First rides & tests (July 2010)

  • 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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  • Video: Ducati Hypermotard 796 review

    21 July 2010 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Hypermotard 796 review

    Ducati’s entry-level 803cc Hypermotard 796 is a great little bike. It’s lighter and lower than the Hypermotard 1100, but just as fast from A to B in the real world.   Read the full...

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  • 2011 Honda CRF450 revealed

    21 July 2010 by Dan Aspel

    2011 Honda CRF450 revealed

    Honda has announced the release of an updated CRF450R, as part of their 2011 off-road lineup.   Find an off road bike for sale  The new model is intended to comply with the recent...

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  • Honda CRF250R gets more mid-range

    21 July 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Honda CRF250R gets more mid-range

    Honda has announced the release of an updated CRF250R, as part of their 2011 off-road lineup. Find an off road bike for sale The new model is intended to comply with the recent European FIM noise...

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  • BMW S1000RR at Brands Hatch MRO Stocksport

    21 July 2010 by Michael Neeves

    BMW S1000RR at Brands Hatch MRO Stocksport

    It’s been six long weeks since my last race with my new team in the MRO Stocksport championship. I can’t wait to blow out the cobwebs again this weekend at Brands in the MRO Stocksport...

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  • Top 5 400cc used bikes

    15 July 2010 by James Keen

    Top 5 400cc used bikes

    The new Kawasaki Ninja 400 will probably never make it to the UK, but thankfully there are a lot of other options out there if you like the idea of a lightweight low-height 400cc bike. ...

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  • Staff bikes: XR1200X - control freak

    14 July 2010 by Ped Baker

    Staff bikes: XR1200X - control freak

    I’ve been riding the XR1200 for a few weeks now and even though I’m smitten with it there’s still room for improvement. The first thing I’ve changed is the levers. The original Harley levers had a...

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  • Video: Rieju MRT125 Pro Enduro review

    12 July 2010 by MCN

    Video: Rieju MRT125 Pro Enduro review

    Few learner-legal 125s have ever been as competent off-road as Rieju’s new MRT125 – it’s essentially an enduro bike that just happens to suit newbie legislation.   Find a 125 for sale The...

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  • Ducati Multistrada - full review

    09 July 2010 by James Keen

    Ducati Multistrada - full review

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

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  • Video: Onboard a KTM 990SMR

    09 July 2010 by James Keen

    Video: Onboard a KTM 990SMR

    In the next issue of MCN, on sale 14 July 2010, we test the KTM 990SMR and Ducati Hypermotard Evo SP to find out which is best on road and track.  Both manufacturers claim that their bike is the...

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  • Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S: Vic 'n chips

    07 July 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S: Vic 'n chips

    For an upcoming long-term test feature in the print edition of MCN, I invited Harley owners out for a ride on my Victory Hammer S. Yesterday myself and three Harley owners headed to the coast to swap...

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  • Video: Harris Harley XR1200 special

    07 July 2010 by MCN

    Video: Harris Harley XR1200 special

    This modified Harley XR1200 - built by Harris Performance -  is a road-going replica of the racing XR1200s they developed for the XR1200 Trophy one-make race series, which supports selected...

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  • Bimota DB8 first test!

    06 July 2010 by Michael Neeves

    Bimota DB8 first test!

    We’re in Rimini riding Bimota’s new DB8, which is their first new model since the DB7 was released in June 2008 and this is the very first pre-production machine that exists. Here’s what Senior Road...

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  • Top ten parallel twins

    02 July 2010 by MCN

    Top ten parallel twins

    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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