First rides & tests

  • 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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  • Youth experiment: Kymco K-Pipe

    31 January 2013 by Phil West

    Youth experiment: Kymco K-Pipe

    This bike is the freshest breath of air in small capacity motorcycling in years. There, I’ve said it. It could also be exactly what’s needed if today’s youth are ever going to get back into...

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  • Sports bikes to Africa

    29 January 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Sports bikes to Africa

    We all know that sportsbikes are so focused that you need a track to get the best out of them. But, as has always been the case, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them every day. The Ducati Panigale...

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  • MCN rides the Britten V1000

    24 January 2013 by Adam Child

    MCN rides the Britten V1000

    ‘Outstanding’, ‘amazing’, and ‘work of art’ are all labels liberally applied to the exotic race bikes built by John Britten, but in reality the Britten deserves a unique accolade to celebrate its...

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  • Video: Honda CB1100 first ride

    23 January 2013 by Phil West

    Video: Honda CB1100 first ride

    MCN Executive Editor Phil West traveled to Valencia in Spain last week to ride Honda's completely new CB1100 retro roadster. Check out his opinions on Honda's brand new link to the past!

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  • Video: MV Agusta F4 first ride

    23 January 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Video: MV Agusta F4 first ride

    It may look the same as the old one, but the new F4 is totally new. It has the short-stroke engine from the old flagship RR model and a host of chassis tweaks. MCN travelled to the Valencia GP circuit...

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  • Video: African adventure - part two

    22 January 2013 by MCN

    Video: African adventure - part two

    After riding through Spain and putting the Ducati Panigale S and BMW S1000RR through their paces on a track day at Almeria, our intrepid explorers head for the ferry to Africa before heading back to...

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  • New BMW R1200GS ridden!

    22 January 2013 by Adam Child

    New BMW R1200GS ridden!

    BMW’s all-new and eagerly-awaited R1200GS is currently being put through its paces in South Africa by MCN Senior Tester Adam Child. Here are his first impressions: “We’re in 40 degree heat heading...

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  • Video: African adventure

    17 January 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Video: African adventure

    Remember the old days when we used our sports bikes for everything? They brightened up our weekends, took us to work, and off on holiday, but now there's a bike built for every occasion. Still, who...

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  • Honda CB1100 Launch – First Impressions

    16 January 2013 by Phil West

    Honda CB1100 Launch – First Impressions

    Honda’s new CB1100 Retro Roadster is currently being put through its paces in the countryside around Valencia, Spain, by MCN’s Executive Editor, Phil West. These are his first impressions, ahead of a...

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  • Updated 2013 MV Agusta F4 ridden!

    16 January 2013 by MCN

    Updated 2013 MV Agusta F4 ridden!

    MV's significantly updated 2013 F4 1000 superbike is currently being put through it's paces for the first time by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. This is what he's got to say so far: "We're...

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  • The ultimate BMW HP2 Sport

    15 January 2013 by Tim Thompson

    The ultimate BMW HP2 Sport

    You either love the idea of trying to make a twin-cylinder air-cooled engine that's based on an old 1923 knocker go like the clappers, or you don’t. If you don’t, life is simple: you buy a Fireblade...

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  • Video: Britten V1000 ridden

    09 January 2013 by MCN

    Video: Britten V1000 ridden

    The ultimate nonconformist race bike, the Britten V1000 was hand-built by a dedicated team led by maverick engineer John Britten in New Zealand in the early '90s. Only 10 bikes remain, and after a...

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  • Video: KTM 1190 Adventure R first ride

    09 January 2013 by MCN

    Video: KTM 1190 Adventure R first ride

    King of serious off-road, KTM, has BMW's mighty GS firmly in it's sights with the new 1190 Adventure. The Austrian manufacturer has played to its strengths, focusing on ergonomics, agility, light...

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  • Ducati Multistrada: old vs new

    07 January 2013 by Adam Child

    Ducati Multistrada: old vs new

    In 2010 Ducati’s all new Multistrada turned the adventure market on its head. It was a breath of fresh air, the sportiest bike in the sector. An impressive 150bhp from the 1199 V-Twin was backed up...

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