First rides & tests

  • 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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  • Gallery: MCN 2017 adventure bike of the year

    06 September 2017 by Michael Neeves and Adam Child

    Gallery: MCN 2017 adventure bike of the year

    Over the last decade, the adventure market has been flooded with bikes ranging in size, cost and their true off-road capabilities. The sheer number and range of options has created a nice problem: how...

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  • 2018 Harley Softails ridden

    04 September 2017 by Phil West

    2018 Harley Softails ridden

    Harley-Davidson ‘big twin’ cruisers, which include twin-shocked ‘Dyna’s such as the Street Bob and hardtail-looking ‘Softails’ such as the Fat Boy are being replaced by an all-new eight-bike Harley...

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  • A day with the Suzuki GSX-R125

    01 September 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    A day with the Suzuki GSX-R125

    We spent a day riding Suzuki’s new GSX-R125 around the technical Stowe Circuit at Silverstone, to find out whether it can stake a rightful claim to such a sporty name. Here’s how we got on. It’s been...

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  • Gallery: KTM 390 Duke vs BMW G310R

    31 August 2017 by MCN New

    Gallery: KTM 390 Duke vs BMW G310R

    Low on power doesn't always mean low on fun. Take the KTM 390 Duke and BMW G310R, for example. Both are A2 licence-friendly machines with beginners and commuters in mind, but they're also a lot of...

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  • MV Agusta Dragster 800RR is now even better

    30 August 2017 by Jon Urry

    MV Agusta Dragster 800RR is now even better

    Complying with the new Euro4 emissions laws has been a major headache for all manufacturers, with smaller firms, such as MV Agusta, facing the toughest challenges. Already struggling financially, MV...

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  • First ride of the Suzuki GSX-S125 incoming

    27 August 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    First ride of the Suzuki GSX-S125 incoming

    MCN’s Acting Consumer Editor, Dan Sutherland, will be riding the new Suzuki GSX-S125 this coming Thursday at its European launch. Part of Suzuki’s latest venture into the low capacity market, the...

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  • First ride of the Suzuki GSX-R125 incoming

    26 August 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    First ride of the Suzuki GSX-R125 incoming

    We’ll be riding Suzuki’s hotly-anticipated GSX-R125 at Silverstone’s Stowe Circuit at its European launch next week. The bike uses a 124.4cc single cylinder engine producing 14.8bhp and tips the...

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  • Gallery: Old v new adventure bike special

    23 August 2017 by Jon Urry

    Gallery: Old v new adventure bike special

    Harry Metcalfe joined me for an MCN road test this week on some old and new adventure bikes. FYI, Harry is a Dakar expert. “Everyone thinks Dakar is about small trail bikes, but this isn’t accurate,”...

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  • Gallery: Superbike showdown

    28 July 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Superbike showdown

    Superbikes are the very pinnacle of a manufacturer’s talents, a showcase for their genius ability to force power and control to co-exist in some of the smallest and tightest packages ever to have...

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  • Suzuki Burgman 400: First Ride Incoming

    28 July 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Suzuki Burgman 400: First Ride Incoming

    We’re riding Suzuki’s updated Burgman 400 at the world launch in Italy on Sunday. Suzuki’s £6299 399 cc, 30 bhp single cylinder scooter has been updated for 2018. It’s design is slimmer and sharper.

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  • Suzuki GSX250R: First ride incoming

    26 July 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    Suzuki GSX250R: First ride incoming

    We’ll be testing Suzuki’s new GSX250R tomorrow. Costing £4299 for the base model (the GP version is £100 more and includes MotoGP inspired paint scheme), the A2-friendly, 24.7bhp, 248cc parallel twin...

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  • Kymco X-Town 300i first ride

    19 July 2017 by Alison Silcox

    Kymco X-Town 300i first ride

    The Kymco X-Town 300 takes the good-around-town scooter concept to a whole new level with an ability to leave the urban sprawl behind and head for the hills. The A2 licence-friendly scoot is an...

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  • First ride: 2017 BMW S1000XR

    12 July 2017 by Adam Child

    First ride: 2017 BMW S1000XR

    BMW launched the S1000XR in late 2014 and the German adventure sport missile was an immediate success, winning MCN’s Best Adventure Sport Bike crown in 2015 and 2016. Since its birth the XR has faced...

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  • First ride: Aprilia RS125

    30 June 2017 by Jon Urry

    First ride: Aprilia RS125

    The Aprilia RS 125 returns for 2017. But sadly not in two-stroke form… The Aprilia RS 125 first smoked its way onto racetracks 25 years ago and quickly set about dominating its class before Moto3 was...

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  • The 5 best V4s you can actually own

    30 June 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    The 5 best V4s you can actually own

    Forget the triple, the V4 is the best combination of a twin and a four. With photos emerging of the new Ducati V4, everyone is getting excited about V4 bikes again. V4s have scored countless race wins...

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  • Video: BMW HP4 Race is the real WSB deal

    28 June 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Video: BMW HP4 Race is the real WSB deal

    BMW’s new £68,000, 215bhp track-only HP4 Race is achingly close in feel and speed to a factory superbike. Here’s why: It’s lighter than a WSB bike.  Tipping the scales at 171.5kg, with its...

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  • MCN tests Norton’s TT missile

    20 June 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN tests Norton’s TT missile

    Norton had a stunning TT 2017, silencing many critics who thought their Isle of Man challenge would never amount to anything.  And although the firm has suffered more than its fair share of lows...

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  • Launch: BMW HP4 Race in Portugal

    20 June 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Launch: BMW HP4 Race in Portugal

    We're riding BMW’s new £68,000 HP4 Race at the Estoril circuit in Portugal tomorrow. The carbon-framed, track-only superbike makes 215bhp and weighs just 171.5k  full of fuel (and a staggering...

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  • Aprilia Shiver 900: "An SV650 with balls"

    14 June 2017 by Jon Urry

    Aprilia Shiver 900: "An SV650 with balls"

    Despite not appearing that much of a change compared to the outgoing Shiver 750, the new Shiver 900 proved a pleasant surprise delivering the kind of refined and smooth ride that is certainly not what...

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  • Gallery: Cafe racer group test

    14 June 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Cafe racer group test

    With more bikes being unveiled each year, it looks like the café racer and retro craze is here to stay, and with bikes as attractive as these it is easy to see why. At a time when sportsbikes are...

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  • Aprilia Shiver 900 first ride incoming

    13 June 2017 by Jon Urry

    Aprilia Shiver 900 first ride incoming

    There has been a fair bit of debate on the subject, but Aprilia UK have now confirmed that they will be bringing the new Shiver 900 into the UK and it will cost a slightly odd sounding £8002 OTR due...

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