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World exclusive: Ducati Diavel

MCN, 25 August 2010 06:43

It’s been called the ‘Vyper’, ‘Mega Monster’ and ‘Project 0803’ but Ducati’s new muscle bike will be called ‘Diavel’ MCN can exclusively reveal. As well as registering the name for its new sports-cruiser, Ducati has registered Diavel for everything from clothing to watches and even cosmetics and toys – suggesting it will be aiming to cash in on the bikes’ ...

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MCN launches iPhone ride tracker

MCN, 18 May 2010 16:16

MCN has created the ultimate pocket Apple iPhone application for all motorcyclists to use to track their ride. The MCN Ride Logger, which launched  this afternoon, uses the same GPS technology seen in many professional datalogger systems to record your location, speed, acceleration and braking continuously through any ride. Click here to buy the MCN Iphone app (requires itunes) Email contact for ...

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Yamaha Super Tenere - World first test ride

MCN, 07 May 2010 11:58

The new Yamaha XTZ1200Z Tenere is a great alternative to a BMW R1200GS or Ducati Multistrada says MCN’s Trevor Franklin. Adventure special issue of MCN, on sale this Wednesday Trevor has so far covered 260km in southern France up to and over the Pyrennees, encountering snow, twisty, gravel strewn roads and more, this is what Trevor has to say: “At all ...

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World Exclusive: 2010 Norton Commando 961 SE - first ride tomorrow

Phil West, 19 November 2009 15:34

Norton's brand new production Commando 961 SE will be tested for the very first time by MCN on Friday. The eagerly-awaited, British-built machine has been fully re-engineered after a full year's worth of development and features an all-new, air-cooled, fuel-injected 961cc parallel twin engine good for an expected 85-90bhp; a chrome-moly steel tube chassis and bristles with the very best ...

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2010 Ducati Multistrada squares up against GS

Marc Potter, 14 October 2009 08:10

These latest exclusive pictures of Ducati’s new 2010 Multistrada show the Italian firm is going straight after sales of BMW’s R1200GS. The extreme test conducted on a motocross track was spotted by one of MCN’s spy snappers and shows the new 1098-powered Multistrada being endurance tested in Italy. The bike was getting at least six feet of air over some of ...

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Gordon Murray reveals: "The new 916 Ducati asked me to design"

Guy Procter, 23 September 2009 17:34

Ducati could have had an ultralight, carbon-framed roadgoing superbike years before its GP9 debuted the technology in MotoGP - and a sexier successor to the 998 than the unloved 999. Gordon Murray, designer of the 240mph McLaren F1, was secretly approached by the firm's then-American owners with a brief to design a bike to replace the legendary 916 bloodline in the late ...

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World exclusive: New BMW R1200GS engine spotted

MCN, 17 September 2009 11:17

These world exclusive spy shots show BMW's new 2010 R1200GS with the new double overhead cam (DOHC) engine first revealed in MCN on August 19. From the pictures it appears there are no changes to the styling of the adventure bike apart from clear indicator lenses – the DOHC engine is the only major change. Close inspection of the pictures ...

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Benelli's rival for the Honda Hornet, Triumph Street Triple and BMW F800R

MCN, 28 May 2009 14:59

MCN’s senior road tester Michael Neeves has seen Benelli's new roadster – a bike that looks set to rival Honda's Hornet, Triumph's Street Triple and BMW's F800R. The new parallel-twin Benelli will cost around £7000. Neeves said: "I was at the factory to test Benelli’s Tre899K (see last week’s issue), when I saw the 2ue being dyno tested. I wandered ...

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Honda confirms it will not be at the NEC bike show

Andy Downes, 27 May 2009 17:17

Honda has confirmed rumours it will not be attending this year’s NEC Motorcycle show in Birmingham as it concentrates on dealer launches for the new 2010 model range.The move obviously saves a huge amount of money, something Honda is anxious to do globally in the face of the current economic situation, but it’s also claimed to be a strategy backed ...

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World Exclusive: First ride of the RSV4 on the road

Michael Neeves, 30 April 2009 12:12

MCN’s world first road ride on Aprilia's new RSV4 has proved what an exceptional bike it is. But it has also highlighted problems that did not show up on the racetrack launch. New V4 Aprilia ridden on road for first time 415 miles of motorway, A-roads and cities It’s brilliant, but flawed The surprises came to light after MCN picked ...

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