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Video: Honda CB1100 old vs new

Phil West, 16 March 2013 12:30

The all-new Honda CB1100 is intended as a faithful 'homage' not juut to the original CB750K0 of 1969 but also to Honda's whole family of celebrated air-cooled CB fours of the '70s. But how well does it pull it off? brightcove.createExperiences();

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WK 650i: the first big bike from China

Phil West, 27 July 2012 16:23

The Chinese motorcycle industry has been churning out big, big numbers for a long time – over 50% of the world’s motorcycles are built there after all. Until now, however, they’ve often been small capacity copies; scooters and learner bikes built for commuters yet dismissed by true enthusiasts as cheap and poor quality. But one ‘large number’ has eluded them ...

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Harley-Davidson Softail Slim first ride

Phil West, 17 February 2012 15:34

Considering the turmoil Harley-Davidson has been through the last couple of years, what with plummeting US sales, the MV and Buell shockers and the little matter of having to restructure fundamentally its main production facillity, it’s more than a little encouraging that the American legend has any new models at all for 2012. And while the word ‘new’, in typical ...

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Staff bikes: Honda VFR800X Crossrunner - It's time to retyre

Phil West, 05 October 2011 17:01

Time for a change. The turning of three-thousand-odd miles has seen both the fading of Crossrunner's OE Pirelli Scorpions' ability and my faith in them. Don't get me wrong: the Scorps aren't a bad tyre. They've been consistent and predictable enough (in a humdrum sort of way) in all sorts of riding, from routine 30-mile work commutes in all kinds ...

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Is the new Honda CBR600 worthy of the name?

Phil West, 16 June 2011 10:03

Honda's new-for-2011 CBR600F brings an iconic name back to the middleweight class – but does it live up to its illustrious forbears? Where the original CBRs were market-leading supersports in their own right, the new version has already come in for some stick for being essentially a mildly tweaked and facelifted existing old model – the Hornet CB600F. And while ...

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Kawasaki W800 is top retro

Phil West, 16 March 2011 15:42

The new Kawasaki W800 has come out on top in MCN’s world first group test of the latest retro roadsters. The new Kawasaki is essentially a revival of the old W650 which was dropped from Kawasaki’s line-up in  2006. The revived version not only boasts a larger capacity but also fuel injection for the first time and a host of cosmetic ...

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2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 first ride - "The new benchmark for the class?"

Phil West, 28 February 2010 10:01

All 3 versions of the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 are in Lanzarote being put through their paces by MCN's Phil West. Ducati boss explains Multistrada active suspension Ducati Multistrada 1200 prices confirmed So far Phil has been riding the 1200S Touring version of the Ducati Multistrada, which comes complete with panniers and centre stand. Here are his first impressions: "The ...

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Buell: Goodbye or good riddance?

Phil West, 31 December 2009 11:30

The passing of 2009 somehow seems to draw the final curtain on the sad demise of Buell Motorcycles, which parent company Harley-Davidson decided to kill off in the autumn and which produced its final motorcycle in late October.   Find a Buell for sale Read Buell motorcycle reviews So how will we remember its quirky, sometimes revolutionary, often exasperating machines? Will ...

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Honda VFR1200F first road test verdict

Phil West, 30 November 2009 16:50

The long-awaited Honda VFR1200F has been just undergoing its first road test in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West, this is what he has to say: “After riding Honda’s new VFR1200F over 300kms in southern Spain I have to say it’s a good bike – but not a great one. Get all the latest news on the Honda VFR1200F ...

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Norton Commando 961 first ride: "One seriously desirable bike"

Phil West, 20 November 2009 16:46

MCN’s Executive Editor Phil West has just ridden the first Norton Commando 961 SE off the production line. It’s an historic moment: if this bike succeeds then it’s stage one of the rebirth of one of Britain’s most iconic brands. West said: “I’ve just had a short ride on the bike around the test road circuit near the Donington factory. ...

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