First rides & tests

  • Tigcraft 450 Supermono - could they replace 250GPs?

    29 August 2007 by Howard Boylan

    The debate is still raging about what will replace 250cc bikes on the GP circuit last week we tested a 250GP bike against a 600cc fourstroke and this week we try the other option - a 450cc single cylinder prototype supermono machine. Watch the video below to see how it compares.

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  • Video: Street Triple first group test

    23 August 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    The Triumph Street Triple has a lot to live up to, with some great bikes in its class so we got the leading contenders together to see if it can hack the pace. Check out the video below to see how the Triumph compares to the Ducati Monster, Kawasaki Z750, Honda Hornet, Suzuki GSR600 and Yamaha FZ6

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  • Video: Buell 1125R first ride

    23 August 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    MCN man Trevor Franklin has just ridden Buell's brand new 1125R sports bike and you can see the bike in action. Check out the video below to see Trev putting the bike through it's paces around Laguna Seca and get a look at the first non-harley engine in a Buell.

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  • World first test report of the Buell 1125R

    23 August 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    World first test report of the Buell 1125R

    MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is currently at Laguna Seca riding Buell’s radical, all new 1125R. “The looks may be familiarly quirky Buell, but the 1125R is a revolutionary bike for Buell...

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  • Video: Could 600s take over from 250s in GPs?

    21 August 2007 by Ian Jubb

    To answer the question we got the leading British 250 and put it up against the leading British 600 Supersport bike at Cadwell park to see how they compare. Check out the video below to find out what we thought.

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  • Video: Z1000 to Brno

    16 August 2007 by Andy Downes

     MCN man Andy Downes took his long-term-test Kawasaki Z1000 to Brno to watch World Superbikes and filmed his trip. Check out the video below to see how he got on.

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  • Video: Set your suspension up properly

    15 August 2007 by Ian Jubb

    MCN man Andy Downes knew he could get more from the suspension on his long-term test Kawasaki Z1000 so he enlisted the help of Harris Performance to set it up perfectly with tips that apply to any bike. Check out the video below to see exactly how to improve your bikes handling.

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  • A happy GTR owner

    15 August 2007 by Paul Kenyon

    Kawasaki GTR: Just that bit better. Having tested Yamaha's FJR the natural replacement for my previous XJ900 I read a follow up report on Kawasaki's new GTR. This report compared not only the FJR but also BMW's K1200 GTSE. Confused I called BMW. I could practically see the dealership if only a couple of houses were removed. They answered 'Yes we have a K1200GT demonstrator here right now and...

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  • Video: Racing in the GSX-R cup

    15 August 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    MCN roadtester Adam Child races a knackered old GSX-R600 in club races so when he was given the opportunity to race a brand new version of the bike in the GSX-R cup he jumped at the chance. Check out the video below to watch his diary of the weekend and find out how he got on.

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  • R6 vs GSX-R750 at Cadwell Park

    14 August 2007 by jamocbr

    Having bought my New Repsol Fireblade in 2005 my mate got himself a new Suzuki GSX-R750 K5. He wanted to do a Cadwell track day but I decided to hire an R6. By the afternoon session I was pleased with my decision. Someone nudged my mate at Chris Curve, causing them both to go down which made a right mess of his four-month-old Gixer. All was restored OK but it certainly makes you realise how easy...

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  • Picture exclusive: MCN Supermoto group test

    14 August 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Picture exclusive: MCN Supermoto group test

    The bikes: BMW G 650 Xmoto £6,195 This is the supermoto version of BMW’s new G 650 X series of bikes (the other two are the Xchallenge and the Xcountry). Unlike bigger BMWs the Rotax powered Xmoto has...

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  • Pan owner's GTR1400 review

    13 August 2007 by npark

    I have today ridden the GTR1400 thanks to Dave Fox Motorcycles of Ramsgate. I am in the market for a good tourer and currently own a Honda STX1300 and previously an ST1100. I was keen to have a change and the GTR looked like the best alternative having already considered the BMWs and the Yamaha FJR. The former was discounted due to it being wider at the rear then the front which is suicidal going...

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  • A leaning trike you say? Surely not?

    07 August 2007 by Ian Jubb

    This is the Hobbs R8, a prototype based around a Monkey bike that has been designed to prove that it is possible to build a trike that leans in to corners like a normal bike. Check out the video below to see the impressive bike in action

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  • Kawasaki ER-6F owner report

    04 August 2007 by cascadeair

    Kawasaki ER-6F owner report

    I purchased my ER-6F in April 2007 and use it to commute through central London to Farnborough. I am a member of the "80 a Day" club. Although I didn't really want ABS, I got it, and like it. This is...

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  • Road Test Blog: Triumph Rocket 3

    02 August 2007 by Liam Marsden

    Road Test Blog: Triumph Rocket 3

    I’d always wondered what it was like going on a road test for a motorcycle magazine. Luckily on Tuesday, July 31, 2007,  I was given the chance to find out. I tagged along with Adam “Chad” Child...

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  • Suzuki B-King world first test

    01 August 2007 by Marc Potter

    Suzuki B-King world first test

    We’ve been riding the 1340cc Suzuki B-King now for four 20-minute track sessions at the Lausitzring in Dresden, Germany and already the huge naked muscle bike is standing up as one of the most...

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  • Video: B-King worlds first ride - first impressions

    01 August 2007 by Howard Boylan

    MCN Editor Marc Potter has just got off track after being the first person to ride the new Suzuki B-King and we've got the first video of the bike in action. Check out the video below to see Potter in action on the 1340cc muscle-bike and hear his first impressions of the impressive machine.

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  • Video: Amazing Ducati Sport Classic race bike

    31 July 2007 by Ian Jubb

    NCR are renowned for turning out amazing Ducati special motorcycles and they have done it again with the incredible New Blue race bike. Based on the Ducati Paul Smart Sport Classic it has been completely reworked in to an amzing lightweight racer. Check out the video below to see our first ride of the beautiful new machine.

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  • Suzuki B-King is launched

    31 July 2007 by Marc Potter

    Suzuki B-King is launched

    Suzuki has just officially announced horsepower figures for the long awaited B-King motorcycle – and they did it just minutes ago in Germany. According to the factory brains behind the project,...

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  • Video: Racing a British Superstock Yamaha R1

    30 July 2007 by Howard Boylan

    MCN man Michael Neeves already races his long term test Yamaha R1 in the MRO powerbike series, but he recently got the chance to use the Rockforge British Superstock R1 at Brands Hatch - and loved it. Check out the video below to see how he got on on the impressive motorcycle.

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  • Video: Honda VFR1200 DCT review

    27 July 2007 by Phil West

    Video: Honda VFR1200 DCT review

    Our first full road test of Honda's new DCT-equipped VFR1200F proves - for the second time in 2010 - that motorcycling is entering a all-new, high-tech era.

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  • Video: Harley's cool new convertable seat

    25 July 2007

    The new Harley Rocker was launched in New York last week and as well as being a pretty cool bike, it has got an aamzing pillion seat contraption that allows the seat to be folded away. Check out the video below to see just how easy the conversion is.  

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  • MCN's Brno run finally arrives

    21 July 2007 by Andy Downes

    MCN's Brno run finally arrives

    MCN Features Editor Andy Downes has finally arrived at Brno, just in time to catch the practice for Sunday's race. "We finally arrived in Brno after 1100 miles with conditions varying from 41...

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  • Video: 186mph on the boss's GSX-R1000

    19 July 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    What do you do when your boss hands you the keys to a Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7? Take it for a few hot laps around Snetterton circuit of course. Well that's what MCN WSB reporter Michael Guy did when he got hold of the Editor's bike. And he didn't take it easy either, touching 186mph on the straight. Video footage courtesy of Procam Sports productions 01603 628871

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