New MCN November 30: 2012 Honda Fireblade first ride

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In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday November 30, we test the 2012 Honda Fireblade and relive the 20-year history of the first modern sports bike.

All the news from the Jerez Moto2 and CRT test, as Brit Scott Redding topped the timesheets, while Colin Edwards struggled onboard the Suter/BMW CRT bike.

Also in this issue, we ride the new Honda NC700X, and one-off Ducati Desmosedici dirt tracker built by Roland Sands.

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What you'll find in the November 30 issue of Motorcycle News:

MCN demo piles pressure on EU
200 riders filled the square outside European parliament last week to stage a protest against proposed anti-tampering laws.

 MCN November 16

MCN November 16


 2012 Honda Fireblade first ride
MCN rides the 20th anniversary CBR1000RR Fireblade at the launch in Portimao. The Fireblade has only received minor upgrades for its 20th birthday, is it enough?


Two decades of the Honda Fireblade
We look back to 1992 and recall the impact the revolutionary orignal Fireblade had on motorcycling.

 MCN November 16

 MCN November 16

Honda NC700X first ride
The NC700X is the latest 'crossover' bike from the stable of Crossrunner and Crosstourer. But what sets the NC700X apart is a price of £5850 and a claimed 78.8mpg. Can the NC700X impress at its launch?


Riding the dirt track Desmosedici
Roland Sands' controversial 200bhp one-off Ducati Desmosedici ridden on road and dirt track for the first time.




How to ride like a MotoGP god
GP winner Simon Crafar has launched his new riding technique book and DVD, which features radical new thoughts on faster riding. MCN has an exclusive extract from the book.


Bikeshop Bike chooser
MCN looks at some of the retro bikes out there including the Ducati Sport Classic series, Triumph Bonneville and Kawasaki W800.




Texan Tornado gets a rude awakening
Colin Edwards says he felt like he'd been catapulted back in time by almost a decade after he realised the mammoth task he faces in making the new Suter/BMW 1000cc bike competitive in MotoGP.

Read the latest stories causing a buzz this week in News…

Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer