First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Video: Aprilia RSV4 vs Yamaha R1

    20 May 2009 by MCN

    Video: Aprilia RSV4 vs Yamaha R1

    The Yamaha R1 claims its its biggest scalp yet by taking on and beating the brilliant new Aprilia RSV4 Factory in a shoot-out on the roads of Southern France.   Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden...

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  • Top 5 road-biased sports bikes

    15 May 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 road-biased sports bikes

    Sometimes it seems that in the battle for less weight, more power and sharper handling, bike manufacturers are forgetting that the majority of us spend our time on the road, not the track. Here's...

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  • Top 5 commuters under £2k

    15 May 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 commuters under £2k

    If you're after a bargain run-around or workhorse, look no further. Here's 5 of the best commuters for under £2k, as rated by MCN readers in the MCN Biking Britain survey. Thinking of trading...

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  • Video: Triumph Thunderbird details

    15 May 2009 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Thunderbird details

    MCN's Phil West reports from the launch of the new Triumph Thunderbird with a description of the features and details of Triumph's new cruiser. Triumph Thunderbird launch centre First ride:...

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  • First ride: Triumph Thunderbird

    14 May 2009 by Phil West

    First ride: Triumph Thunderbird

    Phil West is on the world launch of the Triumph Thunderbird in Barcelona, Spain and these are his first impressions. Video: Triumph Thunderbird launch  ‘Triumph are heading into the big time...

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  • BMW F800R: Full review

    12 May 2009 by James Keen

    BMW F800R: Full review

    The BMW F800R has been ridden and rated by MCN's road testers - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.   Read the MCN BMW F800R review Read the BMW F800R first ride...

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  • Top 5 best value bikes

    08 May 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 best value bikes

    Here's a top 5 countdown of the bikes rated highest for sheer value by user reviewers in the MCN bike reviews section. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 Scroll down...

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  • Top 5 hypertourer heavyweights

    07 May 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 hypertourer heavyweights

    If you munch serious miles and like your bike trips to be more sports than touring, then you need a hypertourer. Here's 5 of the best. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 A good...

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  • Aprilia RSV4 review: 415 miles later...

    06 May 2009 by James Keen

    Aprilia RSV4 review: 415 miles later...

    At the world launch of the Aprilia RSV4 it was pouring with rain, so MCN road tester Michael Neeves couldn't push the bike to the limit - until now.  Read the updated MCN Aprilia RSV4 bike...

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  • Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden on the road

    06 May 2009 by James Keen

    Video: Aprilia RSV4 ridden on the road

    The stunning new Aprilia RSV4 superbike is ridden on the road for the first time in a 415-mile trip from the Aprilia factory to Cannes and Monaco. Watch the video to see how it got on -...

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  • Top 5 bikes for women

    30 April 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Top 5 bikes for women

    You've probably heard the term 'girls bike' at some point, especially if you've ever owned a Suzuki SV650 or Ducati Monster 695. But sexism aside, a lot of us lady riders have...

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  • Peugeot Speedfight 3 first ride

    29 April 2009 by Ian Grainger

    Peugeot Speedfight 3 first ride

    Peugeot has made the Speedfight 3 better handling, better equipped and more stylish than it’s predecessor. The Speedfight 3 features bigger wheels, bigger forks, a longer wheelbase and ergonomics...

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  • Top 5 drag strip heroes

    23 April 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 drag strip heroes

    In this week's issue of MCN the BMW K1300S challenges the Suzuki Hayabusa for the speed title. But they're not the only bikes capable of blistering straight-line pace... here's 5 bikes that beg to be...

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  • The best of British metal

    23 April 2009 by James Keen

    The best of British metal

    Since it's St. George's Day we've decided to get all patriotic and take a look at some of the best modern British motorcycles on the market. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for...

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  • Kawasaki VN900 Light Tourer - first ride

    22 April 2009 by Guy Procter

    Kawasaki VN900 Light Tourer - first ride

    Kawasaki pulled a surprise at the launch of the VN1700 range by announcing a fourth bike – the VN900 Light Tourer. And as luck would have it, they’d brought a couple along to test. A popular...

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  • Kawasaki Ninja 250R v Honda VTR250

    22 April 2009 by Keiichiro Miyazaki and Yasuhar Ota

    Kawasaki Ninja 250R v Honda VTR250

    Honda’s revised ‘mini-Monster’ VTR250 will be in Europe this autumn, giving another shot in the arm to the rejuvenated 250 class. But it’s already in Japan – where the VTR has existed in all its...

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  • Half-faired but twice as practical?

    17 April 2009 by James Keen

    Half-faired but twice as practical?

    Are half-faired bikes the perfect compromise? They're cheaper to insure and more comfortable than sportsbikes, plus offer better wind-protection and distance potential than naked bikes. Here's 5...

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  • Top 5 engines as voted for by you

    17 April 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 engines as voted for by you

    Here's a top 5 countdown of the bikes ratest highest for their engines by user reviewers in the MCN bike reviews section. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 The top 5...

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  • The evolution of the Yamaha R1

    09 April 2009 by James Keen

    The evolution of the Yamaha R1

    The iconic and much-loved Yamaha R1 has been thrilling UK riders since the original (and best?) was launched way back in 1998. We take a look back at how the R1 has evolved since then. Thinking of...

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  • 5 great parallel twin motorcycles

    09 April 2009 by James Keen

    5 great parallel twin motorcycles

    Is the parallel twin engine dead? A thing of the past or only good for powering boring commuters? The designers of these current models certainly don't think so. Thinking of trading...

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  • Video: KTM Adventure v BMW GS on the beach

    07 April 2009 by James Keen

    Video: KTM Adventure v BMW GS on the beach

    The KTM 990 Adventure takes on the BMW GS Adventure in this week's MCN. Does the KTM have what it takes to beat the BMW GS's blend of long-distance comfort and off-road fun? Find out in the April 8...

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  • ZX12R creates future biker

    07 April 2009 by John Aubrook

    ZX12R creates future biker

    I visited some friends last Saturday and went there on my ZX12R. They let me take it through the house to the back garden for security as I was staying over for a party that night. My friend's...

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  • Video: Aprilia RSV4 first ride

    06 April 2009 by James Keen

    Video: Aprilia RSV4 first ride

    The Aprilia RSV4 is so much fun that despite a soaking wet track and pouring rain, MCN's Michael Neeves didn't want to give the keys back. Visit the Aprilia RSV4 information centre Neeves says that...

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  • 5 of the coolest cruisers

    03 April 2009 by James Keen

    5 of the coolest cruisers

    Are cruisers cool? Ask most UK riders and the answer will most likely be 'no', but these 5 custom bikes could raise the eyebrows of even hardened sports...

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  • Top 10 coolest 125cc bikes

    03 April 2009 by James Keen

    Top 10 coolest 125cc bikes

    In the current economic climate, more and more people are realising that small capacity bikes make sense as affordable transport. Models like the Honda CBR125R and Yamaha YBR125 have sold in huge...

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  • Report on riding a KTM 990 SMT

    02 April 2009 by rogersouthcott

    Spring fever is upon me so, being a fickle individual, I am considering changing my bike for something new. Perhaps not brand new, but certainly different to my existing BMW R1150R (Rockster – yes I know it’s a stupid name for a bike!). Having had in-line 4 rice rockets, I wanted a naked twin with a bit of pillion comfort and the Beemer fitted the bill. Continuing with this trend I recently took...

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