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First Ride: Honda CBR650F

Phil West, 27 June 2014 13:58

Grey things don’t normally engender excitement. Grey is the colour of school socks, toilet roll tubes and accountants’ worsted suits. But here grey is also the colour of one of the most eagerly-awaited bikes of 2014: Honda’s all-new, completely revitalised and reinvented CBR.But if the colour of this world first test bike, the machine we’d prised out of Honda’s grasp ...

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First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

Phil West, 10 February 2014 09:23

Triumph’s two new 2014 Thunderbird-based cruisers, the ‘Road King’ style LT bagger and the fat, reto-styled Commander, are currently being put through their paces for the first time by MCN Executive Editor Phil West in the USA. The LT is possibly the more significant of the two bikes being aimed directly at one of Harley’s best sellers in America’s biggest ...

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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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Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

Phil West, 03 July 2013 08:00

Lexmoto’s new ZSX125 is a good indicator of how far – and fast – the much-maligned Chinese motorcycle industry has come in recent years, being not just as keenly priced as ever but also now being stylish and with an up-to-date spec. So, is it finally time to take ‘Made in China’ motorcycles seriously?... This bike is much more than ...

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Honda CB500X First Ride

Phil West, 02 May 2013 14:34

Phil West,  Executive Editor, is currently testing Honda’s new CB500X, the adventure styled version of it’s new 500 twin A2 licence friendly three bike range, near Barcelona in Spain. These are his first impressions. ‘Honda expect the new X version of its CB series to be the most popular of the three and on this first experience I have got ...

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Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

Phil West, 30 April 2013 14:56

MCN is looking for Triumph Bonneville owners for an upcoming feature! We need 2008-2009 Triumph Bonneville T100 or SE models. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and shoulder photograph of yourself to: mcn.news@motorcyclenews.com We'll be using the information to help with our article and there may be a chance you get featured in the ...

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First ride – KTM 390 Duke

Phil West, 16 April 2013 16:35

KTM’s latest version of its Duke, the 390, is currently being put through its paces near the Austrian firm’s factory in Salzburg by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child. The £4495 machine sits between the 125 and 690 versions and KTM are quoting 44bhp along with 35nm torque from its new 375cc engine. Here’s Chad’s first impressions: ‘The styling’s ...

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Video: Honda CB1100 old vs new

Phil West, 16 March 2013 12:30

The all-new Honda CB1100 is intended as a faithful 'homage' not juut to the original CB750K0 of 1969 but also to Honda's whole family of celebrated air-cooled CB fours of the '70s. But how well does it pull it off? brightcove.createExperiences();

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Honda CBR500R first ride

Phil West, 18 February 2013 12:50

Honda’s eagerly-awaited new 500 is currently being tested for the first time by MCN’s Phil West on the roads around Tarragona, near Barcelona - and also at the Parc Motor Circuit, these are his first impressions: “We are getting to ride the sport version, the CBR500R and the roadster CB500F on this launch, the adventure styled X version will become ...

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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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