First rides & tests

  • Video: MCN ride Norton's TT challenger

    23 May 2013 by MCN

    Video: MCN ride Norton's TT challenger

    With just days to go before the 2013 TT MCN gained exclusive, extended access over two days to the Norton team. They were preparing to test their new 200bhp V4, £100,000 Senior TT machine, which will...

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  • Video: Ducati Hypermotard new vs old

    22 May 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Ducati Hypermotard new vs old

    Ducati's new 821cc Hypermotard replaces two old Hypermotards: the little 796 and its bigger brother, the 1100 Evo. It has a similar-size engine to the small one, but more power than the big one, so...

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  • Video: Honda NSS300 Forza first ride

    20 May 2013 by MCN

    Video: Honda NSS300 Forza first ride

    MCN's road test editor Phil West recently traveled to Spain for the launch of Honda's new NSS300 Forza scooter. Hear Phil's first impressions on their new bike aimed very firmly at city...

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  • Video: Honda CB500X first ride

    17 May 2013 by MCN

    Video: Honda CB500X first ride

    In the beginning came the Honda CB500F naked and CBR500R sports, now here's the adventure-styled 'X' version of Honda's new twin. Was it worth the wait?

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  • Video: Honda CRF250M first ride

    17 May 2013 by MCN

    Video: Honda CRF250M first ride

    Take the useful, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single out of the popular, learner friendly CBR250R and create a proper trailie around it (the CRF250L). Then let's go one step further and make a supermoto...

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  • Staff Blog: Bagging the F800GT

    16 May 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: Bagging the F800GT

    Another weekend, another trip down to Somerset to catch-up with friends and family. It was also another weekend when the heavens have opened and I’ve had to ride the F800GT down in the pouring rain.

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  • Ultimate Superbikes 2nd place: BMW HP4 Carbon

    16 May 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Ultimate Superbikes 2nd place: BMW HP4 Carbon

    Lap time: 1:47.7 Top speed at end of straight: 167.7mph Max braking (g): 1.29 Max lean: 46.85 Why it’s so special It’s the first sports bike to be produced with semi-active suspension. The damping...

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  • Staff blog: Blinded by handlebar muffs

    14 May 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Staff blog: Blinded by handlebar muffs

    In this week’s paper I report how the heated grips on the Suzuki Burgman 650 could be warmer. Just about every journalist on the launch in Scotland seemed to agree on the point. Some said they seemed...

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  • Ultimate Superbikes 4th place: MV Agusta F4RR

    14 May 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Ultimate Superbikes 4th place: MV Agusta F4RR

    Lap time: 1:53.86 Top speed at end of straight: 163.6mph Max braking (g): 1.19 Max lean: 41.62 Why it’s so special MV Agusta F4s are the ultimate poster bikes. The iconic Massimo Tamburini-designed...

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  • Staff Blog: Let the journey begin!

    13 May 2013 by Ian Jubb

    Staff Blog: Let the journey begin!

    My week of riding has begun, destination Northern Italy. Sitting in the sunshine at Folkstone waiting for my slot on the Chunnel makes me realise what biking is all about. This years seemly endless...

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  • The ultimate superbike test

    13 May 2013 by Michael Neeves

    The ultimate superbike test

    These are ‘Top Trump’ superbikes – the kind of machines you’ll probably only ever see in pictures and rarely in the flesh. The new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC, BMW HP4 Carbon, Ducati 1199R Panigale and...

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  • Staff Blog: Filthy Street

    13 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff Blog: Filthy Street

    I’d forgotten how dirty a minimalistic bike like the Street Triple R can get. I was caught out in a rain storm yesterday and within half an hour the Triumph looked like it had been taken down a farm...

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  • Ace 1200CR Street Special ridden

    10 May 2013 by MCN

    Ace 1200CR Street Special ridden

    It’s a café racer, the acceptable face of Harley Sportster ownership, a two-wheeled AC Cobra and an exclusive limited edition. It’s also a celebration of 75 years of Britain’s most famous transport...

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  • Staff Blog: Prepping for Italian adventure

    09 May 2013 by Andy Downes

    Staff Blog: Prepping for Italian adventure

    In just a few days I am heading to Italy on the Multistrada 1200 S Touring and I am getting the final bits sorted. I've done loads of European riding in the past and I much prefer to get all of my...

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  • Staff Blog: Daily smiles from CBR500R

    08 May 2013 by Andy Calton

    Staff Blog: Daily smiles from CBR500R

    My only fear with Honda's CBR500R was whether it would be a little too tame and that I'd get bored with it all-too quickly. Just over a month and 1000 miles in I can categorically state that I'm still...

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  • Staff blog: A lecture from the rozzers

    08 May 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Staff blog: A lecture from the rozzers

    You might think your licence would be safe on a scooter but I’ve already been in trouble with the rozzers a week after picking mine up.   The Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Executive has two automatic...

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  • Aprilia RSV owners needed

    07 May 2013 by MCN

    Aprilia RSV owners needed

    MCN is looking for Aprilia RSV owners for an upcoming feature! We need: Original model (RSV-R and RSV) 1998 - 2003 Twin pipe model (RSV-R and RSV-R Factory) 2004 - 2010 V4 RSV4-R and Factory 2009 -...

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  • Staff Blog: A bundle of fizzing fun

    06 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff Blog: A bundle of fizzing fun

    Two weeks in to ownership of the Street Triple R and I'm cementing the bond with the bike. I'm remembering the little joys of owning a Triumph, like the braided steel brake hoses and tyre...

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  • Staff Blog: Running In or Running Out!!

    06 May 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Running In or Running Out!!

    I arrived back from my trip to Normandy with the bike a little over the first service mileage of 600 so instead of being out in the lovely sunshine, getting more miles under my belt and practising my...

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  • 50 quick road miles on the new Honda CBR600

    05 May 2013 by Tim Thompson

    50 quick road miles on the new Honda CBR600

    There's still snow on the fields as I head out onto the back lanes of Cambridgeshire. It's four days since the near-washout of the track launch and this new CBR600RR -- just 90 miles on the clock...

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  • Staff Blog: Seriously versatile

    03 May 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Staff Blog: Seriously versatile

    Times are changing. A once bland and boring middle-weight class has morphed into one of the most exciting and competitive bike genres today, breeding a new wave of superior machinery. Enter the...

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  • Staff blog: The toughest test ever!

    03 May 2013 by Adam Child

    Staff blog: The toughest test ever!

    This year is going to epic, one I’m going to look back on for years to come and it’s mainly going to be down to my lovely ZX-6R. Just last week I took delivery of my new Kawasaki and unusually for me,...

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  • Staff blog: I'm back

    03 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff blog: I'm back

    Do not swear. I know I can’t, but I’m bursting to. The Triumph Street Triple R I’m running for the year is absolutely [insert your swear word of choice here] brilliant. I was in love with it within a...

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  • Honda CB500X First Ride

    02 May 2013 by Phil West

    Honda CB500X First Ride

    Phil West,  Executive Editor, is currently testing Honda’s new CB500X, the adventure styled version of it’s new 500 twin A2 licence friendly three bike range, near Barcelona in Spain. These are...

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  • Video: KTM 300EXC at Enduroland

    01 May 2013 by Michael Guy

    Video: KTM 300EXC at Enduroland

    Michael recently took his KTM 300EXC long termer out for some off road practice at Enduroland. here what he has to say about the bike's performance now he's had a chance to fettle and re-jet...

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  • Staff Blog: The magic carpet

    01 May 2013 by Andy Downes

    Staff Blog: The magic carpet

    According to the Asphalt Industry Alliance (no, me neither) there are 2.2million potholes on the UKs roads, it’s going to cost £113million to fix them all and there has been £32million of damage to...

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  • Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

    30 April 2013 by Phil West

    Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

    MCN is looking for Triumph Bonneville owners for an upcoming feature! We need 2008-2009 Triumph Bonneville T100 or SE models. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and...

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  • Suzuki C1500T first ride

    30 April 2013 by Adam Child

    Suzuki C1500T first ride

    They may be about as relevant in the UK as a 50ft Winnebago or eight-litre SUV but, if you hadn’t cottoned on already, ‘baggers’ - or be-bagged or panniered cruisers designed for comfort and...

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  • Staff Blog: Running-in, in France

    29 April 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Running-in, in France

    What better way to run in the new Yamaha Fazer 8 than to pop over to Normandy for a three day rider training work shop with Nigel, nicknamed Red Leader, from Advanced Motorcycle Training! I took...

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