2017 Long Term Fleet

Welcome to MCN's 120,000-mile test of 2017's key new machines. From Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000R and the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to the BMW R nineT Racer and the KTM 125 Duke, it's the UK's most comprehensive bike fleet. 

MCN's 2015 Longterm Fleet - we present the most important collection of bikes in 2015.

MCN's 2016 Longterm Fleet - we present the most important collection of bikes in 2016.

 

V-Strom 1000 XT 

 

  • MCN Fleet: Hooray for the Honda X-ADV

    18 January 2018 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Hooray for the Honda X-ADV

    This morning didn’t start well. I glance out of my kitchen window and a fallen fence greets me, annoyingly it’s the one we’re responsible for. Loads of branches from the trees at the bottom of our...

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  • How does the Glide compare to the Bagger?

    22 December 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    How does the Glide compare to the Bagger?

    Ten years ago if you wanted a bagger a Harley was the only option but now there are plenty. The nearest rival is the Indian Chieftain but the formula (big twin + fork mounted fairing = American...

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  • MCN Fleet: On track with the Street Triple RS

    21 December 2017 by Joe Dick

    MCN Fleet: On track with the Street Triple RS

    Opening the curtains and seeing rain drops cascading down my window meant the last thing I wanted to do was take a bike to the track and put in some laps. But this was the first real opportunity I’d...

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  • MCN Fleet: X-ADV meets the family

    18 December 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: X-ADV meets the family

    My Honda X-ADV is definitely the motorcycling equivalent of Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Me, I love it (I mean the X-ADV, I despise Marmite with a passion!). I discovered Honda had sold 211...

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  • MCN Fleet: Winter tyre time for the R6

    14 December 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: Winter tyre time for the R6

    The Metzeler Racetec RRs are off the R6 and they’ve been replaced by Bridgestone’s Battlax T30 Evo. The Metzelers were still legal and despite over 3000 miles which included a few track sessions they...

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  • MCN Fleet: 7500 mile service for V-Strom 650

    08 December 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: 7500 mile service for V-Strom 650

    The V-Strom headed to Suzuki for its 7500-mile service the other day and I was quite proud as the bike clicked 7503 as I rolled up to Suzuki’s Milton Keynes workshop! Sad, I know, but that was...

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  • MCN Fleet: 8000 miles with the Triumph Bobber

    04 December 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: 8000 miles with the Triumph Bobber

    My time with the Triumph Bobber has come to an end. It arrived in the middle of May with just a couple of hundred miles on the clock, and leaves having covered over 8000 miles. If you've read any of...

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  • MCN Fleet: Four maxi scooters in one week

    01 December 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Four maxi scooters in one week

    When I tell people I’m MCN’s Office Manager, they assume I’m tied to my desk and most of the time I am but not this week. My daily ride is a Honda X-ADV and over the last seven days I’ve had the...

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  • MCN Fleet: New rubber for V-Strom 650

    30 November 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: New rubber for V-Strom 650

    I’ve just reluctantly parted ways with my trusty Metzeler Roadtec 01s after almost 4000 miles on the V-Strom. I can see why they’ve been named tyre of the year in the MCN awards for the last couple of...

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  • MCN Fleet: R6 Dyno results

    28 November 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: R6 Dyno results

      Just check out that power curve! A full race Akrapovic exhaust system has transformed my R6. Peak power is up 7bhp and torque has increased from 45.51ftlb to 47.38ftlb. This may not sound much,...

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  • MCN Fleet: Triumph Bobber takes to the night

    28 November 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: Triumph Bobber takes to the night

    I can’t really remember the last time I went for a ride just for the sake of it. It certainly hasn’t been in the past 12 months. It's a terrible confession to make, I know, so having realised this,...

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  • MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye's rubber rings

    27 November 2017 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye's rubber rings

    I’m not shocked very often these days. But Pirelli’s Scorpion STR Rally rubber has absolutely blown me away over the last couple of months. They appear to suit BMW’s GS Rallye so well that it makes...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Suzuki GSX250R hits 5000 miles

    24 November 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    MCN Fleet: The Suzuki GSX250R hits 5000 miles

    After four and a half months of daily commuting, weekend rides, pillion passengers and long-distance motorway stints, the Suzuki GSX250R has finally surpassed the #ride5000miles goal. In that time,...

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  • MCN Fleet: KTM 125 Duke handguard heaven

    21 November 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    MCN Fleet: KTM 125 Duke handguard heaven

    I used KTM’s online configurator to make some updates to Doris the 124.7cc Duke. One addition, which I thought would benefit the motorway miles I cover a bit more, was KTM’s handguards (purchased from...

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  • MCN Fleet: The baby Duke's first pillion

    15 November 2017 by Maria Vallahis

    MCN Fleet: The baby Duke's first pillion

    I remember my first pillion experience well. Mainly because it didn’t end very well. I was 16 years old and riding a Peugeot Speedfight 50cc scooter with my cousin as pillion in Greece. It was a hot...

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  • MCN Fleet: New tail tidy for the RS

    13 November 2017 by Joe Dick

    MCN Fleet: New tail tidy for the RS

    The time has finally arrived to start swapping a few bits and adding accessories on the Street Triple RS. I’ve gone for the common mods most will do when they purchase a new bike including the Arrow...

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  • MCN Fleet: Getting in the zone on the Bobber

    03 November 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: Getting in the zone on the Bobber

    I had one of those rides last night. You know, the kind where everything is just right. Yes, it's November, and it was dark, but that didn't matter. I've made no secret of the fact that I've struggled...

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  • MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT the ideal workhorse

    31 October 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT the ideal workhorse

    Working as MCN’s British Superbike reporter takes me here, there and everywhere. Not only do I get to head out to 12 rural destinations in far-flung corners of the UK (and the Netherlands), I’m often...

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