First rides & tests

  • 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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  • 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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