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2015 BMW S1000RR launch today

Michael Neeves, 21 October 2014 09:04

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the 2015 BMW S1000RR at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville, Spain today. It’s the superbike’s biggest overhaul since the original version came out in 2010. It has a staggering 199bhp (so easily breaking the magic 200bhp with a race exhaust), more torque, 4kg less weight, a new frame, steering ...

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KTM RC 390 launch today

Michael Neeves, 01 September 2014 10:26

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the eagerly awaited new KTM RC 390 in Italy today. Costing £4995 the single-cylinder 43bhp, 373.2cc machine is aimed at younger riders and can be ridden on an A2 licence from the age of 19. Its closest rivals will be the new Honda CBR300R and Kawasaki Ninja 300R, but ...

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X-Men ride at Haslam School

Michael Neeves, 17 July 2014 16:48

X-Men actors James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult made a surprise appearance at the Honda Ron Haslam Race School last week. The Hollywood stars didn’t give their full names when they booked on to the school, so Haslam staff and customers alike, were astonished to see them when they signed on to Premier Course last Wednesday at Donington Park. Riding Honda ...

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Budget Roadsters - ‘What more could you want?’

Michael Neeves, 10 July 2014 18:09

The mission...Simple, but wonderfully capable naked bikes like the Triumph Street Triple and Yamaha MT-07 offer huge kicks for little money. They’re proof you don’t need big power and the latest electronic trickery to have fun. But can Honda’s new CB650F fight its way to the top of this popular class? Honda’s new CB650F isn’t just another Japanese middleweight naked. ...

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We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

Michael Neeves, 09 July 2014 10:42

It’s hard to believe the Ariel Ace cruiser really is a new bike. It’s seemingly come out of nowhere, is made by a car firm, and yet it’s already better than many established production bikes. The Ariel Ace cruiser is impressive during my quick blast up and down the famous Goodwood hillclimb. It rides beautifully and, crucially, doesn’t try to ...

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Riding the icons: Suzuki RG500

Michael Neeves, 04 July 2014 09:30

This Suzuki RG500 is in superb condition. It’s bog-stock, like the bike then-MCN road tester Mat Oxley would’ve raved about back in 1985. Like the rest of the biking world, Oxley was in awe of this road-going 500cc GP replica, saying in the September 25 1985 issue of MCN: “In its powerband the RG500 is a vicious motorcycle that’s more ...

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500bhp Suzuki Hayabusa vs Honda CBR600RR

Michael Neeves, 16 June 2014 14:16

When Steve Bland – tree surgeon, Red Bull addict and speed freak – told us he could beat a sportsbike around a track on his unlimited class World Speed Record-challenging Hayabusa we were, it has to be said, somewhat doubtful. So we booked two places on a Donington Park trackday and chose a humble Honda CBR600RR as our weapon of ...

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Vertemati reborn

Michael Neeves, 06 June 2014 11:00

Niche Italian manufacturer Vertemati, best known for wild off-roaders and supermotos, is back and planning three new road bikes, starting with this Infect NVR1 super naked.Powered by the firm’s own 1000cc V-twin motor, the crankcases, cylinder head and major internal components are all machined from billet aluminium and packed with lightweight titanium fasteners.The frame is also fabricated using billet aluminium ...

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MCN at new Ducati Diavel launch today

Michael Neeves, 28 March 2014 09:23

MCN is at the world launch of the second-generation Ducati Diavel in the south of France today.  Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the revised sports cruiser, which features Ducati’s new 1198cc Dual Spark Testastretta 11° V-twin engine, first seen in the updated Multistrada last year. Ducati says it’s smoother and gruntier than before, making the same 162bhp, ...

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Yamaha MT-07 launch today

Michael Neeves, 11 February 2014 09:00

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the new Yamaha MT-07 in Lanzarote today. Priced at just £5199 when it goes on sale in dealers later this month, the new Yamaha has a 74bhp 689cc parallel twin-cylinder engine and weighs just 179kg, making it attractive for new and experienced riders alike. Its closest rivals will be ...

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