First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • BMW G650GS Sertao first ride

    10 February 2012 by MCN

    BMW G650GS Sertao first ride

    The Sertão region of Brazil is renowned for its rugged, inhospitable terrain - hence its inspiration as the name for BMW’s new hardcore version of its new G650GS. Effectively it’s a belated successor...

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  • 2012 KTM 990 Adventure first ride

    10 February 2012 by Adam Child

    2012 KTM 990 Adventure first ride

    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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  • Harley-Davidson Soft Tail Slim first ride

    07 February 2012 by MCN

    Harley-Davidson Soft Tail Slim first ride

    MCN's executive editor Phil West is testing the new Harley-Davidson Softail Slim and Sportster 72 in southern Spain. He's just phoned in this brief first impression: "So far I have been riding the new...

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  • Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - What a year!

    03 February 2012 by Marc Potter

    Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - What a year!

    That’s it. Time to send my Multistrada 1200S back. And I’ve never been sadder to see a bike go. It fits into my life perfectly and that’s saying something as I’ve owned, run and tested just about...

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  • KTM Freeride 350 first ride

    03 February 2012 by MCN

    KTM Freeride 350 first ride

    KTM is at it again - attempting to redefine the bikes we ride. The Freeride 350 is the latest example, featuring the Austrian off-road experts' latest 350EXC-F enduro engine set in a compact...

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  • Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 first ride

    26 January 2012 by MCN

    Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 first ride

    Twenty-two years after the powerhouse ZZR1100 was launched, Kawasaki has released its all-new ZZR1400 complete with a bigger engine than ever, more power, and sophisticated traction control. To find...

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  • Triumph Tiger 1050 not a tourer?!

    24 January 2012 by Robert Grant

    Triumph Tiger 1050 not a tourer?!

    I dont know why you guys say the Tiger 1050 can't go off road or isn't a good tourer. Here is mine. It's the best darn bike I've ever had. I can tour, track and do canyon runs on it and it always asks...

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  • First ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

    24 January 2012 by MCN

    First ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

    Triumph’s new-for-2012, uprated Speed Triple R is currently being tested by MCN in southern Spain. These are Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves’ first impressions: “I'm at the launch of the new Triumph...

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  • Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 flat out

    20 January 2012 by MCN

    Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 flat out

    Want to know how fast Kawasaki’s new ZZR1400 is? Check out the on board video as MCN road tester Adam Child holds it flat out around Nardo’s test facility in southern Italy. Adam pushes the new ZZR to...

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  • First ride! 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400

    19 January 2012 by Phil West

    First ride! 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400

    Kawasaki’s updated 2012 ZZR1400 is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child at the enormous Nardo speed testing facility in southern Italy. This is what he’s so far...

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  • Video: KTM 350 EXC-F long term test report

    18 January 2012 by Marc Potter

    Video: KTM 350 EXC-F long term test report

    Getting stuck upside-down in a ditch wearing your bike on top of you, watching it overheat as you get stuck between two tree trunks, or getting roosted in clods of mud by your mates. These have become...

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  • Video: Kawasaki ZZR1400 launch

    18 January 2012 by Liam Marsden

    Video: Kawasaki ZZR1400 launch

    UPDATE, 12:01 MCN's senior road tester Adam Child has just got off the 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 after riding it for the first time at the world launch. He's at the Nardo test track in Italy and will...

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  • Neevesy’s blog – Ducati Multistrada in Oz

    13 January 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 is MCN’s current king of the all-rounders. Like it says on the tin, it will do-anything and go-anywhere. Its superbike engine delivers a monstrous amount of power, it handles superbly and it’s an epic mile-muncher. It’ll even handle a bit of off-road, if you’re mad enough. I’ve ridden a fair few and if I’m honest, I’d normally set the electronic riding mode to full-fat...

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  • Video: Riding Europe's finest retro bikes

    11 January 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Riding Europe's finest retro bikes

    German firm LSL are becoming famous for creating achingly-cool retro custom bikes, but for owner Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler they’re merely a hobby – his real business is manufacturing accessories. When...

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  • 2012 Honda Fireblade - how good?

    03 January 2012 by MCN

    2012 Honda Fireblade - how good?

    Although not all-new, Honda’s 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade has had a significant makeover, with suspension, throttle response and styling all updated – but how much difference does it all make? To find...

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