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Clock ticking for imports: Stocks of 1980s and 1990s exotica hit by price hikes

Clock ticking for imports: Stocks of 1980s and 1990s exotica hit by price hikes

A leading seller of rare and collectable two-wheeled specials has told MCN that the UK’s pool of 80s and 90s dream bikes is being squeezed, thanks to increased appetite in the US and rising purchase...

BMW R1300GS spied: Test mule spotted weeks ahead of official reveal

BMW R1300GS spied: Test mule spotted weeks ahead of official reveal

BMW’s R1300GS adventure bike looks finished enough to be just weeks away from an official reveal, with these fresh spy shots showing portions of a road-ready machine, complete with factory-fitted...

Bike security video special: Angle grinder vs chains and a ground anchor

Bike security video special: Angle grinder vs chains and a ground anchor

There’s a feeling a that if a thief really wants your bike, they’ll get it. And this isn’t helped by the ready availability of battery-powered angle grinders – whether that’s in your local DIY...

Incoming! Mutt GT-SR 125 and 250 models set for April release

Incoming! Mutt GT-SR 125 and 250 models set for April release

Founders of Mutt Motorcycles, Benny Thomas and Will Rig, have given MCN an exclusive sneak peek at their upcoming GT-SR models, due to be released in April 2022. Available as both a 125 and 250, it’s...

Good news for Harley-Davidson: ‘expansive removal’ of tariffs taking effect in June

Good news for Harley-Davidson: ‘expansive removal’ of tariffs taking effect in June

A deal has been reached between the UK and US suspending retaliatory tariffs on imported American products such as Harley-Davidsons, leading to potentially cheaper bikes. Back in 2018, following a...

Aston Martin Broughs delivered: First customers receive 183bhp/180kg track-only turbo twin

Aston Martin Broughs delivered: First customers receive 183bhp/180kg track-only turbo twin

The phenomenal, ultra-exclusive, Aston Martin Brough Superior AMB 001 lives at last – and is heading to customers with even more power than originally hoped. First revealed in November 2019, the AMB...

Yorkshire council district becomes the latest to let bikers use bus lanes

Yorkshire council district becomes the latest to let bikers use bus lanes

A Yorkshire council district has become the latest to allow motorcycles to use bus lanes. Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire, which includes Halifax, Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge, has now joined a...

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 goes on UK tour

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 goes on UK tour

Triumph are currently undertaking a test ride tour for their new Tiger Sport 660, running between March and June 2022. Bikes are available for both A and A2 licence-holders, visiting 15 Triumph...

Triumph’s UK R&D department set for expansion and extra staff

Triumph’s UK R&D department set for expansion and extra staff

Triumph’s UK facility received a further boost this week with news that it’s to expand its R&D department and take on extra staff. This follows the announcement earlier this month that the British...

Last Quasar rides again: Unfinished feet-forward machine rescued

Last Quasar rides again: Unfinished feet-forward machine rescued

The last ever Quasar – the radical, ‘feet-forward’, fully-faired motorcycle developed in Britain in the 1970s – has been rebuilt ready for the road – and is now being offered for sale. It was bought...

UK design house creates last-mile electric delivery scoot for Middle East and North African markets

UK design house creates last-mile electric delivery scoot for Middle East and North African markets

A Warwick-based design house has created a plug-in last mile delivery scooter for the Middle East and North African (MENA) markets to tackle the growing consumer demand in the region. Called the Rena...

All-new KTM 125 Duke breaks cover: New engine, frame, suspension and more for 2023

All-new KTM 125 Duke breaks cover: New engine, frame, suspension and more for 2023

KTM look set to reveal a virtually all-new 125 Duke this autumn, with fresh spyshots taken in Spain revealing changes to the engine, frame, ancillaries and more. Handily parked up next to the existing...

QJMotor 701 and 701R: Enter the new parallel universe

QJMotor 701 and 701R: Enter the new parallel universe

With the demise of the 600cc four-cylinder sportsbike, a chasm has emerged that’s rapidly being filled by new parallel twins. The Yamaha R7 is leading the way but rivals are hot on its heels and two...

Chancellor's fuel duty cut welcomed but retailers call for patience updating forecourt pricing

Chancellor's fuel duty cut welcomed but retailers call for patience updating forecourt pricing

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s 5p-per-litre cut in fuel duty in response to rocketing petrol prices has generally been welcomed by the motoring industry – but retailers are also warning that it may take...

Christian Pfeiffer: Bike world rocked by shock death of stunt star

Christian Pfeiffer: Bike world rocked by shock death of stunt star

Motorcycling lost one of its greatest ever stunt riders this week with the tragic news that Christian Pfeiffer took his own life at the age of just 51, following a reported long bout of...

Triumph team up with Gibson for special DGR Bonneville

Triumph team up with Gibson for special DGR Bonneville

Triumph have teamed up with guitar brand Gibson to produce a special edition Bonneville T120 to be awarded to the highest fundraiser at this year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) charity...

Honda Hawk 11: Rocking new café racer revives the spirit of the 60s

Honda Hawk 11: Rocking new café racer revives the spirit of the 60s

Honda have previewed a new Hawk 11 ahead of an official unveiling at the 2022 Tokyo Motorcycle Show. Despite its café racer styling, the Hawk 11 is based on Honda’s new NT1100 tourer, itself derived...

KTM apply 'Pikes Peak' formula to 1290 Super Adventure

KTM apply 'Pikes Peak' formula to 1290 Super Adventure

KTM are testing a new variation of their Super Adventure that’s clearly designed to go up against the likes of Ducati’s Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak. Just like Ducati have done with the Pikes Peak, KTM...

Fantic on the up: New factory, new engines and even new bikes from resurgent Italian brand

Fantic on the up: New factory, new engines and even new bikes from resurgent Italian brand

Fantic are going from strength to strength, with big plans for the future, according to CEO Mariano Roman. Having only been revitalised eight years ago, the brand now has 30 importers and 1000 dealers...

Royal Enfield Scram 411: Stripped back Himalayan is ready to scramble around town

Royal Enfield Scram 411: Stripped back Himalayan is ready to scramble around town

Royal Enfield have unveiled the Scram 411, a stripped-back Himalayan adventure bike that’s been fettled for tackling the urban jungle, rather than the actual jungle. Sharing many of the same...

Return of the Dax! Honda revive their long-lost model with new ST125 single

Return of the Dax! Honda revive their long-lost model with new ST125 single

After a 41-year absence from the UK, Honda have revived the humble little Dax. Following on from the success of the Super Cub, Monkey and Grom on which it’s based, the ST125 is a cute mix of old and...

Famous five: Indian release special FTR after their fifth championship victory

Famous five: Indian release special FTR after their fifth championship victory

After five years back-to-back wins, Indian Motorcycle have celebrated the total domination of their FTR750 racebike with a limited-edition version of their FTR production bike. Effectively a ‘greatest...

Ducati hail their new V4 SP2 as the 'ultimate racetrack machine'

Ducati hail their new V4 SP2 as the 'ultimate racetrack machine'

Ducati have unveiled the £34,295 V4 SP2, which they say it’s the pinnacle of track performance for mere mortals like us. Built on the 1103cc V4 Desmosedici Stradale from the V4S, rather than the...

Stroke survivor Andy Ibbott set for Everest Base Camp trek

Stroke survivor Andy Ibbott set for Everest Base Camp trek

Motorcycle industry veteran Andy Ibbott, who suffered a catastrophic stroke in 2011, is trekking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity. A former MCN road tester, Ibbott worked around bikes...

Serial globe-trotter Nick Sanders resumes paused circumnavigation as pandemic recedes

Serial globe-trotter Nick Sanders resumes paused circumnavigation as pandemic recedes

Adventure rider Nick Sanders has set off on his lap of the world once again after the coronavirus pandemic brought the trip to a halt in Australia. Sanders covered 18,000 miles before Covid intervened...

Spied: Big changes as Triumph test Öhlins-equipped Street Triple 765

Spied: Big changes as Triumph test Öhlins-equipped Street Triple 765

Triumph are working on a top-spec Street Triple to take over from the RS as the pinnacle of the 765 pile. The current bike has been with us since 2020 and does an excellent job. But that update was...

SuperTouring superbike: Buell make mad 182bhp V-twin adventure tourer

SuperTouring superbike: Buell make mad 182bhp V-twin adventure tourer

Buell have burst back onto the scene in a big way, unveiling two new bikes powered by the engine from their Hammerhead 1190 superbike offering. The Buell name was all but defunct until recently, when...

Yamaha becomes the latest major manufacturer to pursue electric sales

Yamaha becomes the latest major manufacturer to pursue electric sales

Yamaha have planted their flag in the move to electric with the unveiling of two scooters, one pedelec (which is a bit of a licence weirdo for us) plus three electric bicycles. This isn’t Yamaha’s...

BMW K100 review and used buying guide: Ever heard of the Flying Brick?

BMW K100 review and used buying guide: Ever heard of the Flying Brick?

Ben Kingham, owner of BMW K series specialists BSK Speedworks reveals his buying tips for the 987cc four cylinder BMW K100, affectionately known as the Flying Brick… Related: 30th anniversary of K...

Consultation could see bikes banned from green lane routes

Consultation could see bikes banned from green lane routes

Riders are being urged to respond to a consultation on the green road network that could be used to ban bikes vehicles from unsealed and minor tarmac roads. The Government has begun the exercise on...

Bike tax on the up: Machines over 600cc cross the £100 threshold

Bike tax on the up: Machines over 600cc cross the £100 threshold

Motorcycle tax rates are set to increase from April 1 2022, with bikes over 600cc crossing the £100 threshold. Motorcycles in this category will now cost £101 a year as a one-off payment – an increase...

Portuguese students make electric motorcycle brand

Portuguese students make electric motorcycle brand

Three young Portuguese motorcyclists have turned their success from building parts and accessories into an electric motorcycle start-up. The trio met as part of the MotoStudent programme, investing...

Bold new hybrid planned: Yamaha design has petrol motor to extend electric battery range

Bold new hybrid planned: Yamaha design has petrol motor to extend electric battery range

Hybrid cars are rapidly becoming the norm as a stepping stone to full electric power and there’s a growing suggestion that bikes might take the same route. In 2030 it will become illegal to sell new...

Fresh 5Four hits the road: Guy Willison’s striking hand-built custom Honda CB1000R is revealed

Fresh 5Four hits the road: Guy Willison’s striking hand-built custom Honda CB1000R is revealed

Motorcycle customiser Guy Willison has unveiled the finished version of the second custom Honda built under his 5Four brand. Willison first built a CB1100RS in 2019, before turning his attention to...

Customiser lightens Indian FTR with layers of sleek carbon fibre

Customiser lightens Indian FTR with layers of sleek carbon fibre

Indian have revealed a second machine from customiser Brice Hennebert called the FTR Black Swan, this time taking cues from 1990s sportsbikes. Hennebert got the idea while racing at the Wheels & Waves...

Royal Enfield commemorate 120th anniversary with special editions

Royal Enfield commemorate 120th anniversary with special editions

Royal Enfield have unveiled a pair of special edition 650s to commemorate their 120th anniversary. The limited run of Interceptor 650 and Continental GT650s will go on sale in a first come, first...