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Ducati Monster 821 launch

Adam Child, 24 June 2014 16:31

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is at the world launch of Ducati’s new Monster 821 in Bologna, Italy. A short spin this evening will be followed by a full day of riding the new naked middleweight tomorrow. This is the latest Monster to come from the Ducati factory, hot on the heels of the all-new 1200 Monster earlier this ...

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Special K: BMW K1300S Anniversary

Phil West, 28 August 2013 07:30

When it comes to ‘special editions’, BMW pretty much leads the way. Although Ducati and Triumph, in particular, have their own successful lines of ‘specials’ (bikes like the Tricolore or Steve McQueen Bonnie spring to mind), while the UK importers of Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha are increasingly producing ‘Touring’ or ‘Adventure’ Packs and suchlike for existing models, BMW’s ‘Triple Black’, ...

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Staff blog: Bad back stops play

Andy Downes, 14 August 2013 10:04

I did my back in a couple of weeks ago so riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring was put on hold while my life revolved around physiotherapy, 500mg Naproxen tablets twice a day, paracetamol every four hours, ice packs every two hours and then more physio. While it would be great to admit I did my back damage while ...

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Staff Blog: Solving the Ducati Multistrada luggage conundrum

Andy Downes, 22 July 2013 14:36

A little while ago I rode to Italy and back on the Ducati Mulitstrada 1200 S Touring and as part of the preparation I wanted to take a tankbag because of the extra practicality they offer.I am a big fan of tankbags and have used them all my biking life as they put everything you might need on a regular ...

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Video: BMW F800GS vs R1200GS and Triumph 800XC vs 1200 Tiger Explorer

MCN, 10 July 2013 10:41

Do you really need anything bigger than the new F800GS from BMW? Is there any need for the larger R1200GS? And by the same token, why would you go for Triumph's larger 1200 Tiger Explorer when its 800 Tiger XC ticks many ofthe same boxes? Time to find out... brightcove.createExperiences();

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Staff Blog: Multistrada 1200 tyre review

Anonymous, 02 July 2013 14:48

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring is now on the third set of tyres in 6500 miles with a set of new-to-the-market Michelin Pilot Power 3s the latest fitted. I’m going to do a run through of how each one has stacked up so far: The standard fitment for the Multistrada is a 17 inch front and rear with a ...

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Staff Blog: Barely a sign of 6000 miles ridden

Andy Downes, 10 June 2013 11:59

The odometer clicked through 6000 miles on the Multistrada 1200 S Touring on the way to work this morning and in light of this approaching milestone I spent three hours giving the bike a deep clean over the weekend.After riding to Italy in the dry two weeks ago but then riding almost all 1100miles home in lashing rain the bike ...

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Staff Blog:Tyres changed after 2500 miles in five days

Andy Downes, 21 May 2013 15:07

The mobile tyre fitter has just left having swopped the worn out tyres on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring which had been reduced to near illegal wear depth following my trip to the Ducati factory last week; a 2500 mile round trip. You’ll be able to read a full account of my trip to Bologna in a forthcoming issue ...

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Ace 1200CR Street Special ridden

MCN, 10 May 2013 11:30

It’s a café racer, the acceptable face of Harley Sportster ownership, a two-wheeled AC Cobra and an exclusive limited edition. It’s also a celebration of 75 years of Britain’s most famous transport café and expensive. This café racer is a lot of things to a lot of people, but crucially, it’s fun. The Ace 1200CR Street Special was built by ...

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Staff Blog: Prepping for Italian adventure

Andy Downes, 09 May 2013 16:17

In just a few days I am heading to Italy on the Multistrada 1200 S Touring and I am getting the final bits sorted. I've done loads of European riding in the past and I much prefer to get all of my worrying and preparation done before I go rather than adding any hassle to the trip. My final purchase ...

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