2016

BMW G310R first ride today

BMW G310R first ride today

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the eagerly-anticipated new BMW G310R today. It’s the first time the German firm has produced a small-capacity motorcycle, aimed squarely at...

2017 Harley-Davidson test incoming

2017 Harley-Davidson test incoming

MCN is getting ready for the launch of Harley-Davidson’s massively-updated for-2017 touring family of bikes which we’ll be testing near Tacoma, Washington State, USA, later this week. The biggest news...

First Ride: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

First Ride: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

Moto Guzzi are enjoying a resurgence in sales thanks to the ever expanding retro scene. Having recently celebrated their 95th anniversary, the Italian manufacturer pack genuine heritage, as proven by...

First ride: Bultaco Brinco

First ride: Bultaco Brinco

Tech spec Price £4495 Motor brushless electric, AC Power 2Kw (2.6bhp) Weight 42kg Seat height 1011mm+ On sale Now Contact www.bultaco.com ‘It certainly gets the endorphins going' “Forget the...

First ride: AJS Cadwell 125

First ride: AJS Cadwell 125

Tech Spec Price £1898 Engine 124cc air-cooled 2-valve  SOHC single Power 9.2bhp @ 8500rpm Weight 113kg Seat height 740mm On sale Now Contact www.ajsmotorcycles.co.uk 'All it lacks is...

Gallery: Around the world for £5000

Gallery: Around the world for £5000

There's no doubt the current leaders in the adventure bike sector are amazing bikes. Loaded with top-spec electronics such as electronically adjustable suspension, rider modes and ABS, there's not...

Gallery: Where does the Ducati Hyperstrada fit?

Gallery: Where does the Ducati Hyperstrada fit?

By adding panniers and a screen to the Hypermotard, Ducati claim to have given their big supermoto a degree of touring practicality without diluting its inherent fun factor. Does this make the Ducati...

First ride revisited: Lotus C-01

First ride revisited: Lotus C-01

mad as A concept bike, as fast as a superbike Monaco is awash with wall-to-wall money and supercars, and has a harbour rammed with mega-millionaires’ yachts, so standing out from the crowd isn’t...

BMW F800GS Adventure first ride

BMW F800GS Adventure first ride

Like almost all adventure bikes, the BMW F800GS Adventure is slightly hampered by the fact it’s not an R1200GS – the bike that defines the class and remains a massive global seller. It’s the same for...

First test: SWM Gran Milano 440

First test: SWM Gran Milano 440

If you can remember the 1980s, and hankering after a Honda XBR500 or Yamaha SR500, then you’re probably the target for SWM’s Gran Milano. It’s powered by an air-cooled 445cc single, assembled by...

Gallery: Yamaha Tracer 700 group test

Gallery: Yamaha Tracer 700 group test

Yamaha’s MT-07 is the latest machine to be given the sports touring ‘Tracer’ treatment. All the ingredients are there: a punchy engine, comfy riding position, funky styling and an affordable price...

First UK test: Zero DSR

First UK test: Zero DSR

Until now, the few electric bikes that have actually reached production have all had one glaring fault or another. They’ve been too slow, too expensive, too heavy or too impractical – or, sometimes,...

First Ride: BMW R nineT Scrambler

First Ride: BMW R nineT Scrambler

I know what you are thinking – another bloody bike called ‘Scrambler’. But hang on a second: Yes, BMW’s latest addition to its air-cooled R nineT range has the current fashion-pleasing (and now a bit...

First Ride: Yamaha's bonkers YXZ1000R breaks free

First Ride: Yamaha's bonkers YXZ1000R breaks free

Yamaha can do no wrong at the moment. From superbikes and super-nakeds to super-value retros, their range of ‘crossplane philosophy’ vehicles are as popular as they are diverse. Which brings us neatly...

Yamaha Tracer 700 First Impressions

Yamaha Tracer 700 First Impressions

Just stopped for lunch at the stunning Belvedere view point on the incredible Col dei Rossi, and Yamaha's new Tracer 700 has been the perfect partner so far.  It's really light and effortless to...

Dream ticket - MCN rides the Suter MMX500

Dream ticket - MCN rides the Suter MMX500

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is in Germany at the demanding Lausitzring today, and is about to ride the stunning two-stroke Suter MMX500 race bike, fresh from the Isle of Man TT. Our very own...

Speed Triple S v GSX-S1000 v Z1000

Speed Triple S v GSX-S1000 v Z1000

You know the feeling. Your mate has just bought a brand new bike, the bike he’s been banging on about for ages. He then turns up on your drive bursting with pride and beckons you out of the house to...

Gallery: Riding the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Honda Fireblade

Gallery: Riding the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Honda Fireblade

Enjoying the sun and delights of the Isle of Man? The MCN road test team were on the rock before practice week riding Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 and Honda’s Fireblade. TOP STORIES First ride: 2017 KTM EXC...

First ride: Bultaco Brinco R

First ride: Bultaco Brinco R

To most people Bultaco means one thing and that’s trials bikes. Incredibly successful in the 1960s and '70s, the marque went on to dominate the sport with eight world titles and four Scottish six-day...

Launch video: Triumph Tiger Sport 1050

Launch video: Triumph Tiger Sport 1050

Here's MCN's Senior Road Tester Adam 'Chad' Child in the South of France with Triumph's new Tiger Sport 1050. For more of our motorcycle videos head over to our YouTube page here.  Looking to buy...

First ride: Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S

First ride: Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S

I know what you’re thinking: they’ve done this ‘bad and black’ thing before. Remember 1995’s laughable Bad Boy? Or the 1998 Night Train? Or perhaps the 2008 Springer-fronted Cross Bones? All of those...

World first test: SWM RS650R

World first test: SWM RS650R

Instead, serious round-the-world riders are using smaller-capacity singles including favourites such as the ancient-but-capable Suzuki DRZ400, Yamaha XT660 or the current KTM 690 Enduro...

Triumph Thruxton R v Norton Dominator SS

Triumph Thruxton R v Norton Dominator SS

We’ve been in love with the Thruxton since it’s launch but how does it compare against that other great British icon, the Norton... They might both be the best of British but the Triumph and Norton...

First ride: Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro

First ride: Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro

Here’s a flattracker you can ride every day. The £8995 Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro is the latest addition to the Scrambler family. Ducati’s Scrambler range has been a phenomenal success, from the...

Yamaha MT-10 launch incoming

Yamaha MT-10 launch incoming

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is going to be in Spain later this week for the launch of Yamaha’s eagerly awaited MT-10. Essentially an R1 without a fairing, the MT-10 is tuned to deliver...

Benelli BN251 launch kicks off

Benelli BN251 launch kicks off

Like so many Italian motorcycle manufacturers, Benelli’s 105 year history contains more peaks and troughs than a rollercoaster ride. However, since the firm was taken over by the Chinese Qianjiang...

Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride

Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride

Live from the launch of Ducati’s first true adventure bike We're half-way through the debut of Ducati’s first proper off-road adventure bike, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, and even with just 50 miles...

Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride incoming

Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride incoming

It’s easy to explain what Ducati’s new Multistrada 1200 Enduro is. It’s a Multistrada 1200 S with added Enduro. In other words, Ducati have taken the 1200 S – even down to an almost identical 160bhp,...

Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber and Roamer first ride

Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber and Roamer first ride

This week Moto Guzzi celebrated its 95th birthday, which is quite a milestone and it is thanks to this long history that the company is currently going through something of a resurgence. The trend for...

Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber & Roamer

Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber & Roamer

The current craze for retro bikes should be playing right into the hands of Moto Guzzi as few two-wheeler manufacturers can call on such a wealth of heritage. So, with this in mind, Guzzi have played...

Triumph Thruxton R launch report

Triumph Thruxton R launch report

Live from the launch of the Triumph T120 Black and Thruxton R. After a gentle morning on the T120 Black, the pace certainly picked up with the arrival of the Thruxton R this afternoon. Compared to the...

Victory Octane First Ride

Victory Octane First Ride

The rebirth of historic American marque Indian by new owners Polaris may have been a huge success (its Chief and Scout models have already taken a big enough chunk of the US market to make Harley sit...

Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

KTM launched their all-new 178bhp sports touring 1290 Super Duke GT in Majorca, Spain this weekend, and MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child was there to put it though its paces. The new GT uses the...

Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

Ducati’s impractical – and hysterically entertaining to ride – Hypermotard range has been given even more potency for 2016 with all three models (Hypermotard, Hypermotard SP and Hyperstrada) gaining a...

Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

The CB500 range gets only minor upgrades for 2016, predominantly in the styling department, but changes to the air flow and exhaust have made the engine more enthusiastic and free revving, which makes...

Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

MCN is on the world launch of Yamaha’s new MT-03 and updated MT-09 and FJR1300. Today MCN are testing the MT-03 and updated MT-09 with first ride reports to follow, tomorrow Staff writer Andy Davidson...