaper electric bikes from BMW in as little as two years after the German firm this week announced an expansion of a collaboration with Indian firm TVS specifically to develop...

France closes border with the UK for all but essential travel

France closes border with the UK for all but essential travel

From Saturday, December 18 2021, travellers from the UK will not be able to enter France unless they have an essential reason – as defined by French officials. French nationals and residents are...

Under the skin of the £90,000 Arc Vector electric superbike

Under the skin of the £90,000 Arc Vector electric superbike

The Arc Vector grabbed headlines when it was unveiled back in 2018 and while the bike hasn’t had the smoothest run into production the firm are finally putting production-spec machines into their last...

Confirmed: 2021 Honda CB125F will cost £2799 OTR

Confirmed: 2021 Honda CB125F will cost £2799 OTR

Keen to cash in on the recent rise in low-capcity two-wheeled commuter sales, Honda have confirmed that their 2021 CB125F will cost £2799 OTR – a whole £100 cheaper than the current version, last...

Plastic fantastic: Lego Technic launch BMW M1000RR model

Plastic fantastic: Lego Technic launch BMW M1000RR model

BMW and Lego have released their latest collaboration, this time producing a Lego Technic version of the BMW M1000RR. Designed as a 1:5 scale version of the 209bhp superbike, the little racer is...

Curtiss One: American firm open order book for £87k electric model

Curtiss One: American firm open order book for £87k electric model

Curtiss Motorcycles have started taking orders for their first electric bike, which is called the One. The Curtiss brand was born back in 2015 as an electric venture for the very much petrol-driven...

Ducati DesertX combines a retro adventure looks with modern adventurers’ innards

Ducati DesertX combines a retro adventure looks with modern adventurers’ innards

Ducati have combined the two most popular market segment bikes into one, creating one of the most exciting models in recent years. Technologically interesting, beautifully styled and with the business...

Making fuel from fresh air: Sunlight and air create ‘drop-in’ replacement for burning petrol

Making fuel from fresh air: Sunlight and air create ‘drop-in’ replacement for burning petrol

The idea of conjuring petrol from nothing but fresh air and sunlight sounds like alchemy but a pilot project in Switzerland has proved that it’s possible. On the roof of research university ETH Zurich...

Harley-Davidson to launch new Adventure Centre with Dakar legend Mick Extance

Harley-Davidson to launch new Adventure Centre with Dakar legend Mick Extance

Harley-Davidson have teamed up seven-time Dakar Rally competitor Mick Extance to set up a new off-road adventure school in Wales. The H-D Adventure Centre will kick off in 2022, giving Harley fans the...

Voxan Wattman zaps to 283mph

Voxan Wattman zaps to 283mph

Not content with setting 11 new world records, Voxan have overhauled their Wattman electric land speed bike and bagged another. With former GP racer Max Biaggi at the controls again, the new bike...

Radical new Triumph Tiger 1200 arrives: Lighter, more powerful and now with an option for a 30-litre tank

Radical new Triumph Tiger 1200 arrives: Lighter, more powerful and now with an option for a 30-litre tank

Triumph have unveiled a fully overhauled Tiger 1200 range that is not only claimed to be lighter and more powerful than the competition but also adds a 30-litre long-range tank option for the first...

Dot Motorcycles return with two new retro 650s

Dot Motorcycles return with two new retro 650s

Small-scale British bike name Dot Motorcycles have whipped the covers off two Kawasaki-powered retro 650 twins at Motorcycle Live. The sporty-looking Reed Racer and scrambler-styled Dot Demon are...

White Motorcycle Concepts WMC300FR: Prototype three-wheeled scooter brings radical aero to the real world

White Motorcycle Concepts WMC300FR: Prototype three-wheeled scooter brings radical aero to the real world

This summer Northants-based White Motorcycle Concepts revealed their astounding WMC250EV electric land-speed record challenger – an ultra-aerodynamic creation with a vast hole running right through...

Cake yourself to work: New Swedish machine is part e-bike, part workbench

Cake yourself to work: New Swedish machine is part e-bike, part workbench

Swedish electric bike brand Cake have launched a new range aimed at professional users called the ‘:work’ series. Starting with their existing platforms, Cake have fitted larger batteries, boosted...

Circuit break? BMW launches track tuition programme at Anglesey

Circuit break? BMW launches track tuition programme at Anglesey

BMW have launched a four-level track school with some superstar instructors. Prices for a day of track tuition, at the stunning and challenging Anglesey circuit in North Wales, start at £649 with...

Yamaha’s SpinForged wheels save weight, improve handling and don’t cost a packet

Yamaha’s SpinForged wheels save weight, improve handling and don’t cost a packet

Excess weight has always been a bike designer’s nemesis, but while overall reductions are welcome, there are disproportionate benefits from cutting the mass of a motorcycle’s wheels. That’s where...

Café Racer version of Norton V4SV superbike unveiled

Café Racer version of Norton V4SV superbike unveiled

Norton have unveiled their first entirely new machine since TVS took the reigns with the V4 Café Racer. Publicly unveiled at Motorcycle Live, the V4CR is based on the 185bhp V4SV putting it toe-to-toe...

Bimota boss confirms Kawasaki H2 SX-powered Tesi tourer is on the way

Bimota boss confirms Kawasaki H2 SX-powered Tesi tourer is on the way

Bimota are thinking big with two new models revealed at the European Eicma motorcycle show in Milan last week, along with bold plans for more groundbreaking machines in the near future. The firm are...

Triumph’s one in a million: Brit marque marks milestone with one-off Tiger 900

Triumph’s one in a million: Brit marque marks milestone with one-off Tiger 900

Triumph’s one millionth bike (of the Hinckley/John Bloor era) rolled off the production line last week. The machine, a special Tiger 900 Rally Pro with a one-off silver paintjob and graphics, was...

CFMoto get serious with new track focussed SR-C21 sportsbike concept

CFMoto get serious with new track focussed SR-C21 sportsbike concept

CFMoto have made their future track-focussed intentions very clear – revealing a new SR-C21 sportsbike concept at the Eicma trade show, in Milan. The Chinese bike firm, who are the latest name to...

Getting RC: Naked version of the Bimota KB4 sportsbike unveiled

Getting RC: Naked version of the Bimota KB4 sportsbike unveiled

You wait for one Bimota to come along, and then two arrive all at once. Revealed alongside the stunning KB4 at the Eicma Motorcycle Show in Milan, comes the KB4 RC – a bold and brash naked. Related...

F.B Mondial revive past Piega name for futuristic 125 naked roadster

F.B Mondial revive past Piega name for futuristic 125 naked roadster

F.B Mondial are reviving the Piega name after 21 years for a minimalist learner-legal streetfighter, complete with winglets and a TFT dash. The Piega name was previously used in the firm’s 2001...

Zero’s latest tech allows sweeping upgrades to be made via an app

Zero’s latest tech allows sweeping upgrades to be made via an app

There’s no question we live in an instant-gratification society but the latest development from electric bike pioneers Zero takes it to a new level by offering ‘over-the-air’ updates that can...

MCN Sport: ROSSI – THE GREATEST

MCN Sport: ROSSI – THE GREATEST

MCN Promotion Valentino Rossi is, quite simply, the Greatest Of All Time. He exploded into grand prix racing with a cheeky irreverence that rocked the establishment, astounded his rivals, and...