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Video: Aprilia RSV4 vs Yamaha R1

MCN, 20 May 2009 10:36

The Yamaha R1 claims its its biggest scalp yet by taking on and beating the brilliant new Aprilia RSV4 Factory in a shoot-out on the roads of Southern France.   Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden on the road Find a 2009 Yamaha R1 for sale // By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C ...

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Half-faired but twice as practical?

James Keen, 17 April 2009 15:54

Are half-faired bikes the perfect compromise? They're cheaper to insure and more comfortable than sportsbikes, plus offer better wind-protection and distance potential than naked bikes. Here's 5 of the best. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 If you want a genuine do-it-all motorcycle, half-faired could be the way to go. The best models combine all the ...

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The evolution of the Yamaha R1

James Keen, 09 April 2009 16:30

The iconic and much-loved Yamaha R1 has been thrilling UK riders since the original (and best?) was launched way back in 1998. We take a look back at how the R1 has evolved since then. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 The 2009 Yamaha R1 has impressed everyone from racers to road riders with it's grunty MotoGP ...

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Video: 1000cc superbikes test part 2 - on the road

James Keen, 17 March 2009 20:15

The 2009 Yamaha R1 blitzed the competition in our 1000cc track test last week, but how will it fair in the place that matters for most - on the road? Watch the video to find out.   Video: 1000cc track test Last week the Yamaha R1 lapped the Cartagena track over a second faster than the second place Kawasaki ZX-10R. But now it's time ...

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The evolution of the Honda Fireblade

James Keen, 13 March 2009 09:52

Since it's arrival in 1992, the flagship Honda Fireblade has continued to re-invent itself and stay at the forefront of sportsbike development. In 1992, the original Fireblade moved the goal posts by focusing on weight rather than horsepower. The competition were claiming more bhps, but the blade's 185kg weight undercut them all by at least 15kg and changed things forever. Thinking of trading in? ...

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5 of the best factory streetfighters

James Keen, 12 March 2009 13:27

Streetfighters have come a long way. What started out as a cheap way to make your crash-damaged sportsbike road legal again has evolved into a whole sub-culture and motorcycle genre. Here's some of the best factory-made streetfighters on the market.    Thanks to bikes like Triumph's Street Triple and Aprilia's Tuono, you can get the streetfighter attitude with the benefit of ...

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Video: Yamaha R1 v Honda Fireblade v Suzuki GSX-R1000 v Ducati 1198 v Kawasaki ZX-10R

MCN, 10 March 2009 14:07

In this week's MCN we have the 2009 1000s track test where we reveal which litre supersports machine can cut it best on the circuit. Watch the video for some action footage from the track test and Michael Neeves' verdict on how the bikes line up. As you may of predicted, the all-new MotoGP-style R1 outclasses its rivals in MCN's ...

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Video: World first test of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9

MCN, 03 March 2009 17:13

MCN's Michael Neeves has been testing the new 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 in southern Spain. Neeves found that the new bike is a big improvement over the old K7/K8 model, but it's not the giant leap forward we expected. "The Suzuki ticks all the boxes, it's better than the old K7/K8. But for me, it's not different enough to really get me salivating." "Maybe it's just ...

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Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 vs Honda Fireblade

MCN, 19 February 2009 11:07

Michael Neeves says the new Yamaha R1 engine with crossplane crank gives the bike all the top-end rush of an inline-four, with the low down grunt of a twin and at the launch of the bike in Australia, he was singing its praises. But how does the all-new R1 compare to the latest Honda Fireblade? Neeves and National Superstock racer Steve ...

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New Yamaha R1 starts to edge out Honda Fireblade

Marc Potter, 12 February 2009 14:08

Our world first test of the 2009 Honda Fireblade against the 2009 Yamaha R1 is taking place in the South of France right now. We took the first bikes in the country, strapped them in a van and drove down through Europe in search of biking nirvana. Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 tested We made it to the Route Napoleon in ...

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