First rides & tests

  • Long-term test: Triumph Tiger 800XC

    04 February 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long-term test: Triumph Tiger 800XC

    If pottering up and down green lanes isn’t enough to prove the Triumph Tiger’s off-road prowess then how about a gruelling, non-stop 24 hour rally through the Alps? Still not convinced? Well perhaps...

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  • First ride: 2015 KTM 1050 Adventure

    01 February 2015 by MCN Staff

    First ride: 2015 KTM 1050 Adventure

    KTM’s all-new 1050 Adventure, the Austrian firm’s smallest entry-level adventure bike is currently being put through its paces in Gran Canaria by MCN’s Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his...

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  • First ride: 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

    31 January 2015 by MCN Staff

    First ride: 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

    KTM’s all new big 160bhp 1290 Super Adventure is being launched today on the stunning roads of Gran Canaria. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is our lucky man enjoying the sunshine and the delights...

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  • Picture gallery: Indian Scout group test

    30 January 2015 by MCN

    Picture gallery: Indian Scout group test

    You may have seen our group test this week starring Indian’s impressive new Scout 1200 versus Harley’s equivalent 48 and Ducati’s Monster 1200. What you won’t have seen, though, is this extra gallery...

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  • AJP PR5 RR Rally first ride

    30 January 2015 by Michael Guy

    AJP PR5 RR Rally first ride

    It’s regarded as the world’s ultimate race, but the cost of taking part in the Dakar runs to well in excess of £50,000 and that’s a lot of money in anyone’s book. A Dakar hopeful needs the best bike...

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  • Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

    23 January 2015 by Simon Brown

    Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

    Owners of previous generations of Kawasaki’s ER-6f often complain of buzzing from the bodywork at specific points in the rev-range – nothing dramatic, just an irritation.  It doesn’t happen...

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  • Long-term test: Ducati Monster 1200

    22 January 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Long-term test: Ducati Monster 1200

    The end of my time with Ducati’s Monster means thinking back over the year to form some conclusions about the bike. And the moment I keep coming back to is not a sunny rideout or moment of dreamy...

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  • First ride: Quadro ‘S’

    21 January 2015 by MCN

    First ride: Quadro ‘S’

    Three-wheeled, ‘leaning’ scooters arguably make the perfect winter commuters and the latest join the fray is from Swiss/Italian firm Quadro (who, ironically, has set its stall out mostly as a...

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  • Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 3

    20 January 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 3

    Well, the trip certainly didn’t end the way I was planning on it. Instead of riding the final 284 miles home from Abington Services on the M74, I instead did the journey in the passenger seat of a...

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  • First ride: RSD BMW RnineT

    19 January 2015 by MCN

    First ride: RSD BMW RnineT

    BMW’s retro, boxer-powered roadster, the RnineT was one of the hits of 2014 and now Roland Sands Design (RSD), who worked with the German marque to come up with the original concept, have come up with...

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  • Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 2

    18 January 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 2

    Ok, I’ll put m hands up and admit defeat – I didn’t make it to Inverness on the mighty little Yamaha MT 125! The weather finally beat me, just after leaving my overnight stop in Perth, only 90 miles...

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  • Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 1

    16 January 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 1

    Yesterday, I rode 405 miles through some of the worst weather of this winter, on a 125! I don’t think I’m mad, but I admit that there were points yesterday where even I doubted my sanity!  I’ve...

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  • Long-term test: Triumph Bonneville T100

    15 January 2015 by Simon Relph

    Long-term test: Triumph Bonneville T100

    During my time with the Triumph Bonneville T100, MCN readers with Bonnies have strongly recommended uprating the rear suspension. The original shocks weren't bad, but there is always room for...

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  • First ride: Mash Roadstar 400

    14 January 2015 by MCN

    First ride: Mash Roadstar 400

    Mash is the newest motorcycle brand to hit the UK. Dreamt up and styled in France, made in China and now trickling into UK dealers its first offering is a retro single that reminds of Yamaha’s revived...

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  • Long-term test: BMW S1000R

    14 January 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Long-term test: BMW S1000R

    ‘Super nakeds’ are the perfect kind of road bike for me. They have superbike-levels of acceleration, handling and braking, but they’re comfy and will wheelie, stoppie and skid for England. Their lack...

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  • Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa: Long-Term Test Report

    08 January 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa: Long-Term Test Report

    It’s long, it’s fast and it’s designed to go very fast in a straight line, you can see why Suzuki’s Hayabusa earned itself the nickname of The Eurostar in my garage. The 1340cc inline four is a...

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  • Long-term test: KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    08 January 2015 by Tim Thompson

    Long-term test: KTM 1290 Super Duke R

    My long-term test KTM 1290R Super Duke was returned to its rightful owner (KTM) last week, leaving me to reflect on a year of ups and downs. I wrote in the paper edition of MCN that its mechanical...

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  • 2014 v 2015 BMW S1000RR

    07 January 2015 by Michael Neeves

    2014 v 2015 BMW S1000RR

    BMW claims their new, third-generation S1000RR is lighter and more powerful than ever. We’re putting that to the test by pitching the new machine against the out-going model. We’ll speed test...

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  • First ride: 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800

    06 January 2015 by MCN

    First ride: 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800

    MV Agusta’s new Stradale 800 has recently been put through its paces in Spain in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West. Here’s what he has to say: “The new Stradale is a first on many levels –...

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  • MCN Award winner: Ducati 899 Panigale

    31 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: Ducati 899 Panigale

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our favourite middleweight sportsbikes, the Ducati 899 Panigale. You used to be...

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  • MCN Award winner: BMW R1200RT

    30 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: BMW R1200RT

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our best tourer, BMW'S R1200RT. The old RT was already formidable, beating off...

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  • MCN Award winner: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    29 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our all-rounder, the second generation Kawasaki Z1000SX. This is one of my...

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  • Video: Tom Sykes' ZX-10R ridden

    29 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Tom Sykes' ZX-10R ridden

    We witnessed the end of a WSB era in 2014, and the ultimate evolution of the big-bucks factory WSB bike. They may look like normal superbikes from the outside, but the factory bikes locking horns...

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  • MCN Award winner: BMW R nineT

    26 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: BMW R nineT

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our favourite retro, BMW'S R nineT. Stretching from Oundle to Corby the A427 is a...

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  • MCN Award winner: Yamaha MT-07

    25 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Award winner: Yamaha MT-07

    It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. First up is the best middleweight naked and overall machine of the year, the new Yamaha...

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  • Video: Ducati Scrambler first ride

    23 December 2014 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Scrambler first ride

    Ducati launched the much-hyped Scrambler recently on the warm, sunny roads of California. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam 'Chad' Child went along to see if the reborn Scrambler can really live up to all...

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  • Video: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride

    22 December 2014 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride

    How do you turn a good bike into a great one? Well, on the evidence of this first ride, and if you're Yamaha, you take your already best selling MT-09 Triple and make it better still. Much...

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  • Yamaha MT-07 Long Term Test Report

    17 December 2014 by Andy Calton

    Yamaha MT-07 Long Term Test Report

    The Yamaha MT-07 is hard to fault. Hard? Yes, but not impossible. While the perky twin is undoubtedly brilliant value for money, it does lack a little in the handling department. Get a bit jiggy with...

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