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Picture gallery: AC Schnitzer BMW F800GS

Trevor Franklin, 02 December 2008 13:11

Specialist BMW accessory company AC Schnitzer has stepped in to fill a gap in BMW's range. BMW can cater for nearly all tastes, ages and heights. Well, it would if it listed a supermoto midway between the 650cc X-Moto and the mad, large capacity HP2 Megamoto. This is where AC Schnitzer's F800GS supermoto steps in. Video: BMW F800GS first ride ...

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Video: Ducati 1198 first ride

Trevor Franklin, 20 November 2008 10:58

Just as we were all thinking the Ducati 1098 was the best V-twin ever, out of nowhere Ducati's 1198 appears and you can see it here in our video. Watch Troy Bayliss riding the Ducati 1198 MCN senior road tester Trevor Franklin travelled to Portugal's Circuito de Algarve to get the first ride of Ducati's 1198 to see if bigger ...

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Ducati 1198/1198S first ride!

Trevor Franklin, 18 November 2008 11:16

MCNs Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, is at the launch of Ducati’s new 1198/1198S at the Circuito de Algarve near Portimao, Portugal, here’s what he has to say: “While the new 1198 retains the silhouette of the outgoing 1098 the bike is completely new. Most significantly the 1198S now comes with Ducati’s traction control (DTC), where previously it was only ...

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Video: Miles Per Gallon Fuel Test

Trevor Franklin, 12 November 2008 15:45

With the downward spiral from credit crunch to full-on recession MCN senior roadtester Trevor Franklin wanted to see if the economy of motorcycles can still be highly prized. To find out Trevor took Suzuki's Sixteen, BMW's F650GS, Kawasaki's Z1000 and a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade to Bruntingthorpe testing circuit in Leicestershire to conduct two tests. How far would a gallon of ...

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Video: Ducati Desmosedici RR top speed test

Trevor Franklin, 30 June 2008 16:14

MCN has ridden the Ducati Desmosedici RR before but we've never had the chance to take the motorcycle out on a proving ground and really test the full performance of the MotoGP replica. Check out the video below to see the bike in action at Elvington test facility as we try out the Desmosedici's full acceleration and top speed. Find ...

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Video: Full volume Ducati Desmosedici comes to MCN

Trevor Franklin, 06 June 2008 10:00

Ever wondered what Ducati’s exclusive Desmosedici RR sounds like? Well, to be honest, with the stock exhaust can the motorcycle sounds pretty much like two Ducati 1098 side-by-side. But, as we at MCN discovered when it arived at our offices, if you swap the standard unit for the ‘race’ version – part of the Desmosedici package – you get a near as dammit MotoGP bike. ...

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First impressions: Kawasaki Ninja 250R launch

Trevor Franklin, 15 April 2008 09:39

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is in Barcelona to get a first taste of the sauciest 250 sports bike in years, the Euro-spec, fuel-injected Kawasaki 250R Ninja. Here’s what he’s found out so far: “Kawasaki is billing the quarter litre Ninja as a city commuter whose riders can attack back roads as and when they please. “So far it’s ...

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Video: Triumph Bonneville Evel Knievel replica

Trevor Franklin, 27 March 2008 15:20

In 1968 Evel Knievel jumped the Caesar's Palace casino fountains on a Triumph Bonneville T120. To make sure that the Las Vegas event isn't forgotten Triumph specialist dealer Jack Lilley has built a motorcycle to commemorate the fact it was Triumph who kickstarted Knievel's career. Watch the video below to see what MCN Chief road tester Trevor Franklin thought of ...

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Video: Have Buell solved their 1125R problems?

Trevor Franklin, 13 March 2008 10:59

The launch of Buell's 1125R last year showed it to be a woefully under developed motorcycle and six months later, Buell claims that all the problems have been sorted. MCN chief road tester Trevor Franklin travelled to Seville to test the Buell on the roads and the twisting Monteblanco circuit. Watch the video to see the bike put through it's ...

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Video: Cagiva Mito SP525 as fun as a Moto 125?

Trevor Franklin, 12 March 2008 11:07

When looking at the captivating styling of Cagiva's brand new Mito SP525 you must remember certain things. Its engine size is only 124.6cc, power out-put is capped to 14.7bhp and the SP525 looks like the 1994 Caviga V594 500GP motorcycle. MCN's chief road tester Trevor Franklin put the motorcycle through its paces to see if the SP525 could be the same source ...

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