A year in film: Watch MCN’s most popular YouTube videos of 2021

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Despite 2021 beginning with tougher coronavirus restrictions and travel cut back to only essential journeys, it’s developed into another cracking 12 months for new motorcycles and riding adventures.

Triumph took the world by storm with their stylish, yet affordable Trident 660 and BMW took the fight to the superbike elite with their M1000RR. Aprilia launched a new wave of 660 parallel-twin funsters and there was an updated 1290 Super Adventure range from KTM.

Ducati also set their sights on globetrotting supremacy with the Multistrada V4 and went about making their four-cylinder Panigale superbike that little bit easier to manage, without sacrificing any of the performance.

For every new bike – little or large – MCN has been there to bring you an in-depth, detailed review, plus all the need-to-know news beforehand. 

Many of these bikes have also appeared on our YouTube channel, with 11.5million of you tuning in online over the past 365 days. But what have you been watching the most? Scroll down to see the top-10 most watched videos of 2021.

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2021 Suzuki Hayabusa exclusive reveal

Released 5 February 2021 Views 1,748,190

Ahead of the Suzuki Hayabusa’s global public reveal, Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves was given world exclusive behind the scenes access with the new Japanese hyperbike. We couldn’t ride it, but we took along an original ‘Busa for comparison and you lot loved it – with the video eclipsing one million views in under a week. By far and away our most popular new film of the year.

2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS review

Released 25 April 2021 Views 194,888

Triumph joined the super naked space race in 2021, revealing their 178bhp Speed Triple 1200 RS. Sharper and more powerful than the old 1050 models, it was suddenly a serious contender alongside the BMW S1000R, Aprilia Tuono V4, Ducati Streetfighter V4, and KTM 1290 Super Duke R. We were invited along to Donington Park in the springtime to sample the new machine, in a film that has since been viewed almost 200,000 times.

2021 super naked shootout

Released 9 September 2021 Views 146,023

With four out of the five key super naked players getting updated for 2021, it seemed only right to test them all back-to-back on UK roads to decide the undisputed top dog. In the mix is the Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory, BMW S1000R, Ducati Streetfighter V4 S, KTM 1290 Super Duke R and Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS. We won’t spoil the result here – you’ll have to watch it for yourself to find out who wins.

Yamaha MT-07 review

Released 20 April 2021 Views 134,601

The Yamaha MT-07 was updated for 2021 – getting revised styling, fatter front discs, grippy Michelin Road 5 tyres and more. Following on from its last proper update in 2018, it also got wider bars to help make life that bit more comfortable, too. We finally got the chance to ride one in the UK back in early April and you can watch the video verdict above.

BMW M1000RR reveal walkaround

Released 15 March 2021 Views 132,518

Ever since the BMW S1000RR arrived back in 2010 it’s impressed us. A well thought out combination of sublime power, technology, and stuffed with enough creature comforts to be useable on congested British roads, it’s been our superbike of choice since 2019. However, the RR has always struggled in short circuit racing – never winning the British or World Superbike title. To help remedy this, BMW launched the M1000RR for 2021 – complete with a stronger engine and greater stability. We went along to meet it with a standard S1000RR and Chief Road Tester, Neevesy’s very own BMW race bike.

Ducati Multistrada V4S review

Released 13 February 2021 Views 121,163

The Ducati Multistrada V4S was one the most hotly anticipated new bikes of 2021. After countless teasers, and spy shots, we finally got our eager mitts on one in the UK in February – bringing you our sixth most watched new video of the year. The V4 follows on from the Multistrada 1200 and 1260 but was the first Italian all roader to use a 19in front wheel. Has it worked? Watch our video to find out.

Suzuki GSX-S1000GT review

Released 1 November 2021 Views 119,434

On paper, the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is simply a GSX-S1000 naked with front fairing and a comfier stance – but it’s proved to be so much more than that. In fact, Neevesy reckons it’s the best new Suzuki in years – with all the performance and spec to make it a serious contender against the ever-popular Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX. We’ll need a group test to know for sure, but you can watch our launch review video above.

2021 MCN Awards

Released 13 October 2021 Views 110,729

At the start of the autumn, we announced our 2021 bikes of the year. Ranging from Best Sportsbike, to Best A2 and Best Electric – there was a category for every machine. Over 110,000 have now watched the results, with the comments section full of debate on the bikes that won. But do you agree with our choices? Watch the video now and decide.

Suzuki Hayabusa review

Released 19 May 2021 Views 107,777

What’s it like to go flat out on a 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa? Tester Neevesy answers exactly that question in this video, alongside a potted history of this iconic speed machine, and all you need to know about how it turns and steers. Once locked in a top speed arms race with the likes of Honda and Kawasaki, the big ‘Busa now sits in a class of one – still adopting its bulbous 1990s proportions and a huge 1340cc four-cylinder engine. But has this dog had its day, or is there still a home for it in modern motorcycling? Find out at the link.

Ducati SuperSport 950 S review

Released 12 May 2021 Views 96,597

The Ducati SuperSport 950 S occupies a halfway house between a sportsbike and a fully-fledged touring machine. Draped with quality components, Panigale-like looks and enough power to be engaging, yet manageable on the road – it boasts a similar recipe to the Aprilia RS 660 at a slightly more premium price point. We left our test very impressed, with Neevesy questioning whether it could be the saviour of the sportsbike genre. That said, more models like the Yamaha R7 have arrived since, so we’d need a full group test to find out.


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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Acting News Editor, sportsbike nut, and racing fan.