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The Kings of Cool

MCN Staff, 22 April 2014 17:13

BMW has hit the retro nail on the head with its R NineT. It's had rave reviews and the first batch to leave the factory has already sold out - globally. But how does the new bike compare to the best homegrown cafe racer-inspired rivals? We take the Royal Enfield Continental GT, Triumph's Thruxton, the Norton Commando 961 out with the ...

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Ducati unveils airbag option for Multistrada

Tony Hoare, 17 April 2014 16:43

Ducati project engineer Paolo Versari demonstrated the airbag with a trial firing at the press conference at the company’s factory in Bologna, Italy Ducati has unveiled the first rider airbag to be integrated into a motorcycle. Ducati’s Multistrada S Touring D-Air model is loaded with sensors and an extra ECU to analyse the sensor data and fire an airbag worn ...

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Video: Honda VFR800 first ride

MCN, 09 April 2014 16:08

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();

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Video: Triumph Thunderbird LT group test

MCN, 09 April 2014 09:37

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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MCN's Chad confirms TT campaign

MCN Staff, 27 March 2014 16:20

Adam 'Chad' Child, MCN's senior road tester Adam 'Chad' Child, will again be representing the magazine as he takes on the demanding 37 ¾ mile mountain course for the third year in a row at the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy. Adam will be competing in both the Monster Energy Supersport races and the Lightweight ...

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Video: MT-09 Group Test

MCN, 12 March 2014 12:07

At £6799, Yamaha's three-cylinder MT-09 promises super naked thrills and supersport speed, but at a budget commuter price. But how close is it really to any of them? To find out, we put it through a multi-disciplined test against typical examples of each, around town, down motorways, along backroads and even on track.)

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Video: WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Norton Domiracer Ridden

MCN, 12 March 2014 12:02

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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Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

MCN, 26 February 2014 15:13

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();

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Video: 125s to the Elephant Rally

MCN, 20 February 2014 10:57

The Elephant Rally is for nutters. Since its inception in 1956, thousands of riders across Europe have traversed snow, blizzards and temperatures as low as -16C to attend the annual event. So of course MCN's Andy Davidson thought it would be a good idea to ride to the event on three 125s... brightcove.createExperiences();

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Kawasaki J300 First Ride

MCN Staff, 22 January 2014 09:46

Kawasaki is the last of the big four Japanese manufacturers to enter the scooter market with their new J300, which began life as a Kymco Downtown 300. MCN went to the launch in Portugal to see if Kawasaki has got it right with their first foray into the scooter market. brightcove.createExperiences();

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