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First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2016)

  • The bikes that leave us shaking with adrenalin

    02 January 2017 by Michael Neeves

    The bikes that leave us shaking with adrenalin

    These are three of the most exciting bikes on planet Earth. The growling RSV4 RF, screaming GSX-R600 and bonkers Hypermotard 939 SP all leave you shaking with adrenalin and breathless with lust after...

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  • 25 years of Akrapovic exhausts

    31 December 2016 by MCN News

    25 years of Akrapovic exhausts

    If you're in the market for an exhaust, chances are the name at the top of your wish list is Akrapovic. The company started out in a tiny workshop in Slovenia in 1991, the brainchild of racer Igor...

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  • Battle of the Boxer twins

    31 December 2016 by Jon Urry

    Battle of the Boxer twins

    BMW’s flat-twin boxer engine has to be one of the most versatile motorcycle powerplants in production. The German firm has used it to power everything from tourers to sportsbikes, nakeds to retros,...

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  • Video: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 launch

    23 December 2016 by MCN News

    Video: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 launch

    Perfect conditions on the volcanic island of Fuerteventura set the scene nicely for us to navigate the countless mountain hairpins, dual carriageways and through picturesque villages all aboard...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z1000SX launch

    20 December 2016 by MCN News

    Video: Kawasaki Z1000SX launch

    We were in the South of France recently enjoying some very English weather aboard Kawasaki’s Z1000SX that has been updated for 2017. Kawasaki got the mixture right with the original Z1000SX back in...

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  • Ducati Multistrada 950 first ride

    09 December 2016 by Adam Child

    Ducati Multistrada 950 first ride

    We’ve just finished a long day’s riding in perfect conditions in Fuerteventura, covering 120miles around the volcanic island. Ducati’s new 950 Multistrada has taken on countless mountain hairpins,...

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  • First Ride: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

    08 December 2016 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

    Hot on the heels of the Kawasaki Z650 launch, MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is now travelling from Seville to Fuerteventura to ride Ducati’s all-new Multistrada 950. The Multistrada 950 is aimed...

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  • 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: First ride

    05 December 2016 by Michael Neeves

    2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: First ride

    We’ve managed to grab a sneaky go on KTM’s new £13,999 1290 Super Duke R here at its world launch in Qatar…before this evening’s technical presentation and tomorrow’s track action at the Losail...

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  • 2017 MT-09 launch update: First ride

    04 December 2016 by Emma Franklin

    2017 MT-09 launch update: First ride

    As well as its aggressive new styling, Yamaha have upgraded the suspension on the 2017 MT-09 front and rear, and the big news is that it's a massive improvement. We spent yesterday riding the 2017...

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  • We ride Dan Linfoot’s BSB Honda Fireblade

    01 December 2016 by Adam Child

    We ride Dan Linfoot’s BSB Honda Fireblade

    The Honda BSB bike we’re riding is the last of the line for this model Fireblade, and the best it’s ever been. Despite being one of the oldest bikes on the grid, riders Dan Linfoot and Jason...

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  • First ride: Kawasaki ZX-10RR

    30 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Kawasaki ZX-10RR

    Next year will feel like the early 1990s all over again because the Japanese are back in force with limited-edition Rs, double Rs and SPs. All hail the return of the homologation special. Yamaha...

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  • Hutchy's Superstock S1000RR ridden

    24 November 2016 by Michael Neeves and Adam Child

    Hutchy's Superstock S1000RR ridden

    We are in a very privileged position; after weeks of begging phone calls to race teams and manufacturers, they finally gave in and allowed us to ride the hottest race bikes this side of...

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  • First ride: Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX-10R

    23 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX-10R

    There are three very distinct differences between a full-factory, WSB-winning machine and any bike with lights and indicators you’ve tried before, no matter how good.  Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki...

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  • Old Empire Motorcycles ‘Triumph’

    18 November 2016 by Phil West

    Old Empire Motorcycles ‘Triumph’

    Customs don’t come much more exclusive than this one-off commissioned by Triumph from UK-based Old Empire Motorcycles and built around the T120 Bonneville. Called, simply, ‘Triumph’, it’s based on a...

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  • First ride: Motoinno TS3

    06 November 2016 by Jeff Ware

    First ride: Motoinno TS3

    Bikes have worn telescopic forks for more than 100 years, and although they have evolved to the point that they work pretty well, they remain theoretically inferior to alternative front-end designs...

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  • World first test: Motus MST

    30 October 2016 by John Westlake

    World first test: Motus MST

    Tucked away in an industrial unit in Birmingham, Alabama is America’s most intriguing motorcycle manufacturer. Instead of building their new bike around a V-twin like Harley, Indian, Buell, Victory...

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  • First Ride: 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX

    24 October 2016 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2017 Kawasaki Z1000SX

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child will be riding Kawasaki’s 2017 upgraded Z1000SX in the south of France tomorrow, and will be sharing live updates throughout the day. The new bike was unveiled...

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  • Throwback Thursday: Aprilia SXV550 first ride

    20 October 2016 by MCN News

    Throwback Thursday: Aprilia SXV550 first ride

    If you're a rival manufacturer to Italian bike makers Aprilia you'd have noticed their annoying but enviable knack of getting things right first time round. During the '90s the Noale factory's 125 and...

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  • Mash TT40 first ride

    20 October 2016 by Peter Henshaw

    Mash TT40 first ride

    Mash have been selling their 400cc retro roadster in the UK for just 18 months, and have now launched a whole string of new bikes, including this 400 café racer, an unashamedly Brit-style 125 and even...

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  • Gallery: Street crawlers

    06 October 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Street crawlers

    The factory-fresh custom scene is growing rapidly, and Harley-Davidson reckon their new Roadster has it all, with decent handling and style. TOP STORIES Intermot: Ducati SuperSport revealed ...

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  • Gallery: Sports tourer shootout

    30 September 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Sports tourer shootout

    There's a myriad of choice when it comes to choosing a bike that will whisk you away on a long adventure. Historically, touring bikes were big and expensive, but is this always best? We took three...

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