First rides & tests (May 2015)

  • 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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