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The SPecial One

Jon Urry, 14 September 2014 09:30

Honda’s SP-1, or the VTR1000 SP-1 RC51 to give it its proper name, will always hold a very special place in motorcycle history. This is a bike born out of necessity – not to mention a considerable degree of frustration… Despite having HRC’s full weight behind it, the exotic RC45 was a flop both on the track and in showrooms ...

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Video: New KTM RC390 first ride

MCN, 13 September 2014 13:30

For the first time in years there’s a machine for young sportsbike fans to get excited about. If you’re 19 and have just passed your A2 licence you can rip up your L plates and pretend you’re wild-riding Aussie Moto3 star Jack Miller. Welcome to KTM’s new RC390! We sent MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves to Italy for the ...

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Video: MT-09 Group Test

MCN, 12 March 2014 12:07

At £6799, Yamaha's three-cylinder MT-09 promises super naked thrills and supersport speed, but at a budget commuter price. But how close is it really to any of them? To find out, we put it through a multi-disciplined test against typical examples of each, around town, down motorways, along backroads and even on track.)

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New Honda Fireblade takes on rivals

MCN Staff, 22 January 2014 09:42

With over 210,000 bikes sold since 1992, the evergreen Fireblade is one of the most successful road-going superbikes ever. Honda has upgraded it for 2014, so how has it changed and how does it stack up against its Japanese rivals & the class-leader? brightcove.createExperiences();

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KTM Freeride E first ride

Andy Downes, 28 December 2013 09:30

It’s safe to say that, so far, sales of electric motorcycles in any class have been almost inconsequentially small. But, on the basis of a short test on a pre-production KTM Freeride E motocross bike, it’s equally clear that this could simply be because the right bikes haven’t been available to buy – yet. The threats to off-road riding have ...

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Video: Kawasaki Z1000 first ride

MCN, 28 November 2013 07:30

The Z1000 has been the most serious Japanese 'super naked' since 2003, and Kawasaki have determinedly reinvented it ever since. For 2014, it's re-styled and eschews electronics in favour of refinement, quality and value. It's a bold move and could be a clever one. brightcove.createExperiences();

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MV Agusta Rivale 800 first ride

MCN, 24 October 2013 15:59

MV Agusta's new £10,499, supermoto-style rival to Ducati's Hypermotard, the Rivale 800, is currently being put through its paces for the first time by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves in the south of France. Here are his first impressions: "A departure from the firm's bread and butter sports and super naked bikes, this supermoto-styled machine is based heavily on ...

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