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Honda CBR125R first ride: it's good

Trevor Franklin, 18 March 2011 16:33

After seven years on sale the CBR125R was a global success. Easy to ride from the moment the key is inserted with a low seat, soft, forgiving handling and dependable four-stroke engine all made the CBR a hit with style-conscious youths and tight adults alike. But sales were waning. Despite a higher price tag, Yamaha’s YZF125R was eroding the CBR125’s ...

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Enfield Fury first ride - 'More like slightly miffed…'

Trevor Franklin, 30 December 2010 07:30

It might look slightly odd, wrapping a worthy old Royal Enfield in US flat-track clothing, but there’s genuine history here. But whether the new Fury credibly delivers that character and history is a different matter...   Find an enfield for sale The Fury has a clean-running, gutsy lump full of character and is a big piece of an Enfield’s old school charm. ...

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Kawasaki ZX-10R first ride update - 'a formidable weapon'

Trevor Franklin, 18 November 2010 16:22

MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is Qatar at the world launch of Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R. He’s just completed a day’s riding and sent this report. Find a Kawasaki ZX-10R for sale “Evening has descended upon the Losil circuit, and with it the temperature has dropped to a more relaxing 28 degrees.     “The new Kawasaki ZX-10R has shown that it ...

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2011 Triumph Speed Triple: your questions answered

Trevor Franklin, 11 October 2010 15:51

The world launch of Triumph’s 2011 Speed Triple takes place in southern Spain this week and Motorcycle News will be there to send back web reports as the launch unfolds. The full story of how the new Speed triple performs will feature in Motorcycle News, issue dated Wednesday 20th October. If you have a question to ask Triumph about the ...

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2010 Suzuki SV650S first ride - it's back

Trevor Franklin, 03 August 2010 09:38

Without fanfare or drum roll, Suzuki has reintroduced the half-faired SV650S after a three year sabbatical. But there should be a fanfare along with acres of draped bunting at all Suzuki road bike dealers, because the humble but hugely popular V-twin middleweight is still pegged at under five-grand with its on the road price of £4999. Find a Suzuki SV650S ...

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2010 Triumph Sprint GT - first riding impressions from Skye

Trevor Franklin, 19 May 2010 16:20

Trevor Franklin reports after his first 50 miles and has this to say about the new Triumph Sprint GT1050. It's obvious Triumph has taken the direction of the Sprint GT to a higher touring level from the looks alone, but from the seat it¹s even more apparent; very comfortable under the bum, with an effective screen in front of you that ...

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2010 Triumph Sprint GT launch

Trevor Franklin, 19 May 2010 13:33

MCN Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, is currently in Scotland around the area of Inveraray riding Triumph’s latest 1050 Sprint model.   The new Sprint GT is Triumph’s touring focussed version of the faithful Sprint ST. This bike has received a host of updates to make it their flagship touring machine, priced at £9,499 the bike comes with large panniers as ...

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Wanted: Your Triumph for an MCN road test

Trevor Franklin, 13 April 2010 16:55

MotorCycle news is compiling a feature about 20-years of Hinckley manufactured Triumphs, and MCN is looking for original 1991 models to be included. The bikes required are:     1991 Trophy 1200 1991 Daytona 1000 1991 Trophy 900  If you are the proud owner of one these machines, particularly a Triumph Trophy 1200 with registration mark starting H722, please email or call ...

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World first test: Ducati Multistrada v BMW R1200GS

Trevor Franklin, 24 March 2010 10:45

MCN testers have gone to Italy to pit the astonishing new Ducati Multistrada 1200S in a world first comparison test against the class-leading BMW R1200GS. Trevor’s full test will appear in next week’s MCN, but here are his first impressions: “Within one mile of leaving Ducati’s factory, the Multistrada has pulled in so many more admiring glances and curious looks ...

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Ultimate used motorbike buyer's guide: Suzuki SV650

Trevor Franklin, 03 March 2010 11:11

Has there been a better bike than the Suzuki SV650 to make the jump from learner-legal machinery to the world of horsepower and big-bike riding qualities? It’s a debateable question, but when you consider 20,700 SV650s have been bought over the ten years it’s been on sale in the UK (1999 up until December 2009), we can safely say the ...

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