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Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

Phil West, 03 July 2013 08:00

Lexmoto’s new ZSX125 is a good indicator of how far – and fast – the much-maligned Chinese motorcycle industry has come in recent years, being not just as keenly priced as ever but also now being stylish and with an up-to-date spec. So, is it finally time to take ‘Made in China’ motorcycles seriously?... This bike is much more than ...

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Honda CBR500R first ride

Phil West, 18 February 2013 12:50

Honda’s eagerly-awaited new 500 is currently being tested for the first time by MCN’s Phil West on the roads around Tarragona, near Barcelona - and also at the Parc Motor Circuit, these are his first impressions: “We are getting to ride the sport version, the CBR500R and the roadster CB500F on this launch, the adventure styled X version will become ...

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Does The CB1100 Tick The Boxes?

Phil West, 06 February 2013 19:00

It’s been a long time coming – in every sense of the expression – but the CB1100 might, just MIGHT, have made that wait worthwhile. Six years after the prototype was first unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Show and a further three since a domestic market version went on sale in Japan in 2010, the Euro-spec version of the CB1100, ...

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Youth experiment: Kymco K-Pipe

Phil West, 31 January 2013 12:00

This bike is the freshest breath of air in small capacity motorcycling in years. There, I’ve said it. It could also be exactly what’s needed if today’s youth are ever going to get back into motorcycling in a big way. For the moment, let’s leave its name, manufacturer and country of origin to one side (rest assured, however, they’re not ...

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Video: Honda CB1100 first ride

Phil West, 23 January 2013 13:12

MCN Executive Editor Phil West traveled to Valencia in Spain last week to ride Honda's completely new CB1100 retro roadster. Check out his opinions on Honda's brand new link to the past!

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Honda CB1100 Launch – First Impressions

Phil West, 16 January 2013 11:04

Honda’s new CB1100 Retro Roadster is currently being put through its paces in the countryside around Valencia, Spain, by MCN’s Executive Editor, Phil West. These are his first impressions, ahead of a full test report in next week’s MCN. “Honda has certainly done its homework with the new CB1100, the detailing is fabulous, right down to the CB750 look alike taillight ...

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BMW K1300S HP first ride

Phil West, 29 March 2012 15:28

With the new K1300S HP (for High Performance), BMW has taken one of its established, but aging standards, and sought to both extend its shelf-life and broaden its appeal by producing a limited edition, 'blinged-up' incarnation. The recipe is simple: tweak the cosmetics with a sprinkling of carbon fibre, tinted screen and model-specific paint job; add some substance by way ...

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First ride! 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400

Phil West, 19 January 2012 10:52

Kawasaki’s updated 2012 ZZR1400 is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child at the enormous Nardo speed testing facility in southern Italy. This is what he’s so far had to say: “So far I’ve ridden the new ZZR1400 around Nardo’s handling circuit and around the amazing 7km-long circular top speed bowl. “The biggest immediate ...

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Harley-Davidson Switchback meets its match!

Phil West, 27 December 2011 16:00

The new Harley-Davidson Switchback ‘bagger’ (or custom tourer) has already impressed MCN testers – but how’s it measure up against its closest rival, Victory’s Cross Roads Tour? In this week’s MCN we find out. Both are American, V-twin powered, pannier-equipped cruisers and at a quick glance are difficult to tell apart. Both also come in similar colour schemes and are ...

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New Moto Guzzi V7 Racer takes on Triumph Thruxton

Phil West, 08 July 2011 16:41

Moto Guzzi’s latest variant of its delectable V7 Classic – the V7 Racer – looks set to be its best yet thanks to a host of cosmetic enhancements and quality detail touches. But is it good enough to tempt buyers away from the café racer class king – the Triumph Thruxton? To find out we decided to pit the two ...

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