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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

  • MCN Fleet: GSX-S OR GSX-R?

    14 August 2015 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: GSX-S OR GSX-R?

    Let’s look at the facts. The GSX uses a revised version of the 2005 GSX-R1000’s motor, which Suzuki claim makes 143.5bhp and 78.2ftlb. It also tips the scales at 210kg. In comparison, Suzuki...

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  • Long term update: High-speed homecoming

    12 August 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Long term update: High-speed homecoming

    Lydden Hill circuit, nestled in the Kent countryside between Dover and Canterbury, isn’t the kind of track you’d travel the length of the UK to ride. Less than a mile round, Lydden is small,...

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  • Long term report: Going Pro on the RR

    11 August 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: Going Pro on the  RR

    I’ve been bullied into doing something I never thought I would: I’ve bought a GoPro (Hero, £94.99 from Amazon) to use on the S1000RR. The positive motivation is that I feel like my riding is always...

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  • Long term update: Racing the sun

    05 August 2015 by Michael Guy

    Long term update: Racing the sun

    There is something satisfying about watching the sunrise. The sense of tranquillity from being the only person awake at 4.30am has a lot to do with it. So with a full 16 hours of daylight ahead...

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  • Long term update: The rough with the smooth

    05 August 2015 by Steve Hunt

    Long term update: The rough with the smooth

    After several hundred miles on the BMW F800R this past weekend, I’m confident I’ve got the measure of it. I’ve discovered all of its little foibles and have learned to love some of its elemental...

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  • Long term update: Triumphant island return

    31 July 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Long term update: Triumphant island return

    What a dramatic place to sit and have a cuppa. Sat on the cliffs at Niarbyl Bay on the Isle of Man, I can see why it’s been used as the backdrop for films and telly shows. For a few days I’ve been...

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  • Long term update: Does tech help on track?

    30 July 2015 by Tim Thompson

    Long term update: Does tech help on track?

    I’ve fallen for the 1299 S and grudgingly accept part of its brilliance is the way its mad, clattering V-twin and suspension are moderated and managed for me by gyros and sensors and a very smart ECU.

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  • Long term report: A year in a quarter

    30 July 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: A year in a quarter

    The average UK motorcyclist will see around 3,500 miles added to their odometer each year. That’s the equivalent of riding the shortest way from John O’Groats to Baku, in Azerbaijan. Not a bad little...

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  • Long term update: A fully loaded weapon

    29 July 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: A fully loaded weapon

    With my panniers still fresh and in need of breaking in, I knew I had to use them at the next available opportunity. So when a group of mates and I decided to head to the New Forest for a camping...

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  • Long term update: Starry-eyed over Tracer

    22 July 2015 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: Starry-eyed over Tracer

    It was 1.30am and still not completely dark, but the sky was clear enough to see a satellite tracking silently across the sky, followed a few moments later by a streak of light from a shooting star.

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  • Long term update: To stop or not to stop?

    18 July 2015 by Andy Calton

    Long term update: To stop or not to stop?

    There’s been a lot of belly-aching about the R1200RS’s small, 18-litre tank. And I kind of get it. It’s a big bike with a great motor and a reasonably comfortable riding position. I say reasonably –...

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  • Long term update: Highland fling

    16 July 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Long term update: Highland fling

    All relationships have their ups and downs, and the RC390 and I were going through a bit of a rough patch. A couple of flat-out and fraught jaunts across country had left me frustrated by its lack of...

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  • Long term report: I’ve got the power

    10 July 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term report: I’ve got the power

    Few things are more frustrating than being miles from a charging point only to find that the item of electronic gadgetry you’re hoping to use is flatter than a ironed hanky. This simple and...

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  • Long term update: Yamaha R1 vs Porsche GT3 RS

    03 July 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Long term update: Yamaha R1 vs Porsche GT3 RS

    We’ve done loads of car v bike shootouts and the results are usually the same: the bike wins. But I thought this match-up would be different. This is a very special car – a Porsche 911. Some would...

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  • Long term update: Let's get Scout and about

    01 July 2015 by Ped Baker

    Long term update: Let's get Scout and about

    If you need to know how much I’m enjoying the Indian Scout a quick glance at the odometer will tell you. On the day the bike arrived I took a 120-mile round trip to Krazy Horse in Bury St Edmunds for...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Panigale by numbers

    24 June 2015 by Tim Thompson

    MCN Fleet: The Panigale by numbers

    So far the most miles travelled in a day is 275. With its roomy seating and electronically controlled ride, the 1299 S is proving not half bad at being a normal bike. The only blot is an instantaneous...

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  • MCN Fleet: Is Versys a match for GS?

    24 June 2015 by Michael Guy

    MCN Fleet: Is Versys a match for GS?

    Last year I covered 16,000 miles on a BMW R1200GS Adventure, the epic round-the-world mile-muncher. In eight months of ownership it never once disappointed, and that included a few 600-mile days...

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  • Long term update: Is more bhp always best?

    19 June 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: Is more bhp always best?

    As commutes go, my twice-weekly run from Slough to Peterborough is pretty boring; sat upright on motorways, longing for the respite of seven roundabouts, three sharp turns and one long right-hand...

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  • Long term update: Scrambled up DNA

    18 June 2015 by Simon Brown

    Long term update: Scrambled up DNA

    How good do these two bikes look parked nose-to-nose? Flipping gorgeous. I couldn’t help but smile when confronted with a pair of Ducati Scramblers – especially two that are separated by 45 years. My...

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  • Long term update: Searching for the perfect ride

    17 June 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term update: Searching for the perfect ride

    It’s been a while since I’ve spent every day with an inline four, and I’ve been surprised by some of the revelations now a few thousand miles have passed between us. The strangest feeling it evokes –...

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  • Long term update: Time for tinkering

    12 June 2015 by Simon Relph

    Long term update: Time for tinkering

    The bikes I own are all at least 18 years old (I still view my GSX-R600 SRAD as modern) so there is always something to do on them. For me, that’s motorcycling. With the Honda VFR800X Crossrunner on...

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  • Long term update: This is the modern world

    11 June 2015 by Andy Calton

    Long term update: This is the modern world

    It feels like I’ve discovered a brave new world. Like I’ve been boiling water in a pan for the last 20 years and I’ve just bought a kettle. It just makes life easier and, mostly, better. This is the...

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  • Long term update: Ready to race?

    10 June 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Long term update: Ready to race?

    Mallory Park, a 1.4-mile exercise in momentum conservation buried within the natural bowl of a sleepy Leicestershire village. Over the past 12 months it’s become something of a second home through the...

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  • Long term update: 250 miles of B-road heaven

    06 June 2015 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: 250 miles of B-road heaven

    Days off work during the week are so commonly greeted by sideways rain that I’ve stopped making a plan involving bikes. Instead I’ve started going with whatever the weather is doing when I wake up. A...

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  • Long term update: Move over BMW and KTM

    05 June 2015 by Michael Guy

    Long term update: Move over BMW and KTM

    Since the day our Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves came back from the launch of the Kawasaki Versys singing its praises I’ve had my eye on the big Kawasaki. Our Mr Neeves loves his sportsbikes so...

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  • Long term update: Panigale's changing me

    04 June 2015

    Long term update: Panigale's changing me

    Nine hundred miles into the 1299 Panigale S experience and I get my first full Saturday afternoon with the new bike. I need it. This is the first time a fancy-pancy Ducati has lived in my garage, and...

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  • Long term update: We're off on an adventure

    03 June 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Long term update: We're off on an adventure

    I’ll admit it, I’m a control freak who just loves lists, planning and knowing exactly what I’m doing and when I’m doing it. But I love the fact that bikes make me do impetuous things every now and...

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  • Long term update: The road to temptation

    31 May 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Long term update: The road to temptation

    This sexy blue and silver R1 is the first sportsbike I’ve had for a long time. I’ve been scooting around on super-nakeds for the past few years, but I’m gagging to do more trackdays with my mates.

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  • Long term update: A quick change of screen

    30 May 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: A quick change of screen

    I’m getting into the touring spirit. My V-Strom already has heated grips, a fat comfy seat, a pair of panniers and a top box with enough space to move house. There is just one hitch – the screen. It’s...

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  • Long term update: A sporty surprise

    29 May 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Long term update: A sporty surprise

    Before I got my hands on it, I would have classed the GTR as a full-on tourer built solely for covering large miles quickly and in comfort. But the GTR has been a pleasant surprise when it comes to...

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