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MV Agusta Brutale 800 first ride: "Instant grunt in any gear"

MCN, 29 November 2012 10:23

MV Agusta's new Brutale 800 is currently being put through its paces by MCN's Andy Downes in the south of France. These are his first riding impressions: "I've been riding it for about an hour and I've got to say this new incarnation of MV's triple is a hell of a motor: there's just instant grunt in any gear – ...

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MV Agusta Brutale 800 launch

MCN, 29 November 2012 09:35

MCN is at the press launch of the new MV Agusta Brutale 800 in Cannes this morning. MCN's Andy Downes is just about to set off on a three hour test ride on the roads of the South of France and will report back later on what the 800cc inline three cylinder bike with 125bhp is like. MV Agusta hope ...

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Needed: Yamaha XJR1300 and Kawasaki ZRX1200 owners!

MCN, 12 November 2012 09:19

We’re putting a feature together on used naked big bikes, and need some reader help! We’d love to hear from you if you’ve owned a Yamaha XJR1300 or a Kawasaki ZRX1200. We’d like to know what you like and don’t like about them and what they’ve been like to live with. Please email with your thoughts, which should be no ...

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Video: 2013 Triumph Street Triple R first ride

MCN, 08 November 2012 14:00

The current Triumph Street Triple, the British firm’s best selling machine in the past five years (they’ve sold 50,000), weighs just 189kg, full of fuel and ready-to-go, which is bugger-all. This new version, available in dealers in the middle of November is lighter still. Weighing a piffling 183kg it’s going to strike fear into its main rival: the 211kg Suzuki ...

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Picture gallery: Kawasaki W800 Spirit

MCN, 08 November 2012 10:50

Specialist bike builders Spirit of the Seventies were commissioned by Kawasaki UK to build a one-off W800, with styling and key spec details chosen by Facebook fans. Spirit then created designs and engineering solutions to make this glorious retro street scrambler a reality. MCN Senior Editor Richard Newland rode the bike and had this to say: "The riding position is ...

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Video: BMW F700GS vs Rivals

MCN, 23 October 2012 11:06

The new BMW F700GS replaces the old F650GS for 2013, although capacity remains at 800cc. We tested it against the Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Triumph Tiger 800 to see which is the best mid range adventure bike.

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2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R on the road: "Softer and much more compliant"

MCN, 17 October 2012 09:26

MCN Senior Road tester Adam Child is currently putting Kawasaki’s new ZX-6R 636 through its paces in California. Yesterday he was on track, today he's in the mountains of northern California. Here are Adam’s first impressions from the fast road ride: “We’re on road settings and road Brigestone S20 rubber which means the new ZX-6R steers much slower and the ...

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2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R first ride: "More torque, but still plenty of top end"

MCN, 16 October 2012 17:17

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently in Chico, California, at Thunderhill Race Park putting Kawasaki’s new 636cc ZX-6R through its paces around the demanding track. For 2013 Kawasaki has gone back to the 636cc capacity, which means significant improvements in power and torque. Here are Adam’s initial impressions: “The track is amazing, one of the most demanding tracks ...

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Video: Honda CRF250L vs rivals

MCN, 08 October 2012 10:58

The lightweight trailie market was once a booming sector, with all major manufacturers getting involved, but the current 250cc trail bike sector is a limited one. Honda hopes to reignite the class with the introduction of the CRF250L which uses the single-cylinder engine from the CBR250. We put the new bike up against the Kawasaki KLX250 and Rieju Tango. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: 2013 Ducati Multistrada first ride

MCN, 04 October 2012 13:30

It might look barely changed but the 2013 Multistrada gets revised fuel injection, improved torque, cosmetic tweaks, new lights, advanced ABS and DTC and the new 'Skyhook' semi-active suspension system. So how does it feel?   brightcove.createExperiences();


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