First rides & tests

  • Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

    19 June 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

    The BMW F800GT is a tourer. So far I’ve covered just short of three thousand miles worth of short trips to and from various parts of the country - living out of the panniers for the occasional odd...

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  • Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

    19 June 2013 by Richard Newland

    Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

    Whether I’m picking up a curry on a Saturday night, filling up with petrol somewhere, or answering calls from readers who are thinking of buying one (or never buying one) – I’m regularly bombarded by...

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  • Video: MV Agusta F3 800 first ride

    18 June 2013 by MCN

    Video: MV Agusta F3 800 first ride

    We head to Misano to ride MV Agusta's new F3 800 to see if it's 173kg and 30bph more in the midrange than its 675 brother means it really has the perfect blend of power and handling.

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  • Staff Blog: Did You Ride to Work Today?

    17 June 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Did You Ride to Work Today?

    It's Ride to Work Day today and after my early morning ride to the office here’s the photo of my Yamaha Fazer8 in the car park at MCN Towers! As you can see there’s only me and a couple...

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  • Staff Blog: It’s a Family Affair!!

    17 June 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: It’s a Family Affair!!

      After four and a half long years my other half and I went for our first ride out together over the weekend. Mark was involved in a start-line crash at Brands Hatch when racing his Suzuki SV650...

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  • Video: KTM Duke 390 vs A2 rivals group test

    14 June 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Video: KTM Duke 390 vs A2 rivals group test

    MCN’s Andy Davidson and Liam Marsden recently took KTM’s new newcomer-aimed Duke 390 out on local roads to pit it against the similarly-aimed Honda CBR500R and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Hear what they...

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  • Staff Blog: Black Bikes...

    14 June 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Staff Blog: Black Bikes...

    I love the idea of black bikes. They're the stealth option. In 2013 black also seems like the sensible choice for a sports bike like the GSX-R750, not so much because it helps you slip unnoticed from...

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  • Michelin v Pirelli

    14 June 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Michelin v Pirelli

    I’ve spent this week getting to know the new Pirelli Angel GT tyres I fitted on Monday. I’ve been using my bike for commuting to work and the other day I rode the 320-mile round trip down to Ramsgate...

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  • Staff blog: In defence of the Burgman, pt 1

    13 June 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Staff blog: In defence of the Burgman, pt 1

    I’m experiencing mild frustration at some of the preconceptions I’ve encountered about the Burgman. If you’ve read my replies to reader comments under my previous blog entries, you may have detected a...

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  • Kawasaki Z1000 owners needed!

    12 June 2013 by MCN

    Kawasaki Z1000 owners needed!

    MCN is looking for Kawasaki Z1000 owners for an upcoming feature. We're specifically looking for owners of: 2003-2006 original pea shooter exhaust model 2007 - 2009 second generation 2010 - current...

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  • Staff Blog: Please don't kill me

    11 June 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff Blog: Please don't kill me

    Well that was the scariest, most bum-puckery, head-duckery moment I’ve had since I got back on a bike in the Spring. Casually riding south on the A1, thinking about whether to make one more overtake...

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  • Staff Blog: Not so naked now

    10 June 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Staff Blog: Not so naked now

    I have finally fitted a screen from German firm MRA. The aftermarket plastic is not specifically designed for the Z800 but is a racing screen built for newer, aggressively-styled naked bikes. I fitted...

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  • Staff Blog: Hyperstrada Tyre Testing

    10 June 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff Blog: Hyperstrada Tyre Testing

    I’m working my way through as many new-for-2013 tyres as I can for this year, so I can see what the tyre companies have been up to. With each new generation of tyre, we get more bang for our buck. The...

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  • Staff Blog: Thanks for all your suggestions

    10 June 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Thanks for all your suggestions

    Further to my previous blog I've been really chuffed with the amount of reponses I've received so thank you. My route around North Norfolk is taking shape nicely with the addition of a particularly...

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  • Staff Blog: Passports at the ready

    07 June 2013 by Tony Hoare

    There’s always a tingle that comes with the thought of riding abroad. And, now the working day is coming to a close, I’m feeling the tingle. The sun’s shining, the TT commentary is piping out of the computer and I’m headed for Belgium on the Street Triple R. It’s not designed for touring, but you can go anywhere on anything if you’re in the mood. Which I am. The ride is part of my girlfriend,...

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  • Staff Blog: Mud flinging

    07 June 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Staff Blog: Mud flinging

    Senior Editor Richard Newland's BMW R1200GS isn't the only longtermer with a mud-flinging problem, the Judge has one too. On damp, wet or just plain dirty roads the front wheel throws up a lot of...

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  • Staff Blog: Finding time for the Hyperstrada

    06 June 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff Blog: Finding time for the Hyperstrada

    I’ve never known it to be so busy in MCN Road Test land, so I find myself away travelling lots. It means that sometimes I’m riding my Hyperstrada every day and occasionally weeks will go by where it...

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  • MV Agusta F3 800 ridden!

    06 June 2013 by Michael Neeves

    MV Agusta F3 800 ridden!

    MV Agusta’s brand new £11,499 F3 800 is currently being put through its paces at Misano in Italy by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions:   “The new machine is...

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  • Staff Blog: Deflated at Donington

    05 June 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: Deflated at Donington

    Being responsible for the online aspect of Motorcyclenews, I don’t get much of a chance to leave the office and the phosphorous glow of the monitor screens. So, when I had the opportunity to spend...

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  • Staff Blog: Swings and roundabouts

    05 June 2013 by Richard Newland

    Staff Blog: Swings and roundabouts

    Every bike will delight and frustrate you to some extent – it’s an inevitable truth. While touches of pure and simple genius will provide fodder to evangelise to your friends, there will always be...

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  • Staff Blog: Welcome back CBR500

    03 June 2013 by Andy Calton

    Staff Blog: Welcome back CBR500

    When the first Yamaha FZR600 came out back in the day (1990) I was all over it like a rash. The black and pink paintscheme may have been a little 'let's go disco' naff but these were the days of...

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  • First middle age fumblings with a Ducati

    03 June 2013 by Jeff Patrick

    On a weekend where the sun sat high and my adrenaline ran free, it seemed appropriate in the infancy of middle age to throw my leg over my first ever Ducati and see what Hampshire's bountiful roads had to offer. The bike in question was a 2013 Panigale, which, with its £5,000 insurance excess had the temperature up before the very obliging salesman even turned the key and fired up what can only be...

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  • Staff Blog: I Love Sunny Saturday Rides!

    03 June 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: I Love Sunny Saturday Rides!

      What glorious weather, waking up on Saturday morning with sun streaming through the window I had no excuse but to get out on the Yamaha Fazer8 and ride. My other half was helping mates at the...

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  • Staff Blog: Victory Judge gets rowdy

    31 May 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Staff Blog: Victory Judge gets rowdy

    There's no doubting the Judge looks the part, but as standard it's laughably quiet. To remedy this I've had a Cobra exhaust system fitted to the Judge. Not only does it make the Judge...

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  • Staff Blog: up close and personal with the Hog

    31 May 2013 by Ped Baker

    Staff Blog: up close and personal with the Hog

    Now I’ve had the Street Bob for a couple of weeks I’ve had the chance to do something I suspect many other Harley owners do – park it on the drive, grab a beer and paw over the details that make the...

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  • Video: Borile 450 Scrambler first ride

    30 May 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Borile 450 Scrambler first ride

    Artisan bike maker Borile is creating its first small-volume, full-production motorcycle, called the B450 which will cost £9650 when it goes on sale in September. We rode the bike in Italy.

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  • Staff Blog: Hello Moto(rrad)

    29 May 2013 by MCN

    Staff Blog: Hello Moto(rrad)

    If you’d told me ten years ago that I’d be ecstatic at the prospect of riding an R1200GS as a longterm test bike, I’d have been breathless with laughter before any sort of verbal response could form...

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  • Staff Blog: Time for new shoes!

    29 May 2013 by Ian Jubb

    Staff Blog: Time for new shoes!

    Having just clocked up 3000 miles on the RT the rear is starting to square off and with a trip to France looming I figured it's best to get them switched from the OE Metzeler Roadtec Z8 to the all new...

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  • Staff Blog: I Can See Clearly Now.......

    26 May 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: I Can See Clearly Now.......

    It’s a couple of weeks without riding for me I’m afraid. After 24 years of being a ‘specy-four-eyes’ I’ve taken  the plunge and had lazer eye surgery. You might wonder why I’m writing about this...

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  • Staff Blog: Fair-weather rider? I wish

    24 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff Blog: Fair-weather rider? I wish

    This year I’ve been trying to turn myself into a fair weather rider. Honestly, it’s not me, it’s the bike  - I don’t mind riding in the wet and have done thousands of miles in the rain over the...

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  • Video: Bimota DBX first ride

    24 May 2013 by MCN

    Video: Bimota DBX first ride

    Bimota has a reputation for taking engines from the likes of Ducati or one of the Japanese big four and building something rather special around it. It's done the same here, but with a twist - taking...

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