First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2017)

  • First Ride: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

    23 March 2017 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

    MCN Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, has packed his race leathers and is heading to Almeria, Spain to ride Yamaha’s new supersport YZF-R6. While the majority of other manufacturers have put their 600...

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  • Suzuki V-Strom 650XT: Easy rider

    22 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Suzuki V-Strom 650XT: Easy rider

    If your adventure bike doesn't have more electronics than the space shuttle and gadgetry coming out of its ears it often gets forgotten, but Suzuki's updated baby adventure bike, the V-Strom 650XT,...

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  • Air-cooling returns to the Monster family

    22 March 2017 by Jon Urry

    Air-cooling returns to the Monster family

    After a small break, 2017 sees air-cooling return to the Ducati Monster family in the shape of the new Monster 797. And for those who are fans of traditionalism, that’s a welcome relief as in 1993 the...

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  • New Dunlop Sportsmart2 Max tested

    22 March 2017 by Matt Wildee

    New Dunlop Sportsmart2 Max tested

    Dunlop’s new Sportmart2 Max looks like a great choice for rapid road riding and occasional trackday use. We tested the new tyre in the mountain roads overlooking Montpellier in the South of France,...

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  • Incoming: Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT first ride

    21 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Incoming: Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT first ride

    We're currently on our way to Spain to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT on Thursday March 23. The XT is the slightly more off-road focused version, fitted with gold wire-spoked wheels instead of the...

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  • Suzuki V-Strom 650XT first ride incoming

    20 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Suzuki V-Strom 650XT first ride incoming

    We're heading to Spain this week to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, which features new styling more like its big brother, the V-Strom 1000, and updates to the 645cc V-twin engine. The new engine is...

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  • BMW R nineT Pure: 'A charming motorcycle'

    16 March 2017 by Matt Wildee

    BMW R nineT Pure: 'A charming motorcycle'

    BMW’s budget R nineT Pure delivers largely the same as its more-expensive big brother. Pared-to-the-bone when it comes to equipment, but boasting great dynamics and a characterful engine, BMW’s R...

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  • Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 v Yamaha MT-09

    15 March 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 v Yamaha MT-09

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves took Kawasaki's new Z900 for a road test against Yamaha's MT-09.  To find out how the already-established affordable naked Yamaha did against Kawasaki's new...

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  • We ride the new BMW S1000R Sport

    14 March 2017 by Matt Wildee

    We ride the new BMW S1000R Sport

    Fast, frenetic, friendly and flexible, BMW’s new S1000R Sport is much like the old one – and that’s no bad thing. Now in its fourth year of production, BMW’s top-spec super naked has been treated to a...

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  • 2017 BMW S1000R Sport launched

    12 March 2017 by Matt Wildee

    2017 BMW S1000R Sport launched

    MCN Senior Editor Matt Wildee is in Spain, testing BMW's new S1000R Sport. The German supernaked has received a host of changes for 2017, including a new, lighter chassis, revised...

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  • UK exclusive! BMW R NineT Racer first ride

    08 March 2017 by Matt Wildee

    UK exclusive! BMW R NineT Racer first ride

    We get the first taste of BMW’s new beautiful café racer. BMW’S £10,755 R nineT Racer has arrived in the UK and judging by our sneaky first ride, this is a motorcycle that goes as well as it looks.

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  • KTM 1290 Super Adventure R incoming from Peru

    04 March 2017 by Adam Child

    KTM 1290 Super Adventure R incoming from Peru

    MCN’s Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child has touched-down in Peru to ride KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R – that’s right we’ve sent the smallest guy in the office to ride the big R version. For...

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  • Gallery: Yamaha MT-10 SP first ride

    03 March 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Yamaha MT-10 SP first ride

    Yamaha's standard MT-10 was already one of our favourite bikes, but with the SP version Yamaha have moved the game on to further the heat on the competition. The SP version comes with semi-active...

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  • Gallery: Honda X-ADV first ride

    02 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Gallery: Honda X-ADV first ride

    Honda's new 745cc scooter aims to blend the ease of use you get with an automatic scooter with the practicality and versatility of an adventure bike. A scooter and an adventure bike might seem like an...

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  • VIDEO: Yamaha's hot naked MT-10 SP ridden

    26 February 2017 by Adam Child

    VIDEO: Yamaha's hot naked MT-10 SP ridden

    In the shimmering sunlight of Cape Town it’s that paintjob that strikes you first, clearly redolent of the firm’s range-topping superbike; blue wheels, silver and blue paint and flashes of gold from...

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  • Yamaha's new TMAX ridden

    25 February 2017 by Adam Child

    Yamaha's new TMAX ridden

    We’ve just returned from a full day’s riding aboard Yamaha’s new TMAX, in particular their DX model – which will cost a fairly pricy £10,699. We’re in Cape Town and have had the opportunity to try...

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  • First ride: KTM 1090 Adventure

    24 February 2017 by Adam Child

    First ride: KTM 1090 Adventure

    The now deceased 1050 was KTM’s entry point for new riders into their Adventure range. The Austrian factory deliberately restricted its LC8 engine to 95bhp while the whole package was designed to be...

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  • Honda X-ADV first ride

    23 February 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Honda X-ADV first ride

    Honda's new X-ADV scooter is in a class of one. No other scooter currently available claims to be just at home on the chaotic streets of Rome as on gravel tracks leading to hidden beaches. It's an...

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  • Yamaha TMAX world launch incoming!

    23 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Yamaha TMAX world launch incoming!

    We’ll be riding Yamaha’s new £9399 TMax this weekend at its world launch in Cape Town. It’s the maxi-scooter’s first major overhaul since it was released in 2001 (and growing from 499cc to 530cc along...

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  • Yamaha MT-10SP first ride this weekend

    23 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Yamaha MT-10SP first ride this weekend

    We’ll be riding Yamaha’s new £13,399 MT-10SP at its world launch in Cape Town on Saturday. The standard MT-10 (which gets a quickshifter and revised mapping for 2017) burst on to the scene last year...

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  • Honda X-ADV first ride incoming

    22 February 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Honda X-ADV first ride incoming

    We're currently on our way to Sardinia, where we'll be riding Honda's unique adventure scooter, the X-ADV. The scoot is to be built as an off-road capable machine that Honda say “combines the spirit...

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  • Indian Ride Command system tested

    21 February 2017 by Phil West

    Indian Ride Command system tested

    Indian’s Ride Command infotainment system is now standard equipment on the range-topping Chieftain and Roadmaster models, and is pretty big news. Ride Command is a touchscreen info and entertainment...

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  • Indian Roadmaster Classic first ride

    21 February 2017 by Richard Newland

    Indian Roadmaster Classic first ride

    Tassels – thousands of them. They hang like a curtain from the new Roadmaster Classic’s flanks, dragging on the road as we scythe through California’s endless ribbons of mountain tarmac. And this is...

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  • Video: Ducati SuperSport first ride

    20 February 2017 by Michael Neeves and Liam Marsden

    Video: Ducati SuperSport first ride

    Update, February 14, 5:30pm After a three hour 80km road ride in wet conditions on the standard SuperSport model Neevesy reckons the bike leans much more to the sporty side of the spectrum: "I was...

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  • Testing times for 2017 KTM adventure weapons

    17 February 2017 by Adam Child

    Testing times for 2017 KTM adventure weapons

    MCN’s Senior Road Tester Adam Child has packed his bags and is heading to Corsica to ride KTM’s powerful 1290 Super Adventure S and the new 1090 Adventure. The powerful Super Adventure first appeared...

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  • Gallery: 2017 Ducati SuperSport first ride

    16 February 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: 2017 Ducati SuperSport first ride

    Ducati's new SuperSport impressed Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves, although he was surprised by just how sporty it is. Neevesy rode the base SuperSport model on the roads surrounding the Monteblanco...

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  • Ducati SuperSport: Your questions answered

    16 February 2017 by Michael Neeves and Liam Marsden

    Ducati SuperSport: Your questions answered

    What’s the wind protection like from such a small screen? It is relatively small, but it’s adjustable and on the fast A-roads and motorways we tested the bike it was fine. There was no buffeting and...

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  • Ducati SuperSport first ride incoming

    10 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati SuperSport first ride incoming

    We’ll be riding the new Supersport at its world launch next Tuesday in Spain, on the road and at the Monteblanco circuit. The new 937cc V-twin machine should be the answer to many sportsbike riders’...

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  • 2017 Triumph Street Triple first ride incoming!

    10 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    2017 Triumph Street Triple first ride incoming!

    We’ll be riding the new 765cc Street Triple at its world launch on Monday on the road and at the magnificent Catalunya MotoGP circuit. It’s hard to believe the out-going 675cc Street Triple is a...

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  • Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    08 February 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    When you call a bike Z900, and in so doing create the first Kawasaki to carry the name since the original Z1-successor from 1976, it had better be good. What you certainly don’t want it to be is...

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