First rides & tests

  • 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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  • 2005 MCN test fleet

    25 March 2005

    2005 MCN test fleet

    MCN’s long term test bike fleet launched this week with an amazing selection of bikes lining up to be put through their paces this year. There will be 19 bikes on test with everything from a...

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  • Hornet shows its value

    04 February 2005

    Hornet shows its value

    You’ll be amazed by how much bike you get for £2000. Three months and 4000 miles with my 1999 Hornet 600 and I reckon it’s the best money I’ve ever spent. It’s great...

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  • On the road again

    15 December 2004

    On the road again

    The CBR600F is back on the road at last after finally getting a new chain and sprockets fitted. The Renthal set that I fitted back in May had really suffered hard after doing around15,000 miles but...

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  • RVF is better than ever

    15 December 2004

    RVF is better than ever

    Now that I've finally stopped holding a grudge against our Used Bikes Editor for sending my RVF400RR (on loan from DK Motorcycles) into a gravel trap at Rockingham, I can finally admit that it might...

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  • GSX-R flat battery fix

    17 November 2004

    GSX-R flat battery fix

    I have just experienced the most freakish stroke of good luck. It all started when my bike’s battery went flat. This was due to a combination of factors. First was my lack of riding due to...

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  • Le cops nab our man

    29 September 2004

    Le cops nab our man

    Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar is completing his last session at the European Superbikes School three day track course at the Norgaro circuit in France. He's going quicker but is 90 Euros lighter in...

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  • French tour for CBR

    22 September 2004

    French tour for CBR

    motorcyclenew.com's Angus Farquhar is off to France on his long-term test Honda CBR600F on Friday, September 24, to take part in a three-day track school at Nogaro. Farquhar is riding down to the...

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  • Our big French thrash

    22 September 2004

    Our big French thrash

    Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar has just called from the pits at the Nogaro circuit in France, where he's improving his track skills with the European Superbike School. Farquhar is sweltering in 25...

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  • Our GSX-R1000 flat out

    22 September 2004

    Our GSX-R1000 flat out

    How fast does your bike go? It's hard to be sure. Even if you happen to have a handy unrestricted piece of road to max it on out you'll be relying on your speedo in most cases. The fastest I had seen...

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  • Z750 tidied and sorted

    22 September 2004

    Z750 tidied and sorted

    Changing the suspension on my Z750 made a big difference when I rode it at Rockingham. The Hagon Products (0208 502 6222) front and rear suspension took the handling from 'ok' to confidence...

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  • Final Rockingham night

    01 September 2004

    Final Rockingham night

    Wednesday September 1, is the last chance to meet the MCN longterm test bike riders at a Rockingham track evening. Attending will be MCN Editor Marc Potter on his Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade, Chief...

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  • GSX14 passes track test

    25 August 2004

    GSX14 passes track test

    The GSX1400 made its track debut on August 25 at a Rockingham track evening - and it worked a treat. Stiffening up the suspension seemed to transform the bike to the point it was grinding the pegs at...

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  • Long termers on track

    25 August 2004

    Long termers on track

    A host of MCN long term test bikes and their riders enjoyed a cracking night at Rockingham on Wednesday. Editor Marc Potter was there with his blade, road tester Michael Neeves took his R1 out, road...

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  • GSX-R tweeks tested

    25 August 2004

    GSX-R tweeks tested

    The tweeks to my GSX-R1000's suspension have made a significant improvement to the way the bike handles on track. I rode Rockingham on August 18. Harris's Ohlins suspension experts adjusted my...

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  • GSX-R set-up guide

    18 August 2004

    GSX-R set-up guide

    We let loose the Ohlins technicians from Harris Performance on our long term test GSX-R1000. We wanted to see how much they could improve the stock suspension with the aid of a tape measure and the...

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  • Crunch time for our RVF

    18 August 2004

    Crunch time for our RVF

    Our long term test RVF400RR (on loan from DK Motorcycles) is in need of cosmetic repair work after a bit of off road action at a rain-soaked Rockingham on Wednesday night (Aug 18). Used Bikes Editor...

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  • GSX-R dyno shootout

    18 August 2004

    GSX-R dyno shootout

    Our three long term test GSX-Rs went head to head on the dyno at Crescent Suzuki's open weekend (Aug 21-22). There's no prizes for guessing which made the most power our of our 1000, 750 and 600. ...

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