First rides & tests (December 2016)

  • The bikes that leave us shaking with adrenalin

    02 January 2017 by Michael Neeves

    The bikes that leave us shaking with adrenalin

    These are three of the most exciting bikes on planet Earth. The growling RSV4 RF, screaming GSX-R600 and bonkers Hypermotard 939 SP all leave you shaking with adrenalin and breathless with lust after...

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  • 25 years of Akrapovic exhausts

    31 December 2016 by MCN News

    25 years of Akrapovic exhausts

    If you're in the market for an exhaust, chances are the name at the top of your wish list is Akrapovic. The company started out in a tiny workshop in Slovenia in 1991, the brainchild of racer Igor...

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  • Battle of the Boxer twins

    31 December 2016 by Jon Urry

    Battle of the Boxer twins

    BMW’s flat-twin boxer engine has to be one of the most versatile motorcycle powerplants in production. The German firm has used it to power everything from tourers to sportsbikes, nakeds to retros,...

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  • Video: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 launch

    23 December 2016 by MCN News

    Video: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 launch

    Perfect conditions on the volcanic island of Fuerteventura set the scene nicely for us to navigate the countless mountain hairpins, dual carriageways and through picturesque villages all aboard...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z1000SX launch

    20 December 2016 by MCN News

    Video: Kawasaki Z1000SX launch

    We were in the South of France recently enjoying some very English weather aboard Kawasaki’s Z1000SX that has been updated for 2017. Kawasaki got the mixture right with the original Z1000SX back in...

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  • Ducati Multistrada 950 first ride

    09 December 2016 by Adam Child

    Ducati Multistrada 950 first ride

    We’ve just finished a long day’s riding in perfect conditions in Fuerteventura, covering 120miles around the volcanic island. Ducati’s new 950 Multistrada has taken on countless mountain hairpins,...

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  • First Ride: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

    08 December 2016 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

    Hot on the heels of the Kawasaki Z650 launch, MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is now travelling from Seville to Fuerteventura to ride Ducati’s all-new Multistrada 950. The Multistrada 950 is aimed...

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  • 2017 Kawasaki Z650 first ride

    07 December 2016 by MCN News

    2017 Kawasaki Z650 first ride

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently out in sunny (well, sunnier than the UK right now) Spain, to ride the new 2017 Kawasaki Z650 naked middleweight, which replaces the firm's...

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  • 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: First ride

    05 December 2016 by Michael Neeves

    2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: First ride

    We’ve managed to grab a sneaky go on KTM’s new £13,999 1290 Super Duke R here at its world launch in Qatar…before this evening’s technical presentation and tomorrow’s track action at the Losail...

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  • 2017 MT-09 launch update: First ride

    04 December 2016 by Emma Franklin

    2017 MT-09 launch update: First ride

    As well as its aggressive new styling, Yamaha have upgraded the suspension on the 2017 MT-09 front and rear, and the big news is that it's a massive improvement. We spent yesterday riding the 2017...

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