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New Moto Guzzi V7 Racer takes on Triumph Thruxton

Phil West, 08 July 2011 16:41

Moto Guzzi’s latest variant of its delectable V7 Classic – the V7 Racer – looks set to be its best yet thanks to a host of cosmetic enhancements and quality detail touches. But is it good enough to tempt buyers away from the café racer class king – the Triumph Thruxton? To find out we decided to pit the two ...

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First ride: New V-Strom wins over the sceptics

Phil West, 07 July 2011 13:03

While the timing of Suzuki's 2012 V-Strom 650 launch remains a mystery, our first ride of the revamped middle-weight adventure bike this week blows away any doubt that it's been changed for the better. When news of the new V-Strom first broke a few weeks ago following a baffling series of leaked 'teaser' pictures, the sceptics, myself included, had a ...

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‘Super Ten better than sex’ according to TV’s Adrian Chiles

Phil West, 05 July 2011 16:47

Daybreak TV presenter Adrian Chiles has been singing the praises of Yamaha’s XT1200Z Super Tenere after trying one out recently. Find a Yamaha Super Tenere for sale The sometime sports presenter, although claiming he’s “not a bike-buff”, rode the bike from Yamaha’s HQ in Weybridge, Surrey, into West London and said afterwards: “I knew as soon as I clambered aboard ...

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Is the new Honda CBR600 worthy of the name?

Phil West, 16 June 2011 10:03

Honda's new-for-2011 CBR600F brings an iconic name back to the middleweight class – but does it live up to its illustrious forbears? Where the original CBRs were market-leading supersports in their own right, the new version has already come in for some stick for being essentially a mildly tweaked and facelifted existing old model – the Hornet CB600F. And while ...

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Kawasaki W800 is top retro

Phil West, 16 March 2011 15:42

The new Kawasaki W800 has come out on top in MCN’s world first group test of the latest retro roadsters. The new Kawasaki is essentially a revival of the old W650 which was dropped from Kawasaki’s line-up in  2006. The revived version not only boasts a larger capacity but also fuel injection for the first time and a host of cosmetic ...

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Ducati Diavel first ride: "I'm simply blown away!"

Phil West, 07 February 2011 09:57

MCN’s Phil West has just ridden the all-new Ducati Diavel ‘power-cruiser’ at its world launch in southern Spain. This is what he has to say: “I’ve got to say I’m simply blown away by the Diavel. It’s so light, fast, sophisticated and so good handling and fun it completely turns on its head everything we thought so-called ‘cruisers were about ...

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Ducati Diavel – what do YOU want to know?

Phil West, 02 February 2011 11:17

MCN is riding Ducati’s eagerly-anticipated new Diavel ‘power cruiser’ for the first time this weekend but what do YOU want to know about it? Do you wonder most about its performance or accessory options? How it handles or how effective its electronic options are? Or is there anything else that most needs to be answered? Respond with your questions here, ...

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Norton Café Racer SP v Triumph Thruxton – coming soon!

Phil West, 07 January 2011 16:33

In an exclusive first test, next week’s MCN sees Norton’s stunning new, all-black Café Racer SP – one of the stars of the NEC Show before Christmas – pitted head-to-head with that other great, British café racer, the Triumph Thruxton. Although priced at opposite ends of the spectrum – the Norton’s £14,499 while the Triumph is £6949, with the contrast ...

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Triumph Tiger 800XC - 'the best all-round adventure bike in the world'

Phil West, 16 November 2010 12:18

Like most, I watched Ewan and Thingey’s ‘Long Way Round’. And like many I’ve harboured fantasies of traversing the globe on an adventure bike, picking up enough tales of diseases and delicacies along the way to blow the kids inheritance but generate a lifetime of pub talk.   But unlike the vast majority I’ve been lucky enough to actually ride, at ...

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Triumph Tiger 800XC first ride - "the bigger, burlier brother"

Phil West, 09 November 2010 09:55

Phil West is testing the XC adventure version of the Triumph Tiger in Spain and these are his first impressions. Triumph Tiger 800 first ride - 'the ergonomics are spot on' "Although mechanically it’s the same bike as the 800 road version I rode yesterday the XC version is very much the bigger, burlier brother of the two. The longer travel suspension ...

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