First rides & tests

  • 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 first test report

    22 October 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 first test report

    MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin has just ridden the new 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 at Sugo in Japan. The full report will be in this the October 24 issue of MCN but here’s what he’s had to say: “The new...

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  • 2008 Honda Transalp XL700V first test report

    22 October 2007 by Adam Child

    2008 Honda Transalp XL700V first test report

    Honda’s all-new 2008 Honda Transalp XL 700V has just been launched and MCN Road Tester Adam Child has been riding the completely revamped motorcycle in French Alps for this week’s forthcoming issue of...

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  • 1300AS vs Norge1200

    20 October 2007 by MC King

    We were going to the motorshow at Paris on two bikes for a test ride. An impression for www.motornieuws.nl

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  • Video: World Superbike bikes tested

    17 October 2007 by Trevor Franklin, Michael Guy

    Check out the video below as MCN's World Superbikes reporter, Michael Guy, and Senior Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, put three World Superbikes to the test in Magny Cours. We see Trevor Franklin check out Noriyuki Haga's Yamaha R1 while Michael Guy sees what it takes to ride a world championship winning motorcycle as he tries James Toseland's Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade for size around the...

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  • Picture special: Victory Kingpin 8-Ball

    17 October 2007 by MCN

    Picture special: Victory Kingpin 8-Ball

    American manufacturer Victory motorcycles are certainly not holding back when it comes to taking a fight to their greatest rival Harley-Davidson. The new Kingpin 8-Ball cruiser has good...

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  • Video: Hayabusa 08 Tested

    17 October 2007 by Adam Child

    Check out the video below as we take a look at the new 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa. MCN road testers Adam Child and Bruce Dunn tested the 2008 model to its limits at Bruntingthorpe circuit in Leicestershire with the help of five old Hayabusa owners. Like you, we were expecting big figures from these mighty rocket ships but came away slightly disappointed. The main reason is that all these bikes are now...

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  • Video: Auto 66 at Elvington part two

    16 October 2007 by Adam Child

    Take a look at the video below to see what happened when MCN road tester, Adam Child put the Suzuki GSX-R600 through its paces.   Adam's technically-gifted brother, Mark, and long-suffering dad finally got the old GSX-R600 ready for Elvington, the last meeting at the airfield track with Auto 66.   The motor  was up and running, Mark has even fitted a crank case breather system,...

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  • Video: Ducati's 1098 vs its two V-twin rivals

    15 October 2007 by Adam Child

    Watch as we pit the Ducati 1098 against its two strongest rivals in the definitive V-twin sports bike test, up against the Aprilia RSV1000R Mille and the Honda SP-2. The Honda SP-2 was created to win World Superbikes - which it did in 2002 with Colin Edwards - and has the race pedigree to still be a contender. Meanwhile the Aprilia RSV1000R Mille dominated the Masterbike test in 2006, even...

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  • Video: Onboard the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

    10 October 2007

    Watch our exclusive video of the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa flat out at Bruntingthorpe. MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child pushed the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa to an indicated 200mph. Then watch the new Suzuki GSXR1300 Hayabusa take on the Kawasaki ZZR 1400, flat out again. Watch the breathtaking race between the two hypersports motorcycles around the track. And...

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  • Video: Akrapovic adds more power to Kawasaki Z1000

    10 October 2007 by Andy Downes

    Watch this exclusive MCN video to see the fitting of a full Akrapovic exhaust to my long term test Kawasaki Z1000 motorcycle, which not only dropped loads of weight off the motorcycle but also gave another 11bhp. The Kawasaki Z1000’s stock exhausts are the only ‘Marmite’ part of the motorcycle, judging by MCN readers’ comments, which range from ‘distinctive’ to ‘minging’. Find parts and...

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  • Kawasaki GTR1400 - an owner's view

    08 October 2007 by tracktime1000

    The GTR1400 is slick, fast and very comfortable and I've also done 4000 miles but don't worry about the fuel consumption. Mine averages around 30-33 mpg until we get on the motorway and hour after hour its 40-44 mpg averaging out at around 180 miles to a tank. On B-roads it's thirsty but it is a big lump (mind you so am I) but it does redeem itself slightly on long rides which to be fair is...

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  • Video: First ride of the new Aprilia Mana

    05 October 2007 by Michael Neeves

    It's half motorcycle and half automatic scooter, but is it any good? MCN man Michael Neeves travels to Turin to ride the new Aprilia Mana. Check out the video below to see how the bike faired in the Turin traffic and twisty country roads.

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  • Off-road excursion

    05 October 2007 by Graham Hoskins

    Went on a tour to France and ended up taking our road tyre-shod GS1150As off road for our first taste of dirt riding. We just happened to have 4 cameras running at the time - see how it worked out! For our latest TV venture, see www.ironbutts.co.uk

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  • Video: Aprilia Shiver vs.the Suzuki SV650, BMW F800 and Street Triple

    03 October 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    Aprilia's new Shiver 750 v-twin is no ordinary naked bike, it handles like a supermoto and boasts a fly-by-wire throttle. Check out the video below to see how it fairs in the real world against the sensible usability of the Suzuki SV650, the handling of the BMW F800S or the shear fun of the Triumph Street Triple.

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  • Video: The back roads of Britain by Bullet

    27 September 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    “We were two up, weighed down with a tank bag and saddlebags, and lost somewhere in Wiltshire, trying to ride up a one-in-four narrow lane that was bereft Tarmac and covered in loose gravel. “The Bullet was chugging away effortlessly in second gear and I swear to God you could count each firing stroke. It was so utterly ludicrous in this modern era that I burst out laughing and nearly veered off...

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  • Video: Words first test of the BMW Sport Boxer R1200S

    26 September 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    BMW's endurance racing Sport Boxer is more than just a racing protoype, it's the development mule for the firms new road-going sports bike, the HP2 Sport, which is set to be unveiled at the Paris show next week. Check out the video below to see what MCN man Trevor Franklin thought of the race bike and then check back later in the week to get the first look at BMW's 2008 range of bikes.

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  • Video: Italjet are back with the Grifon 650

    25 September 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Italjet is one of Italy’s most famous bike makers. They went out of business in 2003, but now they’re back making scooters, quads and pit bikes - but the Grifon 650 could be their first step back onto the big-bike ladder. It’s a collaboration between Hyosung and Italjet; the 650cc V-twin engine and chassis comes from the Korean firm, while things like the suspension, spoked wheels, suspension,...

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  • Boss Hoss test

    23 September 2007 by Marcus Kingma

    On Saturday, we did a test ride on the Boss Hoss and made a little video with a simple camera. It was for Oliepeil.nl and motornieuws.nl

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  • Haslam vs Tornado

    19 September 2007 by mike spells

    Haslam vs Tornado

    Leon Haslam racing an RAF Tornado GR4 on a Ducati 1098. Who won? Who cares? It was still awesome!

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  • Video: Trails of the unexpected Part III

    18 September 2007 by Chris Slade

    Time for the off. Can our three vintage trail bikes make it to Scarborough unscathed? And which will win? The mission was to buy and prepare three late 70s/early 80s trailies and ride them from Morecambe to Scarborough to find out which is the best within a budget of £1000 and we rejoin our team as the day of reckoning has come (see part one here and part two here). The moment, or...

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  • Video: Full report on Ducati's Desmosedici RR

    18 September 2007 by Chris Slade

    We've already brought you ourfirst impressions of the new Ducati Desmosedici RR when MCN road tester Michael Neeves got to ride the bike at the Mugello Circuit but now you can see Michael's full report on the increible new motorcycle. Check out the video below to watch as Michael walks you through all the technical aspects of the MotoGP replica motorcycle and then takes the beast out on track to...

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  • BMW F800ST

    13 September 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    Anyone with the age-old problem of a 29-inch or less inside leg measurement will know all too well the difficulty in finding a bike that allows you to get both feet, or even tip-toes, flat on the floor at standstill. Custom bikes, cruisers, custom-cruisers aren’t everyone’s cup of Typhoo, but at least they have low seat heights. For a more sportier way of life the occasional imported Japanese...

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  • Video: Ducati Desmosedici first test

    13 September 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Ducati Desmosedici first test

    MCN road tester Michael Neeves has just sent the first pictures and video from Mugello, where he is today riding the Ducati Desmosedici RR. The test was scheduled to take place at Misano one week ago,...

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  • Video: Onboard lap of the Salzburgring on the 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa

    12 September 2007 by Adam 'Chad' Child

    We're already brought you action and opinion on the world first ride of the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa in our first test video, but now you can enjoy a flying lap of the Salzburgring on the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa with MCN road tester Adam 'Chad' Child. So strap yourself in as the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa rockets up to 300km/h on the straights (in fifth gear), and the new sharper...

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  • Video: 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa first test at the Salzburgring

    12 September 2007 by Adam 'Chad' Child

    Watch our exclusive video from the world first test of the 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa at the Salzuburgring in Austria, and find out what MCN road tester Adam 'Chad' Child thinks of the motorcycle. You'll be able to read more on the new 2008 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa in MCN, out Wednesday, September 12, 2007, and at the end of the video 'Chad' reveals details of an upcoming group test...  

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  • Trail bike challenge: Part two

    11 September 2007 by Phil West

    Trail bikes – remember them? We did, and, going by the growing popularity of 70s/80s trailsters in the classics scene, more and more of you do, too. Which is why we set up this challenge. We wanted to find out what you get, and what the experience is like, if, say, you spend £1,000 on an old shonker trail bike from this era. Last week, MCN stalwarts Editor Marc Potter, Acting Deputy Editor Tony...

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  • Video: Trail bike challenge: Part one: Trails of the unexpected

    07 September 2007 by Phil West

    The mission was to buy and prepare three late 70s/early 80s trailies and ride them from Morecambe to Scarborough to find out which is the best within a budget of £1,000. Old trail bikes are suddenly becoming cool and collectable. In the 1970s and early 1980s bikes like Suzuki’s TS, Yamaha’s DT and XT and Honda’s XL were everywhere. Check out the video below to see our trail bike challenge from...

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  • B-King: First UK Group Test

    04 September 2007 by Howard Boylan

    We've already had the world's first test of Suzuki's new B-King, which you can watch here, but now we need to see where it stands against its rivals - and exactly what those rivals are.  Check out the video to see the B-King in action against the Yamaha R1, KTM SuperDuke and Yamaha XJR1300.

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