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Video: Sports touring tyres tested

Sports touring tyres are fast becoming the default tyre for UK motorcyclists, from commuters to superbike riders because of two things: instant grip and durability. They can do big miles (as many as old touring tyres) and they’ll even handle track days. Crucially for UK riders, sports touring rubber is also the best you can buy for the rain – ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 17 May 2012

Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm report

Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just taken delivery of the Ducati Streetfighter 848 he’ll be running this year. After his time spent with the 1098 version in 2009, the Streetfighter is one of his favourite bikes. He will be producing regular ‘blog-style’ videos on what this smaller-engined version is like to live with and how it compares to its ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 28 March 2012

Video: Riding Europe's finest retro bikes

German firm LSL are becoming famous for creating achingly-cool retro custom bikes, but for owner Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler they’re merely a hobby – his real business is manufacturing accessories. When MCN visited LSL, we expected to find a small custom shop, but instead were welcomed into a 900 square meter, solar-powered factory turning out everything from handlebars to rearsets. So how ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 January 2012

Video: BMW S1000RR onboard at Jerez

Check out this on-board lap of Jerez aboard Michael Neeves’ BMW Park Lane S1000RR. The footage was taken at the 2011 Racedays event on 9th November. brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 29 December 2011

Video: Yamaha OW-01 revisited

Back in 1989 Yamaha created the OW-01, a homologation special built for superbike racing. With a staggering £12,700 price tag, it cost more than the Honda RC30 and with only 500 built, the Yamaha was more exclusive too. In this video, MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves gets to realise a 22-year old dream and ride this classic superbike for ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 24 November 2011

F4 RR is the best MV Agusta yet!

Our world-first test of the stunning new 201bhp F4 RR Corsacorta has revealed it to be not only the fastest MV Agusta we've ever ridden - but also the most refined. MCN rode the new £18k superbike at a special test on the Adria circuit, north-east of Bologna, Italy and can reveal that, thanks to the RR's new Ohlins suspension and lightweight ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 August 2011

BMW S1000RR racers ridden

What happens when you take one of the most powerful, best-handling sportsbikes, loaded with the latest electronic rider aids and turn it into a racer? To find out, BMW let us ride four S1000RRs, back-to-back at Monza. We got familiar with the track on a bog-standard road bike, then tried Lorenzo Zanetti’s BMW Team Motorrad Italia FIM Superstock 1000 Cup ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 July 2011

Video: Riding Keith Flint's Moto2 bike

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves went along to the Brands GP circuit to ride the FTR Moto2. You don’t have to be a GP god to own this bike, as it’s the British firm’s first ever Grand Prix machine, built for mortals with deep enough pockets. A complete bike will cost you around £75,000, depending on spec. This machine belongs ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 13 June 2011

Riding the FTR Moto2 bike

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves went along to the Brands GP circuit to ride the FTR Moto2. You don’t have to be a GP god to own this bike, as it’s the British firm’s first ever Grand Prix machine, built for mortals with deep enough pockets. A complete bike will cost you around £75,000, depending on spec. This machine belongs ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 31 May 2011

Video: World exclusive Ducati 848 Evo first ride coming up

Two months ahead of its official launch in Imola, MCN has got its hands on the new Ducati 848 Evo. Replacing the current 848, the 140bhp Evo has more power, a steering damper and Monobloc Brembos from the Ducati 1198R superbike. Senior Road tester, Michael Neeves has tested Ducati’s new mini-superbike on the track and road and says, “The 848 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 August 2010

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