First rides & tests

  • Ducati Monster 821: 'Capable and fun to ride'

    02 November 2017 by Adam Child

    Ducati Monster 821: 'Capable and fun to ride'

    Can you believe Ducati’s Monster is 25 years old? Yes, I’m feeling ancient too. Back in 1992 I was on my first step of the motorcycling ladder, riding around on L-plates. For me and many other...

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  • MCN Bike of the Year Awards 2017

    26 October 2017 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Bike of the Year Awards 2017

    What a brilliant year we’ve had for new bikes. With well over 100 new models, facelifts and updates, the sheer quantity has been overwhelming. All that riding has kept MCN’s Road Test department...

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  • 2017 tourer of the year: BMW R1200RT

    26 October 2017 by Adam Child

    2017 tourer of the year: BMW R1200RT

    BMW’s R1200RT underlines its superiority by once again being MCN’s favourite tourer of 2017. There’s no finer and easier way of clocking up big motorway miles in comfort, for both rider and...

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  • 2017 sportsbike of the year: Honda Fireblade SP

    26 October 2017 by Michael Neeves

    2017 sportsbike of the year: Honda Fireblade SP

    Where do you start with the new Honda Fireblade? Talk about contentious. It’s been hopeless in World Superbikes, disastrous at the TT and bombed in a handful of other magazine group tests. So how can...

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  • 2017 retro bike of the year: BMW R nineT Urban G/S

    26 October 2017 by Jon Urry & Michael Neeves

    2017 retro bike of the year: BMW R nineT Urban G/S

    Launched in June it arrived fashionably late, but the new BMW R nineT UrbanG/S has come straight into our number one top slot– immediately establishingitself as our favourite retro of 2017. Like the...

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  • 2017 sub-500cc bike of the year: KTM 390 Duke

    26 October 2017 by Michael Neeves

    2017 sub-500cc bike of the year: KTM 390 Duke

    KTM has completely transformed the 390 Duke for 2017, turning it from merely a good low-capacity naked, to the best machine in the entire A2 licence category. Giving the bike its first major updates...

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  • 2017 scooter of the year: Yamaha TMAX DX

    25 October 2017 by Adam Child

    2017 scooter of the year: Yamaha TMAX DX

    Yamaha have sold over a quarter of a million TMAX maxi scooters since its inception in 2001, making it their best selling bike to date. For 2017 the big scoot gets a new aluminium chassis with revised...

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  • 2017 125cc bike of the year: KTM 125 Duke

    25 October 2017 by Michael Neeves

    2017 125cc bike of the year: KTM 125 Duke

    KTM’s 125 Duke received a much-needed overhaul for 2017. After six years of the original 2011 design, it was aging and lacked the quality of its rivals. Taking styling cues from the mighty 1290 Super...

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  • 2017 electric bike of the year: Energica Ego

    24 October 2017 by Adam Child

    2017 electric bike of the year: Energica Ego

    Times are a changing and for the first time we’ve had to create a new Bike of the Year category for electric machines. It’s a class that’s set to grow in the future, but for 2017 the Energica Ego has...

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  • We rode the KTM 790 Duke prototype

    21 October 2017 by Matt Wildee

    We rode the KTM 790 Duke prototype

    Watch out Street Triple –KTM’s new 790 Duke will give you a run for your money. MCN were given exclusive access to one of KTM’s prototypes during the final stages of testing in the Berchtesgaden Alps...

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  • New 2018 BMW R1200GS Adventure first ride

    20 October 2017 by Richard Newland

    New 2018 BMW R1200GS Adventure first ride

    Whatever your preconceptions are about BMW’s ubiquitous R1200GS, there’s really only one reason for its success: it’s devastatingly effective at doing its job. And the Adventure model just got...

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  • Exclusive! KTM 790 Duke first ride

    13 October 2017 by MCN News

    Exclusive! KTM 790 Duke first ride

    MCN has secured an exclusive first ride on KTM’s all-new 790 Duke. Due to be launched next year, we travelled to the Berchtesgaden Alps where we tested a pre-production prototype version of the...

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  • Gallery: A trio of Street Triples

    11 October 2017 by Jon Urry

    Gallery: A trio of Street Triples

    The Street Triple has always hit the nail on the head, astounding riders with its sporty chassis and storming motor – not to mention its affordable price. But the problem when you build a bike this...

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  • Video: Riding the Suter MMX500

    11 October 2017 by MCN News

    Video: Riding the Suter MMX500

    So, a mega-money, low-volume track machine is the greatest two-stroke ever? Too right it is. This the best stinkwheel the world has ever seen – and it’s currently in production. Anyone can rock up to...

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  • Gallery: Two-stroke heaven - the Suter MMX500

    11 October 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Two-stroke heaven - the Suter MMX500

    The Suter MX500 is the fastest, most-advanced production two-stroke the world has ever seen, and MCN Senior Editor Matt Wildee was lucky enough to get a spin on one at Rockingham recently. The MMX is...

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  • Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro first ride

    08 October 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro first ride

    If you think of Ducati’s much-loved Multistrada 1200 as being a tall, comfy superbike you can crack serious high-speed miles on, the Enduro version will take you even further, no matter how extreme...

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  • Yamaha X-MAX 400: First Ride Incoming

    07 October 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Yamaha X-MAX 400: First Ride Incoming

    We’re riding Yamaha’s updated X-MAX 400 at its launch on Monday. We will be taking a trip into Northern France via the Eurotunnel. Priced at £5999, Yamaha’s 395 cc, 33 bhp single cylinder scooter is...

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  • Gallery: Retro rockets

    28 September 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Retro rockets

    Honda have entered the sports retro sector with their new CB1100RS, a slightly sportier version of the CB1100EX. The RS comes with cast wheels, a slightly steeper head angle and a lush red and black...

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  • Super Soco first ride: "Cheap and cheerful"

    27 September 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Super Soco first ride: "Cheap and cheerful"

    Old, dirty, polluting petrol bikes still rule the roost, but let's face it, they won't be around for much longer. Electric bikes are great, but they're heavy, take ages to charge, and only have a...

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  • 4 things we like about BMW's G310 GS

    21 September 2017 by Adam Child

    4 things we like about BMW's G310 GS

    We rode BMW's new G310 GS in Spain yesterday. Getting mucky off-road here are four things we like about the baby GS and two things we don't. Small and light BMW are claiming a ready-to-run weight of...

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  • We're riding BMW's baby GS tomorrow!

    19 September 2017 by Adam Child

    We're riding BMW's baby GS tomorrow!

    We will be testing BMW’s eagerly-anticipated G310 GS tomorrow. On sale for £5,100, the A2 licence-friendly, entry-level, single-cylinder 313cc GS shares the same engine as their current G310R...

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  • Honda MSX125 madness

    13 September 2017 by Jon Urry

    Honda MSX125 madness

    The other day my wife gleefully showed me a video of a chap on YouTube dancing and singing about a pineapple and a pen. To her and her friends, it was the most hilarious thing they had ever seen, and...

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