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2015 MCN Long Term Fleet

After months of careful planning and delicate negotiations, we present the most important collection of bikes in 2015 – the MCN long term test fleet.

Interested in one particular bike? Click on that bike and you'll find all updates from 2015.

Yamaha R1 KTM RC390 Ducati 1299 Panigale S Suzuki GSX-S1000FA Ducati Scrambler Triumph Street Triple RxKTM 1050 Adventure Yamaha MT-09 Tracer Kawasaki 1400GTR Honda VFR800X Crossrunner BMW S1000RR Indian Scout Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Kawasaki Versys 1000 BMW F800R BMW R1200RS

  • Long term update: Unlocking Scout's promise

    02 December 2015 by Ped Baker

    Long term update: Unlocking Scout's promise

    Without doubt, the Scout’s eight-valve V-twin motor is one of the best engines in any cruiser. It revs freely with gobs of power all the way to the 8000rpm limiter and gives just enough mechanical...

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  • Long term update: 'I laugh at winter'

    30 November 2015 by Michael Guy

    Long term update: 'I laugh at winter'

    With a 140-mile commute to the office and back, it’s fair to say I’m going to be racking up the miles this winter. I know it hasn’t turned really cold just yet, but right now I’m feeling optimistic...

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  • Long term update: 10,000 mile round-up

    27 November 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: 10,000 mile round-up

    Nearly there... the odometer’s on 9998 and the last digit is heading towards 9. I can’t help but watch, waiting for the clock to ping into a perfect 10,000. I’ve never known why it’s so exciting to...

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  • Long term update: Sublime come slime time

    26 November 2015 by Tim Thopmson

    Long term update: Sublime come slime time

    Suddenly my favourite road has disappeared under a carpet of rotting leaves and November slime. I’m wearing fat-finger gloves, and through the small window of visor that isn’t misted up I can see...

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  • Long term update: Triumph triple-header

    25 November 2015 by MCN News

    Long term update: Triumph triple-header

    ‘Here Come the Girls!’ Charlie Lester, MCN contributor and 2011 Street Triple R owner, admitted at a fuel stop that she had been singing the song (think Boots’ telly adverts) to herself for the last...

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  • Long term update: Ready to face salt onslaught

    14 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: Ready to face salt onslaught

    Britain is heading for salty roads and freezer-box conditions but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stash the Tracer in the garage – I just need to make sure the Yamaha is properly prepared. There are...

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  • Long term update: Mud-slinging exercise

    13 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term update: Mud-slinging exercise

    “Nobody enjoys riding in the wet or cold.” It’s a statement you’ll hear often, but not from me. The negative for me isn’t the effect winter can have on flesh and bone, but the effect it has on metal...

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  • Long term update: All about dudes, right?

    12 November 2015 by Simon Brown

    Long term update: All about dudes, right?

    Impossibly good-looking guys and girls cruise around on retro bikes under a beating sun. They stop for a spot of skateboarding then park near the beach, set up camp and hit the surf. It can only be...

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  • Long term update: Indian Scout

    09 November 2015 by MCN News

    Long term update: Indian Scout

    MCN's Ped Baker has had his Indian Scout long term test bike for six months and covered just over five thousand miles on it. Here's his round up of what he did, how the bike has performed and whether...

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  • Long term update: What's it like in the wet?

    05 November 2015 by Andy Calton

    Long term update: What's it like in the wet?

    The rain outside hammers against the windows of my warm and cosy home. The task of collecting various items of warm and waterproof clothing is done with a certain dread. I only have a 20-mile commute...

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  • Long term update: Turning over a new leaf

    04 November 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Long term update: Turning over a new leaf

    Usually I wince at the thought of subjecting a bike to the horrors of autumn; mud-strewn roads permanently soggy, plummeting early-morning temperatures and the hazard of slippery mulched leaves. I’ll...

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  • Long term report: Wheely clean

    27 October 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Wheely clean

    If there’s one thing I’ve always found a little odd on motorcycles, it’s the use of matt-finish paints. Add that finish to a fiddly area to clean – like wheels – and it really can be quite...

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  • Long term update: New vs old R1

    24 October 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Long term update: New vs old R1

    My 2015 R1 is such a departure from the old crossplane model, Yamaha could’ve got away with giving it a different name. But what would owners of 2009’s first-generation crossplane crank R1 make of...

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  • Long term update: British icons

    23 October 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Long term update: British icons

    I don’t own an anorak, have never used binoculars and haven’t collected tail numbers. These facts aside, I seem to have been caught up in the excitement surrounding XH558, the last flying Vulcan...

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  • Long term update: Versys versus Versys

    17 October 2015 by Michael Guy

    Long term update: Versys versus Versys

    The 2015 Versys 1000 has been receiving rave reviews since its launch at the end of last year and in 6000 miles I’ve been seriously impressed. The previous 1000 never managed to generate the same...

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  • Long term update: Add petrol and enjoy

    16 October 2015 by Tim Thompson

    Long term update: Add petrol and enjoy

    My whole Panigale experience has been about riding: mainly in shortish clattering bursts of intensity that often leave my hands shaking; sometimes in lazy, torque fuelled canters across country that,...

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  • Long term report: Tyred and emotional

    14 October 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Tyred and emotional

    Last year saw me declare that the Pirelli Supercorsa SP was my favourite tyre of all time, so when the RR arrived on a set this year I was delighted. A reasonably aggressive 4500 miles later and the...

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  • Long term update: Can the V-Strom dig the dirt?

    07 October 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: Can the V-Strom dig the dirt?

    I’ve been thinking about taking the V-Strom 650 XT off-road since I got the keys earlier this year. Suzuki reckon their V-twin can handle it too, that’s why they’ve attached a set of sturdy crash...

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  • Long term report: Chasing glory

    07 October 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Chasing glory

    Despite my unswerving love of sportsbikes, it’s actually shockingly uncommon to find me donning some one-piece leathers, and heading out on track. But after doing the ‘leathers on’ dance for ten...

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  • MCN Fleet: Is the RC390 the modern LC?

    30 September 2015 by Emma Franklin

    MCN Fleet: Is the RC390 the modern LC?

    At the launch of KTM’s RC390 many people were asking whether young riders have ever had it so good. The RC is the raciest thing 19-year-old A2 licence-holders can sling a leg over, and it even has its...

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  • MCN Fleet: The GTR has been sorely missed

    30 September 2015 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: The GTR has been sorely missed

    After spending most of the past three weeks riding various other machines for work, I’m back on the 1400GTR. As frustrating as it can be to leave your bike tucked away in a corner of the work lock-up...

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  • Long term update: A tale of two XTs

    03 September 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: A tale of two XTs

    My friend Bradley quit his job, left his missus, tucked his Honda Hornet in a garage and bought a Yamaha XT660R. He’s leaving next week for a seven-month ride through Europe and Turkey to Georgia. But...

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  • Long term report: Tyred out

    03 September 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Tyred out

    After almost 4500 miles, the RR’s Pirelli Supercorsa SPs are finally looking and feeling distinctly tired, if you’ll pardon the pun. They’ve held up incredibly well, but are now borderline bald in the...

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  • Long term update: Scramble-up the Scrambler

    02 September 2015 by Simon Brown

    Long term update: Scramble-up the Scrambler

    Yes I am 45 and yes, I am playing with a jigsaw. And for the record, I’m having fun. But this is no ordinary kids’ puzzle, it’s a way of checking out how the Scrambler might look with different mods...

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  • Long term update: A tent and a free weekend

    19 August 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Long term update: A tent and a free weekend

    So far this year’s events have conspired against the GTR and I taking any big trips, but knowing the Great British Summer could very well be a distant memory come September all excuses were put on...

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