MCN Fleet

The ultimate road test! Each year we're given some of the latest machines to test and we like to keep you informed as to how we get on with them.

Here are the #MCNFleet bikes of the past and present...

 

  • MCN Fleet: 7500 mile service for V-Strom 650

    08 December 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: 7500 mile service for V-Strom 650

    The V-Strom headed to Suzuki for its 7500-mile service the other day and I was quite proud as the bike clicked 7503 as I rolled up to Suzuki’s Milton Keynes workshop! Sad, I know, but that was...

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  • MCN Fleet: 8000 miles with the Triumph Bobber

    04 December 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: 8000 miles with the Triumph Bobber

    My time with the Triumph Bobber has come to an end. It arrived in the middle of May with just a couple of hundred miles on the clock, and leaves having covered over 8000 miles. If you've read any of...

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  • MCN Fleet: Four maxi scooters in one week

    01 December 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Four maxi scooters in one week

    When I tell people I’m MCN’s Office Manager, they assume I’m tied to my desk and most of the time I am but not this week. My daily ride is a Honda X-ADV and over the last seven days I’ve had the...

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  • MCN Fleet: New rubber for V-Strom 650

    30 November 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: New rubber for V-Strom 650

    I’ve just reluctantly parted ways with my trusty Metzeler Roadtec 01s after almost 4000 miles on the V-Strom. I can see why they’ve been named tyre of the year in the MCN awards for the last couple of...

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  • MCN Fleet: R6 Dyno results

    28 November 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: R6 Dyno results

      Just check out that power curve! A full race Akrapovic exhaust system has transformed my R6. Peak power is up 7bhp and torque has increased from 45.51ftlb to 47.38ftlb. This may not sound much,...

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  • MCN Fleet: Triumph Bobber takes to the night

    28 November 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: Triumph Bobber takes to the night

    I can’t really remember the last time I went for a ride just for the sake of it. It certainly hasn’t been in the past 12 months. It's a terrible confession to make, I know, so having realised this,...

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  • MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye's rubber rings

    27 November 2017 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye's rubber rings

    I’m not shocked very often these days. But Pirelli’s Scorpion STR Rally rubber has absolutely blown me away over the last couple of months. They appear to suit BMW’s GS Rallye so well that it makes...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Suzuki GSX250R hits 5000 miles

    24 November 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    MCN Fleet: The Suzuki GSX250R hits 5000 miles

    After four and a half months of daily commuting, weekend rides, pillion passengers and long-distance motorway stints, the Suzuki GSX250R has finally surpassed the #ride5000miles goal. In that time,...

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  • MCN Fleet: KTM 125 Duke handguard heaven

    21 November 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    MCN Fleet: KTM 125 Duke handguard heaven

    I used KTM’s online configurator to make some updates to Doris the 124.7cc Duke. One addition, which I thought would benefit the motorway miles I cover a bit more, was KTM’s handguards (purchased from...

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  • MCN Fleet: The baby Duke's first pillion

    15 November 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    MCN Fleet: The baby Duke's first pillion

    I remember my first pillion experience well. Mainly because it didn’t end very well. I was 16 years old and riding a Peugeot Speedfight 50cc scooter with my cousin as pillion in Greece. It was a hot...

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  • MCN Fleet: New tail tidy for the RS

    13 November 2017 by Joe Dick

    MCN Fleet: New tail tidy for the RS

    The time has finally arrived to start swapping a few bits and adding accessories on the Street Triple RS. I’ve gone for the common mods most will do when they purchase a new bike including the Arrow...

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  • MCN Fleet: Getting in the zone on the Bobber

    03 November 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: Getting in the zone on the Bobber

    I had one of those rides last night. You know, the kind where everything is just right. Yes, it's November, and it was dark, but that didn't matter. I've made no secret of the fact that I've struggled...

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  • MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT the ideal workhorse

    31 October 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT the ideal workhorse

    Working as MCN’s British Superbike reporter takes me here, there and everywhere. Not only do I get to head out to 12 rural destinations in far-flung corners of the UK (and the Netherlands), I’m often...

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  • MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye hits 5500miles

    30 October 2017 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye hits 5500miles

    Five months have passed pretty rapidly with the Rallye, all to the sonorous soundtrack of a hard-working boxer twin exercising with the sort of aerobic exertion that any triathlete would be happy...

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  • MCN Fleet: Arrow exhaust for the RS

    29 October 2017 by Joe Dick

    MCN Fleet: Arrow exhaust for the RS

    Just recently I’ve taken the plunge and gone for an aftermarket exhaust on the Street Triple RS. The £615 price tag makes it a hard move but the design is perfect as you'd expect from Arrow. Not only...

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  • MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye gets protected

    23 October 2017 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye gets protected

    Buying bike accessories that you can’t see somewhat smacks of the emperor’s new clothes – but I can assure you there a) are actually products in these photos, and that b) they work really rather...

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  • MCN Fleet: Is the GSX250R any good on track?

    23 October 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    MCN Fleet: Is the GSX250R any good on track?

    I’ve spent the majority of my time with Suzuki’s GSX250R exploring its surprising ability to cover big miles. However, although the A1 is mighty fun, when an opportunity came to take the 250 on...

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  • MCN Fleet: Winter is coming for the V-Strom!

    19 October 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: Winter is coming for the V-Strom!

    Winter is coming! There’s no doubt about it, the nights are drawing in, the clocks go back next week, the temperature is plunging, the grey murky days arriving and this morning we had our first fog of...

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  • MCN Fleet: Be safe, be seen on the X-ADV

    19 October 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Be safe, be seen on the X-ADV

    Today is the first day I’ve felt fully justified for having the fog lights fitted to the Honda X-ADV. With the trees rapidly going from summery green to autumnal brown the change of the season is...

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  • MCN Fleet: More standard boots for the 250

    16 October 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    MCN Fleet: More standard boots for the 250

    With the clocks nudging 3500 miles on my Suzuki GSX250R, it was time for some new rubber. After months of commuting, leisure rides and even an afternoon on track, the rear OE IRC RX-01 Road Winner had...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Ninja 650 gets Roadsmart

    10 October 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: The Ninja 650 gets Roadsmart

    When first fitted, I wasn’t too sure if Pirelli’s Rosso III tyres would quite live up to the Metzeler Roadtec 01s I’d used previously.  As a sportier tyre, I didn’t expect them to perform as well...

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