First rides & tests

  • Retro Racers: YAMAHA XJR1300 vs BMW R NINE T

    30 April 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Retro Racers: YAMAHA XJR1300 vs BMW R NINE T

    The latest hipster-pleasing retros are out to prove there's more to life than posing.  A click of compression damping on the fully-adjustable forks and a shed-load of preload added to each...

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  • Video: 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Review

    16 April 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Video: 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Review

    Yamaha’s new YZF-R3 was designed to fill the daunting gap between their popular YZF-R125 and headbanging YZF-R6. If our first ride on the launch in southern Spain is an accurate guide then they have...

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  • MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Launch - Live!

    16 April 2015 by Andy Downes

    MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Launch - Live!

    Another day, another new bike launch! We're in France today riding the new MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 The Turismo Veloce is the latest bike to use the three-cylinder 798cc motor first seen in the...

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  • Aprilia RSV4 RF: the rivals

    10 April 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Aprilia RSV4 RF: the rivals

    The press launch of the Aprilia RSV4 RF takes place next week at the Misano circuit, Italy. 2015 is the year of the superbike, with bikes like the Ducati 1299 Panigale, updated BMW S1000RR and new...

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  • Benelli BN302 first ride

    10 April 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli BN302 first ride

    The Benelli BN302 is the bike the Italian company hopes will kickstart their worldwide resurgence, 10 years after they were purhcased by the Qianjiang Group. From a distance you'd be forgiven for...

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  • Video: Yamaha R1 onboard at Jerez

    08 April 2015 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha R1 onboard at Jerez

    Go onboard with MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves as he tests the new Yamaha R1 at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Find out how the new R1 compared to its rivals in our group test, here.

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  • VIDEO REVIEW: Suzuki GSX-S1000

    30 March 2015 by Michael Neeves

    VIDEO REVIEW: Suzuki GSX-S1000

    "It’s the naked GSX-R1000 K5 we all hoped it would be" The GSX-S1000 is fast, fun, agile and cheaper than its rivals. That iconic long-stroke engine has the K5’s distinctive growl and wide spread of...

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  • RIDDEN: Suzuki GSX-S1000

    25 March 2015 by Michael Neeves

    RIDDEN: Suzuki GSX-S1000

    It Really Is A Naked K5 For the best part of a decade many have dreamt about the day Suzuki would build a naked GSX-R1000. Well, now it’s here: the new GSX-S1000. Like the Japanese firm’s superbike,...

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  • Suzuki GSX-S1000: the rivals

    20 March 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Suzuki GSX-S1000: the rivals

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 in Alicante next week. The bike, a new model for Suzuki, is powered by a modified 2005 GSX-R1000 engine, housed in an...

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  • MCN superbike shootout – best on the road?

    20 March 2015 by Michael Neeves

    MCN superbike shootout – best on the road?

    We’re just putting the finishing touches to our biggest ever superbike shootout, in time for next Wednesday’s MCN. We took the latest and greatest 2015 tackle to Jerez for an intensive two-day track...

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  • Introducing our superbike shootout contenders

    19 March 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Introducing our superbike shootout contenders

    We’re just putting the finishing touches to our biggest ever superbike shootout, in time for next Wednesday’s MCN. We took the latest and greatest 2015 tackle to Jerez for an intensive two-day track...

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  • Long Term Report: Honda CB650F

    11 March 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Long Term Report: Honda CB650F

    With the early spring sun breaking through the clouds and the Honda CB650F due to be returned to Honda I knew I had to get out for one last ride. Wrapping up and heading out for just over an hour, I...

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  • FIRST RIDE: 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT

    08 March 2015 by Andy Downes

    FIRST RIDE: 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT

    Ducati has launched the 2015 Multistrada 1200 DVT range this weekend and MCN has been riding the bike all day to get some first impressions of the all-new bike. MCN’s Senior Reporter Andy Downes is on...

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  • Yamaha R1 and R1M reviews live!

    06 March 2015 by MCN

    Yamaha R1 and R1M reviews live!

    After all the hype around the official reveal of the new Yamaha R1 and R1M at the Milan Show in November 2014, the bikes have finally been ridden. MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves was the lucky...

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  • Long-term test: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    06 March 2015 by Adam Child

    Long-term test: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    The miles are stacking up on my Kawasaki Z1000SX, however I’m not the only one clocking up the miles. Everyone seems to be asking to borrow the green keys, especially now winter has settled in. It’s...

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  • Video: Kawasaki H2 and H2R first ride

    05 March 2015 by Adam Child

    Video: Kawasaki H2 and H2R first ride

    It looks awesome, and sounds incredible. The level of finish and quality on the Kawasaki H2 and H2R is some of the highest I’ve ever seen on a production road bike. If you want to chase lap times get...

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  • World First Test: Kawasaki Ninja H2

    05 March 2015 by Adam Child

    World First Test: Kawasaki Ninja H2

    “The power and torque are immense – it’ll eat every other road bike for breakfast” It’s not just one of the most talked about bikes of 2015, it’s one of the most important bikes of our generation.

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  • Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

    05 March 2015 by Simon Brown

    Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

    Sad faces in the garage because my ER-6f has gone back to Kawasaki at the end of the long-term test period. So what have I learned during 4500-or-so miles on the 650cc parallel twin? Quite a lot...

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  • Gallery: New Kawasaki Ninja H2R launch

    05 March 2015 by MCN

    Gallery: New Kawasaki Ninja H2R launch

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child has already ridden the road-going Kawasaki H2, and shortly after that, Kawasaki let him loose on the 326bhp, £41,000 H2R. We're still waiting for Chad to send us...

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  • Gallery: Kawasaki Ninja H2 launch

    04 March 2015 by Adam Child

    Gallery: Kawasaki Ninja H2 launch

    MCN's Adam Child is riding the stunning the all-new Kawasaki Ninja H2 and H2R at Losail Circuit today - here are a few shots from his first session on the road-going H2. "It's epic," says Adam. "The...

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  • First Ride: Kawasaki Ninja H2 & H2R

    04 March 2015 by Adam Child

    First Ride: Kawasaki Ninja H2 & H2R

    The riding launch of Kawasaki's game-changing supercharged Ninja H2 and H2R is taking place at the Losail Circuit in Qatar now, and MCN's Senior Road Tester Adam Child is there to ride both...

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  • Long-term test: Triumph Bonneville T100

    25 February 2015 by Simon Relph

    Long-term test: Triumph Bonneville T100

    I am surprised by how attached I became to the Bonneville in the nine and a half months I spent riding it. It’s not particularly fast, it’s definitely not light and it’s not the best handling bike in...

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  • Video: 2015 Yamaha R1 first ride

    24 February 2015 by MCN

    Video: 2015 Yamaha R1 first ride

    Yamaha hopes the new R1 and R1M will be the bikes to see off the high-tech competition from Europe that has ruled the superbike game over the last few years. MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves rode...

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  • First Ride: 2015 Yamaha R1 & R1M

    23 February 2015 by Michael Neeves

    First Ride: 2015 Yamaha R1 & R1M

    Yamaha has created a superbike to beat the best of its European rivals. The new BMW S1000RR and Ducati 1299 Panigale are going to have their work cut out to keep up with the new £14,999 R1. Watch the...

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  • Norton DominatorSS First Ride

    20 February 2015 by Andy Downes

    Norton DominatorSS First Ride

    Say hello to the new Norton Dominator SS, the latest creation from the revived historic British company and the culmination of six years of hard work. If it looks familiar it’s because the Dominator...

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  • Long-term Test: Suzuki Hayabusa

    20 February 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Long-term Test: Suzuki Hayabusa

    Bye bye Busa, it’s been a blast. 2014 was a year of big numbers for the Hayabusa and me. In our eight months together we covered 4450 miles at an average 38mpg, burning through two sets of tyres, and...

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  • Long Term Test: Yamaha MT-07

    18 February 2015 by Andy Calton

    Long Term Test: Yamaha MT-07

    Yamaha's MT-07 has survived the worst of the winter largely unscathed. For a budget bike the finish has held up well. There are a few signs of wear and tear but probably nothing that could not have...

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  • Long-term test: Suzuki V-Strom 1000

    06 February 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Long-term test: Suzuki V-Strom 1000

    It's been a busy yet enjoyable time with the V-Strom 1000 since I was handed the keys in March 2014. We've herded over 200 cyclists from London to Huddersfield, shown up sportsbikes round Silverstone...

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  • First ride: 2015 BMW F800R

    05 February 2015 by MCN

    First ride: 2015 BMW F800R

    BMW's revamped for 2015 F 800 R parallel twin is currently being put through its paces in sunny Almeria by MCN's Andy Davidson. This is what he has to say about the updated roadster. "BMW has decided...

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