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Australia blog: Day 7 - 500cc Grand Prix heaven

Michael Neeves, 21 January 2010 09:30

For me, the last generation of premier class GP machines are the most awe-inspiring ever built. The 500cc two-stroke weapons from the late 80s all the way to the beginning of MotoGP in 2002 are the ones that capture the imagination the most and Yamaha’s mighty YZR500 is probably the coolest, although thanks to Doohan and Rossi and their NSR500s, ...

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Aprilia RSV4-R first ride!

Michael Neeves, 27 October 2009 11:39

The Aprilia RSV4-R costs £12,449 and is available in dealers now. The compact V4 engine is exactly the same as the Factory’s, it’s only the chassis components which have been altered, with Ohlins suspension replaced by Showa forks and a Sachs rear shock.  Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short Wheels are cast aluminium rather than forged, and some of the Factory’s ...

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How to turn your 848 into a superbike-killer

Michael Neeves, 16 October 2009 15:23

In standard form the Ducati 848 is one of MCN's favourite sports bikes. It has all the grunt, style and the bombastic soundtrack of its bigger brother the 1198, with added agility and a revvier, more involving engine. It was born for corners – it’s the exotic, twin-cylinder take on the legendary Suzuki GSX-R750. You don't have to spend the ...

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First Ride! 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R and 1090RR

Michael Neeves, 30 September 2009 10:08

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is in Italy and has just had his first ride on MV AgustaBrutale 990R and 1090RR. Here are his initial riding impressions: “The first thing I noticed is how much more refined this super-naked is. Despite looking the same as the old model the bike is completely new from its chassis to its bodywork. ...

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Jack Lilley special Triumph Scrambler

Michael Neeves, 04 December 2008 10:53

MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves has just ridden a very special Triumph Scrambler, built by Triumph dealers Jack Lilley. Here are his first impressions: “At the beginning of this year Triumph updated its Scrambler, giving it fuel injection to keep emissions nice and clean for the tough Euro 3 regulations. For 2009, the 865cc parallel twin-cylinder Scrambler remains the ...

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Picture special: BMW's 800 and 1200GS take on Honda Transalp

Michael Neeves, 08 May 2008 10:17

Thanks to its many appearances on the telly over the past few years, BMW’s big adventure bike is one of the most recognisable bikes of the modern era. Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor’s trips up and down, and round and round the globe, with their trusty BMW R1150GS and R1200GS Adventures have inspired the explorer in many of us; bikers ...

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Video: Moto Guzzi Stelvio Group test

Michael Neeves, 11 April 2008 12:00

To see where the new Moto Guzzi Stelvio fits into the adventure tourer world, we took it, a BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and Triumph Tiger to Italy to visit the world famous Stelvio Pass. Of course, we checked to see if it was open first... Watch the video below to see how the group test went and read the ...

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Video: MV Augusta Brutale 1078RR first ride

Michael Neeves, 10 April 2008 10:27

MV Agusta's new Brutale 1078RR has the engine from the F4 RR312 superbike crammed into its tinny, sexy chassis. But it's not just its 154bhp and 166-plus mph top speed, which sets this apart from any Brutale built before, the best bit is that it's smoother and easier to ride than ever. Check out the video below to see Senior Road Tester, ...

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Video: 2008 600cc group test

Michael Neeves, 13 March 2008 09:39

Last year Honda blew the doors off the 600 class with its new CBR600RR but can it hold on to its crown against the new Yamaha R6, Triumph's Daytona 675, Suzuki's new GSX-R600 K8 and Kawasaki's ZX-6R. MCN Senior road tester Michael Neeves tested the motorcycles on road and track to see if the contenders could match the Honda CBR600RR. Watch the ...

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Video: Husqvarna's 2008 SM510IR, SM450RR and a World Championship winning bike

Michael Neeves, 06 March 2008 14:26

For the past ten years, Italian off-road motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna has been in the business of making fiery supermotos. The company, recently bought by BMW, have continued to tweak and upgrade their range year on year and 2008 is no different. MCN's Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves travelled to Benidorm to try the new SM510R, the SM450RR and the S1 World Championship winning ...

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