First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Roehr 1250 full review

    21 August 2009 by James Keen

    Roehr 1250 full review

    The Roehr 1250 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.          Read the MCN Roehr...

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  • New Schnitzer BMW F800R and K1300R tested

    21 August 2009 by Andy Downes

    New Schnitzer BMW F800R and K1300R tested

    First ride of AC Schnitzer’s hotted-up F800R in next week’s MCN Handling dramatically improved Cost - £8000 (est) German tuning wizards AC Schnitzer has unleashed its full aftermarket tuning range on...

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  • First ride on new Metisse McQueen Desert Racer

    21 August 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    First ride on new Metisse McQueen Desert Racer

    Road test in next week’s MCN  Genuine Triumph TR6 engine Off-road only £13,999 Metisse Motorcycles is producing a limited run of 300 replica Steve McQueen Desert Racers and MCN takes one for a...

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  • 2010 Honda CRF250 first ride!

    21 August 2009 by Adam Duckworth

    2010 Honda CRF250 first ride!

    First ever fuel-injected 250 MX-er ridden! Honda has scrapped its biggest-selling motocross bike of the past decade and replaced it with an all-new fuel-injected machine – and MCN has ridden it.

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  • Moto Morini Scrambler full review

    19 August 2009 by James Keen

    Moto Morini Scrambler full review

    The Moto Morini Scrambler has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.        Read the MCN Moto...

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  • Video: Biking's biggest bargains group test

    19 August 2009 by MCN

    Video: Biking's biggest bargains group test

    Buying a cheap new bike 10 years ago meant tolerating tat. Not any more. Watch the video to see MCN test the best value-for-money bikes out there - the Suzuki GSX650F, Honda CBF1000, Hyosung GT650 and...

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  • Video: Piaggio Typhoon 50 review

    14 August 2009 by MCN

    Video: Piaggio Typhoon 50 review

    The Piaggio Typhoon 50 was Originally a cutting edge sports scooter, but now it's at the bottom end of the sports 50 price scale, making it good value for money and a great introduction to...

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  • BMW F650GS full review

    14 August 2009 by James Keen

    BMW F650GS full review

    The BMW F650GS has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.       Read the MCN BMW...

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  • Video: Piaggio Vespa LX50 review

    13 August 2009 by MCN

    Video: Piaggio Vespa LX50 review

    It may not be fast, but the Piaggio Vespa LX50 is very stylish, lots of fun and very practical. Watch the video to see the Vespa in action and hear about some of the features that make it the perfect...

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  • Kawasaki Ninja buying guide: Part 1- the 80s

    11 August 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Kawasaki Ninja buying guide: Part 1- the 80s

    This week Kawasaki is celebrating 25 years of the Ninja series – one of the most famous model lines in the motorcycle world. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 MCN has...

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  • First ride: Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

    11 August 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    First ride: Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

    The half-faired Street Glide tourer gets an upgrade treatment including higher spec strereo, enough chromed goodies to keep plating and polishing companies in work for a millennium or more. The...

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  • Piaggio Typhoon 50 review now live!

    07 August 2009 by MCN

    Piaggio Typhoon 50 review now live!

    A bike review for the Piaggio Typhoon 50 has just gone live over in the bike reviews section of motorcyclenews.com. Click here to see the review Originally a cutting edge sports scooter, the...

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  • Aprilia RSV4 Tuono - the rivals

    05 August 2009 by Peter Baker

    Aprilia RSV4 Tuono - the rivals

    Last week we revealed spy pictures of Aprilia's RSV4 Tuono Factory track testing around Italy's Misano circuit. In this week's issue (on sale Aug 5) we've also got spy photos of the lower-priced...

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  • Peugeot Satelis 125: full review

    31 July 2009 by MCN

    Peugeot Satelis 125: full review

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

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  • The bargain alternative to the... BMW K1300GT

    24 July 2009 by Rupert Paul

    The bargain alternative to the... BMW K1300GT

    The BMW K1300GT arguably has more road-focussed new technology on it than any other bike: sat nav, fuel-sipping engine management, mega-grunty top gear performance, a totally stable Hossack front end...

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  • Triumph Thunderbird 1600

    17 July 2009 by chris abel

    Rode the new Thunderbird last sunday on country roads, the M65 and through Blackburn I thought the motor and gearbox were excellent but the bike was let down by a few annoying features. Firstly I expected a big twin to sound like one but it appears you have to buy sports pipes from Triumph for this to happen. Why cant it have them as standard and then if you want it to sound like a moped you can...

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  • First ride: Race-ready Harley-Davidson XR1200

    16 July 2009 by Adam Child

    First ride: Race-ready Harley-Davidson XR1200

    Unless you’re from Springfield, Illinois or have a brother named ‘Bubba’, the idea of a Harley-Davidson race bike is probably as foreign as ‘grits’ for breakfast. Not any more. Harley-Davidson are...

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  • The evolution of the Kawasaki ZX-6R

    10 July 2009 by James Keen

    The evolution of the Kawasaki ZX-6R

    We celebrate nearly 15 years of the ZX-6R by taking a look at how the middleweight Ninja has changed since the first model in 1995.   Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for...

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  • Video: The world's best all-rounders?

    08 July 2009 by James Keen

    Video: The world's best all-rounders?

    The new breed of trailie-style all-rounders are put to the test in a 450-mile day trip to Le Touquet via Calais and Bologne. Watch the video to see if the Ducati Multistrada 1100S, Triumph...

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  • Video: 2WD Yamaha R1 ridden

    07 July 2009 by MCN

    Video: 2WD Yamaha R1 ridden

    MCN is the only publication in the world to have ridden the Ohlins two-wheel-drive Yamaha R1. Watch the video for a tech explaination of the 2WD system and see MCN's Trevor...

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