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Video: Honda CB1100 old vs new

Phil West, 16 March 2013 12:30

The all-new Honda CB1100 is intended as a faithful 'homage' not juut to the original CB750K0 of 1969 but also to Honda's whole family of celebrated air-cooled CB fours of the '70s. But how well does it pull it off? brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Honda CB1100 first ride

Phil West, 23 January 2013 13:12

MCN Executive Editor Phil West traveled to Valencia in Spain last week to ride Honda's completely new CB1100 retro roadster. Check out his opinions on Honda's brand new link to the past!

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Video: MCN gets ready to ride Norton Café Racer

Phil West, 23 February 2010 13:36

Norton's stunning new Café Racer is to be given its world first test in this week's MCN. Video: Norton Commando 961SE world first ride Read the Norton Commando 961 SE review And, as Executive Editor Phil West discovered, thanks to sorted fuelling and optional performance pipes it now not just looks and handles well, it sounds absolutely fabulous too.    Check ...

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Video: 2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R flat-out speed test

Phil West, 29 January 2010 16:43

Kawasakis ZX-10R has been updated for 2010 with cosmetic changes to the silencer and fairing, revisions to the gearbox and, rumour has it (although it’s denied by Kawasaki) changes to its ECU and fuelling.   Find a Kawasaki ZX-10R for sale But how much of a difference does it all make? To find out, MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is ...

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First ride: Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic and Griso SE

Phil West, 20 March 2009 11:33

Moto Guzzi's two new stars for 2009 are the V7 Café Classic and Griso S.E. MCN Executive Editor Phil West has just sampled them in Rome. Here are his first impressions. "The Café Classic is a café racer version of the V7 Classic retro roadster launched last year. That bike, powered by the 750 Nevada V-twin powerplant in an 'old ...

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Video: BMW F650GS first ride

Phil West, 27 February 2008 12:56

Despite the 650 name, the BMW F650GS actually has a 798cc twin cylinder motor derived from the F800GS and has just been laiunched alongside its bigger sibling. MCN Road Test Editor Phil West travelled to South Africa to see if the motorcycle could better the 'Funduro' tag associated with its predecessor. Click here to watch the first ride of the new F800GS Zoom & ...

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Video: BMW F800GS first ride

Phil West, 27 February 2008 12:53

Last week saw the launch of not one but two all-new BMW GS models, the F800GS and the F650GS, in South Africa. MCN Road Test Editor Phil West went to see if the new F800GS was a baby R1200GS or in fact a landmark bike in its own right. Watch the video below to get a detailed look at the bike ...

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Video: Derbi Cross City 125 group test

Phil West, 13 November 2007 13:06

When it comes to learner bikes there seems to be an unwritten rule about the kinds of machines you can have. It can be managable and novice-friendly (like the Yamaha YBR125); it can be snazzy and racy (like Aprilia's RS125); or it can be cheap. Unfortunately it can never be all three. With the new Derbi Cross City 125, maybe ...

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Video: Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport vs BMW R1200R

Phil West, 31 October 2007 09:40

Moto Guzzi and BMW both now offer sportier roadster twins in the shape of the new 1200 Sport and R1200R but is that where the similarities end? Check out the video below to see what MCN’s Road Test Editor, Phil West, thought of the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport and the BMW R1200R. So is it the character of the Moto ...

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Trail bike challenge: Part two

Phil West, 11 September 2007 10:30

Trail bikes – remember them? We did, and, going by the growing popularity of 70s/80s trailsters in the classics scene, more and more of you do, too. Which is why we set up this challenge. We wanted to find out what you get, and what the experience is like, if, say, you spend £1,000 on an old shonker trail bike ...

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