First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • KTM Freeride E first ride

    28 December 2013 by Andy Downes

    KTM Freeride E first ride

    It’s safe to say that, so far, sales of electric motorcycles in any class have been almost inconsequentially small. But, on the basis of a short test on a pre-production KTM Freeride E motocross bike,...

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  • Agility Motors Saietta R first ride

    22 December 2013 by MCN

    Agility Motors Saietta R first ride

    With the ‘throttle’ wide open through a corner as the rear tyre scrabbles for grip, there is no exhaust roar. The unlikely combination of near-silent running and high performance is almost enough to...

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  • First Ride: Honda Fireblade SP

    16 December 2013 by Michael Neeves

    First Ride: Honda Fireblade SP

    I'm currently at the launch of the new Honda Fireblade SP at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The standard Fireblade has been updated for 2014 with engine and riding position tweaks, but Honda are...

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  • Video: Winter Wonders for £1500

    11 December 2013 by MCN

    Video: Winter Wonders for £1500

    Do you try and keep your bike clean over winter, or do you pack it away and wait til Spring? We look at the third option - a cheap bike just for winter. We pit Yamaha's Fazer 600, Honda's VFR800 and...

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  • Video: NEW 2014 V-Strom 1000 Suzuki's Back!

    11 December 2013 by MCN

    Video: NEW 2014 V-Strom 1000 Suzuki's Back!

    After teasing with images and pre-production models of their new 1000 adventure bike for over a year, we finally got the chance to ride Suzuki's new V-Strom. With a sub £10k price and ABS and traction...

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  • Suzuki V-Strom 1000 launch

    04 December 2013 by Adam Child

    Suzuki V-Strom 1000 launch

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently at the launch of Suzuki’s all-new V-Strom 1000 Adventure in Almeria, Spain. The new adventure bike is expected to arrive in dealers for early February...

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  • BMW S1000R launch today

    29 November 2013 by Michael Neeeves

    BMW S1000R launch today

    MCN is at the world launch of BMW's new £9990 S1000R super naked in Mallorca today. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will ride the new machine, which is a naked version of the German firm's...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z1000 first ride

    28 November 2013 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki Z1000 first ride

    The Z1000 has been the most serious Japanese 'super naked' since 2003, and Kawasaki have determinedly reinvented it ever since. For 2014, it's re-styled and eschews electronics in favour of...

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  • Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

    12 November 2013 by MCN News

    Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

    MCN is on the hunt for owners of Triumph's Classic range. Specifically we're looking for current owners of the Bonneville, Scrambler, and Speedmaster. We'll be using the information to help with...

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  • MV Agusta Rivale 800 first ride

    24 October 2013 by MCN

    MV Agusta Rivale 800 first ride

    MV Agusta's new £10,499, supermoto-style rival to Ducati's Hypermotard, the Rivale 800, is currently being put through its paces for the first time by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves in the...

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  • Video: Yamaha MT-09 takes on rivals

    16 October 2013 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha MT-09 takes on rivals

    Yamaha's new three-cylinder 847cc MT-09 is one of the most exciting new bikes to come out of Japan in years, aiming to be the best in one of the most interesting emerging classes; the middleweight...

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  • Video: Ducati 899 Panigale first ride

    16 October 2013 by MCN

    Video: Ducati 899 Panigale first ride

    Two years after the launch of the 1199 Panigale, Ducati has done the inevitable, replacing the ageing 848 with an 899 Panigale. Producing a middleweight mirroring its flagship model is a trick...

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  • Staff Blog: Time for a new shoe

    11 October 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Staff Blog: Time for a new shoe

    I've covered a lot of miles on the Judge this year - approaching 8000 - and I've only just replaced the rear tyre. In truth it could have done with a change 2000 miles ago as it was starting...

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  • Video: Yamaha XV950 group test

    09 October 2013 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha XV950 group test

    Yamaha's new XV950 joins Triumph's Speedmaster in gunning for the Harley-Davidson 883 Iron. Is the Hog's time up? We pit the three machines against each other to find out.

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  • Staff Blog: Leave it, Lock it, Love it!

    09 October 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Leave it, Lock it, Love it!

      Travelling into London for a mini-adventure at the weekend I needed to make sure I’d got a way to secure my bike and also relieve myself of having to carry too much cumbersome luggage around...

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  • Ducati 899 Panigale first impressions

    08 October 2013 by MCN

    Ducati 899 Panigale first impressions

    Ducati's new 'baby Panigale', the 899, is currently being put through its paces for the first time at a very wet Imola in Italy by MCN Senior Road Tester, Adam Child. Here are his first...

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  • Staff Blog: New Dog, Newer Tricks

    04 October 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: New Dog, Newer Tricks

    I’ve been riding a ‘big bike’ for twelve months now and the last eight of them have been spent working for the world’s largest motorcycling publication. I am very aware of how enviable a position this...

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  • Staff Blog: Well, that’ll be autumn then!

    03 October 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Well, that’ll be autumn then!

      Riding in this morning I’ve had to give in and fully kit up in cordura. Looking out of the bedroom window at 7.30 it was really quite murky and living in the middle of a housing estate if it’s...

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  • Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F

    02 October 2013 by Dale Taylor

    Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F

    I passed my motorbike test on August 23 this year, it took 10 weeks exactly from start to finish. I was so excited about being able to get out and about on the road and I had been researching...

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  • Video: Café Racers Get Serious

    01 October 2013 by MCN

    Video: Café Racers Get Serious

    Café racers are a growing market segment in the UK, and have just been boosted again with the arrival of the new Royal Enfield Continental GT. But how will this new Indian import fare against the...

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  • Staff Blog: To Jet Wash or Not to Jet Wash?

    25 September 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: To Jet Wash or Not to Jet Wash?

      I lent my bike to a colleague last week for the MCN Awards ride out and after an awfully wet ride down to the venue in Dorking, followed by a couple of hours riding through the Surrey Hills,...

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  • Video: New Kawasaki Z1000SX first ride

    25 September 2013 by MCN

    Video: New Kawasaki Z1000SX first ride

    Kawasaki's underrated Z1000SX sports-tourer may have arrived quietly in 2010, but thanks to its blend of Z1000 fun, ZX-10R performance, upright comfort and impressive value, it's proven a big hit. One...

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  • Video: KTM 390 - Headbanger?

    24 September 2013 by MCN

    Video: KTM 390 - Headbanger?

    We go to Box Hill to find out if the funky KTM single can lay claim to being the new hooligan on the block. Is the KTM the modern-day equivalent of those 250/350cc two-strokes and 400 two-strokes, we...

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  • Royal Enfield Continental GT first ride

    11 September 2013 by MCN

    Royal Enfield Continental GT first ride

    The Royal Enfield Continental GT is currently getting its world first ride in and around London in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West. Here are his first impressions: “At first glance the new...

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  • Staff Blog: Night Riding Fun

    09 September 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Night Riding Fun

    Is it just me or do your skills sharpen as you ride in the dark and your speed increase? Riding the 50 miles from Silverstone to home the other night I really enjoyed the dark journey. The lights on...

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  • V-twin sports bike owners needed!

    04 September 2013 by MCN

    V-twin sports bike owners needed!

    V-twin sports bike owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of some v-twin sports bikes upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Aprilia Falcos Suzuki TL1000Rs Honda...

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