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Road Test Diary: Part One

In late October last year, MCN Road Testers Michael Neeves and Adam Child took a trip to Sicily for a week's worth of road tests. The digital producer that went along to shoot video also took some behind-the-scenes footage to document the trip. In part one of MCN's Road Test Diary, we take the Ducati Panigale 899, Suzuki GSX-R 750 and...

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steverhysjenks

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Bike kit

Its going to seem a really daft question. But do you guys carry and check in all your bike gear? How do manage making sure your helmets are not bashed about?

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

Sorry guys . . .

Too much talking and not enough action in this video. Was loosing the will to live by the end,  yaaaaaaawn!

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snev

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snev says:

Just What is Wrong....

 With Testing Bikes in this Country.....in the Rain.....or on our Salt encrusted Roads....? FFS MCN.........try testing bikes in ...OUR WORLD..........

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greenturbobob

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Lucky sods!!!

....... wished i was there!!

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Neevesy

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Neevesy says:

Snev

Nothing wrong with testing bikes in this country - we do it all the time. But when you've got incredible handling, stiff, powerful sportsbikes to review, you find out a lot more when it's dry. The pictures are more inspiring, too.

I see what you;re saying about 'real world', but In the rubbish winter conditions you can't lean a sportsbike over, acclerate or brake properly. We would be doing bikes like these a diservice pottering around at the speed limit and dribbling around salty corners. They'd all feel exactly the same.

New bikes come out in the winter, so that's when we have to review them. It would be good if they came out in the summer, but then we'd have nothing to do now!

Neevesy, MCN.

 

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snev

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snev says:

Yes......

 But some of us, your Readers... actually ride all year round and you learn an awfull lot about a bike at the limits of grip on wet pot holed roads. These Sportsbikes are in danger of being labelled "Fair Weather" bikes when actually, they are very capable all year round. After all...... Racing continues when it rains. 

 

My MT09 has done just over 2000 miles and I can only remember a couple of dry road days...... It's been huge fun and a bit of an eye opener......... I would be happy to write a Report based on my experiences riding a Brand new bike in the Winter... including Pictures of various parts showing how well the finish stands up to the salt and Grime.
 
I'm sure some would find it of interest. 
 
Snev.
 
 

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Neevesy

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Neevesy says:

Snev

I agree. That's what our long term test fleet is for - riding the bikes every day in all weathers and seeing how they stand-up. For a 'first ride' type road test, you need decent conditions to ride them.

Neevesy

 

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

So, . .. . .

What the test is saying is that these bikes are great to ride in this country for 5 months a year or the south of France all year round. So buy them and SORN them over winter here!

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Neevesy

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Neevesy says:

SatNavSteve

All we're saying is if you want to test a bike properly, you're best of doing it in the dry, where you can get proper riding impressions and nice-looking pictures.

Neevesy

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philehidiot

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philehidiot says:

Hence

why you did them all on the same tyres so you're limited by the grip / feel the bike provides, not the limitations of different tyres or the limitations of the surface.


Kind of obvious, really.

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