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: Your Ninja 650 questions answered

    03 May 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Your Ninja 650 questions answered

    What do you want to know about the Ninja 650? I’ve done just shy of 3000 miles on the Kawasaki Ninja 650 now so am building up quite a good idea of what the bike is like to live with every day. In the...

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  • MCN Fleet: New tyres transform the Ninja 650

    18 April 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: New tyres transform the Ninja 650

    The Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres that replaced the OE spec Dunlop Sportmax D214s have completely transformed the Ninja 650. I decided to change tyres after finding the standard D214s to be lacking in...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Ninja 650 begins to shine

    05 April 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: The Ninja 650 begins to shine

    The Ninja 650's been through its first service, so now I’m finally able to unleash the little animal onto the roads. With no regard for frugal riding or self-imposed rev limitations, it was time to...

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  • MCN Fleet: Yamaha R6 one month away!

    04 April 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: Yamaha R6 one month away!

    I’m still one month away from R6 ownership as Yamaha’s all-new YZF-R6 was only launched to the world two weeks ago.However, I was lucky enough to spend a day testing the new R6 in Almeria, Spain so...

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  • MCN Fleet: Triumph Bobber on its way

    31 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: Triumph Bobber on its way

    I'm counting down the days until I take delivery of the new Triumph Bobber as my longterm test bike for 2017 and despite more red crosses appearing on my calendar, it's not getting any easier. The...

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  • MCN Fleet: GSX250R ready to roll

    30 March 2017 by Simon Brown

    MCN Fleet: GSX250R ready to roll

    This year’s all about fun and frugal commuting in almost equal measure. The GSX is the smallest bike I’ve spent time with since passing my test more than 20 years ago but having enjoyed Yamaha’s MT-03...

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  • MCN Fleet: Ducati SuperSport S set to impress

    30 March 2017 by Andy Calton

    MCN Fleet: Ducati SuperSport S set to impress

    Sometimes you read a job ad and it feels like it’s been written for you. Everything they offer, you want and everything they want you to have done, you’ve done. That’s how I felt when I first read...

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  • MCN Fleet: BMW R nineT Racer coming soon

    30 March 2017 by Matt Wildee

    MCN Fleet: BMW R nineT Racer coming soon

    We’re still waiting for our R nineT Racer to arrive, but I’m lucky enough to have ridden the Racer on a couple of occasions and it’s going to be interesting getting to know BMW’s beautiful...

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  • MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT incoming!

    29 March 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT incoming!

    Having spent the last few years riding A2 licence friendly bikes, I was keen to step up to something a bit more substantial for 2017. As soon as I saw the fleet MCN had secured for the months ahead,...

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  • MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX-R1000R coming soon

    28 March 2017 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX-R1000R coming soon

    It won’t be long before I take delivery of Suzuki’s long-awaited GSX-R1000R. I was also thinking about choosing the new Blade and Ducati SuperSport as my MCN long-term test bike for 2017, but I reckon...

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  • MCN Fleet: Introducing the Ninja 650

    26 March 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Introducing the Ninja 650

    The first thing that struck me about the new Ninja was just how pretty it is. Kawasaki have really hit the nail on the head with the design, it looks absolutely fantastic. When has a budget bike ever...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Eva has landed

    23 March 2017 by Emma Franklin

    MCN Fleet: The Eva has landed

    MCN has joined the electric revolution by spending the summer months with the stunning Energica Eva naked bike. The £27,999 Eva arrived from the Italian factory, via UK importers Moto Corsa, this...

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  • MCN Fleet: Hankering for a Harley

    23 March 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    MCN Fleet: Hankering for a Harley

    I’ve always had a soft spot for a Harley, so I was really excited to find out that I’d be testing a Street Glide.  The 2017 Street Glide is fitted with a Milwaukee-Eight, H-D’s first new big-twin...

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  • MCN Fleet: There’s a new Ninja in town

    22 March 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: There’s a new Ninja in town

    The new Ninja 650 instantly grabbed my attention when it was revealed at the Intermot show last year with the completely new styling and frame making this machine much more than just a re-hashed...

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  • MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye joins the fleet

    22 March 2017 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye joins the fleet

    Some bikes just get under your skin, and for me the R1200GS is one of them. I’ve done a lot of miles on GSs over the years – including a Land’s End to John O’Groats double and a lap of the coast of...

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