First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2007)

  • Video: Words first test of the BMW Sport Boxer R1200S

    26 September 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    BMW's endurance racing Sport Boxer is more than just a racing protoype, it's the development mule for the firms new road-going sports bike, the HP2 Sport, which is set to be unveiled at the Paris show next week. Check out the video below to see what MCN man Trevor Franklin thought of the race bike and then check back later in the week to get the first look at BMW's 2008 range of bikes.

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  • Video: Italjet are back with the Grifon 650

    25 September 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Italjet is one of Italy’s most famous bike makers. They went out of business in 2003, but now they’re back making scooters, quads and pit bikes - but the Grifon 650 could be their first step back onto the big-bike ladder. It’s a collaboration between Hyosung and Italjet; the 650cc V-twin engine and chassis comes from the Korean firm, while things like the suspension, spoked wheels, suspension,...

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  • Boss Hoss test

    23 September 2007 by Marcus Kingma

    On Saturday, we did a test ride on the Boss Hoss and made a little video with a simple camera. It was for Oliepeil.nl and motornieuws.nl

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  • Haslam vs Tornado

    19 September 2007 by mike spells

    Haslam vs Tornado

    Leon Haslam racing an RAF Tornado GR4 on a Ducati 1098. Who won? Who cares? It was still awesome!

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  • Video: Trails of the unexpected Part III

    18 September 2007 by Chris Slade

    Time for the off. Can our three vintage trail bikes make it to Scarborough unscathed? And which will win? The mission was to buy and prepare three late 70s/early 80s trailies and ride them from Morecambe to Scarborough to find out which is the best within a budget of £1000 and we rejoin our team as the day of reckoning has come (see part one here and part two here). The moment, or...

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  • Video: Full report on Ducati's Desmosedici RR

    18 September 2007 by Chris Slade

    We've already brought you ourfirst impressions of the new Ducati Desmosedici RR when MCN road tester Michael Neeves got to ride the bike at the Mugello Circuit but now you can see Michael's full report on the increible new motorcycle. Check out the video below to watch as Michael walks you through all the technical aspects of the MotoGP replica motorcycle and then takes the beast out on track to...

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  • BMW F800ST

    13 September 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    Anyone with the age-old problem of a 29-inch or less inside leg measurement will know all too well the difficulty in finding a bike that allows you to get both feet, or even tip-toes, flat on the floor at standstill. Custom bikes, cruisers, custom-cruisers aren’t everyone’s cup of Typhoo, but at least they have low seat heights. For a more sportier way of life the occasional imported Japanese...

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  • Video: Ducati Desmosedici first test

    13 September 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Ducati Desmosedici first test

    MCN road tester Michael Neeves has just sent the first pictures and video from Mugello, where he is today riding the Ducati Desmosedici RR. The test was scheduled to take place at Misano one week ago,...

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  • Video: Onboard lap of the Salzburgring on the 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa

    12 September 2007 by Adam 'Chad' Child

    We're already brought you action and opinion on the world first ride of the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa in our first test video, but now you can enjoy a flying lap of the Salzburgring on the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa with MCN road tester Adam 'Chad' Child. So strap yourself in as the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa rockets up to 300km/h on the straights (in fifth gear), and the new sharper...

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  • Video: 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa first test at the Salzburgring

    12 September 2007 by Adam 'Chad' Child

    Watch our exclusive video from the world first test of the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa at the Salzuburgring in Austria, and find out what MCN road tester Adam 'Chad' Child thinks of the motorcycle. You'll be able to read more on the new 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa in MCN, out Wednesday, September 12, 2007, and at the end of the video 'Chad' reveals details of an upcoming group test...  

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  • Trail bike challenge: Part two

    11 September 2007 by Phil West

    Trail bikes – remember them? We did, and, going by the growing popularity of 70s/80s trailsters in the classics scene, more and more of you do, too. Which is why we set up this challenge. We wanted to find out what you get, and what the experience is like, if, say, you spend £1,000 on an old shonker trail bike from this era. Last week, MCN stalwarts Editor Marc Potter, Acting Deputy Editor Tony...

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  • Video: Trail bike challenge: Part one: Trails of the unexpected

    07 September 2007 by Phil West

    The mission was to buy and prepare three late 70s/early 80s trailies and ride them from Morecambe to Scarborough to find out which is the best within a budget of £1,000. Old trail bikes are suddenly becoming cool and collectable. In the 1970s and early 1980s bikes like Suzuki’s TS, Yamaha’s DT and XT and Honda’s XL were everywhere. Check out the video below to see our trail bike challenge from...

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  • B-King: First UK Group Test

    04 September 2007 by Howard Boylan

    We've already had the world's first test of Suzuki's new B-King, which you can watch here, but now we need to see where it stands against its rivals - and exactly what those rivals are.  Check out the video to see the B-King in action against the Yamaha R1, KTM SuperDuke and Yamaha XJR1300.

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  • Video: Sheene tribute RG500

    03 September 2007 by Howard Boylan

    MCN's senior roadtester Michael Neeves has ridden Pete Tantrum's incredible Barry Sheene tribute RG500 at Brands Hatch. Check out the video below to see what it is like to ride such an iconic bike around the Kent circuit.

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  • Tigcraft 450 Supermono - could they replace 250GPs?

    29 August 2007 by Howard Boylan

    The debate is still raging about what will replace 250cc bikes on the GP circuit last week we tested a 250GP bike against a 600cc fourstroke and this week we try the other option - a 450cc single cylinder prototype supermono machine. Watch the video below to see how it compares.

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  • Video: Street Triple first group test

    23 August 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    The Triumph Street Triple has a lot to live up to, with some great bikes in its class so we got the leading contenders together to see if it can hack the pace. Check out the video below to see how the Triumph compares to the Ducati Monster, Kawasaki Z750, Honda Hornet, Suzuki GSR600 and Yamaha FZ6

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  • Video: Buell 1125R first ride

    23 August 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    MCN man Trevor Franklin has just ridden Buell's brand new 1125R sports bike and you can see the bike in action. Check out the video below to see Trev putting the bike through it's paces around Laguna Seca and get a look at the first non-harley engine in a Buell.

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  • World first test report of the Buell 1125R

    23 August 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    World first test report of the Buell 1125R

    MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is currently at Laguna Seca riding Buell’s radical, all new 1125R. “The looks may be familiarly quirky Buell, but the 1125R is a revolutionary bike for Buell...

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  • Video: Could 600s take over from 250s in GPs?

    21 August 2007 by Ian Jubb

    To answer the question we got the leading British 250 and put it up against the leading British 600 Supersport bike at Cadwell park to see how they compare. Check out the video below to find out what we thought.

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  • Video: Z1000 to Brno

    16 August 2007 by Andy Downes

     MCN man Andy Downes took his long-term-test Kawasaki Z1000 to Brno to watch World Superbikes and filmed his trip. Check out the video below to see how he got on.

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  • Video: Set your suspension up properly

    15 August 2007 by Ian Jubb

    MCN man Andy Downes knew he could get more from the suspension on his long-term test Kawasaki Z1000 so he enlisted the help of Harris Performance to set it up perfectly with tips that apply to any bike. Check out the video below to see exactly how to improve your bikes handling.

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  • A happy GTR owner

    15 August 2007 by Paul Kenyon

    Kawasaki GTR: Just that bit better. Having tested Yamaha's FJR the natural replacement for my previous XJ900 I read a follow up report on Kawasaki's new GTR. This report compared not only the FJR but also BMW's K1200 GTSE. Confused I called BMW. I could practically see the dealership if only a couple of houses were removed. They answered 'Yes we have a K1200GT demonstrator here right now and...

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  • Video: Racing in the GSX-R cup

    15 August 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    MCN roadtester Adam Child races a knackered old GSX-R600 in club races so when he was given the opportunity to race a brand new version of the bike in the GSX-R cup he jumped at the chance. Check out the video below to watch his diary of the weekend and find out how he got on.

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  • R6 vs GSX-R750 at Cadwell Park

    14 August 2007 by jamocbr

    Having bought my New Repsol Fireblade in 2005 my mate got himself a new Suzuki GSX-R750 K5. He wanted to do a Cadwell track day but I decided to hire an R6. By the afternoon session I was pleased with my decision. Someone nudged my mate at Chris Curve, causing them both to go down which made a right mess of his four-month-old Gixer. All was restored OK but it certainly makes you realise how easy...

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  • Picture exclusive: MCN Supermoto group test

    14 August 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Picture exclusive: MCN Supermoto group test

    The bikes: BMW G 650 Xmoto £6,195 This is the supermoto version of BMW’s new G 650 X series of bikes (the other two are the Xchallenge and the Xcountry). Unlike bigger BMWs the Rotax powered Xmoto has...

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  • Pan owner's GTR1400 review

    13 August 2007 by npark

    I have today ridden the GTR1400 thanks to Dave Fox Motorcycles of Ramsgate. I am in the market for a good tourer and currently own a Honda STX1300 and previously an ST1100. I was keen to have a change and the GTR looked like the best alternative having already considered the BMWs and the Yamaha FJR. The former was discounted due to it being wider at the rear then the front which is suicidal going...

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  • A leaning trike you say? Surely not?

    07 August 2007 by Ian Jubb

    This is the Hobbs R8, a prototype based around a Monkey bike that has been designed to prove that it is possible to build a trike that leans in to corners like a normal bike. Check out the video below to see the impressive bike in action

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