First rides & tests (March 2012)

  • 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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