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Staff blog: Bad back stops play

Andy Downes, 14 August 2013 10:04

I did my back in a couple of weeks ago so riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring was put on hold while my life revolved around physiotherapy, 500mg Naproxen tablets twice a day, paracetamol every four hours, ice packs every two hours and then more physio. While it would be great to admit I did my back damage while ...

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Staff Blog: Solving the Ducati Multistrada luggage conundrum

Andy Downes, 22 July 2013 14:36

A little while ago I rode to Italy and back on the Ducati Mulitstrada 1200 S Touring and as part of the preparation I wanted to take a tankbag because of the extra practicality they offer.I am a big fan of tankbags and have used them all my biking life as they put everything you might need on a regular ...

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Staff Blog:Tyres changed after 2500 miles in five days

Andy Downes, 21 May 2013 15:07

The mobile tyre fitter has just left having swopped the worn out tyres on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring which had been reduced to near illegal wear depth following my trip to the Ducati factory last week; a 2500 mile round trip. You’ll be able to read a full account of my trip to Bologna in a forthcoming issue ...

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Staff Blog: The magic carpet

Andy Downes, 01 May 2013 10:09

According to the Asphalt Industry Alliance (no, me neither) there are 2.2million potholes on the UKs roads, it’s going to cost £113million to fix them all and there has been £32million of damage to vehicles in the past year.That sounds like a lot. Although, to be honest, what I know about potholes; other than they really shouldn’t be there; is ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - British GP puts Brutale under strain

Andy Downes, 12 July 2011 14:25

Working at the British MotoGP round at Silverstone meant my MV Agusta Brutale test bike got a hard workout…and ended up looking like it had been buried at sea! The bike did more than 350 miles in three days as I was dashing between the office, home and the track; with many of the miles in the lashing rain that ...

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Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - loan leaves an impression

Andy Downes, 22 November 2010 16:36

Getting my hands on the Editor’s Ducati Multistrada 1200 was meant to be for just one afternoon so I could do some advanced rider training, but after some begging it turned out to last nearly a week. The reason was simple…I bloody loved it and the thought of giving it back to Marc Potter, or indeed anyone, was horrible.    I’d ...

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VFR1200F first ride blog: The night before the first test of the VFR1200F

Andy Downes, 21 October 2009 16:01

MCN's Andy Downes will be testing the new VFR1200F in Japan later this week. He will be posting regular updates of his experiences. More info on the Honda VFR1200 'I've just finished a 17 hour day at the Tokyo Motor Show and about to go to bed in a hotel In Sendai - on the north east coast of Japan ...

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VFR1200F first ride blog: The Toyko Motor Show

Andy Downes, 21 October 2009 09:22

MCN's Andy Downes will be testing the new VFR1200F in Japan later this week. He will be posting regular updates of his experiences. More info on the Honda VFR1200 I've just spoken with Hasegawa - Project leader for the new VFR1200F bike. He revealed the first versions of the Honda Dual Clutch Transmission was too boring and was too much like ...

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MCN's Brno run finally arrives

Andy Downes, 21 July 2007 15:36

MCN Features Editor Andy Downes has finally arrived at Brno, just in time to catch the practice for Sunday's race. "We finally arrived in Brno after 1100 miles with conditions varying from 41 degree celcius heat to hailstones as big as gobstoppers! It was me not the Kawasaki Z1000 that was wilting by the time we arrived at our hotel. "A ...

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