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Classic scooters quit smoking: Battery conversion for Vespas and Lambrettas

Classic scooters quit smoking: Battery conversion for Vespas and Lambrettas

No two-wheelers are better-suited to electric power than scooters and no scoots are cooler than classic Vespas and Lambrettas – and now you can get electric versions of both thanks to these British...

Variable-rigidity 'chain mail' that stiffens on command could be the future of motorcycle clothing

Variable-rigidity 'chain mail'  that stiffens on command could be the future of motorcycle clothing

Motorcycle clothing is a conundrum that’s proved tough to crack. Even ignoring the problems that weather conditions pile into the equation, there’s a stark contrast between the requirement to move...

Swedish super-single surprise: NCCR turn half a Buell V-twin into race engine

Swedish super-single surprise: NCCR turn half a Buell V-twin into race engine

Well before the 916, in 1992, Ducati created a racebike called the ‘Supermono’. Essentially an 888 with the rear cylinder removed the Supermono was an effective race bike that became the stuff of...

Piaggio scoot into the radar age: Tie-in with Israeli-based Vayyar promises entire radar safety system by next year

Piaggio scoot into the radar age: Tie-in with Israeli-based Vayyar promises entire radar safety system by next year

Radars are fast becoming the ‘next big thing’ with companies all over the world rushing to develop bike-mounted sensors for adaptive cruise control and collision warning systems. Related articles on...

Yamaha lays out a plan for the future: New models, new niches and new power sources

Yamaha lays out a plan for the future: New models, new niches and new power sources

Yamaha have outlined a plan that pushes the firm towards carbon neutrality by 2050. That’s a long way off but the firm gives strong hints about the models it’s working on right now. Related articles...

Riding on coconut shells: Activated carbon inserts made from sawdust and coconut shells could transform your bike

Riding on coconut shells: Activated carbon inserts made from sawdust and coconut shells could transform your bike

Motorcycle firms have dabbled with the idea of air suspension for decades, but now a British firm have developed a technology that breathes new life into the idea. Related articles on MCN How helmet...

A cool idea for summer riding: Chill Ride vest aims to solve the comfort conundrum

A cool idea for summer riding: Chill Ride vest aims to solve the comfort conundrum

Even in the temperate climes of the UK every rider’s wardrobe is filled to bursting point with riding gear to cope with the weather conditions we face. Whether you’re battling to stay warm in winter...

Synthetic petrol: How bikes could become carbon-neutral without switching to battery power at all

Synthetic petrol: How bikes could become carbon-neutral without switching to battery power at all

As governments propose firm dates for the end of petrol and diesel powered vehicles you might be forgiven for thinking we’re living in the end days of the internal combustion engine. But the...

Less is more: Why bike manufacturers are taking a new approach to valve action

Less is more: Why bike manufacturers are taking a new approach to valve action

Read the spiel on the new Suzuki GSX-S1000, or Hayabusa – or bikes from many other manufacturers, actually – and they’ll say the same thing: reduced valve overlap. But what is it, how did we end up...

Kawasaki’s auto-clutch revolution: New patent reveals tech that blurs quickshift and semi-auto transmission

Kawasaki’s auto-clutch revolution: New patent reveals tech that blurs quickshift and semi-auto transmission

Quickshifters are standard kit among a growing number of new models, giving a taste of the track by easing clutchless changes. The tech is relatively simple, with load sensors in the linkage that tell...

Head first into speed records: How helmet tech helped Zarco become MotoGP’s fastest rider

Head first into speed records: How helmet tech helped Zarco become MotoGP’s fastest rider

On the 27th of March this year, Pramac Ducati rider Johann Zarco took the previous MotoGP top speed record and hurled it out of the window. Related articles on MCN Yamaha MT-09 exhaust...

Saved by the app: New smartphone tech could save your life after a crash

Saved by the app: New smartphone tech could save your life after a crash

When it comes to pushing the boundaries of lifesaving motorcycle tech, Bosch have been at the forefront for years. Related articles on MCN Bosch accident detection built into your bike All you need...

Virtual insanity: VR software could see more of us trying out prototypes

Virtual insanity: VR software could see more of us trying out prototypes

Virtual reality is finally starting to fulfil decades of Tomorrow’s World promises and filter into everyday life. It’s even forged a place in the development of new bikes at Yamaha. What’s more,...

F1 tech for future Hondas: Prechamber combustion to maximise fuel efficiency

F1 tech for future Hondas: Prechamber combustion to maximise fuel efficiency

Honda are looking to Formula 1 car racing to address the demand for ever-cleaner engines – with a patent revealing a superbike engine featuring the sort of prechamber combustion that’s universal in...

Eyes for your bike: Bolt-on camera tech could make biking safer

Eyes for your bike: Bolt-on camera tech could make biking safer

Next year sees the start of something new in motorcycling as the Bosch-developed radar system used by Ducati and BMW gives top-end bikes' on-board computers a picture of what’s going on around them...

Better together: Kawasaki working on hybrid bikes and AI assistants

Better together: Kawasaki working on hybrid bikes and AI assistants

Kawasaki are exploring hybrid technology and motorcycles with artificial intelligence as they consider the future of motorcycling. Related articles from MCN Electric motorbikes coming soon Best...

BMW turn to 3D printing to perfect their race bikes

BMW turn to 3D printing to perfect their race bikes

BMW are well known as masters of tech on the road and track but now they’re staking a claim as masters of tech off the track too with their latest venture. In a bid to gain valuable seconds for their...

Half a superbike, twice the fun: your in-depth look at Aprilia's new 660 motor

Half a superbike, twice the fun: your in-depth look at Aprilia's new 660 motor

Aprilia’s new RS660 is the Noale firm’s first new machine in years, plugging a gaping hole in their sportsbike range between the RSV4 1100 and the RS50 and RS125. It also has a brand-new engine…well,...

Bright idea: BMW's new headlights see round corners

Bright idea: BMW's new headlights see round corners

Riding in the dark highlights an innate problem with traditional headlights – when you lean into a turn the beam is angled away from the direction you’re trying to go. Related articles on MCN BMW...

Like water off a biker's back: Why Belstaff turned to Gore-Tex to create kit for the Long Way Up

Like water off a biker's back: Why Belstaff turned to Gore-Tex to create kit for the Long Way Up

You might think of Gore-Tex – as used in Charley and Ewan’s kit for their latest TV epic – as a bit of a wonder material. It magically stops water getting in while letting sweat get out. But you might...

Piping up: How nuclear subs gave us titanium exhausts

Piping up: How nuclear subs gave us titanium exhausts

As bikes get heavier manufacturers search for ways of making them lighter. Just look at the latest superbikes, such as the Ducati Superleggera or Honda Fireblade, with their titanium pipes. But what...

UK electric bike specialists Saietta target global sales with new high-tech motor

UK electric bike specialists Saietta target global sales with new high-tech motor

One of Britain’s leading electric motor makers have announced ambitious expansion plans which could see their workforce multiply 10-fold and their technology used in thousands of machines on the...

Diamonds are forever: BMW create maintenance-free motorbike chain

Diamonds are forever: BMW create maintenance-free motorbike chain

BMW say they’ve created motorbike chain that needs no lubrication and no tension adjustment. The maintenance-free unit is to be made available on the S1000RR and S1000XR models as a factory option...

BMW's carbon-fibre swingarm replacement concept

BMW's carbon-fibre swingarm replacement concept

Amongst the landmarks in motorcycle design, the swingarm stands out as one of the greatest. But now BMW have come up with a revised version of the idea that takes advantage of their extensive...

2electron McFly: Electric bike tech emulates petrol engine of your choice

2electron McFly: Electric bike tech emulates petrol engine of your choice

Electric bike tech firm, 2electron, have been working on further developing their McFly system, which emulates the power and torque characteristics, gear ratios, sound and vibration of a potentially...

Push comes to shove: Harley-Davidson patent reveals VVT pushrod engine

Push comes to shove: Harley-Davidson patent reveals VVT pushrod engine

Harley-Davidson have patented a variable valve timing (VVT) system for their next engine in a bid to meet emissions targets for an air-cooled engine. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen drawings for...

False ecology? The truth about electric motorbikes and the environment

False ecology? The truth about electric motorbikes and the environment

The message that electric vehicles are the zero-emissions transport of the future is impossible to ignore. We’re beaten over the heads with a constant stream of news that tells us internal combustion...

Blowing hot air: Yamaha set to fit turbos across their range

Blowing hot air: Yamaha set to fit turbos across their range

Yamaha are working on turbocharging for their next range of bikes. This isn’t Yamaha’s first use of the tech as they briefly made an XJ650 Turbo in the early ’80s, however this new system is...

Tilt to the future: Patents reveal work on a three-wheeled Yamaha TMAX

Tilt to the future: Patents reveal work on a three-wheeled Yamaha TMAX

The 'Leaning Multi-Wheel' (LMW) arm of Yamaha’s model range looks set to grow with the development of a new model derived from the TMAX 560. Sliding into the range between the NMAX-based Tricity 300...

Actual rocket science: The geometry magic that helps Triumph's Rocket 3 handle so well

Actual rocket science: The geometry magic that helps Triumph's Rocket 3 handle so well

One look at Triumph’s Rocket 3 R and you’d imagine it handles with all the deft agility of a Mississippi paddlesteamer. But ride the 2458cc beast and you’ll be amazed at how easily it turns, given its...

Exploding the myths: Everything you need to know about motorbike airbag vests

Exploding the myths: Everything you need to know about motorbike airbag vests

Airbags used to be the preserve of factory racers and wealthy trackday riders but with prices now dropping below £400 for the first time, everyday road riders can benefit from the latest safety tech.

Time for a two-stroke comeback

Time for a two-stroke comeback

Cutting carbon emissions and accepting dried-up oil supplies means adopting alternative technology. So, the obvious thing is of course to bring back two-strokes... In a few years Formula 1 racing will...

The shape of things to come: 3D-printed Morlaco heralds a revolution in specials building

The shape of things to come: 3D-printed Morlaco heralds a revolution in specials building

This Fireblade-powered, ‘funny-front-end’ superbike has become one of the very first to have its bodywork and other components produced by 3D printing technology. Dubbed the Morlaco, it’s the latest...

Jeans stronger than steel: lightweight kit strong enough to lift a skip

Jeans stronger than steel: lightweight kit strong enough to lift a skip

The latest gear from cutting-edge clothing company Saint combines a stretchy and comfortable denim with AA-rated protection, with enough strength to lift a two-tonne skip from just a single layer of...

Are bike manufacturers doing enough to stop bike theft?

Are bike manufacturers doing enough to stop bike theft?

Bikes are pretty easy to steal. A vehicle with no windows or doors that can be picked up by a few strong people is easier to steal than, say, a car. Steering locks are defeated by a firm kick and...

Getting to the hub of Bimota's 'funny front end'

Getting to the hub of Bimota's 'funny front end'

Your bike’s forks offer certain advantages: they’re light, neatly packaged, provide lots of feel and have ample stiffness. But forks are a compromise. Related articles on MCN Bimota KB4 set for...