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Honda CRF250L vs rivals: At a glance

MCN, 28 September 2012 13:19

The recent launch of Honda’s back to basics CRF250L has brought back fond memories in the MCN office. It’s not often that a sub 25hp motorbike gets us excited, but this is a real world machine, that will give anyone with the slightest inclination for off-road a bike that will deliver performance and classic days out for years. In comparison ...

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2013 Ducati Multistrada first ride: "The suspension reacts instantly"

MCN, 21 September 2012 13:02

Ducati’s new 2013 Multistrada with its semi-active suspension, ‘Skyhook’, created in partnership with Sachs, is currently being tested by MCN senior road tester Adam Child on the North Western coast of Spain near Bilbao. These are his first impressions: “The bike is slightly odd at first because it’s rock solid on its hardest setting until you switch the ignition on. ...

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Triumph Trophy 1200 first ride: "Hugely impressive"

MCN, 07 September 2012 10:15

Triumph’s new Trophy 1200 is currently being tested by MCN’s Phil West in Scotland and after completing 250 miles yesterday in the Highlands he is now riding the bike down to the Triumph factory in Hinckley. This is what he’s got to say: "It’s been 21 years since Triumph re-launched at Hinckley with their first new model, the original 1200 ...

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BMW C Evolution first ride: "an instant kick of torque"

MCN, 16 August 2012 16:54

The BMW C Evolution is BMW's fully electric scooter which the company hopes will go in to production within the next few years. The C Evolution makes a claimed 14bhp of continuous output and 46bhp peak output. BMW say the range is 100km during normal city riding, with a top speed of 120kph (74mph). MCN senior road tester Adam Child ...

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Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm update

MCN, 14 August 2012 16:36

Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has spent what little summer we've had in the UK enjoying his longterm Ducati 848 Streetfighter and here he gives his thoughts on life with the Italian V-twin so far. Neeves has added a few accessories over the summer to improve looks and performance and will be heading to Europe on the Ducati in the ...

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Video: Mickey Rourke's custom ridden

MCN, 23 July 2012 09:31

American custom builder Roland Sands is a curious mix of top level racer and world class fabricator, and his bikes follow that route - they're often beautiful to behold, yet outrageously fast. Sands was the man who turned a Ducati Desmosedici into a dirt tracker. His latest creation, a Harley-Davidson Softail, has been bought by grizzled Hollywood star Mickey Rourke.

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Video: Extreme adventure test - part two

MCN, 06 July 2012 15:19

We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure on an off-road adventure and to really test their abilities, we enlisted Stan Watt, who finished 34th in this year's Dakar Rally. brightcove.createExperiences(); View part one here

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Tom Sykes' Kawasaki WSB bike ridden

MCN, 28 June 2012 16:24

Tom Sykes’ works Kawasaki ZX-10R broke the WSB record earlier this year by clocking an astonishing 211mph at the end of Monza’s long straight. But what does a 240bhp, 210mph-plus superbike feel like? MCN's Adam Child was lucky enough to get a chance to ride the factory WSB bike at Aragon: "Even at low rpm, trundling past the garages, the ...

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Video: Smart money superbikes

MCN, 20 June 2012 15:34

The 1000cc sports bike class has ripped in two and there are now two distinct camps. In the ‘extreme’ corner there’s the super-powerful, electronically-enhanced superbikes, like the Aprilia RSV4, BMW S1000RR, Ducati Panigale and Kawasaki ZX-10R. Over in the other is the new Fireblade, GSX-R1000 and R1. These much-loved Japanese machines are the old guard and have all been worthy ...

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Jay Leno on the Mission Motors Mission R

MCN, 18 May 2012 15:28

American comedian and chat-show host Jay Leno has recently ridden the Mission Motors Mission R electric bike on the road in the US. The Mission R uses a lithium ion battery and makes a claimed 160bhp, has around 100ftlb of torque and has a range of 80-150 miles depending on how hard you ride it. Up front, Mission has decided ...

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