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First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Video: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 vs used 1000s

    18 February 2011 by MCN

    Video: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 vs used 1000s

    Suzuki's latest 600 is so sharp we wondered how it would measure up against a superbike from just a few years ago - say, from 2003 when Neil Hodgson was WSB champion. So we asked Hodgson himself to...

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  • Picture gallery: Triumph Daytona 675R

    18 February 2011 by MCN

    Picture gallery: Triumph Daytona 675R

    This week saw the launch of the new Triumph Daytona 675R at Portimao, Portugal. The 675R is updated from the standard 675 with Ohlins supension and Brembo brakes. Here's some of Trev's thoughts on the...

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  • Neil Hodgson: MCN road tester!

    18 February 2011 by MCN

    Neil Hodgson: MCN road tester!

    MCN has new addition to the road test team - none other than ex WSB champion Neil Hodgson! Neil Hodgson won the BSB championship in 2000 onboard a GSE Ducati, before moving to WSB and winning the...

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  • First ride preview: MV Agusta Brutale

    18 February 2011 by Andy Downes

    First ride preview: MV Agusta Brutale

    This is the new entry-level MV Agusta Brutale which, despite lashings of Italian flair and 130bhp performance, costs the same as a Yamaha FZ1 at £9999. The bike is a smaller, cheaper version of the...

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  • BMW K1600GT - first ride impressions

    18 February 2011 by MCN

    BMW K1600GT - first ride impressions

    MCN Editor Marc Potter is at the world launch of the new BMW K1600GT. The new six cylinder 160.5bhp engine certainly seems to have impressed Potter this morning following 100km of mixed riding.

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  • Triumph Daytona 675R – first ride!

    17 February 2011 by MCN

    Triumph Daytona 675R – first ride!

    MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is currently at Portimao in Portugal getting a first taste of Triumph’s new uprated, Ohlins and Brembo-equipped Daytona 675R, here’s what he has to say: “I’ve...

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  • First ride preview: BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL

    17 February 2011 by Marc Potter

    First ride preview: BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL

    We’re at the world press launch of the new BMW K1600GT and it’s even bigger K1600GTL touring brother in South Africa. Over the next two days we’ll be testing the new 160.5bhp in-line six cylinder BMW...

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  • 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 - full review

    11 February 2011 by MCN

    2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 - full review

    The 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section. Read the Suzuki GSX-R750 review Find a Suzuki GSX-R750...

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  • Video: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 first ride

    11 February 2011 by MCN

    Video: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 first ride

    Like the new Suzuki GSX-R600, which rocketed to the top of the supersports pile in our recent group test, the new GSX-R750's rolling chassis and bodywork is completely new. But it doesn't get the...

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  • Video: KTM SMT ABS first ride

    04 February 2011 by MCN

    Video: KTM SMT ABS first ride

    KTM's new SMT has bucked the trend for ever-increasing bike prices - it undercuts the outgoing model by £350. Not only that, the new bike has ABS as standard where the old bike didn't - and the...

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  • Video: Ducati Diavel first ride teaser

    04 February 2011 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Diavel first ride teaser

    MCN's Phil West is currently in Spain for the launch of the all-new Ducati Diavel, which he'll be riding tomorrow. Here's a little teaser to whet your appetite, ahead of the review in MCN on...

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  • Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R takes on rivals

    03 February 2011 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R takes on rivals

    The 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R gets a host of changes for this year, including ABS and traction control. MCN has already tested the ZX-10R in isolation at Qatar where it was mightily impressive, but is it...

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  • Ducati Diavel – what do YOU want to know?

    02 February 2011 by Phil West

    Ducati Diavel – what do YOU want to know?

    MCN is riding Ducati’s eagerly-anticipated new Diavel ‘power cruiser’ for the first time this weekend but what do YOU want to know about it? Do you wonder most about its performance or accessory...

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  • 2011 GSX-R750 ridden!

    01 February 2011 by Michael Neeves

    2011 GSX-R750 ridden!

    Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is currently testing Suzuki’s all-new 2011 GSX-R750. His full report will be in next week’s MCN but here are his first impressions: “We’re at the Monte Blanco circuit...

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  • MCN video guide: How to back it in

    31 January 2011 by MCN

    Backing a motorcycle in is probably one of the hardest things to do on a motorcycle, yet racers do it all the time. So just how is it done? In this latest MCN video guide, senior road tester Michael Neeves talks you through his method to backing it in. Our onboard cameras give you a new look at how it's done, as Neeves demonstrates the different steps to successfully backing it in. ...

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  • MCN video guide: How to wheelie

    28 January 2011 by MCN

    MCN video guide: How to wheelie

    For most of us, if we had to name one thing we'd like to be able to do on a bike, it's pull wheelies. In this latest MCN video guide, senior road tester Michael Neeves talks you through his wheelie...

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  • Bike vs car: cost comparison

    27 January 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Bike vs car: cost comparison

    Getting on a moped or bike costs half as much as driving a car, and we’ve got the figures to prove it. Our research below shows that a 17-year-old driving a car will have spent around £2640 to get on...

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  • Video: Triumph Tiger 800XC v BMW F800GS

    27 January 2011 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Tiger 800XC v BMW F800GS

    MCN’s test of the new Triumph Tiger 800XC against BMW’s established performer F800GS has shown the Hinckley factory has yet another hit motorcycle in its expanding range.   Our road trip to...

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  • Insure your dream bike: Ducati 1098

    26 January 2011 by MCN

    Insure your dream bike: Ducati 1098

    Each week, we'll take a look at one of your top rated bikes in MCN's Biking Britain survey and let you know just what it would cost to insure them. This week, we use MCNcompare to find...

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  • 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R takes on rivals

    26 January 2011 by Michael Neeves

    2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R takes on rivals

    Kawasaki’s eagerly-awaited 2011 ZX-10R is finally here and MCN is currently pitching it against its 1000cc, four cylinder rivals in Southern Spain. The weather hasn’t quite gone to plan and the...

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  • 2011 KTM 990 SMT - first ride

    26 January 2011 by Adam Child

    2011 KTM 990 SMT - first ride

    Senior Road Tester Adam Child is in Southern Spain at the launch of the new 2011 ABS-equipped KTM SMT.  Aside from the anti-lock brakes the model is largely unchanged, but KTM are...

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  • World first test! Tiger 800 XC v BMW F800GS

    25 January 2011 by MCN

    World first test! Tiger 800 XC v BMW F800GS

    In next week’s MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin exclusively pits Triumph’s new Tiger 800 XC against its closest rival, the BMW F800GS. And it’s a test with a difference. To fully explore the...

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  • Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - MCT suspension

    21 January 2011 by James Keen

    Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - MCT suspension

    I don’t think I’m alone in being a little bit scared of suspension jargon. I’m in awe of the guys who can bounce a bike up and down and tell if it’s any good or not on feel alone. But despite not...

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  • MCN to race BMW S1000RR in MRO Championship

    21 January 2011 by Michael Neeves

    MCN to race BMW S1000RR in MRO Championship

    We may have just clicked into 2011, but my racing season has well and truly started. I’m pleased to be riding for the BMW Park Lane team again on their rapid BMW S1000RR in the MRO championship.

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  • BMW S1000RR races car on Top Gear this Sunday

    19 January 2011 by Andy Downes

    BMW S1000RR races car on Top Gear this Sunday

    After years of ignoring bikes, Top Gear has finally seen sense. This Sunday's show will feature a BMW S1000RR racing against a £150,000 Ariel Atom V8 around the BBC show's famous test track. MCN...

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