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Video: African adventure

Michael Neeves, 17 January 2013 17:24

Remember the old days when we used our sports bikes for everything? They brightened up our weekends, took us to work, and off on holiday, but now there's a bike built for every occasion. Still, who says you can't do everything on your sports bike? We rode a Ducati Panigale S and BMW S1000RR to Spain and then on to ...

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Video: KTM 1190 Adventure R first ride

MCN, 09 January 2013 11:46

King of serious off-road, KTM, has BMW's mighty GS firmly in it's sights with the new 1190 Adventure. The Austrian manufacturer has played to its strengths, focusing on ergonomics, agility, light weight and performance using a V-twin from the RC8R superbike. It's a big step forward from the go-anywhere KTM 990, but can it win a bigger slice of the ...

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Video: 2013 Triumph Street Triple R first ride

MCN, 08 November 2012 14:00

The current Triumph Street Triple, the British firm’s best selling machine in the past five years (they’ve sold 50,000), weighs just 189kg, full of fuel and ready-to-go, which is bugger-all. This new version, available in dealers in the middle of November is lighter still. Weighing a piffling 183kg it’s going to strike fear into its main rival: the 211kg Suzuki ...

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Video: BMW F700GS vs Rivals

MCN, 23 October 2012 11:06

The new BMW F700GS replaces the old F650GS for 2013, although capacity remains at 800cc. We tested it against the Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Triumph Tiger 800 to see which is the best mid range adventure bike.

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Video: Honda CRF250L vs rivals

MCN, 08 October 2012 10:58

The lightweight trailie market was once a booming sector, with all major manufacturers getting involved, but the current 250cc trail bike sector is a limited one. Honda hopes to reignite the class with the introduction of the CRF250L which uses the single-cylinder engine from the CBR250. We put the new bike up against the Kawasaki KLX250 and Rieju Tango. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: 2013 Ducati Multistrada first ride

MCN, 04 October 2012 13:30

It might look barely changed but the 2013 Multistrada gets revised fuel injection, improved torque, cosmetic tweaks, new lights, advanced ABS and DTC and the new 'Skyhook' semi-active suspension system. So how does it feel?   brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: BMW S1000RR HP4 first ride

MCN, 17 September 2012 14:26

BMW's new HP4 is the first production motorcycle to feature semi-active suspension - its damping constantly changes as you ride. It's also a massive 9kg lighter than an equivalent S1000RR and has an even more refined traction control system, which can now be adjusted on the move. To find out what makes it tick, we rode the HP4 Carbon at the ...

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Video: Ducati Streetfighter 848 longterm trip report

MCN, 13 September 2012 14:57

Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves recently took some time off to ride his longterm Ducati Streetfighter 848 on the beautiful roads of France and Italy. Here he shares his trip.   brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Ducati Diavel Cromo first ride

MCN, 06 September 2012 09:50

Ducati have thrown the parts catalogue at their new Diavel Cromo. At £15000 new for a standard Ducati Diavel, the Cromo has had over £7000 of Ducati Performance Parts and £3000 worth of Ohlins suspension thrown at it. But do the new parts really make it that much better? MCN Road Tester Michael Neeves takes it for a spin to ...

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Video: 100 years of supersports

MCN, 04 September 2012 08:00

Middleweight sports bikes - usually of 600cc - have a history that goes back well beyond the first of the modern era, the Kawasaki GPz600R of 1985. In fact, the first sporty middleweight was built 100 years ago in 1912 and could hit 60mph. To chart the progress of 600s, MCN rides three milestone bikes from very three different generations - ...

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