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TT Race for Sale

Michael Neeves, 13 March 2013 16:05

Don’t worry, it’s not the 2013 Isle of Man TT races going under the hammer, it’s the number plate: TT12 ACE, selling for £3000. If you squash the numbers 1 and 2 up to make an R, stand well back and squint, it reads TT RACE… probably. It you can imagine the plate adorning your motorcycle, car or TT motorhome, ...

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New Ducati Hypermotard first ride

Michael Neeves, 21 February 2013 10:26

Ducati's all-new, water-cooled, 2013 Hypermotard is currently being put through its paces in southern Spain by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions: "It's track this morning on the £11,850 SP version and road this afternoon on the £9950 standard bike. Both will be available from dealers next month. "The new motor is a long stroke version ...

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Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport first ride

Michael Neeves, 12 February 2013 10:35

We're riding the mountain roads near Barcelona on the new £9599 Tiger 1050 Sport, Triumph's adventure-styled sports tourer. It's an updated version of the Tiger 1050 that's been with us since 2007 and has another 10bhp, more torque, more stable steering geometry and better comfort. It has 120 new parts, including new swingarm, wheels, bars, seat and styling. With all the ...

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Sports bikes to Africa

Michael Neeves, 29 January 2013 06:30

We all know that sportsbikes are so focused that you need a track to get the best out of them. But, as has always been the case, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them every day. The Ducati Panigale and BMW S1000RR we have here might have close to 200bhp, sticky tyres and track-orienated suspension, but power deliveries are smooth, ...

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Video: MV Agusta F4 first ride

Michael Neeves, 23 January 2013 09:37

It may look the same as the old one, but the new F4 is totally new. It has the short-stroke engine from the old flagship RR model and a host of chassis tweaks. MCN travelled to the Valencia GP circuit in Spain to see what makes it tick and also tried the top-spec RR with the latest Ohlins electronically-adjustable suspension.

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Video: African adventure

Michael Neeves, 17 January 2013 17:24

Remember the old days when we used our sports bikes for everything? They brightened up our weekends, took us to work, and off on holiday, but now there's a bike built for every occasion. Still, who says you can't do everything on your sports bike? We rode a Ducati Panigale S and BMW S1000RR to Spain and then on to ...

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BMW S1000RR vs BMW S1000RR HP4

Michael Neeves, 04 January 2013 07:30

A few months ago I was lucky enough to ride the new BMW HP4 at its world launch at Jerez, southern Spain. With perfect track conditions and slick tyres to play on, it was a dream. More impressive still was the HP4. BMW has taken its already class-leading S1000RR and made it even better: 9kg lighter, more agile, smoother and ...

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Michael Neeves' top five bikes of 2012

Michael Neeves, 27 December 2012 09:30

As Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is in the envious position of riding a huge range of bikes every year. So we got Neevesy to run through the top five bikes he's ridden in 2012. 1. Ducati Streetfighter 848 This has been my long-term test bike this year and I racked up close to 10,000-miles on it in six months. I ...

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Kawasaki Z800 First Ride Video

Michael Neeves, 05 December 2012 07:00

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Kawasaki Z800 first ride: "A smooth and refined ride"

Michael Neeves, 03 December 2012 09:27

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. "This is the replacement for the Z750, a bike that’s actually been around for 10 years next year – doesn’t time fly? "Kawasaki has ...

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