First rides & tests

  • 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: First ride

    05 December 2016 by Michael Neeves

    2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: First ride

    We’ve managed to grab a sneaky go on KTM’s new £13,999 1290 Super Duke R here at its world launch in Qatar…before this evening’s technical presentation and tomorrow’s track action at the Losail...

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  • 2017 MT-09 launch update: First ride

    04 December 2016 by Emma Franklin

    2017 MT-09 launch update: First ride

    As well as its aggressive new styling, Yamaha have upgraded the suspension on the 2017 MT-09 front and rear, and the big news is that it's a massive improvement. We spent yesterday riding the 2017...

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  • 5 things we love about the Ducati Monster 1200 S

    02 December 2016 by Andy Davidson

    5 things we love about the Ducati Monster 1200 S

    Ducati unveiled exciting new metal at the recent Milan Show, leaving the updated Monster 1200 S in the sidelines. Perhaps that’s because we’ve got nothing ground-breaking here. It’s still the 1200 S,...

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  • We ride Dan Linfoot’s BSB Honda Fireblade

    01 December 2016 by Adam Child

    We ride Dan Linfoot’s BSB Honda Fireblade

    The Honda BSB bike we’re riding is the last of the line for this model Fireblade, and the best it’s ever been. Despite being one of the oldest bikes on the grid, riders Dan Linfoot and Jason...

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  • First ride: Kawasaki ZX-10RR

    30 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Kawasaki ZX-10RR

    Next year will feel like the early 1990s all over again because the Japanese are back in force with limited-edition Rs, double Rs and SPs. All hail the return of the homologation special. Yamaha...

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  • Hutchy's Superstock S1000RR ridden

    24 November 2016 by Michael Neeves and Adam Child

    Hutchy's Superstock S1000RR ridden

    We are in a very privileged position; after weeks of begging phone calls to race teams and manufacturers, they finally gave in and allowed us to ride the hottest race bikes this side of...

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  • First ride: Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX-10R

    23 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX-10R

    There are three very distinct differences between a full-factory, WSB-winning machine and any bike with lights and indicators you’ve tried before, no matter how good.  Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki...

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  • World first test: Suzuki GSX-R1000

    23 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    World first test: Suzuki GSX-R1000

    Newly crowned National Superstock 1000 champ Taylor Mackenzie is a few metres ahead, carving through Gerrards. I’m on the current GSX-R1000 and he’s on the heavily revised new one, in all its nimble,...

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  • Old Empire Motorcycles ‘Triumph’

    18 November 2016 by Phil West

    Old Empire Motorcycles ‘Triumph’

    Customs don’t come much more exclusive than this one-off commissioned by Triumph from UK-based Old Empire Motorcycles and built around the T120 Bonneville. Called, simply, ‘Triumph’, it’s based on a...

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  • Ducati Monster 1200s: First ride incoming

    15 November 2016 by MCN News

    Ducati Monster 1200s: First ride incoming

    MCN will be test riding the updated 2017 Ducati Monster 1200s tomorrow, one week after it was revealed at the Milan show.  We loved the last update back in 2014, and the updated and Euro4...

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  • First ride: Triumph Bonneville T100

    15 November 2016 by Jon Urry

    First ride: Triumph Bonneville T100

    Triumph describes the T100 as being far closer in character and feel to the larger Bonneville T120 than the Street Twin. This bike is, essentially, a smaller capacity T120 that is not only £1500...

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  • First ride: Motoinno TS3

    06 November 2016 by Jeff Ware

    First ride: Motoinno TS3

    Bikes have worn telescopic forks for more than 100 years, and although they have evolved to the point that they work pretty well, they remain theoretically inferior to alternative front-end designs...

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  • World first test: Motus MST

    30 October 2016 by John Westlake

    World first test: Motus MST

    Tucked away in an indus- trial unit in Birmingham, Alabama is America’s most intriguing motorcycle manu- facturer. Instead of build- ing their new bike around a V-twin like Harley, Indian, Buell,...

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  • First Ride: 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX

    24 October 2016 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child will be riding Kawasaki’s 2017 upgraded Z1000SX in the south of France tomorrow, and will be sharing live updates throughout the day. The new bike was unveiled...

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  • Throwback Thursday: Aprilia SXV550 first ride

    20 October 2016 by MCN News

    Throwback Thursday: Aprilia SXV550 first ride

    If you're a rival manufacturer to Italian bike makers Aprilia you'd have noticed their annoying but enviable knack of getting things right first time round. During the '90s the Noale factory's 125 and...

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  • Mash TT40 first ride

    20 October 2016 by Peter Henshaw

    Mash TT40 first ride

    Mash have been selling their 400cc retro roadster in the UK for just 18 months, and have now launched a whole string of new bikes, including this 400 café racer, an unashamedly Brit-style 125 and even...

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  • Gallery: Street crawlers

    06 October 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Street crawlers

    The factory-fresh custom scene is growing rapidly, and Harley-Davidson reckon their new Roadster has it all, with decent handling and style. TOP STORIES Intermot: Ducati SuperSport revealed ...

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  • Gallery: Sports tourer shootout

    30 September 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Sports tourer shootout

    There's a myriad of choice when it comes to choosing a bike that will whisk you away on a long adventure. Historically, touring bikes were big and expensive, but is this always best? We took three...

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  • Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide first ride

    29 September 2016 by Phil West

    Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide first ride

    Harley’s CVO bikes have always been the very best-accessorised and tuned offerings the historic American firm can muster – but its latest for 2017 takes even all that a stage further. CVO stands for...

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  • F1 pundit Martin Brundle talks sports tourers

    22 September 2016 by MCN News

    F1 pundit Martin Brundle talks sports tourers

    We recently took five sports tourers to the famous Nurburgring - the Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally, BMW K1600GTL, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT, Kawasaki ZZR1400 and Yamaha's new MT-10 with every official...

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  • First ride: Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress

    10 September 2016 by Andy Davidson

    First ride: Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress

    First ride: Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress We’re on the launch of Moto Guzzi’s MGX-21 in Italy, two years after the initial concept art was first released at EICMA. The MGX is caked in aluminium...

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  • First ride: BMW G 310 R

    09 September 2016 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: BMW G 310 R

    BMW’s £4290, 313cc, 34bhp G310R does everything a first big bike, or commuter should do: it’s easy to ride, practical, brilliant on fuel (a claimed 85mpg) and will even put a grin on your face when...

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  • First ride: 2017 Harley-Davidson tourers

    09 September 2016 by Phil West

    First ride: 2017 Harley-Davidson tourers

    New Harley-Davidson engines don’t come around very often so the American legend’s headline news for 2017 – that its touring family all receive significantly updated motors featuring not just...

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  • BMW G310R first ride today

    08 September 2016 by Michael Neeves

    BMW G310R first ride today

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the eagerly-anticipated new BMW G310R today. It’s the first time the German firm has produced a small-capacity motorcycle, aimed squarely at...

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  • 2017 Harley-Davidson test incoming

    07 September 2016 by Phil West

    2017 Harley-Davidson test incoming

    MCN is getting ready for the launch of Harley-Davidson’s massively-updated for-2017 touring family of bikes which we’ll be testing near Tacoma, Washington State, USA, later this week. The biggest news...

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