2009

First ride: Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

First ride: Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

The half-faired Street Glide tourer gets an upgrade treatment including higher spec strereo, enough chromed goodies to keep plating and polishing companies in work for a millennium or more. The...

Peugeot Satelis 125: full review

Peugeot Satelis 125: full review

The Peugeot Satelis 125 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.    Read the MCN Peugeot Satelis...

Video: BMW R1200GS Adventure longterm test report

Video: BMW R1200GS Adventure longterm test report

MCN Editor Marc Potter has clocked up 5500 trouble free miles on his long term test BMW R1200GS. Here’s a short video review of the bike in action showing it’s more than capable of anything Potter can...

Video: Triumph Thunderbird vs. the best of the rest

Video: Triumph Thunderbird vs. the best of the rest

MCN has already discovered that although the new Triumph Thunderbird is a great bike, it still can't tempt riders who have their hearts set on a Harley. But how does it compare to the other...

The bargain alternative to the... BMW K1300GT

The bargain alternative to the... BMW K1300GT

The BMW K1300GT arguably has more road-focussed new technology on it than any other bike: sat nav, fuel-sipping engine management, mega-grunty top gear performance, a totally stable Hossack front end...

Judgement Days on tour: Test ride a Harley-Davidson near you

Judgement Days on tour: Test ride a Harley-Davidson near you

Harley-Davidson’s Judgement Days test ride campaign earlier this year proved so popular that Harley are taking it on the road. Find a Harley-Davidson for sale A Judgement Days demonstrator truck...

Video: Ducati Streetfighter longterm test report

Video: Ducati Streetfighter longterm test report

MCN road tester Michael Neeves has the Ducati Streetfighter on longterm test for the summer of 2009. So far he's had the bike for a month and covered over 2,500 miles. Watch the video for his...

Triumph Thunderbird 1600

Rode the new Thunderbird last sunday on country roads, the M65 and through Blackburn I thought the motor and gearbox were excellent but the bike was let down by a few annoying features. Firstly I expected a big twin to sound like one but it appears you have to buy sports pipes from Triumph for this to happen. Why cant it have them as standard and then if you want it to sound like a moped you can...

First ride: Race-ready Harley-Davidson XR1200

First ride: Race-ready Harley-Davidson XR1200

Unless you’re from Springfield, Illinois or have a brother named ‘Bubba’, the idea of a Harley-Davidson race bike is probably as foreign as ‘grits’ for breakfast. Not any more. Harley-Davidson are...

Video bike test: 125cc Supermotos in the city

Video bike test: 125cc Supermotos in the city

In the 125cc bike scene, supermotos are in. MCN road tester Adam Child took the Yamaha WR125X, Moto Hispania Duna and Suzuki DR125SM to London to see which is best on city streets.

Video: Onboard the Harley-Davidson XR1200 racer

Video: Onboard the Harley-Davidson XR1200 racer

The Harley-Davidson XR1200 race bike has been developed in conjunction with Harris Performance for a one-make race series due to be launched next year.   Read the Harley-Davidson XR1200...

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid: MCN rides the world’s first hybrid motorcycle

Piaggio MP3 Hybrid: MCN rides the world’s first hybrid motorcycle

Piaggio’s MP3 Hybrid is the first motorcycle in the world to combine a petrol engine with an electric motor to reduce emissions and increase economy – but our first ride shows the technology isn’t...

The evolution of the Kawasaki ZX-6R

The evolution of the Kawasaki ZX-6R

We celebrate nearly 15 years of the ZX-6R by taking a look at how the middleweight Ninja has changed since the first model in 1995.   Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for...

Video: Onboard the Desmosedici RR at Donington

Video: Onboard the Desmosedici RR at Donington

Go onboard with Ducati test rider Vito Guareschi as he puts in a few fast laps on the Desmosedici RR at Donington Park.  Find a Ducati for sale Read the MCN Ducati Desmosedici RR review  

Can't wait for the Honda V4? Try one of these...

Can't wait for the Honda V4? Try one of these...

Honda is uncharacteristically bullish about the new Honda V4, as revealed in MCN’s recent interview with boss Shigeru Takagi. If this confidence is well founded, Honda’s rivals need to be very...

Video: The world's best all-rounders?

Video: The world's best all-rounders?

The new breed of trailie-style all-rounders are put to the test in a 450-mile day trip to Le Touquet via Calais and Bologne. Watch the video to see if the Ducati Multistrada 1100S, Triumph...

Video: 2WD Yamaha R1 ridden

Video: 2WD Yamaha R1 ridden

MCN is the only publication in the world to have ridden the Ohlins two-wheel-drive Yamaha R1. Watch the video for a tech explaination of the 2WD system and see MCN's Trevor...

Piaggio MP3 125 Hybrid first ride

Piaggio MP3 125 Hybrid first ride

MCN has just ridden the world's first production hybrid motorcycle - the Piaggio MP3 125 Hybrid.  Piaggio MP3 LT - the scooter the law says is a car The new motorcycle combines a...

TTS Triumph Speed Triple - first ride

TTS Triumph Speed Triple - first ride

There’s no getting away from it: Triumph’s Speed Triple is an excellent bike. Its superb handling, amazing triple engine, inimitable style and decent value makes it the class leading super naked. So...

Piaggio MP3 400 full review

Piaggio MP3 400 full review

The Piaggio MP3 400 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.         Read the MCN Piaggio MP3...

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX full review

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX full review

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.      Read the MCN Moto Guzzi Stevlio...

Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic vs. Triumph Thruxton

Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic vs. Triumph Thruxton

Guzzi’s new V7 Café Classic is, like Triumph’s Thruxton, a romantic take on café racers of yesteryear. The satin-finished lime green Moto Guzzi is a café racer version of the current V7 Classic, so...

New Indian Chief - first impressions

New Indian Chief - first impressions

MCN gets the first ride on the Chief, the latest bike from Indian, America’s oldest motorcycle company. The new Chief is Indian’s entry level bike, costing £15,500. Find a cruiser for sale First...

Video: Onboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000 with John Reynolds

Video: Onboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000 with John Reynolds

The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 Guintoli rep features a dream machine paint job, Akrapovic cans and a Power Commander V for just £1149 more than the standard bike. Watch the video to go...

5 no-nonsense 500cc commuters

5 no-nonsense 500cc commuters

There's a reason why training schools across the country, couriers and commuters use 500cc parallel twins - they're cheap, easy to ride and they run forever. It's biking at it's most...

5 great mini-twin tourers

5 great mini-twin tourers

Who says you need a BMW R1200GS or a Kawasaki GTR1400 to tour over big distances? Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 A smaller capacity tourer is good on fuel, easy...

Very impressed with the Honda DN-01

I bought an 09 DN-01 and am totally pleased. I'm a 62 year old male with a 28" inseam and have been riding since I was 16. Video: Honda DN-01 test My recent motorcycles (I own a few) include an HD Softail deluxe (boring), a BMW R1200C cruiser(a poor handling vibrator), a 1300 VTX(copy of an HD, boring too), a Yamaha Royal Star tour deluxe (absolutely awesome but heavy and tall for me), a Honda...

Video: Tul-Aris 2-stroke racer

Video: Tul-Aris 2-stroke racer

The howling 2-stroke Tul-Aris racer is ridden in this week's MCN. The bike, which features an 800cc parallel twin engine from a snowmobile, was built by the head of R&D for Renault F1. Watch the...

Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS - first ride

Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS - first ride

The £6999 Mana 850 GT ABS is much more than its specs suggest. On paper it’s a bike with a 839.3cc V-twin scooter engine (the same lump, incidentally, you’ll find in the GP800 made by Aprilia’s sister...

Video: Honda DN-01 test

Video: Honda DN-01 test

MCN's 2009 longterm test fleet includes the unconventional-looking Honda DN-01. It's an automatic with cruiser geometry, a 680cc v-twin engine and shaft drive. So far so odd - but what's it like to...

Yamaha YBR250: full review

Yamaha YBR250: full review

The Yamaha YBR250 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.     Read the MCN Yamaha YBR250 review Kawasaki Ninja...

Aprilia Shiver GT: Full review

Aprilia Shiver GT: Full review

The Aprilia Shiver GT has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.   Read the MCN Aprilia Shiver GT review Read...

5 of the best urban scramblers

5 of the best urban scramblers

Middleweight trailie style bikes make great town bikes. It just so happens that a lot of the things that make them useful green laners make them handy in the city too. Thinking of...

The scooter the law says is a car

The scooter the law says is a car

This 100mph scooter can be ridden by car drivers without a motorcycle licence or helmet.  The 400cc Piaggio MP3 LT is Piaggio’s latest scooter with two leaning front wheels, after the...

Video: Ducati Desmosedici vs. 1098R

Video: Ducati Desmosedici vs. 1098R

The Ducati Desmosedici and 1098R are race replicas in the truest sense, but which is the fastest on track? Watch the video test to find out...   Video: Onboard the Ducati Desmosedici...

Video: Onboard the Ducati 1098R

Video: Onboard the Ducati 1098R

Go onboard the Ducati 1098R as MCN road tester Michael Neeves takes it for a flying lap of the 2.48 mile Almeria circuit. Video: Ducati Desmosedici v 1098R road test Video: Onboard the Ducati...