First rides & tests

  • 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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  • BMW S1000RR vs BMW S1000RR HP4

    04 January 2013 by Michael Neeves

    BMW S1000RR vs BMW S1000RR HP4

    A few months ago I was lucky enough to ride the new BMW HP4 at its world launch at Jerez, southern Spain. With perfect track conditions and slick tyres to play on, it was a dream. More impressive...

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  • Video: Triumph Daytona 675R first ride

    20 December 2012 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Daytona 675R first ride

    Triumph took the biking world by storm in 2006 with the Daytona 675, which stuck two fingers up to the Japanese. It was a winner on the road, and the track with one of the best-loved motorcycle...

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  • Triumph Daytona 675R first ride!

    14 December 2012 by MCN News Team

    Triumph Daytona 675R first ride!

    Triumph’s all-new Daytona 675R supersports is being put through its paces in a world first test by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. These are his first impressions: “We’re at the Cartagena...

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  • Kawasaki Z800 First Ride Video

    05 December 2012 by Michael Neeves

    Kawasaki Z800 First Ride Video

    Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review.

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  • MV Agusta Brutale 800 launch

    29 November 2012 by MCN

    MV Agusta Brutale 800 launch

    MCN is at the press launch of the new MV Agusta Brutale 800 in Cannes this morning. MCN's Andy Downes is just about to set off on a three hour test ride on the roads of the South of France and will...

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  • First ride! New Moto Guzzi California

    23 November 2012 by MCN Editorial

    First ride! New Moto Guzzi California

    Moto Guzzi's new California 1400 is proving every bit as good to ride as it is to look at. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently putting the all-new heavyweight cruiser through its paces in...

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  • Picture gallery: Kawasaki W800 Spirit

    08 November 2012 by MCN

    Picture gallery: Kawasaki W800 Spirit

    Specialist bike builders Spirit of the Seventies were commissioned by Kawasaki UK to build a one-off W800, with styling and key spec details chosen by Facebook fans. Spirit then created designs and...

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  • MV Brutale 800 announced

    02 November 2012 by Phil West, Executive Editor

    MV Brutale 800 announced

    This is the brand new MV Agusta Brutale 800 – a new three-cylinder roadster based on the Brutale 675, fitting between it and the bigger, four-cylinder 1090 Brutales and set to challenge the likes of...

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  • New Triumph Street Triple R ridden

    01 November 2012 by MCN News Team

    New Triumph Street Triple R ridden

    Triumph’s new 2013 Street Triple R is currently being put through its paces in southern Spain by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions.: “The big news is Triumph have...

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  • 2013 Aprilia RSV4 ridden

    25 October 2012 by Michael Neeves

    2013 Aprilia RSV4 ridden

    This is what motorcycling dreams are made of: a sunny day, a dry track and one of the world's best superbikes to play on. I'm talking about the lightly-revised new 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC. It's...

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  • Video: BMW F700GS vs Rivals

    23 October 2012 by MCN

    Video: BMW F700GS vs Rivals

    The new BMW F700GS replaces the old F650GS for 2013, although capacity remains at 800cc. We tested it against the Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650 and Triumph Tiger 800 to see which is the best mid...

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  • Video: Honda CRF250L vs rivals

    08 October 2012 by MCN

    Video: Honda CRF250L vs rivals

    The lightweight trailie market was once a booming sector, with all major manufacturers getting involved, but the current 250cc trail bike sector is a limited one. Honda hopes to reignite the class...

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  • Video: 2013 Ducati Multistrada first ride

    04 October 2012 by MCN

    Video: 2013 Ducati Multistrada first ride

    It might look barely changed but the 2013 Multistrada gets revised fuel injection, improved torque, cosmetic tweaks, new lights, advanced ABS and DTC and the new 'Skyhook' semi-active suspension...

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