First rides & tests (October 2009)

  • Video: New MV Brutale first ride

    30 October 2009 by MCN

    Video: New MV Brutale first ride

    MV's new range-topping Brutale 1098RR might not look very different to the old one, but believe us when we say it's a revelation. Watch the video for the first ride from the world launch in Misano,...

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  • KTM Duke R first ride

    29 October 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    KTM Duke R first ride

    KTM’s model line-up for 2010 will include this revised 690 Duke R which features a 7bhp power increase along with more midrange torque.  Find a KTM 690 Duke for sale This new machine’s...

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  • Video: Kawasaki GTR1400 first ride

    28 October 2009 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki GTR1400 first ride

    The new Kawasaki GTR1400 boasts traction control, linked brakes and improved comfort. According to our road tester Adam Child, it has "the best traction control system on a road bike yet." Watch the...

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  • Aprilia RSV4-R first ride!

    27 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Aprilia RSV4-R first ride!

    The Aprilia RSV4-R costs £12,449 and is available in dealers now. The compact V4 engine is exactly the same as the Factory’s, it’s only the chassis components which have been altered, with Ohlins...

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  • VFR1200F first ride blog: A perfect end

    24 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    VFR1200F first ride blog: A perfect end

    MCN's Andy Downes has been testing the new VFR1200F in Japan. Andy has ridden the new V4 and is now getting ready to head home.   VFR1200F first ride blog: First impressions...

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  • Video: Honda VFR1200F first ride teaser

    22 October 2009 by MCN

    Video: Honda VFR1200F first ride teaser

    MCN's Andy Downes is testing the new VFR1200F in Japan and he's had his first taste of riding the new 170bhp super tourer. Watch the video to hear the bike running. More info on the Honda...

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  • VFR1200F first ride blog: Live from Sugo

    22 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    VFR1200F first ride blog: Live from Sugo

    MCN's Andy Downes is testing the new VFR1200F in Japan. Andy is at Sugo race track right now, and has just sat on the VFR1200F for the first time. More info on the Honda VFR1200 The lucky...

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  • Video: Budget v-twin group test

    21 October 2009 by MCN

    Video: Budget v-twin group test

    Just £2500 will snare you some of the best twins from the late 90s. Owning a big v-twin superbike has never been so affordable - MCN put three bargain options to the test... Find a v-twin superbike...

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  • Buell: Top 5 technical innovations

    20 October 2009 by MCN

    Buell: Top 5 technical innovations

    In a shocking move prompted by further disastrous financial results, Harley-Davidson has killed off its Buell marque (more details here). Find a Buell for sale Read Buell bike reviews Buell bikes...

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  • Video: Ducati Hypermotard 796 first ride

    20 October 2009 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Hypermotard 796 first ride

    Ducati's new Hypermotard 796 isn't just a mid-range version of the firm's Hypermotard 1100, it's a great bike in it's own right. Watch the video for MCN's first ride report from the launch in...

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  • First ride: British-built Metisse prototype

    16 October 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    First ride: British-built Metisse prototype

    This 997cc Metisse parallel twin could eclipse Norton's long-awaited production plans with the first machines set to hit the road within 18 months. The British company, based near Oxford, has already...

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  • How to turn your 848 into a superbike-killer

    16 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    How to turn your 848 into a superbike-killer

    In standard form the Ducati 848 is one of MCN's favourite sports bikes. It has all the grunt, style and the bombastic soundtrack of its bigger brother the 1198, with added agility and a revvier, more...

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  • Yamaha R6 owners needed

    14 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Yamaha R6 owners needed

    MCN would like Yamaha R6 owners to join us for a celebration of '10 years of the R6' at Bruntingthorpe on Wednesday 21st October.   We're after owners of R6s in standard condition, or as close to...

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  • Video: Ducati 848 special first ride

    12 October 2009 by MCN

    This particular Ducati 848, built by Ducati UK is nothing short of spectacular. It's a rolling showcase for what you can do to your 848 if your pockets are deep enough. The difference between this 848 and a standard 848 is almost £12,000 worth of extra parts. The money goes towards lighter wheels, sterring damper, dry slipper clutch, titanium exhausts and much, much more. Ducati 848s for...

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  • New Ducati Hypermotard 796 first ride!

    12 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    New Ducati Hypermotard 796 first ride!

    The new Ducati Hypermotard 796 is a smaller version of the Hypermotard 1100, with an all-new engine and a lighter, lower chassis aimed at new riders. Watch the Hypermotard 796 video test Michael...

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  • GTR1400 - Just get one, you'll see!

    06 October 2009 by bertie246

    The GTR 1400 is and always will be a great bike. A mile munching speed mule. I've had mine nine days, me and the Mrs have been carried for 1,300 miles in comfort in that time. When we stop for a brew along the way to our far away destination we both remove our lids with a 'We've just had the best sex!' grin sprawlled all over our mush. We did'nt get that with our BMW 1150RT or our FZS 1000. It's...

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