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Video: Honda VFR800 first ride

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();

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

Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

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();

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 February 2014

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

Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 December 2013

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

Video: Ducati Panigale 899 fights Suzuki and Triumph

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();

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

Video: Yamaha MT-09 takes on rivals

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 ...

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

Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R prototype ridden

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();

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

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

  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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 25 September 2013

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