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Budget Roadsters - ‘What more could you want?’

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. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 10 July 2014

We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 July 2014

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

BMW R nineT launch today

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 23 January 2014

Staff Blog: Thundersport Rockingham

  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 ...

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

Video: Borile 450 Scrambler first ride

Artisan bike maker Borile is creating its first small-volume, full-production motorcycle, called the B450 which will cost £9650 when it goes on sale in September. We rode the bike in Italy.

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

What's new on the Ducati Hyperstrada?

The paint's barely dry on the new 821cc Hypermotard, but Ducati has already created a touring version. With its panniers, centrestand and tall screen, here's what makes the Hyperstrada different to the Hypermotard. ElectronicsLike the Hypermotard, there’s an eight-stage traction control system and three riding modes: Sport, Touring and Urban. Sport and Touring give you full power, but have differing ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 21 May 2013

The ultimate superbike test

These are ‘Top Trump’ superbikes – the kind of machines you’ll probably only ever see in pictures and rarely in the flesh. The new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC, BMW HP4 Carbon, Ducati 1199R Panigale and MV Agusta F4RR are all about the big numbers: power, capacity, top speed, electronic rider aids and, of course, price. If you’re in the market ...

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

Used buying guide: Suzuki GSX-R1000

Remember when the Japanese ruled the superbike roost? They battled ferociously with each other to make the fastest, sexiest and best handling 1000s, year after glorious year – it was great news for us, the Great British sportsbike-buying public. Suzuki GSX-R1000s for sale The 1000s golden days peaked in the first half of the noughties and it was all about ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 12 April 2013

Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

We’re here at the new Circuit of the Americas MotoGP track in Austin, Texas, riding Ducati’s new £26,550 1199 Panigale R. Apart from dripping in sexy carbon fibre, a taller racing screen, racing seat, a Ducati Corse paintjob and ABS, race exhaust and a datalogger as standard, this homologation special has engine and chassis tweaks, specifically designed for racing. During ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 20 March 2013

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