First rides & tests (October 2013)

  • 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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