First rides & tests

  • Staff Blog: Down to Ramsgate

    05 August 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff Blog: Down to Ramsgate

    For the last 11 years, since I moved up to MCN-land from my home town in Ramsgate, I’ve done the 170-mile journey on lots on hundreds of different bikes. Tourers are, of course, the most comfortable,...

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  • First ride: New Indians

    05 August 2013 by MCN

    First ride: New Indians

    Indian has launched three new variants of the Chief - an all-new 1819cc V-twin which MCN has been riding around the Sturgis motorcycle rally in America. After around 50 miles split between two of the...

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  • Staff Blog: Top Box Woes

    05 August 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Top Box Woes

    You might have read in my recent long term report, featured in July 24 issue of MCN, about fitting the top box to the Yamaha Fazer8. I’m testing different types of luggage to see which is the easiest...

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  • Staff Blog: It’s not all about the new stuff

    01 August 2013 by Richard Newland

    Staff Blog: It’s not all about the new stuff

    While at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with an MCN reader about the BMW 90th Anniversary display, each of us singling out the models we’d own if money was no...

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  • Video: 800-class shootout

    31 July 2013 by MCN

    Video: 800-class shootout

    MV Agusta's new F3 800 got us excited after its recent track launch at Misano. It's rapid, handles like a racer and fuels better than any MV we've ever ridden. But is an MV good enough to really...

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  • Video: Yamaha XV950 first ride

    31 July 2013 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha XV950 first ride

    The new XV950 is the first example of what Yamaha calls its 'Sports Heritage' range. As well as retro styling aimed at attracting artistic custom builders the world over, these bikes are viewed by...

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  • Staff Blog: Thundersport Rockingham

    29 July 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff Blog: Thundersport Rockingham

      I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything of note with my Hyperstrada over the past week. But it did treat me to a glorious ride cross-country to Donington last Wednesday, where I instruct...

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  • Staff Blog: To Flash or Not to Flash?

    29 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: To Flash or Not to Flash?

      My hubby and I were riding through the rolling Leicestershire countryside towards Rutland Water on a recent Sunday morning ride when we were flashed twice by oncoming cars but not at all by the...

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  • Staff Blog: Dirty Ducati

    22 July 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff Blog: Dirty Ducati

    I’ve been away for over a week testing, but for all that time I’ve been thinking of my filthy Hyperstrada. Covered in thick dust, it looks like it’s spent months abandoned in the Sahara, but all that...

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  • New Yamaha XV950 first ride

    22 July 2013 by MCN

    New Yamaha XV950 first ride

    Yamaha’s new XV950 ‘performance bobber’ – or Harley Sportster rival to you and us – has just been put through its paces in Los Angeles, California, by MCN’s Andy Davidson. These are his first...

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  • Staff Blog: I Love Wednesdays.....

    18 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: I Love Wednesdays.....

      The lads in the office are bored stiff of hearing me say it but I’m going to say it again, I don’t work Wednesdays and what better way to spend the day than riding the Yamaha Fazer8. Along...

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  • Staff Blog: The Mirror Cracked!!

    15 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: The Mirror Cracked!!

      Riding out of the work car park the other night I glanced at my mirrors, as I always do, before heading out on the main road to make sure they are in the right position. How gutting to see the...

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  • Midsize cruisers owners needed!

    12 July 2013 by MCN

    Midsize cruisers owners needed!

    MCN are looking for owners of midsize cruisers for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of the 1997 - 2007 Yamaha XVS650 Drag Star, 1995 - 2004 Kawasaki VN800 and 1997- current...

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  • Staff Blog: Back from Bavaria

    12 July 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: Back from Bavaria

    That's it. My Garmisch trip is all over. It was a fantastic few days, made all the better by a glorious, bookend of rides through France, Germany and a little bit of Austria. I've written a longer...

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  • Video: CCM GP450 Adventure

    10 July 2013 by MCN

    Video: CCM GP450 Adventure

    Bolton's CCM is on its way back with a vision for an all-new, mid-size adventure bike. But can a 450 single really compete with world-beating giants?

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  • Hypersport owners needed!

    09 July 2013 by MCN

    Hypersport owners needed!

    MCN are looking for owners of hypersports bikes for an upcoming test. Specifically we're looking for owners of the Kawasaki ZX-12R  (2000-2006), Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird...

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  • Staff blog: Back to the CBR

    08 July 2013 by Andy Calton

    Staff blog: Back to the CBR

    It was a huge relief to return from the States and get back on the Honda CBR500R. I'd had a fantastic time riding a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide down Route 66 and up the Pacific Coast Highway. But...

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  • Staff Blog: Sorting our my saggy-ness

    08 July 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Sorting our my saggy-ness

      You might have seen my latest long term review published in July 3 issue of MCN. I’ve been having a few issues with my suspension and Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, gave me a few tips on...

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  • Staff blog: Roman Holiday

    05 July 2013

    Staff blog: Roman Holiday

    My ride to Rome is now a distant memory (see MCN July 3) but I'll always have a load of holiday snaps to remind me. Here are some that didn't make it into the paper and also the...

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  • KTM 250 EXC-F first ride

    04 July 2013 by Jon Bentman

    KTM 250 EXC-F first ride

    KTM dominate off-road sport with over 200 world championships under their belt. And they dominate because every year, without fail, the Austrian manufacturer makes its bikes better, sometimes...

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  • Staff blog: Hyperstrada on tour

    03 July 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff blog: Hyperstrada on tour

    I'm half way through a riding holiday with a couple of my mates. We've ridden down the west coast of France, along the top of Spain and now stopped half way down the Portuguese coast, in the resort of...

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  • Video: BMW F800GT vs rivals

    03 July 2013 by MCN

    Video: BMW F800GT vs rivals

    BMW's new F800GT is branded as a do-everything entry level tourer. We took it out againstsome of it's class rivals - the Honda Deauville and Yamaha's Fazer 8 - to see what it faired like in the real...

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  • Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

    03 July 2013 by Phil West

    Lexmoto ZSX125 first ride

    Lexmoto’s new ZSX125 is a good indicator of how far – and fast – the much-maligned Chinese motorcycle industry has come in recent years, being not just as keenly priced as ever but also now being...

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  • Staff Blog: Multistrada 1200 tyre review

    02 July 2013

    Staff Blog: Multistrada 1200 tyre review

    The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring is now on the third set of tyres in 6500 miles with a set of new-to-the-market Michelin Pilot Power 3s the latest fitted. I’m going to do a run through of how...

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  • Kymco K-Pipe 50cc

    01 July 2013 by Tobias Milliken

    I'm 16 and just got my first motorcycle - The K-Pipe 50cc. This bike is great! It looks and sounds very nice, but since I have owned it I've noticed a major flaw in the bike. Hills are it's worst enemies! If you run into an incline in 3rd or 4th gear (the gears you need in fast moving traffic) the bike will lose all power and you will be riding up the hill at about 3 or 4 mph or just stall...

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  • Staff Blog: Pushing the limit

    25 June 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Staff Blog: Pushing the limit

    When I picked the Victory Judge up from Victory UK I remember Victory UK's PR man telling me I'd want to start looking for a petrol station pretty sharpish after 120 miles. He also said if the petrol...

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  • Staff Blog: In search of confidence

    24 June 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff Blog: In search of confidence

    I’ve started to try and get to the bottom of the confidence issue I reported in the paper last week, which has left me with chicken strips on the Street Triple R’s Pirelli tyres. First step was to...

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  • Staff Blog: Friday Night is Rideout Night!!!

    24 June 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Friday Night is Rideout Night!!!

      Following my recent appeal to you lovely blog readers I’ve just spent a cracking weekend riding the Yamaha Fazer8 round North Norfolk visiting some little gems that you recommended. I’m going...

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