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New Husqvarnas for 2010

Michael Neeves, 23 March 2010 17:31

Italian off-road manufacturer Husqvarna has two new models for 2010. The enduro-styled TE630 and the SMS630 supermoto replace the out-going TE610 and SM610ie. As well as restyled bodywork, both machines receive an updated engine featuring a twin-cam head (replacing the single cam head on the 610), a capacity hike from 576cc to 600cc, twin exhausts, a hydraulic clutch and more ...

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Countdown to MV Agusta F4 first ride

Michael Neeves, 12 February 2010 09:08

Senior road tester Michael Neeves has just landed in Almeria in readiness for the launch of the MV Agusta F4 which takes place later today. “I’m looking at the bike in the hotel lobby and the subtle styling tweaks have given the F4 a fresh look. It looks just stunning. “Later we will be riding on the mountain roads and ...

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World first ride of new MV Agusta F4 coming up!

Michael Neeves, 09 February 2010 13:26

I’ll be riding the new MV Agusta F4 this Friday in Almeria, Spain. Although visibly similar to the old F4, it’s new from the ground-up. There’s a new 186bhp 998cc in-line-four-cylinder engine, chassis and electronics package, which includes an eight-stage traction control, switchable ‘Sport’ and ‘Rain’ power maps and variable-length intake trumpets. The old model, which came in 998cc F4 ...

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Australia Blog: Day 8 - The final day

Michael Neeves, 15 January 2010 12:09

This was my last riding day in Oz. I’ve given my Streetfighter S back to Ducati and have ridden on my last bit of hot dry tarmac for the foreseeable future. The next time I turn a wheel will be on Tuesday when we’re testing the new Z1000 in a group test in the UK. It’s been a great week ...

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Australia Blog: Day 5 - Wild day with Extreme Creations

Michael Neeves, 13 January 2010 09:24

Today has been by far the wildest day in Oz for me. I’ve been with the guys from Extreme Creations, the most prolific specials builders in Australia. To cut a long story short, these guys are nuts. For the day I hung out with owner Ben Shaw, his business partner, Pete Flynn and one of his customers Steve Sax, who ...

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Australia Blog: Day 1 - Neevesy arrives in Oz

Michael Neeves, 08 January 2010 12:59

Sorry to rub it in, but I’ve escaped the icy clutches of British winter. After 22 hours in the air, I’ve just landed in Australia (Sydney to be exact) and I’m planning a week of sunny biking excess.   I’m not going to give too much away, just in case some of my plans fall through. It’s tricky making arrangements with ...

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Video: Yamaha R1 Cup behind the scenes

Michael Neeves, 06 June 2008 17:30

MCN man Michael Neeves has been competing in the Yamaha R1 Cup all season and brings us up to date with life in the paddock. The last time we caught up with Michael he'd just had his race snowed off at Brands Hatch, this time we get a proper tour of the action. Watch the video below to see how ...

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First impressions: Bimota DB7 launch from Misano

Michael Neeves, 02 June 2008 10:53

Michael Neeves, MCN’s Senior Road Tester, is currently in sunny Misano, Italy waiting for the first ride on the Bimota DB7. Here are his first impressions: “The waiting is finally over and I ‘m chomping at the bit to test Bimota’s 1098 engined DB7. “The bike is typically Bimota with lots of carbon fibre and billet aluminium, and it looks ...


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