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Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - No pain, no gain

As with all my motorcycle adventures, it started with poor timing and a torrential downpour. The panic to make the 8.15pm Brittany Ferries sailing from Portsmouth to St Malo meant I had to average more than 60mph over the 195-mile journey, which meant some swift progress on damp roads. This was the first truly wet journey on the bike which ...

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  • 13 October 2011

Staff bikes: Ducati Diavel - It's almost time!

My excitement is mounting by the bucket load as after a few weeks of waiting I have finally been given the date for collection of my Ducati Diavel long termer for 2011. On Monday I'll be getting the train to Ducati Coventry for a 12 o'clock pickup then straight on to Road Angel at Silverstone to start the ball rolling ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 06 May 2011

Staff bikes: BMW R1200GS - MCN Live! priorities

Getting the priorities right for MCN Live at Butlins, Skegness. The GS is really a do anything bike and it carries beers and snacks pretty well too! Now on with the disk lock and away with the key until tomorrows ride out. Now to hope I don't actually find out how good it actually is! Further readingStaff bike blogs | ...

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  • 23 April 2010

Staff bikes: BMW R1200GS - 3000 miles in 2 weeks

After 3000 miles in three weeks it's now the second time to top up the oil. It seems to use an awful lot of the golden stuff. I read on forums that this would be the case but didn't expect to have to put so much in. Only my two stroke lambretta uses more!    Pictured is the nifty little key ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 13 April 2010

Staff bikes: BMW R1200GS - First few miles

The day most exciting day this year so far arrived when I took delivery of my shiny new BMW R1200 GS long termer. After skipping to the lockup i finally got to see what I'd been waiting for and there it stood complete with panniers and satnav.To make life easier this year when cleaning the beast I immediately sprayed the ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 26 March 2010

Video: 08 Hayabusa takes on the ZZ-R and K1200 on real-roads tour

We've tested the 2008 Busa on it's own, we've tested it on the track against the ZZ-R, now we've put it on real roads against the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 and BMW K1200S on a long-distance tour to Cornwall and back. Check out the video below to see how it faired against it's two main rivals. Zoom & Watch more videos on ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 25 October 2007

Video: Kawasaki GTR1400 v Yamaha FJR1300 and BMW K1200GT

Kawasaki's GTR1400 has impressed in tests so far but how does it fair against its main rivals, the Yamaha FJR1400 and BMW K1200GT. Check out the video below to find out. Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN | TV http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1119137831http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=711881422 // By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C // found at ...

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  • 01 August 2007

Video: Hypermotard in action on UK roads

We've had the Ducati Hypermotard out on UK roads for the first time this week and you can see the video of the bike in action. Check out the video below then see how the bike holds up against the KTM 950SM and Buell Ulysees in the June 6 edition of MCN.   Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 05 June 2007

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