2015

FASTEST TEST EVER: Kawasaki H2 v Suzuki Hayabusa v Yamaha YZF-R1

FASTEST TEST EVER: Kawasaki H2 v Suzuki Hayabusa v Yamaha YZF-R1

Kawasaki's H2 is the quickest production bike in history, but can it eclipse the Hayabusa and R1 on the ultimate road trip? The Kawasaki H2 is choking on its leash, the throttle straining in my right...

City Slickers: HONDA CB125F v KTM 125 Duke v KYMCO CK1 125

City Slickers: HONDA CB125F v KTM 125 Duke v KYMCO CK1 125

The city commute is a daily marathon of torturous endurance, but has Honda’s new CB125F got the measure of its higher – and lower–priced urban rivals? Three abreast on the start line of the London...

Video: Kawasaki H2R 'Flat Out'

Video: Kawasaki H2R 'Flat Out'

We’re confident the H2R is going to break 200mph; after that we’re into the unknown. We speed tested the road-going Kawasaki H2 just a few weeks ago and it kicked sand in the face of the Suzuki’s...

Superbike exotica shootout

Superbike exotica shootout

We're in Alcarras in Spain pitching the special version of the bike that won our recent superbike shoot-out, against two of it's newest rivals.  So here we are; the Yamaha R1M versus the Aprilia...

First Test: Ducati Panigale R

First Test: Ducati Panigale R

I’m stood in pitlane with £28,995 of Ducati Panigale R staring at me with barely contained aggression. Opportunities to ride exotica of this calibre are few and far between; make no mistake, this is a...

Long-Term Report: F800R

Long-Term Report: F800R

My intention this year is to ride. Having spent last year working on a customising project that saw my bike spend more time on ramps than it did on the road, this time I want something rideable,...

Long term report: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Long term report: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Run in and ready for the year ahead The Yamaha MT-09 Tracer is already one of the best-selling bikes of the year in the UK with nearly 1500 sold and Yamaha UK searching for another boat load to fulfil...

Long-term report: KTM RC390

Long-term report: KTM RC390

A Chinese sage once said: “The sparrow may be small but it has all the vital organs” and, as I spend more time with the KTM’s pint-sized supersport, I’m discovering this maxim is pretty much true for...

Long-term test: KTM 1050 Adventure

Long-term test: KTM 1050 Adventure

Those who buy the printed version of MCN that's published today will see me extolling the virtues of the KTM 1050 Adventure, a bike that doesn’t need to be cleaned every time it gets dirty. Running...

Video: Aprilia RSV4 RF

Video: Aprilia RSV4 RF

The RSV4 was always one of the best road going superbikes because it had really nice handling, it was very agile and had some of the best electronics on any superbike. What it lacked before was...

Launch: Ducati Panigale R

Launch: Ducati Panigale R

Ducati’s £28,995 Panigale R is being launched today at Imola, just 48 hours after the World Superbike circus has left the demanding and historic race track. Senior MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child is...

Long-term test: Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

Long-term test: Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

Dispatches from the Land of Joy #1. The land of what? Land of Joy… It might sound like a North Korean diktat but it’s Ducati marketing speak for Scrambler ownership and normally the sort of...

MCN gearing up for 2015 BMW S1000XR launch

MCN gearing up for 2015 BMW S1000XR launch

MCN is getting ready for the launch of BMW’s latest edition to its high performance S1000 range – the new S1000XR which we’ll be testing near Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday this week. The XR joins the...

Retro Racers: YAMAHA XJR1300 vs BMW R NINE T

Retro Racers: YAMAHA XJR1300 vs BMW R NINE T

The latest hipster-pleasing retros are out to prove there's more to life than posing.  A click of compression damping on the fully-adjustable forks and a shed-load of preload added to each...

VIDEO: Kawasaki H2 2015 ridden at Rockingham by Neevesy

VIDEO: Kawasaki H2 2015 ridden at Rockingham by Neevesy

At the beginning of the day (in this video) I didn¹t enjoy riding the H2 around the track, but during the afternoon it grows on me. It¹s actually fun to control something so out of shape, leaving huge...

Long-term test: What I love about the new Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT

Long-term test: What I love about the new Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT

I’ve always had a huge, gooey soft spot for trailies. And I’ve always loved the simplicity of an easy-going parallel or V-twin. That’s why I’m so stoked to be spending the year with the new Suzuki...

Video: 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Review

Video: 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 First Review

Yamaha’s new YZF-R3 was designed to fill the daunting gap between their popular YZF-R125 and headbanging YZF-R6. If our first ride on the launch in southern Spain is an accurate guide then they have...

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Launch - Live!

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Launch - Live!

Another day, another new bike launch! We're in France today riding the new MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 The Turismo Veloce is the latest bike to use the three-cylinder 798cc motor first seen in the...

MCN gearing up for MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 launch

MCN gearing up for MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 launch

MCN is getting ready for the launch of the latest MV Agusta from the famous Italian firm with the launch of the new Turismo Veloce 800 in the South of France on Thursday this week. The Turismo Veloce...

New Yamaha YZF-R3 is practical, easygoing and downright fun

New Yamaha YZF-R3 is practical, easygoing and downright fun

Yamaha’s new YZF-R3 was designed to fill the daunting gap between their popular YZF-R125 and headbanging YZF-R6. If our first ride on the launch in southern Spain is an accurate guide then they have...

Aprilia RSV4 RF: the rivals

Aprilia RSV4 RF: the rivals

The press launch of the Aprilia RSV4 RF takes place next week at the Misano circuit, Italy. 2015 is the year of the superbike, with bikes like the Ducati 1299 Panigale, updated BMW S1000RR and new...

Benelli BN302 first ride

Benelli BN302 first ride

The Benelli BN302 is the bike the Italian company hopes will kickstart their worldwide resurgence, 10 years after they were purhcased by the Qianjiang Group. From a distance you'd be forgiven for...

5 things I’ve learnt in my first week with a KTM 1050 Adventure

5 things I’ve learnt in my first week with a KTM 1050 Adventure

Getting to grips with new things is one of the best bits about riding a brand new bike (as long as you don’t ride into a hedge while trying to work out what ‘menu 2’ on the onboard computer is for).

Video: Yamaha R1 onboard at Jerez

Video: Yamaha R1 onboard at Jerez

Go onboard with MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves as he tests the new Yamaha R1 at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Find out how the new R1 compared to its rivals in our group test, here.

VIDEO REVIEW: Suzuki GSX-S1000

VIDEO REVIEW: Suzuki GSX-S1000

"It’s the naked GSX-R1000 K5 we all hoped it would be" The GSX-S1000 is fast, fun, agile and cheaper than its rivals. That iconic long-stroke engine has the K5’s distinctive growl and wide spread of...

VIDEO: 2015 Yamaha R1 back on top? Ultimate Superbike shootout

VIDEO: 2015 Yamaha R1 back on top? Ultimate Superbike shootout

2015 Superbike Shootout! BMW's all-conquering S1000RR has had things its own way for a while. Ducati and Yamaha are about to change all that.  Two days of track testing at Jerez, a blast on the...

RIDDEN: Suzuki GSX-S1000

RIDDEN: Suzuki GSX-S1000

It Really Is A Naked K5 For the best part of a decade many have dreamt about the day Suzuki would build a naked GSX-R1000. Well, now it’s here: the new GSX-S1000. Like the Japanese firm’s superbike,...

Suzuki GSX-S1000: the rivals

Suzuki GSX-S1000: the rivals

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 in Alicante next week. The bike, a new model for Suzuki, is powered by a modified 2005 GSX-R1000 engine, housed in an...

MCN superbike shootout – best on the road?

MCN superbike shootout – best on the road?

We’re just putting the finishing touches to our biggest ever superbike shootout, in time for next Wednesday’s MCN. We took the latest and greatest 2015 tackle to Jerez for an intensive two-day track...

Introducing our superbike shootout contenders

Introducing our superbike shootout contenders

We’re just putting the finishing touches to our biggest ever superbike shootout, in time for next Wednesday’s MCN. We took the latest and greatest 2015 tackle to Jerez for an intensive two-day track...

Long Term Report: Honda CB650F

Long Term Report: Honda CB650F

With the early spring sun breaking through the clouds and the Honda CB650F due to be returned to Honda I knew I had to get out for one last ride. Wrapping up and heading out for just over an hour, I...

FIRST RIDE: 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT

FIRST RIDE: 2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200 DVT

Ducati has launched the 2015 Multistrada 1200 DVT range this weekend and MCN has been riding the bike all day to get some first impressions of the all-new bike. MCN’s Senior Reporter Andy Downes is on...

Yamaha R1 and R1M reviews live!

Yamaha R1 and R1M reviews live!

After all the hype around the official reveal of the new Yamaha R1 and R1M at the Milan Show in November 2014, the bikes have finally been ridden. MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves was the lucky...

Long-term test: Kawasaki Z1000SX

Long-term test: Kawasaki Z1000SX

The miles are stacking up on my Kawasaki Z1000SX, however I’m not the only one clocking up the miles. Everyone seems to be asking to borrow the green keys, especially now winter has settled in. It’s...

World First Test: Kawasaki Ninja H2

World First Test: Kawasaki Ninja H2

“The power and torque are immense – it’ll eat every other road bike for breakfast” It’s not just one of the most talked about bikes of 2015, it’s one of the most important bikes of our generation.

Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

Sad faces in the garage because my ER-6f has gone back to Kawasaki at the end of the long-term test period. So what have I learned during 4500-or-so miles on the 650cc parallel twin? Quite a lot...