First rides & tests (November 2008)

  • 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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