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Triumph Tiger Explorer First Ride

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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  • First rides & tests
  • 24 February 2012

Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - What a year!

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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  • 03 February 2012

Video: KTM 350 EXC-F long term test report

Getting stuck upside-down in a ditch wearing your bike on top of you, watching it overheat as you get stuck between two tree trunks, or getting roosted in clods of mud by your mates. These have become my guilty pleasures in the last few weeks. In the winter lull when riding road bikes on slippery, greasy roads covered in salt ...

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

Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - It continues to impress

If you’re going on a long trip then the first thing you need is a motorcycle that’s capable of covering big miles in comfort with luggage on board. That’s the Multistrada 1200S then. The next thing you need is a decent set of tyres that will grip in the bends but do plenty of motorways miles. Before a trip to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 April 2011

BMW K1600GTL first ride preview

The BMW K1600GTL is the bigger brother of the BMW K1600GT, but the feel of the bike suggests more changes than meets the eye. It comes with a massive top box capable of swallowing two full-size helmets and the same panniers as the GT. Plus it gets lower handlebars that are further back, lower footrests, lower pillion footrests and a ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 25 February 2011

First ride preview: BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL

We’re at the world press launch of the new BMW K1600GT and it’s even bigger K1600GTL touring brother in South Africa. Over the next two days we’ll be testing the new 160.5bhp in-line six cylinder BMW K1600GT and BMW K1600GTL motorcycles on motorways and mountain roads in and around Franschooek in South Africa. The new 6-cylinder motorcycle makes an incredible ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 17 February 2011

Staff bikes: KTM 450EXC - shattered plans!

Everytime I fire up my KTM450 EXC-F there’s a feeling that only a pure race bike can bring. The way it jumps on the sidestands responding to every angry rise and fall of the  revs, the way it barks angrily even out of the standard can just gets me going everytime.     Following a full service at Gear4 KTM in Market ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 22 November 2010

BMW S1000RR is MCN Machine of the Year

MCN is proud to reveal that the new Machine of the Year for 2010 is the incredible and class-redefining BMW S1000RR. Find a BMW S1000RR for sale As well as being one of Britain’s best-selling bikes, the new BMW came from nowhere and lead the hardest class in the world, absolutely blowing us away with its performance, handling, style and ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 17 November 2010

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

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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  • 30 September 2010

Yamaha Tenere world first group test

We're off to Scotland to test the new Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z against its established rivals. The long-awaited 1200 parallel has just landed in the UK so we’ve whisked the first one in the country off to the Scottish Borders for a comprehensive road test with MCN’s Michael Neeves and three MCN readers.    The £13,499 Yamaha faces stiff competition from Ducati’s ...

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  • 04 June 2010

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