First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2010)

  • 2011 Harley 883 SuperLow first ride

    14 September 2010 by Ped Baker

    2011 Harley 883 SuperLow first ride

    This is the new shortie-friendly version of last year’s Sportster XL883L and comes with a bigger 17 litre tank, new seat, longer travel rear suspension, new five spoke wheels and fresh paint.

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  • World’s best custom on the road!

    01 September 2010 by Adam Child

    World’s best custom on the road!

    The day this award-winning Harley-Davidson arrived back in the UK, MCN was lucky enough to take the priceless V-twin for a spin on the road. This week’s MCN (out now) reveals all the key details about...

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  • Video: Ducati 848 EVO world first review

    26 August 2010 by MCN

    Video: Ducati 848 EVO world first review

    The eagerly anticipated 848 Evo replaces the current 848 and costs just £10,695 (or £9995 for the matt black ‘Dark Stealth’ version) – no more than the previous model. It’s the cheapest way to...

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  • Honda PCX125: first stop-start two-wheeler

    25 August 2010 by James Keen

    Honda PCX125: first stop-start two-wheeler

    Honda’s PCX125 is the first two-wheeler with fuel-saving stop-start tech. Pull up to some lights and after three seconds of idling, the engine cuts out. A blinking orange light marked ‘stand by’ (like...

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  • Wanted: Ducati 848, 1098 or 1198 owner

    24 August 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Wanted: Ducati 848, 1098 or 1198 owner

    MCN is searching for one owner of an 848, 1098 or 1198 to loan us their bike a forthcoming feature.  We’re not ready to share all the details of the story just yet, but there’s a reward in for...

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  • Top ten 125cc motorcycles

    23 August 2010 by MCN

    Top ten 125cc motorcycles

    More than 12,000 MCN readers have responded to our Biking Britain survey this year, and your combined scores on the bikes you own and love (or hate) have allowed us to put together this...

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  • Cadwell Park: BMW S1000RR MRO Stocksport 1000

    19 August 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Cadwell Park: BMW S1000RR MRO Stocksport 1000

    Racing a 190bhp-plus superbike with race gearing, suspension and sticky Metzeler Racetec Interact tyres around Cadwell Park isn’t something I’ll forget in a hurry. The speed of my Vari-Trac BMW Park...

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  • New Zonda-inspired MV F4

    12 August 2010 by John Westlake

    New Zonda-inspired MV F4

    The Sultan of Qatar has a new toy. Inspired by the Pagani Zonda Una supercar, Italian MV specialists Alka Design have produced this eye-melting MV Agusta F4 special for the hyper-wealthy...

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  • New Husqvarna TE310

    12 August 2010 by John Westlake

    New Husqvarna TE310

    Based on the super-light super-revvy TE250 (which currently leads the E1 world enduro championship), this bike found universal approval at the launch. While a 450 dirt bike can be a bit of an animal...

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  • New BMW-powered Husqvarnas ridden

    12 August 2010 by John Westlake

    New BMW-powered Husqvarnas ridden

    The new flagship in Husqvarna’s range is the 449, which has taken the engine from BMW’s now discontinued G450X enduro and given it new life. Made in two variants, the TC is the motocrosser, the TE an...

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  • New Rieju RS3 tested

    12 August 2010 by Pierre Galpin

    New Rieju RS3 tested

    If this bike had been about when I was 16 I would happily have sold my parents for it. The new Rieju RS3 50cc, with a design clearly inspired by the 2009 Yamaha R1, has everything to make budding...

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  • First big bike test - MCN wants your views

    05 August 2010 by MCN

    First big bike test - MCN wants your views

    What do you look for in your first big bike? Is it a smooth engine or perhaps a low seat height? Maybe it just needs to be at the right price. MCN will be testing a selection of naked bikes and we...

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  • Can you get superbikes for 600 money?

    05 August 2010 by Adam Child

    Can you get superbikes for 600 money?

    Fancy a zero-mileage 1000 for less than the price of an R6? There are a host of unregistered 1000 superbikes out there available for the price of a new 600. But can you get true superbike performance...

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  • Top 10 bargain sports-tourers

    03 August 2010 by MCN

    Top 10 bargain sports-tourers

    More than 12,000 MCN readers have responded to our Biking Britain survey this year, and your combined scores on the bikes you own and love (or hate) have allowed us to put together this...

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  • Vyrus 987 world first review

    03 August 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Vyrus 987 world first review

    On Top Gear the other week Tom Cruise was singing the praises of his new Vyrus and having ridden the Rimini firms latest version, we can see why. Inside Vyrus: the epicentre of hub-centre You can...

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  • 2010 Suzuki SV650S first ride - it's back

    03 August 2010 by Trevor Franklin

    2010 Suzuki SV650S first ride - it's back

    Without fanfare or drum roll, Suzuki has reintroduced the half-faired SV650S after a three year sabbatical. But there should be a fanfare along with acres of draped bunting at all Suzuki road bike...

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  • Poll: Yamaha Fazer 8 goes head-to-head

    03 August 2010 by Phil West

    Poll: Yamaha Fazer 8 goes head-to-head

    In this week’s MCN we pit the new half-faired version of Yamaha’s new 800 – the Fazer8 – against its closest middleweight rivals. The BMW F800ST and Aprilia Shiver GT are the...

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  • 2011 Victorys first ride

    30 July 2010 by Phil West

    2011 Victorys first ride

    Victory’s brand new 2011 ‘Cross Country’ range, which is the American firm’s take on ‘bagger’ (pannier-equipped) or Road King-style tourers, has just been put through their paces by Roland Brown in...

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  • Video: Return of the Cafe Racer

    28 July 2010 by MCN

    Video: Return of the Cafe Racer

    The arrival of Norton’s new version of its 961 Commando, coinciding with the emergence of the likes of Royal Enfield’s Clubman and a raft of specials based on Triumph’s Thruxton, has helped...

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  • Video: Sinnis Trackstar 125 review

    27 July 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Video: Sinnis Trackstar 125 review

    The Sinnis Trackstar is the latest 125cc, learner-friendly model from the Brighton-based manufacturer. Can they wrestle novices away from the likes of Honda and Suzuki? Find a 125cc motorcycle for...

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  • Derbi GPR125 - full review

    26 July 2010 by James Keen

    Derbi GPR125 - full review

    The Derbi GPR125 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.            ...

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  • Video: Harley-Davidson 48

    23 July 2010 by MCN

    Video: Harley-Davidson 48

    The new Harley-Davidson 48 is supposed to help the American firm attract a new younger fashion-conscious audience. Find a Harley-Davidson for sale The 48 is basically a stripped-back Sportster 1200,...

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