First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2014)

  • Golden oldie: Triumph T595 and 955i

    06 July 2014 by MCN

    Golden oldie: Triumph T595 and 955i

    Triumph needed to get it right first time with the T595 Daytona. Back in the sportsbike-crazy ’90s, nothing less was going to cut it. With Honda’s FireBlade having set the standard, being good was...

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  • First Ride: Honda CBR650F

    27 June 2014 by Phil West

    First Ride: Honda CBR650F

    Grey things don’t normally engender excitement. Grey is the colour of school socks, toilet roll tubes and accountants’ worsted suits. But here grey is also the colour of one of the most...

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  • Ducati Monster 821 launch

    24 June 2014 by Adam Child

    Ducati Monster 821 launch

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is at the world launch of Ducati’s new Monster 821 in Bologna, Italy. A short spin this evening will be followed by a full day of riding the new naked middleweight...

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  • Norton TT Racer On The Road

    23 June 2014 by Adam Child

    Norton TT Racer On The Road

    You can’t underestimate how hard it is to compete at the Isle of Man TT. It’s a mammoth task, and it’s almost impossible to convey with mere words the sheer scale of the mountain they have climbed,...

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  • Yamaha YZF-R125 quick ride

    20 June 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha YZF-R125 quick ride

    Yamaha knows how to play the 125cc field. Since the launch of the YZF-R125 in ’08, the firm has sold over 45,000 machines and the sports bike remains a best seller to this day. The revamped 2014...

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  • Yamaha MT-125 first ride

    19 June 2014 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha MT-125 first ride

    The new Yamaha MT-125 marks the third arrival in the MT family. The single-cylinder is technically a naked version of Yamaha’s refreshed-for-2014 YZF-R125 except with an upright riding position and...

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  • First Ride: Bimota BB3

    14 June 2014 by Adam Child

    First Ride: Bimota BB3

    MCN is at the world launch of Bimota’s new BB3, powered by a revised BMW S1000RR engine, at the Tazio Nuvalari circuit in Italy today. Senior Road Tester Adam Child will be testing the all-new Bimota,...

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  • Ducati 1199 Superleggera, First Ride

    21 May 2014

    Ducati 1199 Superleggera, First Ride

    Dripping in magnesium, carbon fibre and titanium, and boasting the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production bike, the 200bhp, 155kg 1199 Superleggera is the most exclusive Ducati ever...

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  • Video: Honda VFR800 first ride

    09 April 2014 by MCN

    Video: Honda VFR800 first ride

    The V4 VFR was one of Honda's most respected bikes of the 80s and 90s until it somehow went wrong with the VTEC version in 2002. So this surprise and mostly all-new VFR800F has raised both...

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  • Video: Triumph Thunderbird LT group test

    09 April 2014 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Thunderbird LT group test

    With the arrival of Triumph’s new ‘LT’ bagger version of its Thunderbird cruiser, never before have there been so many, truly credible alternatives to the all-dominant Harley-Davidson Road King. Moto...

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  • MCN at new Ducati Diavel launch today

    28 March 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN at new Ducati Diavel launch today

    MCN is at the world launch of the second-generation Ducati Diavel in the south of France today.   Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the revised sports cruiser, which features...

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  • Video: MT-09 Group Test

    12 March 2014 by MCN

    Video: MT-09 Group Test

    At £6799, Yamaha's three-cylinder MT-09 promises super naked thrills and supersport speed, but at a budget commuter price. But how close is it really to any of them? To find out, we put it through a...

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  • Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

    26 February 2014 by MCN

    Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

    With a blueprinted engine and snazzy chassis parts, the new Honda Fireblade SP has a price tag to match its European rivals. But does it beat them at their own game? We find out on sunny Spanish roads...

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  • Yamaha MT-07 launch today

    11 February 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Yamaha MT-07 launch today

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the new Yamaha MT-07 in Lanzarote today. Priced at just £5199 when it goes on sale in dealers later this month, the new Yamaha has a 74bhp...

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  • First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

    10 February 2014 by Phil West

    First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

    Triumph’s two new 2014 Thunderbird-based cruisers, the ‘Road King’ style LT bagger and the fat, reto-styled Commander, are currently being put through their paces for the first time by MCN Executive...

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  • First Ride: Ducati Monster 1200S

    10 February 2014 by Adam Child

    First Ride: Ducati Monster 1200S

    MCN is in Spain, Tenerife for the launch of the all new Ducati Monster 1200s and today MCN’s senior road tester Adam Child will be putting the new 145bhp naked bike to the test The full test of the...

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  • First ride – new Honda NC750X

    04 February 2014 by Andy Downes

    First ride – new Honda NC750X

    MCN is in Athens, Greece for the launch of the updated NC700 range and will today be riding the NC750X and the scooter version, the Integra. The full test of both bikes will be in a forthcoming issue...

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  • BMW R1200GS Adventure launch today

    24 January 2014 by Michael Neeves

    BMW R1200GS Adventure launch today

    MCN is at the launch of the new BMW R1200GS adventure in southern Spain today. Based on the liquid-cooled, face lifted R1200GS which arrived in dealers last year, the new Adventure version has a new...

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  • BMW R nineT launch today

    23 January 2014 by Michael Neeves

    BMW R nineT launch today

    MCN is at the launch of BMW’s beautiful new retro-style R nineT in southern Spain today. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will ride the new machine, which is powered by the six-speed, 110bhp, 1170cc...

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  • Kawasaki J300 First Ride

    22 January 2014 by MCN Staff

    Kawasaki J300 First Ride

    Kawasaki is the last of the big four Japanese manufacturers to enter the scooter market with their new J300, which began life as a Kymco Downtown 300. MCN went to the launch in Portugal to see if...

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  • New Honda Fireblade takes on rivals

    22 January 2014 by MCN Staff

    New Honda Fireblade takes on rivals

    With over 210,000 bikes sold since 1992, the evergreen Fireblade is one of the most successful road-going superbikes ever. Honda has upgraded it for 2014, so how has it changed and how does it stack...

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  • Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

    10 January 2014 by MCN

    Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

    Triumph's Speed Triple is MCN's long-standing king of the traditional naked litre-class bikes, free of traction control and rider modes. At the other end of the spectrum is Aprilia's Tuono V4R, which...

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