2016 Long Term Fleet

The ultimate road test

Welcome to MCN's 120,000-mile test of 2016's key new machines. From Triumph Thruxton R to Kawasaki J125, it's the UK's most comprehensive bike fleet. 

MCN's 2015 Longterm Fleet - we present the most important collection of bikes in 2015.

Honda CB500F 

  • MCN Fleet: Bye-bye Beemer

    14 February 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Bye-bye Beemer

    Time for the BMW F800GS to return I’ve had a fantastic experience with BMW's middleweight adventure option, but the time has sadly come for the F800GS to return. I must admit, when I took delivery of...

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  • MCN Fleet: KTM Super Duke GT's Imperfect 10

    19 January 2017 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: KTM Super Duke GT's Imperfect 10

    Few other bikes have impressed me more than KTM’s mongrel genius GT. Its ability to be whatever your mood wants it to be is infectious and endearing – but it’s not faultless. After 10,000 miles in the...

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  • MCN Fleet: NC750 disco dash driving me dizzy

    09 January 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: NC750 disco dash driving me dizzy

    When Honda gave the super practical NC750X a face lift for 2017, included on these updates was an all-new colour changing eco dash to inform you of just how economically you are riding at any given...

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  • MCN Fleet: KTM Super Duke GT brakes for itself

    12 December 2016 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: KTM Super Duke GT brakes for itself

    This is definitely one for the list of ‘things I never knew I needed’: Hill Hold Control. I’ve always taken great pleasure in trying to learn how to do things for myself, and will be forever grateful...

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  • MCN Fleet: Absence makes the heart grow fonder

    05 December 2016 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: Absence makes the heart grow fonder

    You know they say absence makes the heart grow fonder? I rode the NC750X for the first time in three weeks yesterday – I’d been away on an epic scooter adventure to Valenica with our MotoGP reporter...

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  • MCN Fleet: KTM Super Duke GT burns rubber

    14 November 2016 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: KTM Super Duke GT burns rubber

    “You won’t get more than 800 miles out of those,” said MCN’s tyre fitter as he expertly manipulated a set of Pirelli Diablos Supercorsa SPs onto the 1290 GT’s rims. “They’ll be fine for at least...

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  • MCN Fleet: Street 750 helps turn the M25 red!

    13 November 2016 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Street 750 helps turn the M25 red!

    I’m just home and having a cuppa after a great day of riding. It’s not the most ideal biking weather and with no weather protection on the Harley-Davidson Street 750, it’s not the best bike for winter...

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  • Ducati XDiavel S: get ready for launch

    10 November 2016 by Emma Franklin

    Ducati XDiavel S: get ready for launch

    With its 160bhp and super-long wheelbase, there's no denying Ducati's XDiavel is born for the dragstrip. Which is why the Italian manufacturer thought it right and proper that the S model of the super...

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  • MCN Fleet: A dim view of the F800GS

    04 November 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: A dim view of the F800GS

    It’s reached that depressing time of the year when the clocks go all topsy-turvy and night encroaches a lot sooner than it should. The extra riding about in the dark has highlighted that the headlamp...

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  • MCN Fleet: DIY chain oiler for the Street Twin?

    01 November 2016 by Ped Baker

    MCN Fleet: DIY chain oiler for the Street Twin?

    I’m a big fan of chain oilers. On all the bikes I’ve owned and most long termers (although not on the belt drive Indian and Harleys!) an automatic oiler is usually high on the list of mods. They’re...

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  • MCN Fleet: When will I ever feel comfortable?

    30 October 2016 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: When will I ever feel comfortable?

    So, I've been on a voyage of discovery this year with my Harley-Davidson Street 750 and become firm friends over the 7000 miles covered. When I say firm friends I do mean it quite literally, the...

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  • MCN Fleet: KTM Super Duke GT gives you wings

    08 October 2016 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: KTM Super Duke GT gives you wings

    Truly exceptional motorcycles change your life. Horizons seem to stretch that little bit further, the mundane becomes an excuse for entertainment, and when you’d normally stop – they inspire you to...

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  • MCN Fleet: Street 750 goes back to school

    01 October 2016 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Street 750 goes back to school

    I’ve not taken the usual route with my IAM training, rather than join my local group and have weekly or fortnightly rides out with my observer, I opted to join the Thames Vale group. Throughout the...

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  • MCN Fleet: Is the NC750X's tank too small?

    28 September 2016 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: Is the NC750X's tank too small?

    One thing that excited me when I took on the NC750X as my MCN Fleet bike for this year was its excellent reputation when it comes to fuel economy.  And it’s true, the 745cc parallel twin is...

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  • MCN Fleet: R1200RT is perfect rehabilitation

    28 September 2016 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: R1200RT is perfect rehabilitation

    After I broke my collarbone in three bits in a racing incident at Oliver’s Mount my RT has spent the last six weeks untouched. But finally the doctors at orthteam.com gave me the all clear to get back...

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  • MCN Fleet: Super-thrifty Yamaha MT-03

    27 September 2016 by Simon Brown

    MCN Fleet: Super-thrifty Yamaha MT-03

    Bargain! I’ve recently taken the already economical MT-03 on its first long-distance motorway jaunt – just under 180 miles down to Margate, Kent for a family birthday – and recorded a...

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  • MCN Fleet: The F800GS does the dirty, again

    23 September 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: The F800GS does the dirty, again

    One of the things that I’ve been adamant that I wanted to do while I have the F800GS this year is learn to ride off-road. Having never taken to the dirt previously. I’ve done this by attending a...

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  • MCN Fleet: Is it time to swap the Street 750

    18 September 2016 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Is it time to swap the Street 750

    I’ve been riding the Harley-Davidson Street 750 for the last few months, after almost 30 years it’s taken over from the XL Sportster 883 as the baby of the Harley range. I was curious to see how the...

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  • MCN Fleet: The GS is booting up to go off-road

    15 September 2016 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: The GS is booting up to go off-road

    Back in June I took the F800GS and myself off-road for the first time at the Sweet Lamb Adventure Bike Academy. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done on a motorcycle and is something I promised...

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  • MCN Fleet: XDiavel tours on cruise control

    11 September 2016 by Emma Franklin

    MCN Fleet: XDiavel tours on cruise control

    The XDiavel has proved it's the cruiser that thinks it's a sportsbike, but on a recent 250-mile ride-out recently, I found that the belt-drive behemoth also does a fair impression of a tourer,...

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