First rides & tests

  • First Ride: Bimota BB3

    14 June 2014 by Adam Child

    First Ride: Bimota BB3

    MCN is at the world launch of Bimota’s new BB3, powered by a revised BMW S1000RR engine, at the Tazio Nuvalari circuit in Italy today. Senior Road Tester Adam Child will be testing the all-new Bimota,...

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  • Ducati 1199 Superleggera, First Ride

    21 May 2014

    Ducati 1199 Superleggera, First Ride

    Dripping in magnesium, carbon fibre and titanium, and boasting the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production bike, the 200bhp, 155kg 1199 Superleggera is the most exclusive Ducati ever...

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  • Video: Honda VFR800 first ride

    09 April 2014 by MCN

    Video: Honda VFR800 first ride

    The V4 VFR was one of Honda's most respected bikes of the 80s and 90s until it somehow went wrong with the VTEC version in 2002. So this surprise and mostly all-new VFR800F has raised both...

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  • Video: Triumph Thunderbird LT group test

    09 April 2014 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Thunderbird LT group test

    With the arrival of Triumph’s new ‘LT’ bagger version of its Thunderbird cruiser, never before have there been so many, truly credible alternatives to the all-dominant Harley-Davidson Road King. Moto...

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  • MCN at new Ducati Diavel launch today

    28 March 2014 by Michael Neeves

    MCN at new Ducati Diavel launch today

    MCN is at the world launch of the second-generation Ducati Diavel in the south of France today.   Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the revised sports cruiser, which features...

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  • Video: MT-09 Group Test

    12 March 2014 by MCN

    Video: MT-09 Group Test

    At £6799, Yamaha's three-cylinder MT-09 promises super naked thrills and supersport speed, but at a budget commuter price. But how close is it really to any of them? To find out, we put it through a...

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  • Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

    26 February 2014 by MCN

    Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

    With a blueprinted engine and snazzy chassis parts, the new Honda Fireblade SP has a price tag to match its European rivals. But does it beat them at their own game? We find out on sunny Spanish roads...

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  • Yamaha MT-07 launch today

    11 February 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Yamaha MT-07 launch today

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the new Yamaha MT-07 in Lanzarote today. Priced at just £5199 when it goes on sale in dealers later this month, the new Yamaha has a 74bhp...

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  • First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

    10 February 2014 by Phil West

    First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

    Triumph’s two new 2014 Thunderbird-based cruisers, the ‘Road King’ style LT bagger and the fat, reto-styled Commander, are currently being put through their paces for the first time by MCN Executive...

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  • First Ride: Ducati Monster 1200S

    10 February 2014 by Adam Child

    First Ride: Ducati Monster 1200S

    MCN is in Spain, Tenerife for the launch of the all new Ducati Monster 1200s and today MCN’s senior road tester Adam Child will be putting the new 145bhp naked bike to the test The full test of the...

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  • First ride – new Honda NC750X

    04 February 2014 by Andy Downes

    First ride – new Honda NC750X

    MCN is in Athens, Greece for the launch of the updated NC700 range and will today be riding the NC750X and the scooter version, the Integra. The full test of both bikes will be in a forthcoming issue...

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  • BMW R1200GS Adventure launch today

    24 January 2014 by Michael Neeves

    BMW R1200GS Adventure launch today

    MCN is at the launch of the new BMW R1200GS adventure in southern Spain today. Based on the liquid-cooled, face lifted R1200GS which arrived in dealers last year, the new Adventure version has a new...

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  • BMW R nineT launch today

    23 January 2014 by Michael Neeves

    BMW R nineT launch today

    MCN is at the launch of BMW’s beautiful new retro-style R nineT in southern Spain today. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will ride the new machine, which is powered by the six-speed, 110bhp, 1170cc...

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  • Kawasaki J300 First Ride

    22 January 2014 by MCN Staff

    Kawasaki J300 First Ride

    Kawasaki is the last of the big four Japanese manufacturers to enter the scooter market with their new J300, which began life as a Kymco Downtown 300. MCN went to the launch in Portugal to see if...

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  • New Honda Fireblade takes on rivals

    22 January 2014 by MCN Staff

    New Honda Fireblade takes on rivals

    With over 210,000 bikes sold since 1992, the evergreen Fireblade is one of the most successful road-going superbikes ever. Honda has upgraded it for 2014, so how has it changed and how does it stack...

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  • Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

    10 January 2014 by MCN

    Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

    Triumph's Speed Triple is MCN's long-standing king of the traditional naked litre-class bikes, free of traction control and rider modes. At the other end of the spectrum is Aprilia's Tuono V4R, which...

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  • KTM Freeride E first ride

    28 December 2013 by Andy Downes

    KTM Freeride E first ride

    It’s safe to say that, so far, sales of electric motorcycles in any class have been almost inconsequentially small. But, on the basis of a short test on a pre-production KTM Freeride E motocross bike,...

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  • Agility Motors Saietta R first ride

    22 December 2013 by MCN

    Agility Motors Saietta R first ride

    With the ‘throttle’ wide open through a corner as the rear tyre scrabbles for grip, there is no exhaust roar. The unlikely combination of near-silent running and high performance is almost enough to...

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  • First Ride: Honda Fireblade SP

    16 December 2013 by Michael Neeves

    First Ride: Honda Fireblade SP

    I'm currently at the launch of the new Honda Fireblade SP at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The standard Fireblade has been updated for 2014 with engine and riding position tweaks, but Honda are...

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  • Video: Winter Wonders for £1500

    11 December 2013 by MCN

    Video: Winter Wonders for £1500

    Do you try and keep your bike clean over winter, or do you pack it away and wait til Spring? We look at the third option - a cheap bike just for winter. We pit Yamaha's Fazer 600, Honda's VFR800 and...

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  • Video: NEW 2014 V-Strom 1000 Suzuki's Back!

    11 December 2013 by MCN

    Video: NEW 2014 V-Strom 1000 Suzuki's Back!

    After teasing with images and pre-production models of their new 1000 adventure bike for over a year, we finally got the chance to ride Suzuki's new V-Strom. With a sub £10k price and ABS and traction...

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  • Suzuki V-Strom 1000 launch

    04 December 2013 by Adam Child

    Suzuki V-Strom 1000 launch

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently at the launch of Suzuki’s all-new V-Strom 1000 Adventure in Almeria, Spain. The new adventure bike is expected to arrive in dealers for early February...

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  • BMW S1000R launch today

    29 November 2013 by Michael Neeeves

    BMW S1000R launch today

    MCN is at the world launch of BMW's new £9990 S1000R super naked in Mallorca today. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will ride the new machine, which is a naked version of the German firm's...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z1000 first ride

    28 November 2013 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki Z1000 first ride

    The Z1000 has been the most serious Japanese 'super naked' since 2003, and Kawasaki have determinedly reinvented it ever since. For 2014, it's re-styled and eschews electronics in favour of...

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  • Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

    12 November 2013 by MCN News

    Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

    MCN is on the hunt for owners of Triumph's Classic range. Specifically we're looking for current owners of the Bonneville, Scrambler, and Speedmaster. We'll be using the information to help with...

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  • MV Agusta Rivale 800 first ride

    24 October 2013 by MCN

    MV Agusta Rivale 800 first ride

    MV Agusta's new £10,499, supermoto-style rival to Ducati's Hypermotard, the Rivale 800, is currently being put through its paces for the first time by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves in the...

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  • Video: Yamaha MT-09 takes on rivals

    16 October 2013 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha MT-09 takes on rivals

    Yamaha's new three-cylinder 847cc MT-09 is one of the most exciting new bikes to come out of Japan in years, aiming to be the best in one of the most interesting emerging classes; the middleweight...

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  • Video: Ducati 899 Panigale first ride

    16 October 2013 by MCN

    Video: Ducati 899 Panigale first ride

    Two years after the launch of the 1199 Panigale, Ducati has done the inevitable, replacing the ageing 848 with an 899 Panigale. Producing a middleweight mirroring its flagship model is a trick...

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  • Staff Blog: Time for a new shoe

    11 October 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Staff Blog: Time for a new shoe

    I've covered a lot of miles on the Judge this year - approaching 8000 - and I've only just replaced the rear tyre. In truth it could have done with a change 2000 miles ago as it was starting...

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  • Video: Yamaha XV950 group test

    09 October 2013 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha XV950 group test

    Yamaha's new XV950 joins Triumph's Speedmaster in gunning for the Harley-Davidson 883 Iron. Is the Hog's time up? We pit the three machines against each other to find out.

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  • Staff Blog: Leave it, Lock it, Love it!

    09 October 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Leave it, Lock it, Love it!

      Travelling into London for a mini-adventure at the weekend I needed to make sure I’d got a way to secure my bike and also relieve myself of having to carry too much cumbersome luggage around...

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