First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Video: Yamaha R125 takes on the Honda CBR125 and Aprilia RS125

    29 May 2008 by Liam Marsden

    MCN has tested the latest crop of 125cc sports motorcycles; the two stroke Aprilia RS125, Hondas old but faithful CBR125R and Yamahas new kid on the block - the YZF-R125. The group test saw the motorcycles put through their paces around town and on the open roads. To see how they all faired watch the video below and for the full review get a copy of the May 28 edition of MCN.

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  • Video: Onboard BMW HP2 Sport and Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory

    21 May 2008 by Adam Child

    MCN road tester Adam Child travelled to the Albacete race circuit in Spain to pit the world's best sports v-twin motorcycles against each other on track and you can see some of his on-track action below. Chad got to ride the BMW HP2 Sport, KTM RC8 and the Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory against some of the fastest bike testers in the world, including former GP stars Randy Mamola and Jurgen Fuchs. Watch...

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  • Aprilia RX125 and SX125 first test

    15 May 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Aprilia RX125 and SX125 first test

    MCN has just arrived back from the world launch of Aprilia's SX125 and RX125 two-stroke supermoto and trail motorcycles, revamped to meet Euro3 emissions laws and also to look and feel closer to the...

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  • Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R: Road v race

    14 May 2008 by Adam Child

    Kawasaki's ZX-10R was designed for the race track but also happens to be road legal so just how far apart is it from a genuine racing ZX-10R? MCN road tester Adam Child travelled to Mallory Park to test his ZX-10R long-term test bike against the British Superstock ZX-10R of Astro Racing Kawasaki. Watch the video below to find out the difference and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, May...

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  • Video: Aprilia Dorsoduro - world's first ride

    29 April 2008 by Adam Child

    Aprilia reckons its new street supermoto, the Dorsoduro, is something of a beast so we sent MCN road tester Adam Child to ride it. Chad travelled an hour north of Rome to take part in the world's first ride of Aprilia's new Shiver-derived street supermoto. Watch the video below to see what he thought and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, 30 April, 2008.

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  • Video: Honda CB1000R first ride

    23 April 2008 by Marc Potter

    Forty years after the first Japenese invasion Honda has built a bike to take on Europe's best, the Honda CB1000R and you can see it in action below. MCN's editor Marc Potter travelled to Italy to take the motorcycle for a spin on the streets of Milan and the twisty roads near Lake Como. Watch the video below to see if Potski believe's the CB1000R can be the best super naked then read the full...

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  • MCN Daily 17/04/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    17 April 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 87 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show MCN’s deputy editor Ped Baker has completed his ride of Yamaha’s new Tenere, Jorge Lorenzo is praised by Lin Jarvis, and Susie Grayson puts Feisty Racing on the podium.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let...

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  • Video: Aprilia's new SMV750 Dorsoduro First Ride!

    17 April 2008 by Adam Child

    MCN Road Tester Adam Child has just been to Italy to ride Aprilia's new street supermoto, the Dorsoduo. It is based on the mechanicals from the Shiver 750, and going by the antics we captured on video it's an absolute hoot to ride. Watch a little video teaser below and Chad's full test in MCN (and full video) is coming soon!

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  • All the top motorcycles ridden and rated

    16 April 2008 by Phil West

    All the top motorcycles ridden and rated

    If you’re looking for a new motorcycle, or merely just want to find out what’s currently hot, don’t miss the massive  2008 Ridden & Rated supplement in association with Bennetts Insurance,...

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  • First impressions: Kawasaki Ninja 250R launch

    15 April 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    First impressions: Kawasaki Ninja 250R launch

    MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is in Barcelona to get a first taste of the sauciest 250 sports bike in years, the Euro-spec, fuel-injected Kawasaki 250R Ninja. Here’s what he’s found out so...

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  • MCN Daily 14/04/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    14 April 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 84 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show MCN’s editor, Marc Potter has been in Italy checking out Honda’s new CB1000R, we start the countdown to MCN Live at Butlins and Jorge Lorenzo is in heaven after his maiden win in Portugal.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then...

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  • First test: Honda CB1000R is the bike to beat

    12 April 2008 by Marc Potter

    First test: Honda CB1000R is the bike to beat

    MCN Editor Marc Potter has just ridden Honda’s new naked CB1000R on the banks of Lake Como in Italy and to say he is impressed would be putting it mildly. He said: “The engine is an absolute peach.

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  • Video: Ducati Monster 696 first ride

    11 April 2008 by Adam Child

    Ducati decided to launch its new Ducati 696 Monster in sunny, beautiful Barcelona and Road tester Adam Child went along to bring us this exclusive video. Will the all new Monster repeat the record sales of the previous model? Watch the video below to find out and read the full report in MCN, Wednesday, 9 April, 2008.

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  • Video: Moto Guzzi Stelvio Group test

    11 April 2008 by Michael Neeves

    To see where the new Moto Guzzi Stelvio fits into the adventure tourer world, we took it, a BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and Triumph Tiger to Italy to visit the world famous Stelvio Pass. Of course, we checked to see if it was open first... Watch the video above to see how the group test went and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, 9 April, 2008.

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  • First ride: Honda DN-01 is a little confusing

    11 April 2008 by Marc Potter

    First ride: Honda DN-01 is a little confusing

    MCN editor Marc Potter has just ridden the new 680cc Honda DN-01 around Lake Como in northern Italy as part of the first group to test the bike. He said: “Unfortunately Lake Como is covered in mist...

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  • Video: MV Augusta Brutale 1078RR first ride

    10 April 2008 by Michael Neeves

    MV Agusta's new Brutale 1078RR has the engine from the F4 RR312 superbike crammed into its tinny, sexy chassis. But it's not just its 154bhp and 166-plus mph top speed, which sets this apart from any Brutale built before, the best bit is that it's smoother and easier to ride than ever. Check out the video below to see Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves tackle the £13,000 Brutale amd read...

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  • Moto Guzzi Stelvio against its rivals

    09 April 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Moto Guzzi Stelvio against its rivals

    In this week's MCN you can see how the Moto Guzzi Stelvio gets on when put through its paces against its main rivals. MCN tested the Moto Guzzi Stelvio against the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and...

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  • First ride: Yamaha Tenere pre launch report

    08 April 2008 by Peter Baker

    First ride: Yamaha Tenere pre launch report

    Deputy Editor, Ped Baker is in Morocco to test Yamaha’s new XT660Z Tenere and he's sent his first report back ahead of riding the motorcycle over the coming few days. The Tenere is the third bike...

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  • MCN Daily 07/04/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    07 April 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 80 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we ride the new Ducati Monster, JamesToseland taks to the phones and snow gets in the way way of the first British Superbikes round.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us know what you think of the new...

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  • Video: Onboard the Husqvarna WR250 Off road

    03 April 2008 by Michael Guy

    Six weeks after competing my first Enduro on the Husqvarna WR250 I managed to blow the cob webs away with a day practising last weekend. Living just North of London it’s not easy finding places to ride an Enduro bike legally short of entering an actual event, but after trawling the web I found Enduroland. The dedicated piece of land located just a few miles from Silverstone on the A43 is...

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  • MCN Daily 02/04/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    02 April 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 77 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show a motorcyclists bid to become London mayor gets shot down, we've got exclusive video of the incredible new Bimota DB6R and Rossi says he’s happy with Yamaha’s progress.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let...

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  • Video: Bimota DB6R first ride

    02 April 2008 by Michael Neeves

    £16,600 is a lot of money to spend on a bike, let alone a naked one, but the new Bimota DB6R is the best of the super naked breed. Check out our video to see why Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves reckons this exotic, hand-built Italian beauty is so good.

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  • Video: Victory Vision takes on its rivals

    31 March 2008 by Adam Child

    Victory’s all new Vision brings a new rival to the full-dress tourers from Honda, BMW, and Harley. But can it compete against the already established competition? Road tester Adam Child embarks on a mammoth journey from London, to Edinburgh, via Cardiff, Dublin and Belfast to find out. Check out the road trip as the Vision, Electraglide, Goldwing and K1200LT tour the UK and Ireland...

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