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Could this be the world’s trickest Ducati 848?

Michael Neeves, 28 August 2009 17:00

With no 848R expected from Ducati any time soon, Ducati Glasgow has decided to create their own. This machine, built for one of their customers, cost a whopping £28,000. Starting with a standard £10,616 Ducati 848, it has a custom Ducati Glasgow paintjob, Ohlins forks from a 1098R, complete with a 25mm TTX fork kit and an Ohlins TTX rear ...

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Moto Guzzi planning Harley-Davidson rival

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2009 14:22

Moto Guzzi is setting its sights on Harley-Davidson with an all-new 1600cc cruiser, MCN reveals this week. Conceived to take on Harley’s 1584cc ‘big twins’, the new bike will be a new, big-bore version of the Italian firm’s Guzzi’s traditional across-the-frame V-twin and will carry the historic ‘California’ name. in an exclusive interview with MCN, Moto Guzzi’s Head of Communications, ...

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Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS - first ride

Michael Neeves, 23 June 2009 19:55

The £6999 Mana 850 GT ABS is much more than its specs suggest. On paper it’s a bike with a 839.3cc V-twin scooter engine (the same lump, incidentally, you’ll find in the GP800 made by Aprilia’s sister company Gilera). Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for just £9.99 Like the scooter it has a CVT (continuously variable ...

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Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager v Harley-Davidson Street Glide v Victory Vision Tour

Michael Neeves, 04 June 2009 14:59

Kawasaki’s new VN1700 Voyager is the Japanese firm’s first fully-dressed V-twin American-style tourer. It’s a Harley clone through and through, albeit loaded with the sort of cutting-edge technology you’d normally find on a Fireblade or R1, like electronically-controlled linked brakes and a ride-by-wire throttle system. It might not have the Harley badge, but it’s got the looks, the shiny chrome ...

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Aprilia RSV4 first ride

Michael Neeves, 02 April 2009 08:53

The Aprilia RSV4 launch took place at Misano in Italy. MCN's Michael Neeves was out there riding the RSV4 and reporting back with his impressions of Aprilia's new flagship supersports bike. Weather bad, bike good - 11:15am Unfortunately it hasn’t stopped raining, and the track is still very slippery. Even with the bad weather I’m having the time of my life and I’m disappointed ...

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Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9 - first impressions

Michael Neeves, 27 February 2009 11:11

MCN’s Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is currently testing the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9 at the twisty, Almeria circuit in southern Spain. Here are his thoughts after this morning’s first track session. "Despite the most radical engine redesign in the GSX-R1000's history, this is still undeniably a GSX-R – it has the same evil growl when you blip the throttle ...

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First ride: 2009 Yamaha R1

Michael Neeves, 19 January 2009 06:00

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is at Eastern Creek in Sydney to ride the much anticipated Rossi-inspired 2009 Yamaha R1. Here are his first impressions, check out MCN on Wednesday for a full report. We think he likes it... Watch Neevesy's trackside first impressions video Don’t get too caught up on how the new R1 works, with its crossplane crank and ...

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First ride: The return of the Yamaha XJ6 Diversion

Michael Neeves, 17 January 2009 09:16

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is in Sydney, at the world launch of Yamaha’s new XJ6 Diversion and the naked XJ6, here are his first impressions: “The new XJ6 Diversion slots in under the Fazer as Yamaha’s entry level, new-rider-friendly all-rounder. Although it carries an old name, it’s a new bike from the ground-up, featuring a tubular steel frame, a ...

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Video: Kawasaki ZX-6R: 2008 v 2009

Michael Neeves, 30 December 2008 09:00

Kawasaki have made big claims that their new ZX-6R is more powerful, lighter and easier to ride than ever before. To find out if they're right, Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves puts it to the test on the road with the 2009 version against the old 2008 model. Watch the video below to see which motorcycle was better and read ...

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2009 ABS Honda CBR600RR tested!

Michael Neeves, 15 December 2008 14:17

MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves has just been riding the new 2009 Honda CBR600RR in Qatar. There’s lots of talk about the new Combined ABS on Honda’s new CBR600RR. Indeed it’s the first time a system like this has ever been fitted to a supersports bike and it’s an incredible piece of engineering. But away from this headline news, ...

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