MCN long-term test fleet 2023

Welcome to the 2023 MCN Long-term Test Fleet.

Over the course of the year we'll be putting serious miles on these 10 bikes to find out what they're like to live with.

Keep an eye out for written updates, videos and more. Click through to each individual page to get the latest updates as we pile on the miles.

Click on the pictures below:

BMW M1000R

BMW M1000R

Triumph Street Triple RS

Triumph Street Triple RS

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

Honda Transalp

Honda Transalp

Yamaha Ténéré 700

Yamaha Ténéré 700

Suzuki GSX-8S

Suzuki GSX-8S

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE

Harley-Davidson Lowrider ST

Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST

Ducati DesertX

Ducati DesertX

Zero DSR X

Zero DSR X

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally

Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally

Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+

Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+


Check out previous MCN Fleets below:

MCN fleet 2022

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Long-term Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ test | Rich steals the fleet Tracer from a stricken Steve

Long-term Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ test | Rich steals the fleet Tracer from a stricken Steve

Words by Richard Newland You would usually find Steve’s happy face peeking out at you for an update on the Yamaha Tracer 9 sports-tourer‘s latest movements, but having tried to get his leg to bend...

After 6002 miles with the Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally, Rich has decided it's 'the one'... maybe

After 6002 miles with the Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally, Rich has decided it's 'the one'... maybe

I’m not a ‘one bike’ kind of a guy. I love being able to pick a style, age, or character of bike for the ride ahead, and that’s led to me having a five-bike garage (for now) that spans 50 years of...

The Suzuki GSX-8S's range predictor is frustratingly cautious, but that's the way I'd rather have it

The Suzuki GSX-8S's range predictor is frustratingly cautious, but that's the way I'd rather have it

I love the real-world performance of the Suzuki GSX-8S. I love its comfort, its admirable ability to fend off the aggressive winter grit, and the way it makes me feel. I’ll be very sad to see it...

Zero DSR/X long-term test | Ali spends the day as a pillion on her own bike

Zero DSR/X long-term test | Ali spends the day as a pillion on her own bike

I’ve covered more than 3000 solo miles on the Zero DSR/X electric adventure bike, so thought it was time to take a back seat, literally, and spent the day at the mercy of Chief Road Tester, Michael...

MCN Fleet: Ducati DesertX goes back home for some diagnostic investigations

MCN Fleet: Ducati DesertX goes back home for some diagnostic investigations

You may recall that the Ducati DesertX long-term test bike has been suffering with a sporadic electronics issue, resulting in a loss of ABS and Traction Control, and a few other dash functions – the...

A quick jaunt to Land's End ticks the MCN fleet Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST over the 10,000 mile mark

A quick jaunt to Land's End ticks the MCN fleet Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST over the 10,000 mile mark

Since collecting the Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST back in April we’ve racked up thousands of miles together. But, with only a few weeks of the test period left, I was beginning to be irked by the fact...

Michael Neeves has covered 17,520 miles on a Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE | Here are his final thoughts

Michael Neeves has covered 17,520 miles on a Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE | Here are his final thoughts

After a massive 17,520 miles spent aboard the MCN fleet Kawasaki H2 SX SE, Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves reflects on his time with the supercharged sports-tourer. 18 miles With just PDI...

MCN Fleet: End of the World (Raid) - Steve’s time with Yamaha’s T7WR is over. So how was it?

MCN Fleet: End of the World (Raid) - Steve’s time with Yamaha’s T7WR is over. So how was it?

3300 miles in four months isn’t exactly big miles, but when your two-wheeled time is as limited as mine, it’s about making every mile count. The adventure bike is now being prematurely beamed back to...

Honda Transalp long-term test verdict | Gareth sums up his thoughts after 4576 miles

Honda Transalp long-term test verdict | Gareth sums up his thoughts after 4576 miles

I’m sad to say it’s time to wave goodbye to the Honda XL750 Transalp. Safe to say that I’ve had a fabulous year with the middleweight adventurer, and have learned a lot along the way.  My highlight...

The highs and lows of the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R long-term test bike - The excitement and breakdowns

The highs and lows of the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R long-term test bike - The excitement and breakdowns

It’s hard to say goodbye to any bike, never mind one as fun and as exhilarating to ride as the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R adventure bike. Although I only managed to rack up 5551 miles I feel like I...

After 3766 miles on test, how has the MCN fleet Triumph Street Triple RS coped with a winter of riding?

After 3766 miles on test, how has the MCN fleet Triumph Street Triple RS coped with a winter of riding?

“You’ve missed a bit!” Who doesn’t love hearing someone say this while you’re cleaning your bike (along with my personal ‘favourite’: “Fancy doing mine next?”)? Unfortunately, though, when it comes...

WARNING! Taking the BMW M1000R for a spin will ruin whatever you ride next | Long-term test

WARNING! Taking the BMW M1000R for a spin will ruin whatever you ride next | Long-term test

One of the BMW M1000R super naked’s big selling points is its electronic suspension. The M1000RR homologation superbike – on which the R is based – is built for race teams who will throw the stock...