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.

 

V-Strom 1000 XT 

 

  • MCN Fleet: When it all click the R6 is magical

    16 August 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: When it all click the R6 is magical

    I’ve completed over 4000 miles on the Yamaha so far and most of it has been in the guise of a workhorse. I live almost 100 miles from work and commute every day, grinding through torrential downpours...

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  • MCN Fleet: A perfectly packaged Bobber

    15 August 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: A perfectly packaged Bobber

    People always remark on how well-packaged the Triumph Bobber - and most of the Triumph heritage range - is. You know, the way they somehow hide all the wiring and make the fuel injection look like...

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  • MCN Fleet: Who's a fellow X-Adv rider?

    10 August 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Who's a fellow X-Adv rider?

    I was having a chat with one of the lads in the office about my X-Adv. He’d mentioned that, on his way to work that morning, he’d spotted an X-Adv on the road. I thought I was the only one out there...

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  • MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX250R ready for the road

    09 August 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX250R ready for the road

    Suzuki’s GSX250R is finally ready to join the 2017 MCN long-term test fleet and I can’t wait to get stuck in with it. After undertaking the first ride of the bike earlier this month, MCN’s Senior...

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  • MCN Fleet: I've got a confession to make...

    09 August 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: I've got a confession to make...

    If you’ve ever read a copy of MCN, you’ll see we do a feature called 20 Questions, where (would you believe it) we ask key motorcycling personalities 20 questions about riding. There’s one question...

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  • MCN Fleet: 5 Ninja 650 learnings in 5000 miles

    09 August 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: 5 Ninja 650 learnings in 5000 miles

    Watching the odometer tick over from 4,999 miles to the big 5,000 on the Kawasaki Ninja 650 was a really satisfying moment. What’s even better is knowing that all those hours and miles I’ve covered on...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Triumph Bobber mirror breaks

    01 August 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: The Triumph Bobber mirror breaks

    Unfortunately, as cool as the Triumph Bobber looks, it's not been plain sailing over the first 3000 miles we've spent together.  I've chucked the Bobber straight in at the deep end, using it as...

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  • MCN Fleet: Can the R6 be tamed?

    27 July 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: Can the R6 be tamed?

    My relationship with my Yamaha R6 can be described as rocky. She has thrown me out of the seat on more than one occasion and the bars have shaken their disgruntled head a few times. My Yam is a little...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Street Glide has finally clicked

    26 July 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    MCN Fleet: The Street Glide has finally clicked

    While I’ve been enjoying riding the Harley-Davidson Street Glide I’ve had on test, I’d not really gelled with it. I’ve clocked up well over 5,000 miles on it now but most of that has been commuting,...

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  • MCN Fleet: New boots for the RS

    24 July 2017 by Joe Dick

    MCN Fleet: New boots for the RS

    The Triumph Street Triple 765 RS comes on the awesome Pirelli Supercorsa SP’s that offer incredible grip for trackways and hot summer rides, but I couldn’t help but feel it was all a little much for...

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  • MCN Fleet: The 10p Bobber fix

    17 July 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: The 10p Bobber fix

    The Triumph Bobber looks great, there's no doubt about that. But one thing I was slightly worried about prior to its arrival was if all that style would be at the cost of functionality. The Triumph...

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  • MCN Fleet: A Street Triple Parisian romance

    12 July 2017 by Joe Dick

    MCN Fleet: A Street Triple Parisian romance

    It’s been three months since I got my hands on the Triumph Street Triple 765 RS and so far the bike has been an absolute hoot. Triumph have scored highly in many areas with the new RS from performance...

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  • MCN Fleet: Exhausting stuff for the Ninja 650

    11 July 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Exhausting stuff for the Ninja 650

    One of the things I’ve been interested in with my Kawasaki Ninja 650 long term bike this year has been its power output. Now I don’t think that it’s particularly bad as standard, and most of...

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  • MCN Fleet: In control of the Supersport S

    11 July 2017 by Andy Calton

    MCN Fleet: In control of the Supersport S

    Having passed the 1000-mile mark a short while ago, a few things have struck me about the consistently brilliant Ducati Supersport S. The switchgear is just a bit… well, odd. Hit the cancel indicator...

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  • MCN Fleet: New rubber transforms V-Strom

    10 July 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: New rubber transforms V-Strom

    When I took delivery of the V-Strom 650XT back in April, I was quite impressed with the Bridgestone Battlax Adventure tyres it came with. They gave quite a lot of feel in both the dry and the wet and...

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  • MCN Fleet: Bobber v Commute

    05 July 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: Bobber v Commute

    I ride everyday no matter the weather. Bikes are my main form of transport and they need to be able to keep up with the rigours of commuting everyday in unpredictable British weather. Take one look at...

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  • MCN Fleet: Sunny Sunday Funday for the X-Adv

    04 July 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Sunny Sunday Funday for the X-Adv

    Mark, my other half, and I checked the weather report on Saturday night and realised Sunday was going to be ‘Scorchio’, so what better way to spend the day than out on the bikes. We always fall into...

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  • MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R gets summer rubber

    03 July 2017 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R gets summer rubber

    Summer trackday season is upon us and there’s still only one tyre for the job: Metzeler’s Racetec RR K3. On the road they’re plush, grippy and not too shabby in the wet. A rear lasts for over...

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