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Riding the FTR Moto2 bike

Michael Neeves, 31 May 2011 17:00

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves went along to the Brands GP circuit to ride the FTR Moto2. You don’t have to be a GP god to own this bike, as it’s the British firm’s first ever Grand Prix machine, built for mortals with deep enough pockets. A complete bike will cost you around £75,000, depending on spec. This machine belongs ...

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First ride – new Moto Guzzi Stelvio and Norge

Michael Neeves, 05 April 2011 16:01

MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just arrived in a sunny Florence, Italy ahead of the launch test of the new Moto Guzzi Stelvio and Norge which both feature a host of modifications from engine to suspension to cycle parts. Check back tomorrow for Michael’s first impressions or follow him on Twitter @neevesy33

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2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 first ride - 'front stiffer, brakes harder, midrange stronger'

Michael Neeves, 15 December 2010 10:29

MCN’s Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, is in Almeria, Spain, riding the all-new 2011 GSX-R600.  Fresh from his first session at the circuit, here are his first impressions of Suzuki’s new middleweight supersports. Find a Suzuki GSX-R600 for sale “The GSX-R600 is radically changed for 2011. It’s a massive 9kg lighter than the old model, shorter, squatter and comes with ...

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Kawasaki Z750R first impressions - 'no Street Triple'

Michael Neeves, 08 December 2010 11:24

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is in southern Spain for the launch of Kawasaki’s new Z750R.  Find a Kawasaki Z750 for sale The R model will run alongside the existing Z750 in its 2011 line-up and features higher spec chassis parts, comprising an alloy swing arm, uprated rear shock and forks, radially-mounted brake callipers and, for the first time ...

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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 gets traction control & ABS - 'fun and safe'

Michael Neeves, 07 December 2010 12:14

Traction control and ABS makes Aprilia's new Dorsoduro 1200 the most sensible and safe of the big supermotos – bikes that are traditionally utterly mental. Read the Aprilia Dorsoduro review MCN sneaked a ride on Aprilia’s new Dorsoduro in October but, though finished, the bike didn't have the UK-spec three-stage traction control (ATC) system or ABS that’ll be standard on ...

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Kawasaki Ninja 250R Racer first ride - 'tight, planted and solid'

Michael Neeves, 07 December 2010 12:01

This is the bike that could catapult a talented teenager into racing superstardom. It’s a race-prepared Kawasaki Ninja 250R and it’s the machine being used for next year’s inaugural European Junior Cup.  Find a Kawasaki Ninja 250R for sale We got to ride the first Ninja 250R to be race prepared for the series at Jerez. Modifications are limited to ...

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Video: World exclusive Ducati 848 Evo first ride coming up

Michael Neeves, 19 August 2010 17:23

Two months ahead of its official launch in Imola, MCN has got its hands on the new Ducati 848 Evo. Replacing the current 848, the 140bhp Evo has more power, a steering damper and Monobloc Brembos from the Ducati 1198R superbike. Senior Road tester, Michael Neeves has tested Ducati’s new mini-superbike on the track and road and says, “The 848 ...

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The world's lightest Hypermotard

Michael Neeves, 18 August 2010 10:44

NCR's new Leggera 1200 Special is the lightest Hypermotard ever - shedding an astonishing 57kg from the already minimal Ducati thanks to a strict titanium-only diet, while gaining 20bhp. Based on the 1100 Hypermotard the vast majority of the parts are in titanium, the front brake is in ceramic-carbon and the bodywork in carbon-fibre. Engine work includes new bigger-bore cylinders, ...

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Reader's race reps needed for MCN road test

Michael Neeves, 08 June 2010 10:12

MCN needs to get hold of some specific models for a race rep road test. If you have one of the following bikes and you'd like to see it in the paper, please get in touch:   2008-current Repsol Honda Fireblade K9-L0 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 2009/2010 Fiat Yamaha R1  The test would begin at MCN's office in Peterborough at 9am and end at ...

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Moto Guzzi Nevada Anniversario

Michael Neeves, 07 June 2010 17:15

To celebrate twenty years of the middleweight Moto Guzzi Nevada cruiser, the Italian firm have created a new addition to their model line-up: the Nevada Anniversario, which will only be available in Italy. The Nevada Anniversario has the same chassis and 48bhp, 744cc 90° V-twin motor as the standard £6274 Nevada Classic, but features a number of detail changes. These ...

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