First rides & tests (December 2009)

  • My top five bikes of the noughties

    01 January 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    My top five bikes of the noughties

    As another decade in biking draws to a close, the MCN office has been rife with debate over the most important bikes in the last ten years. MCN staff will be sharing their lists on motorcyclenews.com...

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  • Neevesy’s top three bikes of 2009

    31 December 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Neevesy’s top three bikes of 2009

    At the end of the year it’s often time to reflect on the last 12 months, so we asked MCN’s road testers for their personal three best bikes of 2009. Their answers may surprise you. Here are Michael...

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  • Buell: Goodbye or good riddance?

    31 December 2009 by Phil West

    Buell: Goodbye or good riddance?

    The passing of 2009 somehow seems to draw the final curtain on the sad demise of Buell Motorcycles, which parent company Harley-Davidson decided to kill off in the autumn and which produced its final...

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  • Video: Kawasaki ER-6f longterm report

    30 December 2009 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki ER-6f longterm report

    MCN's longterm test fleet for 2009 includes the Kawasaki ER-6f. MCN reporter Laura Kennerley has covered thousands of miles on Kawasaki's capable all-rounder - watch the video for her report on...

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  • Triumph Thunderbird's toughest test

    30 December 2009 by MCN

    Triumph Thunderbird's toughest test

    MCN's tests have proved that Triumph's new 1600cc Thunderbird is one of the best cruisers out there – its mixture of lazy parallel twin power and surprisingly sharp handling more than matches rivals...

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  • Neevesy's predicted 2010 top five motorcycles

    29 December 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Neevesy's predicted 2010 top five motorcycles

    The global financial crisis seems to have hit the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers the hardest. There’s very little to get excited about from them next year except for Kawasaki’s funky Z1000. One...

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  • Suzuki SV560: Great do it all bike

    28 December 2009 by Anonymous

    Suzuki SV560: Great do it all bike

    I first got my Yellow Canadian 1999 Suzuki SV650S and it was a great bike. I got it super cheap as a multi-owner used bike. Great bike. It has all the power you need but not too much as to...

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  • No need for hanging off

    26 December 2009 by weasel221

    No need for hanging off

    I got my naked Suzuki SV650 K5 new in June of 2005 and I absolutley love it. Coming from a mostly dirt background, I don't really 'hang off' the SV, but you don't have...

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  • Chad's favourite video tests of all time

    25 December 2009 by Adam Child

    Chad's favourite video tests of all time

    MCN senior road tester Adam Child gives us his three favourite MCN videos from 2009.   On board 2008 Suzuki GSXR1300R Hayabusa One of my all time favourite clips. Flat out on Hayabusa at...

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  • 10 years of the Suzuki SV650

    24 December 2009 by James Keen

    10 years of the Suzuki SV650

    To mark the 10th anniversary of the legendary Suzuki SV650, we've created a page celebrating all things sv. Click the link below to check it out: 10 years of the Suzuki SV650 We've...

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  • Andy Downes' top five bikes of the decade

    23 December 2009 by Andy Downes

    Andy Downes' top five bikes of the decade

    Five best bikes of the decade – Andy Downes, MCN Chief Reporter 1. BMW K1300R The bike I have just done 9000 miles on as my long term test bike this year and one that was a brilliant combination...

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  • Trevor Franklin's top three bikes of 2009

    23 December 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    Trevor Franklin's top three bikes of 2009

    1) KTM RC8R When KTM introduced the 1190 RC8 in 2008, its specification promised so much. The 1148cc motor was credited with a 152.6bhp and 88.56ftlb of torque – big figures for a 75° V-twin. With...

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  • BMW K1300S wins ABS test, beats car

    23 December 2009 by John Westlake

    BMW K1300S wins ABS test, beats car

    MCN recently conducted a rigorous test of ABS to see how the latest and most sophisticated versions fared against more basic systems. We also tested a standard family car with ABS. The bikes tested...

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  • Video: 10 years of the Suzuki Hayabusa

    22 December 2009 by MCN

    Video: 10 years of the Suzuki Hayabusa

    Ten years on from the initial Hayabusa sales frenzy, Suzuki's hypersport monster still gets respect. But beyond the headline-grabbing speed figures, the Hayabusa has become a cult bike in its own...

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  • Chad's top three bikes of 2009

    22 December 2009 by Adam 'Chad' Child

    Chad's top three bikes of 2009

    At the end of the year it’s often time to reflect on the last 12 months, so we asked MCN’s road testers for their personal three best bikes of 2009. Their ansers may surprise you. Here are Adam...

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  • Suzuki SV650 model history

    21 December 2009 by James Keen

    Suzuki SV650 model history

    The Suzuki SV650 and SV650S are easy to overlook, but the fact is that they're cult machines and they changed the face of biking.        Find a Suzuki...

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  • BMW S1000RR dyno curve

    19 December 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    BMW S1000RR dyno curve

    MCN’s readers correctly spotted a mistake in the comparative test (issue December 16) of BMW’s new S1000RR superbike against the Suzuki GSX-R1000, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, Yamaha R1 and Kawasaki...

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  • Video: MCN vs winter

    18 December 2009 by MCN

    Video: MCN vs winter

    The snow today may have kept most motorcycles off the road, but MCN doesn't admit defeat so easily. All you need is some determination, good winter kit and an enduro bike... Find an...

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  • Which bike has the best ABS: scientific test

    15 December 2009 by John Westlake

    Which bike has the best ABS: scientific test

    MCN is about to scientifically test the braking performance of a selection of ABS-equipped bikes. Which do you think will perform best, and worst, out of: • BMW S1000RR – has a phenomenally...

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  • Video: Yamaha R1 long term report

    15 December 2009 by MCN

    MCN's Adam Child has had his longterm Yamaha R1 for almost a year in which he has covered over 16,000 miles. The year has had its ups and downs for Chad and his Yamaha R1 with the only major modification being the addition of an Akrapovic exhaust system.    

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  • BMW S1000RR group test first impressions

    11 December 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    BMW S1000RR group test first impressions

    MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is in the South of France pitting the new BMW S1000RR against the Honda Fireblade, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha R1. He has just phoned in this...

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  • Video: Honda VFR1200F launch diary

    04 December 2009 by MCN

    Video: Honda VFR1200F launch diary

    There's a lot expected of the new Honda VFR1200F after four years of teasing, drip-fed information. More info on the Honda VFR1200 Honda motorcycles for sale Can the new VFR, a bike hailed by...

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  • Owners pay tribute to the Suzuki SV650

    03 December 2009 by James Keen

    Owners pay tribute to the Suzuki SV650

    In the 10 years since its launch in 1999, Suzuki have sold 20,700 SV650s in the UK alone.     Find a Suzuki SV650 for sale Suzuki SV650 buyers guide Here just a few of those...

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