First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Bikesafe courses back for 2009

    03 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    Bikesafe courses back for 2009

    Bikesafe is continuing to run courses around the country in 2009 to help improve rider ability and work on reducing the number of motorcycle accidents. BikeSafe work with more than 40 police...

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  • Video: Kawasaki ZX-6R: 2008 v 2009

    30 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Kawasaki ZX-6R: 2008 v 2009

    Kawasaki have made big claims that their new ZX-6R is more powerful, lighter and easier to ride than ever before. To find out if they're right, Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves puts it to the test...

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  • Video: LSL Kawasaki Clubman W 740R road test

    29 December 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Video: LSL Kawasaki Clubman W 740R road test

    Kawasaki's W650 surfaced in 1998 and dipped back under the radar sometime in 2003. Based on a very early Kawasaki model from an age where where hippies were all the rage (and itself a very good copy...

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  • Aprilia getting to grips with the RSV4 Tuono

    23 December 2008 by MCN Mole

    Aprilia getting to grips with the RSV4 Tuono

    Aprilia is speeding ahead with the naked Tuono version of the RSV4 according to MCN’s Mole. Designer Miguel Galuzzi and his team at the Noale HQ are already carving away at clay models to try and get...

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  • Video: Buell 1125CR road test

    22 December 2008 by MCN

    Video: Buell 1125CR road test

    Buell extends its water-cooled V-twin range with the introduction of the 1125CR; a naked version of the Rotax-powered 1125R sports bike. As you'd expect with a bike that has a claimed 146bhp output,...

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  • Video: Sherco 2.5i F goes Enduro

    18 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Sherco has a proven track record of building some of the world's best trials bikes and now they've turned their attention to the enduro market.   The Sherco 2.5i F (250cc) is very user friendly and offers plenty of torque all the way up to 12,000 rpm. Handling is good, and the bike is already a proven winner after Graham Jarvis won the recent Red Bull Romaniacs event. Watch the video below to...

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  • Video: Technical Analysis of Honda CBR1000RR ABS system

    16 December 2008 by MCN

    MCN Senior road tester Michael Neeves has been out in Qatar testing the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade equipped with ABS. Watch the video to see Michael Neeves explain exactly how the electronically-controlled 'brake-by-wire' system on the new Fireblade works and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, 17 December, 2008.

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  • Video: Adrenalin-Moto XR 1200 road test

    15 December 2008 by Adam Child

    Darlington based Adrenalin Moto have produced this one off special XR1200 Harley Davidson, reducing the bikes weight by 25kg and significantly increasing the bikes performance and handling. They’ve loosely based the bike on the new race bike which will be appearing in next year's British Superbike program in the new Henderson Harley Davidson XR1200 Trophy. Watch the video below to...

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  • 2009 ABS Honda CBR600RR tested!

    15 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    2009 ABS Honda CBR600RR tested!

    MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves has just been riding the new 2009 Honda CBR600RR in Qatar. There’s lots of talk about the new Combined ABS on Honda’s new CBR600RR. Indeed it’s the first time a...

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  • First ride: ABS Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

    15 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: ABS Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

    Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is in Qatar testing the new ABS Honda Fireblade... The electronically-controlled ‘brake-by-wire’ system on the new Fireblade is revolutionary, totally unique on a...

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  • Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

    12 December 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

    German tuning company AC Schnitzer has developed an excellent reputation for producing some stunning aftermarket accessories for all manner of BMW motorcycles. Most recently it has turned its...

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  • Video: Jack Lilley Triumph Scrambler road test

    10 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Jack Lilley Triumph Scrambler road test

    Jack Lilley motorcycles are famed for producing one-of-a-kind Triumph specials and this is their latest. Based on the 2009 Scrambler, this Triumph has been given that 'Great Escape' Steve McQueen...

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  • Video: Triumph 675 launch

    10 December 2008 by MCN

    The original Triumph Daytona 675 was a cracking supersports bike when it was released in 2006. So Triumph had a big task on their hands in making the new model better. The new Daytona handled the Cartegena circuit very well, with the uprated chassis and the suspension making it an absolute joy to throw in to the twsties. The three cylinder engine pulls from as low as 3,000 rpm. Even if...

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  • Head-to-head: New and old Kawasaki ZX-6R

    09 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Head-to-head: New and old Kawasaki ZX-6R

    I’ve just come in from riding the new 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R against the old 2008 model and I’m flabbergasted. I won’t give too much away; you’ll have to read all about it in our full road test in the...

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  • Video: Superstock Honda Fireblade faster than Touring Car at Silverstone

    05 December 2008 by Adam Child

    Check out this exclusive and unique footage taken at Silverstone race circuit. The Superstock Honda Fireblade easily proved faster than the Honda Type R Touring car around the historic British track. Riding the motorcycle is Steve 'Baywatch' Brogan, British Superstock 1000 Champion on-board his championship winning Honda Fireblade. Watch Steve Brogan's onboard lap In the British...

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  • Jack Lilley special Triumph Scrambler

    04 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Jack Lilley special Triumph Scrambler

    MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves has just ridden a very special Triumph Scrambler, built by Triumph dealers Jack Lilley. Here are his first impressions: “At the beginning of this year Triumph...

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  • Video: Steve Brogan onboard at Silverstone

    03 December 2008 by Adam Child

    MCN road tester Adam Child bumped into British Superstock 1000 Champion Steve Brogan at Silverstone recently at a Honda media day. Steve 'Brogie' Brogan agreed to a few flying laps onboard his Championship winning Honda Fireblade with our cameras fitted. Check out the very fast onboard action around the shortened Silverstone circuit.

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  • Picture gallery: AC Schnitzer BMW F800GS

    02 December 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Picture gallery: AC Schnitzer BMW F800GS

    Specialist BMW accessory company AC Schnitzer has stepped in to fill a gap in BMW's range. BMW can cater for nearly all tastes, ages and heights. Well, it would if it listed a supermoto midway between...

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  • Video: Honda CBF125 road test

    02 December 2008 by Adam Child

    The new Honda CBF125 has a huge task ahead of it for such a small motorcycle - it has to live up to the reputation of the bike it replaces, the legendary Honda CG125. MCN road tester Adam Child put the motorcycle through its paces to see if it can compete against Yamaha's recently introduced YZF-R125 or Honda's own CBR. Watch the video to find out how he got on and read the full article in MCN,...

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  • Video: Ducati 1198 first ride

    20 November 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Just as we were all thinking the Ducati 1098 was the best V-twin ever, out of nowhere Ducati's 1198 appears and you can see it here in our video. MCN senior road tester Trevor Franklin travelled to Portugal's Circuito de Algarve to get the first ride of Ducati's 1198 to see if bigger does mean better. Watch the video below to see how the motorcycle got on and read the full article in MCN,...

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  • The PB100: 6 - 1998 Yamaha R1

    19 November 2008 by Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 6 - 1998 Yamaha R1

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. It stunned the senses... In the 1990s the FireBlade was the sportsbike to have. Fast, agile...

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  • Image gallery: Ace Cafe Racer

    18 November 2008 by James Keen

    Image gallery: Ace Cafe Racer

    In this week's edition of MCN, road tester Adam Child takes a ride on the gorgeous Ace Cafe Racer created by custom bike builder Nick Gale. In case the road test left you wanting more, here's...

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  • Ducati 1198/1198S first ride!

    18 November 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Ducati 1198/1198S first ride!

    MCNs Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, is at the launch of Ducati’s new 1198/1198S at the Circuito de Algarve near Portimao, Portugal, here’s what he has to say: “While the new 1198 retains the...

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  • The PB100: 5 - Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD

    12 November 2008 by Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 5 - Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. If it weren’t for this bike… Forget the alloy-framed, oil-cooled 1985 model or the GSX-R’s...

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  • Video: Miles Per Gallon Fuel Test

    12 November 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    With the downward spiral from credit crunch to full-on recession MCN senior roadtester Trevor Franklin wanted to see if the economy of motorcycles can still be highly prized. To find out Trevor took Suzuki's Sixteen, BMW's F650GS, Kawasaki's Z1000 and a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade to Bruntingthorpe testing circuit in Leicestershire to conduct two tests. How far would a gallon of unleaded fuel go at...

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  • Video: Bob Farnham tunes Yamaha R1

    11 November 2008 by Michael Neeves

    The racing season has only just finished, but Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is already looking ahead to the 2009 season with his trusty 2007 Yamaha R1 long term test bike. He took it along to Bob Farnham, one of the UK's top engine tuners just down the road from Brands Hatch for an engine refresh and a bit of a tune. Watch the video below to see how the bike got on and little tour around...

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  • The PB100: 4 - Ducati Monster S4RS

    05 November 2008 by Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 4 - Ducati Monster S4RS

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. The  missing link between 916 and 1098... It’s easy to think of this bike as being the...

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  • Video: Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport first ride

    05 November 2008

    MCN Man Michael Neeves headed out to Lake Como in Italy to get the first ever ride on the new 4v Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport. Check out the video below to take a tour of the impressive factory and see the bike in action around the lakes.

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  • Video: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R launch test

    31 October 2008 by Angus Farquhar, Adam Child

    Video: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R launch test

    MCN man Adam Child is now back inthe UK after testing the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R for the first time and he brought back this video report on the new motorcycle. Check out the video below to see what Chad...

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  • Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v first ride!

    29 October 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v first ride!

    MCN’s Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, is in Italy to ride Moto Guzzi’s brand new 1200 Sport 4V and he’s at the factory for this world exclusive first ride. Here’s his first...

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  • The PB100: 3 - Suzuki GSX-R1000 K4

    28 October 2008 by Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 3 - Suzuki GSX-R1000 K4

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. More power, more torque, less weight, more useable. What’s not to like? In the...

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  • First ride! 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R

    28 October 2008 by Adam Child

    First ride! 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R

    MCN Road Tester Adam Child is in Japan to ride Kawasaki’s all new ZX-6R. Here’s his initial impressions.  “This new Kawasaki ZX-6R has been heavily revised for 2009, the main areas where they...

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  • Video: 2009 Yamaha XVS950 Midnight Star first ride

    24 October 2008 by Angus Farquhar, Adam Child

    MCN Man Adam Child headed out to Georgia, US, to get us this video of the first ride on the new XVS 950 Midnight Star from Yamaha. Check out the video below to see the bike in action and hear what Chad thinks of the new lightweight cruiser.

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