First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • Supersport 600s: the alternatives

    10 August 2012 by MCN

    Supersport 600s: the alternatives

    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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  • Video: MV Agusta Brutale 675 onboard

    01 August 2012 by MCN

    Video: MV Agusta Brutale 675 onboard

    The Triumph Street Triple is the UK’s favourite middleweight naked and increasingly the choice of bike for riders looking for performance and handling without the discomfort and commitment of a pure...

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  • Video: KTM 690 Duke longterm update

    30 July 2012 by MCN

    Video: KTM 690 Duke longterm update

    After 2000 miles with the new KTM 690 Duke, MCN's Liam Marsden gives us a quick update on his year so far. The Duke is spot on for commuting and hammering down twisty country roads, where bigger, more...

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  • WK 650i: the first big bike from China

    27 July 2012 by Phil West

    WK 650i: the first big bike from China

    The Chinese motorcycle industry has been churning out big, big numbers for a long time – over 50% of the world’s motorcycles are built there after all. Until now, however, they’ve often been small...

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  • Middleweight super twins tested

    26 July 2012 by Adam Child

    Middleweight super twins tested

    Going by the sales figures, new supersport 600s today are about as appealing as an ‘internal inspection’ at Terminal 5 – a far, far cry from the sales topping stats of bikes like the CBR600F in the...

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  • Ron Haslam Race School review

    25 July 2012 by Angus Parker

    Ron Haslam Race School review

    I can’t believe I’m riding in the footsteps of legends. Just last week, Rossi, Stoner and Lorenzo all rode here. As I turn out of Club Corner and head down the start-finish straight after my...

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  • Video: Mickey Rourke's custom ridden

    23 July 2012 by MCN

    Video: Mickey Rourke's custom ridden

    American custom builder Roland Sands is a curious mix of top level racer and world class fabricator, and his bikes follow that route - they're often beautiful to behold, yet outrageously fast. Sands...

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  • Video: Schwantz's post-sports bike picks

    19 July 2012 by MCN

    Video: Schwantz's post-sports bike picks

    Growing out of extreme sports road bikes, but unwilling to give up your mojo at the same time as your GSX-R? Ex-GP world champion Kevin Schwantz is your personal shopper. The 1993 500cc world champ...

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  • Honda CBR600F 12 month report

    07 July 2012 by Anonymous

    I bought my CBR exactly 12 months ago and have done nearly 20,000 miles on it in all weathers. It was a split choice between a the CBR or an ER6 - I think I made the right choice. You can ride around town at 15mph or go a bit crazy at the top end. At a regular 75-80mph I get 55 mpg and 180 miles to a tank. At 5'8 it's a perfect fit. I have fitted a Power Bronze...

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  • Video: Extreme adventure test - part two

    06 July 2012 by MCN

    Video: Extreme adventure test - part two

    We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure on an off-road adventure and to really test their abilities, we enlisted Stan Watt, who finished...

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  • MV Agusta F3 fuelling problem fixed

    04 July 2012 by MCN

    MV Agusta F3 fuelling problem fixed

    The MV Agusta F3 was one of the most eagerly anticipated sports bikes in recent years, but when it was launched back in February it was a huge disappointment. Chronic fuelling problems and poor...

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  • Kawasaki ER six month appraisal

    02 July 2012 by DazLoczy

    Kawasaki ER six month appraisal

    I’ve had the ER6n for over six months now and it’s just gone through its 4000 mile service with no issues. The only thing to note is I’d overfilled it with oil which seemed to have a slight...

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  • Tom Sykes' Kawasaki WSB bike ridden

    28 June 2012 by MCN

    Tom Sykes' Kawasaki WSB bike ridden

    Tom Sykes’ works Kawasaki ZX-10R broke the WSB record earlier this year by clocking an astonishing 211mph at the end of Monza’s long straight. But what does a 240bhp, 210mph-plus superbike feel like?...

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  • Video: Smart money superbikes

    20 June 2012 by MCN

    Video: Smart money superbikes

    The 1000cc sports bike class has ripped in two and there are now two distinct camps. In the ‘extreme’ corner there’s the super-powerful, electronically-enhanced superbikes, like the Aprilia RSV4, BMW...

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  • Adventure bikes for me please

    14 June 2012 by james stewart

    I'll confess I'm a GS Adventure rider, but I have got my eyes on a shiny new 990 at the moment - awaiting test ride, then I'll make the choice. My GS has been nothing but bullet proof. I know it has a few achilles heels, such as the sidestand switch but overall I have a big grin when I get home from a ride. I recently took it off-road at the Walters Arena during the Touratech Adventure Travel...

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  • Video: Extreme adventure test - part one

    11 June 2012 by MCN

    Video: Extreme adventure test - part one

    Four bikes. A Dakar hero. 100+ miles off-road. Just one question: can adventure bikes live up to their billing? We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and...

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  • MV Agustas for £5000. Bargain or baloney?

    08 June 2012 by MCN

    MV Agustas for £5000. Bargain or baloney?

    For anyone less than a die-hard fan, MV Agustas can be confusing. They’ve been around seemingly unchanged for years and there are a bewildering amount of different F4s and Brutale models to choose...

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  • Video: Husqvarna TE310 longterm review

    08 June 2012 by MCN

    Video: Husqvarna TE310 longterm review

    Based on the super-light TE250, the Husqvarna TE310 sits squarely between the 250 and the monstrous TE449. Husqvarna have bored and stroked the 250 engine ou tto 302.44cc to create a bike that is just...

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  • Piaggio X10 first ride

    07 June 2012 by MCN

    Piaggio X10 first ride

    The Piaggio X10 is not dirt cheap: the £5,000 you need to score one will seem like a lot to plenty of bike riders, who inevitably consider what motorcycle they could get for that money, but against...

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  • Classis Honda V4s tested

    18 May 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Classis Honda V4s tested

    Honda’s first production V4, tested by MCN 30 years ago this week, was the start of a dynasty Honda was determined would define it, if it didn’t destroy it first. It scaled no greater heights than the...

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  • Jay Leno on the Mission Motors Mission R

    18 May 2012 by MCN

    Jay Leno on the Mission Motors Mission R

    American comedian and chat-show host Jay Leno has recently ridden the Mission Motors Mission R electric bike on the road in the US. The Mission R uses a lithium ion battery and makes a claimed 160bhp,...

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  • Honda VFR1200: old vs new

    17 May 2012 by MCN

    Honda VFR1200: old vs new

    Honda’s V4s have come a long way since those early, flawed, chain-driven cam 750s of the early ‘80s. That first VF750S led to the VF750F and on to the VF1000 in all its forms spawning junior siblings...

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  • Video: Sports touring tyres tested

    17 May 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Sports touring tyres tested

    Sports touring tyres are fast becoming the default tyre for UK motorcyclists, from commuters to superbike riders because of two things: instant grip and durability. They can do big miles (as many as...

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  • WSB homologation specials at a glance

    11 May 2012 by MCN

    WSB homologation specials at a glance

    Britain has always loved World Superbikes: not just the racing, but the limited edition models that manufacturers produced to let them to compete. To celebrate 25 years of WSB, we’ve got the top five...

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  • Ducati 1199 Panigale vs rivals: At a glance

    25 April 2012 by MCN

    Ducati 1199 Panigale vs rivals: At a glance

    It’s a sad fact for speed freaks that superbike sales have slipped in recent years, while things like naked and adventure bikes are on the up. So can one of the most exciting, talked-about motorcycles...

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