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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSR750 - GSR shines at wet Brands Hatch

Liam Marsden, 11 August 2011 14:30

I’ve now been on two track days and on both there’s been rain. Despite the fact like most motorcyclists I don’t like rain (I don’t mind getting wet, it’s more the inconsistent grip levels) I decided the rain wasn’t going to ruin the latest one at Brands Hatch Indy – one of the Reclaim Our Tracks days run by Bike ...

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Aprilia RS4 125: Teen dream goes four-stroke

Liam Marsden, 10 June 2011 15:00

Walking up to the Aprilia RS4 125 you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for its bigger brother – the 1000cc V4 RSV4R. The styling is exactly like the World Superbike championship winning machine, only when you stop for a closer look do you notice it is in fact, a 125. Sitting on the bike you’d still struggle to guess it ...

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Aprilia RS4 125 first ride

Liam Marsden, 31 May 2011 15:48

The all-new four-stroke Aprilia RS4 125 is being launched at the Vairano test track in Italy, and MCN web producer Liam Marsden is at the launch of the new bike. After a session on the RS4, here are his thoughts. "From a distance, the RS4 looks almost exactly like the RSV4 superbike, which its styling is based on, it's not ...

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Road test preview: Kawasaki Z750R vs Triumph Street Triple R vs Yamaha FZ8

Liam Marsden, 11 February 2011 15:38

Next week the new Kawasaki Z750R takes on the Triumph Street Triple R and Yamaha FZ8 for the middleweight championship of the world. Michael Neeves wasn't blown away by the Z750R when he rode it at the launch, but can it go the distance against Street Triple R and FZ8? Let us know what you think below.  

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki Versys – The return of the Versys

Liam Marsden, 28 May 2010 11:15

If a man by the name of Sam Pinney ever asks to borrow your bike, say no. Bad things happen. Everything was going well until I was informed some scamp in London had tried to steal the Versys. Here are Sam's thoughts on the Versys and his account of the attempted theft: "I like riding in London. It’s exciting, stimulating and ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki Versys – The final countdown

Liam Marsden, 09 April 2010 16:00

On 11 April 2008 I passed my motorcycle test, I was 17 at the time. This means that until 11 April 2010 I’m restricted to 33bhp and my Kawasaki Versys long term test bike has already arrived. On Monday 12 April I’ll ride the Versys for the first time, and I plan to have completed the 600-mile run in period ...

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33bhp restricted Suzuki Gladius review

Liam Marsden, 05 March 2009 16:32

Suzuki is offering free 33bhp restriction when you buy a new Suzuki Gladius, ideal for your first bike, but how does the 650cc Gladius cope with only 33bhp to power it along? The 650CC V-twin motor - first used in the now discontinued SV650 - pulls the funky new Gladius along suprisingly well. The torque from the motor makes sure the little ...

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Video: Yamaha R125 takes on the Honda CBR125 and Aprilia RS125

Liam Marsden, 29 May 2008 10:00

MCN has tested the latest crop of 125cc sports motorcycles; the two stroke Aprilia RS125, Hondas old but faithful CBR125R and Yamahas new kid on the block - the YZF-R125. The group test saw the motorcycles put through their paces around town and on the open roads. To see how they all faired watch the video below and for the full review ...

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Picture gallery: KTM 990SM, Ducati Hypermotard and BMW HP2 Megamoto

Liam Marsden, 31 January 2008 16:01

In the January 30 edition of MCN, we brought you the three-way supermoto test between the KTM 990SM, Ducati Hypermotard and BMW's HP2 Megamoto. Here we have more pictures of the beautiful giants for you to drool over. The bikes feature such expensive items as Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and adjustable Marzocchi forks. After a close battle on track that ...

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Wallpaper gallery: Ducati 1098R

Liam Marsden, 29 January 2008 17:32

In this weeks MCN Michael Neeves tests Ducati's 1098R with traction control and 180bhp! Watch the Ducati 1098R launch video here The 1098R is the first road bike to feature a true traction control system, which has eight programmable settings. The £24,000 motorcycle features high-spec parts such as a slipper clutch, carbon fibre Termignoni's, Marchesini wheels and the 1198cc engine is ...


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