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  

MCN Fleet: 7500 mile service for V-Strom 650

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...

MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX-R1000R end of term report

MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX-R1000R end of term report

After 11,000-miles, four sets of tyres, a new chain and sprockets, two oil and filter changes, six trackdays and trips to Mettet, the Nurburgring and Aragon, it’s time to say goodbye to my...

MCN Fleet: 8000 miles with the Triumph Bobber

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...

MCN Fleet: Four maxi scooters in one week

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...

MCN Fleet: New rubber for V-Strom 650

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...

MCN Fleet: Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT arrives for winter

MCN Fleet: Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT arrives for winter

Having spent the summer of 2017 riding 6500miles on BMW's excellent R1200GS Rallye, I've now swapped it for Suzuki's V-Strom 1000 XT – making the move from boxer twin to V-twin, and a...

MCN Fleet: Metzeler ME888s transform the Street Glide

MCN Fleet: Metzeler ME888s transform the Street Glide

One of my big criticisms about the Street Glide was the tyres. In the dry they were fine and if I wanted to do thousands of miles, I’m sure they’d have managed it but in the rain they were pants. The...

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye reaches the end of the road

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye reaches the end of the road

I’m not a monogamous rider. It doesn’t matter how good a bike is, I really struggle with the concept of only having one. I currently own four (a Ducati 996, Suzuki GSX-R750 ‘Slabby’, Honda VFR800FiW...

MCN Fleet: R6 Dyno results

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,...

MCN Fleet: Triumph Bobber takes to the night

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,...

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye's rubber rings

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...

MCN Fleet: The Suzuki GSX250R hits 5000 miles

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,...

MCN Fleet: Festive fairy looking for fun on the X-Adv

MCN Fleet: Festive fairy looking for fun on the X-Adv

I don’t want to upset anyone but I’m going to drop the ‘C’ bomb, not that ‘C’ bomb, the Christmas one! I was rooting through my dressing up box the other day and found my fairy outfit. I realised...

MCN Fleet: The Triumph Bobber has some competition

MCN Fleet: The Triumph Bobber has some competition

When Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves rode the Triumph Bobber for the first time at the end of 2016, he was incredibly impressed. Fast forward to the back end of 2017 and the Triumph Bobber was...

MCN Fleet: Has my Suzuki GSX-R1000R got better with age?

MCN Fleet: Has my Suzuki GSX-R1000R got better with age?

With over 11,000-hard miles under its belt it’s fair to say my Suzuki is well and truly run-in. To see if it’s any faster with age and if the extra 7bhp from the race can makes a difference, I took it...

MCN Fleet: New rubber for the X-ADV & new gear for me!

MCN Fleet: New rubber for the X-ADV & new gear for me!

I'd ridden 6000 miles on the OE Bridgestone tyres and there were signs of wear and tear. There was still plenty of rubber but the blocky tread pattern had squared off. With the front wheel from a...

MCN Fleet: New tail tidy for the RS

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...

MCN Fleet video: How am I finding the Suzuki GSX250R?

MCN Fleet video: How am I finding the Suzuki GSX250R?

Between weekend blasts, long trips and rides to and from the office, I find myself using my long-term Suzuki GSX250R almost every day. In the four months we have spent together, I have come to know...

MCN Fleet: First winter morning ride for the V-Strom

MCN Fleet: First winter morning ride for the V-Strom

So, we’ve been saying that winter is coming for a while but I was definitely a little surprised to peel back the curtains to the first frost of the year this morning! I know it’s November, but the...

MCN Fleet: Getting in the zone on the Bobber

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...

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT the ideal workhorse

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...

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye hits 5500miles

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...

MCN Fleet: Arrow exhaust for the RS

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...

MCN Fleet: Time our R6 got a full Akrapovic system

MCN Fleet: Time our R6 got a full Akrapovic system

The craftsmanship in the Akrapovic headers is stunning. They’re feather-light and beautifully made. I fitted the slip-on Akrapovic end can (£323) a few months back. Now it's time to add the ‘optional...

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye gets protected

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...

MCN Fleet: Is the GSX250R any good on track?

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...

MCN Fleet: What's Suzuki's GSX-R1000R like on tour?

MCN Fleet: What's Suzuki's GSX-R1000R like on tour?

My GSX-R1000R is an unashamed track bike, but despite its appetite for tarmac-demolishing speed and full-lean lunacy, most superbikes like this are ridden on the road, with the odd of...

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

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...

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

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...

MCN Fleet: More standard boots for the 250

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...

MCN Fleet video: BMW R nineT Racer - the story so far

MCN Fleet video: BMW R nineT Racer - the story so far

MCN's Senior Editor, Matt Wildee has been living with BMW's new-for-2017 R nineT Racer this year. With all the style of a Savile Row suit, Matt describes what it's like to live with the boxer twin...

MCN Fleet: Am I a Marquez Fan?

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,...

MCN Fleet: Time to tweak the Bobber

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...

MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX-R1000R summer trackday heaven

MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX-R1000R summer trackday heaven

Welcome to the Ring  There’s nothing quite like the soul-shaking rush of the Nurburing’s play-an-play Nordschleife, to kick off a summer of trackday fun.  I’ve been addicted to the...

MCN Fleet: Bargain suspension tweak transforms R nineT Racer

MCN Fleet: Bargain suspension tweak transforms R nineT Racer

I’ve enjoyed my time with the beautiful, characterful R nineT Racer. When I took possession of the bike I wanted to accentuate the ‘Racer’ part of its character. My idea of heaven on a motorcycle is...

The tyre man cometh

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,...