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Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - What a year!

That’s it. Time to send my Multistrada 1200S back. And I’ve never been sadder to see a bike go. It fits into my life perfectly and that’s saying something as I’ve owned, run and tested just about every single bike built in the last 17 years. Even after running two Multistrada 1200s (the first one was written off by a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 February 2012

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale - Life's more fun naked

It's been an amazing year with a bike that managed to combine a muscular engine with fantastic styling and almost daily use, including commuting and lovely trips on some amazing British roads. The huge 23-litre fuel tank gives an easy 220-mile range - brilliant for a naked bike which is comfortable enough for all-day riding. Collecting the bike from the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 February 2012

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Tiger’s stripes well earned

Riding a motorcycle from Peterborough to Brussels and back in a day in November is no picnic. The 600 miles aren’t the issue, but being cold is. Even with good riding kit, draughts start to creep in and on a long trip, once you’re cold, you’re cold for a long time. To prepare the Tiger I wired in a connector ...

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

Staff bikes: Victory Cross Country - Victory on a roll

After six months with the Cross Country, I finally get to stretch its legs on a 1300-mile tour of Spain and Portugal. It turned out to be an eventful trip with plenty of ups and downs. The ups start on our first full day in northern Spain, heading for the mountains on the N621, a fabulous twist of Tarmac that ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 10 November 2011

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 - Viva el Gixer!

Now that's what I call a summer trip. 3397.6 miles in two weeks, on a bike designed for the track, but absolutely perfect for everything else too. From the monotonous motorways of France to the stunning switchbacks of Andorra, the city streets of Barcelona and trips to beaches in Ibiza, never once did I wish I was on another bike, ...

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

Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - Bye-bye Beemer

Like many motorcyclists I'm sure, every day I'm watched through my window by my little lad as I get on my bike and ride off to work. So I'm not the only one who will be a little sad that BMW has asked for the G650GS back early. Readers of my recent updates may remember me complaining about the early ...

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

Staff bikes: BMW K1600GT - Turning up the volume

I recently picked up the first pair of Remus Hexacone slip on silencers in the country (www.performanceparts-ltd.com) to go on the BMW K1600GT and decided it might be fun to time just how long it takes the remove the old and fit the new. The titanium silencers have a carbon outlet, and are road legal with removable baffles – all ...

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

Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - The first month

I've now had the Tiger 800 for a month and when it's not being thrashed on a group test or chasing Ross Noble across the UK, I've been riding it on my 30 mile commute every day. Here's what I've discovered so far… The engine is a gemThere's not much more that can be said about Triumph's triple cylinder engine. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 June 2011

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - Something goes wrong

It started innocently enough with a bit of a hiccup when starting the MV Agusta Brutale one evening for my ride home from work. It just wouldn’t start very easily for a second or two, then fired up and was fine. The problem was then intermittent in frequency but the constant element was the issue always centred around cold starting, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 24 May 2011

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - That’s it run-in then!

Last year I arranged with the factory on a recent visit that MV Agusta would supply MCN with one of the new 920cc Brutales as a long term test bike. The plan was for an MCN person to fly out to the Varese factory, watch a load of identical bikes being built on the production lines before saddling up and ...

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

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