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First ride: British-built Metisse prototype

Trevor Franklin, 16 October 2009 16:09

This 997cc Metisse parallel twin could eclipse Norton's long-awaited production plans with the first machines set to hit the road within 18 months. The British company, based near Oxford, has already built a working prototype parallel twin engine of its own design and bolted it into an existing chassis. MCN was granted a first ride, and we were pleasantly surprised ...

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First ride on new Metisse McQueen Desert Racer

Trevor Franklin, 21 August 2009 13:20

Road test in next week’s MCN  Genuine Triumph TR6 engine Off-road only £13,999 Metisse Motorcycles is producing a limited run of 300 replica Steve McQueen Desert Racers and MCN takes one for a spin in next week’s paper, out August 26.Desert racing was McQueen’s forte. His chosen tool a UK-made Rickman-Metisse MkIII frame and a Triumph TR6 parallel twin engine. ...

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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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Suzuki GSX-R1000 K1 to K9 - the facts

Trevor Franklin, 28 May 2009 13:20

In next week's MotorCycle News (June 3 issue), we feature a six-page special on Suzuki's highly regarded GSX-R1000. From the original 2001 GSX-R1000 K1, to today's GXR1000 K9, information like claimed power and torque figures versus actual rear wheel numbers, chassis ID numbers, model by model registration figures, and historic race results can all be found in MCN (June 3). ...

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125s test: new Cagiva Mito 525 v Aprilia RS125R v Yamaha YZF-R125 v Honda CBR125R

Trevor Franklin, 29 April 2009 15:31

MCN road testers give their verdict on the latest 125 racer-replicas Honda CBR125RFor many years Honda's CBR125R was the perfect way to through your bike test. It was cheap, uber reliable, modern and easy to ride. But if you’ve got money to burn, the Honda is hopelessly outclassed. Five years ago the CBR was fresh and sporty, but today, even ...

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Launch report: KTM RC8R

Trevor Franklin, 07 February 2009 13:41

KTM's new RC8R is one of the best sports bikes on the planet, says MCN's Trevor Franklin who has just ridden the bike in Portugal. The new bike is the long-awaited 'R' version of the already popular KTM RC8, but comes with bags of extra kit including a 2mm bigger bore, taking the capacity from 1148cc to 1195cc. The RC8R now makes ...

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Video: Ducati Monster 1100S

Trevor Franklin, 06 January 2009 11:35

MCN road tester Trevor Franklin already tested the new Ducati Monster 1100 at the launch, but how does the 1100cc V-twin powered naked fair on bumpy British roads? Trev has tested the 1100S version on UK roads and here's some of his thoughts: "The new Ducati Monster 1100S scores highly straight from the off. "The combo of stiff chassis and ...

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Video: LSL Kawasaki Clubman W 740R road test

Trevor Franklin, 29 December 2008 13:00

Kawasaki's W650 surfaced in 1998 and dipped back under the radar sometime in 2003. Based on a very early Kawasaki model from an age where where hippies were all the rage (and itself a very good copy of 1960s Brit-iron), this delightful two-wheeled slice of nostalgia could never be tagged a performance machine and was sadly out of date when ...

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Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

Trevor Franklin, 12 December 2008 13:06

German tuning company AC Schnitzer has developed an excellent reputation for producing some stunning aftermarket accessories for all manner of BMW motorcycles. Most recently it has turned its attentions to that stunning workhorse the BMW F800GS. But rather than simply adding on choice bits and pieces, this time it has developed a complete new model: an F800GS supermoto. Replacing the ...

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2009 Triumph Daytona 675 first test - road riding update

Trevor Franklin, 03 December 2008 11:00

The world first test of the 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 is taking place in Spain - and this is today's update - how the Daytona 675 performs on challenging mountain roads. Triumph motorcycles for sale See all motorcycle reviews For yesterday's track riding impression of the Triumph, click here Road impression: Triumph's new Daytona 675 motorcycle performs faultlessly on the road. The fully ...

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