2015

Long-term test: Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Long-term test: Suzuki V-Strom 1000

It's been a busy yet enjoyable time with the V-Strom 1000 since I was handed the keys in March 2014. We've herded over 200 cyclists from London to Huddersfield, shown up sportsbikes round Silverstone...

Long-term test: Triumph Tiger 800XC

Long-term test: Triumph Tiger 800XC

If pottering up and down green lanes isn’t enough to prove the Triumph Tiger’s off-road prowess then how about a gruelling, non-stop 24 hour rally through the Alps? Still not convinced? Well perhaps...

First ride: 2015 KTM 1050 Adventure

First ride: 2015 KTM 1050 Adventure

KTM’s all-new 1050 Adventure, the Austrian firm’s smallest entry-level adventure bike is currently being put through its paces in Gran Canaria by MCN’s Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his...

First ride: 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

First ride: 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

KTM’s all new big 160bhp 1290 Super Adventure is being launched today on the stunning roads of Gran Canaria. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is our lucky man enjoying the sunshine and the delights...

A Giant Leap: 2015 BMW S1000RR vs the 2014 model

A Giant Leap: 2015 BMW S1000RR vs the 2014 model

The Mission It’s the S1000RR’s biggest revampsince it was introduced five years ago. BMW say their new weapon is lighter, more powerful, and more refined than ever. To find out just how much this...

Picture gallery: Indian Scout group test

Picture gallery: Indian Scout group test

You may have seen our group test this week starring Indian’s impressive new Scout 1200 versus Harley’s equivalent 48 and Ducati’s Monster 1200. What you won’t have seen, though, is this extra gallery...

AJP PR5 RR Rally first ride

AJP PR5 RR Rally first ride

It’s regarded as the world’s ultimate race, but the cost of taking part in the Dakar runs to well in excess of £50,000 and that’s a lot of money in anyone’s book. A Dakar hopeful needs the best bike...

Long-term test: Yamaha XV950 - Building The Bullet

Long-term test: Yamaha XV950 - Building The Bullet

Building The Bullet. The plan was simple. I thought it would be an interesting assignment to see what a relative novice like myself could do to Yamaha’s XV950 with some bolt-on, third-party parts and...

Long-term test: Supercar performance, bargain price

Long-term test: Supercar performance, bargain price

Suzuki Hayabusa GSX1300R Forget your ultra-exotic, ultra-expensive supercars, Suzuki Hayabusa reaches 200mph from as little as £4000. So Top Gear’s back for yet another series, and as I was caught in...

Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

Owners of previous generations of Kawasaki’s ER-6f often complain of buzzing from the bodywork at specific points in the rev-range – nothing dramatic, just an irritation.  It doesn’t happen...

Long-term test: Ducati Monster 1200

Long-term test: Ducati Monster 1200

The end of my time with Ducati’s Monster means thinking back over the year to form some conclusions about the bike. Related: full Ducati Monster 1200 review And the moment I keep coming back to is...

First ride: Quadro ‘S’

First ride: Quadro ‘S’

Three-wheeled, ‘leaning’ scooters arguably make the perfect winter commuters and the latest join the fray is from Swiss/Italian firm Quadro (who, ironically, has set its stall out mostly as a...

Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 3

Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 3

Well, the trip certainly didn’t end the way I was planning on it. Instead of riding the final 284 miles home from Abington Services on the M74, I instead did the journey in the passenger seat of a...

First ride: RSD BMW RnineT

First ride: RSD BMW RnineT

BMW’s retro, boxer-powered roadster, the RnineT was one of the hits of 2014 and now Roland Sands Design (RSD), who worked with the German marque to come up with the original concept, have come up with...

Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 2

Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 2

Ok, I’ll put m hands up and admit defeat – I didn’t make it to Inverness on the mighty little Yamaha MT 125! The weather finally beat me, just after leaving my overnight stop in Perth, only 90 miles...

Two Way Street: MV Brutale 800 RR vs Ducati Monster 1200S

Two Way Street: MV Brutale 800 RR vs Ducati Monster 1200S

If you’re after an expensive, exotic, naked Italian superbike it has to look good – whether you’re parading up and down the Kings Road or, in our case, the streets of Bologna. Which is where MV...

Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 1

Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 1

Yesterday, I rode 405 miles through some of the worst weather of this winter, on a 125! I don’t think I’m mad, but I admit that there were points yesterday where even I doubted my sanity!  I’ve...

Video: New vs old BMW S1000RR dyno and top speed

Video: New vs old BMW S1000RR dyno and top speed

It's the S1000RR's biggest revamp since it was introduced five years ago. BMW say their new weapon is lighter, more powerful, and more refined than ever, so we put it head-to-head with the outgoing...

Long-term test: Triumph Bonneville T100

Long-term test: Triumph Bonneville T100

During my time with the Triumph Bonneville T100, MCN readers with Bonnies have strongly recommended uprating the rear suspension. The original shocks weren't bad, but there is always room for...

First ride: Mash Roadstar 400

First ride: Mash Roadstar 400

Mash is the newest motorcycle brand to hit the UK. Dreamt up and styled in France, made in China and now trickling into UK dealers its first offering is a retro single that reminds of Yamaha’s revived...

Long-term test: BMW S1000R

Long-term test: BMW S1000R

‘Super nakeds’ are the perfect kind of road bike for me. They have superbike-levels of acceleration, handling and braking, but they’re comfy and will wheelie, stoppie and skid for England. Their lack...

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa: Long-Term Test Report

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa: Long-Term Test Report

It’s long, it’s fast and it’s designed to go very fast in a straight line, you can see why Suzuki’s Hayabusa earned itself the nickname of The Eurostar in my garage. The 1340cc inline four is a...

Long-term test: KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Long-term test: KTM 1290 Super Duke R

My long-term test KTM 1290R Super Duke was returned to its rightful owner (KTM) last week, leaving me to reflect on a year of ups and downs. I wrote in the paper edition of MCN that its mechanical...

2014 v 2015 BMW S1000RR

2014 v 2015 BMW S1000RR

BMW claims their new, third-generation S1000RR is lighter and more powerful than ever. We’re putting that to the test by pitching the new machine against the out-going model. We’ll speed test...

First ride: 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800

First ride: 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800

MV Agusta’s new Stradale 800 has recently been put through its paces in Spain in the hands of MCN Executive Editor Phil West. Here’s what he has to say: “The new Stradale is a first on many levels –...