First rides & tests (December 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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