First rides & tests

  • 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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  • Meet us at Rockingham

    18 August 2004

    Meet us at Rockingham

    Meet members of the MCN team at Rockingham track evenings this month - the latest is on Wednesday, August 25. It's our third evening of this current season - and they continue every Wednesday up to...

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  • MCN tours Ireland

    11 August 2004

    MCN tours Ireland

    After another night back in Bray, the pair set out to make the long trip back all in one go. 100 miles to the ferry, a two and a half hour crossing and 350 miles across Britain seemed like a do-able...

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  • GSX14 hits 5000 miles

    11 August 2004

    GSX14 hits 5000 miles

    MCN'S Suzuki GSX1400 long-termer is now 5000 miles old and is really coming into its own. The first report on the bike, supplied by Fowlers of Bristol on long-term loan, is in the August 11 issue of...

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  • MCN rides Rockingham

    11 August 2004

    MCN rides Rockingham

    The consensus amoung the other riders was the same, with everyone having a great time. And in the paddock we had been joined by other memebers of the MCN staff, including Editor Marc Potter. It felt...

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  • MCN tour hits NW200

    11 August 2004

    MCN tour hits NW200

    MCN’s dynamic touring duo, Angus Farquhar and Marc Abbott, have spent the afternoon in Joey’s Bar on their trip around Northern Ireland and Eire. Farquhar says the weather is good and...

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  • MCN tour hits first snag

    11 August 2004

    MCN tour hits first snag

    MCN's Angus Farquhar and Marc Abott have reached Ireland after an eventful first stage of their trip to the Emerald Isle. Used Bikes Editor Farquhar was enjoying the sun started to go down - and he...

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  • Z750 debuts on track

    11 August 2004

    Z750 debuts on track

    Sat in the MCN office at 4.15pm on Wednesday night (August 11) my heart was pounding and my palms were sweaty - as they always are before I embark on a track day. Last night I attended the California...

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  • Calling GSX-R owners

    11 August 2004

    Calling GSX-R owners

    Got a GSX-R? So have three of MCN’s long term test team and we’ll be taking all of them to Crescent Suzuki’s performance centre in Verwood, Dorset for an open weekend all GSX-R...

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  • Follow MCN on tour

    04 August 2004

    Follow MCN on tour

    MCN’s Angus Farquhar and Marc Abbott are off on a tour of the Emerald Isle this week on their long-term test bikes Farquhar and Abbott will be pilling on the soft luggage and taking the Honda...

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  • Track lessons on our GSX-R1000

    01 August 2004

    Track lessons on our GSX-R1000

    "The first drill of the day was all about selecting and using reference points – for your turn in point, your apex and your exit. And it was all done in fourth gear – with no brakes.

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  • Great night at Squires

    21 July 2004

    Great night at Squires

    Many of the MCN long term fleet made the trek up the A1M from Peterborough on Wednesday June 23 to sample the bike meet at Squires Cafe in Yorkshire. It was an informal two-hour ride-out after work,...

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  • Parking row latest

    14 July 2004

    Parking row latest

    The observant ones among you might remember that Editor David Cushman was unfortunate enough to have his 2004 GSX-R1000 stolen from a parking bay in London in April. His long term report, here,...

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  • Back to superbike school

    01 July 2004

    Back to superbike school

    I know how to ride. Sounds arrogant doesn’t it? But it’s true, I really do know the theory of how to ride inside out. It’s the practice I sometimes struggle with. After a series of...

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  • Rapid Skills day

    01 July 2004

    Rapid Skills day

    There’s not much point in having a sports bike if you don’t know how to use it properly. Having only ever owned all-rounders before I thought it was about time to learn some fast riding...

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  • Living with a CBR600F

    30 June 2004

    Living with a CBR600F

    Too much cold tyre acceleration ruined the first set of new tyres I put on the CBR but when I had the new Pirellis fitted the different profile made the tyre rub on the Hugger that was fitted to the...

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  • GSX-R breezes service

    30 June 2004

    GSX-R breezes service

    My GSX-R1000 has sailed through its first service - and that's a stage further than the first one I had this year... That one, you may recall, got stolen the day before it was booked in for its first...

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  • Tracker fitted to GSX-R

    16 June 2004

    Tracker fitted to GSX-R

    When my K4 GSX-R1000 was lifted from a parking space in a busy London street I went through a range of emotions that I really didn’t want to experience again. None of them were particularly...

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  • Mistaken identity?

    02 June 2004

    Mistaken identity?

    Sometimes finding out more about a second-hand motorcycle can be fun, in a Sherlock Holmes kind of way. I'm planning to attend a trackday run by the guys at www.400greybike.co.uk, and thought I should...

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  • GSX-R is back in black

    02 June 2004

    GSX-R is back in black

    I'm counting myself really lucky. I'm back on two wheels, and they are very special ones indeed. Many of you will recall my GSX-R1000K4 was half-inched before I'd even got to the first service. Some...

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  • GSX-R750 turned me into a scrubber

    26 May 2004

    GSX-R750 turned me into a scrubber

    Andy Downes, MCN’s News Editor, is running a GSX-R750 this year. This is what he has to say about it so far. If you’ve got an ’04 GSX-R750 and want to contact Andy, email him at...

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  • BMW R1200GS off to a bad start

    26 May 2004

    BMW R1200GS off to a bad start

    Peter Baker, 34, is running a 2004 BMW R1200GS for MCN this year. He’s one of the paper’s two Deputy Editors and has 20 years of riding experience. His previous bikes include a Triumph...

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  • Hooked on a Honda RVF400

    26 May 2004

    Hooked on a Honda RVF400

    It's the bike I always dreamed of owning as a teenager, and almost a decade later it's still as sexy as ever. It truly is a mini-version of the RC45 and every ride so far has had me imagining I'm at...

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  • Learning to love his GSX-R600

    26 May 2004

    Learning to love his GSX-R600

    Matt Wildee is one of MCN’s team of news reporters. He is running an O4 Suzuki GSX-R600 this year. This is what he has to say about it so far. The GSX-R and I are set for the ultimate summer. In...

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  • CBR is the perfect choice

    21 April 2004

    CBR is the perfect choice

    In the four weeks I've had it the CBR has done 1500 miles on everything from my daily commute to work, motorway trips around the country, and as many back lane rides with my mates as I could squeeze...

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