First rides & tests (January 2008)

  • Video: Big Supermoto group test

    31 January 2008 by Adam Child

    KTM has updated it's big supermoto this year giving it the 990cc engine so we put it up against it's main rivals, the Ducati Hypermotard and the BMW Megamoto to see how it got on. Check out the video below to see the bikes in action. The slippy the conditions at the test track resulted in some impressive rear wheel slides.

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  • Video: Ducati 1098R launch

    30 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati's new 1098R is the closest thing the Italian firm has ever produced to a full-blooded World Superbike racer. Costing £24,000 it has a 186bhp, 1200cc engine, top quality cycle parts, and for the first time ever on a road bike: traction control.   Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves travelled to the Ducati's world launch in Jerez to check it out. Read his full report in this week's MCN...

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  • Wallpaper gallery: Ducati 1098R

    29 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Wallpaper gallery: Ducati 1098R

    In this weeks MCN Michael Neeves tests Ducati's 1098R with traction control and 180bhp. The 1098R is the first road bike to feature a true traction control system, which has eight programmable...

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  • Video: BMW's G450X off-roader in action

    29 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    The January 30 edition of MCN features the first test of BMW's new off-roader, the G450X, but the bike has already been in action at several races throughout 2007. Check out the video on the right to see highlights of BMWs win at the incredible Erzberg Enduro in Austria. The video starts with clips of the HP2 riping up the quarry course, but skip to 1:40 to see the little enduro in action on some...

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  • MCN Daily 29/01//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    29 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 34 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news update we see Michael Neeves have the first ride on the Ducati 1098R, Ken Livingstone suppressing evidence on bikes in bus lanes and Brandshatch gets a revamp.  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...

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  • Video: Onboard 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R

    29 January 2008 by Adam Child

    For the first time you can see video evidence of how wild Kawasaki's new ZX-10R is flat out. Watch the new Kawasaki rev out in top gear as it bounces of its speed limiter and check out how much the bars move as the bike twitches over the bumpy test track. Then watch as it takes on Yamaha's R1, which comes out on top in a simple flat out run. You can read the full test of all this year's 1000cc...

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  • Ducati 1098R first riding impressions

    28 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati 1098R first riding impressions

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just been riding Ducati’s brand new 1098R superbike at its world launch at Jerez in southern Spain. This is what he has to say: “Ducati is back to its...

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  • MCN Daily 24/01/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    24 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 31 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we get sneak spy shots of Triumphs new 1700cc cruiser, Dani Pedrosa's fireball crash leaves him with a broken hand and Honda WSB riders get out on track for the first 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...

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  • Fireblade gets ready to take on its rivals

    24 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Fireblade gets ready to take on its rivals

    The waiting is finally over. We’ve finally got our hands on one of the first new Honda CBR1000RR FireBlades in Europe, and that means we can get to work on seeing which of the 1000cc Japanese...

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  • Gallery: 08 R6 v 07 R6

    23 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    Gallery: 08 R6 v 07 R6

    You have to look close and closer still at the new R6 and the one it supersedes to spot the differences, but they are there and we have had them out on a track to find them. Wether the new R6 is...

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  • Video: BMW R1200GS Adventure v KTM 990 Adventure

    23 January 2008 by Adam Child, Angus Faquhar

    There is only one bike that can really take on BMW's new R1200GS Adventure and that's the KTM 990 Adventure. And what better way to test them than to tackle a bit of off-road in the Cairngorms mid winter. Check out the video below to see how our team got on with the long ride north and the frozen conditions when they got there.

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  • Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R v R1

    14 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Check out the first monster battle of 2008. In this video we pitch the new Kawasaki ZX-10R against the Yamaha R1; our superbike of choice for 2007. The ZX-10R has already ripped up the rule book by producing a staggering 170bhp; 8bhp more than the R1. It also flew down our test track at a genuine 184mph, in the wet! But for this test we take both bikes to Brands Hatch and put them through...

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  • MCN Daily 11/01/08: Your video motorcycle news update

    11 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 25 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear about Troy Bayliss injuring himself in testing at Phillip Island, the new Kawasaki ZX-10R making 170bhp at the rear wheel and riders are facing lower legal alcohol limits than car drivers under new proposals.  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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  • Britain's got biking talent winner ridden

    11 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Britain's got biking talent winner ridden

    The Carole Nash ‘Britain’s Got Biking Talent’ competition that MCN ran last year pulled in over 4500 examples of specials and restored classics. Michael Neeves tried out the winning 170bhp Kawasaki...

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  • Video: Charley Boorman on the 2008 BMW R1200GS

    10 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    Long Way Down star Charley Boorman joined our man on the launch of the 2008 BMW R1200GS and gave us his opinion on the heavily updated bike. Check out the video below to hear what Charley had to say about the new machine and watch the bikes in action at the Welsh launch.  Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN |...

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  • Video: Ducati 1098 v 999

    09 January 2008 by Adam Child

    To buy the unquestionably brilliant Ducati 1098S you will have to pay a staggering £9,000 more than a used version of its predecessor the 999. Just think for the price of a new 1098S you can have a used 999 and have enough change for leathers, a lid and a few track days. So, to find out if the newcomer really is worth the extra, we took a 999 and a 1098S down to the Jerez circuit in Spain and...

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  • Video: Carole Nash Britain's got biking talent winner

    09 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    This very special Kawasaki is the winner of the 'Britain's Got Biking Talent' competition we ran last year with Carole Nash; seeing off over 4500 entries. Check out our video to see what makes this 170bhp ZXR1200 so special and more importantly what it's like to ride. For a full report, check it out in this week's MCN (Wednesday, 9th January).

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  • MCN Daily: Your daily video motorcycle news for 08/01/08

    08 January 2008 by Daniel Thornton, Angus Farquhar

    In episode 23 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear that the Honda CB100R concept could make it to production, Ducati puts it's MotoGP bike on ice and Johnathan Rea puts on a good show in Philip Island  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...

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  • Video: Moto Guzzi's Stelvio first ride

    08 January 2008 by Michael Neeves, Howard Boylan

    In our world Exclusive video test, Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves travels to Italy to ride Moto Guzzi's brand new Stelvio. This is the Italian firm's answer to the mighty BMW R1200GS, but is it any good? Check out the video and the full report in this week's MCN to find out...

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