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Rare Brough Superior and Vincent sidecar outfits set to star at upcoming spring auction

Rare Brough Superior and Vincent sidecar outfits set to star at upcoming spring auction

Two absolute classic British motorcycle sidecar outfits, including what is described as ‘possibly the most complete and original Brough Superior combination ever offered’, are the star lots at a...

Zontes set sights on Tiger with new ZT-703F three-cylinder adventure bike for 2024

Zontes set sights on Tiger with new ZT-703F three-cylinder adventure bike for 2024

Zontes Motorcycles have revealed a new ZT-703F adventure bike prototype, with the finished bike set to arrive by the end of the year featuring a 699cc engine. First mooted back in 2021, the engine...

Aprilia have been testing a naked version of the RS457 but it's more retro than Tuono

Aprilia have been testing a naked version of the RS457 but it's more retro than Tuono

These spy pictures give us the first look at Aprilia’s upcoming, retro-influenced naked version of their all-new twin cylinder RS457 sportsbike. And, with the retro Aprilia featuring an all-new...

Laser vision! Headlight fibre optics could revolutionise the way riders see in the dark

Laser vision! Headlight fibre optics could revolutionise the way riders see in the dark

Recent years have seen the biggest technical revolution around motorcycle lighting since the introduction of the electric lamp – with the filament bulb finally giving way to brighter LED headlights...

Honda launches UK wide new rider scheme to get more into biking

Honda launches UK wide new rider scheme to get more into biking

Honda have become the latest major manufacturer to offer a complete rider training package, in an attempt to get more people learning to ride in 2024. The revamped ‘Honda School of Motoring – New...

Small bikes for big adventure! Couple saddle up for RTW trip aboard two Honda CG125s

Small bikes for big adventure! Couple saddle up for RTW trip aboard two Honda CG125s

An intrepid biking duo have sold their worldly possessions and set off on a round the world (RTW) adventure on a pair of Honda CG125s.   Tom Gould, 31, and Lauren Board, 27, set off on Thursday, 7...

Norton CEO quizzed on new combustion model development plus V4CR delays

Norton CEO quizzed on new combustion model development plus V4CR delays

Norton CEO Dr Robert Hentschel has confirmed to MCN that new combustion engine models are on the way – as well as acknowledging delays for the £41,999 V4CR. “Our business plan was built around fix...

‘We need to find the next step’: Yamaha’s European President talks future fuels

‘We need to find the next step’: Yamaha’s European President talks future fuels

With the continuing drive to ‘net zero’, and a proposed 2035 ban on the sale of new petrol-powered motorcycles, interest in the fuels of the future has never been greater. But with very few ‘green’...

How to: fit a chain tensioner and relegate those rattles

How to: fit a chain tensioner and relegate those rattles

Engine noisy? Your cam chain tensioner could well be knackered… here’s how to swap it for a new one. Heard a rattle? The cam chain tensioner (CCT) is a component inside your bike’s engine that...

Expert guide to: Used Honda CBR600s!

Expert guide to: Used Honda CBR600s!

Honda have revived the CBR600RR for Europe for 2024, but do you need to pay something like £11,000 to own a CBR? Of course not… The CBR has been around since 1987 when the CBR600F-H ‘jelly mould’...

Inside story: Great British bike rallies

Inside story: Great British bike rallies

Whether you’ve been to one or not, bike rallies have been an important influence in motorcycle culture for decades. From their small and rebellious beginnings in the 1950s, through to the...

The MCN Test: Kawasaki’s reborn ZX-6R takes on its supersport rivals

The MCN Test: Kawasaki’s reborn ZX-6R takes on its supersport rivals

There’s nothing quite like thrashing an old-school 600 to within an inch of its life. Here on a deserted airfield in Northamptonshire the new £10,599 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R wastes no time in reminding...

The world's greatest bikes #9: Honda RC213V-S

The world's greatest bikes #9: Honda RC213V-S

In September 2012, during a seemingly innocuous company conference, Honda CEO, Takanobu Ito, made an announcement that took everyone by surprise – they were going to build a road-going version of...

MotoGP insight: Get ready for Acosta!

MotoGP insight: Get ready for Acosta!

The MotoGP paddock is on high alert following the arrival in the premier class of The Next Big Thing… Pedro Acosta. The 19-year-old has secured the Moto3 and Moto2 titles in his three-year Grand...

Operation Capio launched - Northumbria Police step up efforts against anti-social motorcycle riding

Operation Capio launched - Northumbria Police step up efforts against anti-social motorcycle riding

Northumbria Police have launched a force-wide operation to tackle anti-social motorcycle related crime – stating that offending riders will be arrested, with their bikes seized and...

Revealed: 2024 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition!

Revealed: 2024 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition!

KTM have unveiled their 2024 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition – a bike that they claim will set the ‘new benchmark’ in world motocross competition. The top spec version of the Austrian firm’s already...

Small capacity Aprilia RS457 Trofeo in the works for one make race series

Small capacity Aprilia RS457 Trofeo in the works for one make race series

Aprilia are set to reveal a track-only Trofeo version of their A2 licence-friendly RS457 sportsbike, with official plans for a one-make race series in 2025. Latest news: Aprilia testing retro naked...

Benelli Tornado returns as humble A2-compliant twin

Benelli Tornado returns as humble A2-compliant twin

The Benelli Tornado name is back for 2024! But, where it was once applied to an exotic 898cc triple superbike, it’s now returning for an A2 compliant parallel twin sportsbike to rival Honda’s...

Wild & Woolly event cancelled for 2023! Historic Boxing Day scramble loses venue

Wild & Woolly event cancelled for 2023! Historic Boxing Day scramble loses venue

The famous and historic Wild & Woolly Boxing Day scramble, one of the world’s oldest off-road events, has been cancelled for 2023 due to difficulties securing a suitable venue. A staple of the festive...

discovery+ sponsors Extreme Enduro live action in London

discovery+ sponsors Extreme Enduro live action in London

Devitt Insurance MCN London Motorcycle Show Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping showdown as discovery+ roars onto the scene as the official sponsor of the Extreme Enduro live action show at the 2024 Devitt Insurance MCN London Motorcycle Show.

Armed vigilante brothers jailed for over 40 years after shooting at motorcycle thieves

Armed vigilante brothers jailed for over 40 years after shooting at motorcycle thieves

Two brothers have been jailed for over 40 years for shooting at a pair of suspected motorcycle thieves in Greenhithe, Kent. The incident took place on Sunday, 8 March 2020 in a communal car park area...

MCN World of Bikes stage fires up London show!

MCN World of Bikes stage fires up London show!

Devitt Insurance MCN London Motorcycle Show is ready to rock on February 16-18 Blast off your biking year at the Devitt Insurance MCN London Motorcycle Show with an action-packed multi-stage...

Dive into the New Year with our January Sale! Start your year off with savings and enjoy an EXTRA 15% off annual subscriptions!

Dive into the New Year with our January Sale! Start your year off with savings and enjoy an EXTRA 15% off annual subscriptions!

You can get 4 issues for just £2 when you take out an MCN print subscription or enjoy an EXTRA 15% off annual subscriptions in our January Sale when you use code NY2024 and enjoy your magazine for...

Get ready to race with KTM's 2024 track riding schools - tuition from Kallio and Pedrosa

Get ready to race with KTM's 2024 track riding schools - tuition from Kallio and Pedrosa

Fancy a MotoGP-style track school like no other? Well, that’s what KTM are promising with their new ‘Academy of Speed’ next summer. The Austrian manufacturer have created two-day events at three...

Cole and Millyard set for city spectacular!

Cole and Millyard set for city spectacular!

Devitt Insurance MCN London Motorcycle Show Promotion TV’s Henry and Allen take their Workshop to the Devitt Insurance MCN London Motorcycle Show Henry Cole’s brilliant Ready to Ride Workshop is making its debut at the Devitt Insurance MCN London...

Riding the evolution of electric: Power into the future with intelligent, responsive, smooth electric drive.

Riding the evolution of electric: Power into the future with intelligent, responsive, smooth electric drive.

Paid partnership with T&D You may not have heard of T&D – and yet you might well have enjoyed testing some of their products at Motorcycle Live this year without knowing. The brand is aiming to be the powertrain of the future,...

Daytona 660 inbound? New Triumph model teased on social media ahead of January 2024 reveal

Daytona 660 inbound? New Triumph model teased on social media ahead of January 2024 reveal

Following spyshots shared with MCN back in August 2023, Triumph now look set to reveal a Daytona 660 soft sportsbike model on Tuesday, 9 January. We’ve ridden it: Triumph Daytona 660...

Mild to wild: KTM introduce variable cam duration and lift for 1390 Super Duke R engine

Mild to wild: KTM introduce variable cam duration and lift for 1390 Super Duke R engine

The latest KTM Super Duke R may have grabbed headlines for its increased engine capacity, but there’s some clever valve timing tech hidden inside the heads that’s worth talking about, too. Variable...

Northern rail firm announce U-turn on biker ban at Whitby train station carpark

Northern rail firm announce U-turn on biker ban at Whitby train station carpark

Yorkshire bikers are celebrating after railway firm, Northern announced a U-turn on their ban of all motorcycles from Whitby train station carpark. “After listening to feedback from community...

‘Catch me if you can’ bike thief jailed: 30 months for offender who taunted the police

‘Catch me if you can’ bike thief jailed: 30 months for offender who taunted the police

A motorcycle thief who baited police on social media with the line “catch me if you can” has been caught, and subsequently jailed for two-and-a-half years. Mark Fay, 29, of Thoresway Road,...

Bosch aim to bring traction control to all motorcycles

Bosch aim to bring traction control to all motorcycles

The Head of Bosch’s Two-Wheeler and Powersports unit, Geoff Liersch, says he’s committed to supplying electronic safety aids – including traction control – to all motorcycles globally, to help prevent...

Ducati celebrate 2023 racing dominance with limited Panigale V4 and V2 series

Ducati celebrate 2023 racing dominance with limited Panigale V4 and V2 series

Bologna firm Ducati are celebrating a year of unrivalled racing success with a series of special edition Panigale V4 and V2 sportsbikes, revealed at a special ‘Campioni in Festa’ event in their home...

Affordability meets Italian style for new Benelli BKX300 mini adventurer

Affordability meets Italian style for new Benelli BKX300 mini adventurer

With the wave of new, large capacity adventure bikes, it’s easy to overlook smaller entrants – such as Benelli’s all-new BKX300. Launched alongside a roadster version called the BKX300S, the new...

Royal Enfield would be 'foolish not to' consider more 450-powered models says design chief

Royal Enfield would be 'foolish not to' consider more 450-powered models says design chief

Royal Enfield’s Chief of Design has hinted that we could see more models arriving using the firm’s latest 452cc single-cylinder engine, revealed in the second generation Himalayan adventure bike for...

No electric bikes for Bimota: Kawasaki-backed firm sticking with high-performance petrol models

No electric bikes for Bimota: Kawasaki-backed firm sticking with high-performance petrol models

Despite Bimota’s engine and technology supplier, Kawasaki, diversifying into alternative fuels with both electric and hybrid solutions, the boutique Italian brand remains committed to combustion...

How to: Fit heated grips over Christmas and keep extra toasty this winter

How to: Fit heated grips over Christmas and keep extra toasty this winter

Having the ability to vary the amount of heat with a controller is top of my agenda when I am selecting heated grips. But more important than that is having some sort of battery-saving mode. This...