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We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

It’s hard to believe the Ariel Ace cruiser really is a new bike. It’s seemingly come out of nowhere, is made by a car firm, and yet it’s already better than many established production bikes. The Ariel Ace cruiser is impressive during my quick blast up and down the famous Goodwood hillclimb. It rides beautifully and, crucially, doesn’t try to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 July 2014

Simply Ballistic: Can MV's new Dragster 800 out-gun its rivals?

The MV Agusta Dragster is the latest model to come from the iconic Italian brand – and it's a bit of a confused beast. Using the 798cc triple and cycle parts from the Brutale 800 roadster, it has a design similar to that of Ducati's Diavel performance cruiser and even runs a huge 200-section rear Pirelli, but more for aesthetic ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 July 2014

Golden oldie: Triumph T595 and 955i

Triumph needed to get it right first time with the T595 Daytona. Back in the sportsbike-crazy ’90s, nothing less was going to cut it. With Honda’s FireBlade having set the standard, being good was never going to be good enough. Outstanding was the only way to be. Happily, the British bike-buying public was so sold on the idea of the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 06 July 2014

Whitham and Lowes on bikes, battles, and the KTM Freeride

Give two racers dirt bikes and a place to ride and the chances are you won’t see them for hours – or until one of them needs an ambulance. Luckily when KTM lent Sam Lowes and James Whitham a pair of Freerides, MCN grabbed one too, which meant we could get in on the conversation with two of the most ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 02 July 2014

First Ride: Honda CBR650F

Grey things don’t normally engender excitement. Grey is the colour of school socks, toilet roll tubes and accountants’ worsted suits. But here grey is also the colour of one of the most eagerly-awaited bikes of 2014: Honda’s all-new, completely revitalised and reinvented CBR.But if the colour of this world first test bike, the machine we’d prised out of Honda’s grasp ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 June 2014

Ducati Monster 821 launch

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is at the world launch of Ducati’s new Monster 821 in Bologna, Italy. A short spin this evening will be followed by a full day of riding the new naked middleweight tomorrow. This is the latest Monster to come from the Ducati factory, hot on the heels of the all-new 1200 Monster earlier this ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 24 June 2014

Norton TT Racer On The Road

You can’t underestimate how hard it is to compete at the Isle of Man TT. It’s a mammoth task, and it’s almost impossible to convey with mere words the sheer scale of the mountain they have climbed, figuratively, and over the top of the island. But forget about the riding for a second; the logistics, planning and organisation alone are ...

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

Yamaha YZF-R125 quick ride

Yamaha knows how to play the 125cc field. Since the launch of the YZF-R125 in ’08, the firm has sold over 45,000 machines and the sports bike remains a best seller to this day. The revamped 2014 YZF-R125’s main changes are sturdier USD forks and quality brakes. The difference is certainly noticeable as the refreshed model can take a heavier ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 20 June 2014

Yamaha MT-125 first ride

The new Yamaha MT-125 marks the third arrival in the MT family. The single-cylinder is technically a naked version of Yamaha’s refreshed-for-2014 YZF-R125 except with an upright riding position and street fighter design, taking its styling cues from its MT-09 and 07 siblings. So we have an already great bike, peppered with upgraded components, for less money than the faired ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 June 2014

First Ride: Bimota BB3

MCN is at the world launch of Bimota’s new BB3, powered by a revised BMW S1000RR engine, at the Tazio Nuvalari circuit in Italy today. Senior Road Tester Adam Child will be testing the all-new Bimota, which is the latest bike to come from the historic and exotic brand under it’s new ownership. The new BB3 is powered by the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 14 June 2014

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