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Video: Honda VFR800 first ride

MCN, 09 April 2014 16:08

The V4 VFR was one of Honda's most respected bikes of the 80s and 90s until it somehow went wrong with the VTEC version in 2002. So this surprise and mostly all-new VFR800F has raised both anticipation and scepticism in equal measure. MCN got a world first ride to see if it's worthy of the name. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

MCN, 26 February 2014 15:13

With a blueprinted engine and snazzy chassis parts, the new Honda Fireblade SP has a price tag to match its European rivals. But does it beat them at their own game? We find out on sunny Spanish roads and around the track, with former WSB champion Neil Hodgson. brightcove.createExperiences();

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BMW R nineT launch today

Michael Neeves, 23 January 2014 13:11

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 ...

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Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

MCN, 10 January 2014 16:57

Triumph's Speed Triple is MCN's long-standing king of the traditional naked litre-class bikes, free of traction control and rider modes. At the other end of the spectrum is Aprilia's Tuono V4R, which grabbed all the accolades with brutal power and myriad electronic rider aids. But now there's a new 'Beast' fighting for naked honours: KTM's 1290 Super Duke R. We ...

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Jaw-dropping 1970s KR750 replica is actually a usable ER-6f

MCN, 26 December 2013 08:00

The flash of green and bare alloy emerges from a London side street. The rider, black visor down, looks both ways, and accelerates into a gap in front of a red bus. The bike is obscured by traffic. There is only the bus’s burp of diesel smoke and a question left to consider: Was that really a Kawasaki KR750? It ...

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BMW S1000R launch today

Michael Neeeves, 29 November 2013 09:18

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 ...

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Video: Ducati Panigale 899 fights Suzuki and Triumph

MCN, 27 November 2013 14:56

Ducati's eagerly anticipated 'baby' Panigale 899 is the new challenger in the middleweight sports bike division. We pit it against the class leading Suzuki GSX-R750 and the hugely capable Triumph Daytona 675R to see if it's got what it takes to set a new world order. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Yamaha MT-09 takes on rivals

MCN, 16 October 2013 16:15

Yamaha's new three-cylinder 847cc MT-09 is one of the most exciting new bikes to come out of Japan in years, aiming to be the best in one of the most interesting emerging classes; the middleweight naked. We've already ridden it at its launch and we were impressed, bar a couple of niggles, but now it's time to pitch it against ...

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Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R prototype ridden

MCN, 09 October 2013 10:01

MCN take a quick spin on the prototype KTM 1290 Super Duke R - and it reveals a surging powerhouse of an engine under that minimal bodywork brightcove.createExperiences();

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Staff Blog: To Jet Wash or Not to Jet Wash?

Alison Silcox, 25 September 2013 09:50

  I lent my bike to a colleague last week for the MCN Awards ride out and after an awfully wet ride down to the venue in Dorking, followed by a couple of hours riding through the Surrey Hills, the bike was returned looking very second hand. I’m not one for jet-washing but it seemed the only option to get ...

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