First rides & tests (January 2011)

  • MCN video guide: How to back it in

    31 January 2011 by MCN

    Backing a motorcycle in is probably one of the hardest things to do on a motorcycle, yet racers do it all the time. So just how is it done? In this latest MCN video guide, senior road tester Michael Neeves talks you through his method to backing it in. Our onboard cameras give you a new look at how it's done, as Neeves demonstrates the different steps to successfully backing it in. ...

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  • MCN video guide: How to wheelie

    28 January 2011 by MCN

    MCN video guide: How to wheelie

    For most of us, if we had to name one thing we'd like to be able to do on a bike, it's pull wheelies. In this latest MCN video guide, senior road tester Michael Neeves talks you through his wheelie...

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  • Bike vs car: cost comparison

    27 January 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Bike vs car: cost comparison

    Getting on a moped or bike costs half as much as driving a car, and we’ve got the figures to prove it. Our research below shows that a 17-year-old driving a car will have spent around £2640 to get on...

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  • Video: Triumph Tiger 800XC v BMW F800GS

    27 January 2011 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Tiger 800XC v BMW F800GS

    MCN’s test of the new Triumph Tiger 800XC against BMW’s established performer F800GS has shown the Hinckley factory has yet another hit motorcycle in its expanding range.   Our road trip to...

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  • Insure your dream bike: Ducati 1098

    26 January 2011 by MCN

    Insure your dream bike: Ducati 1098

    Each week, we'll take a look at one of your top rated bikes in MCN's Biking Britain survey and let you know just what it would cost to insure them. This week, we use MCNcompare to find...

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  • 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R takes on rivals

    26 January 2011 by Michael Neeves

    2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R takes on rivals

    Kawasaki’s eagerly-awaited 2011 ZX-10R is finally here and MCN is currently pitching it against its 1000cc, four cylinder rivals in Southern Spain. The weather hasn’t quite gone to plan and the...

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  • 2011 KTM 990 SMT - first ride

    26 January 2011 by Adam Child

    2011 KTM 990 SMT - first ride

    Senior Road Tester Adam Child is in Southern Spain at the launch of the new 2011 ABS-equipped KTM SMT.  Aside from the anti-lock brakes the model is largely unchanged, but KTM are...

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  • World first test! Tiger 800 XC v BMW F800GS

    25 January 2011 by MCN

    World first test! Tiger 800 XC v BMW F800GS

    In next week’s MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin exclusively pits Triumph’s new Tiger 800 XC against its closest rival, the BMW F800GS. And it’s a test with a difference. To fully explore the...

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  • Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - MCT suspension

    21 January 2011 by James Keen

    Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - MCT suspension

    I don’t think I’m alone in being a little bit scared of suspension jargon. I’m in awe of the guys who can bounce a bike up and down and tell if it’s any good or not on feel alone. But despite not...

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  • MCN to race BMW S1000RR in MRO Championship

    21 January 2011 by Michael Neeves

    MCN to race BMW S1000RR in MRO Championship

    We may have just clicked into 2011, but my racing season has well and truly started. I’m pleased to be riding for the BMW Park Lane team again on their rapid BMW S1000RR in the MRO championship.

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  • BMW S1000RR races car on Top Gear this Sunday

    19 January 2011 by Andy Downes

    BMW S1000RR races car on Top Gear this Sunday

    After years of ignoring bikes, Top Gear has finally seen sense. This Sunday's show will feature a BMW S1000RR racing against a £150,000 Ariel Atom V8 around the BBC show's famous test track. MCN...

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  • Video: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 flat out!

    18 January 2011 by MCN

    Video: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 flat out!

    Aside from a few minor parts the 2011 GSX-R600 is completely new. It’s a massive 9kg lighter, has lighter engine internals and a higher compression ratio. It also has a close-ratio gearbox,...

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  • 2010 Yamaha Fazer8 - full review

    13 January 2011 by James Keen

    2010 Yamaha Fazer8 - full review

    The 2010 Yamaha Fazer8 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.      Read the Yamaha...

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  • Amazing prices on used Yamaha FJR1300s

    12 January 2011 by Chris Newbigging

    Amazing prices on used Yamaha FJR1300s

    Used Yamaha FJR1300s are looking to be the smart used big-bore tourer choice in 2011, with nearly 50 for sale in bikes for sale at prices considerably less than the equivalent Honda Pan...

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  • 2011 Kawasaki Z750R - full review

    07 January 2011 by James Keen

    2011 Kawasaki Z750R - full review

    The 2011 Kawasaki Z750R has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.    Read the kawasaki Z750R review "The...

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  • Video: Triumph Tiger 800 vs BMW F650GS

    05 January 2011 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Tiger 800 vs BMW F650GS

    This is our first chance, not only to ride the first official Triumph Tiger 800 on UK roads, but to pitch it against the very bike Triumph were gunning for in the first place: the BMW...

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