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Join MCN's VFR1200F test - NOW CLOSED

Phil West, 20 January 2010 11:26

We're doing our VFR1200F group test next week (Tuesday 26th/Wednesday 27th) and want a prospective VFR12 buyer to join us. All the info on the new VFR1200F It'll involve two, full days riding starting early on the Tuesday in Peterborough, riding probably down to Cornwall for an overnight stop before returning evening Wednesday. The other bikes are: BMW K1300S, Triumph ...

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World first ride: Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory

Phil West, 15 January 2010 13:54

Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently in Italy about to test Aprilia's stunning new Dorsoduro Factory street supermoto. Based on the existing Dorsoduro, which is effectively a hopped-up, Ducati Hypermotard-rivalling version of the versatile Shiver V-twin, the Factory boasts revised, firmer, race-style suspension, wavy brake discs and masses of carbon fibre, including body panels and mudguard. Chad will be ...

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Harley-Davidson’s ultimate full dresser tested!

Phil West, 07 January 2010 17:44

Harley-Davidson have produced, for 2010, an even grander version of its ElectraGlide full-dress tourer – and it’s on test in next week’s MCN! Dubbed the Electra Glide Ultra Limited – and if that name wasn’t some kind of ultimate itself, we don’t know what is – it gets all the bells and whistles you can imagine, such as ABS, two-tone ...

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New BMW R1200GS first ride!

Phil West, 07 January 2010 17:38

The first test of BMW’s eagerly-anticipated new twin-cam R1200GS will feature in the January 13 issue of MCN. The twin-cylinder adventure bike, made famous by the globe-trotting TV exploits of actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman and in recent years one of the UK’s most popular machines, has for 2010 received its biggest engine makeover in years. Although remaining at 1170cc, the ...

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Buell: Goodbye or good riddance?

Phil West, 31 December 2009 11:30

The passing of 2009 somehow seems to draw the final curtain on the sad demise of Buell Motorcycles, which parent company Harley-Davidson decided to kill off in the autumn and which produced its final motorcycle in late October.   Find a Buell for sale Read Buell motorcycle reviews So how will we remember its quirky, sometimes revolutionary, often exasperating machines? Will ...

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Honda VFR1200F first road test verdict

Phil West, 30 November 2009 16:50

The long-awaited Honda VFR1200F has been just undergoing its first road test in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West, this is what he has to say: “After riding Honda’s new VFR1200F over 300kms in southern Spain I have to say it’s a good bike – but not a great one. Get all the latest news on the Honda VFR1200F ...

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Norton Commando 961 first ride: "One seriously desirable bike"

Phil West, 20 November 2009 16:46

MCN’s Executive Editor Phil West has just ridden the first Norton Commando 961 SE off the production line. It’s an historic moment: if this bike succeeds then it’s stage one of the rebirth of one of Britain’s most iconic brands. West said: “I’ve just had a short ride on the bike around the test road circuit near the Donington factory. ...

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2010 Norton Commando 961: “It looks fantastic”

Phil West, 20 November 2009 13:59

MCN’s Executive Editor Phil West is at Norton’s factory near Derby preparing to ride the first new Norton Commando 961 off the production line. Apart from Norton test riders, West will be the first person on the planet to ride the new production Norton. He sent this report: “I’ve just been chatting to the engineers who told me they’ve been ...

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World Exclusive: 2010 Norton Commando 961 SE - first ride tomorrow

Phil West, 19 November 2009 15:34

Norton's brand new production Commando 961 SE will be tested for the very first time by MCN on Friday. The eagerly-awaited, British-built machine has been fully re-engineered after a full year's worth of development and features an all-new, air-cooled, fuel-injected 961cc parallel twin engine good for an expected 85-90bhp; a chrome-moly steel tube chassis and bristles with the very best ...

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First ride: Triumph Thunderbird

Phil West, 14 May 2009 09:20

Phil West is on the world launch of the Triumph Thunderbird in Barcelona, Spain and these are his first impressions. Video: Triumph Thunderbird launch  ‘Triumph are heading into the big time with their new Thunderbird, they are already the world’s fastest growing manufacturer with sales up 17% year-on-year for the last five years. Now with the new Thunderbird they have very much ...

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