First rides & tests (March 2013)

  • Two new Harleys launched

    25 March 2013 by Steve Farrell

    MCN is at the launch of two new Harley-Davidsons in Marseille, France. The Breakout is an 'evolution' of the Softail range, and sits in between the existing Slim and Fatboy models in price, at £15,695. First impression are its 'evolved' in a similar sense to sharks: it's been around for millions of years but has changed little. It has the same chassis and 1690cc V-twin engine as the existing...

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  • Snow at the CBR600RR launch

    21 March 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Snow at the CBR600RR launch

    Snow and freezing temperatures at the press launch of the 2013 Honda CBR600RR ensured that the myriad changes to the bike Honda remain, for now, untested. The repackaged CBR features new 41mm Big...

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  • Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

    20 March 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

    We’re here at the new Circuit of the Americas MotoGP track in Austin, Texas, riding Ducati’s new £26,550 1199 Panigale R. Apart from dripping in sexy carbon fibre, a taller racing screen, racing seat,...

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  • Video: Ducati Hypermotard first ride

    18 March 2013 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Hypermotard first ride

    Ducati's sexy take on the supermoto has been with us since 2007, but now there's a new one, replacing both the 1100 Evo and entry-level 796. It's more powerful but promises to be less manic. We went...

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  • Video: Honda CB1100 old vs new

    16 March 2013 by Phil West

    Video: Honda CB1100 old vs new

    The all-new Honda CB1100 is intended as a faithful 'homage' not juut to the original CB750K0 of 1969 but also to Honda's whole family of celebrated air-cooled CB fours of the '70s. But how well does...

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  • Video: BMW F800GT first ride

    15 March 2013 by MCN

    Video: BMW F800GT first ride

    The new BMW F800GT aims to be a daily commuter, load-lugging tourer and weekend fun ride. The GT replaces the F800ST, which has been a decent seller in the middleweight touring bracket since 2006. The...

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  • Suzuki Bandit and SV650 Owners Needed!

    15 March 2013

    Suzuki Bandit and SV650 Owners Needed!

    MCN is looking for Suzuki Bandit and SV650 owners for an upcoming feature! We need Suzuki SV650S or naked N both old and new style (tubular and pointy frame) Suzuki Gladius ownsers, as well as Bandit...

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  • Aprilia Caponord 1200 – world first ride

    13 March 2013 by MCN

    Aprilia Caponord 1200 – world first ride

    Aprilia's all-new and eagerly-anticipated entry into the adventure bikes class, the Caponord 1200, is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. These are his first...

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  • Can-Am Spyder first ride

    12 March 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Can-Am Spyder first ride

    If the three-wheeled Cam-Am Spyder were a person you met, the first thing it would say is: "I'm not a motorcycle, you know." The second thing would be: "Are you aware that I'm not a motorcycle?" At...

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  • New BMW F800GT first ride

    08 March 2013 by MCN

    New BMW F800GT first ride

    BMW’s new middleweight tourer, the F800GT, is currently being put through its paces for the first time by MCN’s Andy Downes. These are his first impressions: “We’ve done around 100 miles so far...

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  • Video: BMW race camp

    06 March 2013 by MCN

    Video: BMW race camp

    The BMW Race Camp at Almeria, Spain is heaven on earth for S1000RR racers and trackday riders. It’s backed by BMW, and attended by the technicians who actually developed the S1000RR. Senior Road...

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