First rides & tests (October 2007)

  • Video: Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport vs BMW R1200R

    31 October 2007 by Phil West

    Moto Guzzi and BMW both now offer sportier roadster twins in the shape of the new 1200 Sport and R1200R but is that where the similarities end? Check out the video below to see what MCN’s Road Test Editor, Phil West, thought of the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport and the BMW R1200R. So is it the character of the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport or the class of the BMW R1200R that wins Phil West over? Check out...

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  • Video: The best superbikes in the world?

    30 October 2007 by Michael Neeves

    We’ve just ridden the best superbikes in the country. Check out our video below to see how Ryuichi Kiyonari’s British Superbike Championship-winning Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade, Tommy Hill’s Virgin Yamaha R1, Michael Rutter’s Kawasaki ZX-10R and Cal Crutchlow’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 compare against each other. Read the full report in this week’s MCN, available Wednesday, October 31, 2007.

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  • Video: 2008 Yamaha R6 track launch

    25 October 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    MCN recently got to try out the new 2008 Yamaha R6 around the Sugo circuit in Japan. Check out the video below to see the bike in action and read the October 24 edition of MCN for the full report. Take a tour round the Yamaha Museum here

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  • 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 first test report

    22 October 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 first test report

    MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin has just ridden the new 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 at Sugo in Japan. The full report will be in this the October 24 issue of MCN but here’s what he’s had to say: “The new...

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  • 2008 Honda Transalp XL700V first test report

    22 October 2007 by Adam Child

    2008 Honda Transalp XL700V first test report

    Honda’s all-new 2008 Honda Transalp XL 700V has just been launched and MCN Road Tester Adam Child has been riding the completely revamped motorcycle in French Alps for this week’s forthcoming issue of...

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  • 1300AS vs Norge1200

    20 October 2007 by MC King

    We were going to the motorshow at Paris on two bikes for a test ride. An impression for www.motornieuws.nl

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  • Video: World Superbike bikes tested

    17 October 2007 by Trevor Franklin, Michael Guy

    Check out the video below as MCN's World Superbikes reporter, Michael Guy, and Senior Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, put three World Superbikes to the test in Magny Cours. We see Trevor Franklin check out Noriyuki Haga's Yamaha R1 while Michael Guy sees what it takes to ride a world championship winning motorcycle as he tries James Toseland's Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade for size around the...

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  • Picture special: Victory Kingpin 8-Ball

    17 October 2007 by MCN

    Picture special: Victory Kingpin 8-Ball

    American manufacturer Victory motorcycles are certainly not holding back when it comes to taking a fight to their greatest rival Harley-Davidson. The new Kingpin 8-Ball cruiser has good...

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  • Video: Hayabusa 08 Tested

    17 October 2007 by Adam Child

    Check out the video below as we take a look at the new 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa. MCN road testers Adam Child and Bruce Dunn tested the 2008 model to its limits at Bruntingthorpe circuit in Leicestershire with the help of five old Hayabusa owners. Like you, we were expecting big figures from these mighty rocket ships but came away slightly disappointed. The main reason is that all these bikes are now...

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  • Video: Auto 66 at Elvington part two

    16 October 2007 by Adam Child

    Take a look at the video below to see what happened when MCN road tester, Adam Child put the Suzuki GSX-R600 through its paces.   Adam's technically-gifted brother, Mark, and long-suffering dad finally got the old GSX-R600 ready for Elvington, the last meeting at the airfield track with Auto 66.   The motor  was up and running, Mark has even fitted a crank case breather system,...

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  • Video: Ducati's 1098 vs its two V-twin rivals

    15 October 2007 by Adam Child

    Watch as we pit the Ducati 1098 against its two strongest rivals in the definitive V-twin sports bike test, up against the Aprilia RSV1000R Mille and the Honda SP-2. The Honda SP-2 was created to win World Superbikes - which it did in 2002 with Colin Edwards - and has the race pedigree to still be a contender. Meanwhile the Aprilia RSV1000R Mille dominated the Masterbike test in 2006, even...

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  • Video: Onboard the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

    10 October 2007

    Watch our exclusive video of the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa flat out at Bruntingthorpe. MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child pushed the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa to an indicated 200mph. Then watch the new Suzuki GSXR1300 Hayabusa take on the Kawasaki ZZR 1400, flat out again. Watch the breathtaking race between the two hypersports motorcycles around the track. And...

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  • Video: Akrapovic adds more power to Kawasaki Z1000

    10 October 2007 by Andy Downes

    Watch this exclusive MCN video to see the fitting of a full Akrapovic exhaust to my long term test Kawasaki Z1000 motorcycle, which not only dropped loads of weight off the motorcycle but also gave another 11bhp. The Kawasaki Z1000’s stock exhausts are the only ‘Marmite’ part of the motorcycle, judging by MCN readers’ comments, which range from ‘distinctive’ to ‘minging’. Find parts and...

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  • Kawasaki GTR1400 - an owner's view

    08 October 2007 by tracktime1000

    The GTR1400 is slick, fast and very comfortable and I've also done 4000 miles but don't worry about the fuel consumption. Mine averages around 30-33 mpg until we get on the motorway and hour after hour its 40-44 mpg averaging out at around 180 miles to a tank. On B-roads it's thirsty but it is a big lump (mind you so am I) but it does redeem itself slightly on long rides which to be fair is...

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  • Video: First ride of the new Aprilia Mana

    05 October 2007 by Michael Neeves

    It's half motorcycle and half automatic scooter, but is it any good? MCN man Michael Neeves travels to Turin to ride the new Aprilia Mana. Check out the video below to see how the bike faired in the Turin traffic and twisty country roads.

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  • Off-road excursion

    05 October 2007 by Graham Hoskins

    Went on a tour to France and ended up taking our road tyre-shod GS1150As off road for our first taste of dirt riding. We just happened to have 4 cameras running at the time - see how it worked out! For our latest TV venture, see www.ironbutts.co.uk

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  • Video: Aprilia Shiver vs.the Suzuki SV650, BMW F800 and Street Triple

    03 October 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    Aprilia's new Shiver 750 v-twin is no ordinary naked bike, it handles like a supermoto and boasts a fly-by-wire throttle. Check out the video below to see how it fairs in the real world against the sensible usability of the Suzuki SV650, the handling of the BMW F800S or the shear fun of the Triumph Street Triple.

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