Beat the isolation blues with MCN's top YouTube videos of the last 12 months!
With the start of 2021 bringing revised, tougher coronavirus restrictions and travel cut back to only essential journeys, getting your two-wheeled fix could be proving difficult right now.
To help keep you entertained at home, we’ve compiled a handy list of the top 10 most viewed videos uploaded to our YouTube channel across 2020, giving you that much needed new metal fix, without having to step out your front door.
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- Ducati Streetfighter V4 S first ride
- 2020 super naked shootout
- 2020 superbike shootout
- Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP first ride
- Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX first ride
- MV Agusta Superveloce 800 first ride
- An expert guide to moving your bike around
- Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 first ride
- 2020 MCN Awards
- Zero SR/S first ride
Ducati Streetfighter V4 S first ride in the UK
Despite the ongoing pandemic, there was no shortage of new bike models in 2020, with one of the biggest headline-grabbers being Ducati’s 205bhp Streetfighter V4S. An upright, stripped-back version of the Bologna firm’s Panigale V4 superbike, it was littered with technology, wore MotoGP-inspired wings and lit a fire in the belly of naked bike fans across the globe.
We grabbed the keys to one of the first Streetfighters to arrive in the country, back in mid-March, to bring you an in-depth first ride review, which has since been viewed over 250,000 times.
Battle of the uprights: 2020 super naked shootout
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 wasn’t the only big-power naked to arrive in 2020 and it was going to have its work cut out to take top spot in the class. Aprilia gave their Tuono V4 1100 Factory a gentle touch up and there was a new supercharged Kawasaki Z H2 in from Japan. KTM updated their 1290 Super Duke R with an updated engine, new frame, styling and more and Yamaha continued to sell their yowling cross-plane crank four-cylinder MT-10SP.
To work out which one was best, we lined them all up for Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves, who rode them back-to-back in the summertime to bring you his expert verdict. Find out the winner by watching the film.
Race rep arms race: It’s the 2020 superbike shootout
It wasn’t just naked bikes stealing the show in 2020. In an ongoing battle for superbike supremacy, both in competitive racing and showroom sales, there was a refreshed Ducati Panigale V4, an all-new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade range and more.
With the Ducati and Honda posing the biggest threat to the existing class leader; the BMW S1000RR, we pitched all three against each other to find out which one was worthy of your hard earned.
Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP first ride
Away from the aforementioned Ducati Streetfighter V4, our Honda Fireblade SP video was the second most popular first ride review of 2020 and one of the last world launches we attended before the coronavirus pandemic properly took hold.
With racing results dwindling on the domestic and world stage, Honda went back to the drawing board for 2020, creating an all-new 'Blade, with an all-new extra R in its name.
Also new was the power increase to a claimed 214bhp (up from around 185bhp), electronics, styling, chassis and more. While the old CBR was no slouch and won our 2017 sportsbike shootout, this one oozes exotica and makes its racing intentions known from the outset. But is it any good? Click the video to find out.
Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX first ride
The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX is a twist on an old favourite; replacing the Japanese firm’s Z1000SX range – their biggest-selling bike in the UK for that past decade, and Europe’s top-selling sports-tourer for at least the past three years.
On top of some visual tweaks, the largest improvement to the new model was its handling, with any grumbles about heavy steering at low speed now gone, thanks to a mix of fresh rubber and updated steering geometry. Find the full verdict at the link.
MV Agusta Superveloce 800 first ride
The Superveloce 800 is what happens when you mix an MV Agusta F3 800 with 1970s-inspired styling. Creating one of the most striking sportsbikes in modern motorcycling, 112,000 of you have tuned in to watch our verdict since it was uploaded around three months ago.
After a day on the road, Chief Road Tester Neevesy delivered his verdict, claiming it to be a 'mighty fine road-going sportsbike.' But does it justify the near £18,000 pricetag?
An expert guide to moving your bike around
In this seven-minute film, Deputy Editor of motorcycling Mike Armitage gives his expert advice on how to move a bike effortlessly, after more than a decade of manoeuvring them for photoshoots, in and out of vans, lockups and more.
Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 first ride
Following their deal to provide the Moto2 paddock with race-prepared three-cylinder engines, Triumph took the plunge to resurrect their legendary Daytona name and build a limited-run 765 Moto2 edition – ready to do battle with Ducati’s Panigale V2 and the MV Agusta F3 800.
But how does it get on, on English roads and does it live up to the Daytona glory days of yesteryear? Neevesy took it for a spin in the early springtime to find out.
2020 MCN Awards
From best tourer, to best sportsbike and top 125, to the winningest naked, there were worthy winners from all corners of the motorcycling spectrum. Watch the video now to find out if your favourite bike took victory, too.
Zero SR/S first ride
Rounding out the top 10 is the only electric bike on this list. Released early in the year, the Zero SR/S was the Californian firm’s first fully-faired motorcycle and shares much of its internals with the SR/F naked, which first entered the market back in 2019.
Priced at just shy of £20,000, the S is a serious investment, but could well represent the future of motorcycling. To find out exactly what we thought, watch the video review.
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