First rides & tests

  • Honda CBR 600RR owners needed

    27 April 2013 by MCN

    Honda CBR 600RR owners needed

    MCN is looking for Honda CBR600RR owners for an upcoming feature! We need 2008 and 2009 RR models. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and shoulder photograph of yourself...

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  • Staff Blog: Today is a good day…

    26 April 2013 by Michael Guy

    Staff Blog: Today is a good day…

    The last couple of months haven’t been easy. I’ve seen my colleagues at MCN come bouncing into the office having received their long term test bikes for the year. I however have been forced to do my...

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  • New Burgman 650 launched

    26 April 2013 by Steve Farrell

    New Burgman 650 launched

    MCN is on the launch of Suzuki's new Burgman 650 ABS Executive at Glen Coe in Scotland. The luxury maxi scooter has undergone the biggest changes since its introduction a decade ago. The engine...

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  • Staff Blog: A glimpse of Spring…at last

    25 April 2013 by Andy Downes

    Staff Blog: A glimpse of Spring…at last

    There are now more than 2000 miles on the clock of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring and until last week it felt like every single one of them had been done with teeth gritted against the harsh...

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  • Staff Blog: The long way home

    25 April 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff Blog: The long way home

    “The ride to work is going to be a blast on the nimble triple – and the ride home again is going to be even better. Dear A1, you’ll not be seeing much of me.” The grey and red Triumph Street Triple R...

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  • Video: Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

    24 April 2013 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

    Last month MCN travelled to Austin, Texas, for our first ride of Ducati's new 1199R, their ultimate superbike. Check out what road tester Michael Neeves thought of the bike around MotoGP's newest...

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  • Staff Blog: Are Harley's cool?

    24 April 2013 by Ped Baker

    Staff Blog: Are Harley's cool?

    A couple of years ago I asked an MCN work experience girl what she thought of motorcyclists. I was hoping she’d use words like ‘cool’, ‘exciting’, perhaps even ‘sexy’ but instead she said, “They’re...

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  • Staff Blog: Bird Strikes

    24 April 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Staff Blog: Bird Strikes

    I'm developing a theory, or at least something more substantial than a random thought, that birds have it in for my Suzuki GSX-R750. Pigeons definitely don't like it.  Each morning they wait in...

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  • Honda VFR owners needed

    23 April 2013 by MCN

    Honda VFR owners needed

    MCN is looking for Honda VFR owners for an upcoming feature! We need VFR750, VFR800Fi and VFR800 V-TEC owners. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and shoulder photograph of...

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  • Staff Blog: Taking charge of my Yamaha Fazer 8

    23 April 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Staff Blog: Taking charge of my Yamaha Fazer 8

    Today’s the day my riding year really gets under-way; I’m taking charge of my new Yamaha Fazer 8 long termer this afternoon. After a weekend of bikes and beer at MCN Live at Butlins SkegVegas and the...

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  • Triumph TT600 and Daytona owners needed!

    23 April 2013 by MCN

    Triumph TT600 and Daytona owners needed!

    MCN is looking for Triumph Daytona and TT owners for an upcoming feature! We need Triumph TT600, Daytona 600 or 650, and Daytona 675 owners. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a...

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  • Staff blog: Is the Judge worthy of a nod?

    22 April 2013 by Liam Marsden

    Staff blog: Is the Judge worthy of a nod?

    Riding back from MCN Live at Butlins Skegness at the weekend was the first weekend with good weather and plenty of bikes on the fantastic roads of the Lincolnshire Wolds. On previous long term bikes...

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  • Staff Blog: Nailing The Basics

    22 April 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: Nailing The Basics

    With the sun threatening to finally breakthrough and bring back some semblance of normality to the spring climate, now is the time that most riders come out of their enforced hibernation and return to...

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  • Longterm Harley-Davidson Street Bob arrives

    17 April 2013 by Ped Baker

    Longterm Harley-Davidson Street Bob arrives

    My longterm Harley-Davidson Street Bob Dark Custom has turned up this morning. No camp metal flake, trinkets or radio here! Old Skool chopper styling looks ace but it could do with some louder pipes...

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  • Living with the BMW F800GT

    17 April 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Living with the BMW F800GT

    After a month of ownership and a few emails and messages coming in from people who’ve read my longterm reports in the MCN paper I thought it would be a good start to this blog if I responded to these...

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  • First ride – KTM 390 Duke

    16 April 2013 by Phil West

    First ride – KTM 390 Duke

    KTM’s latest version of its Duke, the 390, is currently being put through its paces near the Austrian firm’s factory in Salzburg by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child. The £4495 machine sits...

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  • Video: Adventure Bikes 2013 - Off Road

    12 April 2013

    Video: Adventure Bikes 2013 - Off Road

    MCN took the top dog of adventure bikes, the BMW R1200GS to South Wales to test it against Yamaha's stalwart Super Tenere, last year's winner the Triumph Explorer, and KTM's new pretender the 1190...

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  • Aprilia Caponord first ride

    11 April 2013 by Adam Child

    Aprilia Caponord first ride

    As the biking audience matures, demand continues to increase for adventure bikes. Early last year Triumph launched its new Explorer which took the coveted MCN road test class crown in 2012. But since...

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  • Video: Adventure Bikes 2013 group test

    10 April 2013 by MCN

    Video: Adventure Bikes 2013 group test

    MCN took the top dog of adventure bikes, the BMW R1200GS to South Wales to test it against Yamaha's stalwart Super Tenere, last year's winner the Triumph Explorer, and KTM's new pretender the 1190...

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  • Video: BMW R1200GS - Old vs New

    03 April 2013 by MCN

    Video: BMW R1200GS - Old vs New

    Last week MCN took BMW's old R1200GS head to head against it's replacement, the 2013 model. Does the new bike - the UK's top-selling bike last year - measure up to what it's replacing?    

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  • Two new Harleys launched

    25 March 2013 by Steve Farrell

    MCN is at the launch of two new Harley-Davidsons in Marseille, France. The Breakout is an 'evolution' of the Softail range, and sits in between the existing Slim and Fatboy models in price, at £15,695. First impression are its 'evolved' in a similar sense to sharks: it's been around for millions of years but has changed little. It has the same chassis and 1690cc V-twin engine as the existing...

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  • Snow at the CBR600RR launch

    21 March 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Snow at the CBR600RR launch

    Snow and freezing temperatures at the press launch of the 2013 Honda CBR600RR ensured that the myriad changes to the bike Honda remain, for now, untested. The repackaged CBR features new 41mm Big...

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  • Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

    20 March 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

    We’re here at the new Circuit of the Americas MotoGP track in Austin, Texas, riding Ducati’s new £26,550 1199 Panigale R. Apart from dripping in sexy carbon fibre, a taller racing screen, racing seat,...

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  • Video: Ducati Hypermotard first ride

    18 March 2013 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Hypermotard first ride

    Ducati's sexy take on the supermoto has been with us since 2007, but now there's a new one, replacing both the 1100 Evo and entry-level 796. It's more powerful but promises to be less manic. We went...

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  • Video: Honda CB1100 old vs new

    16 March 2013 by Phil West

    Video: Honda CB1100 old vs new

    The all-new Honda CB1100 is intended as a faithful 'homage' not juut to the original CB750K0 of 1969 but also to Honda's whole family of celebrated air-cooled CB fours of the '70s. But how well does...

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  • Video: BMW F800GT first ride

    15 March 2013 by MCN

    Video: BMW F800GT first ride

    The new BMW F800GT aims to be a daily commuter, load-lugging tourer and weekend fun ride. The GT replaces the F800ST, which has been a decent seller in the middleweight touring bracket since 2006. The...

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  • Suzuki Bandit and SV650 Owners Needed!

    15 March 2013

    Suzuki Bandit and SV650 Owners Needed!

    MCN is looking for Suzuki Bandit and SV650 owners for an upcoming feature! We need Suzuki SV650S or naked N both old and new style (tubular and pointy frame) Suzuki Gladius ownsers, as well as Bandit...

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  • Aprilia Caponord 1200 – world first ride

    13 March 2013 by MCN

    Aprilia Caponord 1200 – world first ride

    Aprilia's all-new and eagerly-anticipated entry into the adventure bikes class, the Caponord 1200, is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. These are his first...

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  • Can-Am Spyder first ride

    12 March 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Can-Am Spyder first ride

    If the three-wheeled Cam-Am Spyder were a person you met, the first thing it would say is: "I'm not a motorcycle, you know." The second thing would be: "Are you aware that I'm not a motorcycle?" At...

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  • New BMW F800GT first ride

    08 March 2013 by MCN

    New BMW F800GT first ride

    BMW’s new middleweight tourer, the F800GT, is currently being put through its paces for the first time by MCN’s Andy Downes. These are his first impressions: “We’ve done around 100 miles so far...

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  • Video: BMW race camp

    06 March 2013 by MCN

    Video: BMW race camp

    The BMW Race Camp at Almeria, Spain is heaven on earth for S1000RR racers and trackday riders. It’s backed by BMW, and attended by the technicians who actually developed the S1000RR. Senior Road...

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  • New Ducati Hypermotard first ride

    21 February 2013 by Michael Neeves

    New Ducati Hypermotard first ride

    Ducati's all-new, water-cooled, 2013 Hypermotard is currently being put through its paces in southern Spain by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions: "It's track this...

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  • Honda CBR500R first ride

    18 February 2013 by Phil West

    Honda CBR500R first ride

    Honda’s eagerly-awaited new 500 is currently being tested for the first time by MCN’s Phil West on the roads around Tarragona, near Barcelona - and also at the Parc Motor Circuit, these are his first...

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  • Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport first ride

    12 February 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport first ride

    We're riding the mountain roads near Barcelona on the new £9599 Tiger 1050 Sport, Triumph's adventure-styled sports tourer. It's an updated version of the Tiger 1050 that's been with us since...

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  • Does The CB1100 Tick The Boxes?

    06 February 2013 by Phil West

    Does The CB1100 Tick The Boxes?

    It’s been a long time coming – in every sense of the expression – but the CB1100 might, just MIGHT, have made that wait worthwhile. Six years after the prototype was first unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z800 vs rivals

    06 February 2013 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki Z800 vs rivals

    The naked middleweight sector is really hotting up, with new bikes from MV Agusta, Triumph and Kawasaki in 2013. We took the first Kawasaki Z800 to reach the UK and tested it on frozen roads against...

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