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First rides & tests (December 2011)

  • Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 video review

    30 December 2011 by MCN

    Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750 video review

    Senior MCN Road Tester, Michael Neeves has been living with his Suzuki GSX-R750 L1 for most of 2011. He’s covered over 10,000-miles, riding it everywhere from the TT to Ibiza, on-track and to the...

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  • Yamaha T-Max packs punch but not practicality

    29 December 2011 by Ped Baker

    Yamaha T-Max packs punch but not practicality

    The ‘fine-handling scooter’ ethos has kept the T-Max on the top of the sales charts since it first appeared in 2001 but MCN’s world first test suggests its reign may be limited – by concentrating on...

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  • Harley-Davidson Switchback meets its match!

    27 December 2011 by Phil West

    Harley-Davidson Switchback meets its match!

    The new Harley-Davidson Switchback ‘bagger’ (or custom tourer) has already impressed MCN testers – but how’s it measure up against its closest rival, Victory’s Cross Roads Tour? In this week’s MCN we...

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  • Video: 2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride

    22 December 2011 by MCN

    Video: 2012 KTM Duke 690 first ride

    KTM's 2012 690 Duke isn't just an evolution of the hard core Duke - it's a complete revolution: 90% all new, with just 10% of its components shared with its predecessor. Read the first ride...

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  • 2012 Kawasaki ER-6n takes on rivals

    22 December 2011 by Jon Urry

    2012 Kawasaki ER-6n takes on rivals

    If you’re currently in the market for a naked middleweight you’re spoilt for choice. Every manufacturer makes a budget bike aimed at this segment and because of this the range of machinery on offer is...

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  • Video: Triumph Thruxton JVB Brit Bob ridden

    22 December 2011 by MCN

    Video: Triumph Thruxton JVB Brit Bob ridden

    Cologne-based JvB are kings in the art of creating specials with attitude, and this is their latest creation - the JvB Brit Bob. Based on a Triumph Thruxton, the Brit Bob has been lowered by 50mm,...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 onboard

    16 December 2011 by MCN

    Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 onboard

    So does a four-cylinder adventure bike make any sense? On the strength of our world first ride of Kawasaki’s pioneering, Z1000-based Versys 1000, the answer is ‘Yes’… and ‘No’… The four-cylinder motor...

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  • 2012 Kawasaki ER-6n vs 2011 Kawasaki ER-6n

    16 December 2011 by Jon Urry

    2012 Kawasaki ER-6n vs 2011 Kawasaki ER-6n

    Kawasaki’s ER-6n is one of the success stories of the naked middleweight class. Originally launched in 2006, this pleasingly quirky looking machine has won an army of fans thanks to its easy-going...

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  • Kawasaki Versys 1000 delivers more for your money

    08 December 2011 by Adam Child

    Kawasaki Versys 1000 delivers more for your money

    So does a four-cylinder adventure bike make any sense? On the strength of our world first ride of Kawasaki’s pioneering, Z1000-based Versys 1000, the answer is ‘Yes’… and ‘No’… The Versys 1000 has a...

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  • 2012 KTM Duke 690 world first test

    07 December 2011 by Michael Guy

    2012 KTM Duke 690 world first test

    MCN’s Michael Guy is in Gran Canaria testing KTM’s all new 2012 KTM Duke 690. "First impressions of the bike is how different it looks to its predecessor. It’s still an aggressive looking bike with...

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  • New Honda Fireblade still on top after 20 years

    03 December 2011 by Trevor Franklin

    New Honda Fireblade still on top after 20 years

    Honda’s legendary Fireblade is 20-years-old and while the weight, shape and engine capacity in fact everything about it has changed since Tadao Baba’s rule-changing 1992 original, the fact that Honda...

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  • Honda NC700X: A brave new world

    01 December 2011 by MCN

    Honda NC700X: A brave new world

    The NC700X is the latest 'crossover' bike from the stable of Crossrunner and Crosstourer. But what sets the NC700X apart is a price of £5850 and a claimed 78.8mpg. The subdued exhaust note,...

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