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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - Marseille, Bologna and Skegness and 2500 miles in five days

Andy Downes, 26 April 2010 13:56

It’s the words you learn to dread while working at MCN – “Can I borrow your bike please?” In this case there was no way out. MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin needed to get to Marseille in the South of France for the launch of the new Yamaha FZ8 and because of the Icelandic volcano and no flights riding ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - The RT doesn't disappoint

Andy Downes, 12 April 2010 15:00

I've just woken up in Moffat in Scotland after a great days ride up yesterday on the BMW R1200RT. There's nothing like a long trip to help you gel with a new bike and the RT didn't disappoint managing to combine comfort with more than enough fun. The route up here took me along the A68 through the Northumberland National ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - Ten days, 650 miles and all is cool…just wet

Andy Downes, 07 April 2010 14:16

At some point over the next few months I might get to find out what the BMW R1200RT I am running as a long term test bike is like to ride in the dry. So far, the bike has been out in the wet, the damp, the slightly less than torrential rain, torrential rain and farmers muck covered roads. I ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - A testing start

Andy Downes, 25 March 2010 09:00

In terms of timing, weather and traffic, the day I hitched a lift to Vines in Guildford to pick up my BMW R1200RT long term test bike couldn’t have been any worse. Around 20 miles away from the arrival at the dealership it started to rain and it got worse by the minute. I got there just after 3pm, by ...

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Andy Downes' top five bikes of the decade

Andy Downes, 23 December 2009 11:08

Five best bikes of the decade – Andy Downes, MCN Chief Reporter 1. BMW K1300RThe bike I have just done 9000 miles on as my long term test bike this year and one that was a brilliant combination of road bike manners with a nuclear power plant of an engine. Managed to combine staggering performance with a 220 mile tank ...

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Video: BMW K1300R longterm report

Andy Downes, 02 November 2009 11:17

MCN's Andy Downes has had the BMW K1300R on longterm test for most of 2009, but last week he reluctantly had to hand the keys back to BMW. Watch the video for his longterm report on life with the K1300R.       Read the BMW K1300R review Find a BMW K1300R for sale   http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1119137831http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=711881422 // By use of this code ...

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VFR1200F first ride blog: A perfect end

Andy Downes, 24 October 2009 12:32

MCN's Andy Downes has been testing the new VFR1200F in Japan. Andy has ridden the new V4 and is now getting ready to head home.   VFR1200F first ride blog: First impressions of the VFR1200F VFR1200F first ride blog: Dual Clutch Transmission review Today I went to Motegi for a visit to the Honda Collection Hall, but once we were done I could hear motocross ...

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VFR1200F first ride blog: Dual Clutch Transmission review

Andy Downes, 22 October 2009 07:27

MCN's Andy Downes is testing the new VFR1200F in Japan. Andy is at Sugo race track right now, and has just been out riding on a VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Transmission for the first time. More info on the Honda VFR1200 'I’ve just stepped off the Honda VFR1200F fitted with the Dual Clutch Transmission - the first version of a motorcycle with a ...

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VFR1200F first ride blog: Live from Sugo

Andy Downes, 22 October 2009 00:47

MCN's Andy Downes is testing the new VFR1200F in Japan. Andy is at Sugo race track right now, and has just sat on the VFR1200F for the first time. More info on the Honda VFR1200 The lucky testers are currently being briefed about the VFR1200F before taking their first few laps. They will be lead by former GP rider Tohru Ukawa, but hopefully he ...

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VFR1200F first ride blog: The night before the first test of the VFR1200F

Andy Downes, 21 October 2009 16:01

MCN's Andy Downes will be testing the new VFR1200F in Japan later this week. He will be posting regular updates of his experiences. More info on the Honda VFR1200 'I've just finished a 17 hour day at the Tokyo Motor Show and about to go to bed in a hotel In Sendai - on the north east coast of Japan ...

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