First rides & tests

  • 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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  • Triumph Speed Triple R first ride incoming

    18 January 2016 by Emma Franklin

    Triumph Speed Triple R first ride incoming

    Morning from a bright but cool Monday in Tarragona, Spain for the launch of the new Triumph Speed Triple R. The range-topping 1050 naked  has been given a thorough refresh for 2016, and it goes...

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  • Kawasaki ZX-10R world launch

    17 January 2016 by Adam Child

    Kawasaki ZX-10R world launch

    Kawasaki’s all new ZX-10R is about to be launched at Sepang, Malaysia and MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child is the lucky man to be riding the bike in the scorching 38-degree heat. The ZX-10R...

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  • Video: Mugen Shinden ridden

    28 December 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Mugen Shinden ridden

    This summer the Mugen Shinden scored a win in the one-lap TT Zero race in the hands of John McGuinness with an average speed of 119.28mph. The Mugen, which first appeared at the TT back in 2012, is...

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  • Video: Energica Ego 45 first ride

    21 December 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Energica Ego 45 first ride

    The Energica Ego 45 is an electric superbike made in Modena, Italy, which produces 100Kw of power - similar to a 600cc sportsbike, but also weighs 280kg, thanks to the batteries. If you don't get too...

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  • Kawasaki J125 launch

    15 December 2015 by MCN News

    Kawasaki J125 launch

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child was at the launch of the Kawasaki’s all new J125 scooter around the city streets of Malaga.  Kawasaki launched their first ever scooter, the J300, only last...

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  • Video: Ducati 959 Panigale first ride

    11 December 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Ducati 959 Panigale first ride

    The new £13,250 Ducati 959 Panigale has the unenviable task of following up the utterly brilliant 899 Panigale, and with those exhausts the 959 was instantly on the back foot the moment the bike was...

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  • First ride: Triumph Street Twin

    07 December 2015 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Triumph Street Twin

    Triumph’s new £7300 Street Twin is the first of five new-generation Bonnevilles to hit showrooms in 2016.  Arriving in dealers next month, the Street Twin is powered by a new 54bhp ‘high torque’...

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  • Triumph Street Twin launch

    07 December 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph Street Twin launch

    Triumph has announced more facts and figures for the Street Twin today: The 900cc ‘high torque’ motor makes a claimed 54bhp@5900rpm. It has 22% more power and 18% more torque than the old air-cooled...

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  • Triumph Street Twin launch incoming

    04 December 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph Street Twin launch incoming

    MCN will be riding Triumph’s new Street Twin at its world launch in Valencia on Monday.  The Street Twin was unveiled at the end of October, as part of Triumph’s new five-bike modern classic...

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  • Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin launch

    04 December 2015 by Michael Guy

    Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin launch

    Africa Twin: Day two roundup – Off-road Following a day of road riding yesterday (scroll down), today saw us taking the new Africa Twin onto the rough stuff to really put its off-road credentials to...

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  • FIRST RIDE: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R

    02 December 2015 by Jeff Ware

    FIRST RIDE: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R

    After around 40 laps on the new ZX-10R at the world exclusive first launch in Australia I’m still trying to come to terms with just how good this bike is, and why. I’m a red-blooded sports bike fan,...

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  • First Ride: 2016 KTM 690 Duke

    29 November 2015 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2016 KTM 690 Duke

    KTM have won more Moto3 races than any other manufacturer, and have already won seven world titles this year using a single cylinder engine. So it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the...

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  • World Launch: 2016 KTM 690 Duke / R

    28 November 2015 by Adam Child

    World Launch: 2016 KTM 690 Duke / R

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is at the launch of KTM’s new 690 Duke and 690 Duke R on the roads of Gran Canaria, and a the Maspalomas circuit on the island. MCN have already ridden the prototype...

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  • First Ride: Ducati 959 Panigale

    26 November 2015 by Michael Neeves

    First Ride: Ducati 959 Panigale

    There are lots of questions to answer about the new £13,250 Ducati 959 Panigale. Does it now go like a superbike with its bigger engine? Why has Ducati replaced the 899, anyway? And the biggest...

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  • LIVE: Ducati 959 Panigale Launch

    25 November 2015 by Michael Neeves

    LIVE: Ducati 959 Panigale Launch

    First Ride I’ve just finished my first riding session on the 959 Panigale (on Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SC2 race rubber) and it’s more of the same from Ducati’s ‘Super Mid’ machine...in a good...

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  • Ducati 959 Panigale first ride incoming

    23 November 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati 959 Panigale first ride incoming

    MCN will be riding Ducati’s new 959 Panigale at its world launch at Valencia on Wednesday. The new machine replaces the 899 Panigale, which is MCN’s 2015 and 2014 ’Best Sportsbike (Middleweight)’...

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  • First Ride: Indian Scout Sixty

    22 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    First Ride: Indian Scout Sixty

    This is the new entry-level Indian Scout Sixty which is already heading for dealers and will cost £8999. The bike is heavily based on the existing 1133cc Indian Scout model but has a new 999cc engine,...

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  • First ride: Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and Enduro

    04 November 2015 by Andy Davidson

    First ride: Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and Enduro

    Husqvarna is back in business with the 701 Supermoto and Enduro. The firm, now owned by KTM, has made its first move under new management towards the street bike market. And they’ve done that by using...

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  • BMW C650 Sport and C650 GT first ride

    28 October 2015 by Liam Marsden

    BMW C650 Sport and C650 GT first ride

    BMW have updated their C650 Sport and C650 GT maxi-scooters for 2016 with styling changes alongside suspension and clutch revisions in an attempt to differentiate the two models. In the flesh the...

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  • Yamaha XSR700 first ride

    27 October 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha XSR700 first ride

    Yamaha has been hard at work with their Sports Heritage bikes ever since they kicked off the range with the XV950 bobber in 2013. The XSR700 is the latest addition to the family and is based on the...

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  • Yamaha XSR700 first ride incoming

    26 October 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha XSR700 first ride incoming

    The Yamaha XSR700 is the latest addition to Yamaha’s Sports Heritage range. The bike looks set to balance classy retro styling with the modern performance of the MT-07 – MCN’s Bike of the Year 2014...

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  • FIRST RIDE REPORT: Ducati Monster 1200R

    29 September 2015 by Adam Child

    FIRST RIDE REPORT: Ducati Monster 1200R

    The new Monster 1200R is Ducati’s ultimate incarnation of their iconic Monster dynasty. It’s their most powerful Monster to date and what better place to put it through its paces than the Ascari race...

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  • FIRST RIDE REPORT: Honda RC213V-S

    17 September 2015 by Michael Neeves

    FIRST RIDE REPORT: Honda RC213V-S

    So many questions. Is this RC213V-S really a MotoGP bike with lights? It is better than a top road-going superbike, like an R1? Why is it so expensive? Aren’t they all sold out? Won’t it just be a...

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  • LIVE: Honda RC213V-S Launch

    16 September 2015 by MCN

    LIVE: Honda RC213V-S Launch

    After years of speculation, denials, more speculation, and the final confrmation that Honda would indeed build a version of their RC213V MotoGP bike for the road, it's finally time to ride this most...

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  • BMW superbike shootout in Valencia

    09 September 2015 by Adam Child

    BMW superbike shootout in Valencia

    Valencia is currently reverberating to the sound of BMW S1000RR superbikes, as six different racing incarnations are put through paces in BMW's annual superbike mega-test. I started the day on the...

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  • 2016 KTM 690 Duke prototype ridden

    03 September 2015 by Andy Downes

    2016 KTM 690 Duke prototype ridden

    KTM have long been associated with large capacity singles, but the company knows that for many potential customers the thudding power-delivery of their big thumpers can be a turn-off. Anyone who has...

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