First rides & tests (February 2008)

  • Video: BMW F650GS first ride

    27 February 2008 by Phil West

    Despite the 650 name, the BMW F650GS actually has a 798cc twin cylinder motor derived from the F800GS and has just been laiunched alongside its bigger sibling. MCN Road Test Editor Phil West travelled to South Africa to see if the motorcycle could better the 'Funduro' tag associated with its predecessor. Click here to watch the first ride of the new F800GS

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  • Video: BMW F800GS first ride

    27 February 2008 by Phil West

    Last week saw the launch of not one but two all-new BMW GS models, the F800GS and the F650GS, in South Africa. MCN Road Test Editor Phil West went to see if the new F800GS was a baby R1200GS or in fact a landmark bike in its own right. Watch the video below to get a detailed look at the bike and see how it copes as Phil takes it for a ride Click here to be walked through the new F650GS

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  • MCN Daily 26/02/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    26 February 2008 by Jack Thorpe, Sarah Carnell, Angus Farquhar

    In episode 51 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we have the world's first ride of the new Suzuki GSX-R600, Princes William and Harry get told not to ride to Africa and Casey Stoner says give Marco Melandri some more time.  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...

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  • Video: Onboard the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600

    26 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    MCN Man Adam Child is in Misano to test the 2008 GSX-R600 but fog delayed that start of the test so we thought we'd bring you some onboard footage of the bike recorded earlier. Chad is now out on the bike and we'll bring you the full video of the test as soon as we can, but until then enjoy this impressive footage.

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  • Video: MV F4 goes 1078

    26 February 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    The latest MV Agusta to wear the F4 badge has an extra 80cc, more power and an extra 'R' tagged onto its name. Watch the video as MCN road tester Trevor Franklin puts the MV F4 1078RR 312 through its paces to see if it can compete with the best Japenese superbikes. Read the full review in the new edition of Motorcycle News, out Wednesday 27th February.

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  • 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Ride!

    26 February 2008 by Adam Child

    2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Ride!

    MCN Road Tester Adam Child is at Misano in Italy waiting to ride the all-new 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600. The bike’s ready, Chad’s ready, now all he’s waiting for is the freezing fog to clear! The key...

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  • MCN Daily 25/02//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    25 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 50 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we have the world's first ride of the new KTM RC8, Troy Bayliss leads the World Superbike Championship after the first weekend and MCN gives James Toseland a good send off  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...

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  • World first test: KTM RC8 lives up to the hype

    25 February 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    World first test: KTM RC8 lives up to the hype

    MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is at Ascari in Spain where he has just had his first go aboard one of the most eagerly awaited bikes of the year – KTM’s stunning, all-new RC8. This is what he...

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  • KTM RC8 test: First sighting

    24 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    KTM RC8 test: First sighting

    MCN Chief road tester Trevor Franklin has just arrived in Ronda, Spain for the first ride of the long-awaited KTM RC8 sports bike. Checking in to the hotel Trev spotted the bike on display in the...

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  • Video: Yamaha YZF-R125 first ride

    23 February 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Yamaha launched the all-new YZF-R125 in Valencia this week, and MCN was the first to test ride the new motorcycle on Spanish roads and Valencia's go-kart track, a miniature replica of the MotoGP circuit. The R125 is a direct rival to the Honda CBR125R, and you can see our exclusive video of the motorcycle here first. See the full test of the Yamaha YZF-R125 in next week's Motor Cycle News, out...

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  • Yamaha YZF-R125 world’s first test

    22 February 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Yamaha YZF-R125 world’s first test

    MCN has just completed the first road test of Yamaha’s new learner sportsbike, the YZF-R125. Built to steal the massive sales figures off the Honda CBR125R, the R125 is an all-new liquid-cooled...

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  • MCN Daily 21/02//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    21 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 48 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear that road pricing trials have been delayed, we test the new BMW F650GS and its a good day for the Brits in World Supersport  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 show.

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  • Husqvarna 2008 supermoto model launch

    21 February 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Husqvarna 2008 supermoto model launch

    Michael Neeves, Senior Road Tester, is out in Spain testing the 2008 Husqvarna Supermoto range at a cart track in Benidorm and here’s his first impressions. “The big news is their new SM510R which is...

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  • Do you own a Victory Vision?

    21 February 2008 by MCN

    Do you own a Victory Vision?

    MCN is putting together a test of large capacity, super-comfy touring motorcycles, such as the BMW K1200LT, Honda Goldwing, Harley-Davidson Electra Glide and a Victory Vision. If you happen to live in...

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  • First ride: BMW F650GS takes to the road

    21 February 2008 by Phil West

    First ride: BMW F650GS takes to the road

    BMW has launched it’s new F650GS in South Africa and MCN Road test editor Phil West has just ridden it. Don’t be fooled by the name the motorcycle is actually based very much on the F800GS...

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  • MCN Daily 20/02//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    20 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 47 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we have an exclusive first ride of the new BMW F800GS, Uk representatives recommend non-slip manhole covers and did Valentino Rossi make the right decision switching to Bridgestone tyres  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...

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  • First ride: BMW F800GS on and off-road

    20 February 2008 by Phil West

    First ride: BMW F800GS on and off-road

    MCN road test editor Phil West is out in South Africa to ride the new BMW F800GS on the roads around Durban in South Africa. He has just ridden the bike for the first time and phoned in to...

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  • Video: Aprilia Mana vs. Suzuki SV650, Honda Silver Wing and Piaggio MP3

    20 February 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Aprilias's 850cc V-twin Mana is the world's first fully automatic motorcycle but does it live up to Aprilia's claim of it being every motorcycle you'll ever need, rolled neatly into one package? Watch the video below to see as we pitch it against the best-selling-middleweight of last year the Suzuki SV650 Sport, a conventional two wheel scooter in the Honda Silver Wing...

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  • BMW F800GS preview

    19 February 2008 by Phil West

    BMW F800GS preview

    We’re riding the new BMW F800GS tomorrow (Wednesday). It’s based on the F800S/ST Roadster but given the ‘adventure’ treatment, to ape their most popular models. Watch video of the BMW F800GS launch...

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  • Video: KTM Duke 690, 690 Enduro and 690 Supermoto in action

    14 February 2008 by Adam Child, Chris Slade, Angus Farquhar

    MCN Roadtester Adam Child was in Spain last week for the launch of the new range of bikes from KTM powered by the LC4 690cc engine and you can see the video action here. Check out the video below to see the KTM Duke 690, 690 Enduro and 690 Supermoto in action.

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  • Video: CBF600S v GSX650F v ER-6f

    13 February 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Stepping up the capactity ladder after passing your motorcycle test can be a daunting affair. Which is just as well we can buy affordable middleweight bikes that arent powerhouses just like the three bikes on show here. Watch the video to see if a total revamp of the previous post-learner faourite the Honda CBF600S can see of the challenge of the Suzuki GSX650F and Kawasaki ER-6f. Read...

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

    08 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 39 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear that motorcycle casualties have risen in the past year, we report back from the world launch of the Triumph Speed Triple and Chaz Davies continues to impress  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...

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  • MCN Daily 07/02//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    07 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 38 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear that a survey claiming 38% of all motorcycles are untaxed may be flawed, we test four new 2008 1000cc bikes and Jorge Lorenzo beats his Yamaha team-mate to top the time sheets on the final day in Sepang  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in...

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  • First impressions: KTM 690 Enduro

    04 February 2008 by Adam Child

    First impressions: KTM 690 Enduro

    MCN Road Tester Adam Child is currently riding KTM’s brand new 690cc LC4 range out in Almeria, Spain, these are his first impressions. “The first bike of the new family is the 690 Enduro and although...

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  • Video: Onboard with the 1000cc group test

    04 February 2008 by Adam Child

    Here’s a little taster of our forthcoming 1000cc group test. First MCN senior road tester Michael Neeves pushes the GSXR1000 and Honda Fireblade to the limit around Almeria. Then watch the ZX10 flat out as MCN road tester Adam Child, rides back in the UK, check out how twitchy the bars are on our test track.   To see the full 1000cc group test featuring these bikes grab a copy of...

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