2017 Long Term Fleet

Welcome to MCN's 120,000-mile test of 2017's key new machines. From Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000R and the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to the BMW R nineT Racer and the KTM 125 Duke, it's the UK's most comprehensive bike fleet. 

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

MCN's 2016 Longterm Fleet - we present the most important collection of bikes in 2016.

 

  • 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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  • MCN Fleet: Am I a Marquez Fan?

    05 October 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Am I a Marquez Fan?

    I’ve been interested to find that there’s a thriving community of Honda X-Adv riders out in the wider world. The bike seems to be very well received on the continent and one particularly active...

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  • MCN Fleet: Time to tweak the Bobber

    29 September 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: Time to tweak the Bobber

    It seems to have been a hectic time for myself and the Triumph Bobber recently, with plenty of longer trips putting more miles on the bike and seeing it blast through the #ride5000miles goal with...

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  • MCN Fleet: Ninja by name, Ninja by nature?

    28 September 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Ninja by name, Ninja by nature?

    I’ve been asking myself - is Kawasaki's 650 really worthy of the Ninja name? On looks alone, maybe. The ZX-10R-inspired styling and KRT paint scheme make it look like a proper pocket-rocket. The 63bhp...

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  • The tyre man cometh

    27 September 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    The tyre man cometh

    Ever since I first rode the long term Street Glide in the rain, I’ve been pretty keen to get rid of the stock tyres. In the dry, they’re fine, but in the wet they’re pretty poor – quickly spinning up,...

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  • MCN Fleet: What’s my R6 like in the wet?

    26 September 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: What’s my R6 like in the wet?

    My R6 is the only 600cc Supersport machine on the market with traction control and ABS as standard. In theory it should be able to cut it in the wet, but can it? I’d recently fitted brand new Metzeler...

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  • MCN Fleet: 125 Duke left for dust by the Blade

    25 September 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    MCN Fleet: 125 Duke left for dust by the Blade

    It was time for another Sunday blast with dad, him on a 2007 Fireblade and me on Doris the updated-for-2017 Duke. My dad must have been so bored. I was there with my hair dryer working hard to get up...

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  • MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT - Beauty or a beast?

    21 September 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT - Beauty or a beast?

    I’m five months and almost 6000 miles in to my year with the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT and ever since I took delivery of it, perhaps even before, I’ve had this one little niggle about the bike that won’t...

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  • MCN Fleet:Which mode's best for the X-ADV?

    20 September 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet:Which mode's best for the X-ADV?

    I feel that I should be wearing a white lab coat and not a leather jacket with all the testing I’ve been doing! I’m trying to work out which of the Honda X-Adv’s gear modes is right for me. Unlike...

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  • MCN Fleet: Hot under the collar

    19 September 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    MCN Fleet: Hot under the collar

    When it comes to cold weather, I don’t really mind admitting that I’m a bit of a softy. As soon as the mercury sinks, I’m straight into the box of winter gloves and thermal baselayers, so it was a bit...

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  • MCN Fleet: Our R6 feels a little deflated

    15 September 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: Our R6 feels a little deflated

    My R6’s rear tyre has just deflated in record time. We had a few 90mph wobbles but nothing that was too alarming, so I made my way to the littered grass verge on the A1 northbound and began the wait...

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  • MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R sips fuel like a commuter

    14 September 2017 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R sips fuel like a commuter

    On a slow moving journey from London to MCN’s Peterborough HQ recently, my GSX-R did the unthinkable for a superbike and returned an astonishing 61mpg.  I’m more interested in chasing lap times...

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  • MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT vs SV650

    06 September 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT vs SV650

    Riding for me is a balancing act. First and foremost, my bike is my number one means of transport, I’m a long distance commuter and often ride to the race meetings I cover for MCN.   However, the...

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  • MCN Fleet: How hard is it to pick up a Harley?

    06 September 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    MCN Fleet: How hard is it to pick up a Harley?

    It was all going so well. In my last report I said how after around 5000 miles it had all come together and I was really gelling with the bike. Summer was upon us and I was cruising around with the...

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