MCN Fleet

These are the 10 new-for-2021 bikes that will be joining this year’s MCN long-term test fleet. From off-roaders to nakeds, superbikes to adventure machines, our team of highly experienced riders will be taking them on road, track and dirt – hopefully both at home and abroad – to cut through the marketing hype and find out just how well each one performs.

Along the way we’ll be testing tyres, kit and hard-parts, speaking to experts and owners, logging every tank of fuel and enjoying each and every mile in order to bring you the most thorough review possible. And if you own one of these models, please get in touch with us and we’ll compare notes.

To read each bike's full review, click on the images below. We will continue to update these pages as the year progresses. There will also be plenty of posts to social media, our #ride5000miles page and videos on our YouTube channel.

Click on the pictures below:

2021 Aprilia RS660 long-term test
Harley-Davidson Pan America long-term test
BMW S1000R long-term test
 Suzuki Hayabusa long-term test
 Triumph Trident 660 long-term test  KTM 890 Adventure R long-term test
 Honda CRF300 Rally long-term test  Kawasaki ZX-10R long-term test
 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT long-term test  Ducati Multistrada V4 S long-term test


MCN Fleet 2021 videos

View a selection of expert video reviews of some of our long-term test bikes from their respective launches.

Triumph Trident 660

Ducati Multistrada V4 S

Aprilia RS660


Check out previous MCN Fleets below:

Read MCN's 2020 long-term test reports here Read about MCN's 2019 long-term test fleet here Read 2018 MCN long-term test reports here  

Ducati Panigale V4 S: 8467 miles of V4 heaven

Ducati Panigale V4 S: 8467 miles of V4 heaven

Update 9: Ducati V4 S - 8467 miles of V4 heaven Published 9 January 2019 A look back on my year with Ducati's stunner: 626 miles Friday 20th April: collect my V4 S from Ducati UK, Silverstone. Scoot...

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE's final sunset

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE's final sunset

It might seem like a fair amount of riding for nine months of movement, but 9612 miles disappear with no effort whatsoever aboard the Ninja H2 SX SE. If I hadn’t been distracted by other two-wheeled...

MCN Fleet: A riding year with a Yamaha MT-09 SP

MCN Fleet: A riding year with a Yamaha MT-09 SP

Over the last six months our Yamaha MT-09SP test bike has been subjected to everything from 900-mile days, to commuting to fast-group trackdays. We wanted to leave you with our final thought on the SP...

MCN Fleet: CB1000R+ first service and new luggage

MCN Fleet: CB1000R+ first service and new luggage

Service please! Barely having cocked my leg over the new Honda CB1000R, I find myself riding it off to Honda for its first service, I arrive with 601 miles on the clock, perfect. Related: full Honda...

MCN Fleet: Ducati Scrambler 1100 - Your questions answered

MCN Fleet: Ducati Scrambler 1100 - Your questions answered

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special long term test review Sports reporter Oli Rushby is spending the summer with Ducati's Scrambler 1100 Special... as well as a hefty 138-mile round trip commute to our...

MCN Fleet: Over 6000 miles and the love continues to flourish

MCN Fleet: Over 6000 miles and the love continues to flourish

What have we learned after 6000 miles on the café-style Kawasaki Z900RS? After trackdays, commutes and even a trip to the TT, MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child reveals all. Read the Kawasaki...

MCN Fleet: Your KTM 790 Duke questions answered

MCN Fleet: Your KTM 790 Duke questions answered

Q Do you miss having adjustable suspension? Johnny Hinds, on email In a way their absence of any damping adjusters is liberating, particularly at trackdays. This is an uncluttered motorcycle with a...

MCN Fleet: Getting dirty with the BMW F850 GS

MCN Fleet: Getting dirty with the BMW F850 GS

UPDATE 2: Getting Dirty with the F850 GS I have to admit that I’m not really the off road type. Sure I was a dirt bike junkie as a kid but my love for off road dwindled and I’ve become more...

MCN FLEET: Zero DSR has a lot to offer

MCN FLEET: Zero DSR has a lot to offer

I've had the odd go on an electric bike, but actually owning one, running one day in and day out is a whole different ball game. First of all there's the lack of a clutch, of gears, of engine noise.

MCN Fleet: Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport - life so far

MCN Fleet: Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport - life so far

MCN Fleet: Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport On route to the TET - let the adventure begin Twelve months ago I met a guy who was on his way back from riding in Spain. He was on a fully loaded CCM...

MCN Fleet: End of the road for the GSX250R

MCN Fleet: End of the road for the GSX250R

When I took delivery of Suzuki’s A2-compliant GSX250R last August, I was full of interest. This was the smallest capacity bike I’d ridden since the unreliable (but beautiful) Aprilia RS50 I had at...

MCN Fleet: XMAX 400 seat height woes

MCN Fleet: XMAX 400 seat height woes

An email from MCN reader Jim Scott struck up the thought about the Yamaha XMAX 400’s seat height, something I never took a second look at before. Perhaps because I’ve ridden a few bikes now which I...

MCN Fleet: How costly is the R6?

MCN Fleet: How costly is the R6?

The term ‘Man maths’ refers to using semi-rational reasons, rather than the actual figures, to justify  your purchase. It’s an expression I use at home all-to-often. For example, last year I...

MCN Fleet: Slow burning love affair with the Honda X-ADV

MCN Fleet: Slow burning love affair with the Honda X-ADV

It’s an age since I first set eyes on the Honda X-ADV. Like all good love affairs I remember the exact moment in time, the MCN Show in London last year is etched on my mind for eternity. A three-month...

MCN Fleet: Can you tour comfortably on the XMAX 400?

MCN Fleet: Can you tour comfortably on the XMAX 400?

From my previous update, you’ll know I can fit three bags full of food under the seat of the XMAX. Now I was going to France for a weekend, could the 33bhp scoot hack going aboard? And be comfortable?...

MCN Fleet: Winter weekender on Honda X-ADV

MCN Fleet: Winter weekender on Honda X-ADV

I love the D940, it hugs the coast from Calais to Le Touquet, the undulating sweepers and fabulous final destination make it my obvious choice for a winter weekender. I’m sure a 500 mile trip in near...

MCN Fleet: Two up fun on the Honda X-ADV

MCN Fleet: Two up fun on the Honda X-ADV

The Rider’s View I’ve been riding for 13 years and whenever asked to take a pillion I’ve always dodged the bullet. The great ‘what if’ makes me twitchy and someone else’s safety being in my hands...

MCN Fleet: Learning to enjoy winter riding with the V-Strom

MCN Fleet: Learning to enjoy winter riding with the V-Strom

I’m proud to be an all-year-round rider. Britain’s winter might throw crappy weather, greasy roads and that lovely salt-laden sludge that seems to get just about everywhere at us, but there is still...

MCN Fleet: The XMAX 400 – 'A scoot for all seasons'

MCN Fleet: The XMAX 400 – 'A scoot for all seasons'

You may remember I was considering winterising the XMAX. You know the sort of thing: looking at different tyres, extended screens and hand guards, keeping on top of the grime... In truth, however –...

MCN Fleet: No light at the end of the tunnel for the GSX250R

MCN Fleet: No light at the end of the tunnel for the GSX250R

After two blown bulbs in 5450 miles and a two-week trip back to Suzuki to try and diagnose the problem during its 6000-mile service interval, it looked as if the GSX250R’s electrical woes had finally...

MCN Fleet: Winter with the Street Triple RS

MCN Fleet: Winter with the Street Triple RS

Winter hack or garage ornament?   I have been guilty of being a fair weather rider I must admit so it’s time to man up and brave the elements. Chances are most naked sporty numbers are left...

Kawasaki Ninja 650 long-term test (2017-on)

Kawasaki Ninja 650 long-term test (2017-on)

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 specs Specs Kawasaki Ninja 650 (2017-on) Engine 649cc Parallel twin Claimed power 67bhp Claimed torque 48.5ft-lb Frame Tubular...

MCN Fleet: the longest of days on the Honda X-ADV

MCN Fleet: the longest of days on the Honda X-ADV

It’s midnight as I pull into the services just south of Stafford on the M6. My X-ADV needs fuel and more importantly, I need to warm up. There’s a Days Inn Motel that looks welcoming but home’s only...

MCN Fleet: Back to school for the Suzuki GSX250R

MCN Fleet: Back to school for the Suzuki GSX250R

Late last year, I embarked on a 190-mile journey down to West Sussex from my home in Lincolnshire to visit Advanced Riding Techniques (ART) in Crawley. The trip was primarily for a feature on how to...

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650 XT - Your questions answered

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650 XT - Your questions answered

Having covered just over 8,000 miles on Suzuki’s V Strom 650 XT since April, I thought it was about time I answered a number of your questions! Here are just some of the questions I’ve been sent on...

MCN Fleet: Hooray for the Honda X-ADV

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...

MCN Fleet: Can the XMAX 400 cope with motorway miles?

MCN Fleet: Can the XMAX 400 cope with motorway miles?

Until last month, the KTM’s 125 Duke was my main mode of transport. It was lovely, but after I passed my test, the urge for more power took over. And to be honest I needed it – my 62-mile round trip...

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 1000 XT defies the cold

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 1000 XT defies the cold

My first 500 miles with the big XT have mainly been a baptism of ice and snow, rather than fire. Against a landscape of monochrome chilliness, there's nothing more comforting than a simplistically...

MCN Fleet: A second blown headlight bulb on the Suzuki GSX250R

MCN Fleet: A second blown headlight bulb on the Suzuki GSX250R

In just under 5500 miles of riding, the Suzuki GSX250R’s main headlight bulb has blown twice; once at just over 3000 miles and a second time on my way home yesterday evening, at around 5450 miles. The...

How does the Glide compare to the Bagger?

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...

MCN Fleet: On track with the Street Triple RS

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...

MCN Fleet: Is the GSX250R the ideal winter commuter?

MCN Fleet: Is the GSX250R the ideal winter commuter?

After a three week break from riding during the recent spell of sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice, the Suzuki GSX250R has returned as my go-to method of commuting. In my time away from the saddle, I...

MCN Fleet: X-ADV meets the family

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...

MCN Fleet: Winter tyre time for the R6

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...

MCN Fleet: Faulty sensor halts progress on the 250

MCN Fleet: Faulty sensor halts progress on the 250

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed a recent absence from social media and online updates for the Suzuki GSX250R. Unfortunately, the bike developed a fault exactly on the stroke of my 5000th...

MCN fleet: 12 months with the 2017 KTM Duke 125

MCN fleet: 12 months with the 2017 KTM Duke 125

It’s a bittersweet ending after 12 months with KTM’s 125 Duke. Related: 2017 KTM Duke 125 review on MCN Our time together has seen me develop my riding and enjoy most of what biking has to offer.