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BMW R nineT launch today

MCN is at the launch of BMW’s beautiful new retro-style R nineT in southern Spain today.Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will ride the new machine, which is powered by the six-speed, 110bhp, 1170cc boxer-twin motor, taken from the previous-generation BMW R1200 model range. The motor is housed in an all-new tubular steel chassis. There’s S1000RR upside forks up front and ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 23 January 2014

BMW S1000R launch today

MCN is at the world launch of BMW's new £9990 S1000R super naked in Mallorca today. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will ride the new machine, which is a naked version of the German firm's fire-breathing, race-ready S1000RR. It has the same 999cc inline four-cylinder engine, but power is trimmed to 160hp @ 11,000rpm and 83ftlb @ 9250rpm to make ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 29 November 2013

Staff Blog: New Dog, Newer Tricks

I’ve been riding a ‘big bike’ for twelve months now and the last eight of them have been spent working for the world’s largest motorcycling publication. I am very aware of how enviable a position this puts me in amongst the British motorcycling community and whenever I mention to someone whom I have just met about what it is that ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 04 October 2013

Staff Blog: F800GT - A feeling of belonging.

The grey, British skies seemed determined to quell my excited mood and, as I joined the queue for the channel tunnel, the drizzle misted across my visor and I wasn't entirely sure that a six hour sprint across France was the most sensible way in which to pop my touring cherry. The panicked security guard, running around the cafe asking ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 August 2013

Staff Blog: It’s not all about the new stuff

While at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with an MCN reader about the BMW 90th Anniversary display, each of us singling out the models we’d own if money was no object. He was a nice chap, but his ‘mate’ clearly had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about the bike ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 01 August 2013

Staff Blog: Back from Bavaria

That's it. My Garmisch trip is all over. It was a fantastic few days, made all the better by a glorious, bookend of rides through France, Germany and a little bit of Austria. I've written a longer report for the paper (don't forget Apple and Google editions!) which will be published in a couple of weeks - but whilst I was ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 12 July 2013

Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

The BMW F800GT is a tourer. So far I’ve covered just short of three thousand miles worth of short trips to and from various parts of the country - living out of the panniers for the occasional odd night over here and there - but I’m yet to have dipped my toe into the Grand Tour side of the bike ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 June 2013

Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

Whether I’m picking up a curry on a Saturday night, filling up with petrol somewhere, or answering calls from readers who are thinking of buying one (or never buying one) – I’m regularly bombarded by the sure assertion that the R1200GS must be rubbish when the Tarmac gives way to the soft stuff. It’s a slightly odd assertion considering the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 June 2013

Staff Blog: Deflated at Donington

Being responsible for the online aspect of Motorcyclenews, I don’t get much of a chance to leave the office and the phosphorous glow of the monitor screens. So, when I had the opportunity to spend three days at Donington Park for the World Superbikes I leapt at the chance. It was work – of course – I would have to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 05 June 2013

Staff Blog: Swings and roundabouts

Every bike will delight and frustrate you to some extent – it’s an inevitable truth. While touches of pure and simple genius will provide fodder to evangelise to your friends, there will always be those ‘what were they thinking’ facets that tug at the back of your happiness, and which you hope no-one else picks up on. The GS isn’t ...

  • Motorcycle News
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  • 05 June 2013

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