2009

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: 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...

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...

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: 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...

Video: Onboard the Ducati Desmosedici

Video: Onboard the Ducati Desmosedici

Go onboard the Ducati Desmosedici 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...

KTM-powered Lambretta first test

KTM-powered Lambretta first test

Dactek’s 45bhp KTM-engined Lambretta is one of the most powerful in the world – and we’ve ridden it. A standard Lambretta only makes 9bhp, and tuning it to within an inch of it’s life gives an...

World First Ride: Evaproducts Track T800CDI diesel motorcycle

World First Ride: Evaproducts Track T800CDI diesel motorcycle

Evaproducts Track T800CDI is the most advanced diesel production bike built yet and MCN has exclusively tested it. The Track T800CDI is a new adventure-style motorcycle from Dutch manufacturer...

Cheaper Ducati Streetfighter tested

Cheaper Ducati Streetfighter tested

• First ride of standard Ducati Streetfighter • £2500 cheaper than S version • Still costs £11,495 though MCN’s Michael Neeves is the first journalist to ride the standard Ducati Streetfighter. This...

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager v Harley-Davidson Street Glide v Victory Vision Tour

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager v Harley-Davidson Street Glide v Victory Vision Tour

Kawasaki’s new VN1700 Voyager is the Japanese firm’s first fully-dressed V-twin American-style tourer. It’s a Harley clone through and through, albeit loaded with the sort of cutting-edge technology...

Supersport 600s head to head on track

Supersport 600s head to head on track

600cc sportsbikes are more track focused than ever – not one of the current class has any real concessions to road ability. That’s why they’re so popular on track days – there’s always a swarm lapping...

World first test: Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT

World first test: Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT

MCN has just finished the world-first test of the new Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT. The motorcycle is a new model for 2009, taking its complete chassis and engine from the naked Aprilia SL750 Shiver but...

Video: Onboard a MotoGP mechanic's tuned Kawasaki ZX-10R

Video: Onboard a MotoGP mechanic's tuned Kawasaki ZX-10R

In this week's issue of MCN we take a look at ex-MotoGP mechanic Stewart Miller's 2004 Kawasaki ZX-10R - a bike capable of lapping Almeria 2 seconds faster than a £45,000 Ducati...