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Special K: BMW K1300S Anniversary

Phil West, 28 August 2013 07:30

When it comes to ‘special editions’, BMW pretty much leads the way. Although Ducati and Triumph, in particular, have their own successful lines of ‘specials’ (bikes like the Tricolore or Steve McQueen Bonnie spring to mind), while the UK importers of Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha are increasingly producing ‘Touring’ or ‘Adventure’ Packs and suchlike for existing models, BMW’s ‘Triple Black’, ...

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First ride – KTM 390 Duke

Phil West, 16 April 2013 16:35

KTM’s latest version of its Duke, the 390, is currently being put through its paces near the Austrian firm’s factory in Salzburg by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child. The £4495 machine sits between the 125 and 690 versions and KTM are quoting 44bhp along with 35nm torque from its new 375cc engine. Here’s Chad’s first impressions: ‘The styling’s ...

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First ride: New V-Strom wins over the sceptics

Phil West, 07 July 2011 13:03

While the timing of Suzuki's 2012 V-Strom 650 launch remains a mystery, our first ride of the revamped middle-weight adventure bike this week blows away any doubt that it's been changed for the better. When news of the new V-Strom first broke a few weeks ago following a baffling series of leaked 'teaser' pictures, the sceptics, myself included, had a ...

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Triumph Tiger 800XC first ride - "the bigger, burlier brother"

Phil West, 09 November 2010 09:55

Phil West is testing the XC adventure version of the Triumph Tiger in Spain and these are his first impressions. Triumph Tiger 800 first ride - 'the ergonomics are spot on' "Although mechanically it’s the same bike as the 800 road version I rode yesterday the XC version is very much the bigger, burlier brother of the two. The longer travel suspension ...

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Triumph Tiger 800 first ride - 'the ergonomics are spot on'

Phil West, 08 November 2010 10:38

Phil West is currently in Monserrat near Barcelona for the world press launch of the Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC version. Video: Triumph Tiger 800 ridden This is what he has to say so far: "I’m riding the road 800 version today with a ride on the XC version tomorrow, we have so far ridden into the mountains south of Barcelona ...

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2011 Victorys first ride

Phil West, 30 July 2010 13:36

Victory’s brand new 2011 ‘Cross Country’ range, which is the American firm’s take on ‘bagger’ (pannier-equipped) or Road King-style tourers, has just been put through their paces by Roland Brown in Scotland, here’s what he has to say: “The range comprises the Cross Roads, which is the unfaired bike and comes with (aka Touring) or without plexiglass screen and the ...

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Join MCN's VFR1200F test - NOW CLOSED

Phil West, 20 January 2010 11:26

We're doing our VFR1200F group test next week (Tuesday 26th/Wednesday 27th) and want a prospective VFR12 buyer to join us. All the info on the new VFR1200F It'll involve two, full days riding starting early on the Tuesday in Peterborough, riding probably down to Cornwall for an overnight stop before returning evening Wednesday. The other bikes are: BMW K1300S, Triumph ...

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World first ride: Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory

Phil West, 15 January 2010 13:54

Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently in Italy about to test Aprilia's stunning new Dorsoduro Factory street supermoto. Based on the existing Dorsoduro, which is effectively a hopped-up, Ducati Hypermotard-rivalling version of the versatile Shiver V-twin, the Factory boasts revised, firmer, race-style suspension, wavy brake discs and masses of carbon fibre, including body panels and mudguard. Chad will be ...

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First impressions: Moto Guzzi V7 launch - V7 classic is a retro roadster

Phil West, 13 May 2008 11:03

Phil West is testing the new Moto Guzzi V7 classic around Lake Como in Italy and these are his initial thoughts: “The V7 Classic is a straight forward retro roadster that aims to take on Triumph’s proven and popular Bonneville and perhaps unsurprisingly it does a really honest and authentic job of it. “It’s based on the Nevada 750 running ...

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First impressions from the Harley Davidson X1200R launch

Phil West, 09 April 2008 10:13

Harley Davidson is launching its European only Flat Track inspired XR1200R in and around Valencia road test editor Phil West has been riding the motorcycle today for MCN. Here are Phil’s first thoughts from the launch. “It’s clear Harley have put a lot of work and time into their new enduro-specific XR, in fact it has been in development for ...

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