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Video: Riding Keith Flint's Moto2 bike

Michael Neeves, 13 June 2011 13:47

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves went along to the Brands GP circuit to ride the FTR Moto2. You don’t have to be a GP god to own this bike, as it’s the British firm’s first ever Grand Prix machine, built for mortals with deep enough pockets. A complete bike will cost you around £75,000, depending on spec. This machine belongs ...

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Michael Neeves MRO Powerbike blog: Brands Hatch GP

Michael Neeves, 23 May 2011 17:30

It’s been a busy old May. I rode my GSX-R750 to Le Mans to watch the MotoGP, tested a Taiwanese 50cc supermoto, carried out a Tuono group test, spent four days at Brands Hatch instructing and racing and then back to the Kent track to test Keith Flint’s new Moto2 bike. It’s back on the 750 for my first ever ...

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Michael Neeves – MRO Powerbike blog: Rain, crashes and Bemsee Rookie racers.

Michael Neeves, 15 February 2011 10:33

A soggy Brands HatchSince it’s been resurfaced, Brands is super-slippery in the wet and now almost as bad as Donington when the heavens open. The Kent track used to be really grippy and you could set lap times close to your dry pace and get a serious lean-on (check out the picture of my old R1 at Brands, taken a ...

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MCN to race BMW S1000RR in MRO Championship

Michael Neeves, 21 January 2011 10:14

We may have just clicked into 2011, but my racing season has well and truly started. I’m pleased to be riding for the BMW Park Lane team again on their rapid BMW S1000RR in the MRO championship. Instead of racing with the Stocksport 1000 boys, like last year, I’m returning to the open-class Powerbike championship. The best thing about MRO ...

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Rieju MRT200 LC Pro Comp - first ride

Michael Neeves, 10 November 2010 10:05

If you’re on a restricted 33bhp licence and like playing in the mud, Spanish firm Rieju have got just the bike for you: the MRT200 LC Pro Comp. Find a Rieju for sale This is a proper, road-legal enduro machine with a high-level chassis spec and powered by a Yamaha engine. It’s a bored-out 19bhp, 183cc version of the single-cylinder, ...

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Racing a BMW S1000RR at Silverstone

Michael Neeves, 14 June 2010 13:35

After a successful outing at the Brands GP round of the MRO Stocksport championship, where I picked up a couple of third places, the Vari-Trac Park Lane BMW team have invited me back to race with them for the remainder of the season, which I’m over the moon about. Find a BMW S1000RR for sale It’s a great team and ...

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Staff bikes: Ducati 848 Challenge Racer – showroom to race ready in 24 hrs

Michael Neeves, 23 April 2010 15:51

Wednesday 2pm, this shiny red Ducati 848 was sitting innocently in Moto Rapido Ducati’s showroom in Winchester. One short day later and it’s been transformed into a race bike, ready for round one of the Ducati 848 Challenge at Silverstone on Sunday. This is going to be my race bike for 2010 in a new team, which is a collaboration ...

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Neevesy’s top three bikes of 2009

Michael Neeves, 31 December 2009 12:30

At the end of the year it’s often time to reflect on the last 12 months, so we asked MCN’s road testers for their personal three best bikes of 2009. Their answers may surprise you. Here are Michael ‘Neevesy’ Neeves’…    1. Yamaha R1 - “Many people didn’t believe us when we raved about the new R1, thinking we’d been ...

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Video: Bob Farnham tunes Yamaha R1

Michael Neeves, 11 November 2008 11:26

The racing season has only just finished, but Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is already looking ahead to the 2009 season with his trusty 2007 Yamaha R1 long term test bike. He took it along to Bob Farnham, one of the UK's top engine tuners just down the road from Brands Hatch for an engine refresh and a bit of ...

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Video: JvB Moto Scrambler tested

Michael Neeves, 18 June 2008 11:30

MCN travelled to Cologne, Germany to ride JvB's Moto Ducati Scrambler and it's one of the most agile, responsive, fun machines we've ever ridden. The motorcycle starts off as a Ducati Monster and ten weeks and 8000 Euros later it's transformed into this mad Scrambler. Check out our video below to see what Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves makes of the Scrambler ...

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