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First ride: Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic and Griso SE

Phil West, 20 March 2009 11:33

Moto Guzzi's two new stars for 2009 are the V7 Café Classic and Griso S.E. MCN Executive Editor Phil West has just sampled them in Rome. Here are his first impressions. "The Café Classic is a café racer version of the V7 Classic retro roadster launched last year. That bike, powered by the 750 Nevada V-twin powerplant in an 'old ...

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First ride: BMW F800GS on and off-road

Phil West, 20 February 2008 10:46

MCN road test editor Phil West is out in South Africa to ride the new BMW F800GS on the roads around Durban in South Africa. He has just ridden the bike for the first time and phoned in to give us his first impressions of the all new middle-weight trailie. "BMW has set out with its new F800GS to extend its adventure ...

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BMW F800GS preview

Phil West, 19 February 2008 13:30

We’re riding the new BMW F800GS tomorrow (Wednesday). It’s based on the F800S/ST Roadster but given the ‘adventure’ treatment, to ape their most popular models. Watch video of the BMW F800GS launch at Milan It’s got an all-new chassis, bodywork, suspension plus the usual huge range of BMW accessories including an on-board computer. BMW claim the F800GS should be the ...

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Video: Derbi Cross City 125 group test

Phil West, 13 November 2007 13:06

When it comes to learner bikes there seems to be an unwritten rule about the kinds of machines you can have. It can be managable and novice-friendly (like the Yamaha YBR125); it can be snazzy and racy (like Aprilia's RS125); or it can be cheap. Unfortunately it can never be all three. With the new Derbi Cross City 125, maybe ...

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Video: Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport vs BMW R1200R

Phil West, 31 October 2007 09:40

Moto Guzzi and BMW both now offer sportier roadster twins in the shape of the new 1200 Sport and R1200R but is that where the similarities end? Check out the video below to see what MCN’s Road Test Editor, Phil West, thought of the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport and the BMW R1200R. So is it the character of the Moto ...

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Moto Guzzi Bellagio first ride

Phil West, 27 March 2007 13:51

Having just ridden Moto Guzzi’s new Bellagio, in the Italian Lakes, we can report that there’s now a new, credible rival to Harley’s 1200 Sportster. We rode the 940cc v twin roadster/cruiser in the mountains around the town it is named after – Bellagio – and found it to be fun, easy to get on with, respectably punchy and with ...


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