First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Launch report: KTM RC8R

    07 February 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    Launch report: KTM RC8R

    KTM's new RC8R is one of the best sports bikes on the planet, says MCN's Trevor Franklin who has just ridden the bike in Portugal. The new bike is the long-awaited 'R' version of the already...

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  • Top 5 naked roadsters for under £3k

    05 February 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 naked roadsters for under £3k

    A budget naked middleweight is the swiss army knife of bikes. If you need one motorcycle capable of commuting, touring and weekend scratching then they offer a good compromise between...

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  • The peak of 1000cc lunacy for under £5k

    29 January 2009 by James Keen

    The peak of 1000cc lunacy for under £5k

    In a recent article in Bike magazine, tuning expert Mark Brewin argues that sportsbike development peaked in 2005. So why spend close to £10,000 on a new litre bike when you can buy one...

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  • Launch report: Suzuki Gladius

    26 January 2009 by Adam Child

    Launch report: Suzuki Gladius

    The new-for-2009 Suzuki Gladius replaces the much loved Suzuki SV650 in 2009 and its fresh new looks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But is it any good? The Suzuki Gladius is entirely new from the...

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  • Video: Suzuki Gladius launch teaser

    24 January 2009 by MCN

    Video: Suzuki Gladius launch teaser

    MCN Road Tester Adam Child is in Fuerteventura, putting the new Suzuki Gladius to the test in town and on the surrounding mountain roads.    The stylish Suzuki Gladius is the...

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  • Video teaser: Supersport 600 track shoot-out

    22 January 2009 by MCN

    Video teaser: Supersport 600 track shoot-out

    Adam Child is just outside Barcelona putting the latest crop of middleweight supersport bikes up against each other in an epic race track shoot-out. The Yamaha R6 may have won last year, but this time...

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  • Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 tested

    20 January 2009 by MCN

    Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 tested

    Michael Neeves says the new 1000cc R1 engine with crossplane crank gives the bike all the top-end rush of an inline-four, with the low down grunt of a twin. Neevesy tested the all-new 2009 Yamaha...

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  • Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 first impressions

    19 January 2009 by MCN

    Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 first impressions

    MCN Road Tester Michael Neeves is at Eastern Creek, Australia testing the latest incarnation of the Yamaha R1. Here's his trackside first impressions on the new flagship supersports...

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  • First ride: 2009 Yamaha R1

    19 January 2009 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: 2009 Yamaha R1

    Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is at Eastern Creek in Sydney to ride the much anticipated Rossi-inspired 2009 Yamaha R1. Here are his first impressions, check out MCN on Wednesday for a full...

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  • 2009 BMW K1300GT first ride report

    16 January 2009 by Andy Downes

    2009 BMW K1300GT first ride report

    MCN’s Andy Downes is on  the BMW K1300 series launch in Spain with three new bikes being ridden for the first time - the K1300 R naked bike, the faired S and the touring GT model. Andy has...

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  • 2009 BMW K1300R on test!

    15 January 2009 by Andy Downes

    2009 BMW K1300R on test!

    MCN’s Andy Downes is on the new BMW K1300 launch in Spain with three new bikes being ridden for the first time - the K1300 R naked bike, the faired S and the touring GT model and has now just stepped...

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  • BMW K1300S first impressions

    15 January 2009 by MCN

    BMW K1300S first impressions

    MCN’s Andy Downes is on the new BMW K1300 launch in Spain with three new bikes being ridden for the first time - the K1300 R naked bike, the faired S and the touring GT model. He has just stepped...

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  • Launch report: 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R

    12 January 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Launch report: 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R

    MCN has just ridden the new for 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R for the first time on a 250km on/off road trek in Sardinia. The new motorcycle takes over from the 990 Adventure S as the top-of-the-range...

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  • Video: Padgetts HRC race bike

    07 January 2009 by Adam Child

    Video: Padgetts HRC race bike

    Senior road tester Adam Child test rode the latest HRC bikes from Padgett's Motorcycles at a cold and wintery Cadwell Park. Padgett's are now offering HRC brand new track ready bike for novice track...

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  • Video: Ducati Monster 1100S

    06 January 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    Video: Ducati Monster 1100S

    MCN road tester Trevor Franklin already tested the new Ducati Monster 1100 at the launch, but how does the 1100cc V-twin powered naked fair on bumpy British roads? Trev has tested the 1100S version on...

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  • Honda CB1000R is a dream

    03 January 2009 by Alex Bugeja

    Honda CB1000R is a dream

    I bought the new Honda CB1000R last month after riding sports bikes for the last 26 years and it is truly impressive on the road - especially on busy roads. It handles like a 400, but when you turn...

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