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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: 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 Martin

    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 Martin

    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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  • MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye hits 5500miles

    30 October 2017 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye hits 5500miles

    Five months have passed pretty rapidly with the Rallye, all to the sonorous soundtrack of a hard-working boxer twin exercising with the sort of aerobic exertion that any triathlete would be happy...

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  • MCN Fleet: Arrow exhaust for the RS

    29 October 2017 by Joe Dick

    MCN Fleet: Arrow exhaust for the RS

    Just recently I’ve taken the plunge and gone for an aftermarket exhaust on the Street Triple RS. The £615 price tag makes it a hard move but the design is perfect as you'd expect from Arrow. Not only...

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  • MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye gets protected

    23 October 2017 by Richard Newland

    MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye gets protected

    Buying bike accessories that you can’t see somewhat smacks of the emperor’s new clothes – but I can assure you there a) are actually products in these photos, and that b) they work really rather...

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  • MCN Fleet: Is the GSX250R any good on track?

    23 October 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    MCN Fleet: Is the GSX250R any good on track?

    I’ve spent the majority of my time with Suzuki’s GSX250R exploring its surprising ability to cover big miles. However, although the A1 is mighty fun, when an opportunity came to take the 250 on...

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  • MCN Fleet: Winter is coming for the V-Strom!

    19 October 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: Winter is coming for the V-Strom!

    Winter is coming! There’s no doubt about it, the nights are drawing in, the clocks go back next week, the temperature is plunging, the grey murky days arriving and this morning we had our first fog of...

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  • MCN Fleet: Be safe, be seen on the X-ADV

    19 October 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Be safe, be seen on the X-ADV

    Today is the first day I’ve felt fully justified for having the fog lights fitted to the Honda X-ADV. With the trees rapidly going from summery green to autumnal brown the change of the season is...

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  • MCN Fleet: More standard boots for the 250

    16 October 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    MCN Fleet: More standard boots for the 250

    With the clocks nudging 3500 miles on my Suzuki GSX250R, it was time for some new rubber. After months of commuting, leisure rides and even an afternoon on track, the rear OE IRC RX-01 Road Winner had...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Ninja 650 gets Roadsmart

    10 October 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: The Ninja 650 gets Roadsmart

    When first fitted, I wasn’t too sure if Pirelli’s Rosso III tyres would quite live up to the Metzeler Roadtec 01s I’d used previously.  As a sportier tyre, I didn’t expect them to perform as well...

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  • MCN Fleet: Am I a Marquez Fan?

    05 October 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Am I a Marquez Fan?

    I’ve been interested to find that there’s a thriving community of Honda X-Adv riders out in the wider world. The bike seems to be very well received on the continent and one particularly active group,...

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  • MCN Fleet: Time to tweak the Bobber

    29 September 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: Time to tweak the Bobber

    It seems to have been a hectic time for myself and the Triumph Bobber recently, with plenty of longer trips putting more miles on the bike and seeing it blast through the #ride5000miles goal with...

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  • MCN Fleet: Ninja by name, Ninja by nature?

    28 September 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Ninja by name, Ninja by nature?

    I’ve been asking myself - is Kawasaki's 650 really worthy of the Ninja name? On looks alone, maybe. The ZX-10R-inspired styling and KRT paint scheme make it look like a proper pocket-rocket. The 63bhp...

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  • The tyre man cometh

    27 September 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    The tyre man cometh

    Ever since I first rode the long term Street Glide in the rain, I’ve been pretty keen to get rid of the stock tyres. In the dry, they’re fine, but in the wet they’re pretty poor – quickly spinning up,...

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  • MCN Fleet: What’s my R6 like in the wet?

    26 September 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: What’s my R6 like in the wet?

    My R6 is the only 600cc Supersport machine on the market with traction control and ABS as standard. In theory it should be able to cut it in the wet, but can it? I’d recently fitted brand new Metzeler...

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  • MCN Fleet: 125 Duke left for dust by the Blade

    25 September 2017 by Maria Martin

    MCN Fleet: 125 Duke left for dust by the Blade

    It was time for another Sunday blast with dad, him on a 2007 Fireblade and me on Doris the updated-for-2017 Duke. My dad must have been so bored. I was there with my hair dryer working hard to get up...

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