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First rides & tests

  • Motoz Tractionator first ride

    14 January 2019 by Jordan Gibbons

    Motoz Tractionator first ride

    Of all the questions we get here at MCN, ‘what tyres should I buy?’ is easily the most common. Everyone wants the magic combination of good grip with decent wear, perfect in the wet and in the dry...

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  • MCN Bike of the Year Awards 2018

    21 November 2018 by MCN News

    MCN Bike of the Year Awards 2018

    2018 has been another bountiful year for new machines, so the best-of-the-best below are very special indeed. Let’s kick things off with our Bike of the Year. Bike of the year Best innovation Best...

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  • Exclusive: Indian FTR1200S prototype ridden

    02 October 2018 by Richard Newland

    Exclusive: Indian FTR1200S prototype ridden

    After a year of teasing, Indian’s all-new 2019 production FTR1200 has finally been unveiled to the public at the Cologne show, converting much of the promise from the FTR1200 Concept of twelve months...

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  • Paton reveal 60th anniversary S1R

    10 September 2018 by Matt Wildee

    Paton reveal 60th anniversary S1R

    Paton have launched a special version of their S1R Lightweight to celebrate their 60th anniversary as a bike constructor and Michael Dunlop’s Lightweight TT win. It features a new matt black and green...

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  • First ride: Velocity-Moto 900LC

    06 September 2018 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Velocity-Moto 900LC

    Velocity-Moto's Hag Hughes was a paddock-jacketed hooligan back when the Yamaha RD350LC was king. He rode, raced and modified them and now three decades later, this 900LC is his homage to the iconic...

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  • First Ride: Honda Monkey

    06 August 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    First Ride: Honda Monkey

    There aren’t many bikes that you can call genuine iconic but the Honda Monkey is certainly one of them. Fans of the monkey have come from far and wide in society, including both Michael Jackson and...

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  • First ride: Fantic Caballero 250 Scrambler

    30 June 2018 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Fantic Caballero 250 Scrambler

    Think Fantic and your thoughts might drift wistfully to 1970s trail bikes, chunky off-road boots and Kickstart on TV. The firm eventually fell on hard times and faded away, but now they’re back, loud,...

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  • First ride: Yamaha WR250F

    06 April 2018 by Adam Child

    First ride: Yamaha WR250F

    It’s 5-degrees below zero and I’m getting kitted up in a cow shed – but I couldn’t be happier. Normally I'm full of anxiety before a day’s enduro riding, but not today. I’m in the safe hands of the...

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  • First Ride: Kymco AK550

    05 April 2018 by Alison Silcox

    First Ride: Kymco AK550

    Kymco’s new AK550 is the Taiwanese firm's largest capacity scooter and at £8879 the new addition is priced to compete with the market leading Yamaha TMAX. We’ve been living  with the AK550 and...

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  • First Ride: Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

    04 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    First Ride: Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

    The Vitpilen uses exactly the same basic platform as the Svartpilen, however where the urban enduro comes with high bars and chunky Pirelli tyres, the café racer wears Metzeler M5 tyres and has...

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  • First Ride: Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

    29 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    First Ride: Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

    This is the second time in six years that I have been at the unveiling of a new range of Husqvarna street motorcycles. The last time, which was in 2012, involved BMW talking about the Nuda 900. Now,...

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  • Tyre review: Bridgestone Battlax SC2

    29 March 2018 by Michael Neeves

    Tyre review: Bridgestone Battlax SC2

    Tyre: Bridgestone Battlax Scooter SC2 Rain £252.00 per pair (120/70 x 15 & 160/60 x 15) Where was the test: 1200-miles commuting and touring in UK and France. Modern day maxi scooters are...

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  • Video: We ride Honda's CB125R

    21 March 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Video: We ride Honda's CB125R

    The CB125R is Honda’s latest venture into the hugely competitive sports naked 125 class and is aimed squarely at new riders who are looking for their first biking thrill. Replacing the now outgoing...

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  • New tyre review: Dunlop SportSmart TT

    16 March 2018 by Michael Neeves

    New tyre review: Dunlop SportSmart TT

    Dunlop’s new SportSmart TT occupies that largely untapped no-man’s land between an all-purpose sports tyre and trackday rubber, aimed at rapid road riders and trackday fans, in equal measure. They'll...

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  • New tyre launch: Michelin Road 5

    23 February 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    New tyre launch: Michelin Road 5

    Already available for purchase, Michelin’s new Road 5 sports touring tyre replaces the firm’s hugely popular Pilot Road 4. With the original Pilot Road launched back in 2002, this fifth-generation...

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  • Triumph's Moto2 765 ridden!

    24 January 2018 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph's Moto2 765 ridden!

    In 2019 Moto2 will be powered by three-cylinder 765cc Triumph engines. It’s out with Honda's peaky CBR600RR screamers and in with the angry rasp of Britain’s best triple. It’s the biggest shake up in...

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  • MCN Bike of the Year Awards 2017

    31 December 2017 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Bike of the Year Awards 2017

    What a brilliant year we’ve had for new bikes. With well over 100 new models, facelifts and updates, the sheer quantity has been overwhelming. All that riding has kept MCN’s Road Test department...

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