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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 video review

Senior MCN Road Tester, Michael Neeves has been living with his Suzuki GSX-R750 L1 for most of 2011. He’s covered over 10,000-miles, riding it everywhere from the TT to Ibiza, on-track and to the shops. In this video he tells us how life’s been with, what he thinks, is one of the best sportsbikes you can buy. brightcove.createExperiences(); BLOG11 GSXR11

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 30 December 2011

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale - Brutale turns storm chaser

The plan was simple enough. The reality turned out to be a tiny bit different thanks to the howling gales that affected the North of England courtesy of Hurricane Katia. It was supposed to be a two-day trip on the MV Agusta Brutale to Moffat in Scotland to stay at the brilliantly biker-friendly Buccleuch Arms Hotel, taking in five National ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 13 October 2011

Staff bikes: Ducati Monster 1100 Evo - Monster's hot in the city

The first Thursday of each month is Italian night at London's Ace Cafe, so before the 160-mile round trip becomes a teeth-grittingly sub-zero affair, I made the effort to head down after work a few weeks back. The promise of clear skies and good company kept spirits high on the 5.30pm slog down the A1, thankfully against the tide of London's ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 05 October 2011

Staff bikes: KTM 990 SMT ABS - Retuned to perfection

Although the KTM 990 SM-T looks the same black and white bike I'd left at BSD Performance for a dyno run and fuelling check, the bike I got back now runs like a completely different machine. The KTM's low-rpm throttle snatch around town is now nothing more than a memory. Throttle response in first and second gearis smoother with the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 05 October 2011

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750: The surprise tourer

It's fair to say my GSX-R750 has lived most of its short life with the rev needle pinging against the redline on track. It's a sensational-handling bit of kit, devilishly fast and intoxicatingly involving. But most surprisingly it's really good at long journeys, too. So far I've been to Le Mans, travelled over to the TT and been to Le Touquet. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 September 2011

Staff bikes: Victory Cross Country - Chelsea tensioner

So we’re hanging around outside the Ace Café, waiting to head out on the run down to the Autolegends Show at Chelsea’s Royal Hospital. The Victory is lined up with 30 or so other bikes, waiting for the order to head off. But there’s no sign of ‘face of the Ace’ Mark Wilsmore. He was due to lead the run, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 14 September 2011

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - the highest mileage 2011 model

MCN's 2011 Brutale is now the highest mileage specimen in the UK, and possibly the world, after clicking through 4000 miles and its first major service. The scheduled service was carried out at MV dealer Drayton Croft in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and cost £200. The work took two hours and saw the oil and filter changed, the bike given a check ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 August 2011

Staff bikes: KTM Duke 125 - Duke to the Alps

This July I rode from Oundle (Cambridgeshire), to Interlaken (Switzerland) and back on my 125 Duke. The 2,000 mile, six-day route took me across country lanes, motorways, city streets, alpine passes and grassy fields, which the tiny KTM managed with aplomb. This – of course – is nothing new. Plenty of low-capacity bikes head off on high mileage odysseys every ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 August 2011

Staff bikes: Yamaha Super Tenere: Saddling up the beast

With a few big trips planned in the next couple of months it was time to get the Super Tenere ready for action. I'm heading to the Nurburgring at the start of September for the World Superbike round and because I'm going to be working I've got plenty of kit to take with me. With adventure bike riding big business ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 29 July 2011

Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - A do-anything bike with mega attitude

The weather gods have been smiling upon us, which has meant that the Diavel has hardly stopped running over the last two months, whether it be commuting or a full-on 200-mile round trip to find some good corners and meet up with fellow Ducati riders and admirers. It's been a dream come true. I've a bold statement to make: I'm ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 29 July 2011

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