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Staff Blog: Life with the Hyperstrada so far

Michael Neeves, 30 May 2013 10:42

On paper, the new Ducati Hyperstrada is right up my street. It promises supermoto fun and the ability to cover long distances. I'm running one for the 2013 summer season and so far it hasn't disappointed. Here's my first 'getting to know you' video review.BLOG13 | HYPER13

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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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Video: Ducati Hypermotard new vs old

Michael Neeves, 22 May 2013 16:34

Ducati's new 821cc Hypermotard replaces two old Hypermotards: the little 796 and its bigger brother, the 1100 Evo. It has a similar-size engine to the small one, but more power than the big one, so what kind of buyer will be attracted to it? To find out, we got two MCN road testers and two less-experienced riders on the staff ...

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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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Kawasaki Z800 First Ride Video

Michael Neeves, 05 December 2012 07:00

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Kawasaki Z800 first ride: "A smooth and refined ride"

Michael Neeves, 03 December 2012 09:27

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. "This is the replacement for the Z750, a bike that’s actually been around for 10 years next year – doesn’t time fly? "Kawasaki has ...

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Video: Sports touring tyres tested

Michael Neeves, 17 May 2012 14:12

Sports touring tyres are fast becoming the default tyre for UK motorcyclists, from commuters to superbike riders because of two things: instant grip and durability. They can do big miles (as many as old touring tyres) and they’ll even handle track days. Crucially for UK riders, sports touring rubber is also the best you can buy for the rain – ...

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Video: Ducati 848 Streetfighter longterm report

Michael Neeves, 28 March 2012 17:32

Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just taken delivery of the Ducati Streetfighter 848 he’ll be running this year. After his time spent with the 1098 version in 2009, the Streetfighter is one of his favourite bikes. He will be producing regular ‘blog-style’ videos on what this smaller-engined version is like to live with and how it compares to its ...

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Video: Riding Europe's finest retro bikes

Michael Neeves, 11 January 2012 14:41

German firm LSL are becoming famous for creating achingly-cool retro custom bikes, but for owner Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler they’re merely a hobby – his real business is manufacturing accessories. When MCN visited LSL, we expected to find a small custom shop, but instead were welcomed into a 900 square meter, solar-powered factory turning out everything from handlebars to rearsets. So how ...

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