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Aprilia Caponord first ride

As the biking audience matures, demand continues to increase for adventure bikes. Early last year Triumph launched its new Explorer which took the coveted MCN road test class crown in 2012. But since then Ducati has launched its new ‘skyhook’ Multistrada, the first to come with true semi-active suspension, while both KTM and BMW have introduced new models which have ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 April 2013

MCN rides the Britten V1000

‘Outstanding’, ‘amazing’, and ‘work of art’ are all labels liberally applied to the exotic race bikes built by John Britten, but in reality the Britten deserves a unique accolade to celebrate its existence. In many peoples’ minds it’s simply the greatest bike ever made. For me it transcends everything, it’s a dream bike, it was the poster bike I had ...

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

Ducati Multistrada: old vs new

In 2010 Ducati’s all new Multistrada turned the adventure market on its head. It was a breath of fresh air, the sportiest bike in the sector. An impressive 150bhp from the 1199 V-Twin was backed up with high-tech gizmos, comfort and usability. It proved to be the success story Ducati was hoping for. Now three years on Ducati want to ...

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

2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro ridden

Aprilia’s revised exotic Dorsoduro 1200 has lost weight, gained some Italian ponies and now has a three-way traction control as standard. If you thought the Supermoto scene was drying up you’d be wrong. Aprilia are seven times world supermoto champions, and the Dorsoduro has been a success story since its launch in 750 format back in 2008. It’s Aprilia’s third best-selling ...

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

BMW R1200GS Rallye first ride

It's been a long time coming, but if any bike's deserving of a commemorative special edition model surely it's the BMW R1200GS. The class-defning German adventure bike has been a market leader throughout all its guises since the original and radical-for-the-time R80G/S of 1980. To celebrate that, and no doubt to encourage more sales of the current, ageing version before ...

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

Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy Blog: Thruxton BSB

After a busy week racing at the North West, I was invited by Harley-Davidson to be guest rider in the XR1200 Trophy at Thruxton – and I jumped at the chance. Racing in front of a packed BSB audience on the UK’s fastest track? How could I turn it down? Here are a few highlights of my weekend and hopefully ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 June 2011

2010 Aprilia Shiver 750 - first ride

Aprilia’s updated 2010 Shiver is currently being tested by MCN’s Adam Child on the amazing Route Napoleon in the south of France. This is what he has to say... 2010 Aprilia Shiver 750 - tech specs revealed “Aprilia have decided to make the Shiver more accessible and give it more of a sporting edge, the seat is thinner and lower ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 30 April 2010

First ride: Race-ready Harley-Davidson XR1200

Unless you’re from Springfield, Illinois or have a brother named ‘Bubba’, the idea of a Harley-Davidson race bike is probably as foreign as ‘grits’ for breakfast. Not any more. Harley-Davidson are planning a one-make race series in the UK next year (postponed from this year) using modified versions of its XR1200. As a curtain-raiser, a star-studded, ‘World Cup’, one-off race ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 16 July 2009

Video: Padgetts HRC race bike

Senior road tester Adam Child test rode the latest HRC bikes from Padgett's Motorcycles at a cold and wintery Cadwell Park. Padgett's are now offering HRC brand new track ready bike for novice track day riders to experienced national club racers. Watch as Adam puts one of the best Honda RS125s in the country through its paces around a very wintery Cadwell ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 January 2009

Video: Adrenalin-Moto XR 1200 road test

Darlington based Adrenalin Moto have produced this one off special XR1200 Harley Davidson, reducing the bikes weight by 25kg and significantly increasing the bikes performance and handling. They’ve loosely based the bike on the new race bike which will be appearing in next year's British Superbike program in the new Henderson Harley Davidson XR1200 Trophy. Watch the video below to see MCN’s ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 15 December 2008

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