First rides & tests

  • Video: Triumph Daytona 675 2009 v 2008

    09 February 2009 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Daytona 675 2009 v 2008

    Triumphs quest for domination of the 600cc supersport category took another leap forward with the introduction of the 2009 Daytona 675. While at first glance the new 675 looks identical to the...

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  • Video: 600cc Supersport track shootout

    09 February 2009 by MCN

    Video: 600cc Supersport track shootout

    The 600cc supersport class is one of the most fiercely contested, with bikes such as the Honda CBR600RR and Triumph Daytona 675. The supersport shootout at Calafat had one aim  - to find out...

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  • Launch report: KTM RC8R

    07 February 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    Launch report: KTM RC8R

    KTM's new RC8R is one of the best sports bikes on the planet, says MCN's Trevor Franklin who has just ridden the bike in Portugal. The new bike is the long-awaited 'R' version of the already...

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  • Top 5 naked roadsters for under £3k

    05 February 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 naked roadsters for under £3k

    A budget naked middleweight is the swiss army knife of bikes. If you need one motorcycle capable of commuting, touring and weekend scratching then they offer a good compromise between...

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  • The peak of 1000cc lunacy for under £5k

    29 January 2009 by James Keen

    The peak of 1000cc lunacy for under £5k

    In a recent article in Bike magazine, tuning expert Mark Brewin argues that sportsbike development peaked in 2005. So why spend close to £10,000 on a new litre bike when you can buy one...

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  • Launch report: Suzuki Gladius

    26 January 2009 by Adam Child

    Launch report: Suzuki Gladius

    The new-for-2009 Suzuki Gladius replaces the much loved Suzuki SV650 in 2009 and its fresh new looks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But is it any good? The Suzuki Gladius is entirely new from the...

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  • Video: Suzuki Gladius launch teaser

    24 January 2009 by MCN

    Video: Suzuki Gladius launch teaser

    MCN Road Tester Adam Child is in Fuerteventura, putting the new Suzuki Gladius to the test in town and on the surrounding mountain roads.    The stylish Suzuki Gladius is the...

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  • Video teaser: Supersport 600 track shoot-out

    22 January 2009 by MCN

    Video teaser: Supersport 600 track shoot-out

    Adam Child is just outside Barcelona putting the latest crop of middleweight supersport bikes up against each other in an epic race track shoot-out. The Yamaha R6 may have won last year, but this time...

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  • Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 tested

    20 January 2009 by MCN

    Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 tested

    Michael Neeves says the new 1000cc R1 engine with crossplane crank gives the bike all the top-end rush of an inline-four, with the low down grunt of a twin. Neevesy tested the all-new 2009 Yamaha...

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  • Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 first impressions

    19 January 2009 by MCN

    Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 first impressions

    MCN Road Tester Michael Neeves is at Eastern Creek, Australia testing the latest incarnation of the Yamaha R1. Here's his trackside first impressions on the new flagship supersports...

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  • First ride: 2009 Yamaha R1

    19 January 2009 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: 2009 Yamaha R1

    Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is at Eastern Creek in Sydney to ride the much anticipated Rossi-inspired 2009 Yamaha R1. Here are his first impressions, check out MCN on Wednesday for a full...

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  • 2009 BMW K1300GT first ride report

    16 January 2009 by Andy Downes

    2009 BMW K1300GT first ride report

    MCN’s Andy Downes is on  the BMW K1300 series launch in Spain with three new bikes being ridden for the first time - the K1300 R naked bike, the faired S and the touring GT model. Andy has...

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  • 2009 BMW K1300R on test!

    15 January 2009 by Andy Downes

    2009 BMW K1300R on test!

    MCN’s Andy Downes is on the new BMW K1300 launch in Spain with three new bikes being ridden for the first time - the K1300 R naked bike, the faired S and the touring GT model and has now just stepped...

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  • BMW K1300S first impressions

    15 January 2009 by MCN

    BMW K1300S first impressions

    MCN’s Andy Downes is on the new BMW K1300 launch in Spain with three new bikes being ridden for the first time - the K1300 R naked bike, the faired S and the touring GT model. He has just stepped...

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  • Launch report: 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R

    12 January 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Launch report: 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R

    MCN has just ridden the new for 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R for the first time on a 250km on/off road trek in Sardinia. The new motorcycle takes over from the 990 Adventure S as the top-of-the-range...

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  • Video: Padgetts HRC race bike

    07 January 2009 by Adam Child

    Video: Padgetts HRC race bike

    Senior road tester Adam Child test rode the latest HRC bikes from Padgett's Motorcycles at a cold and wintery Cadwell Park. Padgett's are now offering HRC brand new track ready bike for novice track...

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  • Video: Ducati Monster 1100S

    06 January 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    Video: Ducati Monster 1100S

    MCN road tester Trevor Franklin already tested the new Ducati Monster 1100 at the launch, but how does the 1100cc V-twin powered naked fair on bumpy British roads? Trev has tested the 1100S version on...

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  • Honda CB1000R is a dream

    03 January 2009 by Alex Bugeja

    Honda CB1000R is a dream

    I bought the new Honda CB1000R last month after riding sports bikes for the last 26 years and it is truly impressive on the road - especially on busy roads. It handles like a 400, but when you turn...

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  • Bikesafe courses back for 2009

    03 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    Bikesafe courses back for 2009

    Bikesafe is continuing to run courses around the country in 2009 to help improve rider ability and work on reducing the number of motorcycle accidents. BikeSafe work with more than 40 police...

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  • Video: Kawasaki ZX-6R: 2008 v 2009

    30 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Kawasaki ZX-6R: 2008 v 2009

    Kawasaki have made big claims that their new ZX-6R is more powerful, lighter and easier to ride than ever before. To find out if they're right, Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves puts it to the test...

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  • Video: LSL Kawasaki Clubman W 740R road test

    29 December 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Video: LSL Kawasaki Clubman W 740R road test

    Kawasaki's W650 surfaced in 1998 and dipped back under the radar sometime in 2003. Based on a very early Kawasaki model from an age where where hippies were all the rage (and itself a very good copy...

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  • Aprilia getting to grips with the RSV4 Tuono

    23 December 2008 by MCN Mole

    Aprilia getting to grips with the RSV4 Tuono

    Aprilia is speeding ahead with the naked Tuono version of the RSV4 according to MCN’s Mole. Designer Miguel Galuzzi and his team at the Noale HQ are already carving away at clay models to try and get...

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  • Video: Buell 1125CR road test

    22 December 2008 by MCN

    Video: Buell 1125CR road test

    Buell extends its water-cooled V-twin range with the introduction of the 1125CR; a naked version of the Rotax-powered 1125R sports bike. As you'd expect with a bike that has a claimed 146bhp output,...

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  • Video: Sherco 2.5i F goes Enduro

    18 December 2008 by Michael Guy

    Sherco has a proven track record of building some of the world's best trials bikes and now they've turned their attention to the enduro market.   The Sherco 2.5i F (250cc) is very user friendly and offers plenty of torque all the way up to 12,000 rpm. Handling is good, and the bike is already a proven winner after Graham Jarvis won the recent Red Bull Romaniacs event. Watch the video below to...

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  • Video: Technical Analysis of Honda CBR1000RR ABS system

    16 December 2008 by MCN

    MCN Senior road tester Michael Neeves has been out in Qatar testing the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade equipped with ABS. Watch the video to see Michael Neeves explain exactly how the electronically-controlled 'brake-by-wire' system on the new Fireblade works and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, 17 December, 2008.

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  • Video: Adrenalin-Moto XR 1200 road test

    15 December 2008 by Adam Child

    Darlington based Adrenalin Moto have produced this one off special XR1200 Harley Davidson, reducing the bikes weight by 25kg and significantly increasing the bikes performance and handling. They’ve loosely based the bike on the new race bike which will be appearing in next year's British Superbike program in the new Henderson Harley Davidson XR1200 Trophy. Watch the video below to...

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  • 2009 ABS Honda CBR600RR tested!

    15 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    2009 ABS Honda CBR600RR tested!

    MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves has just been riding the new 2009 Honda CBR600RR in Qatar. There’s lots of talk about the new Combined ABS on Honda’s new CBR600RR. Indeed it’s the first time a...

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  • First ride: ABS Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

    15 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: ABS Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

    Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is in Qatar testing the new ABS Honda Fireblade... The electronically-controlled ‘brake-by-wire’ system on the new Fireblade is revolutionary, totally unique on a...

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  • Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

    12 December 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

    German tuning company AC Schnitzer has developed an excellent reputation for producing some stunning aftermarket accessories for all manner of BMW motorcycles. Most recently it has turned its...

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  • Video: Jack Lilley Triumph Scrambler road test

    10 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Jack Lilley Triumph Scrambler road test

    Jack Lilley motorcycles are famed for producing one-of-a-kind Triumph specials and this is their latest. Based on the 2009 Scrambler, this Triumph has been given that 'Great Escape' Steve McQueen...

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