First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Buell: Top 5 technical innovations

    20 October 2009 by MCN

    Buell: Top 5 technical innovations

    In a shocking move prompted by further disastrous financial results, Harley-Davidson has killed off its Buell marque (more details here). Find a Buell for sale Read Buell bike reviews Buell bikes...

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  • Video: Ducati Hypermotard 796 first ride

    20 October 2009 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Hypermotard 796 first ride

    Ducati's new Hypermotard 796 isn't just a mid-range version of the firm's Hypermotard 1100, it's a great bike in it's own right. Watch the video for MCN's first ride report from the launch in...

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  • First ride: British-built Metisse prototype

    16 October 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    First ride: British-built Metisse prototype

    This 997cc Metisse parallel twin could eclipse Norton's long-awaited production plans with the first machines set to hit the road within 18 months. The British company, based near Oxford, has already...

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  • How to turn your 848 into a superbike-killer

    16 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    How to turn your 848 into a superbike-killer

    In standard form the Ducati 848 is one of MCN's favourite sports bikes. It has all the grunt, style and the bombastic soundtrack of its bigger brother the 1198, with added agility and a revvier, more...

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  • Yamaha R6 owners needed

    14 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Yamaha R6 owners needed

    MCN would like Yamaha R6 owners to join us for a celebration of '10 years of the R6' at Bruntingthorpe on Wednesday 21st October.   We're after owners of R6s in standard condition, or as close to...

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  • Video: Ducati 848 special first ride

    12 October 2009 by MCN

    This particular Ducati 848, built by Ducati UK is nothing short of spectacular. It's a rolling showcase for what you can do to your 848 if your pockets are deep enough. The difference between this 848 and a standard 848 is almost £12,000 worth of extra parts. The money goes towards lighter wheels, sterring damper, dry slipper clutch, titanium exhausts and much, much more. Ducati 848s for...

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  • New Ducati Hypermotard 796 first ride!

    12 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    New Ducati Hypermotard 796 first ride!

    The new Ducati Hypermotard 796 is a smaller version of the Hypermotard 1100, with an all-new engine and a lighter, lower chassis aimed at new riders. Watch the Hypermotard 796 video test Michael...

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  • Video: Top Cruisers test 2009

    07 October 2009 by MCN

    Video: Top Cruisers test 2009

    MCN's favourite cruisers from 2009 include the Yamaha Vmax, Harley-Davidson Rocker C, Triumph Thunderbird and the Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron. But which is best? To find out we took a road...

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  • GTR1400 - Just get one, you'll see!

    06 October 2009 by bertie246

    The GTR 1400 is and always will be a great bike. A mile munching speed mule. I've had mine nine days, me and the Mrs have been carried for 1,300 miles in comfort in that time. When we stop for a brew along the way to our far away destination we both remove our lids with a 'We've just had the best sex!' grin sprawlled all over our mush. We did'nt get that with our BMW 1150RT or our FZS 1000. It's...

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  • Video: Yamaha V-Max 2-minute test

    05 October 2009 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha V-Max 2-minute test

    The V-Max is what happens when you mix 1679cc and nearly 200 horsepower in a motorcycle that's one part cruiser, one part sportbike - and all parts thrilling. Watch the video for our 2-minute test.

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  • First ride of new electric GSX-R

    25 September 2009 by MCN

    First ride of new electric GSX-R

    The TT-winning Agni electric bike gives a huge insight to the possible future of racing. MCN’s ex-250 racer go the first ride...  Forget everything you know about riding a modern sports...

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  • BMW K1300S HD video

    21 September 2009 by SHIVA_

    K1300S FULL HD VIDEO You gotto see this. This is a Full HD video on the Lava Orange K1300S from my long term report This is shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH1 which uses a large imaging sensor which is about 3 times as big as those in the current professional HD cameras. This is brand new technology and Indie filmmakers are using this camera for feature length movies. Hence the image quality is...

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  • Honda VFR1200 spied in finished form

    21 September 2009 by Andy Downes

    Honda VFR1200 spied in finished form

    Honda’s new VFR1200 V4 has been spied in completely finished form in the Alps – the first time the production specification, colours and looks of the bike have been seen in action. More info on the...

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  • Boss Hoss LS3-425PK/460KG

    20 September 2009 by Marcus Kingma

    We made an impression from the Boss Hoss LS3. 6.0 liter V8 aluminium Block with 425 Horsepower. Weight 460 kg. 0-100km/hour in 3 sec. 100-200km/hour in 3 sec.

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  • Video: Suzuki GSX-R1000 longterm report

    18 September 2009 by MCN

    Video: Suzuki GSX-R1000 longterm report

    The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is just one of the bikes on the MCN 2009 longterm test fleet. MCN's WSB reporter Michael Guy has done over 5,000 miles on it so far. He's also had his friends on the TAS...

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  • Video: KTM RC8R McWilliams replica

    18 September 2009 by MCN

    Video: KTM RC8R McWilliams replica

    KTM have ‘extreme’ written through them like a stick of rock, and this bike is their wildest road bike yet. The £16,500 KTM 1190 RC8R Akrapovic/Jeremy McWilliams replica is – truly – just like a pukka...

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  • MCN Paris-Dacre Rallye bikes could be yours

    16 September 2009 by James Keen

    MCN Paris-Dacre Rallye bikes could be yours

    The Honda Africa Twin, Suzuki DR800 and Yamaha Super Tenere featured in the MCN Paris-Dacre Rallye challenge are all up for sale.  Browse over 11,000 bikes for sale now Our road testers...

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  • Video: Power test highlights

    11 September 2009 by MCN

    Video: Power test highlights

    Take 979kg of plastics and alloys, 5223cc of capacity, 402.96bhp of power and 326.44ftlb of torque and you have three very serious motorcycles -  the Yamaha Vmax, Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle and...

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  • Video: BMW F800R test

    06 September 2009 by James Keen

    Video: BMW F800R test

    The BMW F800R is an 800cc parallel twin road bike from BMW, built to take on the likes of the Triumph Street Triple and Honda Hornet. Take a closer look at it in our video road test.  ...

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  • Blata Motard 125 first ride

    06 September 2009 by James Keen

    Blata Motard 125 first ride

    If you're 17 and looking for a first bike, it has to be cool. Big name suspension parts like Marzocchi USD forks and a Sachs shock would be good. So would radial brakes, tasty spoked...

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  • Video: KTM off-road test

    06 September 2009 by MCN

    Video: KTM off-road test

    Although it has no all-new models for 2010, KTM has listened to feedback from its riders and made some key changes to make their bikes even more user-friendly without compromising their race-winning...

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  • Suzuki Hayabusa owners wanted

    03 September 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Suzuki Hayabusa owners wanted

    MCN is looking for Hayabusa owners to tell us what’s great about your bike. If you want to help us, send an email to chris.newbigging@motorcyclenews.com with your name, daytime telephone number and...

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  • MH Duna SM125 full review

    28 August 2009 by James Keen

    MH Duna SM125 full review

    The Moto Hispania Duna SM125 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.         ...

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  • Derbi DRD 125SM: road test coming soon

    27 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Derbi DRD 125SM: road test coming soon

    As part of our commitment to testing all shapes and sizes of bikes for new riders, MCN has just taken delivery of a Derbi DRD 125SM. There will be a full video test of the supermoto-styled...

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  • Video: Metisse McQueen Desert Racer ridden

    25 August 2009 by MCN

    Video: Metisse McQueen Desert Racer ridden

    The new Metisse McQueen Desert Racer has to be the coolest off-roader ever created. A limited run of 300 will be made and MCN has taken one for a spin. Watch the video to see and hear the Metisse...

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  • Gilera Runner 125 full review

    21 August 2009 by James Keen

    Gilera Runner 125 full review

    The Gilera Runner 125 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.            Read the...

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