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BMW R nineT launch today

Michael Neeves, 23 January 2014 13:11

MCN is at the launch of BMW’s beautiful new retro-style R nineT in southern Spain today.Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will ride the new machine, which is powered by the six-speed, 110bhp, 1170cc boxer-twin motor, taken from the previous-generation BMW R1200 model range. The motor is housed in an all-new tubular steel chassis. There’s S1000RR upside forks up front and ...

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Video: Borile 450 Scrambler first ride

Michael Neeves, 30 May 2013 10:33

Artisan bike maker Borile is creating its first small-volume, full-production motorcycle, called the B450 which will cost £9650 when it goes on sale in September. We rode the bike in Italy.

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What's new on the Ducati Hyperstrada?

Michael Neeves, 21 May 2013 09:00

The paint's barely dry on the new 821cc Hypermotard, but Ducati has already created a touring version. With its panniers, centrestand and tall screen, here's what makes the Hyperstrada different to the Hypermotard. ElectronicsLike the Hypermotard, there’s an eight-stage traction control system and three riding modes: Sport, Touring and Urban. Sport and Touring give you full power, but have differing ...

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The ultimate superbike test

Michael Neeves, 13 May 2013 10:42

These are ‘Top Trump’ superbikes – the kind of machines you’ll probably only ever see in pictures and rarely in the flesh. The new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC, BMW HP4 Carbon, Ducati 1199R Panigale and MV Agusta F4RR are all about the big numbers: power, capacity, top speed, electronic rider aids and, of course, price. If you’re in the market ...

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Used buying guide: Suzuki GSX-R1000

Michael Neeves, 12 April 2013 13:16

Remember when the Japanese ruled the superbike roost? They battled ferociously with each other to make the fastest, sexiest and best handling 1000s, year after glorious year – it was great news for us, the Great British sportsbike-buying public. Suzuki GSX-R1000s for sale The 1000s golden days peaked in the first half of the noughties and it was all about ...

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Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

Michael Neeves, 20 March 2013 09:17

We’re here at the new Circuit of the Americas MotoGP track in Austin, Texas, riding Ducati’s new £26,550 1199 Panigale R. Apart from dripping in sexy carbon fibre, a taller racing screen, racing seat, a Ducati Corse paintjob and ABS, race exhaust and a datalogger as standard, this homologation special has engine and chassis tweaks, specifically designed for racing. During ...

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Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport first ride

Michael Neeves, 12 February 2013 10:35

We're riding the mountain roads near Barcelona on the new £9599 Tiger 1050 Sport, Triumph's adventure-styled sports tourer. It's an updated version of the Tiger 1050 that's been with us since 2007 and has another 10bhp, more torque, more stable steering geometry and better comfort. It has 120 new parts, including new swingarm, wheels, bars, seat and styling. With all the ...

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Video: MV Agusta F4 first ride

Michael Neeves, 23 January 2013 09:37

It may look the same as the old one, but the new F4 is totally new. It has the short-stroke engine from the old flagship RR model and a host of chassis tweaks. MCN travelled to the Valencia GP circuit in Spain to see what makes it tick and also tried the top-spec RR with the latest Ohlins electronically-adjustable suspension.

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Video: African adventure

Michael Neeves, 17 January 2013 17:24

Remember the old days when we used our sports bikes for everything? They brightened up our weekends, took us to work, and off on holiday, but now there's a bike built for every occasion. Still, who says you can't do everything on your sports bike? We rode a Ducati Panigale S and BMW S1000RR to Spain and then on to ...

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BMW S1000RR vs BMW S1000RR HP4

Michael Neeves, 04 January 2013 07:30

A few months ago I was lucky enough to ride the new BMW HP4 at its world launch at Jerez, southern Spain. With perfect track conditions and slick tyres to play on, it was a dream. More impressive still was the HP4. BMW has taken its already class-leading S1000RR and made it even better: 9kg lighter, more agile, smoother and ...

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