First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2015)

  • First Ride: Suzuki GSXS1000F

    01 July 2015 by Emma Franklin

    First Ride: Suzuki GSXS1000F

    We're on the golden Isle of Man today, to ride a lap of the TT course on Suzuki's new sportsbike. As first revealed at the Cologne Motorcycle Show last year, Suzuki are keen to make it clear that this...

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  • LIVE: Goodwood Festival of Speed

    22 June 2015 by Steve Hunt

    LIVE: Goodwood Festival of Speed

    This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 25-28) will see the world’s biggest stars of two wheels come together for a spectacular celebration of performance. Headlining the autograph hunter’s...

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  • BMW Scrambler makes debut

    19 June 2015 by MCN

    BMW Scrambler makes debut

    BMW reveals concept bike, but the real thing is expected soon Ignore the surfboard hanging off the side, the eccentric paint job and concept bike tag, because this is the shape of the forthcoming...

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  • Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory ridden today.

    16 June 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory ridden today.

    We're in Italy to ride the new £14,635 Aprilia V4 1100 Factory. It comes with Ohlins forks, shock and steering damper and 'superpole' graphics, all for just £1500 more than the standard RR model. We...

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  • Yamaha NMax first ride

    03 June 2015 by Peter Henshaw

    Yamaha NMax first ride

    Yamaha's new NMax is the latest to join the 'Max' family of scooters, but it's not a sporty job like the T-Max or X-Max. It does have variable valve timing (a first for a scooter) but really it's a...

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  • Long-term test: 2015 Yamaha R1

    27 May 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Long-term test: 2015 Yamaha R1

    I’ve just collected my new R1. I’ve had super nakeds for the past few years, so it’s the first race replica I’ve had for a long time. I love super nakeds, but I want to do more trackdays with my mates...

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  • Video: Kawasaki H2R 'Flat Out'

    20 May 2015 by Adam Child

    Video: Kawasaki H2R 'Flat Out'

    We’re confident the H2R is going to break 200mph; after that we’re into the unknown. We speed tested the road-going Kawasaki H2 just a few weeks ago and it kicked sand in the face of the Suzuki’s...

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  • Superbike exotica shootout

    18 May 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Superbike exotica shootout

    We're in Alcarras in Spain pitching the special version of the bike that won our recent superbike shoot-out, against two of it's newest rivals.  So here we are; the Yamaha R1M versus the Aprilia...

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  • First Test: Ducati Panigale R

    15 May 2015 by Adam Child

    First Test: Ducati Panigale R

    I’m stood in pitlane with £28,995 of Ducati Panigale R staring at me with barely contained aggression. Opportunities to ride exotica of this calibre are few and far between; make no mistake, this is a...

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  • Long-Term Report: F800R

    14 May 2015 by Steve Hunt

    Long-Term Report: F800R

    My intention this year is to ride. Having spent last year working on a customising project that saw my bike spend more time on ramps than it did on the road, this time I want something rideable,...

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  • Long term report: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    13 May 2015 by Andy Downes

    Long term report: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    Run in and ready for the year ahead The Yamaha MT-09 Tracer is already one of the best-selling bikes of the year in the UK with nearly 1500 sold and Yamaha UK searching for another boat load to fulfil...

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  • Long-term report: KTM RC390

    13 May 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Long-term report: KTM RC390

    A Chinese sage once said: “The sparrow may be small but it has all the vital organs” and, as I spend more time with the KTM’s pint-sized supersport, I’m discovering this maxim is pretty much true for...

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  • Long-term test: KTM 1050 Adventure

    13 May 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Long-term test: KTM 1050 Adventure

    Those who buy the printed version of MCN that's published today will see me extolling the virtues of the KTM 1050 Adventure, a bike that doesn’t need to be cleaned every time it gets dirty. Running...

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  • Video: Aprilia RSV4 RF

    12 May 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Aprilia RSV4 RF

    The RSV4 was always one of the best road going superbikes because it had really nice handling, it was very agile and had some of the best electronics on any superbike. What it lacked before was...

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  • Launch: Ducati Panigale R

    12 May 2015 by Adam Child

    Launch: Ducati Panigale R

    Ducati’s £28,995 Panigale R is being launched today at Imola, just 48 hours after the World Superbike circus has left the demanding and historic race track. Senior MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child is...

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  • First ride: BMW S1000XR

    08 May 2015 by Phil West

    First ride: BMW S1000XR

    MCN has finished riding on the world launch of the latest addition to BMW’s S1000 family – the S1000XR, a bike the German manufacturer dubs ‘Adventure Sports’ by blending the ‘DNA’ of its hugely...

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  • MCN gearing up for 2015 BMW S1000XR launch

    06 May 2015 by Phil West

    MCN gearing up for 2015 BMW S1000XR launch

    MCN is getting ready for the launch of BMW’s latest edition to its high performance S1000 range – the new S1000XR which we’ll be testing near Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday this week. The XR joins the...

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  • Retro Racers: YAMAHA XJR1300 vs BMW R NINE T

    30 April 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Retro Racers: YAMAHA XJR1300 vs BMW R NINE T

    The latest hipster-pleasing retros are out to prove there's more to life than posing.  A click of compression damping on the fully-adjustable forks and a shed-load of preload added to each...

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  • Video: 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Review

    16 April 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Video: 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Review

    Yamaha’s new YZF-R3 was designed to fill the daunting gap between their popular YZF-R125 and headbanging YZF-R6. If our first ride on the launch in southern Spain is an accurate guide then they have...

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  • MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Launch - Live!

    16 April 2015 by Andy Downes

    MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Launch - Live!

    Another day, another new bike launch! We're in France today riding the new MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 The Turismo Veloce is the latest bike to use the three-cylinder 798cc motor first seen in the...

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  • Aprilia RSV4 RF: the rivals

    10 April 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Aprilia RSV4 RF: the rivals

    The press launch of the Aprilia RSV4 RF takes place next week at the Misano circuit, Italy. 2015 is the year of the superbike, with bikes like the Ducati 1299 Panigale, updated BMW S1000RR and new...

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  • Benelli BN302 first ride

    10 April 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli BN302 first ride

    The Benelli BN302 is the bike the Italian company hopes will kickstart their worldwide resurgence, 10 years after they were purhcased by the Qianjiang Group. From a distance you'd be forgiven for...

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  • Video: Yamaha R1 onboard at Jerez

    08 April 2015 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha R1 onboard at Jerez

    Go onboard with MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves as he tests the new Yamaha R1 at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Find out how the new R1 compared to its rivals in our group test, here.

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  • VIDEO REVIEW: Suzuki GSX-S1000

    30 March 2015 by Michael Neeves

    VIDEO REVIEW: Suzuki GSX-S1000

    "It’s the naked GSX-R1000 K5 we all hoped it would be" The GSX-S1000 is fast, fun, agile and cheaper than its rivals. That iconic long-stroke engine has the K5’s distinctive growl and wide spread of...

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