First rides & tests

  • Benelli TRK 502 first ride

    23 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli TRK 502 first ride

    Freedom, adventure, passion without any limitations. That’s what TRK stands for, according to Benelli, but in reality the TRK is far from limitless. The main limitation is the lack of power from the...

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  • First rides: Honda CB650F & CBR650F

    13 April 2017 by Jon Urry

    First rides: Honda CB650F & CBR650F

    Honda’s five new 2017 bike bonanza has been a few days full of surprises for MCN from the oddly charming Rebel impressing to the thoroughly refined CB1100 EX displaying retro charm at its best and the...

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  • Video: We ride Honda's CB1100 RS and EX

    13 April 2017 by Jon Urry

    Video: We ride Honda's CB1100 RS and EX

    At the moment we are spoilt for choice in the UK when it comes to retro bikes. From the large capacity machines such as the Triumph Thruxtons and Bonnevilles to the smaller capacity Ducati Scrambler...

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  • Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory: 'Outrageously good'

    11 April 2017 by Adam Child

    Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory: 'Outrageously good'

    It’s not often I fail to find fault with a bike, but I’m struggling with Aprilia’s new V4 Tuono Factory. After a long day riding stunning roads in northern Italy, I can’t think of any other bike on...

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  • Yamaha X-MAX 300 first ride incoming

    11 April 2017 by Jon Urry

    Yamaha X-MAX 300 first ride incoming

    MCN is in Italy, the heart of scooter country, to test Yamaha’s new X-MAX 300 around the streets of Florence. The X-MAX 300 replaces the older X-MAX 250 in Yamaha’s maxi-scooter range and sits...

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  • First ride: 'KTM has made a 125 to lust after'

    11 April 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: 'KTM has made a 125 to lust after'

    Like the 390 the new 125 Duke gets a major makeover. The original 2011 model didn’t exactly have quality written through it like a stick of rock, but this one does. It has the 390’s full colour dash,...

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  • Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

    11 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

    We're in Italy for the launch of the new Benelli TRK 502, a 500cc parallel twin adventure bike first shown at the Milan Show in 2015. Benelli's adventure bike offering - which bears more than a...

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  • Video: 2017 superbike shootout

    09 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Video: 2017 superbike shootout

    2017 sees the return of two huge names in the superbike class in the guise of Honda's Fireblade SP and Suzuki's GSX-R1000R. Both Honda and Suzuki were left behind when the BMW S1000RR moved the goal...

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  • Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

    05 April 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

    It's that time of year again, when we take the best superbikes on the planet and put them through their paces, and this year our superbike shootout is more thorough than ever before. Over seven days...

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  • First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

    04 April 2017 by Richard Newland

    First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

    Baggers might not be your bag for a whole host of reasons, but if your primary objections revolve around poor handling, unsophisticated chassis, agricultural engines, and vast swathes of chrome – this...

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  • BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

    03 April 2017 by Adam Child

    BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

    At the end of 2016 BMW updated its R1200GS to make it Euro 4 compliant. While the GS was in the workshop they made some cosmetic changes and revised and smoothed the drivetrain. For 2017 BMW have...

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  • First ride of funky new KTM Dukes incoming

    03 April 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride of funky new KTM Dukes incoming

    We’ll be riding KTM’s new 125 and 390 Duke at their world launch in Italy on Wednesday. Both the A1-licence 15bhp £4099 125 Duke and the A2-licence 43bhp £4599 390 Duke have undergone a full makeover...

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  • Video: Yamaha R6 first ride

    29 March 2017 by Adam Child

    Video: Yamaha R6 first ride

    It’s no secret supersport sales have plummeted over the last decade. And while most manufacturers have put their 600s out to pasture, using a get-out clause to allow them to keep selling non-Euro4...

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  • Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: First ride coming soon

    27 March 2017 by Simon Hargreaves

    Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: First ride coming soon

    MCN will be grabbing a full first ride on Yamaha’s rather foxy, new, limited edition XSR900 café racer today. With an identical chassis set-up as the hugely popular standard XSR900 streetbike, Yamaha...

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  • Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT gets rid of the wind

    23 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT gets rid of the wind

    There wasn't anything wrong with the outgoing Suzuki V-Strom 1000, but for 2017 Suzuki have made a few tweaks and introduced the more adventure-focused XT version, which gets wire wheels, bashplate,...

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  • First Ride: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

    23 March 2017 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

    MCN Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, has packed his race leathers and is heading to Almeria, Spain to ride Yamaha’s new supersport YZF-R6. While the majority of other manufacturers have put their 600...

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  • Suzuki V-Strom 650XT: Easy rider

    22 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Suzuki V-Strom 650XT: Easy rider

    If your adventure bike doesn't have more electronics than the space shuttle and gadgetry coming out of its ears it often gets forgotten, but Suzuki's updated baby adventure bike, the V-Strom 650XT,...

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  • Air-cooling returns to the Monster family

    22 March 2017 by Jon Urry

    Air-cooling returns to the Monster family

    After a small break, 2017 sees air-cooling return to the Ducati Monster family in the shape of the new Monster 797. And for those who are fans of traditionalism, that’s a welcome relief as in 1993 the...

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  • New Dunlop Sportsmart2 Max tested

    22 March 2017 by Matt Wildee

    New Dunlop Sportsmart2 Max tested

    Dunlop’s new Sportmart2 Max looks like a great choice for rapid road riding and occasional trackday use. We tested the new tyre in the mountain roads overlooking Montpellier in the South of France,...

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  • Incoming: Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT first ride

    21 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Incoming: Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT first ride

    We're currently on our way to Spain to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT on Thursday March 23. The XT is the slightly more off-road focused version, fitted with gold wire-spoked wheels instead of the...

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  • Suzuki V-Strom 650XT first ride incoming

    20 March 2017 by Liam Marsden

    Suzuki V-Strom 650XT first ride incoming

    We're heading to Spain this week to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, which features new styling more like its big brother, the V-Strom 1000, and updates to the 645cc V-twin engine. The new engine is...

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  • BMW R nineT Pure: 'A charming motorcycle'

    16 March 2017 by Matt Wildee

    BMW R nineT Pure: 'A charming motorcycle'

    BMW’s budget R nineT Pure delivers largely the same as its more-expensive big brother. Pared-to-the-bone when it comes to equipment, but boasting great dynamics and a characterful engine, BMW’s R...

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