First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Staff Blog: The Mirror Cracked!!

    15 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: The Mirror Cracked!!

      Riding out of the work car park the other night I glanced at my mirrors, as I always do, before heading out on the main road to make sure they are in the right position. How gutting to see the...

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  • Midsize cruisers owners needed!

    12 July 2013 by MCN

    Midsize cruisers owners needed!

    MCN are looking for owners of midsize cruisers for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of the 1997 - 2007 Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star, 1995 - 2004 Kawasaki VN800 and 1997- current...

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  • Staff Blog: Back from Bavaria

    12 July 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: Back from Bavaria

    That's it. My Garmisch trip is all over. It was a fantastic few days, made all the better by a glorious, bookend of rides through France, Germany and a little bit of Austria. I've written a longer...

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  • Video: CCM GP450 Adventure

    10 July 2013 by MCN

    Video: CCM GP450 Adventure

    Bolton's CCM is on its way back with a vision for an all-new, mid-size adventure bike. But can a 450 single really compete with world-beating giants?

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  • Hypersport owners needed!

    09 July 2013 by MCN

    Hypersport owners needed!

    MCN are looking for owners of hypersports bikes for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of the Kawasaki ZX-12R  (2000-2006), Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird...

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  • Staff blog: Back to the CBR

    08 July 2013 by Andy Calton

    Staff blog: Back to the CBR

    It was a huge relief to return from the States and get back on the Honda CBR500R. I'd had a fantastic time riding a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide down Route 66 and up the Pacific Coast Highway. But...

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  • Staff Blog: Sorting our my saggy-ness

    08 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Sorting our my saggy-ness

      You might have seen my latest long term review published in July 3 issue of MCN. I’ve been having a few issues with my suspension and Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, gave me a few tips on...

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  • Staff blog: Roman Holiday

    05 July 2013

    Staff blog: Roman Holiday

    My ride to Rome is now a distant memory (see MCN July 3) but I'll always have a load of holiday snaps to remind me. Here are some that didn't make it into the paper and also the...

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  • KTM 250 EXC-F first ride

    04 July 2013 by Jon Bentman

    KTM 250 EXC-F first ride

    KTM dominate off-road sport with over 200 world championships under their belt. And they dominate because every year, without fail, the Austrian manufacturer makes its bikes better, sometimes...

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  • Staff blog: Hyperstrada on tour

    03 July 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff blog: Hyperstrada on tour

    I'm half way through a riding holiday with a couple of my mates. We've ridden down the west coast of France, along the top of Spain and now stopped half way down the Portuguese coast, in the resort of...

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  • Video: BMW F800GT vs rivals

    03 July 2013 by MCN

    Video: BMW F800GT vs rivals

    BMW's new F800GT is branded as a do-everything entry level tourer. We took it out againstsome of it's class rivals - the Honda Deauville and Yamaha's Fazer 8 - to see what it faired like in the real...

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  • Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

    03 July 2013 by Phil West

    Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

    Lexmoto’s new ZSX125 is a good indicator of how far – and fast – the much-maligned Chinese motorcycle industry has come in recent years, being not just as keenly priced as ever but also now being...

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  • Staff Blog: Multistrada 1200 tyre review

    02 July 2013

    Staff Blog: Multistrada 1200 tyre review

    The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring is now on the third set of tyres in 6500 miles with a set of new-to-the-market Michelin Pilot Power 3s the latest fitted. I’m going to do a run through of how...

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  • Kymco K-Pipe 50cc

    01 July 2013 by Tobias Milliken

    I'm 16 and just got my first motorcycle - The K-Pipe 50cc. This bike is great! It looks and sounds very nice, but since I have owned it I've noticed a major flaw in the bike. Hills are it's worst enemies! If you run into an incline in 3rd or 4th gear (the gears you need in fast moving traffic) the bike will lose all power and you will be riding up the hill at about 3 or 4 mph or just stall...

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  • Staff Blog: Pushing the limit

    25 June 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Staff Blog: Pushing the limit

    When I picked the Victory Judge up from Victory UK I remember Victory UK's PR man telling me I'd want to start looking for a petrol station pretty sharpish after 120 miles. He also said if the petrol...

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  • Staff Blog: In search of confidence

    24 June 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff Blog: In search of confidence

    I’ve started to try and get to the bottom of the confidence issue I reported in the paper last week, which has left me with chicken strips on the Street Triple R’s Pirelli tyres. First step was to...

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  • Staff Blog: Friday Night is Rideout Night!!!

    24 June 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Friday Night is Rideout Night!!!

      Following my recent appeal to you lovely blog readers I’ve just spent a cracking weekend riding the Yamaha Fazer8 round North Norfolk visiting some little gems that you recommended. I’m going...

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  • Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

    19 June 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

    The BMW F800GT is a tourer. So far I’ve covered just short of three thousand miles worth of short trips to and from various parts of the country - living out of the panniers for the occasional odd...

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  • Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

    19 June 2013 by Richard Newland

    Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

    Whether I’m picking up a curry on a Saturday night, filling up with petrol somewhere, or answering calls from readers who are thinking of buying one (or never buying one) – I’m regularly bombarded by...

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  • Video: MV Agusta F3 800 first ride

    18 June 2013 by MCN

    Video: MV Agusta F3 800 first ride

    We head to Misano to ride MV Agusta's new F3 800 to see if it's 173kg and 30bph more in the midrange than its 675 brother means it really has the perfect blend of power and handling.

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  • Staff Blog: Did You Ride to Work Today?

    17 June 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Did You Ride to Work Today?

    It's Ride to Work Day today and after my early morning ride to the office here’s the photo of my Yamaha Fazer8 in the car park at MCN Towers! As you can see there’s only me and a couple...

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  • Staff Blog: It’s a Family Affair!!

    17 June 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: It’s a Family Affair!!

      After four and a half long years my other half and I went for our first ride out together over the weekend. Mark was involved in a start-line crash at Brands Hatch when racing his Suzuki SV650...

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  • Video: KTM Duke 390 vs A2 rivals group test

    14 June 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Video: KTM Duke 390 vs A2 rivals group test

    MCN’s Andy Davidson and Liam Marsden recently took KTM’s new newcomer-aimed Duke 390 out on local roads to pit it against the similarly-aimed Honda CBR500R and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Hear what they...

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  • Staff Blog: Black Bikes...

    14 June 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Staff Blog: Black Bikes...

    I love the idea of black bikes. They're the stealth option. In 2013 black also seems like the sensible choice for a sports bike like the GSX-R750, not so much because it helps you slip unnoticed from...

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  • Michelin v Pirelli

    14 June 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Michelin v Pirelli

    I’ve spent this week getting to know the new Pirelli Angel GT tyres I fitted on Monday. I’ve been using my bike for commuting to work and the other day I rode the 320-mile round trip down to Ramsgate...

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  • Staff blog: In defence of the Burgman, pt 1

    13 June 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Staff blog: In defence of the Burgman, pt 1

    I’m experiencing mild frustration at some of the preconceptions I’ve encountered about the Burgman. If you’ve read my replies to reader comments under my previous blog entries, you may have detected a...

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  • Kawasaki Z1000 owners needed!

    12 June 2013 by MCN

    Kawasaki Z1000 owners needed!

    MCN is looking for Kawasaki Z1000 owners for an upcoming feature. We're specifically looking for owners of: 2003-2006 original pea shooter exhaust model 2007 - 2009 second generation 2010 - current...

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  • Staff Blog: Please don't kill me

    11 June 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff Blog: Please don't kill me

    Well that was the scariest, most bum-puckery, head-duckery moment I’ve had since I got back on a bike in the Spring. Casually riding south on the A1, thinking about whether to make one more overtake...

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