First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • Video: Triumph Daytona 675R first ride

    20 December 2012 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Daytona 675R first ride

    Triumph took the biking world by storm in 2006 with the Daytona 675, which stuck two fingers up to the Japanese. It was a winner on the road, and the track with one of the best-loved motorcycle...

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  • Triumph Daytona 675R first ride!

    14 December 2012 by MCN News Team

    Triumph Daytona 675R first ride!

    Triumph’s all-new Daytona 675R supersports is being put through its paces in a world first test by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. These are his first impressions: “We’re at the Cartagena...

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  • Kawasaki Z800 First Ride Video

    05 December 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Kawasaki Z800 First Ride Video

    Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review.

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  • MV Agusta Brutale 800 launch

    29 November 2012 by MCN

    MV Agusta Brutale 800 launch

    MCN is at the press launch of the new MV Agusta Brutale 800 in Cannes this morning. MCN's Andy Downes is just about to set off on a three hour test ride on the roads of the South of France and will...

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  • First ride! New Moto Guzzi California

    23 November 2012 by MCN Editorial

    First ride! New Moto Guzzi California

    Moto Guzzi's new California 1400 is proving every bit as good to ride as it is to look at. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently putting the all-new heavyweight cruiser through its paces in...

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  • Picture gallery: Kawasaki W800 Spirit

    08 November 2012 by MCN

    Picture gallery: Kawasaki W800 Spirit

    Specialist bike builders Spirit of the Seventies were commissioned by Kawasaki UK to build a one-off W800, with styling and key spec details chosen by Facebook fans. Spirit then created designs and...

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  • MV Brutale 800 announced

    02 November 2012 by Phil West, Executive Editor

    MV Brutale 800 announced

    This is the brand new MV Agusta Brutale 800 – a new three-cylinder roadster based on the Brutale 675, fitting between it and the bigger, four-cylinder 1090 Brutales and set to challenge the likes of...

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  • New Triumph Street Triple R ridden

    01 November 2012 by MCN News Team

    New Triumph Street Triple R ridden

    Triumph’s new 2013 Street Triple R is currently being put through its paces in southern Spain by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions.: “The big news is Triumph have...

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  • 2013 Aprilia RSV4 ridden

    25 October 2012 by Michael Neeves

    2013 Aprilia RSV4 ridden

    This is what motorcycling dreams are made of: a sunny day, a dry track and one of the world's best superbikes to play on. I'm talking about the lightly-revised new 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC. It's...

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  • Video: BMW F700GS vs Rivals

    23 October 2012 by MCN

    Video: BMW F700GS vs Rivals

    The new BMW F700GS replaces the old F650GS for 2013, although capacity remains at 800cc. We tested it against the Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Triumph Tiger 800 to see which is the best mid...

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  • Video: Honda CRF250L vs rivals

    08 October 2012 by MCN

    Video: Honda CRF250L vs rivals

    The lightweight trailie market was once a booming sector, with all major manufacturers getting involved, but the current 250cc trail bike sector is a limited one. Honda hopes to reignite the class...

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  • Video: 2013 Ducati Multistrada first ride

    04 October 2012 by MCN

    Video: 2013 Ducati Multistrada first ride

    It might look barely changed but the 2013 Multistrada gets revised fuel injection, improved torque, cosmetic tweaks, new lights, advanced ABS and DTC and the new 'Skyhook' semi-active suspension...

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  • Honda CRF250L vs rivals: At a glance

    28 September 2012 by MCN

    Honda CRF250L vs rivals: At a glance

    The recent launch of Honda’s back to basics CRF250L has brought back fond memories in the MCN office. It’s not often that a sub 25hp motorbike gets us excited, but this is a real world machine, that...

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  • 2013 Ducati Multistrada ridden

    27 September 2012 by Adam Child

    2013 Ducati Multistrada ridden

    Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 revolutionised the adventure bike class when it was introduced in 2010. Its sporty mix of 150bhp (derived from its 1199-derived V-twin), combined with high tech gizmos and...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Ninja 300

    26 September 2012 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki Ninja 300

    EU laws change on 19 January replacing the 33bhp learner limit with 47bhp (and no more than 0.3bhp/kg), freeing up Kawasaki to make a more powerful entry-level sportsbike than its popular Ninja...

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  • Video: BMW S1000RR HP4 first ride

    17 September 2012 by MCN

    Video: BMW S1000RR HP4 first ride

    BMW's new HP4 is the first production motorcycle to feature semi-active suspension - its damping constantly changes as you ride. It's also a massive 9kg lighter than an equivalent S1000RR and has...

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  • Across Vietnam on a Motorbike

    14 September 2012 by Ben Loombe-Temple

    Across Vietnam on a Motorbike

    Like many people in the UK I’m a massive fan of Top Gear. One of my favourite episodes of the show has got to be the Vietnam special, where the three chaps all bought a motorbike in Saigon and rode...

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  • 2013 KTM Adventure 1190 ridden

    06 September 2012 by MCN

    2013 KTM Adventure 1190 ridden

    KTM's all-new 1190 Adventure is one of the most eagerly-awaited bikes of 2013 - and one of the most guarded secrets. Until now. Over the last two years MCN has gleaned details of the class-leading...

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  • Video: Ducati Diavel Cromo first ride

    06 September 2012 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Diavel Cromo first ride

    Ducati have thrown the parts catalogue at their new Diavel Cromo. At £15000 new for a standard Ducati Diavel, the Cromo has had over £7000 of Ducati Performance Parts and £3000 worth of Ohlins...

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  • Video: 100 years of supersports

    04 September 2012 by MCN

    Video: 100 years of supersports

    Middleweight sports bikes - usually of 600cc - have a history that goes back well beyond the first of the modern era, the Kawasaki GPz600R of 1985. In fact, the first sporty middleweight was built 100...

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  • Video: What is the new 600?

    20 August 2012 by MCN

    Video: What is the new 600?

    Ten years ago, speedfreaks were buying 600s in their thousands, runed on by their wallet-friendly mix of precision handling, insane engines and cutting-edge technology. But many have fallen out of...

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