First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Video: Yamaha OW-01 revisited

    15 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Yamaha OW-01 revisited

    Back in 1989 Yamaha created the OW-01, a homologation special built for superbike racing. With a staggering £12,700 price tag, it cost more than the Honda RC30 and with only 500 built, the Yamaha was...

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  • Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 video review

    30 December 2011 by MCN

    Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 video review

    Senior MCN Road Tester, Michael Neeves has been living with his Suzuki GSX-R750 L1 for most of 2011. He’s covered over 10,000-miles, riding it everywhere from the TT to Ibiza, on-track and to the...

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  • Yamaha T-Max packs punch but not practicality

    29 December 2011 by Ped Baker

    Yamaha T-Max packs punch but not practicality

    The ‘fine-handling scooter’ ethos has kept the T-Max on the top of the sales charts since it first appeared in 2001 but MCN’s world first test suggests its reign may be limited – by concentrating on...

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  • Harley-Davidson Switchback meets its match!

    27 December 2011 by Phil West

    Harley-Davidson Switchback meets its match!

    The new Harley-Davidson Switchback ‘bagger’ (or custom tourer) has already impressed MCN testers – but how’s it measure up against its closest rival, Victory’s Cross Roads Tour? In this week’s MCN we...

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  • Video: 2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride

    22 December 2011 by MCN

    Video: 2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride

    KTM's 2012 690 Duke isn't just an evolution of the hard core Duke - it's a complete revolution: 90% all new, with just 10% of its components shared with its predecessor. Read the first ride...

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  • 2012 Kawasaki ER-6n takes on rivals

    22 December 2011 by Jon Urry

    2012 Kawasaki ER-6n takes on rivals

    If you’re currently in the market for a naked middleweight you’re spoilt for choice. Every manufacturer makes a budget bike aimed at this segment and because of this the range of machinery on offer is...

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  • Video: Triumph Thruxton JVB Brit Bob ridden

    22 December 2011 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Thruxton JVB Brit Bob ridden

    Cologne-based JvB are kings in the art of creating specials with attitude, and this is their latest creation - the JvB Brit Bob. Based on a Triumph Thruxton, the Brit Bob has been lowered by 50mm,...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 onboard

    16 December 2011 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 onboard

    So does a four-cylinder adventure bike make any sense? On the strength of our world first ride of Kawasaki’s pioneering, Z1000-based Versys 1000, the answer is ‘Yes’… and ‘No’… The four-cylinder motor...

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  • 2012 Kawasaki ER-6n vs 2011 Kawasaki ER-6n

    16 December 2011 by Jon Urry

    2012 Kawasaki ER-6n vs 2011 Kawasaki ER-6n

    Kawasaki’s ER-6n is one of the success stories of the naked middleweight class. Originally launched in 2006, this pleasingly quirky looking machine has won an army of fans thanks to its easy-going...

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  • Kawasaki Versys 1000 delivers more for your money

    08 December 2011 by Adam Child

    Kawasaki Versys 1000 delivers more for your money

    So does a four-cylinder adventure bike make any sense? On the strength of our world first ride of Kawasaki’s pioneering, Z1000-based Versys 1000, the answer is ‘Yes’… and ‘No’… The Versys 1000 has a...

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  • 2012 KTM Duke 690 world first test

    07 December 2011 by Michael Guy

    2012 KTM Duke 690 world first test

    MCN’s Michael Guy is in Gran Canaria testing KTM’s all new 2012 KTM Duke 690. "First impressions of the bike is how different it looks to its predecessor. It’s still an aggressive looking bike with...

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  • New Honda Fireblade still on top after 20 years

    03 December 2011 by Trevor Franklin

    New Honda Fireblade still on top after 20 years

    Honda’s legendary Fireblade is 20-years-old and while the weight, shape and engine capacity in fact everything about it has changed since Tadao Baba’s rule-changing 1992 original, the fact that Honda...

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  • Honda NC700X: A brave new world

    01 December 2011 by MCN

    Honda NC700X: A brave new world

    The NC700X is the latest 'crossover' bike from the stable of Crossrunner and Crosstourer. But what sets the NC700X apart is a price of £5850 and a claimed 78.8mpg. The subdued exhaust note,...

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  • Kawasaki Versys 1000 first ride

    30 November 2011 by MCN

    Kawasaki Versys 1000 first ride

    The new Kawasaki Versys 1000 is currently being tested by MCN out in Tenerife. Here is Senior Road Tester Adam Child’s first impressions: “Putting its looks to one side for a moment – beauty is in the...

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  • 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade first ride!

    24 November 2011 by MCN

    2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade first ride!

    The 20th anniversary Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is currently being put through its paces at the Portimao circuit, Portugal by MCN chief road tester Trevor Franklin. This new model now comes with Showa...

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  • Honda NC700X first ride

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Honda NC700X first ride

    Honda’s all-new NC700X is currently being put through its paces by MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin in Portugal. Here are his impressions so far: “Honda is promoting its new bike as a step up...

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  • Video: 2012 Husqvarna enduros tested

    10 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: 2012 Husqvarna enduros tested

    Husqvarna's 2012 range has been revitalised as a direct result of winning both the E1 and E2 world championships. MCN's Michael Guy tests all the new 2012 models to see how they perform. Husqvarna...

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  • Video: Triumph Speedmaster takes on rivals

    03 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Speedmaster takes on rivals

    Chugging between hedgerows, wind in your face, twin-cylinder engine thudding beneath you... it's easy to see why so many riders love the idea of cruisers. The looks, character and torque make the...

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  • Why you want Husqvarna’s new Nuda 900

    02 November 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Why you want Husqvarna’s new Nuda 900

    The Nuda 900 is the first of an "explosion" of new BMW-derived Husqvarna road bikes, according to Husqvarna boss Klaus Allisat. We went along to its world launch in Sardinia and asked some searching...

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  • Video: 2012 BMW S1000RR onboard

    25 October 2011 by MCN

    Video: 2012 BMW S1000RR onboard

    BMW has updated its class-leading S1000RR superbike for 2012, with new traction control, a modified chassis and more low-midrange power. MCN's Adam Child rode the bike at the launch in Valencia, and...

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  • Traction control raises new Yamaha R1's game

    20 October 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Traction control raises new Yamaha R1's game

    The addition of traction control - which Yamaha says is the same system as used on the YZR-M1 MotoGP racer - makes the 2012 R1 a better road and track bike. But MCN's world first track test also...

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  • Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 - Viva el Gixer!

    20 October 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 - Viva el Gixer!

    Now that's what I call a summer trip. 3397.6 miles in two weeks, on a bike designed for the track, but absolutely perfect for everything else too. From the monotonous motorways of France to the...

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  • Michael Neeves blog – Off Road Skills

    18 October 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Michael Neeves blog – Off Road Skills

    I’ve just returned from two days in Wales with Paris Dakar legend Simon Pavey, at his off-road school, or the ‘Odd Road Skills, powered by World of BMW and Husqvarna’, to give it its full name. It was...

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