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Fancy coming on an MCN road test?

Michael Neeves, 02 September 2013 18:29

We’re putting a road test feature together next week and we’re after owners of the following bikes to come along and get involved: Yamaha TDR250 Yamaha RD350 LC Kawasaki ZXR400 The plan will be to meet me, a photographer and a videographer at Boxhill in Surrey, next Tuesday (10th Sep). We’ll take static pictures of all the bikes, together with ...

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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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Ultimate Superbikes 2nd place: BMW HP4 Carbon

Michael Neeves, 16 May 2013 08:30

Lap time: 1:47.7Top speed at end of straight: 167.7mphMax braking (g): 1.29Max lean: 46.85 Why it’s so specialIt’s the first sports bike to be produced with semi-active suspension. The damping inside the HP4’s Sachs forks and rear shock adjusts as you ride, based on your road speed, throttle position, lean angle, shock movement and intervention from the traction control and ...

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Ultimate Superbikes 3rd place: Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Michael Neeves, 15 May 2013 07:00

Lap time: 1:49.8Top speed at end of straight: 164.4mphMax braking (g): 1.38Max lean: 48.2 Why it’s so specialThe 1199R and HP4 may be the latest and greatest superbikes to arrive, but neither can boast two World Superbike championships like the RSV4. Reputed to have been made for Max Biaggi from the beginning, the Aprilia made the world take notice when ...

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Video: Keith Flint revs up for Brands Hatch GP trackday on Suzuki GSX-R1000

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2011 11:27

Prodigy frontman Keith Flint is pounding the tracks this year on his Crescent Suzuki-prepared Suzuki GSX-R1000 race machine. In this short video he joins MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves, on his BMW Park Lane S1000RR, for a blast around the glorious Brands Hatch GP circuit with top trackday company Focussed Events. We think he might have enjoyed it!

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Video: Keith Flint's FTR Moto2

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2011 10:00

If you’ve got deep enough pockets you can now buy your very own Grand Prix bike. This £75,000 FTR Moto2, belonging to Prodigy front man Keith Flint, is the first customer machine to be built by the British firm. It’s the same spec as their actual Moto2 racer, but has a tuned 135bhp CBR600RR motor. Flint is using a break ...

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257bhp Icon Sheene: it runs!

Michael Neeves, 30 April 2010 13:06

MCN tested the Icon Motorcycles’ £107,000 Barry Sheene tribute bike at Silverstone this week with the world exclusive first test in next week’s paper. The Sheene Icon is an extraordinary machine but its first shakedown test at Silverstone proved there is still plenty of development work to be done. MCN’s Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves was among the first people ...

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Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short

Michael Neeves, 28 October 2009 10:20

The launch of the new Aprilia RSV4-R at Mugello was cut short yesterday after five of the bikes suffered terminal con rod failures. Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves was there: “I did two 20-miniute sessions at the high-speed Italian track on the RSV4-R, which is a slightly lower spec version of the Factory model launched earlier this year. I had ...

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Cheaper Ducati Streetfighter tested

Michael Neeves, 04 June 2009 16:09

• First ride of standard Ducati Streetfighter • £2500 cheaper than S version • Still costs £11,495 though MCN’s Michael Neeves is the first journalist to ride the standard Ducati Streetfighter. This isn’t quite as bejewelled as the £13,995 S model, but it is a significant £2500 cheaper. Ducati Streetfighter S review The standard model shares the same basic engine ...

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World Exclusive: First ride of the RSV4 on the road

Michael Neeves, 30 April 2009 12:12

MCN’s world first road ride on Aprilia's new RSV4 has proved what an exceptional bike it is. But it has also highlighted problems that did not show up on the racetrack launch. New V4 Aprilia ridden on road for first time 415 miles of motorway, A-roads and cities It’s brilliant, but flawed The surprises came to light after MCN picked ...

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