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Triumph Tiger 800XC first ride - "the bigger, burlier brother"

Phil West, 09 November 2010 09:55

Phil West is testing the XC adventure version of the Triumph Tiger in Spain and these are his first impressions. Triumph Tiger 800 first ride - 'the ergonomics are spot on' "Although mechanically it’s the same bike as the 800 road version I rode yesterday the XC version is very much the bigger, burlier brother of the two. The longer travel suspension ...

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Triumph Tiger 800 first ride - 'the ergonomics are spot on'

Phil West, 08 November 2010 10:38

Phil West is currently in Monserrat near Barcelona for the world press launch of the Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC version. Video: Triumph Tiger 800 ridden This is what he has to say so far: "I’m riding the road 800 version today with a ride on the XC version tomorrow, we have so far ridden into the mountains south of Barcelona ...

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Harley SuperLow group test

Phil West, 22 October 2010 12:44

Harley-Davidson’s new SuperLow sets its stall out as being one of the lowest seated bikes around – but does that make it the ideal novice/female-friendly big bike? To find out, we’ve pitted the new Harley against three of the best, most stylish (and lowest) middleweights around – Triumph’s Bonneville SE, the Ducati Monster 696 and BMW’s F650GS. What’s more, to ...

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Poll: Yamaha Fazer 8 goes head-to-head

Phil West, 03 August 2010 09:04

In this week’s MCN we pit the new half-faired version of Yamaha’s new 800 – the Fazer8 – against its closest middleweight rivals. The BMW F800ST and Aprilia Shiver GT are the Fazer8’s competition in terms of spec and performance. And although they’ve two cylinder less, with twin cylinder engines compared to the Yamaha’s transverse four, they’re  also nearly £2000 cheaper to ...

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2011 Victorys first ride

Phil West, 30 July 2010 13:36

Victory’s brand new 2011 ‘Cross Country’ range, which is the American firm’s take on ‘bagger’ (pannier-equipped) or Road King-style tourers, has just been put through their paces by Roland Brown in Scotland, here’s what he has to say: “The range comprises the Cross Roads, which is the unfaired bike and comes with (aka Touring) or without plexiglass screen and the ...

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MCN celebrates 20 years of Triumph

Phil West, 30 April 2010 13:02

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of the first new Hinckley Triumphs. At the Cologne Show way back in 1990, John Bloor’s all-new Triumph concern unveiled its first new bikes – the Trophy 1200 and 900, Daytona 1000 and 750 and Trident 750 and 900. Twenty years on, the revived marquee has now grown to become one ...

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2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 first ride - "The new benchmark for the class?"

Phil West, 28 February 2010 10:01

All 3 versions of the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 are in Lanzarote being put through their paces by MCN's Phil West. Ducati boss explains Multistrada active suspension Ducati Multistrada 1200 prices confirmed So far Phil has been riding the 1200S Touring version of the Ducati Multistrada, which comes complete with panniers and centre stand. Here are his first impressions: "The ...

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Video: MCN gets ready to ride Norton Café Racer

Phil West, 23 February 2010 13:36

Norton's stunning new Café Racer is to be given its world first test in this week's MCN. Video: Norton Commando 961SE world first ride Read the Norton Commando 961 SE review And, as Executive Editor Phil West discovered, thanks to sorted fuelling and optional performance pipes it now not just looks and handles well, it sounds absolutely fabulous too.    Check ...

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Ducati Hypermotard EVO world first road test

Phil West, 03 February 2010 14:32

Senior road tester Adam Child is in wintery Bologna to put Ducati's new Hypermotard EVO through its paces around the streets of the historic city tomorrow. He has already ridden the bike on track in Sardinia late last year but this will be the first time the new EVO model has been ridden on the road. The Hypermotard has gained ...

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Video: 2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R flat-out speed test

Phil West, 29 January 2010 16:43

Kawasakis ZX-10R has been updated for 2010 with cosmetic changes to the silencer and fairing, revisions to the gearbox and, rumour has it (although it’s denied by Kawasaki) changes to its ECU and fuelling.   Find a Kawasaki ZX-10R for sale But how much of a difference does it all make? To find out, MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is ...

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