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World Exclusive: First ride of the RSV4 on the road

Michael Neeves, 30 April 2009 12:12

MCN’s world first road ride on Aprilia's new RSV4 has proved what an exceptional bike it is. But it has also highlighted problems that did not show up on the racetrack launch. New V4 Aprilia ridden on road for first time 415 miles of motorway, A-roads and cities It’s brilliant, but flawed The surprises came to light after MCN picked ...

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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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Aprilia RSV4: countdown to first ride

Michael Neeves, 01 April 2009 19:46

It’s the night before the big day! Tomorrow I finally get to ride Aprilia's brand new RSV4 around Misano circuit in northern Italy. I still haven't actually seen one in the flesh yet, but they’ve got Max Biaggi's World Superbike here at the hotel this evening and it looks incredible, as trick as a MotoGP bike. In the flesh the ...

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Aprilia RSV4 road test preview

Michael Neeves, 24 March 2009 14:00

MCN finally gets to test the new Aprilia RSV4 next week at its world launch. The 999c V4 superbike is one of the most eagerly awaited machines in years, and we’ll be riding it on Thursday 2 April at Misano in Italy. Video: Aprilia RSV4 road bike We’ll bring our first impressions of the RSV4 straight to you on www.motorcyclenews.com ...

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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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Husqvarna 2008 supermoto model launch

Michael Neeves, 21 February 2008 11:04

Michael Neeves, Senior Road Tester, is out in Spain testing the 2008 Husqvarna Supermoto range at a cart track in Benidorm and here’s his first impressions. “The big news is their new SM510R which is a Supermoto race replica. For the first time it has fuel injection and also a new frame, chassis components, engine tweaks and body work changes. ...

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Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R v R1

Michael Neeves, 14 January 2008 11:46

Check out the first monster battle of 2008. In this video we pitch the new Kawasaki ZX-10R against the Yamaha R1; our superbike of choice for 2007. The ZX-10R has already ripped up the rule book by producing a staggering 170bhp; 8bhp more than the R1. It also flew down our test track at a genuine 184mph, in the wet! ...

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Video: Ducati 1098 vs 848

Michael Neeves, 19 December 2007 09:48

Ducati reckons its new 848 is much more than just a 'smaller 1098', so we put it directly against its big brother on British roads to find out. Check out the video below to see the two bikes in action and hear the verdict of MCN Road Tester Michael Neeves. 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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Ducati 848 first riding impressions

Michael Neeves, 30 November 2007 10:25

Motorcycle News Senior road tester Michael Neeves has just finished his first session riding Ducati’s new 848 at the Almeria circuit in Spain. As expected, the Ducati 848 has an incredible appetite for corners. Which is just as well, because Almeria is littered with hundreds of them. "The 848 is the 'Kiing of Lean'. It loves corners and has the power of a Supersport ...

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Road test gallery: Ducati 1000SS

Michael Neeves, 10 October 2007 09:52

Like all the best ideas, the one for ‘Project Twin Spark’ came up in a bar. Around this time last year over a few beers in Almeria, John Montgomery, Ducati Sporting Club’s track day organiser decided he wanted to find the perfect track day bike to replace his trusty Yamaha TZ250 - and of course, it had to be a ...

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