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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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First ride preview: MV Agusta Brutale

Andy Downes, 18 February 2011 12:08

This is the new entry-level MV Agusta Brutale which, despite lashings of Italian flair and 130bhp performance, costs the same as a Yamaha FZ1 at £9999. The bike is a smaller, cheaper version of the 990 Brutale - the engine has been reduced in capacity to 921cc from 989cc yet still packs 130bhp at 10,500rpm and has a creamy 70ftlb ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - Marseille, Bologna and Skegness and 2500 miles in five days

Andy Downes, 26 April 2010 13:56

It’s the words you learn to dread while working at MCN – “Can I borrow your bike please?” In this case there was no way out. MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin needed to get to Marseille in the South of France for the launch of the new Yamaha FZ8 and because of the Icelandic volcano and no flights riding ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - A testing start

Andy Downes, 25 March 2010 09:00

In terms of timing, weather and traffic, the day I hitched a lift to Vines in Guildford to pick up my BMW R1200RT long term test bike couldn’t have been any worse. Around 20 miles away from the arrival at the dealership it started to rain and it got worse by the minute. I got there just after 3pm, by ...

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VFR1200F first ride blog: A perfect end

Andy Downes, 24 October 2009 12:32

MCN's Andy Downes has been testing the new VFR1200F in Japan. Andy has ridden the new V4 and is now getting ready to head home.   VFR1200F first ride blog: First impressions of the VFR1200F VFR1200F first ride blog: Dual Clutch Transmission review Today I went to Motegi for a visit to the Honda Collection Hall, but once we were done I could hear motocross ...

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