2013

Staff Blog: Daily smiles from CBR500R

Staff Blog: Daily smiles from CBR500R

My only fear with Honda's CBR500R was whether it would be a little too tame and that I'd get bored with it all-too quickly. Just over a month and 1000 miles in I can categorically state that I'm still...

Staff blog: A lecture from the rozzers

Staff blog: A lecture from the rozzers

You might think your licence would be safe on a scooter but I’ve already been in trouble with the rozzers a week after picking mine up.   The Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS Executive has two automatic...

Video: FJR old vs. new

Video: FJR old vs. new

Is the new Yamaha FJR1300 worth selling your old one for? MCN took the sport tourer out for a comparison test...

Aprilia RSV owners needed

Aprilia RSV owners needed

MCN is looking for Aprilia RSV owners for an upcoming feature! We need: Original model (RSV-R and RSV) 1998 - 2003 Twin pipe model (RSV-R and RSV-R Factory) 2004 - 2010 V4 RSV4-R and Factory 2009 -...

Staff Blog: A bundle of fizzing fun

Staff Blog: A bundle of fizzing fun

Two weeks in to ownership of the Street Triple R and I'm cementing the bond with the bike. I'm remembering the little joys of owning a Triumph, like the braided steel brake hoses and tyre...

Staff Blog: Running In or Running Out!!

Staff Blog: Running In or Running Out!!

I arrived back from my trip to Normandy with the bike a little over the first service mileage of 600 so instead of being out in the lovely sunshine, getting more miles under my belt and practising my...

50 quick road miles on the new Honda CBR600

50 quick road miles on the new Honda CBR600

There's still snow on the fields as I head out onto the back lanes of Cambridgeshire. It's four days since the near-washout of the track launch and this new CBR600RR -- just 90 miles on the clock...

Staff Blog: Seriously versatile

Staff Blog: Seriously versatile

Times are changing. A once bland and boring middle-weight class has morphed into one of the most exciting and competitive bike genres today, breeding a new wave of superior machinery. Enter the...

Staff blog: The toughest test ever!

Staff blog: The toughest test ever!

This year is going to epic, one I’m going to look back on for years to come and it’s mainly going to be down to my lovely ZX-6R. Just last week I took delivery of my new Kawasaki and unusually for me,...

Staff blog: I'm back

Staff blog: I'm back

Do not swear. I know I can’t, but I’m bursting to. The Triumph Street Triple R I’m running for the year is absolutely [insert your swear word of choice here] brilliant. I was in love with it within a...

Honda CB500X First Ride

Honda CB500X First Ride

Phil West,  Executive Editor, is currently testing Honda’s new CB500X, the adventure styled version of it’s new 500 twin A2 licence friendly three bike range, near Barcelona in Spain. These are...

Video: KTM 300EXC at Enduroland

Video: KTM 300EXC at Enduroland

Michael recently took his KTM 300EXC long termer out for some off road practice at Enduroland. here what he has to say about the bike's performance now he's had a chance to fettle and re-jet...

Staff Blog: The magic carpet

Staff Blog: The magic carpet

According to the Asphalt Industry Alliance (no, me neither) there are 2.2million potholes on the UKs roads, it’s going to cost £113million to fix them all and there has been £32million of damage to...

Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

Triumph Bonneville owners needed!

MCN is looking for Triumph Bonneville owners for an upcoming feature! We need 2008-2009 Triumph Bonneville T100 or SE models. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and...

Suzuki C1500T first ride

Suzuki C1500T first ride

They may be about as relevant in the UK as a 50ft Winnebago or eight-litre SUV but, if you hadn’t cottoned on already, ‘baggers’ - or be-bagged or panniered cruisers designed for comfort and...

Staff Blog: Running-in, in France

Staff Blog: Running-in, in France

What better way to run in the new Yamaha Fazer 8 than to pop over to Normandy for a three day rider training work shop with Nigel, nicknamed Red Leader, from Advanced Motorcycle Training! I took...

Staff Blog: Today is a good day…

Staff Blog: Today is a good day…

The last couple of months haven’t been easy. I’ve seen my colleagues at MCN come bouncing into the office having received their long term test bikes for the year. I however have been forced to do my...

New Burgman 650 launched

New Burgman 650 launched

MCN is on the launch of Suzuki's new Burgman 650 ABS Executive at Glen Coe in Scotland. The luxury maxi scooter has undergone the biggest changes since its introduction a decade ago. The engine...

Staff Blog: A glimpse of Spring…at last

Staff Blog: A glimpse of Spring…at last

There are now more than 2000 miles on the clock of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring and until last week it felt like every single one of them had been done with teeth gritted against the harsh...

Staff Blog: The long way home

Staff Blog: The long way home

“The ride to work is going to be a blast on the nimble triple – and the ride home again is going to be even better. Dear A1, you’ll not be seeing much of me.” The grey and red Triumph Street Triple R...

Video: Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

Video: Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

Last month MCN travelled to Austin, Texas, for our first ride of Ducati's new 1199R, their ultimate superbike. Check out what road tester Michael Neeves thought of the bike around MotoGP's newest...

Staff Blog: Are Harley's cool?

Staff Blog: Are Harley's cool?

A couple of years ago I asked an MCN work experience girl what she thought of motorcyclists. I was hoping she’d use words like ‘cool’, ‘exciting’, perhaps even ‘sexy’ but instead she said, “They’re...

Staff Blog: Bird Strikes

Staff Blog: Bird Strikes

I'm developing a theory, or at least something more substantial than a random thought, that birds have it in for my Suzuki GSX-R750. Pigeons definitely don't like it.  Each morning they wait in...

Honda VFR owners needed

Honda VFR owners needed

MCN is looking for Honda VFR owners for an upcoming feature! We need VFR750, VFR800Fi and VFR800 V-TEC owners. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and shoulder photograph of...

Staff Blog: Taking charge of my Yamaha Fazer 8

Staff Blog: Taking charge of my Yamaha Fazer 8

Today’s the day my riding year really gets under-way; I’m taking charge of my new Yamaha Fazer 8 long termer this afternoon. After a weekend of bikes and beer at MCN Live at Butlins SkegVegas and the...

Triumph TT600 and Daytona owners needed!

Triumph TT600 and Daytona owners needed!

MCN is looking for Triumph Daytona and TT owners for an upcoming feature! We need Triumph TT600, Daytona 600 or 650, and Daytona 675 owners. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a...

Staff blog: Is the Judge worthy of a nod?

Staff blog: Is the Judge worthy of a nod?

Riding back from MCN Live at Butlins Skegness at the weekend was the first weekend with good weather and plenty of bikes on the fantastic roads of the Lincolnshire Wolds. On previous long term bikes...

Staff Blog: Nailing The Basics

Staff Blog: Nailing The Basics

With the sun threatening to finally breakthrough and bring back some semblance of normality to the spring climate, now is the time that most riders come out of their enforced hibernation and return to...

Longterm Harley-Davidson Street Bob arrives

Longterm Harley-Davidson Street Bob arrives

My longterm Harley-Davidson Street Bob Dark Custom has turned up this morning. No camp metal flake, trinkets or radio here! Old Skool chopper styling looks ace but it could do with some louder pipes...

Living with the BMW F800GT

Living with the BMW F800GT

After a month of ownership and a few emails and messages coming in from people who’ve read my longterm reports in the MCN paper I thought it would be a good start to this blog if I responded to these...

Video: Adventure Bikes 2013 - Off Road

Video: Adventure Bikes 2013 - Off Road

MCN took the top dog of adventure bikes, the BMW R1200GS to South Wales to test it against Yamaha's stalwart Super Tenere, last year's winner the Triumph Explorer, and KTM's new pretender the 1190...

Aprilia Caponord first ride

Aprilia Caponord first ride

As the biking audience matures, demand continues to increase for adventure bikes. Early last year Triumph launched its new Explorer which took the coveted MCN road test class crown in 2012. But since...

Video: Adventure Bikes 2013 group test

Video: Adventure Bikes 2013 group test

MCN took the top dog of adventure bikes, the BMW R1200GS to South Wales to test it against Yamaha's stalwart Super Tenere, last year's winner the Triumph Explorer, and KTM's new pretender the 1190...

Video: BMW R1200GS - Old vs New

Video: BMW R1200GS - Old vs New

Last week MCN took BMW's old R1200GS head to head against it's replacement, the 2013 model. Does the new bike - the UK's top-selling bike last year - measure up to what it's replacing?    

Two new Harleys launched

MCN is at the launch of two new Harley-Davidsons in Marseille, France. The Breakout is an 'evolution' of the Softail range, and sits in between the existing Slim and Fatboy models in price, at £15,695. First impression are its 'evolved' in a similar sense to sharks: it's been around for millions of years but has changed little. It has the same chassis and 1690cc V-twin engine as the existing...

Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

We’re here at the new Circuit of the Americas MotoGP track in Austin, Texas, riding Ducati’s new £26,550 1199 Panigale R. Apart from dripping in sexy carbon fibre, a taller racing screen, racing seat,...