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First ride! 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400

Phil West, 19 January 2012 10:52

Kawasaki’s updated 2012 ZZR1400 is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child at the enormous Nardo speed testing facility in southern Italy. This is what he’s so far had to say: “So far I’ve ridden the new ZZR1400 around Nardo’s handling circuit and around the amazing 7km-long circular top speed bowl. “The biggest immediate ...

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Harley-Davidson Switchback meets its match!

Phil West, 27 December 2011 16:00

The new Harley-Davidson Switchback ‘bagger’ (or custom tourer) has already impressed MCN testers – but how’s it measure up against its closest rival, Victory’s Cross Roads Tour? In this week’s MCN we find out. Both are American, V-twin powered, pannier-equipped cruisers and at a quick glance are difficult to tell apart. Both also come in similar colour schemes and are ...

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Best of Bikeshop: Modern classics up for grabs this week

Phil West, 04 November 2011 14:58

We've been browsing MCN bikes for sale every day to bring you some of our top picks from over 19,000 motorcycles for sale.              Read more modern classics news and features Here's just a few of the fantastic modern classic machines available this week:   ’79 Bultaco Frontera 360, £1999 Raspy Spanish two-stroke was a potent ‘70s enduro choice.We say: Feared and ...

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2012 Triumph Speed Triple R gallery

Phil West, 31 October 2011 10:40

Triumph's best-selling and class-leading super naked, the Speed Triple 1050 has only ever really lacked one thing - a taste of the exotic. But for 2012 even that's changed with the introduction of this - the brand new Speed Triple R. The bike, essentially an uprated version of the standard machine, follows the template of previous Triumph R models such ...

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Speed Triple gets the ‘R’ treatment

Phil West, 24 October 2011 00:05

These are the first pictures of Triumph’s hotly-rumoured, new-for-2012 Speed Triple R – a special, uprated version of its best-selling super naked. Following in the footsteps of Triumph’s previous Street Triple R and Daytona 675 R, the new Speed Triple R is essentially an uprated version of the standard machine. As such it gets uprated Ohlins suspension, tasty Brembo Monobloc ...

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New Aprilia SRV850 superscoot debuts

Phil West, 18 October 2011 11:50

Aprilia has just released this picture of its new maxi-scoot – the SRV850. It’s basically an updated, face-lifted version of sister-company Gilera’s GP800. The Noale firm took a similar approach recently when it launched the  SR Max 300 scoot which was also essentially an updated, facelifted version of Gilera’s Nexus. The SRV has the same basic rolling chassis as the ...

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Ducati reveal 195bhp V-twin 'Superquadro'

Phil West, 10 October 2011 10:02

This is the radical, all-new 1200cc 'Superquadro' engine which will power Ducati’s eagerly awaited new superbike, the 1199 Panigale – and it’s set to revolutionize superbikes. In this week’s MCN – out Wednesday – Ducati chief Claudio Domenicali reveals the engine is: incredibly ‘oversquare’ – where piston diameter, or bore, exceeds stroke. The engine is dubbed ‘Superquadro’ which is Italian for ...

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Harley 'cooler' than ever

Phil West, 28 September 2011 10:29

Harley-Davidsons are  ‘cooler’ than ever, according to a UK survey of the coolest consumer brands. The American icon placed third – up from sixth last year – in the annual list. Aston Martin came out top for the second year running followed by computer giant Apple. No other motorcycle brand made the top 20. "We’re thrilled that this is the ...

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Ducati superbike revealed as ‘1199 Panigale’

Phil West, 21 September 2011 10:05

Ducati’s all-new superbike will be called the ‘1199 Panigale’ we can now officially reveal. The Italian factory confirmed the new bike’s name this morning and also revealed that the bike would NOT debut in the world superbike championship until 2013 but WOULD compete in the 2012 Superstock series.  Here’s the announcement in full: “Ducati officially announces the naming of its ...

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Best of Bikeshop: Modern classics up for grabs this week

Phil West, 02 September 2011 10:42

We've been browsing MCN bikes for sale every day to bring you some of our top picks from over 18,000 motorcycles for sale.              Read more modern classics news and features Here's just a few of the fantastic modern classic machines available this week:   ’82 Suzuki GS1000, £2750 Definitive late '70s Japanese superbike was among best handling of type.We say: An original (except ...

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