First rides & tests

  • MCN Daily 02/04/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    02 April 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 77 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show a motorcyclists bid to become London mayor gets shot down, we've got exclusive video of the incredible new Bimota DB6R and Rossi says he’s happy with Yamaha’s progress.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let...

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  • Video: Bimota DB6R first ride

    02 April 2008 by Michael Neeves

    £16,600 is a lot of money to spend on a bike, let alone a naked one, but the new Bimota DB6R is the best of the super naked breed. Check out our video to see why Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves reckons this exotic, hand-built Italian beauty is so good.

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  • Video: Victory Vision takes on its rivals

    31 March 2008 by Adam Child

    Victory’s all new Vision brings a new rival to the full-dress tourers from Honda, BMW, and Harley. But can it compete against the already established competition? Road tester Adam Child embarks on a mammoth journey from London, to Edinburgh, via Cardiff, Dublin and Belfast to find out. Check out the road trip as the Vision, Electraglide, Goldwing and K1200LT tour the UK and Ireland...

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  • Video: Triumph Bonneville Evel Knievel replica

    27 March 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    In 1968 Evel Knievel jumped the Caesar's Palace casino fountains on a Triumph Bonneville T120. To make sure that the Las Vegas event isn't forgotten Triumph specialist dealer Jack Lilley has built a motorcycle to commemorate the fact it was Triumph who kickstarted Knievel's career. Watch the video below to see what MCN Chief road tester Trevor Franklin thought of the tribute motorcycle. Read the...

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  • Video: Ducati Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica on the road

    27 March 2008 by Michael Neeves

    MCN senior road tester Michael Neeves is the lucky man who got to take Ducati's £40,000 Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica on the world's first road test. Watch the video above to see if the motorcycle can maintain its sensational track reputation as it takes to the streets of Glasgow. Read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

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  • Video: Suzuki GSX-R750 K8 polished perfection

    18 March 2008 by Michael Neeves

    The Suzuki GSX-R750 has long been considered the thinking man's sports motorcycle but can the new K8 version live up to its predecessors' standards? Watch the video to see MCN senior road tester Michael Neeves ride the motorcycle around the Guadix circuit and around the roads of Spain. Read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

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  • Video: Custom built Husqvarna road racer

    18 March 2008 by Adam Child

    This Husqvarna racer has been designed in partnership between Husqvarna UK and HM racing to compete in the new Moto 450 class run by the new Thundersport GB club this year. Watch the video to see MCN road tester Adam Child take the motorcycle around Mallory Park and read the full article in MCN, out Wednesday, 19th March, 2008.

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  • Video: Have Buell solved their 1125R problems?

    13 March 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    The launch of Buell's 1125R last year showed it to be a woefully under developed motorcycle and six months later, Buell claims that all the problems have been sorted. MCN chief road tester Trevor Franklin travelled to Seville to test the Buell on the roads and the twisting Monteblanco circuit. Watch the video to see the bike put through it's paces to find out if the problems have been fixed.

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  • Video: 2008 600cc group test

    13 March 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Last year Honda blew the doors off the 600 class with its new CBR600RR but can it hold on to its crown against the new Yamaha R6, Triumph's Daytona 675, Suzuki's new GSX-R600 K8 and Kawasaki's ZX-6R. MCN Senior road tester Michael Neeves tested the motorcycles on road and track to see if the contenders could match the Honda CBR600RR. Watch the video below to find out the finishing order...

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  • Video: Cagiva Mito SP525 as fun as a Moto 125?

    12 March 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    When looking at the captivating styling of Cagiva's brand new Mito SP525 you must remember certain things. Its engine size is only 124.6cc, power out-put is capped to 14.7bhp and the SP525 looks like the 1994 Caviga V594 500GP motorcycle. MCN's chief road tester Trevor Franklin put the motorcycle through its paces to see if the SP525 could be the same source of sports fun as the 1990...

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  • Video: Husqvarna's 2008 SM510IR, SM450RR and a World Championship winning bike

    06 March 2008 by Michael Neeves

    For the past ten years, Italian off-road motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna has been in the business of making fiery supermotos. The company, recently bought by BMW, have continued to tweak and upgrade their range year on year and 2008 is no different. MCN's Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves travelled to Benidorm to try the new SM510R, the SM450RR and the S1 World Championship...

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  • Video: 2008 KTM RC8 - it was worth it

    05 March 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Video: 2008 KTM RC8 - it was worth it

    KTM already produces decent V-twin powered bikes in the shape of the 990SM and the Super Duke but these aren't machines burdened with the 'tag' of Superbike like the new RC8. MCN' Chief Road...

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  • MCN Daily 04/03//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    04 March 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 56 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we get a 2008 Yamaha R6 up to a whopping 172.34 miles per hour, satellite road pricing appears to be put on the back burner and MotoGP rookie James Toseland says he is happy to have racing legend Valentino Rossi on his side  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all...

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  • MCN Daily 03/03//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    03 March 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 55 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we test the new Buell Ulysses XB12XT, the Government may allow the usage of hard shoulders to ease motorway congestion and Mick Jagger reveals members of the Hell Angels planned to assassinate him  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three...

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  • First ride: Buell Ulysses XB12XT

    01 March 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    First ride: Buell Ulysses XB12XT

    Following on from the successful sales debut of Buell’s Ulysses, the American company has introduced a new model – the XB12XT. The motorcycle has just been launched in Spain and is a full on touring...

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  • Video: BMW F650GS first ride

    27 February 2008 by Phil West

    Despite the 650 name, the BMW F650GS actually has a 798cc twin cylinder motor derived from the F800GS and has just been laiunched alongside its bigger sibling. MCN Road Test Editor Phil West travelled to South Africa to see if the motorcycle could better the 'Funduro' tag associated with its predecessor. Click here to watch the first ride of the new F800GS

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  • Video: BMW F800GS first ride

    27 February 2008 by Phil West

    Last week saw the launch of not one but two all-new BMW GS models, the F800GS and the F650GS, in South Africa. MCN Road Test Editor Phil West went to see if the new F800GS was a baby R1200GS or in fact a landmark bike in its own right. Watch the video below to get a detailed look at the bike and see how it copes as Phil takes it for a ride Click here to be walked through the new F650GS

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  • MCN Daily 26/02/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    26 February 2008 by Jack Thorpe, Sarah Carnell, Angus Farquhar

    In episode 51 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we have the world's first ride of the new Suzuki GSX-R600, Princes William and Harry get told not to ride to Africa and Casey Stoner says give Marco Melandri some more time.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to...

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  • Video: Onboard the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600

    26 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    MCN Man Adam Child is in Misano to test the 2008 GSX-R600 but fog delayed that start of the test so we thought we'd bring you some onboard footage of the bike recorded earlier. Chad is now out on the bike and we'll bring you the full video of the test as soon as we can, but until then enjoy this impressive footage.

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  • Video: MV F4 goes 1078

    26 February 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    The latest MV Agusta to wear the F4 badge has an extra 80cc, more power and an extra 'R' tagged onto its name. Watch the video as MCN road tester Trevor Franklin puts the MV F4 1078RR 312 through its paces to see if it can compete with the best Japenese superbikes. Read the full review in the new edition of Motorcycle News, out Wednesday 27th February.

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  • 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Ride!

    26 February 2008 by Adam Child

    2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Ride!

    MCN Road Tester Adam Child is at Misano in Italy waiting to ride the all-new 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600. The bike’s ready, Chad’s ready, now all he’s waiting for is the freezing fog to clear! The key...

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  • MCN Daily 25/02//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    25 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 50 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we have the world's first ride of the new KTM RC8, Troy Bayliss leads the World Superbike Championship after the first weekend and MCN gives James Toseland a good send off  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here...

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  • World first test: KTM RC8 lives up to the hype

    25 February 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    World first test: KTM RC8 lives up to the hype

    MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is at Ascari in Spain where he has just had his first go aboard one of the most eagerly awaited bikes of the year – KTM’s stunning, all-new RC8. This is what he...

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  • KTM RC8 test: First sighting

    24 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    KTM RC8 test: First sighting

    MCN Chief road tester Trevor Franklin has just arrived in Ronda, Spain for the first ride of the long-awaited KTM RC8 sports bike. Checking in to the hotel Trev spotted the bike on display in the...

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  • Video: Yamaha YZF-R125 first ride

    23 February 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Yamaha launched the all-new YZF-R125 in Valencia this week, and MCN was the first to test ride the new motorcycle on Spanish roads and Valencia's go-kart track, a miniature replica of the MotoGP circuit. The R125 is a direct rival to the Honda CBR125R, and you can see our exclusive video of the motorcycle here first. See the full test of the Yamaha YZF-R125 in next week's Motor Cycle News, out...

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  • Yamaha YZF-R125 world’s first test

    22 February 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Yamaha YZF-R125 world’s first test

    MCN has just completed the first road test of Yamaha’s new learner sportsbike, the YZF-R125. Built to steal the massive sales figures off the Honda CBR125R, the R125 is an all-new liquid-cooled...

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  • MCN Daily 21/02//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    21 February 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 48 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear that road pricing trials have been delayed, we test the new BMW F650GS and its a good day for the Brits in World Supersport  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us know what you think of the new show.

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  • Husqvarna 2008 supermoto model launch

    21 February 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Husqvarna 2008 supermoto model launch

    Michael Neeves, Senior Road Tester, is out in Spain testing the 2008 Husqvarna Supermoto range at a cart track in Benidorm and here’s his first impressions. “The big news is their new SM510R which is...

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  • Do you own a Victory Vision?

    21 February 2008 by MCN

    Do you own a Victory Vision?

    MCN is putting together a test of large capacity, super-comfy touring motorcycles, such as the BMW K1200LT, Honda Goldwing, Harley-Davidson Electra Glide and a Victory Vision. If you happen to live in...

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  • First ride: BMW F650GS takes to the road

    21 February 2008 by Phil West

    First ride: BMW F650GS takes to the road

    BMW has launched it’s new F650GS in South Africa and MCN Road test editor Phil West has just ridden it. Don’t be fooled by the name the motorcycle is actually based very much on the F800GS...

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