First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2014)

  • MCN Award winner: Ducati 899 Panigale

    31 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: Ducati 899 Panigale

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our favourite middleweight sportsbikes, the Ducati 899 Panigale. You used to be...

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  • MCN Award winner: BMW R1200RT

    30 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: BMW R1200RT

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our best tourer, BMW'S R1200RT. The old RT was already formidable, beating off...

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  • MCN Award winner: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    29 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our all-rounder, the second generation Kawasaki Z1000SX. This is one of my...

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  • Video: Tom Sykes' ZX-10R ridden

    29 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Tom Sykes' ZX-10R ridden

    We witnessed the end of a WSB era in 2014, and the ultimate evolution of the big-bucks factory WSB bike. They may look like normal superbikes from the outside, but the factory bikes locking horns...

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  • MCN Award winner: BMW R nineT

    26 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: BMW R nineT

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our favourite retro, BMW'S R nineT. Stretching from Oundle to Corby the A427 is a...

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  • MCN Award winner: Yamaha MT-07

    25 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: Yamaha MT-07

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. First up is the best middleweight naked and overall machine of the year, the new Yamaha...

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  • Video: Ducati Scrambler first ride

    23 December 2014 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Scrambler first ride

    Ducati launched the much-hyped Scrambler recently on the warm, sunny roads of California. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam 'Chad' Child went along to see if the reborn Scrambler can really live up to all...

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  • Video: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride

    22 December 2014 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride

    How do you turn a good bike into a great one? Well, on the evidence of this first ride, and if you're Yamaha, you take your already best selling MT-09 Triple and make it better still. Much...

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  • Yamaha MT-07 Long Term Test Report

    17 December 2014 by Andy Calton

    Yamaha MT-07 Long Term Test Report

    The Yamaha MT-07 is hard to fault. Hard? Yes, but not impossible. While the perky twin is undoubtedly brilliant value for money, it does lack a little in the handling department. Get a bit jiggy with...

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  • Honda CB650F: long-term bike report

    17 December 2014 by Alison Silcox

    Honda CB650F: long-term bike report

    I’ve had fun riding the Honda CB650F all year, riding some long distances, visiting exciting places and having chance to ride at Silverstone circuit but none of these brought as big a smile to my face...

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  • Video: BMW R1200R first ride

    12 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Video: BMW R1200R first ride

    The new BMW R1200R roadster will cost £10,250 when it hits dealers in February and is powered by BMW’s latest-generation, 125bhp liquid-cooled 1170cc boxer engine, which first appeared in last year’s...

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  • First ride: Ducati Scrambler

    11 December 2014 by MCN

    First ride: Ducati Scrambler

    Ducati’s eagerly anticipated Scrambler is being launched today in sunny California in the hands of Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here’s what Adam had to say about the all new Ducati. "We’ve flown all...

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  • First ride: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    10 December 2014 by MCN

    First ride: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    Yamaha’s new half-faired, all-rounder version of the popular MT-09 three cylinder roadster is currently being put through its paces in Spain in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West. Here are...

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  • Yamaha XV950: Long-term test report.

    08 December 2014 by Steve Hunt

    Yamaha XV950: Long-term test report.

    My year with Yamaha’s XV950 has been an interesting one. From the moment I picked it up people were questioning my choice, but not because of the bike you understand - the reviews for it have been...

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  • First ride: 2015 BMW R1200R

    04 December 2014 by MCN

    First ride: 2015 BMW R1200R

    BMW’s new R1200R is getting it’s world first test ride today in Spain in the hands of MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here’s what he has to say:  “The new roadster will cost £10,250 when...

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  • 2015 Honda Crossrunner tested

    01 December 2014 by Phil West

    2015 Honda Crossrunner tested

    Honda's 2015 updates to its VFR800-based adventure bike, the VFR800X Crossrunner are much more than skin deep – as MCN Executive Editor Phil West revealed in this exclusive video from the world launch...

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  • Honda VFR800F: long-term test report

    01 December 2014 by Phil West

    Honda VFR800F: long-term test report

    A quick recap: I’m (mostly) a VFR man. I’ve ridden or tested all of ‘em over the past 25 years or so; had a lovely Mk II VFR750FL for a year back in the early ‘90s; owned the last of the 750s, a...

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  • Ducati 899 Panigale: long term test report

    29 November 2014 by Richard Newland

    Ducati 899 Panigale: long term test report

    Ducati 899 Panigale, £12,495 Weight 193kg • Seat height: 830mm • Servicing: £215 (625miles) Miles to date 6473 • Average MPG 44.8mpg Value of mods to date: £5573.31 The highlights from my year to...

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  • Honda CB650F: long-term bike review

    28 November 2014 by Alison Silcox

    Honda CB650F: long-term bike review

    It's been an absolute whirlwind of a summer and looking back I’ve had a fabulous time, clocking up the best part of 6000 miles on the Honda CB650F and with a plan to continue to ride through the...

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  • Kawasaki ER-6f: long-term test report

    25 November 2014 by Simon Brown

    Kawasaki ER-6f: long-term test report

    Winter’s on the way – so I’ve treated my Kawasaki ER-6f to a new screen in a bid to gain some extra weather protection. And, so far the results are promising.  The screen is a double-bubble job...

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  • Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

    20 November 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

    I’ve been running a Ducati Monster 1200 on MCN’s fleet since March, and we’ve done plenty together in the past eight months – but it took a rideout with a colleague to realise the full effect of the...

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  • 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 first ride

    18 November 2014 by MCN

    2015 Triumph Tiger 800 first ride

    Triumph’s new band of Tiger 800s are currently being put through their paces on and off-road in Spain by MCN’s Andy Davidson. Here are his first impressions from sunny Marbella. "Triumph have decided...

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  • Yamaha MT-07 Long term test report

    11 November 2014 by Andy Calton

    Yamaha MT-07 Long term test report

    The Yamaha MT-07 is fast-approaching 4000 miles and so far so good. The little twin has been a barrel of laughs this year, it's not missed a beat and the finish is still strong. It's handled...

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  • 2015 Honda Crossrunner ridden

    31 October 2014 by MCN

    2015 Honda Crossrunner ridden

    Honda's all-new 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner is currently being put through its paces for the first time in southern Spain by MCN Executive Editor Phil West. These are his first impressions. "Don't be put...

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  • Moto Guzzi launch V7 II range in Italy

    30 October 2014 by MCN

    Moto Guzzi launch V7 II range in Italy

    Moto Guzzi’s trio of new-for-2015 V7 IIs are being put through their paces around the city streets of Pisa and the surrounding countryside by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his first...

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  • 2015 BMW S1000RR first ride

    29 October 2014 by MCN

    2015 BMW S1000RR first ride

    The 2015 BMW S1000RR represents the superbike’s biggest overhaul since the original version was launched in 2010. It has a staggering 199bhp (so easily breaking the magic 200bhp...

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  • 2015 BMW S1000RR launch today

    21 October 2014 by Michael Neeves

    2015 BMW S1000RR launch today

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the 2015 BMW S1000RR at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville, Spain today. It’s the superbike’s biggest overhaul since the original version...

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  • The SPecial One

    14 September 2014 by Jon Urry

    The SPecial One

    Honda’s SP-1, or the VTR1000 SP-1 RC51 to give it its proper name, will always hold a very special place in motorcycle history. This is a bike born out of necessity – not to mention a considerable...

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  • Video: New KTM RC390 first ride

    13 September 2014 by MCN

    Video: New KTM RC390 first ride

    For the first time in years there’s a machine for young sportsbike fans to get excited about. If you’re 19 and have just passed your A2 licence you can rip up your L plates and pretend you’re...

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  • KTM RC 390 launch today

    01 September 2014 by Michael Neeves

    KTM RC 390 launch today

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the eagerly awaited new KTM RC 390 in Italy today. Costing £4995 the single-cylinder 43bhp, 373.2cc machine is aimed at younger riders and...

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  • Hesketh 24 first ride

    13 August 2014 by Phil West

    Hesketh 24 first ride

    The British revival rumbles on. Or in this case THUNDERS. And then some. Hesketh is the latest UK heritage motorcycle brand to be reborn, (following Triumph in 1990, Norton in 2009 and Ariel last...

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  • We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

    09 July 2014 by Michael Neeves

    We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

    It’s hard to believe the Ariel Ace cruiser really is a new bike. It’s seemingly come out of nowhere, is made by a car firm, and yet it’s already better than many established production bikes. The...

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