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Blown away: TTS supercharged Suzuki Hayabusa

Suzuki's 195bhp Hayabusa has never been a wallflower. But compared to this latest supercharged example, which has been built by tuning experts TTS of Silverstone and puts out a massive 283bhp with no loss of usability, it certainly feels like one. Richard Albans is the man behind the Northants-based tuning shop and has long been convinced that supercharging is the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 August 2011

Poll: Suzuki GSR750 vs Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha FZ8 and Kawasaki Z750

Triumph's successful Street Triple exploded onto the market in 2007 and hasn't been outclassed since. But there's a new bike in town... The Suzuki GSR750 has received rave reviews since its 2011 launch. Handling, tractable engine and ultra-sharp styling are everything we expect of a new bike, and the GSR has these. But can it's 105bhp ex-GSX-R750 engine and sharp ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 12 May 2011

World first test: Ducati Multistrada v BMW R1200GS

MCN testers have gone to Italy to pit the astonishing new Ducati Multistrada 1200S in a world first comparison test against the class-leading BMW R1200GS. Trevor’s full test will appear in next week’s MCN, but here are his first impressions: “Within one mile of leaving Ducati’s factory, the Multistrada has pulled in so many more admiring glances and curious looks ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 24 March 2010

2010 BMW S1000RR first ride: "It's very, very quick"

BMW’s eagerly-awaited new S1000RR superbike is currently being put through its paces at Portimao in Portugal by MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin.  Win a BMW S1000RR! First ride: Troy Corser's WSB S1000RR He’s just finished his second session aboard the bike, this is what he has to say: “I’m now riding ewith the power mode switch set to ‘Race ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 17 November 2009

First ride: Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

The half-faired Street Glide tourer gets an upgrade treatment including higher spec strereo, enough chromed goodies to keep plating and polishing companies in work for a millennium or more. The 110cu-in (1802cc) lump should see you arriving at your destination a lot earlier than any sat-nav will tell you. All CVO bikes are of a limited production (3500 worldwide for ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 August 2009

Ducati 1198/1198S first ride!

MCNs Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, is at the launch of Ducati’s new 1198/1198S at the Circuito de Algarve near Portimao, Portugal, here’s what he has to say: “While the new 1198 retains the silhouette of the outgoing 1098 the bike is completely new. Most significantly the 1198S now comes with Ducati’s traction control (DTC), where previously it was only ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 18 November 2008

Video: Ducati Desmosedici RR top speed test

MCN has ridden the Ducati Desmosedici RR before but we've never had the chance to take the motorcycle out on a proving ground and really test the full performance of the MotoGP replica. Check out the video below to see the bike in action at Elvington test facility as we try out the Desmosedici's full acceleration and top speed. Find ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 30 June 2008

Video: Full volume Ducati Desmosedici comes to MCN

Ever wondered what Ducati’s exclusive Desmosedici RR sounds like? Well, to be honest, with the stock exhaust can the motorcycle sounds pretty much like two Ducati 1098 side-by-side. But, as we at MCN discovered when it arived at our offices, if you swap the standard unit for the ‘race’ version – part of the Desmosedici package – you get a near as dammit MotoGP bike. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 06 June 2008

First impressions: Kawasaki Ninja 250R launch

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is in Barcelona to get a first taste of the sauciest 250 sports bike in years, the Euro-spec, fuel-injected Kawasaki 250R Ninja. Here’s what he’s found out so far: “Kawasaki is billing the quarter litre Ninja as a city commuter whose riders can attack back roads as and when they please. “So far it’s ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 15 April 2008

Video: Triumph Bonneville Evel Knievel replica

In 1968 Evel Knievel jumped the Caesar's Palace casino fountains on a Triumph Bonneville T120. To make sure that the Las Vegas event isn't forgotten Triumph specialist dealer Jack Lilley has built a motorcycle to commemorate the fact it was Triumph who kickstarted Knievel's career. Watch the video below to see what MCN Chief road tester Trevor Franklin thought of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 March 2008

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