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First verdicts on 161bhp Motus V4 sports-tourer

New American V4 sports-tourer the Motus MST-01 has completed the first leg of a multi-thousand-mile public development ride. The joyously coarse-sounding pushrod-actuated, direct-injected engine is the star of the soundtrack in this newly released video recap, which also features soundbites from the first journalists to ride the bike. Although to call them independent might be pushing it (both are 'friends' ...

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

Honda CBR 250 v Kawasaki Ninja 250R - will either go ton-up?

Senior MCN road tester Adam Child and MCN road tester Bruce Dunn are currently at Bruntingthorpe proving ground pushing Honda's new CBR250 and Kawasaki's Ninja 250R to the limit flat out down the two mile straight. But which will come out on top, the single cylinder driven Honda or the parallel twin Kawasaki? Will either bike make the magic 100mph ...

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

Ducati Diavel reviewed by Carlos Checa

Resurgent WSB star Carlos Checa made use of some free time ahead of last weekend’s Donington round secretly testing the new Ducati Diavel in London. Somehow his coruscatingly frank review soon after leaked to MCN. Ducati Diavel review Video: Ducati Diavel first ride The insider revealed: “He really liked it. Though only riding in inner-city London, he said it was ...

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

First Ride: Suzuki hydrogen fuel cell powered Burgman

MCN’s Guy Procter has just finished riding Suzuki's hydrogen fuel cell powered Burgman. He phoned in his first impressions. "I've just got off the bike after a brief ride and I'm very impressed. It only makes about 11 or 12bhp which is slightly down on the 125 petrol version, but it happily cruised at 35mph. "The maximum range is given ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 05 February 2010

NEC Show: Yamaha R1 wins as MCN's Bikes of 2009 are revealed

The revolutionary Yamaha R1 is today revealed as MCN’s Bike of the Year. An expert panel of judges headed by MCN Editor Marc Potter voted unanimously in favour of the bike, with Potter presenting the award to a delighted Yamaha at the NEC show. Triumph claimed the Manufacturer of the Year Award. The full list of 2009’s MCN Award winners, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 November 2009

Kawasaki VN1700 Classic & Classic Tourer first rides

MCN’s Guy Procter reports from the VN1700 launch in the South of France. Kawasaki claims fans of it cruisers prize the firm’s heavy-industry heritage and the weight of these bikes certainly evokes that earth-moving, ship-building DNA. The Classic is 30kg heavier than a Harley Fatboy and the same’s true of the Classic Tourer versus the Roadking Classic. Much of that’s ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 22 April 2009

Kawasaki VN900 Light Tourer - first ride

Kawasaki pulled a surprise at the launch of the VN1700 range by announcing a fourth bike – the VN900 Light Tourer. And as luck would have it, they’d brought a couple along to test. A popular reaction to this semi-skimmed Classic Tourer would see it brought to Britain. But does it deserve it? Vote in our poll The Light Tourer ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 22 April 2009

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