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Yamaha WR450F - Yamaha’s four-stroke fight-back

Jonathan Bentman, 06 January 2012 11:32

A decade ago Yamaha led the four-stroke revolution in dirt bikes. By taking its high-revving, R1-style, five-valve technology and applying it, first in motocross with the YZ400F, then enduro with the WR400F and massively successful WR250F, the Japanese firm rode the vanguard into a new era. It won world championships, hearts and sales. But eventually European competition got the better ...

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Yamaha T-Max packs punch but not practicality

Ped Baker, 29 December 2011 15:00

The ‘fine-handling scooter’ ethos has kept the T-Max on the top of the sales charts since it first appeared in 2001 but MCN’s world first test suggests its reign may be limited – by concentrating on performance, Yamaha is lagging seriously behind rivals in terms of practicality. There’s no doubting the T-Max’s performance though. The T-Max still offers handling and ...

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F4 RR is the best MV Agusta yet!

Michael Neeves, 03 August 2011 14:14

Our world-first test of the stunning new 201bhp F4 RR Corsacorta has revealed it to be not only the fastest MV Agusta we've ever ridden - but also the most refined. MCN rode the new £18k superbike at a special test on the Adria circuit, north-east of Bologna, Italy and can reveal that, thanks to the RR's new Ohlins suspension and lightweight ...

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Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R takes on rivals

MCN, 03 February 2011 11:29

The 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R gets a host of changes for this year, including ABS and traction control. MCN has already tested the ZX-10R in isolation at Qatar where it was mightily impressive, but is it enough to see off the other 1000cc sports bikes and the awesome BMW S1000RR? We test the ZX-10R, S1000RR, Honda Fireblade, Yamaha R1 and Suzuki ...

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Reader's race reps needed for MCN road test

Michael Neeves, 08 June 2010 10:12

MCN needs to get hold of some specific models for a race rep road test. If you have one of the following bikes and you'd like to see it in the paper, please get in touch:   2008-current Repsol Honda Fireblade K9-L0 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 2009/2010 Fiat Yamaha R1  The test would begin at MCN's office in Peterborough at 9am and end at ...

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Superbike showdown – will the Europeans come out on top?

Adam Child, 23 February 2010 14:03

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently at the Trazado Grand Prix Circuit, near Barcelona pitting all NINE of the world’s leading superbikes against each other. And for the first time in living memory the Japanese manufacturers could be set to have their butts well and truly kicked. For the first time, all of this year’s litre-class sports bikes ...

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Video: BMW S1000RR world first group test

MCN, 16 December 2009 16:00

The Big Four becomes the Big Five as BMW's first real superbike battles it out with the established stars.      Facts and figures: BMW S1000RR vs the competition  Find a 1000cc superbike for sale In our world first group test we pit the BMW S1000RR against the class-leading Yamaha R1, Honda's revised-for-2010 Fireblade, the brutal Kawasaki ZX-10R and the Suzuki GSX-R1000. Watch ...

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BMW S1000RR group test: "An exciting and surprising bike"

Trevor Franklin, 11 December 2009 16:21

MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is in the South of France pitting the new BMW S1000RR against the Honda Fireblade, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha R1. He has just phoned in his end of day report: “We’ve just done 200 miles on the Route Napoleon near Cannes in the South of France and it’s clear that out of ...

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BMW S1000RR group test first impressions

Trevor Franklin, 11 December 2009 10:59

MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is in the South of France pitting the new BMW S1000RR against the Honda Fireblade, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha R1. He has just phoned in this initial report: “We’ve just stopped after riding 63 miles up the Route Napoleon out of Cannes in the south of France. "It was bloody cold to ...

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Kawasaki Ninja buying guide: Part 2 - early 90s

Chris Newbigging, 12 August 2009 10:32

This week Kawasaki is celebrating 25 years of the Ninja series – one of the most famous model lines in the motorcycle world. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 MCN has compiled a list of the 20 best Ninjas for a special poster FREE in today’s MCN (August 12 2009) – but in the mean ...

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