First rides & tests (February 2016)

  • Victory Octane First Ride

    02 March 2016 by Phil West

    Victory Octane First Ride

    The rebirth of historic American marque Indian by new owners Polaris may have been a huge success (its Chief and Scout models have already taken a big enough chunk of the US market to make Harley sit...

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  • Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

    27 February 2016 by Adam Child

    Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

    KTM launched their all-new 178bhp sports touring 1290 Super Duke GT in Majorca, Spain this weekend, and MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child was there to put it though its paces. The new GT uses the...

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  • Yamaha FJR1300 First Ride

    26 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha FJR1300 First Ride

    Two days of blasting around Spain’s Almeria race track and chasing twirling tarmac through the gorgeous, sun-drenched surrounding mountains wasn’t the test route I’d imagined for the Yamaha FJR1300...

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  • Yamaha MT-09 First Ride

    25 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha MT-09 First Ride

    The Yamaha MT-09 was the first bike in the revamped and now hugely successful MT range. Over the last two years Yamaha has sold over 20,000 MT-09s, paving the way for a wider range of capacities under...

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  • Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

    24 February 2016 by Jon Urry

    Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

    Ducati’s impractical – and hysterically entertaining to ride – Hypermotard range has been given even more potency for 2016 with all three models (Hypermotard, Hypermotard SP and Hyperstrada) gaining a...

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  • Yamaha MT-03 First Ride

    24 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha MT-03 First Ride

    The Yamaha MT-03 marks the firm’s latest addition to the hugely popular and successful MT family. In a bid to attract newer riders and A2 licence holders Yamaha released the YZF-R3 back in 2015 and...

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  • Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

    23 February 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

    The CB500 range gets only minor upgrades for 2016, predominantly in the styling department, but changes to the air flow and exhaust have made the engine more enthusiastic and free revving, which makes...

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  • Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

    23 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

    MCN is on the world launch of Yamaha’s new MT-03 and updated MT-09 and FJR1300. Today MCN are testing the MT-03 and updated MT-09 with first ride reports to follow, tomorrow Staff writer Andy Davidson...

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  • 2016 Yamaha MT-09 first ride incoming

    23 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    2016 Yamaha MT-09 first ride incoming

    MCN is on the launch of Yamaha’s updated MT-09 today, where we will be testing the 2016 model for the first time.  The MT-09 has remained practically the same for 2016. Priced at £7,349, the...

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  • Yamaha MT-03 first ride incoming

    23 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha MT-03 first ride incoming

    The long awaited MT-03 marks the latest addition to the hugely successful MT family. It bridges the gap between the single-cylinder MT-125 and parallel-twin MT-07 by offering riders a step-up bike...

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  • New Suzuki SV650 first ride

    22 February 2016 by Tony Hoare

    New Suzuki SV650 first ride

    Suzuki have gone back to basics with their revamped SV650. Once hugely popular, the SV was sidetracked when the curvy, futuristic design of the Gladius was revealed in late 2008 for the 2009...

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  • New ZX-10R takes on its rivals

    22 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    New ZX-10R takes on its rivals

    To find out if Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R has what it takes to beat its rivals, we’ve begun a week-long comparison test, which starts at MCN’s Peterborough HQ today and finishes at the Alcarras circuit in...

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  • 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer first ride

    15 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer first ride

    Triumph has combined state of the art electronics with a host of chassis, engine and comfort upgrades to transform its big adventure bike. It might look the Tiger Explorer we know and love on the...

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  • Triumph Explorer first ride incoming

    15 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph Explorer first ride incoming

    We’re at the world launch of Triumph’s new Explorer. We get to ride the all-singing off-road (XCA) version tomorrow, but tonight Triumph are letting us know what makes the new bike tick. The new...

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  • Video: Yamaha XSR900 first impressions

    03 February 2016 by Adam Child

    Video: Yamaha XSR900 first impressions

    The new Yamaha XSR900 is set to be one of the most highly anticipated bikes of 2016. With its MT-09 derived engine and ticking plenty of boxes in the looks department, this bike is a recipe for a...

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