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Superbike showdown – will the Europeans come out on top?

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently at the Trazado Grand Prix Circuit, near Barcelona pitting all NINE of the world’s leading superbikes against each other. And for the first time in living memory the Japanese manufacturers could be set to have their butts well and truly kicked. For the first time, all of this year’s litre-class sports bikes ...

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  • 23 February 2010

2010 Kawasaki Versys - 'fun, agile and great to throw around'

Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently testing the 2010 Kawasaki Versys out in Sardinia.     Find a Kawasaki Versys for sale This is his latest update: “Kawasaki has made a few cosmetic changes to its 2010 Versys yet it retains a similar look to the old bike but with a classier finish. The headlight is new, with a 'city' light ...

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  • 22 January 2010

First ride: 2010 Kawasaki Versys

The Kawasaki Versys all-rounder has had a makeover for 2010 and MCN Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, is currently out in Sardinia putting it through its paces. At a glance, the 650cc parallel twin appears little changed. But on top of a host of subtle cosmetic changes including redesigned head and tail light, plus new engine cases and muffler, Kawasaki ...

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  • 22 January 2010

First ride: New MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR v Ducati Streetfighter S

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently testing MV Agusta’s brand new Brutale 1090RR against the reigning king of the exotic super nakeds, Ducati’s Streetfighter S, in Ducati’s own back yard – Bologna in Italy. The all-new Brutale is the first new MV since Harley-Davidson’s takeover of the legendary Italian marque 18 months ago, and this is the first time ...

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  • 14 January 2010

Chad's favourite video tests of all time

MCN senior road tester Adam Child gives us his three favourite MCN videos from 2009.  On board 2008 Suzuki GSXR1300R HayabusaOne of my all time favourite clips. Flat out on Hayabusa at Bruntingthrope proving ground, 190mph plus on the clocks. Its had over a million views, and it was fun recording it. Looks allot quick than it actually felt.   ...

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  • 25 December 2009

2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 first ride: “It’s more fun than ever”

The revamped Ducati Hypermotard 1100 is a blast, according to MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child who is currently testing the bike in Sardinia. Ducati Hypermotards for sale Chad said: “There’s now two versions, the 1100 Evo, which is the standard street version, and the higher spec Evo SP. "Both have more power and less weight than before – 5bhp extra, ...

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  • 19 November 2009

First ride: Race-ready Harley-Davidson XR1200

Unless you’re from Springfield, Illinois or have a brother named ‘Bubba’, the idea of a Harley-Davidson race bike is probably as foreign as ‘grits’ for breakfast. Not any more. Harley-Davidson are planning a one-make race series in the UK next year (postponed from this year) using modified versions of its XR1200. As a curtain-raiser, a star-studded, ‘World Cup’, one-off race ...

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  • 16 July 2009

TTS Triumph Speed Triple - first ride

There’s no getting away from it: Triumph’s Speed Triple is an excellent bike. Its superb handling, amazing triple engine, inimitable style and decent value makes it the class leading super naked. So adding another 60bhp and a huge amount of torque sounds like making the best even better – a bit like having an amazing party, then adding a group ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 July 2009

Supersport 600s head to head on track

600cc sportsbikes are more track focused than ever – not one of the current class has any real concessions to road ability. That’s why they’re so popular on track days – there’s always a swarm lapping at the front of the fast group. So when the 2009 models hit showrooms, we took them to Calafat’s sun-baked tarmac and fitted them ...

  • Motorcycle News
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  • 03 June 2009

Launch report: KTM 990 SMR

KTM has billed the KTM 990 SMR as the world’s fastest supermoto, Chad is out in Portugal putting the bike through its paces on road and on the Portimao track. KTMs for sale Here are Chad’s first impressions: "On the road the bike is proving to be hysterical, it’s a complete hooligan bike, it turns switchback mountain roads into a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 17 February 2009

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