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Staff bikes: KTM Duke 125 - If you ask an expert...

In my hands the MCN award-winning 125 Duke has proved to be a reliable commuter, tourer and general muck-about bike. It has impressed me. But would it impress a half-decent rider? I handed the keys to MCN senior road tester and NW200 veteran Adam Child. After a quick blast, a few stoppies, a burn-out and valiant attempts at a wheelie, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 October 2011

Staff bikes: KTM Duke 125 - Loading up the Duke

Fitting luggage on a KTM 125 Duke might seem as pointless as putting race slicks on a Suzuki Burgman, but if you’re a teenager who has the touring bug, you need to know your options. Too low powered and dinky to cope with hard panniers or a topbox, the Duke is limited to soft bags and bungee straps. With this ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 28 September 2011

Staff bikes: KTM Duke 125 - Duke to the Alps

This July I rode from Oundle (Cambridgeshire), to Interlaken (Switzerland) and back on my 125 Duke. The 2,000 mile, six-day route took me across country lanes, motorways, city streets, alpine passes and grassy fields, which the tiny KTM managed with aplomb. This – of course – is nothing new. Plenty of low-capacity bikes head off on high mileage odysseys every ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 August 2011

Sheep in Wolf's clothing

Sym's latest offering, the Wolf 125, looks familiar and that's entirely deliberate. The 'mini Honda CB1000R' (if you don't believe me compare the headlamp cowl, wheel design and seat) is the Taiwanese manufacturer's latest attempt to show how its style and quality is now a match for the best from Europe and Japan - and at first glance the Wolf, or Sb125Ni ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 29 July 2011

Video: KTM 125 Duke first ride

MCN has ridden the new KTM 125 Duke, the first learner friendly road bike from the Austrian firm. Priced at £3,695, it's aimed at inspiring a new generation of young riders and getting them hooked on the high spec. orange bikes from across the channel. Find a KTM for sale With 43mm upside-down forks and an adjustable rear shock by ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 08 April 2011

Bike vs car: cost comparison

Getting on a moped or bike costs half as much as driving a car, and we’ve got the figures to prove it. Our research below shows that a 17-year-old driving a car will have spent around £2640 to get on the road, while a 16-year-old riding a moped will have spent just £1288. A saving of over 52%. If you’re ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 January 2011

Chinese bike group test

Chinese manufacturers are becoming a bigger and bigger feature in the UK scene. With thousands of bikes built by Jinlu, Sukida, Pulse, Lexmoto, Sinnis and Haotian (to name a few) appearing on our roads, MCN investigates how they run, whether they’re worth the money and if they can stand up to their Japanese competitors. Find out the full results of ...

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

Staff bikes: Triumph Street Triple - Conquering the capital

Street Triple 1 : London 0 London is a congested network of road works, cycle lanes, tight, un-filterable traffic lights, one-way systems and road rage, all vigilantly policed by a swarm of unblinking CCTV cameras. The perfect place to test the “Street” in Street Triple. On a rainy autumn night last week I leapt aboard the Triumph and ploughed down ...

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

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - Sneaking a ride

With my Street Triple missing a footpeg and the office missing a Web Producer, there was only one thing to do: steal James Keen’s GSX-R600. My biking past is littered with sports tourers, an SV650 here, a CBF1000 there, but never dedicated sports bikes. My experience of even mid-range performance bikes is limited to a few rides on a friend’s ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 04 October 2010

Staff bikes: Triumph Street Triple - Bits go on. Bits fall off

No sooner had I fitted a protective radiator cover to my Street Triple than my housemate backed his car into it. Forcefully. Lifting it from the mud and back onto its sidestand, surveying the bike in the Monday drizzle, there wasn’t much time to appreciate the irony. Luckily there wasn’t any apparent damage. Handlebars straight. Mirrors twisted but undamaged. No ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 29 September 2010

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