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We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

Michael Neeves, 09 July 2014 10:42

It’s hard to believe the Ariel Ace cruiser really is a new bike. It’s seemingly come out of nowhere, is made by a car firm, and yet it’s already better than many established production bikes. The Ariel Ace cruiser is impressive during my quick blast up and down the famous Goodwood hillclimb. It rides beautifully and, crucially, doesn’t try to ...

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Does The CB1100 Tick The Boxes?

Phil West, 06 February 2013 19:00

It’s been a long time coming – in every sense of the expression – but the CB1100 might, just MIGHT, have made that wait worthwhile. Six years after the prototype was first unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Show and a further three since a domestic market version went on sale in Japan in 2010, the Euro-spec version of the CB1100, ...

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MCN quiz of the year – the answers

MCN, 07 January 2013 12:00

Have you been wracking your brains since the fiendishly tough MCN Quiz of the Year got your grey matter churning, while you simultaneously tried to pickle it with Christmas cheer? Well, the pain is over – assuming you didn’t just cheat and look to the internet for answers. Here’s the knowledge you were struggling to recall: Part I: 2012 in ...

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Warlord

Steve Lloyd, 28 September 2012 13:35

I've just bought a Honda VFR1200 in Black 2012 model. Its got all the updated features and a full Luggage kit for £10,999 brand new on the road. I've been delighted with the bike it looks great, handles great and is great fun at 10,000 rpm Loads of people have come over to me asking about the bike, every single ...

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Honda VFR1200: old vs new

MCN, 17 May 2012 15:30

Honda’s V4s have come a long way since those early, flawed, chain-driven cam 750s of the early ‘80s. That first VF750S led to the VF750F and on to the VF1000 in all its forms spawning junior siblings such as the VF400F and VF500F along the way. After that came the VFR dynasty which prospers to this day. And along side ...

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New MCN May 16: Honda V4 celebration

Liam Marsden, 15 May 2012 09:42

In this week's MCN, out May 16, we celebrate 30 years of the Honda V4.. We test iconic Honda V4s - the RC30, NR750 and RC45. We also test the new Honda VFR1200 against the outgoing model. Also this week, the new KTM Super Duke 1290 spied during testing. Plus we have all the news from an eventful and controversial ...

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Triumph Explorer 1200: How it compares to its rivals

MCN, 02 March 2012 14:34

The Triumph Explorer 1200 represents Triumph's first foray in to the ultra-competitive big adventure bike class, competing against bikes like the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and new Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer. Video: Triumph Explorer 1200 first ride MCN editor Marc Potter rode the Explorer 1200 recently at the world launch in Spain and was impressed: "I have to say I am ...

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Honda Crosstourer first ride

MCN, 23 February 2012 16:56

Adventure bikes are moving into a new dimension this week - as MCN's first test of the Crosstourer proves. The new Honda brings V4 performance and sophisticated automatic transmission to the class for the first time - as well as sumptuous comfort and classy quality. And, with other all-new adventure offerings such as Triumph's 1200 Explorer and Aprilia's Caponord just ...

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New MCN February 22: Honda Crosstourer first ride

Liam Marsden, 21 February 2012 10:18

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday February 22, we have the world first ride of the all-new Honda Crosstourer. Using the 1200cc V4 engine from the VFR1200, the Crosstourer is the latest bike to join the competitive adventure class, looking to tempt buyers from the adventure king - the BMW R1200GS. Also in this week's MCN we ...

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Honda Crosstourer first ride: "One of the best mile munchers in class"

MCN, 16 February 2012 17:04

The Honda Crosstourer is Honda's all-new adventure bike - aimed squarely at bikes like the BMW R1200GS and Yamaha Super Tenere. Powered by the same V4 engine from the VFR1200, the Crosstourer is available with manual gearshift or Honda's Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). MCN Executive Editor Phil West has been riding the bike at the launch in Spain and these are his ...

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