First rides & tests (July 2012)

  • 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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