First rides & tests (March 2007)

  • Video: MCN's R1 goes racing

    30 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Video: MCN's R1 goes racing

    Michael Neeves' Yamaha R1 long termer; Brands Hatch March 10/11 – round one of the MRO Powerbike championship. It’s my first ever race on the R1, and it’s still essentially a road bike with a...

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  • Bandit 650 launch

    29 March 2007 by Adam Child

    Bandit 650 launch

    Suzuki’s new Bandit 650 looks remarkably like the model it replaces, but it’s reworked from the ground up. There’s a new chassis, swingarm, suspension and engine. This latest motor is now...

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  • MV F4 312R first ride

    27 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    MV F4 312R first ride

    Just finished riding the new MV Agusta F4 312R at Monza and it is properly, mentally fast. The 312 part of the name signifies that it will do 312 kph, about 192 mph and although we couldn’t get...

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  • Moto Guzzi Bellagio first ride

    27 March 2007 by Phil West

    Moto Guzzi Bellagio first ride

    Having just ridden Moto Guzzi’s new Bellagio, in the Italian Lakes, we can report that there’s now a new, credible rival to Harley’s 1200 Sportster. We rode the 940cc v twin roadster/cruiser in the...

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  • Fuertenduro experience

    25 March 2007 by martin power

    While holidaying in Fuerteventura I came across Fuertenduro. This is an off-road school run by an Italian, exprofessional enduro rider called Fabrizio. He caters for all levels from novice to pro. Taking a day off from the beach and the family, I was riding over rocks, sand dunes and twisty mountain roads. I had my most exhilarating day on a bike for a long time. Fabrizio is a top man and...

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  • Video: KTM 690SM Launch

    19 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Video: KTM 690SM Launch

    MCN road tester Adam 'Chad' Child spent a few days in Spain at the launch of the totally-new KTM 690SM. The Austrian firm are known for their supermoto building ability, so check out the video for...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z1000 launch test

    14 March 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Last week saw the launch of the new Kawasaki Z1000 and MCN's Trevor Franklin was there to get the first ride on the new machine. Check out the video on the right for all the action and read Trev's full report in the March 14 edition of MCN.

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  • Video: Aprilia RSVR550 out on track

    13 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Aprilia RSVR550 out on track

    Cross an Aprilia RS250 with n SXV550 and what do you get? The spiritual successor to the Yamaha TZR250, Suzuki RGV250 and Kawasaki KR-1S. MCN road tester Michael Neeves took out the new RSVR550 from...

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  • 2007 KTM 990 SuperDuke launch

    09 March 2007 by Adam Child

    2007 KTM 990 SuperDuke launch

    At first it looks almost identical to the old model but KTM have made a few subtle changes for 2007 in response to customer feedback. The tank size has increased by 3.5 litres, the front brake...

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  • Video: KTM SuperDuke Battle

    07 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Video: KTM SuperDuke Battle

    Welcome to the KTM 990 Super Duke Battle: cheap racing at BSB meetings, fun orange bikes and TV coverage. What are you waiting for? Buoyed by the success of the KTM660 Cup last year, series organisers...

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  • Video: Bandit 1250 v CBF1000

    07 March 2007 by Adam Child

    Video: Bandit 1250 v CBF1000

    Suzuki’s legendary Bandit has received a major makeover for 2007, after our first ride it seems impressive. But how does it compare to Honda’s already successful and award-winning CBF1000? In 2006...

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  • First ride of the 2007 Z1000

    07 March 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    First ride of the 2007 Z1000

    Kawasaki has just launched it’s new Z1000 to the world’s press in sunny, but windy Fuerteventura. MCN’s Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin was one of the first people in the world to ride it this...

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  • Video: Shakedown test for MCN's R1

    02 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    You’ve got to feel sorry for my new R1 long termer. It’s an ex-Yamaha press bike and has already done 1600-miles of hard miles on the track, road and on one wheel. I’m going to be racing the R1 in MRO Powerbike this year as well as using it on the road. My first ever ride on it is at an ACU test day at Lydden just one week before my first race. Here’s how I got on…

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