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First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Top 5 bikes for women

    30 April 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Top 5 bikes for women

    You've probably heard the term 'girls bike' at some point, especially if you've ever owned a Suzuki SV650 or Ducati Monster 695. But sexism aside, a lot of us lady riders have...

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  • Peugeot Speedfight 3 first ride

    29 April 2009 by Ian Grainger

    Peugeot Speedfight 3 first ride

    Peugeot has made the Speedfight 3 better handling, better equipped and more stylish than it’s predecessor. The Speedfight 3 features bigger wheels, bigger forks, a longer wheelbase and ergonomics...

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  • Top 5 drag strip heroes

    23 April 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 drag strip heroes

    In this week's issue of MCN the BMW K1300S challenges the Suzuki Hayabusa for the speed title. But they're not the only bikes capable of blistering straight-line pace... here's 5 bikes that beg to be...

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  • The best of British metal

    23 April 2009 by James Keen

    The best of British metal

    Since it's St. George's Day we've decided to get all patriotic and take a look at some of the best modern British motorcycles on the market. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for...

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  • Kawasaki VN900 Light Tourer - first ride

    22 April 2009 by Guy Procter

    Kawasaki VN900 Light Tourer - first ride

    Kawasaki pulled a surprise at the launch of the VN1700 range by announcing a fourth bike – the VN900 Light Tourer. And as luck would have it, they’d brought a couple along to test. A popular...

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  • Kawasaki Ninja 250R v Honda VTR250

    22 April 2009 by Keiichiro Miyazaki and Yasuhar Ota

    Kawasaki Ninja 250R v Honda VTR250

    Honda’s revised ‘mini-Monster’ VTR250 will be in Europe this autumn, giving another shot in the arm to the rejuvenated 250 class. But it’s already in Japan – where the VTR has existed in all its...

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  • Half-faired but twice as practical?

    17 April 2009 by James Keen

    Half-faired but twice as practical?

    Are half-faired bikes the perfect compromise? They're cheaper to insure and more comfortable than sportsbikes, plus offer better wind-protection and distance potential than naked bikes. Here's 5...

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  • Top 5 engines as voted for by you

    17 April 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 engines as voted for by you

    Here's a top 5 countdown of the bikes ratest highest for their engines by user reviewers in the MCN bike reviews section. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 The top 5...

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  • The evolution of the Yamaha R1

    09 April 2009 by James Keen

    The evolution of the Yamaha R1

    The iconic and much-loved Yamaha R1 has been thrilling UK riders since the original (and best?) was launched way back in 1998. We take a look back at how the R1 has evolved since then. Thinking of...

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  • 5 great parallel twin motorcycles

    09 April 2009 by James Keen

    5 great parallel twin motorcycles

    Is the parallel twin engine dead? A thing of the past or only good for powering boring commuters? The designers of these current models certainly don't think so. Thinking of trading...

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  • Video: KTM Adventure v BMW GS on the beach

    07 April 2009 by James Keen

    Video: KTM Adventure v BMW GS on the beach

    The KTM 990 Adventure takes on the BMW GS Adventure in this week's MCN. Does the KTM have what it takes to beat the BMW GS's blend of long-distance comfort and off-road fun? Find out in the April 8...

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  • ZX12R creates future biker

    07 April 2009 by John Aubrook

    ZX12R creates future biker

    I visited some friends last Saturday and went there on my ZX12R. They let me take it through the house to the back garden for security as I was staying over for a party that night. My friend's...

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  • Video: Aprilia RSV4 first ride

    06 April 2009 by James Keen

    Video: Aprilia RSV4 first ride

    The Aprilia RSV4 is so much fun that despite a soaking wet track and pouring rain, MCN's Michael Neeves didn't want to give the keys back. Visit the Aprilia RSV4 information centre Neeves says that...

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  • Report on riding a KTM 990 SMT

    02 April 2009 by rogersouthcott

    Spring fever is upon me so, being a fickle individual, I am considering changing my bike for something new. Perhaps not brand new, but certainly different to my existing BMW R1150R (Rockster – yes I know it’s a stupid name for a bike!). Having had in-line 4 rice rockets, I wanted a naked twin with a bit of pillion comfort and the Beemer fitted the bill. Continuing with this trend I recently took...

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  • Top 5 supermoto sportsbike-beaters

    27 March 2009 by James Keen

    Top 5 supermoto sportsbike-beaters

    KTM's new SMT could be the bike UK riders have been waiting for - it combines sports bike style specs and performance with the comfort and practicality of a tourer or...

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  • Video: Ducati Streetfighter first ride

    27 March 2009 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Streetfighter first ride

    The Ducati Streetfighter is Ducati's answer to bikes like the Triumph Speed Triple and Honda CB1000R. Watch the video for Marc Potter's report from the world launch and his verdict on...

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  • Poll: What do you think of the Honda DN-01?

    24 March 2009 by James Keen

    Poll: What do you think of the Honda DN-01?

    What do you think of the Honda DN-01? Have your say in the online poll below. Honda's odd-ball DN-01 costs a whopping £9,223 OTR. For the same cash or less, you could pretty much have your pick...

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  • Video: Kawasaki ER-6f road test

    17 March 2009 by James Keen

    Video: Kawasaki ER-6f road test

    Kawasaki's 2009 ER-6f is put to the test over one week and 500 miles by MCN Road Tester Adam Child. Watch the clip for onboard footage, detail shots and his verdict on Kawasaki's...

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  • The evolution of the Honda Fireblade

    13 March 2009 by James Keen

    The evolution of the Honda Fireblade

    Since it's arrival in 1992, the flagship Honda Fireblade has continued to re-invent itself and stay at the forefront of sportsbike development. In 1992, the original Fireblade moved...

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  • 5 of the best factory streetfighters

    12 March 2009 by James Keen

    5 of the best factory streetfighters

    Streetfighters have come a long way. What started out as a cheap way to make your crash-damaged sportsbike road legal again has evolved into a whole sub-culture and motorcycle genre. Here's some of...

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  • 33bhp restricted Suzuki Gladius review

    05 March 2009 by Liam Marsden

    33bhp restricted Suzuki Gladius review

    Suzuki is offering free 33bhp restriction when you buy a new Suzuki Gladius, ideal for your first bike, but how does the 650cc Gladius cope with only 33bhp to power it along? The 650CC...

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  • 5 of the best big-bore bruisers

    04 March 2009 by James Keen

    5 of the best big-bore bruisers

    Kawasaki recently revealed their new for 2009 Kawasaki ZRX1200. The good news is that the bike had been brought up to date with fuel injection and revised suspension, new six-speed gearbox...

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