First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • Your chance to road test

    08 December 2006 by Trevor Franklin

    Your chance to road test

    MCN is constructing a feature that requires the services of a freshly-licensed rider. If you have obtained in the last five months a full-entitlement bike licence (either after two-year probation, or...

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  • Video: 1098 track launch

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: 1098 track launch

    MCN Editor Marc Potter travelled to the track launch of the new Ducati 1098 at Kyalami, South Africa in November 2006, and we'e got the first video of the bike in action. During the launch Potter...

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  • Video: MCN tests the MP3

    07 December 2006 by Tom Rayner

    Video: MCN tests the MP3

    MCN got a first ride of Piaggio's MP3 three-wheeled scooter at the official UK launch in Camden Town, North London. We were impressed how a three-wheeler can feel just like a real bike - the physics...

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  • Video: Versys first test

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Versys first test

    Some of MCN's team headed out for the first European test on the Kawasaki Versys last week.   The boys have compared this bike to the Yamaha FZ600s, the Ducati 620 Multistrada and the...

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  • Video: '07 Sport Classics

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: '07 Sport Classics

    We've had the 2007 Ducati Sports Classics out on UK roads already and you can watch our exclusive video here.   Watch the stunning bikes in action and hear MCN Road-Tester Adam Child's...

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  • Video: Benelli race bike

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Benelli race bike

    Benelli has re-entered the world of racing with a factory backed endurance bike and we’ve got the video of it in action.   MCN road-tester Michael Neeves got the chance to ride the bike...

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  • First ride of Benelli's TreK

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    First ride of Benelli's TreK

    Benelli’s new Tre K was revealed to the public at the Intermot show in Milan this week but MCN has already tested the bike and we’ve got the video here. The Multistrada rival uses Benelli’s...

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  • A reader roadtest of the Fireblade 929RRY

    04 December 2006 by Dave Dewar

    A reader roadtest of the Fireblade 929RRY

    Yes, it's a FireBlade! With such a tradition for being a bit of a nutter's bike, one tends to think shall I or shan't I? The heart says yes, but the brain says no! You buy a blade knowing...

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  • A roadtest of my Aprilia Falco

    04 December 2006 by Chris Jordan

    I'd like to inform you of a well kept secret in the hope that there are newer riders out there that may benefit from advice that I wish I was given. As a new rider (I am 52) I had little idea as to which motorcycle I should choose especially on safety and performance. Let me say now that I had owned a Ford GT 40, I know some people may say this is a bit extreme as my road car and in a moment of...

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  • MCN Editor tests the Ducati 1098S

    01 December 2006 by Marc Potter

    MCN Editor tests the Ducati 1098S

    MCN Editor Marc Potter has just stepped off the brand-new Ducati 1098S at the Kyalami track in South Africa. He has already spent the morning on the standard 1098 and has now got to grips with the...

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  • MCN rides 1098

    01 December 2006 by Marc Potter

    MCN rides 1098

    MCN Editor Marc Potter has just stepped off the brand-new Ducati 1098 after the first session of the track launch at Kyalami in South Africa.    The twisting, technical track has huge climbs...

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  • Your 1098 questions

    30 November 2006

    Your 1098 questions

    MCN Editor Marc Potter will be one of the first journalists in the world to ride the new Ducati 1098S.   Following our world exclusive first tests on the standard 1098 and the world first...

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  • £1500 to beat a GSX-R!

    30 November 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    The challenge was simple, can a £1500 superbike lap Cadwell less than five seconds away from a GSX-R1000 K6? We’ve got the video to show they can. Click the screen below to follow the hilarious exploits of three MCN road-testers as they try to prove that £1500 will get you a bike that is almost as fast as the latest crop of sportsbike. Will a 10 year old Blade, ZX-7R or a 13-year-old YZF750R...

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  • MCN reader Andy Goodman reviews a Yamaha R1

    24 November 2006 by Andrew Goodman

    MCN reader Andy Goodman reviews a Yamaha R1

    "Don't try to be clever with it, that's what the guy on the Gixxer did, he tried to be clever and now it's in a right old state. This one's brand new and immaculate, and we'd like it back in this...

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  • MCN reader Tony Standsfield reviews his MV Agusta F4

    24 November 2006 by Tony Stansfield

    Let's get the downsides out of the way first. Insurance is beyond outrageous! I could only find one company in the entire country to insure me on the thing (I wrote off my GSX-R750 and some thieving scumbag stole my R1, so bang went my no claims). Other not quite so wonderful things are the FOBBs experienced after running it in. What's a FOBB you ask? It's a F**k-Off Big Backfire that's what it...

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  • A review of my 2004 Yamaha R1

    23 November 2006 by Steve Comancho

    A review of my 2004 Yamaha R1

    I purchased my 2004 YZF-R1 in May of 2006 after going through a 2005 R1 that I was riding when the motor decided to detonate on the track in February of 2006.  So as I frantically found an escape...

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  • My review of my Kawasaki ZRX1200

    23 November 2006 by Richard Morris

    My review of my Kawasaki ZRX1200

    Kawasaki claim 122PS and 112Nm of torque for the ZRX. In English that’s 120BHP and 82½ ft/lb, almost certainly measured at the crank. Dry weight is 223kg (plus 4kg for the half-faired S version).

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  • A review of my RVF400

    23 November 2006 by Eddie Rogers

    A review of my RVF400

    I thought I'd submit my experiences of owning a Honda RVF400 for the last six months, having read a message on the 400greybike forum. It all started last May, having previously owned many big bore...

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  • Video: R1200S in action

    23 September 2006

    Video: R1200S  in action

    The latest update for MCN’s long-term-test BMW R1200S is in MCN this week so we thought we’d show you the bike in action. Watch the clip below to see the BMW out on the road or click the...

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  • Babes love the Deauville

    22 July 2006

    Babes love the Deauville

    It appears I’m not the only one that thinks the Deaville isn’t dull – and site user Keith Barnes sent us this pic to prove it. “Thought I’d send you all a photo of my...

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  • Deauville boxing clever

    01 July 2006

    Deauville boxing clever

    The new Deauville really is proving to be a cracking little bike, it’s a lot better than the old model and now I’ve got a top-box fitted it’s ready for some serious miles. I got a...

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  • A ZX-10R tourer?

    24 June 2006

    A ZX-10R tourer?

    In just two hours our long-term test ZX-10R has been transformed from a rip-snorting animal into a practical 185mph super tourer. Okay so the guys at MCN reckon it now needs a tartan rug and a...

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  • Deauville's not dull

    24 June 2006

    Deauville's not dull

    I can finally ride the Deauville again after two weeks off the road. I did almost a thousand miles in the first two days I had it and then had to wait two week’s to get its first service. But we’re...

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  • Deauville joins MCN fleet

    03 June 2006

    Deauville joins MCN fleet

    Another bike has joined the MCN long term test fleet, as www.motorcyclenews.com Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar picked up his 2006 Honda Deauville from Fowlers in Bristol. And it's a baptism of fire...

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  • Longterm scooter arrives

    22 April 2006

    Longterm scooter arrives

    Having spent a winter ignoring my Honda Benly in the garage when I should have been preparing it for Spring, it looked like I might end up relying on lifts from my girlfriend for the foreseeable...

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  • K1200S: Fit a full system

    01 January 2006

    K1200S: Fit a full system

    I hate changing exhausts. No, actually I loathe it. I used to have an old Yamaha XJ550 with a neta system on it and everytime I needed to get the rear wheel out I’d have to drop the whole system...

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