First rides & tests

  • Ducati 899 Panigale first impressions

    08 October 2013 by MCN

    Ducati 899 Panigale first impressions

    Ducati's new 'baby Panigale', the 899, is currently being put through its paces for the first time at a very wet Imola in Italy by MCN Senior Road Tester, Adam Child. Here are his first...

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  • Staff Blog: New Dog, Newer Tricks

    04 October 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: New Dog, Newer Tricks

    I’ve been riding a ‘big bike’ for twelve months now and the last eight of them have been spent working for the world’s largest motorcycling publication. I am very aware of how enviable a position this...

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  • Staff Blog: Well, that’ll be autumn then!

    03 October 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Well, that’ll be autumn then!

      Riding in this morning I’ve had to give in and fully kit up in cordura. Looking out of the bedroom window at 7.30 it was really quite murky and living in the middle of a housing estate if it’s...

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  • Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F

    02 October 2013 by Dale Taylor

    Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F

    I passed my motorbike test on August 23 this year, it took 10 weeks exactly from start to finish. I was so excited about being able to get out and about on the road and I had been researching...

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  • Video: Café Racers Get Serious

    01 October 2013 by MCN

    Video: Café Racers Get Serious

    Café racers are a growing market segment in the UK, and have just been boosted again with the arrival of the new Royal Enfield Continental GT. But how will this new Indian import fare against the...

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  • Staff Blog: To Jet Wash or Not to Jet Wash?

    25 September 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: To Jet Wash or Not to Jet Wash?

      I lent my bike to a colleague last week for the MCN Awards ride out and after an awfully wet ride down to the venue in Dorking, followed by a couple of hours riding through the Surrey Hills,...

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  • Video: New Kawasaki Z1000SX first ride

    25 September 2013 by MCN

    Video: New Kawasaki Z1000SX first ride

    Kawasaki's underrated Z1000SX sports-tourer may have arrived quietly in 2010, but thanks to its blend of Z1000 fun, ZX-10R performance, upright comfort and impressive value, it's proven a big hit. One...

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  • Video: KTM 390 - Headbanger?

    24 September 2013 by MCN

    Video: KTM 390 - Headbanger?

    We go to Box Hill to find out if the funky KTM single can lay claim to being the new hooligan on the block. Is the KTM the modern-day equivalent of those 250/350cc two-strokes and 400 two-strokes, we...

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  • Royal Enfield Continental GT first ride

    11 September 2013 by MCN

    Royal Enfield Continental GT first ride

    The Royal Enfield Continental GT is currently getting its world first ride in and around London in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West. Here are his first impressions: “At first glance the new...

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  • Staff Blog: Night Riding Fun

    09 September 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Night Riding Fun

    Is it just me or do your skills sharpen as you ride in the dark and your speed increase? Riding the 50 miles from Silverstone to home the other night I really enjoyed the dark journey. The lights on...

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  • V-twin sports bike owners needed!

    04 September 2013 by MCN

    V-twin sports bike owners needed!

    V-twin sports bike owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of some v-twin sports bikes upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Aprilia Falcos Suzuki TL1000Rs Honda...

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  • Fancy coming on an MCN road test?

    02 September 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Fancy coming on an MCN road test?

    We’re putting a road test feature together next week and we’re after owners of the following bikes to come along and get involved: Yamaha TDR250 Yamaha RD350 LC Kawasaki ZXR400 The plan will be to...

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  • Yamaha MT-09 first ride!

    29 August 2013 by MCN

    Yamaha MT-09 first ride!

    Yamaha's eagerly awaited new three-cylinder roadster is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions: "We're here at the world launch...

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  • Special K: BMW K1300S Anniversary

    28 August 2013 by Phil West

    Special K: BMW K1300S Anniversary

    When it comes to ‘special editions’, BMW pretty much leads the way. Although Ducati and Triumph, in particular, have their own successful lines of ‘specials’ (bikes like the Tricolore or Steve McQueen...

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  • Triumph Daytona 675R initial thoughts

    24 August 2013 by jeffpatrick

    Triumph Daytona 675R initial thoughts

    I've had the Triumph Daytona 675R for about a month now, and I have to say it is absolutely brilliant. Having come from a 2010 675, I wasn't sure what to expect, and to be honest, I found the standard...

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  • Staff Blog: Too Many Fazers, Too Little Time

    24 August 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Too Many Fazers, Too Little Time

    I’ve not just been riding the Yamaha Fazer8 this week, for a forthcoming long term feature I’ve been out on my mate’s Yamaha FZS600 Fazer and the big brother of the range the FZ1 Fazer. I was really...

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  • Suzuki GSR750 comfort seat

    23 August 2013 by gtufnell

    Suzuki GSR750 comfort seat

    I've had my GSR750 supplied by the superb team at Crescent in Verwood for a year now and have found it uncomfortable after about 40 miles riding. After searching and talking to upholstery companies I...

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  • Video: Small bikes for big adventures

    23 August 2013 by MCN

    Video: Small bikes for big adventures

    Green lanes in the Peak District on 125s, the Snake Pass, a curry and a pint. Who needs to go to the far side of the world for an adventure? View more great motorcycling videos on the MCN...

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  • Middleweight Ducati owners needed!

    23 August 2013

    Middleweight Ducati owners needed!

    Middleweight Ducati owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of Ducati's middleweight class bikes for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Ducati 748 Ducati...

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  • Staff Blog: Trying to solve my wind problem

    21 August 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Staff Blog: Trying to solve my wind problem

    If there's one thing the Judge lacks, it's wind protection. The only thing up front to deflect the wind is the single clock. At Kevin's Last Lap recently I saw a perfect opportunity to cure my wind...

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  • Classic sports bike owners needed!

    20 August 2013 by MCN

    Classic sports bike owners needed!

    Classic sports bike owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of some of the best superbikes ever made for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: 1992 Honda...

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  • Staff blog: Fourth time lucky!

    16 August 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Staff blog: Fourth time lucky!

    First of all, I need to say thanks for all the emails I've received over the past few days. I've had a ton of comments, tips, suggestions and offers of free training since my piece in Wednesday's...

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  • Performance cruisers needed!

    14 August 2013 by MCN

    Performance cruisers needed!

    Performance cruiser owners needed! MCN are looking for owners of some of big power cruisers for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of: Triumph Rocket III Honda Valkyrie...

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  • Staff blog: Bad back stops play

    14 August 2013 by Andy Downes

    Staff blog: Bad back stops play

    I did my back in a couple of weeks ago so riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring was put on hold while my life revolved around physiotherapy, 500mg Naproxen tablets twice a day, paracetamol...

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  • Staff Blog: Riding into the East

    12 August 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Riding into the East

      In my long term test report in the issue on sale this week (14 August) you’ll see that me and my mate, Sue, spent the weekend riding round East Anglia taking in sights and sounds that you...

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