First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • Ducati 1199 Panigale Tricolore first ride

    20 April 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati 1199 Panigale Tricolore first ride

    If you’re fortunate enough to be able to stump up the £23,495 for the Tricolore version of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, you’re in for a treat. Not only do you get this sexy colour scheme included in the...

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  • Supermotos - impractical?

    17 April 2012 by sliabhrossa

    Supermotos - impractical?

    I disagree with the continuous comments I read in MCN of supermotos being impractical. I live in the real world with a real budget, I have a Honda XR650R supermoto with USD forks and yokes...

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  • 60 years of Suzuki: RGV500 vs GSX-R1000

    12 April 2012 by MCN

    60 years of Suzuki: RGV500 vs GSX-R1000

    These two blue and white machines represent the best of the Suzuki best. Right now, the 166bhp, 203kg 2012 GSX-R1000 is the ultimate incarnation of the Japanese firm’s road-going superbike and this...

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  • KTM 450RR Dakar bike ridden

    30 March 2012 by Michael Guy

    KTM 450RR Dakar bike ridden

    It doesn’t look like a bike that’s just finished the Dakar – it’s clean and there are only minimal signs of wear. A closer look tells you that the built to order factory KTM 450RR has seen some action...

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  • Aprilia SRV850 ridden

    30 March 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Aprilia SRV850 ridden

    Super scooters have re-ignited the top speed battle between manufacturers – a battle which has been largely irrelevant for motorcycles since hyperbikes such as Suzuki's Hayabusa started cracking...

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  • KTM 690 Duke Track first ride

    30 March 2012 by MCN

    KTM 690 Duke Track first ride

    Hook sixth gear, crouch down as small as possible and focus on the small strip of white paint at the side of the track. Wait, wait, wait… Sit up, brake, down three gears, let clutch out, as possible...

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  • BMW K1300S HP first ride

    29 March 2012 by Phil West

    BMW K1300S HP first ride

    With the new K1300S HP (for High Performance), BMW has taken one of its established, but aging standards, and sought to both extend its shelf-life and broaden its appeal by producing a limited...

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  • MV Agusta F3 vs rivals at a glance

    29 March 2012 by MCN

    MV Agusta F3 vs rivals at a glance

    MV Agusta's new F3 is one of the most eagerly awaited bikes of 2012, but since its launch storm clouds have been gathering. Is the beautiful Italian simply too track-focused and rough around the edges...

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  • Video: BMW C600 Sport and C650GT ridden

    22 March 2012 by MCN

    Video: BMW C600 Sport and C650GT ridden

    BMW's new C650GT and C600 Sport are the first £9.5k step-thrus, and though MCN's first ride proves their general competence, it's difficult to see how they're worth twice as much as BMW's own F650GS...

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  • Ducati 848 Evo Corse first ride

    22 March 2012 by Adam Child

    Ducati 848 Evo Corse first ride

    Today, machines such as the Triumph Daytona 675R and the MV Agusta F3 have brought a new dimension to middleweight supersports machines. And with this new 848 Evo Corse Ducati is both following...

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  • 2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro ridden

    19 March 2012 by Adam Child

    2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro ridden

    Aprilia’s revised exotic Dorsoduro 1200 has lost weight, gained some Italian ponies and now has a three-way traction control as standard. If you thought the Supermoto scene was drying up you’d be...

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  • Video: Bimota DB9 Brivido CS first ride

    16 March 2012 by MCN

    Video: Bimota DB9 Brivido CS first ride

    The Bimota DB9 Brivido is the Bimota version of the Ducati Streetfighter. The bike uses the 1198cc V-twin engine from the Ducati Diavel and features no electronics like the Diavel. The CS version you...

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  • BMW R1200GS Rallye first ride

    08 March 2012 by Adam Child

    BMW R1200GS Rallye first ride

    It's been a long time coming, but if any bike's deserving of a commemorative special edition model surely it's the BMW R1200GS. The class-defning German adventure bike has been a market leader...

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  • Video: MV Agusta F3 vs Triumph Daytona 675R

    08 March 2012 by MCN

    Video: MV Agusta F3 vs Triumph Daytona 675R

    The lightest, most powerful and elecronically-advanced supersport machine you can buy - the new MV Agusta F3 goes up against the Triumph Daytona 675 R on the roads of northern Italy. Triumph Daytona...

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  • 2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 first ride!

    06 March 2012 by MCN

    2012 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 first ride!

    Aprilia’s updated 2012 Dorsoduro 1200 is currently being put through its paces in the foothills of Mount Etna, Sicily, by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his first impressions: "We’ve got...

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  • Video: 2012 KTM 990 Adventure ridden

    05 March 2012 by MCN

    Video: 2012 KTM 990 Adventure ridden

    If this KTM Adventure 990 looks familiar then that’s entirely deliberate – but this is no limited edition ‘Dakar’ version, as debuted last Spring, nor the full-blown ‘R’ version – it’s the standard...

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  • Video: Triumph Explorer 1200 first ride

    29 February 2012 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Explorer 1200 first ride

    Triumph is making no bones about gunning for BMW's best-selling R1200GS - its new Explorer 1200 is aimed squarely at giving the BMW a bloody nose. Triumph motorcycles for sale. And in every possible...

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  • Honda NC700X is brilliant

    27 February 2012 by mark

    I took a Honda NC700X for a road test recently and ordered one as soon as I got back to the showroom. I've traded in a 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 - a great bike in all respects. The biggest problem I had was worrying what would come in the post for two weeks after every ride.  I travel many miles a year and the increase in money making machines (sorry, safety cameras) is amazing! As fines...

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  • Triumph Tiger Explorer First Ride

    24 February 2012 by Marc Potter

    Triumph Tiger Explorer First Ride

    MCN Editor, Marc Potter, is at the world launch of the Triumph Tiger Explorer and here are his first thoughts. "Triumph admits it is aiming the Tiger Explorer squarely at the BMW R1200GS, and claims...

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  • Honda Crosstourer first ride

    23 February 2012 by MCN

    Honda Crosstourer first ride

    Adventure bikes are moving into a new dimension this week - as MCN's first test of the Crosstourer proves. The new Honda brings V4 performance and sophisticated automatic transmission to the class for...

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  • Husqvarna Nuda 900 takes on rivals

    22 February 2012 by MCN

    Husqvarna Nuda 900 takes on rivals

    The Husqvarna Nuda 900 is arguably the firms first serious road bike. Using a development of BMW's F800 parallel twin engine, the Nuda promises an exciting, fun-packed, street future. But how does it...

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  • Video: Suzuki GSX-R1000 first ride

    20 February 2012 by MCN

    Video: Suzuki GSX-R1000 first ride

    The Suzuki GSX-R1000 now produces the most midrange of any 1000cc superbike. What's more, weight has dropped by 2kg and it's gained Brembo brakes and comes with revised big piston suspension. Suzuki...

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  • Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale first ride

    17 February 2012 by MCN

    Video: Ducati 1199 Panigale first ride

    The all-new 195bhp Ducati 1199 Panigale takes superbikes to a new level of sophistication with an abundance of electronic aids, including ABS, traction control, customisable riding modes and...

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  • Harley-Davidson Softail Slim first ride

    17 February 2012 by Phil West

    Harley-Davidson Softail Slim first ride

    Considering the turmoil Harley-Davidson has been through the last couple of years, what with plummeting US sales, the MV and Buell shockers and the little matter of having to restructure fundamentally...

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