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Clever kit is creating a real buzz: How honeycomb structures inspire new lighter, thinner body armour

Clever kit is creating a real buzz: How honeycomb structures inspire new lighter, thinner body armour

Knox has revealed their lightest and thinnest products yet. Inspired by natural structures such as honeycomb, the new Micro-Lock Compact builds on the firm’s already popular Micro-Lock range,...

Secrets of a Road Tester: DocBike

Secrets of a Road Tester: DocBike

Bikertek promotion BikerTek and MCN have teamed up to produce a third series of exciting riding videos to make your biking summer both exciting and safe. This week, we’re looking at DocBike: One of the advantages...

Ago MV Agusta sold at auction to raise money for Ukraine

Ago MV Agusta sold at auction to raise money for Ukraine

This MV Agusta Superveloce Ago limited edition raised £52,900 in aid of the UNICEF Ukraine emergency fund when it was auctioned at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. Signed by 15-times world...

Triumph's range review ushers in new colours and some new names for existing bikes

Triumph's range review ushers in new colours and some new names for existing bikes

Triumph have been busy with their brushes as a whole host of new colourschemes have been revealed. As well as some lively (tangerine and blue anyone?) designs on the entire Bonneville range, the...

Super-rare Supermono sale: Classic Ducati single racer built from spares to star in NMM sale

Super-rare Supermono sale: Classic Ducati single racer built from spares to star in NMM sale

This mint 1990s Ducati Supermono racing single is set to star, along with not one but three classic Vincent V-twins, at an auction at the National Motorcycle Museum (NMM) in Solihull at end of...

Village meet is back: Cassington Bike Night returns after three years

Village meet is back: Cassington Bike Night returns after three years

Thousands descended on the picturesque village of Cassington in Oxfordshire last week for the return of the popular bike night. Covid forced the meet-up to take a hiatus and it’s been three years...

British Bonneville: Speed Week event set to be held at Elvington in May 2023

British Bonneville: Speed Week event set to be held at Elvington in May 2023

A new Bonneville-style ‘Speed Week’ event is being planned to take place in Britain next spring, with organisers hoping to see riders eclipse the magical 300mph mark. Called the UK & ITA...

BSA aim big with new UK distributor

BSA aim big with new UK distributor

BSA has announced a new UK and Eire distributor, alongside a new visitor experience. The historic brand was bought by Indian automotive giant Mahindra in 2016 and unveiled its first all-new bike, the...

Sell-out crowds witness Wayne Rainey reunited with his YZR500 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Sell-out crowds witness Wayne Rainey reunited with his YZR500 at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed returned last weekend, with 200,000 motorsport enthusiasts descending on the four-day hillclimb celebration ready to applaud the highly anticipated return of three-time...

Three wheeling: Piaggio unveil tech-laden new MP3 model line up

Three wheeling: Piaggio unveil tech-laden new MP3 model line up

Piaggio have revealed an all-new MP3 range for 2022, promising a variety more sophisticated three-wheeled commuting tools packed with radar-guided electronics, reversing cameras, and more. Piaggio...

Ducat-E: Bologna brand release details on electric MotoE racer and hint at future production machines

Ducat-E: Bologna brand release details on electric MotoE racer and hint at future production machines

Ducati have released fresh technical details of their 2023 MotoE racer, which looks set to provide the development data for plug-in production bike of the future. Dubbed the V21L, the finished...

BMW's baby sportsbike arrives: German firm reveal fully faired G310RR sportsbike to the Indian market

BMW's baby sportsbike arrives: German firm reveal fully faired G310RR sportsbike to the Indian market

After endless social media teasing, BMW have pulled the covers off their sportiest A2 category bike so far: a fully-faired G310RR single based on the existing G310R naked and G310GS adventure...

‘We are shipping product and it is real’: Forcite smart helmet boss explains how their high-tech helmet will succeed where others failed

‘We are shipping product and it is real’: Forcite smart helmet boss explains how their high-tech helmet will succeed where others failed

Smart motorcycle helmets are nothing new. Companies have been promising internal cameras, head-up displays and more for years, but very few have made it to market and fewer still have made any...

'It's not the future': Norton reveal why Atlas parallel-twin had to make way for electric bike plans

'It's not the future': Norton reveal why Atlas parallel-twin had to make way for electric bike plans

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New Sinnis supermoto: SM-R 125 is new street version of SM-XE learner trailie

New Sinnis supermoto: SM-R 125 is new street version of SM-XE learner trailie

This funky, learner-legal supermoto is the latest from Chinese/British brand Sinnis and, if it looks familiar, that’s because it’s the new street-tyred spin-off of the SM-XE 125 trail bike also...

Yamaha's green dream: Japanese giant aims for factories to be carbon neutral by 2035

Yamaha's green dream: Japanese giant aims for factories to be carbon neutral by 2035

The world’s second largest motorcycle manufacturer, Yamaha, has announced that its green goal to make its factories around the world carbon neutral it being accelerated by a full 15 years. The...

Yamaha’s green initiative: $100 million fund available for environmental tech firms

Yamaha’s green initiative: $100 million fund available for environmental tech firms

Yamaha has become the latest major motorcycle manufacturer to significantly expand its green credentials with the announcement of a new $100 million fund for investing in environmental...

Purple helmets bow out: Final ride will be in August 2022

Purple helmets bow out: Final ride will be in August 2022

The Purple Helmets motorcycle display team, best known for their comedy stunt shows at the IOMTT races, performed their final mainland English show last week as part of a farewell tour which ends on...

£50K on the longest day: LEJOG charity ride raises serious cash for cancer cause

£50K on the longest day: LEJOG charity ride raises serious cash for cancer cause

A fleet of 36 intrepid bikers riding motorcycles costing no more than £600 set off from Land’s End to John o’ Groats on June 21 for the annual Longest Day Challenge charity ride. The summer...

A family affair: Rare barn finds star in Bonhams sale

A family affair: Rare barn finds star in Bonhams sale

Two vintage barn find motorcycles are among the star lots at the upcoming Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale, which will be held between October 15 and 16. The bikes in question are a Sunbeam Model...

SR75 World Team Suzuki celebrate Arenacross success with tricked-up V-Strom 650 XT

SR75 World Team Suzuki celebrate Arenacross success with tricked-up V-Strom 650 XT

Suzuki are celebrating their multiple Arenacross titles with a very special V-Strom 650XT inspired by the firm’s RM-Z450 motocross racer. The one-off V-twin adventurer made its public debut at the...

No hybrids from BMW confirmed in exclusive interview

No hybrids from BMW confirmed in exclusive interview

BMW’s Vice President of Customer, Brand, and Sales says there is no plan for the German firm to pursue hybrid motorcycles, instead focusing on internal combustion and electrification. “The hybrid...

MCN grabs a ride on one of only two pre-production RQi electric 125s in existence

MCN grabs a ride on one of only two pre-production RQi electric 125s in existence

Chinese company NIU has just released details of its new 125cc equivalent electric bike, the RQi Sport. The world’s largest manufacturer of electric urban mobility solutions, NIU has produced more...

Textile gear that covers all bases: How Klim use the latest fabrics to create tough but breathable waterproof gear

Textile gear that covers all bases: How Klim use the latest fabrics to create tough but breathable waterproof gear

For adventure riders, there’s never been an answer to the age-old question: what gear is cool enough off-road but protective enough on-road and waterproof too?   A suit that saves you from a 70mph...

Go-anywhere learner: Sinnis SM-XE 125 is a return to L-plate-friendly mud pluggers

Go-anywhere learner: Sinnis SM-XE 125 is a return to L-plate-friendly mud pluggers

Following the demise of previously popular Japanese 125cc trail bikes such as Yamaha’s XT and WR, Suzuki’s DRZ and Kawasaki’s KLX, there’s not been much choice for 17-year-olds looking for a modern,...

Two-wheel drive Ultra Bike promises road and water-based adventure for £2400

Two-wheel drive Ultra Bike promises road and water-based adventure for £2400

Talk about getting off the beaten track… the 2×2 Ultra Bike promises a level of versatility rarely seen on two wheels. Subject of a crowdfunding effort on Indigogo, the machine comes from US-based...

More than a bit distinguished: 2022 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride smashes global fundraising targets

More than a bit distinguished: 2022 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride smashes global fundraising targets

This year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride has beaten previous records for fundraising and attendance – and next year’s could be bigger and better still. Fund raising from the 2022 gathering closed...

Triumph purchases Oset: Hinckley firm snaps up electric off-road name to get more youngsters riding

Triumph purchases Oset: Hinckley firm snaps up electric off-road name to get more youngsters riding

Triumph Motorcycles are aiming to attract a new wave of young off-road riders to the British brand, having announced the acquisition of kids’ electric firm Oset Bikes. East Sussex based Oset was...

R18 gets wood: Latest BMW custom unveiled in Monaco

R18 gets wood: Latest BMW custom unveiled in Monaco

This wacky wood and metal cruiser, unveiled in Monaco earlier this month, is the result of the latest collaboration between BMW’s R18 boxer twin cruiser and a top custom house. It’s called the R18...

MCN Promotion Statistics reveal the unpleasant truth that motorcycle thefts are seven times more likely to happen than any other road vehicle theft. According to the British Motorcyclist Foundation, a motorcycle...

Steve Harris 1949 - 2022: Pioneering engineer and Harris Performance founder has died

Steve Harris 1949 - 2022: Pioneering engineer and Harris Performance founder has died

The death in June, 2022 of Steve Harris marks the end of an era – when a single or a small group of independent engineers could play a major part in the motorcycle industry. Essentially...

Final shoulder tap for Paul: TT start line official bows out after nearly 70 years of involvement with the Isle of Man road racing scene

Final shoulder tap for Paul: TT start line official bows out after nearly 70 years of involvement with the Isle of Man road racing scene

An Isle of Man TT start line official responsible for giving riders the tap on the shoulder to set off has retired after 68 years of involvement with the races. Paul Kermode, 79, from Douglas on...

New CCM Classic Tracker officially unveiled

New CCM Classic Tracker officially unveiled

Bolton-based CCM have released a new Classic Tracker – a new flattrack inspired addition to their popular single-cylinder Spitfire range that builds on the existing Street Tracker model. Previously...

Have a go heroes: Run what ya brung sprint racing action returns to Ramsey seafront on the Isle of Man

Have a go heroes: Run what ya brung sprint racing action returns to Ramsey seafront on the Isle of Man

Thousands of spectators have flocked to Ramsey’s Mooragh Promenade for two days of high-octane closed road motorcycle sprint racing. Taking place on Sunday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 7 just a few...

Petrol vs electric: MCN lifts the lid on the true cost of battery powered bikes

Petrol vs electric: MCN lifts the lid on the true cost of battery powered bikes

Love it or hate it, we’re seeing major developments in electric motorcycles. But the latest research shows that their environmental advantage over more traditional petrol-powered machines is far from...

Baking a fossil-free Cake mix: Swedish firm aim to eradicate fossil fuels in the production line by 2025

Baking a fossil-free Cake mix: Swedish firm aim to eradicate fossil fuels in the production line by 2025

Electric motorcycles may have the upper hand over the internal combustion engine by producing no emissions at the tailpipe, but there is still a sizable amount of pollution created in the production...