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Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale onboard the Isle of Man TT circuit

MCN, 27 April 2012 16:40

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child will compete in this year's lightweight TT race aboard a Kawasaki ER-6 with help from road racing expertRyan Farquar. Child - or Chad as he's known at MCN - has been professionally testing bikes for over 10 years, seven of which at MCN, and has alreadyhad a taste of road racing at the North ...

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60 years of Suzuki: RGV500 vs GSX-R1000

MCN, 12 April 2012 14:24

These two blue and white machines represent the best of the Suzuki best. Right now, the 166bhp, 203kg 2012 GSX-R1000 is the ultimate incarnation of the Japanese firm’s road-going superbike and this 1998 ex-Nobuatsu Aoki RGV500, making 180bhp and weighing just 130kg was one of the last of the fearsome 500cc GP bikes.  One’s a two-stroke V4, one’s a four ...

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Zero S: A big step forward for electric bikes

MCN, 12 April 2012 10:19

Zero’s latest S-model roadster is not just the best electric motorcycle yet to go on sale, it’s proof that battery-powered bikes could be a force in the near future. The comprehensively revamped Californian bike is good for 80mph, handles well and is fun to ride. And more importantly than that, it’s capable of being ridden for 70 miles at a ...

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Video: Foggy Petronas FP1 ridden on the road

MCN, 05 April 2012 16:58

The road-going Foggy Petronas FP1 looks like a well prepared Superbike and it's a case of the more you look, the more you see. It's all about the detail and this bike is blessed. The ultra clean and smooth body work still looks modern and enhances its beautiful styling and overall proportions. Every piece of the bodywork is carbon fibre ...

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KTM 690 Duke Track first ride

MCN, 30 March 2012 13:57

Hook sixth gear, crouch down as small as possible and focus on the small strip of white paint at the side of the track. Wait, wait, wait… Sit up, brake, down three gears, let clutch out, as possible while looking for the next braking marker. Behind the dark visor I’ve got a grin the size of a half moon across ...

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Video: Bimota DB9 Brivido CS first ride

MCN, 16 March 2012 11:19

The Bimota DB9 Brivido is the Bimota version of the Ducati Streetfighter. The bike uses the 1198cc V-twin engine from the Ducati Diavel and features no electronics like the Diavel. The CS version you see here is clad in carbon fibre and, instead of the usal twin-disc front setup, uses a single Buell style rim-mounted brake disc. MCN was lucky ...

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Video: MV Agusta F3 vs Triumph Daytona 675R

MCN, 08 March 2012 13:02

The lightest, most powerful and elecronically-advanced supersport machine you can buy - the new MV Agusta F3 goes up against the Triumph Daytona 675 R on the roads of northern Italy. Triumph Daytona 675RLaunched last year, this is the R version of Triumph's popular Daytona 675. It doesn't have electronic rider aids except for a quickshifter, but you get Ohlins ...

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Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale first ride

MCN, 17 February 2012 16:53

The all-new 195bhp Ducati 1199 Panigale takes superbikes to a new level of sophistication with an abundance of electronic aids, including ABS, traction control, customisable riding modes and electronic engine braking. MCN rode the bike at the Yas Marina circuit to see if it lives up to the hype. To read the full test, pick up a copy of the ...

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2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 first ride: "So easy to ride"

MCN, 08 February 2012 17:11

The launch of the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is currently underway at the Miami Speedway track in America. Senior road tester Adam Child has just completed his first session on the bike and these are his thoughts: "My first session went on for ages because no-one waved me in so I just kept going for 40 laps. The big differences to ...

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First ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

MCN, 24 January 2012 11:36

Triumph’s new-for-2012, uprated Speed Triple R is currently being tested by MCN in southern Spain. These are Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves’ first impressions: “I'm at the launch of the new Triumph Speed Triple R at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. Compared to the standard Speed Triple, the £11,299 R version has Ohlins front and rear suspension, Brembo monobloc ...

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