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First Ride: Ducati Monster 1200S

MCN is in Spain, Tenerife for the launch of the all new Ducati Monster 1200s and today MCN’s senior road tester Adam Child will be putting the new 145bhp naked bike to the testThe full test of the all new water-cooled Monster 1200S will be in the forthcoming issue of MCN out on Wednesday.The new Monster 1200s is now water-cooled, ...

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

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 launch

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently at the launch of Suzuki’s all-new V-Strom 1000 Adventure in Almeria, Spain. The new adventure bike is expected to arrive in dealers for early February 2014 at £9999, and comes with a heavily revised 1037cc V-Twin (996 previously), producing 100bhp @ 8000rpm and 76ftlb at only 4000rpm. The V-Strom is also Suzuki’s ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 04 December 2013

Staff blog: The toughest test ever!

This year is going to epic, one I’m going to look back on for years to come and it’s mainly going to be down to my lovely ZX-6R. Just last week I took delivery of my new Kawasaki and unusually for me, I’m treating her with kid-gloves, nice and gentle for the first few hundred miles, before unleashing its full ...

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

Suzuki C1500T first ride

They may be about as relevant in the UK as a 50ft Winnebago or eight-litre SUV but, if you hadn’t cottoned on already, ‘baggers’ - or be-bagged or panniered cruisers designed for comfort and custom style and, usually, also with Plexiglass screens, a relaxed riding position and footboards instead of conventional footpegs, are big news in the U S of A. ...

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

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

New BMW R1200GS ridden!

BMW’s all-new and eagerly-awaited R1200GS is currently being put through its paces in South Africa by MCN Senior Tester Adam Child. Here are his first impressions: “We’re in 40 degree heat heading off on a two-day ride but you instantly notice the BMW’s new, partially watercooled engine: it’s far more responsive, livelier and the extra power makes the ride so ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 22 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

2013 Ducati Multistrada ridden

Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 revolutionised the adventure bike class when it was introduced in 2010. Its sporty mix of 150bhp (derived from its 1199-derived V-twin), combined with high tech gizmos and real world comfort and usability proved a winning combination with over 20,000 examples sold worldwide so far. Three years on, Ducati is aiming to keep the Multistrada ahead of the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 September 2012

Middleweight super twins tested

Going by the sales figures, new supersport 600s today are about as appealing as an ‘internal inspection’ at Terminal 5 – a far, far cry from the sales topping stats of bikes like the CBR600F in the 1990s. The quest for track and race success has resulted, so the theory goes, in bikes which are too extreme as road bikes ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 July 2012

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