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: What’s my R6 like in the wet?

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...

MCN Fleet: Christmas comes early for our Street Triple RS

MCN Fleet: Christmas comes early for our Street Triple RS

Almost 6000 miles covered and I’m still loving the RS, but it’s time to start giving her some bling. I’ve gone with all Triumph genuine accessories which include frame and swing arm crash protection,...

MCN Fleet: Amazing alpine adventure on the Street Triple

MCN Fleet: Amazing alpine adventure on the Street Triple

Last month I took the opportunity to ship my bike out to Switzerland with Bike Shuttle and tour the Alps. I'd never ridden abroad alone so this was a new venture for me. Once I collected my bike in...

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT - Beauty or a beast?

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT - Beauty or a beast?

I’m five months and almost 6000 miles in to my year with the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT and ever since I took delivery of it, perhaps even before, I’ve had this one little niggle about the bike that won’t...

MCN Fleet: Ducati SuperSport S goes the distance

MCN Fleet: Ducati SuperSport S goes the distance

You don't really know a bike until you've spent some time with it. A lot of time. My first four or five months with Ducati's 'sportsbike for the road' had certainly been a blast. Work commutes and a...

MCN Fleet: 1290 Super Adventure S Aragon MotoGP bound

MCN Fleet: 1290 Super Adventure S Aragon MotoGP bound

The road trip to Aragon MotoGP has begun. From home we’ve ridden to Portsmouth and I’m now sat on the Brittany Ferries crossing making our way across the Bay of Biscay on route to Santander in...

MCN Fleet:Which mode's best for the X-ADV?

MCN Fleet:Which mode's best for the X-ADV?

I feel that I should be wearing a white lab coat and not a leather jacket with all the testing I’ve been doing! I’m trying to work out which of the Honda X-Adv’s gear modes is right for me. Unlike...

MCN Fleet: Hot under the collar

MCN Fleet: Hot under the collar

When it comes to cold weather, I don’t really mind admitting that I’m a bit of a softy. As soon as the mercury sinks, I’m straight into the box of winter gloves and thermal baselayers, so it was a bit...

MCN Fleet: KTM 1290 Super Adventure S goes offroad

MCN Fleet: KTM 1290 Super Adventure S goes offroad

While I’ve had a couple of excursions off-road on the KTM Super Adventure S they’ve been short and fairly inconclusive. But I’m glad to say that changed this week with a day in the dirt – make that...

MCN Fleet: Our R6 feels a little deflated

MCN Fleet: Our R6 feels a little deflated

My R6’s rear tyre has just deflated in record time. We had a few 90mph wobbles but nothing that was too alarming, so I made my way to the littered grass verge on the A1 northbound and began the wait...

MCN Fleet: How far will the GSX250R go on empty?

MCN Fleet: How far will the GSX250R go on empty?

Although I’ve only had my Suzuki GSX250R for little over a month, I have already clocked up just shy of half of my #ride5000miles total. In this time together, one of the things I have come to like...

MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R sips fuel like a commuter

MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R sips fuel like a commuter

On a slow moving journey from London to MCN’s Peterborough HQ recently, my GSX-R did the unthinkable for a superbike and returned an astonishing 61mpg.  I’m more interested in chasing lap times...

MCN Fleet: My standard Blade SP's too loud. How weird is that?

MCN Fleet: My standard Blade SP's too loud. How weird is that?

Talk about a slow burner. As the miles slip by, this Blade SP inexorably grows bigger in my life – to the point where my attitude towards it has progressed from one of indifference and Guy Martin...

MCN Fleet: A day on the GSX250R with Kevin Schwantz

MCN Fleet: A day on the GSX250R with Kevin Schwantz

Just under two weeks ago, when the sun was still shining and the summer was here, I embarked on a trip to Silverstone for the British round of the MotoGP World Championship aboard my Suzuki GSX250R...

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT vs SV650

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT vs SV650

Riding for me is a balancing act. First and foremost, my bike is my number one means of transport, I’m a long distance commuter and often ride to the race meetings I cover for MCN.   However, the...

MCN Fleet: How hard is it to pick up a Harley?

MCN Fleet: How hard is it to pick up a Harley?

It was all going so well. In my last report I said how after around 5000 miles it had all come together and I was really gelling with the bike. Summer was upon us and I was cruising around with the...

MCN Fleet: What does Keith think of my Honda X-Adv?

MCN Fleet: What does Keith think of my Honda X-Adv?

Since I’ve been riding the Honda X-Adv it’s been a real talking point with fellow riders. No one knows what it actually is and how it fits in with the normal expectations of a bike or...

MCN Fleet: KTM 1290 Super Adventure gets ready for off-road action

MCN Fleet: KTM 1290 Super Adventure gets ready for off-road action

Well having just spent a day at the KTM UK workshop, my 1290 Super Adventure S is looking pretty trick, even if I do say so myself! In preparation for a day of off-road riding in Devon with former...

MCN Fleet: Two-up on a 250 - how hard can it be?

MCN Fleet: Two-up on a 250 - how hard can it be?

Taking a passenger on the Suzuki GSX250R is something I have wanted to do since I got this bike. I almost always seem to ride solo and I often wonder what my rides would be like taking someone...

MCN Fleet: How to ride Cadwell on a 2017 R6...

MCN Fleet: How to ride Cadwell on a 2017 R6...

Riding Cadwell on a bike as revvy as a 2017 R6 takes a lot of concentration and constant use of the factory OE quickshifter. Keep notching gears down the start/finish straight. Either hit the limiter...

MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R gets a short back and sides

MCN Fleet: GSX-R1000R gets a short back and sides

When Suzuki had the finished GSX-R1000R sketch sat proudly on their drawing board it would’ve looked sleek with no ugly number plate holder, lumpy exhaust can or ghastly Euro4 reflectors. So I’ve...

MCN Fleet: V-Strom completes #ride5000 miles, here's what we've learned

MCN Fleet: V-Strom completes #ride5000 miles, here's what we've learned

Riding to and from the Cadwell Park British Superbike round took me over my first 5000 miles, so I’ve successfully completed MCN’s #ride5000miles challenge. In that time, I’ve learned a lot about the...

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye's pipe and slippers

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye's pipe and slippers

BMW’s GS Rallye exudes a quality that it’s hard to pick holes in. From the deep frame paint, to the car-like plastics quality, to the perfect accuracy with which each and every element works and fits...

MCN Fleet: Loving the thought of a comfy sportsbike

MCN Fleet: Loving the thought of a comfy sportsbike

The Supersport S came on the perfectly capable OE Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres. But after 1600 miles, a track day and a touring trip looming I decided to change to the more all-round Metzeler Roadtec...

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye's big box / little box

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye's big box / little box

You don’t tend to think about how much an empty box weighs, but while working out luggage options for a trip away on the GS, I was stunned by the sheer bulk of the Vario topbox. Of course, my Rallye...

MCN Fleet: 3000 miles with Triumph's Bobber

MCN Fleet: 3000 miles with Triumph's Bobber

I've now covered over 4000 miles on the Triumph Bobber (it's been a high mileage week since we recorded the video) and despite the fact the Bobber isn't especially well suited to the type of riding...

MCN Fleet: When it all click the R6 is magical

MCN Fleet: When it all click the R6 is magical

I’ve completed over 4000 miles on the Yamaha so far and most of it has been in the guise of a workhorse. I live almost 100 miles from work and commute every day, grinding through torrential downpours...

MCN Fleet: A perfectly packaged Bobber

MCN Fleet: A perfectly packaged Bobber

People always remark on how well-packaged the Triumph Bobber - and most of the Triumph heritage range - is. You know, the way they somehow hide all the wiring and make the fuel injection look like...

MCN Fleet: X-Adv is new Thruxton lap record holder!

MCN Fleet: X-Adv is new Thruxton lap record holder!

Is the Honda X-Adv really designed to go on track? With the chance to take part in the Thames Vale Advanced Motorcyclists (TVAM) Skills Day at Thruxton, I thought it was a great way to find out. It’s...

MCN Fleet: Who's a fellow X-Adv rider?

MCN Fleet: Who's a fellow X-Adv rider?

I was having a chat with one of the lads in the office about my X-Adv. He’d mentioned that, on his way to work that morning, he’d spotted an X-Adv on the road. I thought I was the only one out there...

MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX250R ready for the road

MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX250R ready for the road

Suzuki’s GSX250R is finally ready to join the 2017 MCN long-term test fleet and I can’t wait to get stuck in with it. After undertaking the first ride of the bike earlier this month, MCN’s Senior...

MCN Fleet: I've got a confession to make...

MCN Fleet: I've got a confession to make...

If you’ve ever read a copy of MCN, you’ll see we do a feature called 20 Questions, where (would you believe it) we ask key motorcycling personalities 20 questions about riding. There’s one question...

MCN Fleet: Let’s get ready to rumble – for 1200 miles

MCN Fleet: Let’s get ready to rumble – for 1200 miles

My Ducati Supersport S has been asked to perform more on the sporty side. Short back-road blasts and a Donington Park trackday certainly saw it earn its sporting stripes. But now it’s time to see if...

MCN Fleet: There's a 'Welcome in the Hillside' for the X-Adv

MCN Fleet: There's a 'Welcome in the Hillside' for the X-Adv

I’ve just covered 500 miles on my latest weekend jaunt on the Honda X-Adv, I’ve been for a camping weekend deep in the Welsh Valleys. My KTM Duke 125 riding buddy and our On-Line Editor, Maria, had...

MCN Fleet: A touch of a button transforms the GSX-R1000R

MCN Fleet: A touch of a button transforms the GSX-R1000R

Road bike electronics have come along way over the past decade. Ducati’s homologation special 1098R was first to be fitted with traction control, as we know it today. Wheel speed sensors measured the...

MCN Fleet: 1290 Super Adventure S works #Ride5000miles goal

MCN Fleet: 1290 Super Adventure S works #Ride5000miles goal

MCN’s campaign to encourage the motorcycle community to ride 5000 miles in 2017 has been a hit and has seen thousands of riders sign up – with a good number having already hit the 5000 mile...