First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Fancy coming on an MCN road test?

    02 September 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Fancy coming on an MCN road test?

    We’re putting a road test feature together next week and we’re after owners of the following bikes to come along and get involved: Yamaha TDR250 Yamaha RD350 LC Kawasaki ZXR400 The plan will be to...

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  • Yamaha MT-09 first ride!

    29 August 2013 by MCN

    Yamaha MT-09 first ride!

    Yamaha's eagerly awaited new three-cylinder roadster is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions: "We're here at the world launch...

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  • Special K: BMW K1300S Anniversary

    28 August 2013 by Phil West

    Special K: BMW K1300S Anniversary

    When it comes to ‘special editions’, BMW pretty much leads the way. Although Ducati and Triumph, in particular, have their own successful lines of ‘specials’ (bikes like the Tricolore or Steve McQueen...

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  • Triumph Daytona 675R initial thoughts

    24 August 2013 by jeffpatrick

    Triumph Daytona 675R initial thoughts

    I've had the Triumph Daytona 675R for about a month now, and I have to say it is absolutely brilliant. Having come from a 2010 675, I wasn't sure what to expect, and to be honest, I found the standard...

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  • Staff Blog: Too Many Fazers, Too Little Time

    24 August 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Too Many Fazers, Too Little Time

    I’ve not just been riding the Yamaha Fazer8 this week, for a forthcoming long term feature I’ve been out on my mate’s Yamaha FZS600 Fazer and the big brother of the range the FZ1 Fazer. I was really...

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  • Suzuki GSR750 comfort seat

    23 August 2013 by gtufnell

    Suzuki GSR750 comfort seat

    I've had my GSR750 supplied by the superb team at Crescent in Verwood for a year now and have found it uncomfortable after about 40 miles riding. After searching and talking to upholstery companies I...

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  • Video: Small bikes for big adventures

    23 August 2013 by MCN

    Video: Small bikes for big adventures

    Green lanes in the Peak District on 125s, the Snake Pass, a curry and a pint. Who needs to go to the far side of the world for an adventure? View more great motorcycling videos on the MCN...

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  • Middleweight Ducati owners needed!

    23 August 2013

    Middleweight Ducati owners needed!

    Middleweight Ducati owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of Ducati's middleweight class bikes for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Ducati 748 Ducati...

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  • Staff Blog: Trying to solve my wind problem

    21 August 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Staff Blog: Trying to solve my wind problem

    If there's one thing the Judge lacks, it's wind protection. The only thing up front to deflect the wind is the single clock. At Kevin's Last Lap recently I saw a perfect opportunity to cure my wind...

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  • Classic sports bike owners needed!

    20 August 2013 by MCN

    Classic sports bike owners needed!

    Classic sports bike owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of some of the best superbikes ever made for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: 1992 Honda...

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  • Staff blog: Fourth time lucky!

    16 August 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Staff blog: Fourth time lucky!

    First of all, I need to say thanks for all the emails I've received over the past few days. I've had a ton of comments, tips, suggestions and offers of free training since my piece in Wednesday's...

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  • Performance cruisers needed!

    14 August 2013 by MCN

    Performance cruisers needed!

    Performance cruiser owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of some of big power cruisers for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Triumph Rocket III Honda Valkyrie...

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  • Staff blog: Bad back stops play

    14 August 2013 by Andy Downes

    Staff blog: Bad back stops play

    I did my back in a couple of weeks ago so riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring was put on hold while my life revolved around physiotherapy, 500mg Naproxen tablets twice a day, paracetamol...

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  • Staff Blog: Riding into the East

    12 August 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Riding into the East

      In my long term test report in the issue on sale this week (14 August) you’ll see that me and my mate, Sue, spent the weekend riding round East Anglia taking in sights and sounds that you...

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  • Video: Chad's KTM 250EXC-F - Final Part

    08 August 2013 by MCN

    Video: Chad's KTM 250EXC-F - Final Part

    MCN's road tester Adam Child took delivery of a KTM 250EXC-F back in March to build up his fitness and improbe his offroad skills. After five months with the bike, find out what he thought of it as it...

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  • Big tourer owners needed!

    08 August 2013 by MCN

    Big tourer owners needed!

    Big tourer owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of some of big mile eaters for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Honda Pan European (ST1300 version) BMW K1200GT or...

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  • Staff Blog: F800GT - A feeling of belonging.

    07 August 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: F800GT - A feeling of belonging.

    The grey, British skies seemed determined to quell my excited mood and, as I joined the queue for the channel tunnel, the drizzle misted across my visor and I wasn't entirely sure that a six hour...

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  • Staff Blog: Down to Ramsgate

    05 August 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff Blog: Down to Ramsgate

    For the last 11 years, since I moved up to MCN-land from my home town in Ramsgate, I’ve done the 170-mile journey on lots on hundreds of different bikes. Tourers are, of course, the most comfortable,...

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  • First ride: New Indians

    05 August 2013 by MCN

    First ride: New Indians

    Indian has launched three new variants of the Chief - an all-new 1819cc V-twin which MCN has been riding around the Sturgis motorcycle rally in America. After around 50 miles split between two of the...

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  • Staff Blog: Top Box Woes

    05 August 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Top Box Woes

    You might have read in my recent long term report, featured in July 24 issue of MCN, about fitting the top box to the Yamaha Fazer8. I’m testing different types of luggage to see which is the easiest...

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  • Staff Blog: It’s not all about the new stuff

    01 August 2013 by Richard Newland

    Staff Blog: It’s not all about the new stuff

    While at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with an MCN reader about the BMW 90th Anniversary display, each of us singling out the models we’d own if money was no...

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  • Video: 800-class shootout

    31 July 2013 by MCN

    Video: 800-class shootout

    MV Agusta's new F3 800 got us excited after its recent track launch at Misano. It's rapid, handles like a racer and fuels better than any MV we've ever ridden. But is an MV good enough to really...

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  • Video: Yamaha XV950 first ride

    31 July 2013 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha XV950 first ride

    The new XV950 is the first example of what Yamaha calls its 'Sports Heritage' range. As well as retro styling aimed at attracting artistic custom builders the world over, these bikes are viewed by...

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  • Staff Blog: Thundersport Rockingham

    29 July 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff Blog: Thundersport Rockingham

      I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything of note with my Hyperstrada over the past week. But it did treat me to a glorious ride cross-country to Donington last Wednesday, where I instruct...

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  • Staff Blog: To Flash or Not to Flash?

    29 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: To Flash or Not to Flash?

      My hubby and I were riding through the rolling Leicestershire countryside towards Rutland Water on a recent Sunday morning ride when we were flashed twice by oncoming cars but not at all by the...

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  • Staff Blog: Dirty Ducati

    22 July 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff Blog: Dirty Ducati

    I’ve been away for over a week testing, but for all that time I’ve been thinking of my filthy Hyperstrada. Covered in thick dust, it looks like it’s spent months abandoned in the Sahara, but all that...

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  • New Yamaha XV950 first ride

    22 July 2013 by MCN

    New Yamaha XV950 first ride

    Yamaha’s new XV950 ‘performance bobber’ – or Harley Sportster rival to you and us – has just been put through its paces in Los Angeles, California, by MCN’s Andy Davidson. These are his first...

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  • Staff Blog: I Love Wednesdays.....

    18 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: I Love Wednesdays.....

      The lads in the office are bored stiff of hearing me say it but I’m going to say it again, I don’t work Wednesdays and what better way to spend the day than riding the Yamaha Fazer8. Along...

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