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Yamaha MT-07 launch today

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 February 2014

We want your Box Hill stories

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 05 September 2013

MV Agusta F3 800 ridden!

MV Agusta’s brand new £11,499 F3 800 is currently being put through its paces at Misano in Italy by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions: “The new machine is basically the same as the F3 675, but has a longer stroke engine, a claimed145bhp at the crank and tweaked suspension damping and spring rates. “I've done a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 06 June 2013

MV Agusta F3 800 details revealed

MV Agusta has released details of its new £11,499 F3 800, which will hit dealers in July. Based on the current inline-three cylinder F3 675 supersports machine, MV says it tips the scales at the same 175kg (dry). The 798cc engine, which has a backward-rotating crank, uses the same bore as the F3 675, but has an 8.4mm longer stroke. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 04 June 2013

Video: Ducati Hypermotard new vs old

Ducati's new 821cc Hypermotard replaces two old Hypermotards: the little 796 and its bigger brother, the 1100 Evo. It has a similar-size engine to the small one, but more power than the big one, so what kind of buyer will be attracted to it? To find out, we got two MCN road testers and two less-experienced riders on the staff ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 22 May 2013

Sports bikes to Africa

We all know that sportsbikes are so focused that you need a track to get the best out of them. But, as has always been the case, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them every day. The Ducati Panigale and BMW S1000RR we have here might have close to 200bhp, sticky tyres and track-orienated suspension, but power deliveries are smooth, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 29 January 2013

Bemsee Premier 1000 racing blog: Snetterton 300

Pics by Bryan Lancaster. Well, that was a surprise. Three wins in Bemsee’s new Respro Premier 1000 class at Snetterton 300, a fastest lap and a pole position in the new BSB-style races - grid positions are set from the lap times of the previous race and there’s a qualifying session for the first race. Not a bad way to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • Club racing
  • 30 March 2012

Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm report

Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just taken delivery of the Ducati Streetfighter 848 he’ll be running this year. After his time spent with the 1098 version in 2009, the Streetfighter is one of his favourite bikes. He will be producing regular ‘blog-style’ videos on what this smaller-engined version is like to live with and how it compares to its ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 28 March 2012

Ducati Panigale first ride: 'Like no Ducati I've ridden'

UPDATE, 11 Feb, 15:10"We're midway through our day riding the new Panigale and it continues to impress. The 195bhp Superquadro engine is hugely impressive with just the right amount of usable torque to fly out of the corners and monster power for devouring the straights. "Everything from the suspension, engine braking, traction control, ABS and god knows what else is ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 10 February 2012

Video: Riding Europe's finest retro bikes

German firm LSL are becoming famous for creating achingly-cool retro custom bikes, but for owner Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler they’re merely a hobby – his real business is manufacturing accessories. When MCN visited LSL, we expected to find a small custom shop, but instead were welcomed into a 900 square meter, solar-powered factory turning out everything from handlebars to rearsets. So how ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 January 2012

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