First rides & tests (April 2017)

  • 2017 sub-500cc bike of the year: KTM 390 Duke

    26 October 2017 by Michael Neeves

    2017 sub-500cc bike of the year: KTM 390 Duke

    KTM has completely transformed the 390 Duke for 2017, turning it from merely a good low-capacity naked, to the best machine in the entire A2 licence category. Giving the bike its first major updates...

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  • 2017 125cc bike of the year: KTM 125 Duke

    25 October 2017 by Michael Neeves

    2017 125cc bike of the year: KTM 125 Duke

    KTM’s 125 Duke received a much-needed overhaul for 2017. After six years of the original 2011 design, it was aging and lacked the quality of its rivals. Taking styling cues from the mighty 1290 Super...

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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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  • Yamaha X-MAX 300 first ride incoming

    11 April 2017 by Jon Urry

    Yamaha X-MAX 300 first ride incoming

    MCN is in Italy, the heart of scooter country, to test Yamaha’s new X-MAX 300 around the streets of Florence. The X-MAX 300 replaces the older X-MAX 250 in Yamaha’s maxi-scooter range and sits...

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  • Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

    11 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

    We're in Italy for the launch of the new Benelli TRK 502, a 500cc parallel twin adventure bike first shown at the Milan Show in 2015. Benelli's adventure bike offering - which bears more than a...

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  • Video: 2017 superbike shootout

    09 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Video: 2017 superbike shootout

    2017 sees the return of two huge names in the superbike class in the guise of Honda's Fireblade SP and Suzuki's GSX-R1000R. Both Honda and Suzuki were left behind when the BMW S1000RR moved the goal...

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  • Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

    05 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

    It's that time of year again, when we take the best superbikes on the planet and put them through their paces, and this year our superbike shootout is more thorough than ever before. Over seven days...

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  • First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

    04 April 2017 by Richard Newland

    First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

    Baggers might not be your bag for a whole host of reasons, but if your primary objections revolve around poor handling, unsophisticated chassis, agricultural engines, and vast swathes of chrome – this...

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  • BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

    03 April 2017 by Adam Child

    BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

    At the end of 2016 BMW updated its R1200GS to make it Euro 4 compliant. While the GS was in the workshop they made some cosmetic changes and revised and smoothed the drivetrain. For 2017 BMW have...

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  • First ride of funky new KTM Dukes incoming

    03 April 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride of funky new KTM Dukes incoming

    We’ll be riding KTM’s new 125 and 390 Duke at their world launch in Italy on Wednesday. Both the A1-licence 15bhp £4099 125 Duke and the A2-licence 43bhp £4599 390 Duke have undergone a full makeover...

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