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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: F800R knows best

    23 May 2015 by Steve Hunt

    Long term update: F800R knows best

    Nearly a thousand miles in and the F800R and I are becoming good friends. We’ve not been on any particularly meaningful adventures yet; it’s been a more a case of several, shorter liaisons, but over...

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  • Long term update: Mongolia or Morrison's

    22 May 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Long term update: Mongolia or Morrison's

    Adventure bikes are supposed to have panniers. How else am I supposed to carry my gear to the Mongolian Steppe, or bring my shopping home from the shops? Whatever we use them for, hard luggage is...

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  • Long term update: Dash disco

    17 May 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Long term update: Dash disco

    As someone who grew up when Sony Walkmans were the most technologically advanced piece of kit you could wish for, I’m a bit of a technophobe – so the dash on my Triumph Street Triple Rx is very...

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  • Long term update: A little belter

    16 May 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Long term update: A little belter

    I’m reliving the youth I never had, tearing through traffic with the torn hems of my riding jeans flapping in the breeze and the RC390’s throttle flat to the stop. As a product of Direct Access I...

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  • Long term update: Out having fun

    15 May 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Long term update: Out having fun

    There’s a certain amount of relief that’s washed over me since taking on the KTM six weeks ago. This is a bike that is designed to be ridden, not pampered, and that has encouraged me to get out there...

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  • Long term update: 53 degrees of satisfaction

    14 May 2015 by Richard Newland

    Long term update: 53 degrees of satisfaction

    When I was a kid BMW stood for ‘Boring Man’s Wheels’, they were the butt of so many jokes that even Kim Kardashian would have struggled to out-arse them. How things change. A generation on, and those...

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  • Long term update: The Millennium Falcon

    08 May 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Long term update: The Millennium Falcon

    There’s no greater feat of self-control than running a bike in by the book, especially when said bike has an analogue speedo that goes all the way up to 180mph. It’s like flying the Millennium Falcon...

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  • Long term update: Got that loving feeling

    08 May 2015 by Simon Brown

    Long term update: Got that loving feeling

    “What plate is it?” asks the lad on the conked-out ZXR400 after I stop to enquire if he needs any help. “It’s new,” I reply with a grin. “Wow, love it!” I click the Ducati into first and head off with...

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  • Long term update: Rubbish at going slow

    07 May 2015 by Tim Thompson

    Long term update: Rubbish at going slow

    An early Panigale moment. I’m heading north on the A1, just south of Stamford. My exit’s approaching fast and I’m still in the outside lane, still cruising past traffic. The ‘III’ countdown board...

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  • Long term update: It's riding time

    30 April 2015 by Steve Hunt

    Long term update: It's riding time

    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 update: Street Triple's bunny business

    17 April 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Long term update: Street Triple's bunny business

    For a moment I can’t work out why the guy at the next petrol pump is staring at me. Then I remember that I’m dressed as a giant rabbit! I suppose I do look rather odd. It’s my first proper trip out on...

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  • Long term update: Summer starts here

    10 April 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Long term update: Summer starts here

    The first few days with a new bike are always a voyage of discovery. I’m running a KTM 1050 Adventure this year and I recorded my first week with the lanky V-twin adventure bike. Day 1: Friday, March...

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