First rides & tests (May 2009)

  • Top 5 three-quarter litre corner eaters

    29 May 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 three-quarter litre corner eaters

    Is 750cc the perfect capacity? For many it strikes the perfect balance between the light weight and sharp handling of a 600 and the all out power of a litre bike. Thinking of trading in? Sell your...

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  • MCN's top sports bikes of the year 2009

    29 May 2009 by James Keen

    MCN's top sports bikes of the year 2009

    In the May 27 issue of MCN the sporty group test winners go head to head to see which sports bike is the best of the best in 2009.    Video: Watch the sports bike of the year 2009...

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  • Suzuki Bandit 650: Updated review

    28 May 2009 by James Keen

    Suzuki Bandit 650: Updated review

    The new 2009 Suzuki Bandit 650 has been ridden and rated by MCN editor Marc Potter at the world launch - you can now read the full web review in the MCN bike reviews section.   Read the...

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  • Suzuki GSX-R1000 K1 to K9 - the facts

    28 May 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    Suzuki GSX-R1000 K1 to K9 - the facts

    In next week's MotorCycle News (June 3 issue), we feature a six-page special on Suzuki's highly regarded GSX-R1000. From the original 2001 GSX-R1000 K1, to today's GXR1000 K9, information like claimed...

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  • The evolution of the Suzuki Bandit

    22 May 2009 by James Keen

    The evolution of the Suzuki Bandit

    To celebrate the launch of the new 2009 Suzuki Bandit 650, we take a look back at how this cult bike has evolved since its conception. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for...

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  • 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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