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MCN Rewind - A look back at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

MCN Rewind - A look back at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

We would have been at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend (July 9-12) but it was cancelled for obvious reasons. So, here's a look back to last year's event when over 200,000 people...

Double trouble: Couples rediscover the pleasures of getting out together

Double trouble: Couples rediscover the pleasures of getting out together

Back in 1998, biking couple, David and Angela McInnes, were two- wheel mad – spending their free time exploring the local roads aboard David’s gleaming Suzuki GSX-R750. Riding regularly as a duo,...

#Ride5000miles members share their greatest rides since lockdown

#Ride5000miles members share their greatest rides since lockdown

With a glut of glorious sunshine and Coronavirus restrictions continuing to ease, #ride5000miles members in England have been sharing their best riding experiences. The Government declared you could...

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SHARK Helmets brand-new Citycruiser in dealers this month!

SHARK Helmets brand-new Citycruiser in dealers this month!

SHARK helmets promotion With lockdown easing across the country, increasing numbers of riders are heading out and about - whether it be for commuting and pleasure purposes - and may want to treat themselves to some new kit.

1977 Norton Commando up for grabs as part of National Motorcycle Museum Covid appeal

1977 Norton Commando up for grabs as part of National Motorcycle Museum Covid appeal

The National Motorcycle Museum has issued an urgent appeal to help raise £500,000 to reopen, following closure due to coronavirus.  In a new scheme being launched on Friday, July 17, patrons are...

Husqvarna recall Vitpilen 701 and Svartpilen 701 over possible fuel leaks

Husqvarna recall Vitpilen 701 and Svartpilen 701 over possible fuel leaks

Husqvarna have today announced a global recall for their Vitpilen 701 and Svartpilen 701 ranges, due to possible fuel leaks.  The issue concerns all Vitpilen 701s built from 2018-onwards, as well...

Mad for mods? Production begins on ultra-customisable CCM Spitfire Six

Mad for mods? Production begins on ultra-customisable CCM Spitfire Six

CCM have started production on the sixth incarnation of their Spitfire range, aptly dubbed the Six, promising more personalisation than any model to come before it. Having first shown the minimalist...

VIDEO: Indian partner Roland Sands Design to create new FTR1200 accessory range

VIDEO: Indian partner Roland Sands Design to create new FTR1200 accessory range

Indian Motorcycle have announced a new partnership with Roland Sands Design (RSD) to produce a range of accessories for the FTR1200.  Said to be inspired by the RSD-backed 'Super Hooligan'...

Get ready to rally: Indian’s new FTR Rally ramps up the retro appeal

Get ready to rally: Indian’s new FTR Rally ramps up the retro appeal

Last year’s Indian FTR1200 took me rather by surprise. Although obviously inspired by the firm’s dominant 750cc flat-track racers, I expected the road bike to be a laid-back retro rather than edgy and...

1969 Honda CB750: The world's first superbike

1969 Honda CB750: The world's first superbike

More than half a century ago, British bikers got their first look of the machine that would change motorcycling forever. On April 5, 1969 at the Metropole Hotel, venue for the Brighton Motorcycle...

Start your engines: Drag racing returns to Santa Pod next month

Start your engines: Drag racing returns to Santa Pod next month

High-octane two and four-wheeled drag racing action will return to Santa Pod Raceway next month, following a period of closure due to coronavirus. Initially due to start their straight-lining season...

MoT testing to resume in August

MoT testing to resume in August

The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (June 29) announced that MoT tests are to resume on Saturday, August 1. Back in March the DfT announced the MoT certificates were to be extended by six...

#Ride5000miles fans mark the new year with new metal

#Ride5000miles fans mark the new year with new metal

Although lockdown means 2021 hasn’t begun the way we’d all hoped it would, some members of our #ride5000miles group are gearing up for a memorable year on new bikes once the situation starts to...

Former Norton boss Stuart Garner 'acted dishonestly' says Pensions Ombudsman

Former Norton boss Stuart Garner 'acted dishonestly' says Pensions Ombudsman

The Pensions Ombudsman has ruled that Stuart Garner, sole trustee of the three pension funds wholly invested in Norton Motorcycles, of which Garner was Director at the time – "acted dishonestly and in...

Blowing hot and cold: Indian reveal plans for cooling and heated seats

Blowing hot and cold: Indian reveal plans for cooling and heated seats

If you’ve ever ridden a motorcycle in the peak of summer, you’ll know just how hot and sticky it can get for your nether regions. Thankfully, Indian Motorcycles may have just come up with a solution...

40mph speed limit proposed for the A542 Horseshoe Pass in Wales

40mph speed limit proposed for the A542 Horseshoe Pass in Wales

Denbighshire County Council (DCC) have proposed permanently reducing the speed limit on the A542 Horseshoe Pass to 40mph. The proposal is currently in the consultation phase, meaning the public can...

Yamaha unveil Ténéré 700 Rally Edition with '80s Dakar paintjob

Yamaha unveil Ténéré 700 Rally Edition with '80s Dakar paintjob

Yamaha have released a special edition of their Ténéré 700 featuring an ‘80s rally-inspired paintjob. The Ténéré 700 Rally Edition takes its styling cues from the Yamaha race bikes ridden by Serge...

Shock therapy: Royal Enfield 650s get K-Tech Suspension treatment

Shock therapy: Royal Enfield 650s get K-Tech Suspension treatment

Looking to enhance the ride and handling of your Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 or Continental GT? Well, the spring gurus at K-Tech Suspension might have just the thing… Sold separately for the front...

Video: Aston Martin and Brough Superior AMB 001 testing on track

Video: Aston Martin and Brough Superior AMB 001 testing on track

Aston Martin and Brough Superior have started dynamic prototype testing of the AMB 001 – an ultra-exclusive track-only motorcycle set for first deliveries before the end of 2020. Limited to 100 units...

Ducati-only trackdays resume on August 11 at Donington Park

Ducati-only trackdays resume on August 11 at Donington Park

Following earlier postponements due to Covid-19, bookings have now re-opened for two special Ducati-only trackdays. The Silverstone full circuit event originally planned for July 6 has now been...

California Superbike School returns to UK with Keith Code’s blessing

California Superbike School returns to UK with Keith Code’s blessing

The UK arm of the California Superbike School is set to return this year after being revived by two of its coaches. The school ceased activities last year after its holding company ran into financial...

Back in the saddle: Born-again biker commits to #ride5000miles challenge

Back in the saddle: Born-again biker commits to #ride5000miles challenge

After a 30-year break from biking, speedway action prompted a Halifax-based member of #ride5000miles to take to the road on two wheels once more. Chris Copley, 51, stopped riding at 20 after passing...

New Bullit V-Bob 250 twin offers cool cruiser style for less than £4k

New Bullit V-Bob 250 twin offers cool cruiser style for less than £4k

Bullit have launched a new 250cc V-twin called the V-Bob 250, which combines the same engine found in their retro Bluroc with added cruiser style. Related: Best A2 licence motorbikes Related:...

New tech: Emergency call system by Bosch aims to halve ambulance response times

New tech: Emergency call system by Bosch aims to halve ambulance response times

Bosch have created a new emergency call system that could save thousands of lives a year. Called Help Connect, the system uses a bike’s existing Intertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to detect when a crash...

Wheels to Work scheme set up to get people moving cheaply and easily

Wheels to Work scheme set up to get people moving cheaply and easily

A scheme has been set up at Silverstone offering cheap and easy scooter rental to help get people back to work. Wheels to Work Silverstone has been set up by the people behind Spyder Club, a company...

MIPS helmet tech: Protecting the brains you were born with

MIPS helmet tech: Protecting the brains you were born with

MIPS promotion With over 20 years of research and more than 31,000 helmet tests in their state-of-the-art test lab in Sweden MIPS (which is short for Multi-directional Impact Protection System) know that protecting...

Ducati Test Rider Alessandro Valia reveals how the Ducati Superleggera V4 was born

Ducati Test Rider Alessandro Valia reveals how the Ducati Superleggera V4 was born

Costing €100,000 and limited to just 500 units, the first Ducati Superleggera V4 has rolled off the production line in Bologna, with the owner of bike 001 invited to the factory for a special delivery...

Off-road training event shut down by police amid Covid guidance confusion in Staffordshire

Off-road training event shut down by police amid Covid guidance confusion in Staffordshire

Guidance surrounding outdoor events in a Covid-19 world is proving difficult to understand for police and organisers in England. Short circuit trackdays have been running with the Government’s...

Return of the Hondamatic? Patent reveals clutchless CB1100

Return of the Hondamatic? Patent reveals clutchless CB1100

Back in 1976 Honda made a bold move to make motorcycling easier and more accessible with the introduction of the CB750A Hondamatic: a twist-and-go version of its range-topping superbike of the...

City slickers: Seat reveal three electric scooters for personal and fleet use

City slickers: Seat reveal three electric scooters for personal and fleet use

In a bid to cut urban congestion and move people away from public transport, car manufacturer, Seat, have revealed three new electric scooters, available to both private buyers and for fleet and...

Coronavirus latest: 2020 Intermot trade show to be replaced by online industry event

Coronavirus latest: 2020 Intermot trade show to be replaced by online industry event

The 2020 Intermot motorcycle trade show has been cancelled in favour of a digital-only event amidst coronavirus safety concerns.  Originally set to take place from October 6-11, in Cologne,...

Triumph brings pedal power to the party with new Trekker GT e-bike

Triumph brings pedal power to the party with new Trekker GT e-bike

With urban mobility making headlines as people try to avoid public transport, Triumph Motorcycles have taken their first steps into the e-bike market, revealing a new £2950 road-biased model called...

Playing it safe: Reopened showrooms kitted out with sanitisers for biking's 'new normal'

Playing it safe: Reopened showrooms kitted out with sanitisers for biking's 'new normal'

Bike shops throughout England are opening for business once again as dealerships move forward in line with the Government’s plan to ease lockdown restrictions. New measures introduced on June 1 have...

Hyped up: Ducati reveal Hypermotard 950 RVE

Hyped up: Ducati reveal Hypermotard 950 RVE

Meet the Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE: an updated standard Hypermotard 950, complete with striking new graphics kit and an up-and-down quickshifter, set to arrive in dealers in July. Revealed earlier...

Online radio station raising money and awareness of Blood Bikes arriving in July

Online radio station raising money and awareness of Blood Bikes arriving in July

A Manchester motorcyclist is attempting to launch a new online radio station to help raise money for the Blood Bike charities, as well as greater awareness to the services they provide. "It’s...