First rides & tests

  • LIVE: Honda RC213V-S Launch

    16 September 2015 by MCN

    LIVE: Honda RC213V-S Launch

    After years of speculation, denials, more speculation, and the final confrmation that Honda would indeed build a version of their RC213V MotoGP bike for the road, it's finally time to ride this most...

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  • BMW superbike shootout in Valencia

    09 September 2015 by Adam Child

    BMW superbike shootout in Valencia

    Valencia is currently reverberating to the sound of BMW S1000RR superbikes, as six different racing incarnations are put through paces in BMW's annual superbike mega-test. I started the day on the...

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  • 2016 KTM 690 Duke prototype ridden

    03 September 2015 by Andy Downes

    2016 KTM 690 Duke prototype ridden

    KTM have long been associated with large capacity singles, but the company knows that for many potential customers the thudding power-delivery of their big thumpers can be a turn-off. Anyone who has...

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  • MCN Plus - 600s Group Test: Remember us?

    02 September 2015 by Adam Child

    MCN Plus - 600s Group Test: Remember us?

    The stars of the supersport class are here to remind you just how brilliant they really are.      Sports 600s have been a little overshadowed recently. Featuring old technology...

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  • Indian Scout: New v old (very old)

    27 August 2015 by ped baker

    Indian Scout: New v old (very old)

    Last week I got the chance to meet up with the grandaddy of my 2015 Indian Scout long-term test bike, an original 101 model from 1928. Owned by Tim Berry, a member of the Indian Rider Motorcycle Club,...

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  • Harley-Davidson Street 750 first ride

    26 August 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Harley-Davidson Street 750 first ride

    The Street 750 is the bike Harley hopes will capture the interest of the younger generation and get them hooked on the brand. The Street marks a change from the norm for the Milwaukee firm, as the new...

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  • Video: Yamaha R1 long-term report

    24 July 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Yamaha R1 long-term report

    Our Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has covered roughly 3000 miles on his long-term 2015 Yamaha R1 since it arrived earlier in the year. What does he think to the bike after a few track days and...

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  • Victory TT race bike ridden

    23 July 2015 by Adam Child

    Victory TT race bike ridden

    I was on the start line for the inaugural TT Zero race back in 2009 and, like many others, I wrongly sniggered at some of the prototype bikes. Rob Barber won the race with an average lap speed of...

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  • Return of the Suzuki Bandit 1250S

    21 July 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Return of the Suzuki Bandit 1250S

    Suzuki’s evergreen Bandit 1250S returns to our dealerships for the first time since 2012. It was dropped from Suzuki’s UK range in 2012 (but kept going in Europe), but now it’s back - exactly the same...

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  • Suzuki GSX-S1000F first impressions

    02 July 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Suzuki GSX-S1000F first impressions

    If you fancy all the flat barred comfort of a super-naked but you're put off by the lack of wind protection, the new Suzuki GSX-S1000F could be just what you're looking for. It's identical to Suzuki's...

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  • First Ride: Suzuki GSXS1000F

    01 July 2015 by Emma Franklin

    First Ride: Suzuki GSXS1000F

    We're on the golden Isle of Man today, to ride a lap of the TT course on Suzuki's new sportsbike. As first revealed at the Cologne Motorcycle Show last year, Suzuki are keen to make it clear that this...

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  • LIVE: Goodwood Festival of Speed

    22 June 2015 by Steve Hunt

    LIVE: Goodwood Festival of Speed

    This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 25-28) will see the world’s biggest stars of two wheels come together for a spectacular celebration of performance. Headlining the autograph hunter’s...

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  • BMW Scrambler makes debut

    19 June 2015 by MCN

    BMW Scrambler makes debut

    BMW reveals concept bike, but the real thing is expected soon Ignore the surfboard hanging off the side, the eccentric paint job and concept bike tag, because this is the shape of the forthcoming...

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  • Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory ridden today.

    16 June 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory ridden today.

    We're in Italy to ride the new £14,635 Aprilia V4 1100 Factory. It comes with Ohlins forks, shock and steering damper and 'superpole' graphics, all for just £1500 more than the standard RR model. We...

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  • Yamaha NMax first ride

    03 June 2015 by Peter Henshaw

    Yamaha NMax first ride

    Yamaha's new NMax is the latest to join the 'Max' family of scooters, but it's not a sporty job like the T-Max or X-Max. It does have variable valve timing (a first for a scooter) but really it's a...

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  • Long-term test: 2015 Yamaha R1

    27 May 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Long-term test: 2015 Yamaha R1

    I’ve just collected my new R1. I’ve had super nakeds for the past few years, so it’s the first race replica I’ve had for a long time. I love super nakeds, but I want to do more trackdays with my mates...

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  • Video: Kawasaki H2R 'Flat Out'

    20 May 2015 by Adam Child

    Video: Kawasaki H2R 'Flat Out'

    We’re confident the H2R is going to break 200mph; after that we’re into the unknown. We speed tested the road-going Kawasaki H2 just a few weeks ago and it kicked sand in the face of the Suzuki’s...

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  • Superbike exotica shootout

    18 May 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Superbike exotica shootout

    We're in Alcarras in Spain pitching the special version of the bike that won our recent superbike shoot-out, against two of it's newest rivals.  So here we are; the Yamaha R1M versus the Aprilia...

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  • First Test: Ducati Panigale R

    15 May 2015 by Adam Child

    First Test: Ducati Panigale R

    I’m stood in pitlane with £28,995 of Ducati Panigale R staring at me with barely contained aggression. Opportunities to ride exotica of this calibre are few and far between; make no mistake, this is a...

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  • Long-Term Report: F800R

    14 May 2015 by Steve Hunt

    Long-Term Report: F800R

    My intention this year is to ride. Having spent last year working on a customising project that saw my bike spend more time on ramps than it did on the road, this time I want something rideable,...

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  • Long term report: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    13 May 2015 by Andy Downes

    Long term report: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    Run in and ready for the year ahead The Yamaha MT-09 Tracer is already one of the best-selling bikes of the year in the UK with nearly 1500 sold and Yamaha UK searching for another boat load to fulfil...

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  • Long-term report: KTM RC390

    13 May 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Long-term report: KTM RC390

    A Chinese sage once said: “The sparrow may be small but it has all the vital organs” and, as I spend more time with the KTM’s pint-sized supersport, I’m discovering this maxim is pretty much true for...

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  • Long-term test: KTM 1050 Adventure

    13 May 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Long-term test: KTM 1050 Adventure

    Those who buy the printed version of MCN that's published today will see me extolling the virtues of the KTM 1050 Adventure, a bike that doesn’t need to be cleaned every time it gets dirty. Running...

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  • Video: Aprilia RSV4 RF

    12 May 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Aprilia RSV4 RF

    The RSV4 was always one of the best road going superbikes because it had really nice handling, it was very agile and had some of the best electronics on any superbike. What it lacked before was...

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  • Launch: Ducati Panigale R

    12 May 2015 by Adam Child

    Launch: Ducati Panigale R

    Ducati’s £28,995 Panigale R is being launched today at Imola, just 48 hours after the World Superbike circus has left the demanding and historic race track. Senior MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child is...

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  • First ride: BMW S1000XR

    08 May 2015 by Phil West

    First ride: BMW S1000XR

    MCN has finished riding on the world launch of the latest addition to BMW’s S1000 family – the S1000XR, a bike the German manufacturer dubs ‘Adventure Sports’ by blending the ‘DNA’ of its hugely...

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  • MCN gearing up for 2015 BMW S1000XR launch

    06 May 2015 by Phil West

    MCN gearing up for 2015 BMW S1000XR launch

    MCN is getting ready for the launch of BMW’s latest edition to its high performance S1000 range – the new S1000XR which we’ll be testing near Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday this week. The XR joins the...

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