First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2017)

  • First ride: BMW HP4 Race is the real WSB deal

    22 June 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: BMW HP4 Race is the real WSB deal

    BMW’s new £68,000, 215bhp track-only HP4 Race is achingly close in feel and speed to a factory superbike. Here’s why: It’s lighter than a WSB bike.  Tipping the scales at 171.5kg, with its...

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  • MCN tests Norton’s TT missile

    20 June 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN tests Norton’s TT missile

    Norton had a stunning TT 2017, silencing many critics who thought their Isle of Man challenge would never amount to anything.  And although the firm has suffered more than its fair share of lows...

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  • Launch: BMW HP4 Race in Portugal

    20 June 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Launch: BMW HP4 Race in Portugal

    We're riding BMW’s new £68,000 HP4 Race at the Estoril circuit in Portugal tomorrow. The carbon-framed, track-only superbike makes 215bhp and weighs just 171.5k  full of fuel (and a staggering...

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  • Aprilia Shiver 900: "An SV650 with balls"

    14 June 2017 by Jon Urry

    Aprilia Shiver 900: "An SV650 with balls"

    Despite not appearing that much of a change compared to the outgoing Shiver 750, the new Shiver 900 proved a pleasant surprise delivering the kind of refined and smooth ride that is certainly not what...

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  • Gallery: Cafe racer group test

    14 June 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Cafe racer group test

    With more bikes being unveiled each year, it looks like the café racer and retro craze is here to stay, and with bikes as attractive as these it is easy to see why. At a time when sportsbikes are...

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  • Aprilia Shiver 900 first ride incoming

    13 June 2017 by Jon Urry

    Aprilia Shiver 900 first ride incoming

    There has been a fair bit of debate on the subject, but Aprilia UK have now confirmed that they will be bringing the new Shiver 900 into the UK and it will cost a slightly odd sounding £8002 OTR due...

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  • SWM Superdual first ride

    07 June 2017 by Michael Neeves

    SWM Superdual first ride

    SWM’s new Superdual might not be big on bhp, cylinders or electronics, but it’s a proper little do-anything, go-anywhere machine.   Big adventure bikes are now caught up in the same power and...

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  • BMW R nineT Urban G/S first ride

    31 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    BMW R nineT Urban G/S first ride

    With the current trend for retro off-road models, it was only going to be a matter of time until BMW revived the iconic G/S name. But does the new 2017 BMW R nineT Urban G/S do the iconic 1980s R80...

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  • First ride incoming: BMW R nineT Urban G/S

    30 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    First ride incoming: BMW R nineT Urban G/S

    If you are into your G/S models, or GS models depending on the vintage of your bike, then you will probably have been as excited as us when BMW pulled the covers off their latest R nineT model – the...

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  • 2017 Kawasaki Versys X 300 first ride

    25 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    2017 Kawasaki Versys X 300 first ride

    Before I rode the Versys-X 300 there were a few potential issues that I was concerned about – namely the tall 845mm seat height and the screen’s lack of adjustability. I know these may seem small...

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  • Gallery: Rocking retros

    24 May 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Rocking retros

    If you want to have a chilled ride, one or two up, a modern classic should do the trick.  MCN contributor Jon Urry put the theory to the test with Honda's CB1100 EX, BMW's R nineT Pure and...

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  • Kawasaki Versys-X 300 first ride incoming

    23 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    Kawasaki Versys-X 300 first ride incoming

    Not every adventure has to be to the furthest flung corners of the world and this year we are starting to see the rise of the mini adventure bike – small capacity machines that offer all of the...

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  • First ride: Egli Fritz W.1300

    17 May 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    First ride: Egli Fritz W.1300

    Swiss chassis builder Egli have been crafting frames for over 100 years, but the Fritz W.1300– named after founding father Fritz Egli – is their first new bike for nearly 30 years. It features a...

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  • Gallery: Extreme bikes on extreme roads

    17 May 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Extreme bikes on extreme roads

    Aprilia’s new Tuono 1100 V4 Factory, the BMW S1000R Sport, KTM 1290 Super Duke R and the Yamaha MT-10SP are the hardest, most extreme super-nakeds money can buy. The new machines rival sportsbikes...

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  • Gallery: Might-TE machines

    17 May 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Might-TE machines

    Entering a BMW showroom can be a confusing affair. These are bikes sold with myriad options and each has its own bamboozling acronym. But there is a way to simplify the whole process - just tick the...

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  • Gallery: Electric boogaloo

    17 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    Gallery: Electric boogaloo

    The future is electric. It's a statement often trotted out as we search for evergreener solutions to our increasingly finite resources of black gold and rapidly multiplying transport woes - especially...

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  • First ride: Harley-Davidson Freewheeler

    10 May 2017 by Phil West

    First ride: Harley-Davidson Freewheeler

    Harley-Davidson are no newcomers to trikes. In fact, with their utility Servicar in production between 1932 and 1975, followed by the luxurious Tri Glide Ultra Classic from 2009 (basically an Electra...

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  • First ride: 2017 KTM RC390 – Getting RC

    10 May 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: 2017 KTM RC390 – Getting RC

    KTM have moved their racy RC390 into the Euro4 era with ride-by-wire, a new side-mounted exhaust, a bellypan and, er… that’s about it. The £5099 race replica doesn’t feature the swathe of updates...

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  • New tyre review: Avon Spirit ST

    08 May 2017 by Michael Neeves

    New tyre review: Avon Spirit ST

    Avon’s new range-topping sports touring tyre comes with improved all-weather performance, durability...and a new name.  The Spirit ST is an evolution of the current Storm 3D X-M, which will stay...

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  • Video: Yamaha TMAX DX first ride

    08 May 2017 by Adam Child

    Video: Yamaha TMAX DX first ride

    Yamaha’s new MT-10SP and eagerly anticipated R6 may be grabbing all the headlines, but this is Yamaha’s most important bike of 2017. Since the launch of the TMAX in 2001, Yamaha have sold over a...

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  • Benelli TRK 502 first ride

    23 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli TRK 502 first ride

    Freedom, adventure, passion without any limitations. That’s what TRK stands for, according to Benelli, but in reality the TRK is far from limitless. The main limitation is the lack of power from the...

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  • First rides: Honda CB650F & CBR650F

    13 April 2017 by Jon Urry

    First rides: Honda CB650F & CBR650F

    Honda’s five new 2017 bike bonanza has been a few days full of surprises for MCN from the oddly charming Rebel impressing to the thoroughly refined CB1100 EX displaying retro charm at its best and the...

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  • Video: We ride Honda's CB1100 RS and EX

    13 April 2017 by Jon Urry

    Video: We ride Honda's CB1100 RS and EX

    At the moment we are spoilt for choice in the UK when it comes to retro bikes. From the large capacity machines such as the Triumph Thruxtons and Bonnevilles to the smaller capacity Ducati Scrambler...

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