First rides & tests

  • Video: Ducati 1098R launch

    30 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati's new 1098R is the closest thing the Italian firm has ever produced to a full-blooded World Superbike racer. Costing £24,000 it has a 186bhp, 1200cc engine, top quality cycle parts, and for the first time ever on a road bike: traction control.   Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves travelled to the Ducati's world launch in Jerez to check it out. Read his full report in this week's MCN...

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  • Wallpaper gallery: Ducati 1098R

    29 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Wallpaper gallery: Ducati 1098R

    In this weeks MCN Michael Neeves tests Ducati's 1098R with traction control and 180bhp. The 1098R is the first road bike to feature a true traction control system, which has eight programmable...

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  • Video: BMW's G450X off-roader in action

    29 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    The January 30 edition of MCN features the first test of BMW's new off-roader, the G450X, but the bike has already been in action at several races throughout 2007. Check out the video on the right to see highlights of BMWs win at the incredible Erzberg Enduro in Austria. The video starts with clips of the HP2 riping up the quarry course, but skip to 1:40 to see the little enduro in action on some...

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  • MCN Daily 29/01//08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    29 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 34 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news update we see Michael Neeves have the first ride on the Ducati 1098R, Ken Livingstone suppressing evidence on bikes in bus lanes and Brandshatch gets a revamp.  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 us know...

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  • Video: Onboard 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R

    29 January 2008 by Adam Child

    For the first time you can see video evidence of how wild Kawasaki's new ZX-10R is flat out. Watch the new Kawasaki rev out in top gear as it bounces of its speed limiter and check out how much the bars move as the bike twitches over the bumpy test track. Then watch as it takes on Yamaha's R1, which comes out on top in a simple flat out run. You can read the full test of all this year's 1000cc...

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  • Ducati 1098R first riding impressions

    28 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati 1098R first riding impressions

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just been riding Ducati’s brand new 1098R superbike at its world launch at Jerez in southern Spain. This is what he has to say: “Ducati is back to its...

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  • MCN Daily 24/01/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    24 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 31 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we get sneak spy shots of Triumphs new 1700cc cruiser, Dani Pedrosa's fireball crash leaves him with a broken hand and Honda WSB riders get out on track for the first 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...

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  • Fireblade gets ready to take on its rivals

    24 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Fireblade gets ready to take on its rivals

    The waiting is finally over. We’ve finally got our hands on one of the first new Honda CBR1000RR FireBlades in Europe, and that means we can get to work on seeing which of the 1000cc Japanese...

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  • Gallery: 08 R6 v 07 R6

    23 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    Gallery: 08 R6 v 07 R6

    You have to look close and closer still at the new R6 and the one it supersedes to spot the differences, but they are there and we have had them out on a track to find them. Wether the new R6 is...

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  • Video: BMW R1200GS Adventure v KTM 990 Adventure

    23 January 2008 by Adam Child, Angus Faquhar

    There is only one bike that can really take on BMW's new R1200GS Adventure and that's the KTM 990 Adventure. And what better way to test them than to tackle a bit of off-road in the Cairngorms mid winter. Check out the video below to see how our team got on with the long ride north and the frozen conditions when they got there.

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  • Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R v R1

    14 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Check out the first monster battle of 2008. In this video we pitch the new Kawasaki ZX-10R against the Yamaha R1; our superbike of choice for 2007. The ZX-10R has already ripped up the rule book by producing a staggering 170bhp; 8bhp more than the R1. It also flew down our test track at a genuine 184mph, in the wet! But for this test we take both bikes to Brands Hatch and put them through...

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  • MCN Daily 11/01/08: Your video motorcycle news update

    11 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 25 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear about Troy Bayliss injuring himself in testing at Phillip Island, the new Kawasaki ZX-10R making 170bhp at the rear wheel and riders are facing lower legal alcohol limits than car drivers under new proposals.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in...

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  • Britain's got biking talent winner ridden

    11 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Britain's got biking talent winner ridden

    The Carole Nash ‘Britain’s Got Biking Talent’ competition that MCN ran last year pulled in over 4500 examples of specials and restored classics. Michael Neeves tried out the winning 170bhp Kawasaki...

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  • Video: Charley Boorman on the 2008 BMW R1200GS

    10 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    Long Way Down star Charley Boorman joined our man on the launch of the 2008 BMW R1200GS and gave us his opinion on the heavily updated bike. Check out the video below to hear what Charley had to say about the new machine and watch the bikes in action at the Welsh launch.  Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN |...

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  • Video: Ducati 1098 v 999

    09 January 2008 by Adam Child

    To buy the unquestionably brilliant Ducati 1098S you will have to pay a staggering £9,000 more than a used version of its predecessor the 999. Just think for the price of a new 1098S you can have a used 999 and have enough change for leathers, a lid and a few track days. So, to find out if the newcomer really is worth the extra, we took a 999 and a 1098S down to the Jerez circuit in Spain and...

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  • Video: Carole Nash Britain's got biking talent winner

    09 January 2008 by Michael Neeves

    This very special Kawasaki is the winner of the 'Britain's Got Biking Talent' competition we ran last year with Carole Nash; seeing off over 4500 entries. Check out our video to see what makes this 170bhp ZXR1200 so special and more importantly what it's like to ride. For a full report, check it out in this week's MCN (Wednesday, 9th January).

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  • MCN Daily: Your daily video motorcycle news for 08/01/08

    08 January 2008 by Daniel Thornton, Angus Farquhar

    In episode 23 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear that the Honda CB100R concept could make it to production, Ducati puts it's MotoGP bike on ice and Johnathan Rea puts on a good show in Philip Island  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 us know what you...

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  • Video: Moto Guzzi's Stelvio first ride

    08 January 2008 by Michael Neeves, Howard Boylan

    In our world Exclusive video test, Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves travels to Italy to ride Moto Guzzi's brand new Stelvio. This is the Italian firm's answer to the mighty BMW R1200GS, but is it any good? Check out the video and the full report in this week's MCN to find out...

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  • Video: Onboard lap of Jerez

    07 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    Last year MCN road-tester Michael Neeves rode his long-term test Yamaha R1 down to Jerez for a bit of fun and a track school with the Masterclass race school and was taught the ropes by none other than ex-MotoGP god, Jeremy McWilliams. We've already shown you the highlights of the school in a previous video but dreadging through the archive we realised that the onboard footage from the session was...

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  • Video: BMW R1200GS 2008 on and off-road launch

    03 January 2008 by Adam Child

    BMW's R1200GS and Adventure have been improved for 2008. But by How much exactly? Check out the videos below to see the GS tested on-road and the GS Adventure tested off-road with the help of Motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman, then take a little look behind the scenes in our crash compilation. It's quite hard to hold up a 200+ kg bike when it starst to go over. Zoom & Watch more...

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  • Video: Jonathan Rea reflects on the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade launch

    24 December 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea was at the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade launch in Losail, Qatar last week. Check out this video to see what Jonathan Rea thought off the 2008 Fireblade. (Video supplied by: Gary Price at www.gspdesigns.com) See an onboard lap of Jonathan Rea on the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade See MCN's Senior Road Tester Trevor Franklin's thoughts on the Honda CBR1000RR...

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  • Video: 2007 review of the road-test year

    24 December 2007

    In the first of our Reviews of the Year we look back at a year of fantastic road tests that have seen the launch of some of the most exciting bikes in a long time. Check out the video below to see which bikes MCN Road test editor Phil West chooses to highlight and keep tuned for our news and sport reviews in the coming days.

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  • Video: Ducati 1098 vs 848

    19 December 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati reckons its new 848 is much more than just a 'smaller 1098', so we put it directly against its big brother on British roads to find out. Check out the video below to see the two bikes in action and hear the verdict of MCN Road Tester Michael Neeves.

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  • Video: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade launch test

    18 December 2007 by Trevor Franklin, Ian Jubb, Chris Slade

    Chief MCN road tester Trevor Franklin has just finished testing the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in Qatar and you can see his full video report. Check out the video below to see what Trev thinks of the new Honda Fireblade and click here to watch an onboard lap of the track on the new motorcycle by British Superbike and World Supersport rider Jonathan Rea.

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  • MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 17/12/07

    17 December 2007 by Daniel Thornton, Chris Slade

    In Episode 16 of the MCN Daily video show we hear about MCN road tester Trevor Franklin riding the new 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, how British Trading Standards are looking into how secure motorcycle locks actually are, Nissan offereing limited edition Nissan Navara's after Long Way Down's success and Suzuki boss Paul Denning speaks about the pressure placed on Valentino Rossi.  Subscribe...

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  • Video: Johnny Rea onboard the 2008 Fireblade in Qatar

    17 December 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Check out the exclusive video below as Jonathan Rea takes the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade for a test run at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Rea, who will be riding for Hannspree Ten Kate World Supersport team in next season, gives you the full experience of an on-board lap of the circuit. See this week's MCN, available from Wednesday, December 19, 2007 for the full test of the Honda CBR1000RR...

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  • MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 12/12/07

    12 December 2007 by Angus Farquhar, Daniel Thornton

    In Episode 13 of the MCN Daily video show Ducati is forced to stop production after lorry drivers protest, Ducati Desmosedici sells out, V-Rhoer gets go-ahead and Andrew Pitt talks about the Ten Kate CBR600RR traction control.  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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  • MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 11/12/07

    11 December 2007 by Daniel Thornton, Chris Slade

    In Episode 12 of the MCN Daily video show we have news on wire barriers being introduced to single carriageway roads, a clamp down on Christmas drink driving and Gilera's three-wheeled hybrid scooter.  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 us know...

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  • Video: Suzuki GSX650F vs Yamaha R6

    11 December 2007 by Adam Child

    Suzuki's new GSX650F is a great all-rounder, temptingly cheap and has enough pizazz to make a fun, useable sports bike - but is it good enough to tempt and R6 owner to change bikes? Check out the video below to find out the answer and read the full report in the December 12 edition of MCN.

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  • Video: Gilera Fuoco

    10 December 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    Gilera’s Fuoco is a big-capacity version of Piaggio’s 250cc MP3. Both look like scooters but with their ability to lean they ride like a motorcycle. And with three wheels they are extremely safe because of this stability, but that’s where the similarities end. Check out the video below as MCN’s Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, puts the Gilera Fuoco through its paces. To find out about the...

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