First rides & tests

  • Gallery: Rocking retros

    Yesterday 15:40 by MCN News

    Gallery: Rocking retros

    If you want to have a chilled ride, one or two up, a modern classic should do the trick.  MCN contributor Jon Urry put the theory to the test with Honda's CB1100 EX, BMW's R nineT Pure and...

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  • Kawasaki Versys-X 300 first ride incoming

    23 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    Kawasaki Versys-X 300 first ride incoming

    Not every adventure has to be to the furthest flung corners of the world and this year we are starting to see the rise of the mini adventure bike – small capacity machines that offer all of the...

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  • First ride: Egli Fritz W.1300

    17 May 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    First ride: Egli Fritz W.1300

    Swiss chassis builder Egli have been crafting frames for over 100 years, but the Fritz W.1300– named after founding father Fritz Egli – is their first new bike for nearly 30 years. It features a...

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  • Gallery: Extreme bikes on extreme roads

    17 May 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Extreme bikes on extreme roads

    Aprilia’s new Tuono 1100 V4 Factory, the BMW S1000R Sport, KTM 1290 Super Duke R and the Yamaha MT-10SP are the hardest, most extreme super-nakeds money can buy. The new machines rival sportsbikes...

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  • Gallery: Might-TE machines

    17 May 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Might-TE machines

    Entering a BMW showroom can be a confusing affair. These are bikes sold with myriad options and each has its own bamboozling acronym. But there is a way to simplify the whole process - just tick the...

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  • Gallery: Electric boogaloo

    17 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    Gallery: Electric boogaloo

    The future is electric. It's a statement often trotted out as we search for evergreener solutions to our increasingly finite resources of black gold and rapidly multiplying transport woes - especially...

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  • First ride: Harley-Davidson Freewheeler

    10 May 2017 by Phil West

    First ride: Harley-Davidson Freewheeler

    Harley-Davidson are no newcomers to trikes. In fact, with their utility Servicar in production between 1932 and 1975, followed by the luxurious Tri Glide Ultra Classic from 2009 (basically an Electra...

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  • First ride: 2017 KTM RC390 – Getting RC

    10 May 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: 2017 KTM RC390 – Getting RC

    KTM have moved their racy RC390 into the Euro4 era with ride-by-wire, a new side-mounted exhaust, a bellypan and, er… that’s about it. The £5099 race replica doesn’t feature the swathe of updates...

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  • New tyre review: Avon Spirit ST

    08 May 2017 by Michael Neeves

    New tyre review: Avon Spirit ST

    Avon’s new range-topping sports touring tyre comes with improved all-weather performance, durability...and a new name.  The Spirit ST is an evolution of the current Storm 3D X-M, which will stay...

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  • Video: Yamaha TMAX DX first ride

    08 May 2017 by Adam Child

    Video: Yamaha TMAX DX first ride

    Yamaha’s new MT-10SP and eagerly anticipated R6 may be grabbing all the headlines, but this is Yamaha’s most important bike of 2017. Since the launch of the TMAX in 2001, Yamaha have sold over a...

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  • Benelli TRK 502 first ride

    23 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli TRK 502 first ride

    Freedom, adventure, passion without any limitations. That’s what TRK stands for, according to Benelli, but in reality the TRK is far from limitless. The main limitation is the lack of power from the...

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  • First rides: Honda CB650F & CBR650F

    13 April 2017 by Jon Urry

    First rides: Honda CB650F & CBR650F

    Honda’s five new 2017 bike bonanza has been a few days full of surprises for MCN from the oddly charming Rebel impressing to the thoroughly refined CB1100 EX displaying retro charm at its best and the...

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  • Video: We ride Honda's CB1100 RS and EX

    13 April 2017 by Jon Urry

    Video: We ride Honda's CB1100 RS and EX

    At the moment we are spoilt for choice in the UK when it comes to retro bikes. From the large capacity machines such as the Triumph Thruxtons and Bonnevilles to the smaller capacity Ducati Scrambler...

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  • Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory: 'Outrageously good'

    11 April 2017 by Adam Child

    Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory: 'Outrageously good'

    It’s not often I fail to find fault with a bike, but I’m struggling with Aprilia’s new V4 Tuono Factory. After a long day riding stunning roads in northern Italy, I can’t think of any other bike on...

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  • Yamaha X-MAX 300 first ride incoming

    11 April 2017 by Jon Urry

    Yamaha X-MAX 300 first ride incoming

    MCN is in Italy, the heart of scooter country, to test Yamaha’s new X-MAX 300 around the streets of Florence. The X-MAX 300 replaces the older X-MAX 250 in Yamaha’s maxi-scooter range and sits...

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  • First ride: 'KTM has made a 125 to lust after'

    11 April 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: 'KTM has made a 125 to lust after'

    Like the 390 the new 125 Duke gets a major makeover. The original 2011 model didn’t exactly have quality written through it like a stick of rock, but this one does. It has the 390’s full colour dash,...

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  • Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

    11 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

    We're in Italy for the launch of the new Benelli TRK 502, a 500cc parallel twin adventure bike first shown at the Milan Show in 2015. Benelli's adventure bike offering - which bears more than a...

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  • Video: 2017 superbike shootout

    09 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Video: 2017 superbike shootout

    2017 sees the return of two huge names in the superbike class in the guise of Honda's Fireblade SP and Suzuki's GSX-R1000R. Both Honda and Suzuki were left behind when the BMW S1000RR moved the goal...

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  • Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

    05 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

    It's that time of year again, when we take the best superbikes on the planet and put them through their paces, and this year our superbike shootout is more thorough than ever before. Over seven days...

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  • First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

    04 April 2017 by Richard Newland

    First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

    Baggers might not be your bag for a whole host of reasons, but if your primary objections revolve around poor handling, unsophisticated chassis, agricultural engines, and vast swathes of chrome – this...

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  • BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

    03 April 2017 by Adam Child

    BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

    At the end of 2016 BMW updated its R1200GS to make it Euro 4 compliant. While the GS was in the workshop they made some cosmetic changes and revised and smoothed the drivetrain. For 2017 BMW have...

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