First rides & tests (February 2009)

  • 5 bikes that deserve a comeback

    27 August 2010 by James Keen

    5 bikes that deserve a comeback

    The current range of new motorcycles is wide and varied, but there are still some niches not being satisfied. Here's 5 used bikes, no longer in production, that deliver something unique...

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  • Honda SH125 scooter: First ride!

    26 February 2009 by Kevin Ash

    Honda SH125 scooter: First ride!

    Honda’s SH125 has been a massive sales success in Europe and with the tweaked 2009 version, looks like it could do well in the UK too. If you want the best possible economy you’ll do better with a...

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  • Video: Honda Fireblade ABS v non-ABS

    24 February 2009 by MCN

    Video: Honda Fireblade ABS v non-ABS

    In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Feb 25th, MCN road tester Michael Neeves and two MCN readers put the ABS Fireblade up against the non-ABS version. The two MCN readers were taken to Bruntingthorpe...

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  • Video: KTM 990 SMR takes on road and track

    24 February 2009 by MCN

    Video: KTM 990 SMR takes on road and track

    The KTM 990 SMR is the track-ready version of the standard SM. MCN's Adam Child has ridden the bike at the launch and you can read his full road test in this week's MCN, on sale February 25th. Watch...

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  • Test ride a bike... or just bimble on it

    22 February 2009 by okmate

    Went to Dobles to have a test ride on a Fireblade as part of the Honda weekend promotion. But the bike had only done 280 miles and the salesman asked if i could keep it under 6000 rpm as it was still being run in. Now, i know some could say that whilst away from the shop who is going to tell what revs you were doing, but i kept my promise to the salesman. However, what is the point of having a...

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  • Video: KTM 990 SMT first ride

    20 February 2009 by MCN

    Video: KTM 990 SMT first ride

    The all-new KTM 990 SM-T uses the firms 990cc LC8 engine to give the SM-T the fun factor of a large supermoto, while the seat and fairing gives it all the practicalities of a tourer. Whether you want...

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  • Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 vs Honda Fireblade

    19 February 2009 by MCN

    Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 vs Honda Fireblade

    Michael Neeves says the new Yamaha 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 and at the launch of the bike in...

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  • Launch report: KTM 990 SMR

    17 February 2009 by Adam Child

    Launch report: KTM 990 SMR

    KTM has billed the KTM 990 SMR as the world’s fastest supermoto, Chad is out in Portugal putting the bike through its paces on road and on the Portimao track. KTMs for sale Here are Chad’s first...

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  • Launch report: Ktm 990 SMT

    16 February 2009 by Adam Child

    Launch report: Ktm 990 SMT

    The KTM 990 SMT supermoto isn't just new for 2009, it's an entirely new concept combining the exciting performance of a Supermoto with practical touches such as a taller screen and a fuel tank bigger...

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  • 5 of the best retro-cool roadsters

    13 February 2009 by James Keen

    5 of the best retro-cool roadsters

    Classic bikes are cool, but breaking down by the side of the road isn't. If you want that old-school look without the oil leaks, why not try a modern day retro roadster instead? You get...

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  • 5 of the best dual purpose green-laners

    11 February 2009 by James Keen

    5 of the best dual purpose green-laners

    Winter is the best time to get into green-laning. The main roads are icy and clogged preventing you from getting your two-wheeled fix, so why not take to the nation's network of green...

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  • Video: 2009 Budget naked group test

    10 February 2009 by James Keen

    Video: 2009 Budget naked group test

    In this week's MCN, on sale Wednesday 11th February, the budget nakeds go head to head to see which bike offers the best overall package and value for money. Considering a trade in? Sell your bike...

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  • 2009 Budget naked test: Which would you buy?

    09 February 2009 by James Keen

    2009 Budget naked test: Which would you buy?

    In this week's issue of MCN the latest budget naked bikes are put to the test in a road trip to Ramsgate. See how the Kawasaki ER-6n compares to the Suzuki Gladius, Yamaha XJ6 and Ducati Monster 696.

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  • Video: Suzuki Gladius launch report

    09 February 2009 by MCN

    Video: Suzuki Gladius launch report

    The Suzuki Gladius is entirely new from the ground up. The most significant change is the new styling, very different from the old, bland Suzuki SV650. MCN's Adam Child was impreesed at the launch of...

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  • Video: Triumph Daytona 675 2009 v 2008

    09 February 2009 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Daytona 675 2009 v 2008

    Triumphs quest for domination of the 600cc supersport category took another leap forward with the introduction of the 2009 Daytona 675. While at first glance the new 675 looks identical to the...

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  • Video: 600cc Supersport track shootout

    09 February 2009 by MCN

    Video: 600cc Supersport track shootout

    The 600cc supersport class is one of the most fiercely contested, with bikes such as the Honda CBR600RR and Triumph Daytona 675. The supersport shootout at Calafat had one aim  - to find out...

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  • 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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