First rides & tests

  • Aprilia V-Twin Shiver first impression

    18 April 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Aprilia V-Twin Shiver first impression

    We’re at a top secret test track in Italy riding a pre-production version of Aprilia’s new 750cc V-Twin Shiver. It’s due to go on sale in June and should cost less than £6,000, which means if you are...

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  • Video: Hornet, Z750 and FZ6 group test

    17 April 2007 by Ian Jubb

    Video: Hornet, Z750 and FZ6 group test

    There's a whole new bunch of middle-weight naked bikes for 2007 so we took them all out on the road together to see which is best. Check out the video below for the first comparison test of the...

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  • Video: Bimota Tesi 3D in the factory

    16 April 2007 by Ian Jubb

    Video: Bimota Tesi 3D in the factory

    IN a recent visit to the Bimota factory we managed to get an excluasinve ride on the development version of the New Tesi 3D and sneak a peak inside their workshop. Check out the video to see the...

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  • Video: 2007 Super-Nakeds group test

    12 April 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: 2007 Super-Nakeds group test

    With such a huge range of big naked bikes on offer this year, we got them all together to find out which one comes out on top. We tested 11 bikes in total, from the Triumph Speed Triple to the Bimota...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z750 first ride

    12 April 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    Video: Kawasaki Z750 first ride

    MCN Road Tester Trevor Franklin got to ride Kawasaki's new Z750 at it's launch in Spain, and we've got the video. Check out the clip on the right to see the bike in action on some great looking...

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  • Video: MCN's R1 v GT3 at the Ring

    10 April 2007 by Howard Boylan

    Video: MCN's R1 v GT3 at the Ring

    Not content with racing his long-term-test Yamaha R1, MCN road-tester Michael Neeves took it to the Nurburgring over the Easter weekend. Watch the video as Michael's brother Ben follows him in a...

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  • Video: MV Agusta F4 312 first ride

    09 April 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: MV Agusta F4 312 first ride

    MCN's Michael Neeves traveled to Monza last week to test the all new MV Agusta F4 312. The bike replaces the F4 1000 and boasts an extra 9bhp which can take it to a top speed fo 312kph - hence the...

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  • Video: MCN's R1 goes racing

    30 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Video: MCN's R1 goes racing

    Michael Neeves' Yamaha R1 long termer; Brands Hatch March 10/11 – round one of the MRO Powerbike championship. It’s my first ever race on the R1, and it’s still essentially a road bike with a...

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  • Bandit 650 launch

    29 March 2007 by Adam Child

    Bandit 650 launch

    Suzuki’s new Bandit 650 looks remarkably like the model it replaces, but it’s reworked from the ground up. There’s a new chassis, swingarm, suspension and engine. This latest motor is now...

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  • MV F4 312R first ride

    27 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    MV F4 312R first ride

    Just finished riding the new MV Agusta F4 312R at Monza and it is properly, mentally fast. The 312 part of the name signifies that it will do 312 kph, about 192 mph and although we couldn’t get...

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  • Moto Guzzi Bellagio first ride

    27 March 2007 by Phil West

    Moto Guzzi Bellagio first ride

    Having just ridden Moto Guzzi’s new Bellagio, in the Italian Lakes, we can report that there’s now a new, credible rival to Harley’s 1200 Sportster. We rode the 940cc v twin roadster/cruiser in the...

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  • Fuertenduro experience

    25 March 2007 by martin power

    While holidaying in Fuerteventura I came across Fuertenduro. This is an off-road school run by an Italian, exprofessional enduro rider called Fabrizio. He caters for all levels from novice to pro. Taking a day off from the beach and the family, I was riding over rocks, sand dunes and twisty mountain roads. I had my most exhilarating day on a bike for a long time. Fabrizio is a top man and...

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  • Video: KTM 690SM Launch

    19 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Video: KTM 690SM Launch

    MCN road tester Adam 'Chad' Child spent a few days in Spain at the launch of the totally-new KTM 690SM. The Austrian firm are known for their supermoto building ability, so check out the video for...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z1000 launch test

    14 March 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Last week saw the launch of the new Kawasaki Z1000 and MCN's Trevor Franklin was there to get the first ride on the new machine. Check out the video on the right for all the action and read Trev's full report in the March 14 edition of MCN.

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  • Video: Aprilia RSVR550 out on track

    13 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Aprilia RSVR550 out on track

    Cross an Aprilia RS250 with n SXV550 and what do you get? The spiritual successor to the Yamaha TZR250, Suzuki RGV250 and Kawasaki KR-1S. MCN road tester Michael Neeves took out the new RSVR550 from...

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  • 2007 KTM 990 SuperDuke launch

    09 March 2007 by Adam Child

    2007 KTM 990 SuperDuke launch

    At first it looks almost identical to the old model but KTM have made a few subtle changes for 2007 in response to customer feedback. The tank size has increased by 3.5 litres, the front brake...

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  • Video: KTM SuperDuke Battle

    07 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Video: KTM SuperDuke Battle

    Welcome to the KTM 990 Super Duke Battle: cheap racing at BSB meetings, fun orange bikes and TV coverage. What are you waiting for? Buoyed by the success of the KTM660 Cup last year, series organisers...

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  • Video: Bandit 1250 v CBF1000

    07 March 2007 by Adam Child

    Video: Bandit 1250 v CBF1000

    Suzuki’s legendary Bandit has received a major makeover for 2007, after our first ride it seems impressive. But how does it compare to Honda’s already successful and award-winning CBF1000? In 2006...

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  • First ride of the 2007 Z1000

    07 March 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    First ride of the 2007 Z1000

    Kawasaki has just launched it’s new Z1000 to the world’s press in sunny, but windy Fuerteventura. MCN’s Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin was one of the first people in the world to ride it this...

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  • Video: Shakedown test for MCN's R1

    02 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    You’ve got to feel sorry for my new R1 long termer. It’s an ex-Yamaha press bike and has already done 1600-miles of hard miles on the track, road and on one wheel. I’m going to be racing the R1 in MRO Powerbike this year as well as using it on the road. My first ever ride on it is at an ACU test day at Lydden just one week before my first race. Here’s how I got on…

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  • Keeping it real - ish

    15 February 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Keeping it real - ish

    I’ve been in therapy. Spent a couple of days last week ripping bits off my ’91 Harley Sportster. Evenings had my head stuck inside the fabulous W&W Cycles catalogue compiling a wish list of bits.

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  • Video: GSX-R1000 launch

    13 February 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Video: GSX-R1000 launch

    Take a look at the video below where you can see Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves at the launch of the K7 GSXR1000 at Phillip Island in Australia.   Neeves also catches up with GP legend...

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  • Video: Benelli Due 756

    13 February 2007 by MCN

    Video: Benelli Due 756

    With millions of pounds of Chinese investment the Italian manufacturer Benelli is back on the world stage. MCN was invited to the factory in Pesaro to see the new Due 756, first revealed at the...

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  • Video: Bandit 1250 test

    07 February 2007 by MCN

    Watch MCN Chief Tester Trevor Franklin give his verdict on the new Suzuki GSF1250S Bandit, in our exclusive video, below. The bike is a replacement for the veteran 1200cc Bandit, phased out due to emissions laws. Power now comes from an all-new 1255cc water-cooled motor. You can find out more details, and read the full test, in MCN, February 7, 2007.

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  • Video: R1 versus the rest

    17 January 2007 by MCN

    Yamaha has won every class of GP racing but, surprisingly, never a World Superbike championship. This is, presumably, a nagging pain in the arse of its racing division. But how to sort it? Answer: a new, all-singing and all-dancing R1. In making a serious WSB challenger, Yamaha hopes it has made a litre-class road bike like no other; a 1000cc Yamaha to rave about and remember like its 2006...

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  • Your chance to road test

    08 December 2006 by Trevor Franklin

    Your chance to road test

    MCN is constructing a feature that requires the services of a freshly-licensed rider. If you have obtained in the last five months a full-entitlement bike licence (either after two-year probation, or...

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  • Video: 1098 track launch

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: 1098 track launch

    MCN Editor Marc Potter travelled to the track launch of the new Ducati 1098 at Kyalami, South Africa in November 2006, and we'e got the first video of the bike in action. During the launch Potter...

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  • Video: MCN tests the MP3

    07 December 2006 by Tom Rayner

    Video: MCN tests the MP3

    MCN got a first ride of Piaggio's MP3 three-wheeled scooter at the official UK launch in Camden Town, North London. We were impressed how a three-wheeler can feel just like a real bike - the physics...

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  • Video: Versys first test

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Versys first test

    Some of MCN's team headed out for the first European test on the Kawasaki Versys last week.   The boys have compared this bike to the Yamaha FZ600s, the Ducati 620 Multistrada and the...

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  • Video: '07 Sport Classics

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: '07 Sport Classics

    We've had the 2007 Ducati Sports Classics out on UK roads already and you can watch our exclusive video here.   Watch the stunning bikes in action and hear MCN Road-Tester Adam Child's...

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  • Video: Benelli race bike

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Benelli race bike

    Benelli has re-entered the world of racing with a factory backed endurance bike and we’ve got the video of it in action.   MCN road-tester Michael Neeves got the chance to ride the bike...

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  • First ride of Benelli's TreK

    07 December 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    First ride of Benelli's TreK

    Benelli’s new Tre K was revealed to the public at the Intermot show in Milan this week but MCN has already tested the bike and we’ve got the video here. The Multistrada rival uses Benelli’s...

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  • A reader roadtest of the Fireblade 929RRY

    04 December 2006 by Dave Dewar

    A reader roadtest of the Fireblade 929RRY

    Yes, it's a FireBlade! With such a tradition for being a bit of a nutter's bike, one tends to think shall I or shan't I? The heart says yes, but the brain says no! You buy a blade knowing...

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  • A roadtest of my Aprilia Falco

    04 December 2006 by Chris Jordan

    I'd like to inform you of a well kept secret in the hope that there are newer riders out there that may benefit from advice that I wish I was given. As a new rider (I am 52) I had little idea as to which motorcycle I should choose especially on safety and performance. Let me say now that I had owned a Ford GT 40, I know some people may say this is a bit extreme as my road car and in a moment of...

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  • MCN Editor tests the Ducati 1098S

    01 December 2006 by Marc Potter

    MCN Editor tests the Ducati 1098S

    MCN Editor Marc Potter has just stepped off the brand-new Ducati 1098S at the Kyalami track in South Africa. He has already spent the morning on the standard 1098 and has now got to grips with the...

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