First rides & tests

  • Indian Ride Command system tested

    21 February 2017 by Phil West

    Indian Ride Command system tested

    Indian’s Ride Command infotainment system is now standard equipment on the range-topping Chieftain and Roadmaster models, and is pretty big news. Ride Command is a touchscreen info and entertainment...

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  • Indian Roadmaster Classic first ride

    21 February 2017 by Richard Newland

    Indian Roadmaster Classic first ride

    Tassels – thousands of them. They hang like a curtain from the new Roadmaster Classic’s flanks, dragging on the road as we scythe through California’s endless ribbons of mountain tarmac. And this is...

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  • Video: Ducati SuperSport first ride

    20 February 2017 by Michael Neeves and Liam Marsden

    Video: Ducati SuperSport first ride

    Update, February 14, 5:30pm After a three hour 80km road ride in wet conditions on the standard SuperSport model Neevesy reckons the bike leans much more to the sporty side of the spectrum: "I was...

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  • Testing times for 2017 KTM adventure weapons

    17 February 2017 by Adam Child

    Testing times for 2017 KTM adventure weapons

    MCN’s Senior Road Tester Adam Child has packed his bags and is heading to Corsica to ride KTM’s powerful 1290 Super Adventure S and the new 1090 Adventure. The powerful Super Adventure first appeared...

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  • Gallery: 2017 Ducati SuperSport first ride

    16 February 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: 2017 Ducati SuperSport first ride

    Ducati's new SuperSport impressed Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves, although he was surprised by just how sporty it is. Neevesy rode the base SuperSport model on the roads surrounding the Monteblanco...

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  • Ducati SuperSport: Your questions answered

    16 February 2017 by Michael Neeves and Liam Marsden

    Ducati SuperSport: Your questions answered

    What’s the wind protection like from such a small screen? It is relatively small, but it’s adjustable and on the fast A-roads and motorways we tested the bike it was fine. There was no buffeting and...

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  • Video: Yamaha OW-01 revisited

    15 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Yamaha OW-01 revisited

    Back in 1989 Yamaha created the OW-01, a homologation special built for superbike racing. With a staggering £12,700 price tag, it cost more than the Honda RC30 and with only 500 built, the Yamaha was...

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  • Ducati SuperSport first ride incoming

    10 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati SuperSport first ride incoming

    We’ll be riding the new Supersport at its world launch next Tuesday in Spain, on the road and at the Monteblanco circuit. The new 937cc V-twin machine should be the answer to many sportsbike riders’...

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  • 2017 Triumph Street Triple first ride incoming!

    10 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    2017 Triumph Street Triple first ride incoming!

    We’ll be riding the new 765cc Street Triple at its world launch on Monday on the road and at the magnificent Catalunya MotoGP circuit. It’s hard to believe the out-going 675cc Street Triple is a...

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  • Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    08 February 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    When you call a bike Z900, and in so doing create the first Kawasaki to carry the name since the original Z1-successor from 1976, it had better be good. What you certainly don’t want it to be is...

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  • Kawasaki Z1000SX old vs new

    04 February 2017 by Adam Child

    Kawasaki Z1000SX old vs new

    On what appears to be the one dry day of the year, it’s a pleasure to get out on any bike, let alone one as competent as Kawasaki’s Z1000SX. The howling, westerly wind has dried the roads and pushed...

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  • Video: 2017 Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    03 February 2017 by MCN News

    Video: 2017 Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    The new Kawasaki Z900 replaces the Z800 for 2017 to complete the new family of Zed roadsters which also includes the new Z650 and Z1000. With a 948cc engine derived from the Z1000 motor, the new Z900...

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  • First ride of Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000 incoming

    03 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride of Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000 incoming

    We’ll be riding the long-awaited new GSX-R1000 at its world launch at the Philip Island MotoGP circuit in Australia on Wednesday. Suzuki’s flagship superbike was last updated in 2012m but since then...

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  • Kawasaki Z900: A worthy successor to the Z800

    30 January 2017 by Phil West

    Kawasaki Z900: A worthy successor to the Z800

    MCN has just been riding the new 2017 Kawasaki Z900 at its world launch in Spain. The newcomer was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan last November and has been designed to replace the outgoing Z800...

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  • Kawasaki Z900: First ride incoming

    30 January 2017 by Phil West

    Kawasaki Z900: First ride incoming

    MCN guest tester Phil West is currently in Almeria in sunny, southern Spain where he’s just finished riding Kawasaki’s new Ninja 650, but there’s more to come from the Japanese giant (that’s Kawasaki,...

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  • Gallery: MCN takes the new Blade on track

    25 January 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: MCN takes the new Blade on track

    Last weekend MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child went out to Portugal to get the first riding impressions of the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and SP version.  Read what he thought here, watch the...

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  • Video: Suzuki GSX-S750 first ride

    24 January 2017 by MCN News

    Video: Suzuki GSX-S750 first ride

    The new Suzuki GSX-S750 is replacing the GSR750 for 2017, and in the process taking on the difficult task of challenging the leading bikes in the competitive middleweight naked category. MCN...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z650 first ride

    23 January 2017 by MCN News

    Video: Kawasaki Z650 first ride

    The popular Kawasaki ER-6n is no more for 2017, replaced instead by the new Z650. The new Z650 is 17kg lighter, Euro4 compliant, has a lower seat height and centrally-mounted horizontal shock. MCN...

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  • First Ride Incoming: Triumph Street Scrambler

    13 January 2017 by Andy Davidson

    First Ride Incoming: Triumph Street Scrambler

    MCN’s Andy Davidson is flying out to Spain for the world launch of the Triumph Street Scrambler this weekend. Unveiled to the public at the Milan Show late last year, this latest adaptation of the...

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  • First Ride Incoming: Triumph Street Cup

    13 January 2017 by Andy Davidson

    First Ride Incoming: Triumph Street Cup

    We’ll be riding Triumph’s new Street Cup at the world launch in Seville this weekend. Essentially a Street Twin, Triumph has fitted a variety of mods to create an all-new café racer for 2017. Taking...

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  • The MCN test: Corporate Customs

    07 January 2017 by Jon Urry

    The MCN test: Corporate Customs

    Eventually, every trend is forced to break from its underground roots as commercialisation takes over. The anti-capitalist hippy generation soon saw their tie-dye T-shirts in mainstream shops...

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  • The bikes that leave us shaking with adrenalin

    02 January 2017 by Michael Neeves

    The bikes that leave us shaking with adrenalin

    These are three of the most exciting bikes on planet Earth. The growling RSV4 RF, screaming GSX-R600 and bonkers Hypermotard 939 SP all leave you shaking with adrenalin and breathless with lust after...

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