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What's new on the Ducati Hyperstrada?

Michael Neeves, 21 May 2013 09:00

The paint's barely dry on the new 821cc Hypermotard, but Ducati has already created a touring version. With its panniers, centrestand and tall screen, here's what makes the Hyperstrada different to the Hypermotard. ElectronicsLike the Hypermotard, there’s an eight-stage traction control system and three riding modes: Sport, Touring and Urban. Sport and Touring give you full power, but have differing ...

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First ride – new Moto Guzzi Stelvio and Norge

Michael Neeves, 05 April 2011 16:01

MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just arrived in a sunny Florence, Italy ahead of the launch test of the new Moto Guzzi Stelvio and Norge which both feature a host of modifications from engine to suspension to cycle parts. Check back tomorrow for Michael’s first impressions or follow him on Twitter @neevesy33

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The world's lightest Hypermotard

Michael Neeves, 18 August 2010 10:44

NCR's new Leggera 1200 Special is the lightest Hypermotard ever - shedding an astonishing 57kg from the already minimal Ducati thanks to a strict titanium-only diet, while gaining 20bhp. Based on the 1100 Hypermotard the vast majority of the parts are in titanium, the front brake is in ceramic-carbon and the bodywork in carbon-fibre. Engine work includes new bigger-bore cylinders, ...

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Moto Guzzi Nevada Anniversario

Michael Neeves, 07 June 2010 17:15

To celebrate twenty years of the middleweight Moto Guzzi Nevada cruiser, the Italian firm have created a new addition to their model line-up: the Nevada Anniversario, which will only be available in Italy. The Nevada Anniversario has the same chassis and 48bhp, 744cc 90° V-twin motor as the standard £6274 Nevada Classic, but features a number of detail changes. These ...

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Triumph Thunderbird gets hot-rodded

Michael Neeves, 30 April 2010 11:58

In standard trim the Triumph Thunderbird has a grunty 1597cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, beautiful steering and solid stability. Next week in MCN we reveal a Thunderbird that’s like that, but more so. Thanks to modifications by dealer Jack Lilley, this ABS-equipped Thunderbird ‘Hot Rod Special’ looks that bit meaner, has a meatier soundtrack and even sharper handling. Like most of ...

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New Aprilia RSV4 R on the road!

Michael Neeves, 25 December 2009 13:00

MCN raved about Aprilia’s new ‘budget’ RSV4R (if you can call £12,743 budget) when we rode it at Mugello in November. It was all going well until five of the launch bikes suffered terminal con rod failures.  Aprilia were keen to prove this mechanical hiccup was a one-off, so invited us back to Portugal to ride it again on the ...

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Moto Guzzi planning Harley-Davidson rival

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2009 14:22

Moto Guzzi is setting its sights on Harley-Davidson with an all-new 1600cc cruiser, MCN reveals this week. Conceived to take on Harley’s 1584cc ‘big twins’, the new bike will be a new, big-bore version of the Italian firm’s Guzzi’s traditional across-the-frame V-twin and will carry the historic ‘California’ name. in an exclusive interview with MCN, Moto Guzzi’s Head of Communications, ...

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Aprilia RSV4 first ride

Michael Neeves, 02 April 2009 08:53

The Aprilia RSV4 launch took place at Misano in Italy. MCN's Michael Neeves was out there riding the RSV4 and reporting back with his impressions of Aprilia's new flagship supersports bike. Weather bad, bike good - 11:15am Unfortunately it hasn’t stopped raining, and the track is still very slippery. Even with the bad weather I’m having the time of my life and I’m disappointed ...

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Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9 - first impressions

Michael Neeves, 27 February 2009 11:11

MCN’s Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is currently testing the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9 at the twisty, Almeria circuit in southern Spain. Here are his thoughts after this morning’s first track session. "Despite the most radical engine redesign in the GSX-R1000's history, this is still undeniably a GSX-R – it has the same evil growl when you blip the throttle ...

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Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R v R1

Michael Neeves, 14 January 2008 11:46

Check out the first monster battle of 2008. In this video we pitch the new Kawasaki ZX-10R against the Yamaha R1; our superbike of choice for 2007. The ZX-10R has already ripped up the rule book by producing a staggering 170bhp; 8bhp more than the R1. It also flew down our test track at a genuine 184mph, in the wet! ...

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