2017

Gallery: Yamaha MT-10SP vs KTM 1290 Super Duke R

Gallery: Yamaha MT-10SP vs KTM 1290 Super Duke R

The Yamaha MT-10SP uses the latest semi-active electronic suspension from Ohlins to adjust itself to your ride, giving you maximum grip, stability, comfort and support, no matter what the road...

Benelli TRK 502 first ride

Benelli TRK 502 first ride

Freedom, adventure, passion without any limitations. That’s what TRK stands for, according to Benelli, but in reality the TRK is far from limitless. The main limitation is the lack of power from the...

Harley-Davidson Street Rod: To V-twin or not to V-twin?

Harley-Davidson Street Rod: To V-twin or not to V-twin?

We've spent the day riding Harley's 2017 Street Rod around the roads of southern Spain and the new bike, which is based on the Street 750 has surprised us a little. The Street Rod is much more like a...

Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750 first ride incoming

Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750 first ride incoming

We're on the south coast of Spain for the launch of the new Harley-Davidson Street Rod 750, first unveiled in March. The new Street Rod XG750A, to give it its full name, uses a new High Output...

First rides: Honda CB650F & CBR650F

First rides: Honda CB650F & CBR650F

Honda’s five new 2017 bike bonanza has been a few days full of surprises for MCN from the oddly charming Rebel impressing to the thoroughly refined CB1100 EX displaying retro charm at its best and the...

Video: We ride Honda's CB1100 RS and EX

Video: We ride Honda's CB1100 RS and EX

At the moment we are spoilt for choice in the UK when it comes to retro bikes. From the large capacity machines such as the Triumph Thruxtons and Bonnevilles to the smaller capacity Ducati Scrambler...

Yamaha X-MAX 300 first ride incoming

Yamaha X-MAX 300 first ride incoming

MCN is in Italy, the heart of scooter country, to test Yamaha’s new X-MAX 300 around the streets of Florence. The X-MAX 300 replaces the older X-MAX 250 in Yamaha’s maxi-scooter range and sits...

Video: Why the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer's beauty is more than skin deep

Video: Why the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer's beauty is more than skin deep

Ducati’s new £9305 Café Racer is more than just a generic Scrambler with clips-ons and a black and gold, 70s-inspired 900SS Darmah paintjob. While the rest of the six-strong Scrambler range (Desert...

Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

We're in Italy for the launch of the new Benelli TRK 502, a 500cc parallel twin adventure bike first shown at the Milan Show in 2015. Benelli's adventure bike offering - which bears more than a...

Video: 2017 superbike shootout

Video: 2017 superbike shootout

2017 sees the return of two huge names in the superbike class in the guise of Honda's Fireblade SP and Suzuki's GSX-R1000R. Both Honda and Suzuki were left behind when the BMW S1000RR moved the goal...

Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

It's that time of year again, when we take the best superbikes on the planet and put them through their paces, and this year our superbike shootout is more thorough than ever before. Over seven days...

First ride of new Ducati Scrambler Café Racer incoming.

First ride of new Ducati Scrambler Café Racer incoming.

We’ll be riding Ducati’s new Scrambler Café Racer at its world launch in Italy on Friday  The £9305, 803cc air-cooled, 50bhp L-twin Café Racer is the latest addition to the hugely popular...

First Ride: New range-topping Indian Chieftain Elite

First Ride: New range-topping Indian Chieftain Elite

Factory custom specials have long been the preserve of Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) department, but this is new territory for Indian. Yes, there have been specials (the two Jack...

First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

Baggers might not be your bag for a whole host of reasons, but if your primary objections revolve around poor handling, unsophisticated chassis, agricultural engines, and vast swathes of chrome – this...

BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

At the end of 2016 BMW updated its R1200GS to make it Euro 4 compliant. While the GS was in the workshop they made some cosmetic changes and revised and smoothed the drivetrain. For 2017 BMW have...

Video: Yamaha R6 first ride

Video: Yamaha R6 first ride

It’s no secret supersport sales have plummeted over the last decade. And while most manufacturers have put their 600s out to pasture, using a get-out clause to allow them to keep selling non-Euro4...

Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: 'A retro streetbike success story'

Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: 'A retro streetbike success story'

Yamaha’s 2016 XSR900 is a retro streetbike success story. And deservedly so, because it takes the MT-09’s stunningly charismatic, wheelie-tastic 847cc, 115bhp inline triple motor, its die-cast ally...

2017 Yamaha SCR950 launch: Scrambling, cruiser-style

2017 Yamaha SCR950 launch: Scrambling, cruiser-style

Scrrrrsh! The sound of footrest-on-tarmac contact makes me jump; it’s only the first corner, and the Yamaha SCR950’s Bridgestone Trail Wings aren’t even warm yet. But we’re already grinding dusty...

Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: First ride coming soon

Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: First ride coming soon

MCN will be grabbing a full first ride on Yamaha’s rather foxy, new, limited edition XSR900 café racer today. With an identical chassis set-up as the hugely popular standard XSR900 streetbike, Yamaha...

Not long till we get off-road with Yamaha's SCR950

Not long till we get off-road with Yamaha's SCR950

MCN will be slipping and sliding, and rolling and riding Yamaha’s new SCR950 today, both on the road and off it. As its name suggests, SCR is short for Scrambler – this is Yamaha’s Faster Sons...

First Ride: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

First Ride: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

MCN Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, has packed his race leathers and is heading to Almeria, Spain to ride Yamaha’s new supersport YZF-R6. While the majority of other manufacturers have put their 600...

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT: Easy rider

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT: Easy rider

If your adventure bike doesn't have more electronics than the space shuttle and gadgetry coming out of its ears it often gets forgotten, but Suzuki's updated baby adventure bike, the V-Strom 650XT,...

New Dunlop Sportsmart2 Max tested

New Dunlop Sportsmart2 Max tested

Dunlop’s new Sportmart2 Max looks like a great choice for rapid road riding and occasional trackday use. We tested the new tyre in the mountain roads overlooking Montpellier in the South of France,...

Incoming: Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT first ride

Incoming: Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT first ride

We're currently on our way to Spain to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT on Thursday March 23. The XT is the slightly more off-road focused version, fitted with gold wire-spoked wheels instead of the...

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT first ride incoming

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT first ride incoming

We're heading to Spain this week to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, which features new styling more like its big brother, the V-Strom 1000, and updates to the 645cc V-twin engine. The new engine is...

Is the Peugeot Metropolis RX-R 400i better than a bike?

Is the Peugeot Metropolis RX-R 400i better than a bike?

Tilting three-wheel scooters have been around for a decade or more – stroll through Paris or along the French Riviera, and you'll see loads of them, plus a few in London. You can drive them on a car...

BMW R nineT Pure: 'A charming motorcycle'

BMW R nineT Pure: 'A charming motorcycle'

BMW’s budget R nineT Pure delivers largely the same as its more-expensive big brother. Pared-to-the-bone when it comes to equipment, but boasting great dynamics and a characterful engine, BMW’s R...

Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 v Yamaha MT-09

Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 v Yamaha MT-09

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves took Kawasaki's new Z900 for a road test against Yamaha's MT-09.  To find out how the already-established affordable naked Yamaha did against Kawasaki's new...

We ride the new BMW S1000R Sport

We ride the new BMW S1000R Sport

Fast, frenetic, friendly and flexible, BMW’s new S1000R Sport is much like the old one – and that’s no bad thing. Now in its fourth year of production, BMW’s top-spec super naked has been treated to a...

2017 BMW S1000R Sport launched

2017 BMW S1000R Sport launched

MCN Senior Editor Matt Wildee is in Spain, testing BMW's new S1000R Sport. The German supernaked has received a host of changes for 2017, including a new, lighter chassis, revised...

UK exclusive! BMW R NineT Racer first ride

UK exclusive! BMW R NineT Racer first ride

We get the first taste of BMW’s new beautiful café racer. BMW’S £10,755 R nineT Racer has arrived in the UK and judging by our sneaky first ride, this is a motorcycle that goes as well as it looks.

Gallery: KTM 1290 Super Adventure R first ride

Gallery: KTM 1290 Super Adventure R first ride

KTM's latest and - according to the Austrian firm - most extreme adventure bike, the 1290 Super Adventure R has landed, with the company launching the bike in Peru last week. Unlike most high-tech...

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R lives up to the promise

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R lives up to the promise

KTM are claiming their new 1290 Super Adventure R is the most extreme adventure bike ever made – and after a full day’s riding in the blistering heat of Peru – I’m inclined to agree. But you don’t...

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R incoming from Peru

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R incoming from Peru

MCN’s Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child has touched-down in Peru to ride KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R – that’s right we’ve sent the smallest guy in the office to ride the big R version. For...

VIDEO: Yamaha's hot naked MT-10 SP ridden

VIDEO: Yamaha's hot naked MT-10 SP ridden

In the shimmering sunlight of Cape Town it’s that paintjob that strikes you first, clearly redolent of the firm’s range-topping superbike; blue wheels, silver and blue paint and flashes of gold from...

Yamaha's new TMAX ridden

Yamaha's new TMAX ridden

We’ve just returned from a full day’s riding aboard Yamaha’s new TMAX, in particular their DX model – which will cost a fairly pricy £10,699. We’re in Cape Town and have had the opportunity to try...