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Video: Ducati Hypermotard new vs old

Michael Neeves, 22 May 2013 16:34

Ducati's new 821cc Hypermotard replaces two old Hypermotards: the little 796 and its bigger brother, the 1100 Evo. It has a similar-size engine to the small one, but more power than the big one, so what kind of buyer will be attracted to it? To find out, we got two MCN road testers and two less-experienced riders on the staff ...

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Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm report

Michael Neeves, 28 March 2012 17:32

Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just taken delivery of the Ducati Streetfighter 848 he’ll be running this year. After his time spent with the 1098 version in 2009, the Streetfighter is one of his favourite bikes. He will be producing regular ‘blog-style’ videos on what this smaller-engined version is like to live with and how it compares to its ...

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Video: Riding Europe's finest retro bikes

Michael Neeves, 11 January 2012 14:41

German firm LSL are becoming famous for creating achingly-cool retro custom bikes, but for owner Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler they’re merely a hobby – his real business is manufacturing accessories. When MCN visited LSL, we expected to find a small custom shop, but instead were welcomed into a 900 square meter, solar-powered factory turning out everything from handlebars to rearsets. So how ...

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Video: BMW S1000RR onboard at Jerez

Michael Neeves, 29 December 2011 10:00

Check out this on-board lap of Jerez aboard Michael Neeves’ BMW Park Lane S1000RR. The footage was taken at the 2011 Racedays event on 9th November. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Yamaha OW-01 revisited

Michael Neeves, 24 November 2011 14:03

Back in 1989 Yamaha created the OW-01, a homologation special built for superbike racing. With a staggering £12,700 price tag, it cost more than the Honda RC30 and with only 500 built, the Yamaha was more exclusive too. In this video, MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves gets to realise a 22-year old dream and ride this classic superbike for ...

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Michael Neeves's top three MCN videos

Michael Neeves, 22 December 2009 14:50

MCN senior road tester Michael Neeves gives us his three favourite MCN videos from 2009. MCN's guide to wheelies This beginner's guide to clutching up a wheelie was posted twice on You Tube, by us and our then photographer Howard Boylan. Between them they've had over 1.6 million views. It just goes to show that wheelies are big and clever.  Ducati ...

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Video: ABS Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade gets MCN thumbs-up

Michael Neeves, 16 December 2008 14:04

Honda recently launched their new-for-2009 ABS equipped Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in Qatar - and our verdict is the system works. The electronically-controlled ‘brake-by-wire’ system on the new Fireblade is revolutionary, totally unique on a motorcycle and very, very clever. It will save your skin in an emergency and give maximum braking power and complete stability for anyone, whenever you need it. ...

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Video: Jack Lilley Triumph Scrambler road test

Michael Neeves, 10 December 2008 16:00

Jack Lilley motorcycles are famed for producing one-of-a-kind Triumph specials and this is their latest. Based on the 2009 Scrambler, this Triumph has been given that 'Great Escape' Steve McQueen look. The standard Matt Khaki Green paintwork was the inspiration for this project and Lilleys have taken it one step further by blacking out all the chrome and ali. They've ...

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Video: 2008 Triumph Street Triple v Speed Triple

Michael Neeves, 02 July 2008 14:07

Triumph launched a brand new Speed Triple and the 675 Daytona based Street Triple this year so we got both the motorcycles together with the 2007 Speed Triple to see just how good they are. Check out the video below for a detailed look at the two new bikes and to see them both in action. Zoom & Watch more videos on ...

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Video: Racing the Ducati Desmo Challenge

Michael Neeves, 27 June 2008 10:30

The Ducati Desmo Challenge is a five-round Italian Championship held just for Ducati engined machines and Michael Neeves gives you a behind the scenes look at the Championship in this video. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves went along to round three at Vallelunga, near Rome to check out the action and take part in a one-make Ducati Hypermotard race. Check ...

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