First rides & tests (June 2012)

  • 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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