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Golden oldie: Triumph T595 and 955i

Triumph needed to get it right first time with the T595 Daytona. Back in the sportsbike-crazy ’90s, nothing less was going to cut it. With Honda’s FireBlade having set the standard, being good was never going to be good enough. Outstanding was the only way to be. Happily, the British bike-buying public was so sold on the idea of the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 06 July 2014

Video: Honda VFR800 first ride

The V4 VFR was one of Honda's most respected bikes of the 80s and 90s until it somehow went wrong with the VTEC version in 2002. So this surprise and mostly all-new VFR800F has raised both anticipation and scepticism in equal measure. MCN got a world first ride to see if it's worthy of the name. brightcove.createExperiences();

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  • 09 April 2014

Video: Triumph Thunderbird LT group test

With the arrival of Triumph’s new ‘LT’ bagger version of its Thunderbird cruiser, never before have there been so many, truly credible alternatives to the all-dominant Harley-Davidson Road King. Moto Guzzi unveiled its hugely-impressive, all-new California 1400T in 2012, while the biggest threat of all to Harley, Indian, returned in the middle of last year with its own impressive offerings. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 April 2014

Video: MT-09 Group Test

At £6799, Yamaha's three-cylinder MT-09 promises super naked thrills and supersport speed, but at a budget commuter price. But how close is it really to any of them? To find out, we put it through a multi-disciplined test against typical examples of each, around town, down motorways, along backroads and even on track.)

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 12 March 2014

Video: WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Norton Domiracer Ridden

Norton's new, limited-edition Domiracer is arguably the most exciting British motorcycle in years, in being not just beautiful but promising a fabulously sensual riding experience. MCN's Phil West got a world exclusive first ride. You can read all about it in Wednesday 12 March edition of MCN. )

  • Motorcycle News
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  • 12 March 2014

Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

With a blueprinted engine and snazzy chassis parts, the new Honda Fireblade SP has a price tag to match its European rivals. But does it beat them at their own game? We find out on sunny Spanish roads and around the track, with former WSB champion Neil Hodgson. brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 February 2014

Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

Triumph's Speed Triple is MCN's long-standing king of the traditional naked litre-class bikes, free of traction control and rider modes. At the other end of the spectrum is Aprilia's Tuono V4R, which grabbed all the accolades with brutal power and myriad electronic rider aids. But now there's a new 'Beast' fighting for naked honours: KTM's 1290 Super Duke R. We ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 10 January 2014

Jaw-dropping 1970s KR750 replica is actually a usable ER-6f

The flash of green and bare alloy emerges from a London side street. The rider, black visor down, looks both ways, and accelerates into a gap in front of a red bus. The bike is obscured by traffic. There is only the bus’s burp of diesel smoke and a question left to consider: Was that really a Kawasaki KR750? It ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 December 2013

Agility Motors Saietta R first ride

With the ‘throttle’ wide open through a corner as the rear tyre scrabbles for grip, there is no exhaust roar. The unlikely combination of near-silent running and high performance is almost enough to make you miss the apex. The Agility Motors Saietta R, one of the most advanced electric bikes available – and yours for a salty £16,770 – is ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 22 December 2013

Video: Winter Wonders for £1500

Do you try and keep your bike clean over winter, or do you pack it away and wait til Spring? We look at the third option - a cheap bike just for winter. We pit Yamaha's Fazer 600, Honda's VFR800 and Kawasaki's ZX-9R against each other to find the best sub-£1500 winter wonder. brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
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  • 11 December 2013

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