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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: The Triumph Bobber mirror breaks

    01 August 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: The Triumph Bobber mirror breaks

    Unfortunately, as cool as the Triumph Bobber looks, it's not been plain sailing over the first 3000 miles we've spent together.  I've chucked the Bobber straight in at the deep end, using it as...

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  • MCN Fleet: Can the R6 be tamed?

    27 July 2017 by Adam Child

    MCN Fleet: Can the R6 be tamed?

    My relationship with my Yamaha R6 can be described as rocky. She has thrown me out of the seat on more than one occasion and the bars have shaken their disgruntled head a few times. My Yam is a little...

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  • MCN Fleet: The Street Glide has finally clicked

    26 July 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    MCN Fleet: The Street Glide has finally clicked

    While I’ve been enjoying riding the Harley-Davidson Street Glide I’ve had on test, I’d not really gelled with it. I’ve clocked up well over 5,000 miles on it now but most of that has been commuting,...

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  • MCN Fleet: New boots for the RS

    24 July 2017 by Joe Dick

    MCN Fleet: New boots for the RS

    The Triumph Street Triple 765 RS comes on the awesome Pirelli Supercorsa SP’s that offer incredible grip for trackways and hot summer rides, but I couldn’t help but feel it was all a little much for...

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  • MCN Fleet: The 10p Bobber fix

    17 July 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: The 10p Bobber fix

    The Triumph Bobber looks great, there's no doubt about that. But one thing I was slightly worried about prior to its arrival was if all that style would be at the cost of functionality. The Triumph...

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  • MCN Fleet: A Street Triple Parisian romance

    12 July 2017 by Joe Dick

    MCN Fleet: A Street Triple Parisian romance

    It’s been three months since I got my hands on the Triumph Street Triple 765 RS and so far the bike has been an absolute hoot. Triumph have scored highly in many areas with the new RS from performance...

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  • MCN Fleet: Exhausting stuff for the Ninja 650

    11 July 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Exhausting stuff for the Ninja 650

    One of the things I’ve been interested in with my Kawasaki Ninja 650 long term bike this year has been its power output. Now I don’t think that it’s particularly bad as standard, and most of...

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  • MCN Fleet: In control of the Supersport S

    11 July 2017 by Andy Calton

    MCN Fleet: In control of the Supersport S

    Having passed the 1000-mile mark a short while ago, a few things have struck me about the consistently brilliant Ducati Supersport S. The switchgear is just a bit… well, odd. Hit the cancel indicator...

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  • MCN Fleet: New rubber transforms V-Strom

    10 July 2017 by Oli Rushby

    MCN Fleet: New rubber transforms V-Strom

    When I took delivery of the V-Strom 650XT back in April, I was quite impressed with the Bridgestone Battlax Adventure tyres it came with. They gave quite a lot of feel in both the dry and the wet and...

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  • MCN Fleet: Bobber v Commute

    05 July 2017 by Liam Marsden

    MCN Fleet: Bobber v Commute

    I ride everyday no matter the weather. Bikes are my main form of transport and they need to be able to keep up with the rigours of commuting everyday in unpredictable British weather. Take one look at...

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  • MCN Fleet: Sunny Sunday Funday for the X-Adv

    04 July 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: Sunny Sunday Funday for the X-Adv

    Mark, my other half, and I checked the weather report on Saturday night and realised Sunday was going to be ‘Scorchio’, so what better way to spend the day than out on the bikes. We always fall into...

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  • MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R gets summer rubber

    03 July 2017 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R gets summer rubber

    Summer trackday season is upon us and there’s still only one tyre for the job: Metzeler’s Racetec RR K3. On the road they’re plush, grippy and not too shabby in the wet. A rear lasts for over...

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  • MCN Fleet: Service time again for the Ninja 650

    27 June 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Service time again for the Ninja 650

    I’ve been using the Ninja 650 now for a few months now and am really pleased with how things are panning out with the bike. It’s practical, fun, comfortable and I think it looks absolutely fantastic –...

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  • MCN Fleet: Riding smart on the 125 Duke

    26 June 2017 by Maria Martin

    MCN Fleet: Riding smart on the 125 Duke

    Now I’m a full licence holder, I have to admit I’m struggling a little with the 15bhp on offer from the KTM. It’s not so much of an issue on twisty B-roads, but on motorways – where I do most of my...

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  • MCN Fleet: Upgrade time for the Ninja 650

    20 June 2017 by James Archibald

    MCN Fleet: Upgrade time for the Ninja 650

    I stumbled into the office to laughter, hidden behind a load of boxes that had been delivered. I must have looked ridiculous but I didn’t care, I was excited. The contents of said boxes were a load of...

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  • MCN Fleet: I love Paris in the Spring Time

    17 June 2017 by Alison Silcox

    MCN Fleet: I love Paris in the Spring Time

    This time last week I was on the way to Paris for a little French adventure with two fellow scooter riders. My Honda X-Adv and I were part of MCN’s annual maxi-scooter test.   With a Yamaha...

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