First rides & tests

  • World first test: SWM RS650R

    29 May 2016 by Michael Guy

    World first test: SWM RS650R

    Instead, serious round-the-world riders are using smaller-capacity singles including favourites such as the ancient-but-capable Suzuki DRZ400, Yamaha XT660 or the current KTM 690 Enduro...

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  • Triumph Thruxton R v Norton Dominator SS

    29 May 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph Thruxton R v Norton Dominator SS

    We’ve been in love with the Thruxton since it’s launch but how does it compare against that other great British icon, the Norton... They might both be the best of British but the Triumph and Norton...

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  • First ride: Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro

    19 May 2016 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro

    Here’s a flattracker you can ride every day. The £8995 Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro is the latest addition to the Scrambler family. Ducati’s Scrambler range has been a phenomenal success, from the...

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  • Yamaha MT-10 launch incoming

    04 May 2016 by MCN News

    Yamaha MT-10 launch incoming

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is going to be in Spain later this week for the launch of Yamaha’s eagerly awaited MT-10. Essentially an R1 without a fairing, the MT-10 is tuned to deliver...

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  • Harley-Davidson Roadster first ride

    27 April 2016 by Phil West

    Harley-Davidson Roadster first ride

    Harley-Davidson’s new ‘Roadster’ version of its Sportster 1200 is designed to bring genuine performance ability to its middleweight V-twin and is currently being put through its paces by MCN guest...

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  • Benelli BN251 launch kicks off

    12 April 2016 by Jon Urry

    Benelli BN251 launch kicks off

    Like so many Italian motorcycle manufacturers, Benelli’s 105 year history contains more peaks and troughs than a rollercoaster ride. However, since the firm was taken over by the Chinese Qianjiang...

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  • First Ride: Triumph Tiger Sport 1050

    11 April 2016 by Adam Child

    First Ride: Triumph Tiger Sport 1050

    “This versatile all-rounder just keeps on improving” The Tiger Sport has always nestled in the shadows of Triumph’s huge 38-model range, earning a reputation as an all-rounder rather than as a star –...

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  • Launch: Triumph Tiger Sport 1050

    11 April 2016 by Adam Child

    Launch: Triumph Tiger Sport 1050

    Triumph are currently launching their new Tiger Sport 1050 in Nice, southern France and we’ve sent MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child, who is about to enjoy a 250km first ride. The new Tiger Sport,...

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  • Honda 2016 NC750X launch

    18 March 2016 by Andy Downes

    Honda 2016 NC750X launch

    Honda’s NC750X has become a consistently big seller for the company and the new 2016 model improves on the outgoing model in almost every regard. Key changes to the suspension, the Dual Clutch...

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  • Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride

    17 March 2016 by Simon Hargreaves

    Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride

    Live from the launch of Ducati’s first true adventure bike We're half-way through the debut of Ducati’s first proper off-road adventure bike, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, and even with just 50 miles...

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  • Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride incoming

    17 March 2016 by Simon Hargreaves

    Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride incoming

    It’s easy to explain what Ducati’s new Multistrada 1200 Enduro is. It’s a Multistrada 1200 S with added Enduro. In other words, Ducati have taken the 1200 S – even down to an almost identical 160bhp,...

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  • Honda NC750X launch preview

    17 March 2016 by Andy Downes

    Honda NC750X launch preview

    Honda’s updated NC750 range, along with the Integra scooter, will be tested by MCN later this week in Spain so here is a recap of the changes made to the big-selling range of bikes. The actual riding...

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  • Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber & Roamer

    15 March 2016 by Jon Urry

    Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber & Roamer

    The current craze for retro bikes should be playing right into the hands of Moto Guzzi as few two-wheeler manufacturers can call on such a wealth of heritage. So, with this in mind, Guzzi have played...

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  • Triumph Thruxton R launch report

    07 March 2016 by Jon Urry

    Triumph Thruxton R launch report

    Live from the launch of the Triumph T120 Black and Thruxton R. After a gentle morning on the T120 Black, the pace certainly picked up with the arrival of the Thruxton R this afternoon. Compared to the...

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  • Triumph T120 Bonneville first ride

    07 March 2016 by Jon Urry

    Triumph T120 Bonneville first ride

    Live from the launch of the Triumph T120 Black and Thruxton R. It’s early in the morning in Portugal and Triumph has decided to ease us into the day with a ride on the new T120 Black rather than...

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  • Victory Octane First Ride

    02 March 2016 by Phil West

    Victory Octane First Ride

    The rebirth of historic American marque Indian by new owners Polaris may have been a huge success (its Chief and Scout models have already taken a big enough chunk of the US market to make Harley sit...

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  • Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

    27 February 2016 by Adam Child

    Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

    KTM launched their all-new 178bhp sports touring 1290 Super Duke GT in Majorca, Spain this weekend, and MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child was there to put it though its paces. The new GT uses the...

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  • Yamaha FJR1300 First Ride

    26 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha FJR1300 First Ride

    Two days of blasting around Spain’s Almeria race track and chasing twirling tarmac through the gorgeous, sun-drenched surrounding mountains wasn’t the test route I’d imagined for the Yamaha FJR1300...

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  • Yamaha MT-09 First Ride

    25 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha MT-09 First Ride

    The Yamaha MT-09 was the first bike in the revamped and now hugely successful MT range. Over the last two years Yamaha has sold over 20,000 MT-09s, paving the way for a wider range of capacities under...

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  • Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

    24 February 2016 by Jon Urry

    Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

    Ducati’s impractical – and hysterically entertaining to ride – Hypermotard range has been given even more potency for 2016 with all three models (Hypermotard, Hypermotard SP and Hyperstrada) gaining a...

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  • Yamaha MT-03 First Ride

    24 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha MT-03 First Ride

    The Yamaha MT-03 marks the firm’s latest addition to the hugely popular and successful MT family. In a bid to attract newer riders and A2 licence holders Yamaha released the YZF-R3 back in 2015 and...

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  • Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

    23 February 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

    The CB500 range gets only minor upgrades for 2016, predominantly in the styling department, but changes to the air flow and exhaust have made the engine more enthusiastic and free revving, which makes...

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  • Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

    23 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

    MCN is on the world launch of Yamaha’s new MT-03 and updated MT-09 and FJR1300. Today MCN are testing the MT-03 and updated MT-09 with first ride reports to follow, tomorrow Staff writer Andy Davidson...

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  • 2016 Yamaha MT-09 first ride incoming

    23 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    2016 Yamaha MT-09 first ride incoming

    MCN is on the launch of Yamaha’s updated MT-09 today, where we will be testing the 2016 model for the first time.  The MT-09 has remained practically the same for 2016. Priced at £7,349, the...

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  • Yamaha MT-03 first ride incoming

    23 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha MT-03 first ride incoming

    The long awaited MT-03 marks the latest addition to the hugely successful MT family. It bridges the gap between the single-cylinder MT-125 and parallel-twin MT-07 by offering riders a step-up bike...

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  • New Suzuki SV650 first ride

    22 February 2016 by Tony Hoare

    New Suzuki SV650 first ride

    Suzuki have gone back to basics with their revamped SV650. Once hugely popular, the SV was sidetracked when the curvy, futuristic design of the Gladius was revealed in late 2008 for the 2009...

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  • New ZX-10R takes on its rivals

    22 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    New ZX-10R takes on its rivals

    To find out if Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R has what it takes to beat its rivals, we’ve begun a week-long comparison test, which starts at MCN’s Peterborough HQ today and finishes at the Alcarras circuit in...

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  • 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer first ride

    15 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer first ride

    Triumph has combined state of the art electronics with a host of chassis, engine and comfort upgrades to transform its big adventure bike. It might look the Tiger Explorer we know and love on the...

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  • Triumph Explorer first ride incoming

    15 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph Explorer first ride incoming

    We’re at the world launch of Triumph’s new Explorer. We get to ride the all-singing off-road (XCA) version tomorrow, but tonight Triumph are letting us know what makes the new bike tick. The new...

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  • Video: Yamaha XSR900 first impressions

    03 February 2016 by Adam Child

    Video: Yamaha XSR900 first impressions

    The new Yamaha XSR900 is set to be one of the most highly anticipated bikes of 2016. With its MT-09 derived engine and ticking plenty of boxes in the looks department, this bike is a recipe for a...

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  • Launch: Yamaha XSR900 ridden

    31 January 2016 by Adam Child

    Launch: Yamaha XSR900 ridden

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child is on the launch of Yamaha’s new XSR900 in sunny Fuerteventura. The eye-catching XSR is based on Yamaha’s successful MT-09 and comes from the same Yamaha Sport...

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  • First ride: Ducati XDiavel

    29 January 2016 by Andy Downes

    First ride: Ducati XDiavel

    Ducati XDiavel redefines cruiser market Ducati have redefined the cruiser market with the all-new XDiavel which offers feet-forward riding fans an altogether different experience from traditional...

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  • Launch: MV Agusta Brutale 800

    27 January 2016 by Adam Child

    Launch: MV Agusta Brutale 800

    MV Agusta are currently launching their stunning new 800 Brutale in Spain – and MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child has a full days riding ahead on the stunning roads around Malaga and Ronda. The...

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  • First Ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

    19 January 2016 by Emma Franklin

    First Ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

    Beneath the Speed Triple's squat new stance and glowering headlamps is a wholly revamped 1050cc engine, a full ride-by-wire system packing five rider modes, multi-level traction control and switchable...

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