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2015 BMW S1000RR launch today

Michael Neeves, 21 October 2014 09:04

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the 2015 BMW S1000RR at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville, Spain today. It’s the superbike’s biggest overhaul since the original version came out in 2010. It has a staggering 199bhp (so easily breaking the magic 200bhp with a race exhaust), more torque, 4kg less weight, a new frame, steering ...

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KTM RC 390 launch today

Michael Neeves, 01 September 2014 10:26

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the eagerly awaited new KTM RC 390 in Italy today. Costing £4995 the single-cylinder 43bhp, 373.2cc machine is aimed at younger riders and can be ridden on an A2 licence from the age of 19. Its closest rivals will be the new Honda CBR300R and Kawasaki Ninja 300R, but ...

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Riding the icons: Suzuki RG500

Michael Neeves, 04 July 2014 09:30

This Suzuki RG500 is in superb condition. It’s bog-stock, like the bike then-MCN road tester Mat Oxley would’ve raved about back in 1985. Like the rest of the biking world, Oxley was in awe of this road-going 500cc GP replica, saying in the September 25 1985 issue of MCN: “In its powerband the RG500 is a vicious motorcycle that’s more ...

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BMW R1200GS Adventure launch today

Michael Neeves, 24 January 2014 09:14

MCN is at the launch of the new BMW R1200GS adventure in southern Spain today.Based on the liquid-cooled, face lifted R1200GS which arrived in dealers last year, the new Adventure version has a new 30-litre aluminium tank (three-litres smaller than the last model’s), a revised riding position, restyled bodywork, heavier flywheel, new electronic riding modes, 20mm longer suspension travel and ...

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First Ride: Honda Fireblade SP

Michael Neeves, 16 December 2013 09:17

I'm currently at the launch of the new Honda Fireblade SP at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The standard Fireblade has been updated for 2014 with engine and riding position tweaks, but Honda are offering an SP version for the first time, which includes a 178bhp blueprinted motor, Ohlins NIX30 forks and TTX rear shock, Brembo monobloc four-piston calipers, Pirelli ...

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Ultimate Superbikes 4th place: MV Agusta F4RR

Michael Neeves, 14 May 2013 08:30

Lap time: 1:53.86Top speed at end of straight: 163.6mphMax braking (g): 1.19Max lean: 41.62 Why it’s so specialMV Agusta F4s are the ultimate poster bikes. The iconic Massimo Tamburini-designed lines haven’t really changed over the years, just tweaked, refined and polished, but even today, 14 years after the original F4 750 was released, this latest evolution is unutterably beautiful.  It ...

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Michael Neeves' top five bikes of 2012

Michael Neeves, 27 December 2012 09:30

As Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is in the envious position of riding a huge range of bikes every year. So we got Neevesy to run through the top five bikes he's ridden in 2012. 1. Ducati Streetfighter 848 This has been my long-term test bike this year and I racked up close to 10,000-miles on it in six months. I ...

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Kawasaki Z800 First Ride Video

Michael Neeves, 05 December 2012 07:00

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Kawasaki Z800 first ride: "A smooth and refined ride"

Michael Neeves, 03 December 2012 09:27

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. "This is the replacement for the Z750, a bike that’s actually been around for 10 years next year – doesn’t time fly? "Kawasaki has ...

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2013 Aprilia RSV4 ridden

Michael Neeves, 25 October 2012 07:00

This is what motorcycling dreams are made of: a sunny day, a dry track and one of the world's best superbikes to play on. I'm talking about the lightly-revised new 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC. It's available from the dealers next Feburary and costs the same as the current model - £16,599. You're not going to feel the new bike's ...

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