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BMW R nineT launch today

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 23 January 2014

Ultimate Superbikes 2nd place: BMW HP4 Carbon

Lap time: 1:47.7Top speed at end of straight: 167.7mphMax braking (g): 1.29Max lean: 46.85 Why it’s so specialIt’s the first sports bike to be produced with semi-active suspension. The damping inside the HP4’s Sachs forks and rear shock adjusts as you ride, based on your road speed, throttle position, lean angle, shock movement and intervention from the traction control and ...

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

BMW S1000RR vs BMW S1000RR HP4

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 ...

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

BMW S1000RR HP4 first ride: "Is it a huge leap over the standard S1000RR?"

I’ve just finished my second riding session on the new BMW S1000RR HP4 at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. As well as having lighter wheels, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust and improved electronic rider aids, it’s the first production bike to have electronically-adjustable rebound and compression damping (Dynamic Damping Adjustment). You still need to manually adjust the suspension, albeit via ...

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

Video: BMW S1000RR onboard at Jerez

Check out this on-board lap of Jerez aboard Michael Neeves’ BMW Park Lane S1000RR. The footage was taken at the 2011 Racedays event on 9th November. brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 29 December 2011

Michael Neeves blog – Off Road Skills

I’ve just returned from two days in Wales with Paris Dakar legend Simon Pavey, at his off-road school, or the ‘Odd Road Skills, powered by World of BMW and Husqvarna’, to give it its full name. It was the best riding school I’ve ever been to. I’ll readily admit I’m an off-road numpty. I love the idea of riding in ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 18 October 2011

MRO Powerbike blog: Snetterton 200 3/4th September

For the penultimate round of the MRO Powerbike championship, we raced on the new two-mile-long Snetterton 200, the first ever meeting to be held on this mid-layout version of the new track. It’s the closest to how the 'old' Snetterton was - basically the 300 circuit without the infield section. There’s a chicane leading on to the back straight now ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 05 September 2011

MRO Powerbike blog: Brands Hatch Indy 30/31 July

Well, that was another fantastic weekend racing with Bemsee in the MRO Powerbike championship. Riding my BMW Park Lane S1000RR, we bagged three third positions, had some close racing with leaders Rob McNealy and Peter Baker and I posted my best ever lap of the Brands Indy circuit, with a 48.1. Championship leader Rob McNealy stretched out his lead on ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 05 August 2011

MRO Powerbike blog: Snetterton 300

Another good weekend racing in the bag, with two second places and a third. It’s the second time we’ve visited the Snetterton 300 circuit this year and we’re back again in September racing on the smaller ‘200’ layout. It’s very hard to grind out a good lap time around this place. There’s a real mix of ultra-fast, heart-in-the-mouth turns and ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 12 July 2011

BMW S1000RR racers ridden

What happens when you take one of the most powerful, best-handling sportsbikes, loaded with the latest electronic rider aids and turn it into a racer? To find out, BMW let us ride four S1000RRs, back-to-back at Monza. We got familiar with the track on a bog-standard road bike, then tried Lorenzo Zanetti’s BMW Team Motorrad Italia FIM Superstock 1000 Cup ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 July 2011

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