First rides & tests

  • 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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  • Video: 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R full test

    07 December 2007 by Adam Child, Howard Boylan, Chris Slade

    MCN Roadtester Adam Child has been out testing the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R in Qatar. We've already shown you his first impressions and a hot lap of the middle-eastern circuit and now you can see his full report. Click here to see dyno figures for the ZX-10R Click here for details on how to win a ZX-10R Check out the video below to see chads opinion of the new bike and some fast track action and...

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  • Video: A lap of Qatar onboard the 2008 ZX-10R

    06 December 2007 by Angus FArquhar, Adam Child, Howard Boylan

    Video: A lap of Qatar onboard the 2008 ZX-10R

    MCN Road-tester Adam Child put in some hot laps of the Qatar circuit on the 2008 Kawaski ZX-10R (but still couldn't keep up with the Kawasaki test rider) and you can. check out the onboard video...

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  • Video: First ride of BMW's new sports bike, the HP2 Sport

    05 December 2007 by Angus Farquhar, Ian Jubb, Adam Child

    MCN man Trevor Franklin has just finished riding BMW's carbon clad HP2 Sport for the first time and you can see the motorcycle in action. See what Trev thought of the £14,500 motorcycle in the video below and read his full test in the December 12 edition of MCN.  

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  • MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 04/12/07

    04 December 2007 by Angus Farquhar, Dave Rawlings

    In Episode 7 of the MCN Daily video show we catch up with Chief MCN Road-tester Trevor Franklin as he tests the all new BMW HP2 Sport, take a look at the massive Ducati celebration in Bologna and throw our weight behind James Toseland in his bid for BBC Sports personality of the year.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch...

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  • Picture special: New AJS YX-R125

    04 December 2007 by Chris Pearson

    Picture special: New AJS YX-R125

    Although proudly wearing the AJS logo this is a machine with little in common with its illustrious British ancestors. Instead, the new Chinese-built YX-R is a generic single cylinder design similar to...

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  • BMW HP2 launch first impressions

    04 December 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    BMW HP2 launch first impressions

    The new BMW HP Sport caught the eyes of the 1000s of visitors  to the recent NEC Motorcycle Show and MCN can now say it goes as good as it looks. MCN´s chief road tester Trevor Franklin is...

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  • MCN Daily: Your daily video news for 03/12/07

    03 December 2007 by Angus Farquhar, Andy Downes

    In Episode 6 of the MCN Daily video show we remember the legend that was Evel Knievel, catch up with Michael Neeves as he gets the first ride on the new Ducati 848 and Honda CBF600 and hear from Adam Child as he gets the first ride of the Kawasaki ZX-10R.  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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  • Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R first impressions

    03 December 2007 by Howard Boylan, Adam Child

    MCN Road-tester Adam Child has just got off the brand new Kawasaki ZX-10R after the first session at its launch in Qatar and has sent us his first impressions. See the full test video here Check out the video below to see some quick footage of the bike in action and hear what Chad has to say about the new motorcycle then check back on Wednesday to see the full video review and grab a...

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  • Video: First ride of the new Ducati 848

    03 December 2007 by Chris Slade, Ian Jubb, Michael Neeves

    MCN Road-tester Michael Neeves got to ride Ducati's new 848 for the first time on Friday and it definately lives up to expectations. Check out the video below to see the bike in action and hear what Michael has to say about the new motorcycle then grab a copy of the December 5 edition of MCN to read his full review.

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  • Video: First impressions of the Ducati 848

    30 November 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Michael Neeves got to  ride the new Ducati 848 for the first time today and has sent back a quick update with his first impressions of the bike. Check out the video below to hear what Michael has to say after coming back in from his first time out on the bike.

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  • Ducati 848 first riding impressions

    30 November 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati 848 first riding impressions

    Motorcycle News Senior road tester Michael Neeves has just finished his first session riding Ducati’s new 848 at the Almeria circuit in Spain. As expected, the Ducati 848 has an...

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  • Video: 2007 Sports bike of the year

    29 November 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Michael Neeves heads to Jerez in Spain with the cream of this year's sports bikes, but which one is best? Check out the video below to see the Yamaha R1, Honda CBR600RR, Suzuki GSX-R750 and Ducati 1098 go head to head and find out which one came out on top.

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  • Video: Track tuition from Jeremy McWilliams

    29 November 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Check out what happened when Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves went to the Masterclass race school at Jerez and was taught the ropes by none other than ex-MotoGP god, Jeremy McWilliams. Read more about it in this week's MCN.

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  • Video: MotoGP bikes tested

    20 November 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    It isn't often you get the chance to ride a MotoGP bike, let alone five in a row back to back. So imagine how excited MCN roadtester Michael Neeves was when the call came in to ride all the top bikes - including Casey Stoner's championship winning Ducati. Check out the video below to see Michael ride Stoner's motorcycle, John Hopkins' Suzuki, Anthony West's Kawasaki and Nicky Hayden's Honda and...

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  • Picture Special: Suzuki Bandit Streetfighter

    15 November 2007 by Liam Marsden

    Picture Special: Suzuki Bandit Streetfighter

    Check out these exclusive pictures of Suzuki's new Bandit Streetfighter, as tested for Motorcycle News. We bring you detailed pictures of some of the bikes best pictures. Including the Yoshimura Dual...

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  • Picture special: Harley Davidson Night Rod

    14 November 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    Picture special: Harley Davidson Night Rod

    Check out these exclusive photographs of the Harley Davidson Night Rod Special as tested in northern Italy for Motorcycle News. We bring you close ups of the best features of the motorcycle, including...

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  • Video: We ride Casey Stoner's Ducati

    14 November 2007 by Michael Neeves

    MCN has ridden the bike that took Casey Stoner to the MotoGP world championship and we were there to catch it all on film. Check out the video below to see how roadtester Michael Neeves got on riding the championship wining motorcycle then check out the November 14 edition of MCN to read his full report on riding the incredible machine including a complete technical rundown of the Ducati GP7...

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