First rides & tests

  • First ride: Kawasaki ZX-10RR

    30 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Kawasaki ZX-10RR

    Next year will feel like the early 1990s all over again because the Japanese are back in force with limited-edition Rs, double Rs and SPs. All hail the return of the homologation special. Yamaha...

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  • Hutchy's Superstock S1000RR ridden

    24 November 2016 by Michael Neeves and Adam Child

    Hutchy's Superstock S1000RR ridden

    We are in a very privileged position; after weeks of begging phone calls to race teams and manufacturers, they finally gave in and allowed us to ride the hottest race bikes this side of...

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  • First ride: Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX-10R

    23 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX-10R

    There are three very distinct differences between a full-factory, WSB-winning machine and any bike with lights and indicators you’ve tried before, no matter how good.  Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki...

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  • World first test: Suzuki GSX-R1000

    23 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    World first test: Suzuki GSX-R1000

    Newly crowned National Superstock 1000 champ Taylor Mackenzie is a few metres ahead, carving through Gerrards. I’m on the current GSX-R1000 and he’s on the heavily revised new one, in all its nimble,...

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  • Old Empire Motorcycles ‘Triumph’

    18 November 2016 by Phil West

    Old Empire Motorcycles ‘Triumph’

    Customs don’t come much more exclusive than this one-off commissioned by Triumph from UK-based Old Empire Motorcycles and built around the T120 Bonneville. Called, simply, ‘Triumph’, it’s based on a...

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  • Ducati Monster 1200s: First ride incoming

    15 November 2016 by MCN News

    Ducati Monster 1200s: First ride incoming

    MCN will be test riding the updated 2017 Ducati Monster 1200s tomorrow, one week after it was revealed at the Milan show.  We loved the last update back in 2014, and the updated and Euro4...

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  • First ride: Triumph Bonneville T100

    15 November 2016 by Jon Urry

    First ride: Triumph Bonneville T100

    Triumph describes the T100 as being far closer in character and feel to the larger Bonneville T120 than the Street Twin. This bike is, essentially, a smaller capacity T120 that is not only £1500...

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  • First ride: Motoinno TS3

    06 November 2016 by Jeff Ware

    First ride: Motoinno TS3

    Bikes have worn telescopic forks for more than 100 years, and although they have evolved to the point that they work pretty well, they remain theoretically inferior to alternative front-end designs...

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  • World first test: Motus MST

    30 October 2016 by John Westlake

    World first test: Motus MST

    Tucked away in an indus- trial unit in Birmingham, Alabama is America’s most intriguing motorcycle manu- facturer. Instead of build- ing their new bike around a V-twin like Harley, Indian, Buell,...

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  • First Ride: 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX

    24 October 2016 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child will be riding Kawasaki’s 2017 upgraded Z1000SX in the south of France tomorrow, and will be sharing live updates throughout the day. The new bike was unveiled...

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  • Throwback Thursday: Aprilia SXV550 first ride

    20 October 2016 by MCN News

    Throwback Thursday: Aprilia SXV550 first ride

    If you're a rival manufacturer to Italian bike makers Aprilia you'd have noticed their annoying but enviable knack of getting things right first time round. During the '90s the Noale factory's 125 and...

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  • Mash TT40 first ride

    20 October 2016 by Peter Henshaw

    Mash TT40 first ride

    Mash have been selling their 400cc retro roadster in the UK for just 18 months, and have now launched a whole string of new bikes, including this 400 café racer, an unashamedly Brit-style 125 and even...

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  • Gallery: Street crawlers

    06 October 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Street crawlers

    The factory-fresh custom scene is growing rapidly, and Harley-Davidson reckon their new Roadster has it all, with decent handling and style. TOP STORIES Intermot: Ducati SuperSport revealed ...

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  • Gallery: Sports tourer shootout

    30 September 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Sports tourer shootout

    There's a myriad of choice when it comes to choosing a bike that will whisk you away on a long adventure. Historically, touring bikes were big and expensive, but is this always best? We took three...

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  • Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide first ride

    29 September 2016 by Phil West

    Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide first ride

    Harley’s CVO bikes have always been the very best-accessorised and tuned offerings the historic American firm can muster – but its latest for 2017 takes even all that a stage further. CVO stands for...

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  • F1 pundit Martin Brundle talks sports tourers

    22 September 2016 by MCN News

    F1 pundit Martin Brundle talks sports tourers

    We recently took five sports tourers to the famous Nurburgring - the Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally, BMW K1600GTL, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT, Kawasaki ZZR1400 and Yamaha's new MT-10 with every official...

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  • First ride: Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress

    10 September 2016 by Andy Davidson

    First ride: Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress

    First ride: Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress We’re on the launch of Moto Guzzi’s MGX-21 in Italy, two years after the initial concept art was first released at EICMA. The MGX is caked in aluminium...

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  • First ride: BMW G 310 R

    09 September 2016 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: BMW G 310 R

    BMW’s £4290, 313cc, 34bhp G310R does everything a first big bike, or commuter should do: it’s easy to ride, practical, brilliant on fuel (a claimed 85mpg) and will even put a grin on your face when...

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  • First ride: 2017 Harley-Davidson tourers

    09 September 2016 by Phil West

    First ride: 2017 Harley-Davidson tourers

    New Harley-Davidson engines don’t come around very often so the American legend’s headline news for 2017 – that its touring family all receive significantly updated motors featuring not just...

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  • BMW G310R first ride today

    08 September 2016 by Michael Neeves

    BMW G310R first ride today

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the eagerly-anticipated new BMW G310R today. It’s the first time the German firm has produced a small-capacity motorcycle, aimed squarely at...

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  • 2017 Harley-Davidson test incoming

    07 September 2016 by Phil West

    2017 Harley-Davidson test incoming

    MCN is getting ready for the launch of Harley-Davidson’s massively-updated for-2017 touring family of bikes which we’ll be testing near Tacoma, Washington State, USA, later this week. The biggest news...

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  • First Ride: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

    07 September 2016 by Andy Davidson

    First Ride: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

    Moto Guzzi are enjoying a resurgence in sales thanks to the ever expanding retro scene. Having recently celebrated their 95th anniversary, the Italian manufacturer pack genuine heritage, as proven by...

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  • First ride: Bultaco Brinco

    04 September 2016 by MCN News

    First ride: Bultaco Brinco

    Tech spec Price £4495 Motor brushless electric, AC Power 2Kw (2.6bhp) Weight 42kg Seat height 1011mm+ On sale Now Contact www.bultaco.com ‘It certainly gets the endorphins going' “Forget the...

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  • First ride: AJS Cadwell 125

    03 September 2016 by Peter Henshaw

    First ride: AJS Cadwell 125

    Tech Spec Price £1898 Engine 124cc air-cooled 2-valve  SOHC single Power 9.2bhp @ 8500rpm Weight 113kg Seat height 740mm On sale Now Contact www.ajsmotorcycles.co.uk 'All it lacks is...

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  • Gallery: Around the world for £5000

    22 August 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Around the world for £5000

    There's no doubt the current leaders in the adventure bike sector are amazing bikes. Loaded with top-spec electronics such as electronically adjustable suspension, rider modes and ABS, there's not...

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  • First ride revisited: Lotus C-01

    17 August 2016 by Andy Downes

    First ride revisited: Lotus C-01

    mad as A concept bike, as fast as a superbike Monaco is awash with wall-to-wall money and supercars, and has a harbour rammed with mega-millionaires’ yachts, so standing out from the crowd isn’t...

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  • BMW F800GS Adventure first ride

    16 August 2016 by Andy Downes

    BMW F800GS Adventure first ride

    Like almost all adventure bikes, the BMW F800GS Adventure is slightly hampered by the fact it’s not an R1200GS – the bike that defines the class and remains a massive global seller. It’s the same for...

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  • First test: SWM Gran Milano 440

    15 August 2016 by Peter Henshaw

    First test: SWM Gran Milano 440

    If you can remember the 1980s, and hankering after a Honda XBR500 or Yamaha SR500, then you’re probably the target for SWM’s Gran Milano. It’s powered by an air-cooled 445cc single, assembled by...

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  • Gallery: Yamaha Tracer 700 group test

    03 August 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Gallery: Yamaha Tracer 700 group test

    Yamaha’s MT-07 is the latest machine to be given the sports touring ‘Tracer’ treatment. All the ingredients are there: a punchy engine, comfy riding position, funky styling and an affordable price...

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  • First UK test: Zero DSR

    30 July 2016 by Martin Fitz-Gibbons

    First UK test: Zero DSR

    Until now, the few electric bikes that have actually reached production have all had one glaring fault or another. They’ve been too slow, too expensive, too heavy or too impractical – or, sometimes,...

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