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BMW R1200GS Adventure launch today

Michael Neeves, 24 January 2014 09:14

MCN is at the launch of the new BMW R1200GS adventure in southern Spain today.Based on the liquid-cooled, face lifted R1200GS which arrived in dealers last year, the new Adventure version has a new 30-litre aluminium tank (three-litres smaller than the last model’s), a revised riding position, restyled bodywork, heavier flywheel, new electronic riding modes, 20mm longer suspension travel and ...

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First Ride: Honda Fireblade SP

Michael Neeves, 16 December 2013 09:17

I'm currently at the launch of the new Honda Fireblade SP at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The standard Fireblade has been updated for 2014 with engine and riding position tweaks, but Honda are offering an SP version for the first time, which includes a 178bhp blueprinted motor, Ohlins NIX30 forks and TTX rear shock, Brembo monobloc four-piston calipers, Pirelli ...

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Staff Blog: Thundersport Rockingham

Michael Neeves, 29 July 2013 10:45

  I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything of note with my Hyperstrada over the past week. But it did treat me to a glorious ride cross-country to Donington last Wednesday, where I instruct at the Ron Haslam Race School. The early morning journey there and late evening ride back was perfect, with twisty, empty B-roads, sunshine ...

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Ultimate Superbikes 1st place: Ducati 1199R Panigale

Michael Neeves, 17 May 2013 09:00

Lap time: 1:46.7Top speed at end of straight: 164.01mphMax braking (g): 1.19Max lean: 50.94 Why it’s so specialDucati built this homologation special for World Superbike racing. It shares the same Marchesini wheels, Ohlins electronically-adjustable suspension and Brembo monoblocs as the S model and the power and torque is the same, too. But the R has new titanium conrods, giving the ...

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Kawasaki Z800 First Ride Video

Michael Neeves, 05 December 2012 07:00

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Kawasaki Z800 first ride: "A smooth and refined ride"

Michael Neeves, 03 December 2012 09:27

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. "This is the replacement for the Z750, a bike that’s actually been around for 10 years next year – doesn’t time fly? "Kawasaki has ...

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2013 Aprilia RSV4 ridden

Michael Neeves, 25 October 2012 07:00

This is what motorcycling dreams are made of: a sunny day, a dry track and one of the world's best superbikes to play on. I'm talking about the lightly-revised new 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC. It's available from the dealers next Feburary and costs the same as the current model - £16,599. You're not going to feel the new bike's ...

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Traction control raises new Yamaha R1's game

Michael Neeves, 20 October 2011 16:35

The addition of traction control - which Yamaha says is the same system as used on the YZR-M1 MotoGP racer - makes the 2012 R1 a better road and track bike. But MCN's world first track test also revealed it has not managed to leapfrog its superbike rivals. This isn't surprising - there are very few changes to Yamaha's flagship ...

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2012 Yamaha R1 - first impressions

Michael Neeves, 12 October 2011 09:56

We're in Spain riding the 2012 Yamaha R1 at the Valencia MotoGP circuit. Aside from a few very minor tweaks the main change to the Yamaha is its new six-stage traction control. We've just done our first session and the TC is on max. It's so intrusive you can hold the throttle to the stop out of every corner, not ...

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First impressions: Husqvarna SMS630 and TE630

Michael Neeves, 31 March 2010 10:12

We’re in Italy riding Husqvarna’s two new road bikes: the SMS630 supermoto and TE630 enduro-styled machine. Both bikes have new motors with twin-cam heads a capacity hike from 576cc to 600cc and a hydraulic clutch. The chassis and bodywork are all-new and the plastics have their graphics impregnated into them, so gone are the days of blowing off your stickers ...

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