First rides & tests (January 2013)

  • Youth experiment: Kymco K-Pipe

    31 January 2013 by Phil West

    Youth experiment: Kymco K-Pipe

    This bike is the freshest breath of air in small capacity motorcycling in years. There, I’ve said it. It could also be exactly what’s needed if today’s youth are ever going to get back into...

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  • Sports bikes to Africa

    29 January 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Sports bikes to Africa

    We all know that sportsbikes are so focused that you need a track to get the best out of them. But, as has always been the case, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them every day. The Ducati Panigale...

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  • MCN rides the Britten V1000

    24 January 2013 by Adam Child

    MCN rides the Britten V1000

    ‘Outstanding’, ‘amazing’, and ‘work of art’ are all labels liberally applied to the exotic race bikes built by John Britten, but in reality the Britten deserves a unique accolade to celebrate its...

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  • Video: Honda CB1100 first ride

    23 January 2013 by Phil West

    Video: Honda CB1100 first ride

    MCN Executive Editor Phil West traveled to Valencia in Spain last week to ride Honda's completely new CB1100 retro roadster. Check out his opinions on Honda's brand new link to the past!

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  • Video: MV Agusta F4 first ride

    23 January 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Video: MV Agusta F4 first ride

    It may look the same as the old one, but the new F4 is totally new. It has the short-stroke engine from the old flagship RR model and a host of chassis tweaks. MCN travelled to the Valencia GP circuit...

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  • Video: African adventure - part two

    22 January 2013 by MCN

    Video: African adventure - part two

    After riding through Spain and putting the Ducati Panigale S and BMW S1000RR through their paces on a track day at Almeria, our intrepid explorers head for the ferry to Africa before heading back to...

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  • New BMW R1200GS ridden!

    22 January 2013 by Adam Child

    New BMW R1200GS ridden!

    BMW’s all-new and eagerly-awaited R1200GS is currently being put through its paces in South Africa by MCN Senior Tester Adam Child. Here are his first impressions: “We’re in 40 degree heat heading...

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  • Video: African adventure

    17 January 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Video: African adventure

    Remember the old days when we used our sports bikes for everything? They brightened up our weekends, took us to work, and off on holiday, but now there's a bike built for every occasion. Still, who...

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  • Honda CB1100 Launch – First Impressions

    16 January 2013 by Phil West

    Honda CB1100 Launch – First Impressions

    Honda’s new CB1100 Retro Roadster is currently being put through its paces in the countryside around Valencia, Spain, by MCN’s Executive Editor, Phil West. These are his first impressions, ahead of a...

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  • Updated 2013 MV Agusta F4 ridden!

    16 January 2013 by MCN

    Updated 2013 MV Agusta F4 ridden!

    MV's significantly updated 2013 F4 1000 superbike is currently being put through it's paces for the first time by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. This is what he's got to say so far: "We're...

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  • The ultimate BMW HP2 Sport

    15 January 2013 by Tim Thompson

    The ultimate BMW HP2 Sport

    You either love the idea of trying to make a twin-cylinder air-cooled engine that's based on an old 1923 knocker go like the clappers, or you don’t. If you don’t, life is simple: you buy a Fireblade...

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  • Video: Britten V1000 ridden

    09 January 2013 by MCN

    Video: Britten V1000 ridden

    The ultimate nonconformist race bike, the Britten V1000 was hand-built by a dedicated team led by maverick engineer John Britten in New Zealand in the early '90s. Only 10 bikes remain, and after a...

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  • Video: KTM 1190 Adventure R first ride

    09 January 2013 by MCN

    Video: KTM 1190 Adventure R first ride

    King of serious off-road, KTM, has BMW's mighty GS firmly in it's sights with the new 1190 Adventure. The Austrian manufacturer has played to its strengths, focusing on ergonomics, agility, light...

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  • Ducati Multistrada: old vs new

    07 January 2013 by Adam Child

    Ducati Multistrada: old vs new

    In 2010 Ducati’s all new Multistrada turned the adventure market on its head. It was a breath of fresh air, the sportiest bike in the sector. An impressive 150bhp from the 1199 V-Twin was backed up...

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  • BMW S1000RR vs BMW S1000RR HP4

    04 January 2013 by Michael Neeves

    BMW S1000RR vs BMW S1000RR HP4

    A few months ago I was lucky enough to ride the new BMW HP4 at its world launch at Jerez, southern Spain. With perfect track conditions and slick tyres to play on, it was a dream. More impressive...

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