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: A simple (and cheap) gearbox fix for the 2002 Fireblade

MCN Fleet: A simple (and cheap) gearbox fix for the 2002 Fireblade

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m in love with my 2002 Honda Fireblade. It’s the definitive real-world 1000cc sports bike. The 954 model Blade is comfortable, practical and stonking good value right...

MCN Fleet: First Impressions Count with the Honda X-ADV

MCN Fleet: First Impressions Count with the Honda X-ADV

First impressions count and after my first hectic week of riding the Honda X-ADV I’ve grown rather fond of the quirky, slightly odd looking machine. I say machine because I still haven’t worked out if...

MCN Fleet: My first 1000 miles with Triumph's Bobber

MCN Fleet: My first 1000 miles with Triumph's Bobber

The first two weeks with my long term Triumph Bobber have gone incredibly fast and the odometer is already reading over 1300, so the Bobber is well on its way to reaching the #ride5000miles goal. Here...

MCN Fleet: Supersport S lights up my life

MCN Fleet: Supersport S lights up my life

The SuperSport had me riled. I couldn't wait for it to arrive and I was counting down the seconds... When it did finally arrive… at 4.26pm, by the way, I spent 10 minutes just walking round it soaking...

MCN Fleet: What a way to watch MotoGP

MCN Fleet: What a way to watch MotoGP

A few good mates and me went to see the Le Mans MotoGP at the Bike Shed in Shoreditch at the weekend.  You might think the trendy bike shop is all about hand-built retros, flat whites and...

MCN Fleet: Let's talk about my GSX-R1000R's can

MCN Fleet: Let's talk about my GSX-R1000R's can

I've had my GSX-R1000R for a couple of weeks now, but before we mention anything else I think we need to address the big grey elephant in the room: the Suzuki’s exhaust can. Some say you can see in on...

MCN Fleet: 954 Fireblade modifications. The results are in...

MCN Fleet: 954 Fireblade modifications. The results are in...

Last month I asked for advice on which upgrades I should fit to our 2002 Honda Fireblade, and you didn’t disappoint. With over a hundred responses on email and social media the suggestions ranged from...

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT chewing up the miles

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT chewing up the miles

I’ve just clocked up 1700 miles on the V-Strom 650XT so my #ride5000miles challenge is coming along nicely. It’s funny, the more I get used to the V-Strom I keep starting to think it can be a little...

MCN Fleet: First service ticked off for V-Strom

MCN Fleet: First service ticked off for V-Strom

The V-Strom headed back to Suzuki for its 600-mile service on Thursday, although by the time I’d reached Suzuki GB HQ in Milton Keynes the odometer was reading well over 800 miles – I’ve got right...

MCN Fleet: Street Glide - The Empire Strikes Back

MCN Fleet: Street Glide - The Empire Strikes Back

With 600 miles under the Street Glide’s belt, the Harley is proving itself to be a capable cruiser First impressions last, so the old saying goes, and my first impressions of the Harley-Davidson...

MCN Fleet: First 200 miles with Suzuki's V-Strom 650XT

MCN Fleet: First 200 miles with Suzuki's V-Strom 650XT

Earlier this week, I took delivery of Suzuki’s V-Strom 650XT and from my first impressions after clocking up 230 miles over the past few days I can tell we’re going to get along. As I explained the...

MCN Fleet: Yamaha R6 one month away!

MCN Fleet: Yamaha R6 one month away!

I’m still one month away from R6 ownership as Yamaha’s all-new YZF-R6 was only launched to the world two weeks ago.However, I was lucky enough to spend a day testing the new R6 in Almeria, Spain so...

MCN Fleet: 'Blown away' by Street Triple 765

MCN Fleet: 'Blown away' by Street Triple 765

A couple of weeks ago I got my hands on the new Triumph Street Triple 765 RS and was instantly blown away. From the second I put my leg over the bike it felt like home. Everything is just placed...

MCN Fleet: How special is the 2017 Fireblade SP?

MCN Fleet: How special is the 2017 Fireblade SP?

Twenty five years ago, give or take a week, I was handed the key to the first Honda Fireblade into the country. For those pre-internet times, the hype around the bike had been borderline hysterical...

MCN Fleet: 2017 Triumph Bobber is on its way

MCN Fleet: 2017 Triumph Bobber is on its way

I'm counting down the days until I take delivery of the new Triumph Bobber as my longterm test bike for 2017 and despite more red crosses appearing on my calendar, it's not getting any easier. The...

MCN Fleet: KTM 1290 Adventure S – Arrival imminent!

MCN Fleet: KTM 1290 Adventure S – Arrival imminent!

To say I’m excited about the impending arrival of my longterm KTM 1290 Adventure S is an understatement. Having got up close and personal with the model at the MCN London show in February, I was...

MCN Fleet: GSX250R ready to roll

MCN Fleet: GSX250R ready to roll

This year’s all about fun and frugal commuting in almost equal measure. The GSX is the smallest bike I’ve spent time with since passing my test more than 20 years ago but having enjoyed Yamaha’s MT-03...

MCN Fleet: We’ve bought a 954 Blade (and we’re smitten)

MCN Fleet: We’ve bought a 954 Blade (and we’re smitten)

MCN have taken the plunge and bought a 2002 Honda CBR900RR Fireblade for this year's long termer fleet. After an online poll and much deliberation over the last few weeks we looked at a...

MCN Fleet: Ducati SuperSport S set to impress

MCN Fleet: Ducati SuperSport S set to impress

Sometimes you read a job ad and it feels like it’s been written for you. Everything they offer, you want and everything they want you to have done, you’ve done. That’s how I felt when I first read...

MCN Fleet: BMW R nineT Racer coming soon

MCN Fleet: BMW R nineT Racer coming soon

We’re still waiting for our R nineT Racer to arrive, but I’m lucky enough to have ridden the Racer on a couple of occasions and it’s going to be interesting getting to know BMW’s beautiful...

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT incoming!

MCN Fleet: V-Strom 650XT incoming!

Having spent the last few years riding A2 licence friendly bikes, I was keen to step up to something a bit more substantial for 2017. As soon as I saw the fleet MCN had secured for the months ahead,...

MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX-R1000R coming soon

MCN Fleet: Suzuki GSX-R1000R coming soon

It won’t be long before I take delivery of Suzuki’s long-awaited GSX-R1000R. I was also thinking about choosing the new Blade and Ducati SuperSport as my MCN long-term test bike for 2017, but I reckon...

MCN Fleet: We’re on the hunt for a 2002 Fireblade

MCN Fleet: We’re on the hunt for a 2002 Fireblade

We’ve decided on a 2002-03 Fireblade as our second hand long term test bike this year. The 954cc model came top of our poll earlier this month (with 31% of the vote) closely followed by the 998cc...

MCN Fleet: The Eva has landed

MCN Fleet: The Eva has landed

MCN has joined the electric revolution by spending the summer months with the stunning Energica Eva naked bike. The £27,999 Eva arrived from the Italian factory, via UK importers Moto Corsa, this...

MCN Fleet: Hankering for a Harley

MCN Fleet: Hankering for a Harley

I’ve always had a soft spot for a Harley, so I was really excited to find out that I’d be testing a Street Glide.  The 2017 Street Glide is fitted with a Milwaukee-Eight, H-D’s first new big-twin...

MCN Fleet: How versatile is Ducati's Multistrada 950?

MCN Fleet: How versatile is Ducati's Multistrada 950?

I’m really looking forward to my time with the Ducati Multistrada 950. Some people baulk at the idea of the model with the smaller engine, saying it won’t live up to its big brother’s level of...

MCN Fleet: Waiting for the adventure to begin!

MCN Fleet: Waiting for the adventure to begin!

I first saw the Honda X-ADV in the flesh at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show in February, it was swamped by interested punters and I was at the front of the queue itching to have a closer...

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye joins the fleet

MCN Fleet: BMW R1200GS Rallye joins the fleet

Some bikes just get under your skin, and for me the R1200GS is one of them. I’ve done a lot of miles on GSs over the years – including a Land’s End to John O’Groats double and a lap of the coast of...

2016 Yamaha MT-03 long-term test

2016 Yamaha MT-03 long-term test

MCN spent 12 months living with Yamaha’s A2 licence-friendly MT-03 to see what this ‘small big bike’ is really like to live with. Related: 2020 Yamaha MT-03 review Here’s how we got on: Jump...

BMW S1000RR (2015-2019) long-term test

BMW S1000RR (2015-2019) long-term test

During 2015 then-Deputy Editor of MCN Richard Newland was lucky enough to run a BMW S1000RR superbike for 12 months to see what life's like with the Bavarian missile. Related: expert 2015-2019 BMW...

Kawasaki Versys 1000 (2015-2019) long-term test

Kawasaki Versys 1000 (2015-2019) long-term test

After nigh-on a year and more than 13,000 miles, it’s time to say goodbye to the Kawasaki Versys 1000. Related: full expert 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 review I’d like to tell you it’s been emotional,...