First rides & tests (March 2011)

  • Video: BMW S1000RR vs European rivals

    31 March 2011 by MCN

    Video: BMW S1000RR vs European rivals

    In February we tested the BMW S1000RR against the Yamaha R1, Honda Fireblade, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and new Kawasaki ZX-10R and it dominated the test. This week we put the BMW up...

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  • Poll: BMW S1000RR vs European exotica

    30 March 2011 by MCN

    Poll: BMW S1000RR vs European exotica

    In February we tested the BMW S1000RR against the Yamaha R1, Honda Fireblade, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and new Kawasaki ZX-10R and it dominated the test. This week we put the BMW up...

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  • Ducati Diavel reviewed by Carlos Checa

    30 March 2011 by Guy Procter

    Ducati Diavel reviewed by Carlos Checa

    Resurgent WSB star Carlos Checa made use of some free time ahead of last weekend’s Donington round secretly testing the new Ducati Diavel in London. Somehow his coruscatingly frank review soon after...

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  • KTM 125 Duke first ride impressions

    28 March 2011 by MCN

    KTM 125 Duke first ride impressions

    MCN Reporter, Dan Aspel, is riding the new KTM 125 Duke around Stratford Upon Avon. Here are his first impressions: “From the off you can tell the 125 Duke’s a KTM, it’s got the Austrian firm’s...

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  • Honda CBR250R - full review

    25 March 2011 by MCN

    Honda CBR250R - full review

    The new Honda CBR250R has been ridden and rated by MCN's Phil West - and you can now read the full web review in the bike reviews section. Read the Honda CBR250R review "This all-new...

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  • Video: Honda CBR600F first ride

    23 March 2011 by MCN

    Video: Honda CBR600F first ride

    Honda's revived CBR600F has impressed beyond expectations in its first full test. Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin rode the bike at its world launch in southern Spain last week, and, despite damp...

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  • Triumph Thunderbird Storm first ride

    23 March 2011 by MCN

    Triumph Thunderbird Storm first ride

    The new Triumph Thunderbird Storm is a pared-down, mean and moody version of the standard Thunderbird. MCN's Phil West rode the bike last week and here are some of his thoughts: "Hinckley has become...

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  • Video: KTM Adventure 990 7000 mile report

    21 March 2011 by Michael Guy

    Video: KTM Adventure 990 7000 mile report

    When I first got my KTM Adventure 990 I was on a mission to prove it was a bike that really could do anything. Now it's 12 months on and I think I've been proved right - well almost. Over the last...

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  • New Honda CBR250R: how fast?

    18 March 2011 by John Westlake

    New Honda CBR250R: how fast?

    At first glance, Honda's new £3688 CBR250RR is a lot of bike for its price. Which might sound a little odd from the standpoint of being ‘just’ a single-cylinder bike with power output capped to just...

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  • Honda CBR125R first ride: it's good

    18 March 2011 by Trevor Franklin

    Honda CBR125R first ride: it's good

    After seven years on sale the CBR125R was a global success. Easy to ride from the moment the key is inserted with a low seat, soft, forgiving handling and dependable four-stroke engine all made the...

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  • Honda CBR600F ABS - full review

    18 March 2011 by MCN

    Honda CBR600F ABS - full review

    The new Honda CBR600F ABS has been ridden and rated by MCN's Trevor Franklin - and you can now read the full web review in the bike reviews section. Read the Honda CBR600F...

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  • Triumph Daytona 675R - full review

    17 March 2011 by MCN

    Triumph Daytona 675R - full review

    The new Triumph Daytona 675R has been ridden and rated by MCN's Trevor Franklin - and you can now read the full web review in the bike reviews section. Read the Triumph...

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  • Kawasaki W800 is top retro

    16 March 2011 by Phil West

    Kawasaki W800 is top retro

    The new Kawasaki W800 has come out on top in MCN’s world first group test of the latest retro roadsters. The new Kawasaki is essentially a revival of the old W650 which was dropped from...

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  • Video: Harley-Davidson Blackline first ride

    16 March 2011 by MCN

    Video: Harley-Davidson Blackline first ride

    The new Harley-Davidson Blackline has proved to be something of a ‘Marmite’, love/hate it machine in the MCN office. The new machine is indisputably one of the best-looking Harley in years –...

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  • Michael Neeves MRO Powerbike blog – Brands

    10 March 2011 by Michael Neeves

    Michael Neeves MRO Powerbike blog – Brands

    Wednesday 2nd March I can’t believe the racing weekend starts as soon as Wednesday, but I have to clean the van and get it loaded up, so I can drive straight to Brands from work on Thursday...

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  • Video: BMW G650GS is a lot of bike for £5000

    10 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Video: BMW G650GS is a lot of bike for £5000

    MCN’s world-first ride on the new BMW G650GS has shown it’s competent on and off road and novice-friendly too. The BMW has 47bhp, which from 2013 will be the new power limit for novice riders, up from...

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  • Honda CBR600F first ride preview

    07 March 2011 by MCN

    Honda CBR600F first ride preview

    MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin has just arrived in Seville, Spain for the launch of Honda’s eagerly-anticipated new CBR600F. The new Honda middleweight not only revives the legendary CBR600F...

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  • Video: Kawasaki W800 first ride

    04 March 2011 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki W800 first ride

    Our first test of the new Kawasaki W800 suggests that Britain's own Triumph, after five years having things all its own way in the 'retro roadster' class, has a serious new rival on its hands. Not...

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  • Pierobon F042 Street tested

    03 March 2011 by Andy Downes

    Pierobon F042 Street tested

    This stunning Pierobon F042 Street is the new road-legal version of a machine previously only available as a track bike and MCN was lucky enough to grab a first ride near the Bologna...

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  • BMW G650GS first ride

    02 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    BMW G650GS first ride

    MCN’s Steve Farrell is currently at the launch of the new BMW G650GS in Portugal, on a Paris-Dakar style adventure being led by Simon Pavey, six times Dakar finisher. Here are his first impressions of...

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