First rides & tests (February 2012)

  • 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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  • 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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