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Dakar Blog – The calm before the storm

Well it’s started, I arrived in Lima, Peru late last night 17 hours after leaving London Heathrow. The 40 minute taxi journey from the airport to my hotel was an experience in itself, lots of close shaves, constant horn bibbing, but no accidents and not a hint of road rage, which was refreshing. There wasn’t much conversation going on with ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • Off road
  • 04 January 2013

Video: Yamaha Super Tenere World Crosser first ride

Yamaha launched its take on the big adventure bike market in 2010 when they unveiled the XT1200Z Super Tenere. Aimed at getting a slice of the most lucrative sector in biking, the Yamaha’s had success thanks to its good looks, build quality and reliability. But it hasn’t quite won the hardcore cred of KTM or BMW GS Adventure rivals. Two ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 August 2012

Video: MCN Adventure - MCN takes on Morocco

Over the past 10 years Morocco has become a Mecca for adventure motorcycling. Just 20 miles from mainland Europe, it's cheap and accessible - a spectacular, ever changing country waiting to be explored. There's no doubt that rides throughout Europe are rewarding, but the moment you leave Gibraltar and head across the Mediterranean the trip takes on a new meaning. Morocco ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 24 August 2011

Video: KTM Adventure 990 7000 mile report

When I first got my KTM Adventure 990 I was on a mission to prove it was a bike that really could do anything. Now it's 12 months on and I think I've been proved right - well almost. Over the last 7000 miles I've done all the usual motorway, A-road and B-road miles, plus it's been to the Nurburgring ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 21 March 2011

Video: KTM 990 Adventure goes off-road!

Our KTM 990 Adventure longterm test bike is billed as one of the best all round bikes available and over the last eight months I’ve been bar to bar with despatch riders in London, scratched on country lanes and completed 1000’s of motorway miles. I cruised over to the Nurburgring for the WSB round and I’ve even done a track day at ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 December 2010

Video: 2011 KTM RC8R first ride

While other sportsbike manufacturers are rushing to develop electronic rider aids (see page 2), KTM believes their new RC8R doesn't need them. Find a KTM RC8R for sale The heavily updated RC8R has 175bhp, 94lb.ft of torque, top of the range WP suspension, adjustable chassis and stunning looks – but no traction control or ABS. Watch the video test below:   ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 24 November 2010

Video: Haslam working hard at Aragon WSB test

Leon Haslam completed his second test for the BMW factory squad last week in Aragon. The 2010 WSB runner-up endured a tough test before making a break through during the final two hours of day three to move up the timesheets and post the fifth fastest time. Here is a video on his impressions of the bike, track and test:

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 02 November 2010

Portimao WSB exclusive video: Toseland in action

James Toseland made his WSB return in a two day test at Portimao this week. Onboard Ben Spies title winning Yamaha R1, Toseland completed a massive 207 laps and spoke to MCN at the end of day two about his transition back the championship he has won twice. With a new track and bike to learn, Toseland made a relatively ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 29 October 2009

Video: A lap of the new Donington Park Circuit

MCN were granted exclusive access to a £48,000 simulator, which shows how the all new Donington Park circuit will look after its multi million pound developments in time for the 2010 Formula One race. Although it’s difficult to appreciate the true undulation of the new circuit layout the simulator illustrates how fast and flowing the new layout will be. "It ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 16 January 2009

Video: Biaggi satisfied with new Aprilia RSV4 at Kyalami test

Max Biaggi finished the Kyalami test an encouraging eighth fastest onboard the all new Aprilia RSV4. The Italian remained satisfied with the progress he and the team had made, but sighted corner entry and chatter as two areas that have to be improved to allow him to fight at the front. MCN caught up with the MotoGP and World Superbike race ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 19 December 2008


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