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KTM RC 390 launch today

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the eagerly awaited new KTM RC 390 in Italy today. Costing £4995 the single-cylinder 43bhp, 373.2cc machine is aimed at younger riders and can be ridden on an A2 licence from the age of 19. Its closest rivals will be the new Honda CBR300R and Kawasaki Ninja 300R, but ...

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  • 01 September 2014

Simply Ballistic: Can MV's new Dragster 800 out-gun its rivals?

The MV Agusta Dragster is the latest model to come from the iconic Italian brand – and it's a bit of a confused beast. Using the 798cc triple and cycle parts from the Brutale 800 roadster, it has a design similar to that of Ducati's Diavel performance cruiser and even runs a huge 200-section rear Pirelli, but more for aesthetic ...

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  • 07 July 2014

Video: Triumph Thunderbird LT group test

With the arrival of Triumph’s new ‘LT’ bagger version of its Thunderbird cruiser, never before have there been so many, truly credible alternatives to the all-dominant Harley-Davidson Road King. Moto Guzzi unveiled its hugely-impressive, all-new California 1400T in 2012, while the biggest threat of all to Harley, Indian, returned in the middle of last year with its own impressive offerings. ...

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  • 09 April 2014

Video: WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Norton Domiracer Ridden

Norton's new, limited-edition Domiracer is arguably the most exciting British motorcycle in years, in being not just beautiful but promising a fabulously sensual riding experience. MCN's Phil West got a world exclusive first ride. You can read all about it in Wednesday 12 March edition of MCN. )

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  • 12 March 2014

First Ride: Ducati Monster 1200S

MCN is in Spain, Tenerife for the launch of the all new Ducati Monster 1200s and today MCN’s senior road tester Adam Child will be putting the new 145bhp naked bike to the testThe full test of the all new water-cooled Monster 1200S will be in the forthcoming issue of MCN out on Wednesday.The new Monster 1200s is now water-cooled, ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 10 February 2014

First ride – new Honda NC750X

MCN is in Athens, Greece for the launch of the updated NC700 range and will today be riding the NC750X and the scooter version, the Integra.The full test of both bikes will be in a forthcoming issue of MCN.The three-bike range – NC750X, NC750S and Integra – all now get a larger 745cc version of its parallel-twin engine for 2014 ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 04 February 2014

BMW R1200GS Adventure launch today

MCN is at the launch of the new BMW R1200GS adventure in southern Spain today.Based on the liquid-cooled, face lifted R1200GS which arrived in dealers last year, the new Adventure version has a new 30-litre aluminium tank (three-litres smaller than the last model’s), a revised riding position, restyled bodywork, heavier flywheel, new electronic riding modes, 20mm longer suspension travel and ...

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  • 24 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 ...

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  • 10 January 2014

Agility Motors Saietta R first ride

With the ‘throttle’ wide open through a corner as the rear tyre scrabbles for grip, there is no exhaust roar. The unlikely combination of near-silent running and high performance is almost enough to make you miss the apex. The Agility Motors Saietta R, one of the most advanced electric bikes available – and yours for a salty £16,770 – is ...

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  • 22 December 2013

First Ride: Honda Fireblade SP

I'm currently at the launch of the new Honda Fireblade SP at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The standard Fireblade has been updated for 2014 with engine and riding position tweaks, but Honda are offering an SP version for the first time, which includes a 178bhp blueprinted motor, Ohlins NIX30 forks and TTX rear shock, Brembo monobloc four-piston calipers, Pirelli ...

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  • 16 December 2013

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