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Simply Ballistic: Can MV's new Dragster 800 out-gun its rivals?

The MV Agusta Dragster is the latest model to come from the iconic Italian brand – and it's a bit of a confused beast. Using the 798cc triple and cycle parts from the Brutale 800 roadster, it has a design similar to that of Ducati's Diavel performance cruiser and even runs a huge 200-section rear Pirelli, but more for aesthetic ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 July 2014

Ducati Monster 821 launch

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is at the world launch of Ducati’s new Monster 821 in Bologna, Italy. A short spin this evening will be followed by a full day of riding the new naked middleweight tomorrow. This is the latest Monster to come from the Ducati factory, hot on the heels of the all-new 1200 Monster earlier this ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 24 June 2014

Norton TT Racer On The Road

You can’t underestimate how hard it is to compete at the Isle of Man TT. It’s a mammoth task, and it’s almost impossible to convey with mere words the sheer scale of the mountain they have climbed, figuratively, and over the top of the island. But forget about the riding for a second; the logistics, planning and organisation alone are ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 23 June 2014

First Ride: Bimota BB3

MCN is at the world launch of Bimota’s new BB3, powered by a revised BMW S1000RR engine, at the Tazio Nuvalari circuit in Italy today. Senior Road Tester Adam Child will be testing the all-new Bimota, which is the latest bike to come from the historic and exotic brand under it’s new ownership. The new BB3 is powered by the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 14 June 2014

Product Review: Alpinestars Koln Drystar jacket and Excursion Gore-Tex trousers

Alpinestars Koln Drystar jacket and Excursion Gore-Tex trousers, £249.99 each(discontinued, replaced by Valparaiso Drystar, £249.99 and £199.99) Time tested: Three years /40,000 miles. What’s good? I’ve ridden for around six hours at a time in horrendous weather conditions and stayed perfectly dry in this jacket, but there does come a point when the faintest dampness seeps in around the neck ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 28 May 2014

How fast does it go mister?

‘How fast does it go mister?’ Whether it’s bikes or broadband, we’re obsessed by speed, so here are the facts you need to win your next pub debate Speed addiction has plagued humans since we first realised we could run. We’re fascinated by it, and the quest to discover who, or what, is the fastest. As soon as we’re sure ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 23 May 2014

Book review: Road Racers by Stephen Davison

Road Racers by Stephen Davison, £17.99Tester: Adam ChildTime tested: 140 pagesWhat’s good? Stephen is regarded as one of the best road race photographers in the business and this book highlights him as his best, with images which will stop you in your tracks. Stephen has been a road racing fan since he attended his first race in 1974, is part ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 04 March 2014

Product review: Held Sakari

Held Sakari back protector, £79.99Tester: Adam ChildTime tested: 4000 miles/seven months What’s good? I can’t get used to huge back protectors that make it feel like I have a front door down the back of my leathers. I obviously want the protection, but not the obstruction. This Held back protector provides a great balance between the two - it’s easy ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • 25 February 2014

First Ride: Ducati Monster 1200S

MCN is in Spain, Tenerife for the launch of the all new Ducati Monster 1200s and today MCN’s senior road tester Adam Child will be putting the new 145bhp naked bike to the testThe full test of the all new water-cooled Monster 1200S will be in the forthcoming issue of MCN out on Wednesday.The new Monster 1200s is now water-cooled, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 10 February 2014

Product Review: Kushitani K-5162 GPR-6 gloves

Kushitani K-5162 GPR-6 gloves, £189.99 Time tested: 4000 miles/four months What’s good? The feel comfort and build quality is exceptional. The Kangaroo leather used on the palm is really soft, which gives excellent feel. These are some of the comfiest summer race gloves I’ve ever tried, ridden in. They’re very malleable and soft on the palm but are tough on ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Gloves
  • 04 February 2014

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