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First Ride: Ducati Monster 1200S

MCN is in Spain, Tenerife for the launch of the all new Ducati Monster 1200s and today MCN’s senior road tester Adam Child will be putting the new 145bhp naked bike to the testThe full test of the all new water-cooled Monster 1200S will be in the forthcoming issue of MCN out on Wednesday.The new Monster 1200s is now water-cooled, ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 10 February 2014

Staff Blog: Thundersport Rockingham

  I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything of note with my Hyperstrada over the past week. But it did treat me to a glorious ride cross-country to Donington last Wednesday, where I instruct at the Ron Haslam Race School. The early morning journey there and late evening ride back was perfect, with twisty, empty B-roads, sunshine ...

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  • 29 July 2013

Ultimate Superbikes 1st place: Ducati 1199R Panigale

Lap time: 1:46.7Top speed at end of straight: 164.01mphMax braking (g): 1.19Max lean: 50.94 Why it’s so specialDucati built this homologation special for World Superbike racing. It shares the same Marchesini wheels, Ohlins electronically-adjustable suspension and Brembo monoblocs as the S model and the power and torque is the same, too. But the R has new titanium conrods, giving the ...

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  • 17 May 2013

Ducati 1199 Panigale vs rivals: At a glance

It’s a sad fact for speed freaks that superbike sales have slipped in recent years, while things like naked and adventure bikes are on the up. So can one of the most exciting, talked-about motorcycles this year - the Ducati Panigale - reignite our passion for all things very fast? Ducati certainly hope so and have thrown the kitchen sink at the ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 25 April 2012

Video: Onboard a Ducati 1199 Panigale with Neil Hodgson

2003 World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson was at the Ducati 1199 Panigale launch in Abu Dhabi and was kind enough to let MCN bolt-on some onboard cameras during one of his sessions. The Panigale is an all-new bike from Ducati, making a claimed 195bhp from the 'Superquadro' V-twin engine. The new bike features a wealth of electronic rider aids, including ABS, traction ...

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  • 15 February 2012

Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - No pain, no gain

As with all my motorcycle adventures, it started with poor timing and a torrential downpour. The panic to make the 8.15pm Brittany Ferries sailing from Portsmouth to St Malo meant I had to average more than 60mph over the 195-mile journey, which meant some swift progress on damp roads. This was the first truly wet journey on the bike which ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 13 October 2011

Staff bikes: Ducati Monster 1100 Evo - The modern cafe racer

Over the months that I've owned the Monster, many have asked me "What's it like?" My default answer is "A real, good, honest motorcycle". Which sounds like damning it with faint praise; that's far from my intention. What I mean to say is that this stripped back, stylish, air-cooled Italian V-twin, punting out a modest 100bhp at the crank, is - for ...

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  • 25 August 2011

Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - It's almost time!

My excitement is mounting by the bucket load as after a few weeks of waiting I have finally been given the date for collection of my Ducati Diavel long termer for 2011. On Monday I'll be getting the train to Ducati Coventry for a 12 o'clock pickup then straight on to Road Angel at Silverstone to start the ball rolling ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 06 May 2011

Ducati Monster 1100 Evo first ride: "superbike technology in naked form"

Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently riding the mountain roads of Sicily aboard the new £8995 Ducati Monster 1100 Evo. Right now he’s drawing breath and enjoying the view from the top of Mount Etna. Since the death of the S4R the 1100 has been the ultimate Ducati Monster and the revised air-cooled Evo engine produces 100bhp. The bike ...

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  • 07 April 2011

Video: Ducati Diavel first ride teaser

MCN's Phil West is currently in Spain for the launch of the all-new Ducati Diavel, which he'll be riding tomorrow. Here's a little teaser to whet your appetite, ahead of the review in MCN on Wednesday February 9 and the full video on Thursday February 10.  brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
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  • 04 February 2011

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