2014

Video: Kawasaki Versys 650 and 1000 first ride

Video: Kawasaki Versys 650 and 1000 first ride

Both the Kawasaki Versys 650 and Versys 1000 get an update for 2015, stylistically and mechanically. MCN put the new bikes through their paces at the recent launch.

MCN Award winner: BMW R1200RT

MCN Award winner: BMW R1200RT

It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our best tourer, BMW'S R1200RT. The old RT was already formidable, beating off...

First ride: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 and 1000

First ride: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 and 1000

MCN has recently been at the world launch of Kawasaki’s new Versys 650 and 1000 in Sicily. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves rode both models and said: “The 1000 was in sore need of an update, not...

MCN Award winner: Kawasaki Z1000SX

MCN Award winner: Kawasaki Z1000SX

It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our all-rounder, the second generation Kawasaki Z1000SX. This is one of my...

Video: Tom Sykes' ZX-10R ridden

Video: Tom Sykes' ZX-10R ridden

We witnessed the end of a WSB era in 2014, and the ultimate evolution of the big-bucks factory WSB bike. They may look like normal superbikes from the outside, but the factory bikes locking horns...

MCN Award winner: BMW R nineT

MCN Award winner: BMW R nineT

It's the final week of 2014, so we got some of our MCN Award winning bikes of 2014 together for one last blast. Here's our favourite retro, BMW'S R nineT. Stretching from Oundle to Corby the A427 is a...

Video: Ducati Scrambler first ride

Video: Ducati Scrambler first ride

Ducati launched the much-hyped Scrambler recently on the warm, sunny roads of California. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam 'Chad' Child went along to see if the reborn Scrambler can really live up to all...

Video: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride

Video: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride

How do you turn a good bike into a great one? Well, on the evidence of this first ride, and if you're Yamaha, you take your already best selling MT-09 Triple and make it better still. Much...

Brash but Brilliant: Honda F6B vs Harley Road Glide Special vs Victory Cross Country

Brash but Brilliant: Honda F6B vs Harley Road Glide Special vs Victory Cross Country

Honda’s new F6B has a crack at Harley’s mad-looking Road Glide Special and Victory’s hugely capable Cross Country There’s no doubt the Honda is different. Parked next to the two conventionally-styled...

Yamaha MT-07 Long Term Test Report

Yamaha MT-07 Long Term Test Report

The Yamaha MT-07 is hard to fault. Hard? Yes, but not impossible. While the perky twin is undoubtedly brilliant value for money, it does lack a little in the handling department. Get a bit jiggy with...

Honda CB650F: long-term bike report

Honda CB650F: long-term bike report

I’ve had fun riding the Honda CB650F all year, riding some long distances, visiting exciting places and having chance to ride at Silverstone circuit but none of these brought as big a smile to my face...

First ride: Ducati Scrambler

First ride: Ducati Scrambler

Ducati’s eagerly anticipated Scrambler is being launched today in sunny California in the hands of Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here’s what Adam had to say about the all new Ducati. "We’ve flown all...

First ride: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

First ride: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Yamaha’s new half-faired, all-rounder version of the popular MT-09 three cylinder roadster is currently being put through its paces in Spain in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West. Here are...

Yamaha XV950: Long-term test report.

Yamaha XV950: Long-term test report.

My year with Yamaha’s XV950 has been an interesting one. From the moment I picked it up people were questioning my choice, but not because of the bike you understand - the reviews for it have been...

First ride: 2015 BMW R1200R

First ride: 2015 BMW R1200R

BMW’s new R1200R is getting it’s world first test ride today in Spain in the hands of MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here’s what he has to say:  “The new roadster will cost £10,250 when...

2015 Honda Crossrunner tested

2015 Honda Crossrunner tested

Honda's 2015 updates to its VFR800-based adventure bike, the VFR800X Crossrunner are much more than skin deep – as MCN Executive Editor Phil West revealed in this exclusive video from the world launch...

Honda VFR800F: long-term test report

Honda VFR800F: long-term test report

A quick recap: I’m (mostly) a VFR man. I’ve ridden or tested all of ‘em over the past 25 years or so; had a lovely Mk II VFR750FL for a year back in the early ‘90s; owned the last of the 750s, a...

Ducati 899 Panigale: long term test report

Ducati 899 Panigale: long term test report

Ducati 899 Panigale, £12,495 Weight 193kg • Seat height: 830mm • Servicing: £215 (625miles) Miles to date 6473 • Average MPG 44.8mpg Value of mods to date: £5573.31 The highlights from my year to...

Honda CB650F: long-term bike review

Honda CB650F: long-term bike review

It's been an absolute whirlwind of a summer and looking back I’ve had a fabulous time, clocking up the best part of 6000 miles on the Honda CB650F and with a plan to continue to ride through the...

Kawasaki ER-6f: long-term test report

Kawasaki ER-6f: long-term test report

Winter’s on the way – so I’ve treated my Kawasaki ER-6f to a new screen in a bid to gain some extra weather protection. And, so far the results are promising.  The screen is a double-bubble job...

Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

I’ve been running a Ducati Monster 1200 on MCN’s fleet since March, and we’ve done plenty together in the past eight months – but it took a rideout with a colleague to realise the full effect of the...

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 first ride

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 first ride

Triumph’s new band of Tiger 800s are currently being put through their paces on and off-road in Spain by MCN’s Andy Davidson. Here are his first impressions from sunny Marbella. "Triumph have decided...

Yamaha MT-07 Long term test report

Yamaha MT-07 Long term test report

The Yamaha MT-07 is fast-approaching 4000 miles and so far so good. The little twin has been a barrel of laughs this year, it's not missed a beat and the finish is still strong. It's handled...

2015 Honda Crossrunner ridden

2015 Honda Crossrunner ridden

Honda's all-new 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner is currently being put through its paces for the first time in southern Spain by MCN Executive Editor Phil West. These are his first impressions. "Don't be put...

Moto Guzzi launch V7 II range in Italy

Moto Guzzi launch V7 II range in Italy

Moto Guzzi’s trio of new-for-2015 V7 IIs are being put through their paces around the city streets of Pisa and the surrounding countryside by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his first...

2015 BMW S1000RR first ride

2015 BMW S1000RR first ride

The 2015 BMW S1000RR represents the superbike’s biggest overhaul since the original version was launched in 2010. It has a staggering 199bhp (so easily breaking the magic 200bhp...

MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Dragster RR first ride

MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Dragster RR first ride

MV Agusta's new 2015 Brutale 800RR and Dragster 800RR are today being put through their paces around the stunning roads of Tuscany by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his first...

2015 BMW S1000RR launch today

2015 BMW S1000RR launch today

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the 2015 BMW S1000RR at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville, Spain today. It’s the superbike’s biggest overhaul since the original version...

The SPecial One

The SPecial One

Honda’s SP-1, or the VTR1000 SP-1 RC51 to give it its proper name, will always hold a very special place in motorcycle history. This is a bike born out of necessity – not to mention a considerable...

Video: New KTM RC390 first ride

Video: New KTM RC390 first ride

For the first time in years there’s a machine for young sportsbike fans to get excited about. If you’re 19 and have just passed your A2 licence you can rip up your L plates and pretend you’re...

KTM RC 390 launch today

KTM RC 390 launch today

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the eagerly awaited new KTM RC 390 in Italy today. Costing £4995 the single-cylinder 43bhp, 373.2cc machine is aimed at younger riders and...

Hesketh 24 first ride

Hesketh 24 first ride

The British revival rumbles on. Or in this case THUNDERS. And then some. Hesketh is the latest UK heritage motorcycle brand to be reborn, (following Triumph in 1990, Norton in 2009 and Ariel last...

We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

Looking for our full review of the Ariel Ace? Click to see the 2014 model or the Ace R 2018 model.   It’s hard to believe the Ariel Ace cruiser really is a new bike. It’s seemingly come out...

Simply Ballistic: Can MV's new Dragster 800 out-gun its rivals?

Simply Ballistic: Can MV's new Dragster 800 out-gun its rivals?

The MV Agusta Dragster is the latest model to come from the iconic Italian brand – and it's a bit of a confused beast. Using the 798cc triple and cycle parts from the Brutale 800 roadster, it has a...

Whitham and Lowes on bikes, battles, and the KTM Freeride

Whitham and Lowes on bikes, battles, and the KTM Freeride

Give two racers dirt bikes and a place to ride and the chances are you won’t see them for hours – or until one of them needs an ambulance. Luckily when KTM lent Sam Lowes and James Whitham a pair of...

First Ride: Honda CBR650F

First Ride: Honda CBR650F

Grey things don’t normally engender excitement. Grey is the colour of school socks, toilet roll tubes and accountants’ worsted suits. But here grey is also the colour of one of the most...