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Aprilia Caponord first ride

As the biking audience matures, demand continues to increase for adventure bikes. Early last year Triumph launched its new Explorer which took the coveted MCN road test class crown in 2012. But since then Ducati has launched its new ‘skyhook’ Multistrada, the first to come with true semi-active suspension, while both KTM and BMW have introduced new models which have ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 April 2013

MCN rides the Britten V1000

‘Outstanding’, ‘amazing’, and ‘work of art’ are all labels liberally applied to the exotic race bikes built by John Britten, but in reality the Britten deserves a unique accolade to celebrate its existence. In many peoples’ minds it’s simply the greatest bike ever made. For me it transcends everything, it’s a dream bike, it was the poster bike I had ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 24 January 2013

Magny Cours WSB: Sykes and Melandri closes in on championship lead as Biaggi crashes out

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes closed within 14.5 points of championship leader Max Biaggi after taking third position in damp, tricky conditions at Magny Cours. Factory Aprilia rider Biaggi crashed at the end of the long back straight, uninjured on lap two. BMW’s Marco Melandri finished second in the dramatic wet race and is still very much in the title fight, only ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 07 October 2012

Magny Cours WSB: Sykes takes pole and smashes lap record

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes secured pole position, smashing the lap record with an outstanding Superpole lap, while championship rival Max Biaggi struggled finishing an unexpected 10th. Sykes took his ninth pole position of the season, setting the new circuit best lap with a 1.36.950. Factory Aprilia rider Biaggi failed to make Superpole three, unable to link a hot lap together in ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 06 October 2012

Magny Cours WSB: Marco on top in the last qualifying before Superpole

Marco Malandri, improved from yesterday’s third position to top the time sheets in second qualifying knocking Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes back to second. Sykes couldn’t improve on Friday’s time and had to settle for second spot. Athea Ducati’s Carlos Checa improved from Friday’s time but moves from provisional second to third, with Honda’s Jonathan Rea moving up from fifth to fourth, ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 06 October 2012

Magny Cours WSB: Tom Sykes on top in first qualifying

In perfect sunny conditions Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes set the fastest time of the first 45 minute qualifying session, with a 1.38.200. Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa joins him on the provisional front row followed by an injured Marco Melandri third with Checa’s team mate Davide Giugliano rounding off the front row. Championship leader Max Biaggi was seventh, followed by Haslam in ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 06 October 2012

Magny Cours WSB: Rea leads Brit charge at final round

Jonathan Rea topped the first free practice time sheets at Magny Cours, setting a 1.39.064 on a drying tack. PATA Ducati rider Sylvain Guintoli finished second with in form Brits Leon Camier and Tom Sykes rounding out the provisional front row. Championship leader Max Biaggi set the sixth fastest time with title contender Marco Melandri riding through the pain barrier ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 05 October 2012

2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro ridden

Aprilia’s revised exotic Dorsoduro 1200 has lost weight, gained some Italian ponies and now has a three-way traction control as standard. If you thought the Supermoto scene was drying up you’d be wrong. Aprilia are seven times world supermoto champions, and the Dorsoduro has been a success story since its launch in 750 format back in 2008. It’s Aprilia’s third best-selling ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 March 2012

Fully updated Kawasaki ER-6n sets new standard

When we learnt that Kawasaki wasn't just giving its popular ER6 range a slight update for 2012 but was almost completely revising them, first we wondered if it was strictly necessary. After all, both ERs (n for naked, f for faired) were already among the best middle-weight twins. Then, on seeing the bikes and realising how similar they looked to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 21 October 2011

Ben Gautrey 1992 -2011

I first met Ben in April 2010 at a cold and damp Mallory Park. I was at Mallory testing one of the new Aprilia 450 race bikes which Ben was competing on; Ben went on to win the Moto 450 Championship later that year. Despite the fact it was cold, damp, usual Mallory pre-season weather, Ben was excited, enthusiastic and ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • British Superbikes
  • 02 September 2011

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