First rides & tests

  • MCN rides 1098

    01 December 2006 by Marc Potter

    MCN rides 1098

    MCN Editor Marc Potter has just stepped off the brand-new Ducati 1098 after the first session of the track launch at Kyalami in South Africa.    The twisting, technical track has huge climbs...

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  • Your 1098 questions

    30 November 2006

    Your 1098 questions

    MCN Editor Marc Potter will be one of the first journalists in the world to ride the new Ducati 1098S.   Following our world exclusive first tests on the standard 1098 and the world first...

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  • £1500 to beat a GSX-R!

    30 November 2006 by Angus Farquhar

    The challenge was simple, can a £1500 superbike lap Cadwell less than five seconds away from a GSX-R1000 K6? We’ve got the video to show they can. Click the screen below to follow the hilarious exploits of three MCN road-testers as they try to prove that £1500 will get you a bike that is almost as fast as the latest crop of sportsbike. Will a 10 year old Blade, ZX-7R or a 13-year-old YZF750R...

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  • MCN reader Andy Goodman reviews a Yamaha R1

    24 November 2006 by Andrew Goodman

    MCN reader Andy Goodman reviews a Yamaha R1

    "Don't try to be clever with it, that's what the guy on the Gixxer did, he tried to be clever and now it's in a right old state. This one's brand new and immaculate, and we'd like it back in this...

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  • MCN reader Tony Standsfield reviews his MV Agusta F4

    24 November 2006 by Tony Stansfield

    Let's get the downsides out of the way first. Insurance is beyond outrageous! I could only find one company in the entire country to insure me on the thing (I wrote off my GSX-R750 and some thieving scumbag stole my R1, so bang went my no claims). Other not quite so wonderful things are the FOBBs experienced after running it in. What's a FOBB you ask? It's a F**k-Off Big Backfire that's what it...

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  • A review of my 2004 Yamaha R1

    23 November 2006 by Steve Comancho

    A review of my 2004 Yamaha R1

    I purchased my 2004 YZF-R1 in May of 2006 after going through a 2005 R1 that I was riding when the motor decided to detonate on the track in February of 2006.  So as I frantically found an escape...

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  • My review of my Kawasaki ZRX1200

    23 November 2006 by Richard Morris

    My review of my Kawasaki ZRX1200

    Kawasaki claim 122PS and 112Nm of torque for the ZRX. In English that’s 120BHP and 82½ ft/lb, almost certainly measured at the crank. Dry weight is 223kg (plus 4kg for the half-faired S version).

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  • A review of my RVF400

    23 November 2006 by Eddie Rogers

    A review of my RVF400

    I thought I'd submit my experiences of owning a Honda RVF400 for the last six months, having read a message on the 400greybike forum. It all started last May, having previously owned many big bore...

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  • Video: R1200S in action

    23 September 2006

    Video: R1200S  in action

    The latest update for MCN’s long-term-test BMW R1200S is in MCN this week so we thought we’d show you the bike in action. Watch the clip below to see the BMW out on the road or click the...

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  • Babes love the Deauville

    22 July 2006

    Babes love the Deauville

    It appears I’m not the only one that thinks the Deaville isn’t dull – and site user Keith Barnes sent us this pic to prove it. “Thought I’d send you all a photo of my...

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  • Deauville boxing clever

    01 July 2006

    Deauville boxing clever

    The new Deauville really is proving to be a cracking little bike, it’s a lot better than the old model and now I’ve got a top-box fitted it’s ready for some serious miles. I got a...

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  • A ZX-10R tourer?

    24 June 2006

    A ZX-10R tourer?

    In just two hours our long-term test ZX-10R has been transformed from a rip-snorting animal into a practical 185mph super tourer. Okay so the guys at MCN reckon it now needs a tartan rug and a...

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  • Deauville's not dull

    24 June 2006

    Deauville's not dull

    I can finally ride the Deauville again after two weeks off the road. I did almost a thousand miles in the first two days I had it and then had to wait two week’s to get its first service. But we’re...

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  • Deauville joins MCN fleet

    03 June 2006

    Deauville joins MCN fleet

    Another bike has joined the MCN long term test fleet, as www.motorcyclenews.com Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar picked up his 2006 Honda Deauville from Fowlers in Bristol. And it's a baptism of fire...

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  • Longterm scooter arrives

    22 April 2006

    Longterm scooter arrives

    Having spent a winter ignoring my Honda Benly in the garage when I should have been preparing it for Spring, it looked like I might end up relying on lifts from my girlfriend for the foreseeable...

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  • K1200S: Fit a full system

    01 January 2006

    K1200S: Fit a full system

    I hate changing exhausts. No, actually I loathe it. I used to have an old Yamaha XJ550 with a neta system on it and everytime I needed to get the rear wheel out I’d have to drop the whole system...

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  • ZX-7R restored to glory

    04 November 2005

    ZX-7R restored to glory

    After phoning several breakers and finding them as helpful as a chocolate fireguard I found the answer online. I sourced a road going Skidmarx fairing kit for £375 - Kawasaki wanted almost...

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  • 750 2-up miles in a day

    04 November 2005

    750 2-up miles in a day

    motorcyclenews.com Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar went off on an endurance test of his long-term test Yamaha FZ6 on Tuesday (Nov 8) to see how well he and it coped with 750 miles in a day. And he...

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  • Cheap thrills

    21 October 2005

    Cheap thrills

    £1250. Not much money these days. I know people who’ve spent more on a watch. But that’s what my shiny little BROS cost me. BROSs are a Japanese market only bike, so all of the...

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  • We bag a 'classic'

    01 October 2005

    We bag a 'classic'

    Which brings the saga up to date. I now have a Benly which reaches the heady speeds of 65mph on the dual carriageway, starts pretty much first time, and only needs constant revving to stop it stalling...

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  • FZ6 goes loud and far

    16 September 2005

    FZ6 goes loud and far

    Well I’ve finally got hold of my long-term test bike for this year, a Yamaha FZ6. The bike has already been through two staff members at MCN and the last owner, designer Steve Herbert, had only...

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  • CB13S: A tour in a day

    02 September 2005

    CB13S: A tour in a day

    Finding time for a touring trip to spectacular, traffic-free roads in awe-inspiring scenery is an ask too far for many. But what if you could do it all in a day – and be back in time for tea? ...

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  • Interactive ride: Latest

    01 September 2005

    Interactive ride: Latest

    motorcyclenews.com took you on an interactive ride round the country during the day on September 1. Read how it went below and check out the related topic linked from this story to see feedback from...

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  • CB13S' new look & sound

    26 August 2005

    CB13S' new look & sound

    Our long term test CB1300S has a new look and a new sound thanks to a series of bolt-ons we've now added. Blue Flame supplied us with a choice of three cans (check out Blue Flame options here) but we...

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  • MCN's Bonnie Triumph

    19 August 2005

    MCN's Bonnie Triumph

    MCN's long term test 2001 Triumph Bonneville is in the care of British Superbike reporter Gary Pinchin. Find out how he has fared with the retro machine so far with his first three reports below, and...

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  • It never goes to plan: II

    22 July 2005

    It never goes to plan: II

    Bike: GSX-R600 K1 Name: Adam (Chad) Child, MCN Road Tester For those of you who didn’t get part one, its a simple idea turn a crashed bike into a race bike on a limited budget. How hard can it...

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  • Mastering supermoto

    01 July 2005

    Mastering supermoto

    Recently I attended an Ady Smith supermoto school, well I thought if I own a Suzuki DR-Z400SM I may as well learn to ride it properly and I may as well learn from the best. They don't come any...

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  • CB1300S speed tests

    01 July 2005

    CB1300S speed tests

    Our long term test CB1300S has been put through its paces at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground as part of an MCN test. It topped an actual 141mph and covered a standing quarter in 12.09 secs. You can...

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  • Video: CB13S hooned

    01 July 2005

    Video: CB13S hooned

    My long term test Honda CB1300S had just been through its 600 mile first service at Peterborough Honda when our road test crew asked if they could borrow it for a couple of days. A test of muscle old...

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  • CB13S bolt-ons arrive

    17 June 2005

    CB13S bolt-ons arrive

    CB1300 owner Gary Smith said: “I’m interested in the difference in the fuel mapping between the F3 and F4 models and your S - its almost caught me out a few times...” DC:Gary, so...

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  • It never goes to plan: I

    10 June 2005

    It never goes to plan: I

    Bike: GSX-R600 K1 Name: Adam (Chad) Child, MCN Road Tester It’s a small, simple idea; turn a crashed bike in to a race bike. How hard can it be? Remove the road stuff; add a race fairing, jobs...

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  • Bandit captured on dyno

    03 June 2005

    Bandit captured on dyno

    As much as I love my longterm test Bandit 650, the noise level had been bothering me since it arrived. or rather, the lack of one. You could be forgiven for thinking I was testing an electric bike...

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  • Better bunch of Bandits

    13 May 2005

    Better bunch of Bandits

    What better encouragement to drag myself out of bed before lunchtime on a sunny Sunday than an invite from the Bandit and SV Owners Club to join one of their rideouts? Luckily the starting point was...

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  • Long term CB13S arrives

    13 May 2005

    Long term CB13S arrives

    Our long term test CB1300S has arrived – shining, new and ready for running-in. Motorcyclenews.com editor David Cushman is running it. Here’s his first impressions. (See video link,...

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  • MCN long termers arrive

    08 April 2005

    MCN long termers arrive

    Two more of the 2005 MCN long term test fleet have arrived, with motorcyclenews.com Products Editor Dan Thornton taking delivery of a 2005 Suzuki GSF650 Bandit, and staff photographer Howard Boylan...

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  • Up for it on an R1200RT

    25 March 2005

    Up for it on an R1200RT

    They told him it couldn’t be done. Most would say it shouldn’t be done. And that’s exactly the kind of challenge MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child looks for. Chad...

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