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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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  • First rides & tests
  • 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 ...

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  • 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
  • First rides & tests
  • 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

Launch report: Ktm 990 SMT

The KTM 990 SMT supermoto isn't just new for 2009, it's an entirely new concept combining the exciting performance of a Supermoto with practical touches such as a taller screen and a fuel tank bigger than an egg cup. MCN road tester Adam Child is currently on the SMT launch in Portugal and after a mornings ride he's impressed with the ...

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

Launch report: Suzuki Gladius

The new-for-2009 Suzuki Gladius replaces the much loved Suzuki SV650 in 2009 and its fresh new looks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But is it any good? The Suzuki Gladius is entirely new from the ground up. The most significant change is the new styling, very different from the old bland Suzuki SV650. Suzuki SV650s for sale Sell your bike ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 January 2009

Video: Padgetts HRC race bike

Senior road tester Adam Child test rode the latest HRC bikes from Padgett's Motorcycles at a cold and wintery Cadwell Park. Padgett's are now offering HRC brand new track ready bike for novice track day riders to experienced national club racers. Watch as Adam puts one of the best Honda RS125s in the country through its paces around a very wintery Cadwell ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 January 2009

Video: Adrenalin-Moto XR 1200 road test

Darlington based Adrenalin Moto have produced this one off special XR1200 Harley Davidson, reducing the bikes weight by 25kg and significantly increasing the bikes performance and handling. They’ve loosely based the bike on the new race bike which will be appearing in next year's British Superbike program in the new Henderson Harley Davidson XR1200 Trophy. Watch the video below to see MCN’s ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 15 December 2008

Video: Superstock Honda Fireblade faster than Touring Car at Silverstone

Check out this exclusive and unique footage taken at Silverstone race circuit. The Superstock Honda Fireblade easily proved faster than the Honda Type R Touring car around the historic British track.Riding the motorcycle is Steve 'Baywatch' Brogan, British Superstock 1000 Champion on-board his championship winning Honda Fireblade. Watch Steve Brogan's onboard lap In the British touring car is Gordon Shedden who finished 6th ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 05 December 2008

Video: Steve Brogan onboard at Silverstone

MCN road tester Adam Child bumped into British Superstock 1000 Champion Steve Brogan at Silverstone recently at a Honda media day. Steve 'Brogie' Brogan agreed to a few flying laps onboard his Championship winning Honda Fireblade with our cameras fitted. Check out the very fast onboard action around the shortened Silverstone circuit. Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN | TV http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1119137831http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=711881422 ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 03 December 2008

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