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Triumph Tiger Explorer First Ride

Marc Potter, 24 February 2012 08:21

MCN Editor, Marc Potter, is at the world launch of the Triumph Tiger Explorer and here are his first thoughts. "Triumph admits it is aiming the Tiger Explorer squarely at the BMW R1200GS, and claims higher spec for less money, better handling, more luggage carrying capacity and at 135bhp, more power from the three cylinder all-new 1215cc engine. "I’m about ...

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Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - What a year!

Marc Potter, 03 February 2012 11:55

That’s it. Time to send my Multistrada 1200S back. And I’ve never been sadder to see a bike go. It fits into my life perfectly and that’s saying something as I’ve owned, run and tested just about every single bike built in the last 17 years. Even after running two Multistrada 1200s (the first one was written off by a ...

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Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - The first 700 miles, again

Marc Potter, 30 September 2010 14:28

Since picking up my replacement Multistrada Sport arrived (the first one was written off by a colleague) its done some gentle running-in, a few trips out with the mrs, had a first service and been round Cadwell Park. Ducati claimed the bike is four bikes in one, and in its first 700-miles that has certainly been put to the test. ...

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BMW R1200RT first ride: "BMW has created a fine motorcycle"

Marc Potter, 21 January 2010 09:42

The new BMW R1200RT gets a new 110bhp twin-cam engine which puts it right back on top of the big-distance mile munchers. How it will stand up to the new Honda VFR1200 is yet to be seen, but with subtle tweaks including the new engine, a restyled front-end, new console and the updated ESA2 electronically adjustable suspension the bike is ...

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2010 BMW R1200RT first impressions: 'beautifully comfortable'

Marc Potter, 19 January 2010 11:53

MCN editor Marc Potter has just stopped for a brief rest on the launch of the new BMW R1200RT in the Malaga area of Spain. Here are his initial impressions after 70 miles of riding. He said: “After the first bit of the ride today we've done 70 miles and my initial impression is that the RT doesn’t feel that ...

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Ducati Streetfighter world first ride - UPDATED

Marc Potter, 25 March 2009 10:04

The Ducati Streetfighter is one of the liveliest bikes Ducati currently makes. And since it comes out of the same gates as the Hypermotard and super powerful 1098R, that really is saying something. MCN Editor Marc Potter is at the world launch right now and will be reporting back throughout the day with his impressions on the new bike. The Streetfighter starts to ...

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New Yamaha R1 starts to edge out Honda Fireblade

Marc Potter, 12 February 2009 14:08

Our world first test of the 2009 Honda Fireblade against the 2009 Yamaha R1 is taking place in the South of France right now. We took the first bikes in the country, strapped them in a van and drove down through Europe in search of biking nirvana. Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 tested We made it to the Route Napoleon in ...

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Video: Honda CB1000R first ride

Marc Potter, 23 April 2008 13:12

Forty years after the first Japenese invasion Honda has built a bike to take on Europe's best, the Honda CB1000R and you can see it in action below. MCN's editor Marc Potter travelled to Italy to take the motorcycle for a spin on the streets of Milan and the twisty roads near Lake Como. Watch the video below to see ...

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First ride: Honda DN-01 is a little confusing

Marc Potter, 11 April 2008 10:29

MCN editor Marc Potter has just ridden the new 680cc Honda DN-01 around Lake Como in northern Italy as part of the first group to test the bike. He said: “Unfortunately Lake Como is covered in mist and rain so I have been gingerly pottering around trying my best to avoid mad Italian drivers and big manhole covers on corners. ...

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Breaking motorcycle news – First riding impressions from the Suzuki B-King World Launch

Marc Potter, 01 August 2007 09:11

MCN Editor Marc Potter has just filed his first riding report from the world press launch of the 2008 Suzuki B-King. Potter was the very first rider outside the official Suzuki test team to ride the massive 1340cc naked bike – riding motorcycle number one in group A gave Marc a taste of the bike before anyone else. Speaking just ...

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