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Staff Blog: Dirty Ducati

Michael Neeves, 22 July 2013 14:26

I’ve been away for over a week testing, but for all that time I’ve been thinking of my filthy Hyperstrada. Covered in thick dust, it looks like it’s spent months abandoned in the Sahara, but all that muck is from being parked-up at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend. Sleeping in the MCN van over the course of the ...

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Staff Blog: Hyperstrada on tour video

Michael Neeves, 11 July 2013 14:52

In his third video update, Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves takes his Ducati Hyperstrada long term test bike on a trip to Portugal, covering 3600-miles in eight days. See how he got on with the bike and find out what’s good and what’s not. He also explains what riding kit he took along for the ride.  BLOG13 | HYPER13 brightcove.createExperiences();

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Staff Blog: Hyperstrada – 3588-miles in eight days.

Michael Neeves, 08 July 2013 11:56

  I’ve just got back from my 3588-mile riding holiday to France, Spain and Portugal. It seems weird just riding to work today and not grinding out hundreds of miles in the sunshine, on the wrong side of the road, like I’ve been doing for the past eight days. Although the roads down the west coast of France, across the ...

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Staff blog: Hyperstrada on tour

Michael Neeves, 03 July 2013 14:58

I'm half way through a riding holiday with a couple of my mates. We've ridden down the west coast of France, along the top of Spain and now stopped half way down the Portuguese coast, in the resort of Figueira Da Foz. There doesn't seem to be anyone here in Portugal, from the towns to the motorways. It's like one ...

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NCR's titanium-framed Ducati

Michael Neeves, 02 July 2013 08:00

NCR has been tuning Ducatis since the late 60s. During the 90s and early 2000s, you’ll probably remember the black NCR Ducatis competing in World Superbike, ridden by the likes of Borja, Bontempi, Xaus, Bostrom, Laconi and Chilli. In 2001 NCR wound down its racing activities to concentrate on building their own Ducati-engined specials and producing mouth-watering aftermarket Ducati spares. ...

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Staff Blog: Hyperstrada at Snetterton and beyond

Michael Neeves, 20 June 2013 16:05

I took my Hyperstrada for a blast around the Snetterton 300 circuit on Monday – my second trackday of the year on the Ducati. I was there helping fellow MCN-er, Andy Davidson, who was doing his first ever trackday on his long term Kawasaki Z800. It’s easy to take trackdays for granted when you do a lot of them, but ...

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Video: Ducati Hyperstrada first ride

Michael Neeves, 14 June 2013 17:34

MCN road tester Michael Neeves gives us a look at his first ride on the new Ducati Hyperstrada – his long term test bike for 2013.  brightcove.createExperiences();

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Michelin v Pirelli

Michael Neeves, 14 June 2013 13:38

I’ve spent this week getting to know the new Pirelli Angel GT tyres I fitted on Monday. I’ve been using my bike for commuting to work and the other day I rode the 320-mile round trip down to Ramsgate and back to see my brother Ben. We took a couple of days off and did a car trackday at the ...

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Staff Blog: Hyperstrada Tyre Testing

Michael Neeves, 10 June 2013 11:33

I’m working my way through as many new-for-2013 tyres as I can for this year, so I can see what the tyre companies have been up to. With each new generation of tyre, we get more bang for our buck. The new breed keep getting gripper, better in the wet and more durable. I ran the standard Pirelli Scorpion dual ...

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Staff Blog: Neeves on the Hyperstrada launch, broken keys and trackdays.

Michael Neeves, 07 June 2013 09:29

This is the second in the series of video reviews for my Ducati Hyperstrada long term test bike. Here I go along to the official launch of the Hyperstrada, get a puncture, bend my ignition key and do a trackday at Anglesey.   brightcove.createExperiences();   BLOG13 | HYPER13 

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