First rides & tests (February 2017)

  • 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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  • Kawasaki Z1000SX old vs new

    04 February 2017 by Adam Child

    Kawasaki Z1000SX old vs new

    On what appears to be the one dry day of the year, it’s a pleasure to get out on any bike, let alone one as competent as Kawasaki’s Z1000SX. The howling, westerly wind has dried the roads and pushed...

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  • Video: 2017 Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    03 February 2017 by MCN News

    Video: 2017 Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    The new Kawasaki Z900 replaces the Z800 for 2017 to complete the new family of Zed roadsters which also includes the new Z650 and Z1000. With a 948cc engine derived from the Z1000 motor, the new Z900...

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  • First ride of Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000 incoming

    03 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride of Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000 incoming

    We’ll be riding the long-awaited new GSX-R1000 at its world launch at the Philip Island MotoGP circuit in Australia on Wednesday. Suzuki’s flagship superbike was last updated in 2012m but since then...

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