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Suzuki C1500T first ride

Adam Child, 30 April 2013 06:30

They may be about as relevant in the UK as a 50ft Winnebago or eight-litre SUV but, if you hadn’t cottoned on already, ‘baggers’ - or be-bagged or panniered cruisers designed for comfort and custom style and, usually, also with Plexiglass screens, a relaxed riding position and footboards instead of conventional footpegs, are big news in the U S of A. ...

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New BMW R1200GS ridden!

Adam Child, 22 January 2013 12:24

BMW’s all-new and eagerly-awaited R1200GS is currently being put through its paces in South Africa by MCN Senior Tester Adam Child. Here are his first impressions: “We’re in 40 degree heat heading off on a two-day ride but you instantly notice the BMW’s new, partially watercooled engine: it’s far more responsive, livelier and the extra power makes the ride so ...

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Middleweight super twins tested

Adam Child, 26 July 2012 14:10

Going by the sales figures, new supersport 600s today are about as appealing as an ‘internal inspection’ at Terminal 5 – a far, far cry from the sales topping stats of bikes like the CBR600F in the 1990s. The quest for track and race success has resulted, so the theory goes, in bikes which are too extreme as road bikes ...

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Ducati 848 Evo Corse first ride

Adam Child, 22 March 2012 12:08

Today, machines such as the Triumph Daytona 675R and the MV Agusta F3 have brought a new dimension to middleweight supersports machines. And with this new 848 Evo Corse Ducati is both following in the footsteps of the previous 748 and 749 and promising to move things up a notch further still. In short, the limited edition Evo comes with all ...

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Kawasaki Versys 1000 delivers more for your money

Adam Child, 08 December 2011 10:08

So does a four-cylinder adventure bike make any sense? On the strength of our world first ride of Kawasaki’s pioneering, Z1000-based Versys 1000, the answer is ‘Yes’… and ‘No’… The Versys 1000 has a superbly smooth and tractable engine, class-leading traction control, all-day comfort, and is the cheapest bike in its class. But its looks are controversial and I was ...

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Benelli struggle on with style

Adam Child, 04 August 2011 15:42

Although Benelli hasn't gone the way of compatriots Moto Morini (which went into administration last year), there's no doubt it has been struggling, with model updates limited to minor revisions on a now ageing range of nakeds and sportsters based around the Pesaro-firm's charismatic three-cylinder engine. The new TNT R160 is the latest example of the breed. Effectively Benelli's only ...

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2011 KTM 990 SMT - first ride

Adam Child, 26 January 2011 10:19

Senior Road Tester Adam Child is in Southern Spain at the launch of the new 2011 ABS-equipped KTM SMT.  Aside from the anti-lock brakes the model is largely unchanged, but KTM are keen to point out that this is no ordinary ABS system - they claim it’s the most sophisticated ABS system available on the road at the moment. Adam Child said: "KTM couldn’t ...

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Poll: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 v Daytona 675 v ZX-6R v R6 v CBR600RR

Adam Child, 14 January 2011 09:24

Suzuki’s new GSX-R600 is lighter, has more midrange torque and extra revs, but can it beat the competition from both Japan and the UK? Find a used sports 600 for sale Senior road tester Michael Neeves is on his way to the south of France to find out. He’ll be riding each bike on the legendary Route Napoleon, one of ...

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Superbike showdown – will the Europeans come out on top?

Adam Child, 23 February 2010 14:03

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently at the Trazado Grand Prix Circuit, near Barcelona pitting all NINE of the world’s leading superbikes against each other. And for the first time in living memory the Japanese manufacturers could be set to have their butts well and truly kicked. For the first time, all of this year’s litre-class sports bikes ...

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2010 Kawasaki Versys - 'fun, agile and great to throw around'

Adam Child, 22 January 2010 16:55

Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently testing the 2010 Kawasaki Versys out in Sardinia.     Find a Kawasaki Versys for sale This is his latest update: “Kawasaki has made a few cosmetic changes to its 2010 Versys yet it retains a similar look to the old bike but with a classier finish. The headlight is new, with a 'city' light ...

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