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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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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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BMW R nineT launch today

Michael Neeves, 23 January 2014 13:11

MCN is at the launch of BMW’s beautiful new retro-style R nineT in southern Spain today.Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will ride the new machine, which is powered by the six-speed, 110bhp, 1170cc boxer-twin motor, taken from the previous-generation BMW R1200 model range. The motor is housed in an all-new tubular steel chassis. There’s S1000RR upside forks up front 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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We want your Box Hill stories

Michael Neeves, 05 September 2013 16:26

We’re organising a road test, which will take place at Box Hill next Tuesday.Box Hill has been a Mecca to southern bikers for years. It’s been a destination for ride-outs, somewhere to ogle cool bikes and a place to get a cuppa and bacon butty, in Ryker’s café.We want to hear your Box Hill anecdotes and the best will make ...

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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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Rymer racing on TV

Michael Neeves, 16 August 2013 11:19

Former BSB, WSB, MotoGP and World Endurance star, Terry Rymer is set to appear in a behind-the-scenes racing TV series, produced and directed by I, Superbiker creator, Mark Sloper. The Londoner’s new team: Rymer Racing, will be followed by a TV crew and the programs will go behind the scenes to film team’s inception, through to them finding sponsors, riders, ...

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Staff Blog: Down to Ramsgate

Michael Neeves, 05 August 2013 10:05

For the last 11 years, since I moved up to MCN-land from my home town in Ramsgate, I’ve done the 170-mile journey on lots on hundreds of different bikes. Tourers are, of course, the most comfortable, but they’re a bit boring. Sportsbikes are the most fun, but it takes me an hour to unfold myself from the two-odd hours in ...

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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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