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World first test: Ducati Multistrada v BMW R1200GS

Trevor Franklin, 24 March 2010 10:45

MCN testers have gone to Italy to pit the astonishing new Ducati Multistrada 1200S in a world first comparison test against the class-leading BMW R1200GS. Trevor’s full test will appear in next week’s MCN, but here are his first impressions: “Within one mile of leaving Ducati’s factory, the Multistrada has pulled in so many more admiring glances and curious looks ...

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2010 BMW S1000RR first ride: "It's very, very quick"

Trevor Franklin, 17 November 2009 14:30

BMW’s eagerly-awaited new S1000RR superbike is currently being put through its paces at Portimao in Portugal by MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin.  Win a BMW S1000RR! First ride: Troy Corser's WSB S1000RR He’s just finished his second session aboard the bike, this is what he has to say: “I’m now riding ewith the power mode switch set to ‘Race ...

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Shane Byrne buys Harley-Davidson

Trevor Franklin, 14 October 2009 12:43

English WSB star Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne has bought a Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special to ride when away from the rigours of racing. The Team Sterilgarda rider, currently lying ninth in the WSB championship table on a Ducati 1098R, took delivery of the machine today (Tuesday, 13 October) from famed London-based Warrs Harley-Davidson. Byrne’s decision to buy the Night Rod Special ...

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Harley-Davidson 2010 CVO bikes announced - Softail Convertible and Street Glide

Trevor Franklin, 11 August 2009 13:33

Harley-Davidson’s 2010 model line-up of Fat Boy Special – a heavily revised Fat Boy with a lower and enhanced chassis components – a new Dyna Wide Glide custom and Electra Glide Ultra Limited tourer, also includes four bikes new to the CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) range. CVO bikes are essentially bikes lifted from H-D’s current model range and treated to ...

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First ride: Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

Trevor Franklin, 11 August 2009 11:51

The half-faired Street Glide tourer gets an upgrade treatment including higher spec strereo, enough chromed goodies to keep plating and polishing companies in work for a millennium or more. The 110cu-in (1802cc) lump should see you arriving at your destination a lot earlier than any sat-nav will tell you. All CVO bikes are of a limited production (3500 worldwide for ...

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Ducati 1198/1198S first ride!

Trevor Franklin, 18 November 2008 11:16

MCNs Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, is at the launch of Ducati’s new 1198/1198S at the Circuito de Algarve near Portimao, Portugal, here’s what he has to say: “While the new 1198 retains the silhouette of the outgoing 1098 the bike is completely new. Most significantly the 1198S now comes with Ducati’s traction control (DTC), where previously it was only ...

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New Ducati Monster 1100 First Ride!

Trevor Franklin, 29 September 2008 09:45

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is currently testing the all-new Ducati Monster 1100 in the mountains around Cannes, South of France – here are his first impressions. “From 200 yards away it is unmistakably a Monster; from two yards away it is also unmistakably brand new in every sense. Much like the 696 that appeared earlier in the year ...

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Video: Ducati Desmosedici RR top speed test

Trevor Franklin, 30 June 2008 16:14

MCN has ridden the Ducati Desmosedici RR before but we've never had the chance to take the motorcycle out on a proving ground and really test the full performance of the MotoGP replica. Check out the video below to see the bike in action at Elvington test facility as we try out the Desmosedici's full acceleration and top speed. Find ...

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Video: Full volume Ducati Desmosedici comes to MCN

Trevor Franklin, 06 June 2008 10:00

Ever wondered what Ducati’s exclusive Desmosedici RR sounds like? Well, to be honest, with the stock exhaust can the motorcycle sounds pretty much like two Ducati 1098 side-by-side. But, as we at MCN discovered when it arived at our offices, if you swap the standard unit for the ‘race’ version – part of the Desmosedici package – you get a near as dammit MotoGP bike. ...

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First impressions: Kawasaki Ninja 250R launch

Trevor Franklin, 15 April 2008 09:39

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is in Barcelona to get a first taste of the sauciest 250 sports bike in years, the Euro-spec, fuel-injected Kawasaki 250R Ninja. Here’s what he’s found out so far: “Kawasaki is billing the quarter litre Ninja as a city commuter whose riders can attack back roads as and when they please. “So far it’s ...


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