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Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 gets traction control & ABS - 'fun and safe'

Michael Neeves, 07 December 2010 12:14

Traction control and ABS makes Aprilia's new Dorsoduro 1200 the most sensible and safe of the big supermotos – bikes that are traditionally utterly mental. Read the Aprilia Dorsoduro review MCN sneaked a ride on Aprilia’s new Dorsoduro in October but, though finished, the bike didn't have the UK-spec three-stage traction control (ATC) system or ABS that’ll be standard on ...

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Kawasaki Ninja 250R Racer first ride - 'tight, planted and solid'

Michael Neeves, 07 December 2010 12:01

This is the bike that could catapult a talented teenager into racing superstardom. It’s a race-prepared Kawasaki Ninja 250R and it’s the machine being used for next year’s inaugural European Junior Cup.  Find a Kawasaki Ninja 250R for sale We got to ride the first Ninja 250R to be race prepared for the series at Jerez. Modifications are limited to ...

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Video: World exclusive Ducati 848 Evo first ride coming up

Michael Neeves, 19 August 2010 17:23

Two months ahead of its official launch in Imola, MCN has got its hands on the new Ducati 848 Evo. Replacing the current 848, the 140bhp Evo has more power, a steering damper and Monobloc Brembos from the Ducati 1198R superbike. Senior Road tester, Michael Neeves has tested Ducati’s new mini-superbike on the track and road and says, “The 848 ...

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Reader's race reps needed for MCN road test

Michael Neeves, 08 June 2010 10:12

MCN needs to get hold of some specific models for a race rep road test. If you have one of the following bikes and you'd like to see it in the paper, please get in touch:   2008-current Repsol Honda Fireblade K9-L0 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 2009/2010 Fiat Yamaha R1  The test would begin at MCN's office in Peterborough at 9am and end at ...

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Racing blog: Vari-Trac BMW Park Lane S1000RR

Michael Neeves, 17 May 2010 09:58

After sampling BMW Park Lane’s MRO Stocksport S1000RR at Brands GP on Thursday I got the amazing opportunity to race it at the historic Kent track at the weekend. Team Vari-Trac BMW Park Lane looked after me alongside regular riders: young hotshot Stefan Capella and the super-fast Steve Mercer. The team is headed up by Rick Capella and runs with ...

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MCN rides the world's first production electric superbike

Michael Neeves, 05 May 2010 16:24

We’ve been granted an exclusive first ride on the Mavizen TTX02, the world’s first production superbike. Video: Mavizen TTX02 electric superbike - first ride preview Powered by twin 96V DC Agni 95R electric motors, it makes the equivalent of 81bhp and has 77ftlb of torque (impressively, just 10% short of a Japanese 1000cc sportsbike), which it delivers smoothly and instantly ...

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Australia Blog: Day 6 - Wayne Gardner's kids, future GP heroes?

Michael Neeves, 13 January 2010 13:46

Today I learned the secret to the success of Aussie world champions like Mick Doohan, Casey Stoner, Troy Bayliss and Wayne Gardner. It’s dirt track racing.    Brought up riding small-capacity motocross bikes on tracks that are like road-racing circuits, but are dirt instead of tarmac (so have left and right bends, not just an oval) as kids, they learned ...

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Australia Blog: Day 2 - Ducati Streetfighter in Sydney

Michael Neeves, 09 January 2010 18:00

After an eight-hour sleeping pill-induced shut-eye session, I woke this morning to see the Australian sunshine for the first time since landing. God, I love it here. An English mate of mine, Andy, who now lives in Oz, picked me up to collect the Ducati Streetfighter S press bike I’ll be using for the week. He’s just bought a standard ...

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Neevesy's predicted 2010 top five motorcycles

Michael Neeves, 29 December 2009 13:30

The global financial crisis seems to have hit the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers the hardest. There’s very little to get excited about from them next year except for Kawasaki’s funky Z1000. One notable exception is the Honda VFR1200, but it’s clear it doesn’t live up to the hype, so doesn’t make it onto my top five new bikes list of 2010. ...

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2010 Kawasaki Z1000 first ride: “Japan’s best super-naked”

Michael Neeves, 18 November 2009 17:56

Michael Neeves has just finished riding the all-new Kawasaki Z1000 that hopes to better the Triumph Speed Triple, KTM Super Duke and Ducati Streetfighter. He sent back this report: “On paper the new Z1000 looks like it could be a full-bloodied ‘super naked’ – an intoxicating mixture of raucous engine, sharp handling and bad attitude. In reality it’s something slightly ...

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