First rides & tests (June 2009)

  • 5 no-nonsense 500cc commuters

    26 June 2009 by James Keen

    5 no-nonsense 500cc commuters

    There's a reason why training schools across the country, couriers and commuters use 500cc parallel twins - they're cheap, easy to ride and they run forever. It's biking at it's most...

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  • 5 great mini-twin tourers

    25 June 2009 by James Keen

    5 great mini-twin tourers

    Who says you need a BMW R1200GS or a Kawasaki GTR1400 to tour over big distances? Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 A smaller capacity tourer is good on fuel, easy...

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  • Very impressed with the Honda DN-01

    24 June 2009 by Gerry Fett

    I bought an 09 DN-01 and am totally pleased. I'm a 62 year old male with a 28" inseam and have been riding since I was 16. Video: Honda DN-01 test My recent motorcycles (I own a few) include an HD Softail deluxe (boring), a BMW R1200C cruiser(a poor handling vibrator), a 1300 VTX(copy of an HD, boring too), a Yamaha Royal Star tour deluxe (absolutely awesome but heavy and tall for me), a Honda...

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  • Video: Tul-Aris 2-stroke racer

    24 June 2009 by MCN

    Video: Tul-Aris 2-stroke racer

    The howling 2-stroke Tul-Aris racer is ridden in this week's MCN. The bike, which features an 800cc parallel twin engine from a snowmobile, was built by the head of R&D for Renault F1. Watch the...

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  • Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS - first ride

    23 June 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS - first ride

    The £6999 Mana 850 GT ABS is much more than its specs suggest. On paper it’s a bike with a 839.3cc V-twin scooter engine (the same lump, incidentally, you’ll find in the GP800 made by Aprilia’s sister...

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  • Video: Honda DN-01 test

    19 June 2009 by James Keen

    Video: Honda DN-01 test

    MCN's 2009 longterm test fleet includes the unconventional-looking Honda DN-01. It's an automatic with cruiser geometry, a 680cc v-twin engine and shaft drive. So far so odd - but what's it like to...

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  • Yamaha YBR250: full review

    17 June 2009 by MCN

    Yamaha YBR250: full review

    The Yamaha YBR250 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.     Read the MCN Yamaha YBR250 review Kawasaki Ninja...

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  • Aprilia Shiver GT: Full review

    15 June 2009 by James Keen

    Aprilia Shiver GT: Full review

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

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  • 5 of the best urban scramblers

    12 June 2009 by James Keen

    5 of the best urban scramblers

    Middleweight trailie style bikes make great town bikes. It just so happens that a lot of the things that make them useful green laners make them handy in the city too. Thinking of...

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  • The scooter the law says is a car

    10 June 2009 by Steve Farrell

    The scooter the law says is a car

    This 100mph scooter can be ridden by car drivers without a motorcycle licence or helmet.  The 400cc Piaggio MP3 LT is Piaggio’s latest scooter with two leaning front wheels, after the...

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  • Video: Ducati Desmosedici vs. 1098R

    10 June 2009 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Desmosedici vs. 1098R

    The Ducati Desmosedici and 1098R are race replicas in the truest sense, but which is the fastest on track? Watch the video test to find out...   Video: Onboard the Ducati Desmosedici...

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  • Video: Onboard the Ducati 1098R

    10 June 2009 by MCN

    Video: Onboard the Ducati 1098R

    Go onboard the Ducati 1098R as MCN road tester Michael Neeves takes it for a flying lap of the 2.48 mile Almeria circuit. Video: Ducati Desmosedici v 1098R road test Video: Onboard the Ducati...

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  • Video: Onboard the Ducati Desmosedici

    10 June 2009 by MCN

    Video: Onboard the Ducati Desmosedici

    Go onboard the Ducati Desmosedici as MCN road tester Michael Neeves takes it for a flying lap of the 2.48 mile Almeria circuit. Video: Ducati Desmosedici v 1098R road test Video: Onboard the Ducati...

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  • KTM-powered Lambretta first test

    05 June 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    KTM-powered Lambretta first test

    Dactek’s 45bhp KTM-engined Lambretta is one of the most powerful in the world – and we’ve ridden it. A standard Lambretta only makes 9bhp, and tuning it to within an inch of it’s life gives an...

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  • Cheaper Ducati Streetfighter tested

    04 June 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Cheaper Ducati Streetfighter tested

    • First ride of standard Ducati Streetfighter • £2500 cheaper than S version • Still costs £11,495 though MCN’s Michael Neeves is the first journalist to ride the standard Ducati Streetfighter. This...

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  • Top 5 used sports bikes of the year

    04 June 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 used sports bikes of the year

    MCN readers have voted on what they think is the best used sports bike overall in the MCN Biking Britain survey. Here's the top 5 rated machines.    Thinking of trading in? Sell your...

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  • Suzuki GSX-R1000: From K1 to K9

    03 June 2009 by James Keen

    Suzuki GSX-R1000: From K1 to K9

    In the June 3 issue of MCN chief road tester Trevor Franklin celebrates the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in a 6-page special feature dedicated to the ever-popular supersports machine. Video: World...

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  • Supersport 600s head to head on track

    03 June 2009 by Adam Child

    Supersport 600s head to head on track

    600cc sportsbikes are more track focused than ever – not one of the current class has any real concessions to road ability. That’s why they’re so popular on track days – there’s always a swarm lapping...

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  • World first test: Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT

    02 June 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    World first test: Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT

    MCN has just finished the world-first test of the new Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT. The motorcycle is a new model for 2009, taking its complete chassis and engine from the naked Aprilia SL750 Shiver but...

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  • Video: Sports bike of the year 2009

    01 June 2009 by MCN

    Video: Sports bike of the year 2009

    The Aprilia RSV4 takes on the best of the best to find the UK's ultimate sports machine for 2009. The KTM RC8R, Yamaha R1, Aprilia RSV4 and Triumph Daytona 675 were taken to the...

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