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BMW K1600GTL first ride preview

BMW K1600GTL first ride preview

The BMW K1600GTL is the bigger brother of the BMW K1600GT, but the feel of the bike suggests more changes than meets the eye. It comes with a massive top box capable of swallowing two full-size...

Video: BMW K1600GT first ride

Video: BMW K1600GT first ride

BMW recently launched the new six-cylinder K1600GT and K1600GTL in South Africa and MCN was there to put the new bike through its paces. The new silky-smooth inline six-cylinder 1600cc engine is one...

Triumph Daytona 675R first ride: 'The most exciting middleweight'

Triumph Daytona 675R first ride: 'The most exciting middleweight'

The Triumph Daytona 675R is simply a Daytona 675 with lots of very desirable goodies to make it a track day weapon and, in the right hands, a formidable tool on the road. The 675R boasts three major...

BMW K1600GT first ride: 'One of the most intoxicating engines in motorcycling'

BMW K1600GT first ride: 'One of the most intoxicating engines in motorcycling'

BMW has created a supersports touring bike that adds an extra level of sex appeal to big, fast touring bikes with the K1600GT. The new silky-smooth inline six-cylinder 1600cc engine is one of the most...

Video: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 vs used 1000s

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...

Picture gallery: Triumph Daytona 675R

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...

Neil Hodgson: MCN road tester!

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...

First ride preview: MV Agusta Brutale

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...

BMW K1600GT - first ride impressions

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.

Triumph Daytona 675R – first ride!

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...

First ride preview: BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL

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...

Michael Neeves – MRO Powerbike blog: Rain, crashes and Bemsee Rookie racers.

Michael Neeves – MRO Powerbike blog: Rain, crashes and Bemsee Rookie racers.

A soggy Brands Hatch Since it’s been resurfaced, Brands is super-slippery in the wet and now almost as bad as Donington when the heavens open. The Kent track used to be really grippy and you could set...

Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - 'I want to throw it in the river'

Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - 'I want to throw it in the river'

Sometimes fixing bikes can be almost as satisfying as riding them. But lately I’ve felt like dumping my £300 ‘bargain’ GPz550 in the river. Which is where much of it appears to have come from. More...

Video: BMW S1000RR onboard at Bruntingthorpe

Video: BMW S1000RR onboard at Bruntingthorpe

Following MCN's test of Kawasaki's 2011 ZX-10R against its superbike rivals on road and track last week, which placed the ZX-10R third, this week we have taken them all to MCN's performance test...

Road test preview: Kawasaki Z750R vs Triumph Street Triple R vs Yamaha FZ8

Road test preview: Kawasaki Z750R vs Triumph Street Triple R vs Yamaha FZ8

Next week the new Kawasaki Z750R takes on the Triumph Street Triple R and Yamaha FZ8 for the middleweight championship of the world. Michael Neeves wasn't blown away by the Z750R when he rode it at...

2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 - full review

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...

Video: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 first ride

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...

Poll: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 vs 2004 Ducati 999S vs 2005 Honda Fireblade

Poll: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 vs 2004 Ducati 999S vs 2005 Honda Fireblade

MCN's Michael Neeves recently rode the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 at the launch, and he reckons it's so good it's as fast as 1000cc sports bikes from just a few years ago. With that statement in mind we're...

MRO Powerbikes blog: Preparing for the first race

MRO Powerbikes blog: Preparing for the first race

I’ve been away for the past few weeks testing all the 1000cc superbikes in Almeria and the fabulous new GSX-R750 in Monte Blanco, near Seville. It’s times like these I still have to pinch myself –...

Ducati Diavel first ride: "I'm simply blown away!"

Ducati Diavel first ride: "I'm simply blown away!"

MCN’s Phil West has just ridden the all-new Ducati Diavel ‘power-cruiser’ at its world launch in southern Spain. This is what he has to say: “I’ve got to say I’m simply blown away by the Diavel. It’s...

Video: KTM SMT ABS first ride

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...

Video: Ducati Diavel first ride teaser

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...

Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R takes on rivals

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...

Ducati Diavel – what do YOU want to know?

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...

2011 GSX-R750 ridden!

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...