First rides & tests

  • 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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  • 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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