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2010 BMW S1000RR first ride update: “An incredible track tool”

Trevor Franklin, 17 November 2009 17:12

MCN Chief Road tester Trevor Franklin is currently testing the all-new BMW S1000RR superbike in Portimao, Portugal. This is his latest feedback: “For the final session of the day the bike was put into all-or-nothing ‘Slick’ mode, where the traction control, ABS and throttle response are set for full-on action on slick tyres. Win a BMW S1000RR! First ride: Troy ...

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KTM Duke R first ride

Trevor Franklin, 29 October 2009 17:42

KTM’s model line-up for 2010 will include this revised 690 Duke R which features a 7bhp power increase along with more midrange torque.  Find a KTM 690 Duke for sale This new machine’s first appearance was scheduled for the milan show next month - but MCN managed to persuade the Austrian manufacturer to open its factory gates for an exclusive first ride on a ...

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First ride: British-built Metisse prototype

Trevor Franklin, 16 October 2009 16:09

This 997cc Metisse parallel twin could eclipse Norton's long-awaited production plans with the first machines set to hit the road within 18 months. The British company, based near Oxford, has already built a working prototype parallel twin engine of its own design and bolted it into an existing chassis. MCN was granted a first ride, and we were pleasantly surprised ...

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Video: Triumph Rocket III Roadster promo

Trevor Franklin, 02 October 2009 12:14

Triumph's 2300cc Rocket III was launched in 2004 and has been seen in three guises up to now|: Rocket III, Classic and Tourer. For 2010 the original Rocket III and Classic are to disappear, making way for a completely new beast, the Rocket Roadster. The Roadster loses the cruiser appeal of chromed and polished metal and feet forward riding stance for ...

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First ride on new Metisse McQueen Desert Racer

Trevor Franklin, 21 August 2009 13:20

Road test in next week’s MCN  Genuine Triumph TR6 engine Off-road only £13,999 Metisse Motorcycles is producing a limited run of 300 replica Steve McQueen Desert Racers and MCN takes one for a spin in next week’s paper, out August 26.Desert racing was McQueen’s forte. His chosen tool a UK-made Rickman-Metisse MkIII frame and a Triumph TR6 parallel twin engine. ...

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125s test: new Cagiva Mito 525 v Aprilia RS125R v Yamaha YZF-R125 v Honda CBR125R

Trevor Franklin, 29 April 2009 15:31

MCN road testers give their verdict on the latest 125 racer-replicas Honda CBR125RFor many years Honda's CBR125R was the perfect way to through your bike test. It was cheap, uber reliable, modern and easy to ride. But if you’ve got money to burn, the Honda is hopelessly outclassed. Five years ago the CBR was fresh and sporty, but today, even ...

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Launch report: KTM RC8R

Trevor Franklin, 07 February 2009 13:41

KTM's new RC8R is one of the best sports bikes on the planet, says MCN's Trevor Franklin who has just ridden the bike in Portugal. The new bike is the long-awaited 'R' version of the already popular KTM RC8, but comes with bags of extra kit including a 2mm bigger bore, taking the capacity from 1148cc to 1195cc. The RC8R now makes ...

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Video: Ducati Monster 1100S

Trevor Franklin, 06 January 2009 11:35

MCN road tester Trevor Franklin already tested the new Ducati Monster 1100 at the launch, but how does the 1100cc V-twin powered naked fair on bumpy British roads? Trev has tested the 1100S version on UK roads and here's some of his thoughts: "The new Ducati Monster 1100S scores highly straight from the off. "The combo of stiff chassis and ...

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Video: LSL Kawasaki Clubman W 740R road test

Trevor Franklin, 29 December 2008 13:00

Kawasaki's W650 surfaced in 1998 and dipped back under the radar sometime in 2003. Based on a very early Kawasaki model from an age where where hippies were all the rage (and itself a very good copy of 1960s Brit-iron), this delightful two-wheeled slice of nostalgia could never be tagged a performance machine and was sadly out of date when ...

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Video: Ducati 1198 Promotional video

Trevor Franklin, 25 November 2008 10:10

Just as we were all thinking the Ducati 1098 was the best V-twin ever, out of nowhere Ducati's 1198 appears and you can see it here in our video. Watch MCN Senior road tester Trevor Franklin testing the 1198 Watch Troy Bayliss larking about on the new Ducati 1198 in their promotional video below and read the full article on the ...

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