First rides & tests

  • First Ride: Ducati 959 Panigale

    26 November 2015 by Michael Neeves

    First Ride: Ducati 959 Panigale

    There are lots of questions to answer about the new £13,250 Ducati 959 Panigale. Does it now go like a superbike with its bigger engine? Why has Ducati replaced the 899, anyway? And the biggest...

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  • LIVE: Ducati 959 Panigale Launch

    25 November 2015 by Michael Neeves

    LIVE: Ducati 959 Panigale Launch

    First Ride I’ve just finished my first riding session on the 959 Panigale (on Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SC2 race rubber) and it’s more of the same from Ducati’s ‘Super Mid’ machine...in a good...

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  • Ducati 959 Panigale first ride incoming

    23 November 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati 959 Panigale first ride incoming

    MCN will be riding Ducati’s new 959 Panigale at its world launch at Valencia on Wednesday. The new machine replaces the 899 Panigale, which is MCN’s 2015 and 2014 ’Best Sportsbike (Middleweight)’...

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  • First Ride: Indian Scout Sixty

    22 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    First Ride: Indian Scout Sixty

    This is the new entry-level Indian Scout Sixty which is already heading for dealers and will cost £8999. The bike is heavily based on the existing 1133cc Indian Scout model but has a new 999cc engine,...

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  • First ride: Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and Enduro

    04 November 2015 by Andy Davidson

    First ride: Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and Enduro

    Husqvarna is back in business with the 701 Supermoto and Enduro. The firm, now owned by KTM, has made its first move under new management towards the street bike market. And they’ve done that by using...

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  • BMW C650 Sport and C650 GT first ride

    28 October 2015 by Liam Marsden

    BMW C650 Sport and C650 GT first ride

    BMW have updated their C650 Sport and C650 GT maxi-scooters for 2016 with styling changes alongside suspension and clutch revisions in an attempt to differentiate the two models. In the flesh the...

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  • Yamaha XSR700 first ride

    27 October 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha XSR700 first ride

    Yamaha has been hard at work with their Sports Heritage bikes ever since they kicked off the range with the XV950 bobber in 2013. The XSR700 is the latest addition to the family and is based on the...

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  • Yamaha XSR700 first ride incoming

    26 October 2015 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha XSR700 first ride incoming

    The Yamaha XSR700 is the latest addition to Yamaha’s Sports Heritage range. The bike looks set to balance classy retro styling with the modern performance of the MT-07 – MCN’s Bike of the Year 2014...

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  • FIRST RIDE REPORT: Ducati Monster 1200R

    29 September 2015 by Adam Child

    FIRST RIDE REPORT: Ducati Monster 1200R

    The new Monster 1200R is Ducati’s ultimate incarnation of their iconic Monster dynasty. It’s their most powerful Monster to date and what better place to put it through its paces than the Ascari race...

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  • FIRST RIDE REPORT: Honda RC213V-S

    17 September 2015 by Michael Neeves

    FIRST RIDE REPORT: Honda RC213V-S

    So many questions. Is this RC213V-S really a MotoGP bike with lights? It is better than a top road-going superbike, like an R1? Why is it so expensive? Aren’t they all sold out? Won’t it just be a...

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  • LIVE: Honda RC213V-S Launch

    16 September 2015 by MCN

    LIVE: Honda RC213V-S Launch

    After years of speculation, denials, more speculation, and the final confrmation that Honda would indeed build a version of their RC213V MotoGP bike for the road, it's finally time to ride this most...

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  • BMW superbike shootout in Valencia

    09 September 2015 by Adam Child

    BMW superbike shootout in Valencia

    Valencia is currently reverberating to the sound of BMW S1000RR superbikes, as six different racing incarnations are put through paces in BMW's annual superbike mega-test. I started the day on the...

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  • 2016 KTM 690 Duke prototype ridden

    03 September 2015 by Andy Downes

    2016 KTM 690 Duke prototype ridden

    KTM have long been associated with large capacity singles, but the company knows that for many potential customers the thudding power-delivery of their big thumpers can be a turn-off. Anyone who has...

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  • MCN Plus - 600s Group Test: Remember us?

    02 September 2015 by Adam Child

    MCN Plus - 600s Group Test: Remember us?

    The stars of the supersport class are here to remind you just how brilliant they really are.      Sports 600s have been a little overshadowed recently. Featuring old technology...

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  • Indian Scout: New v old (very old)

    27 August 2015 by ped baker

    Indian Scout: New v old (very old)

    Last week I got the chance to meet up with the grandaddy of my 2015 Indian Scout long-term test bike, an original 101 model from 1928. Owned by Tim Berry, a member of the Indian Rider Motorcycle Club,...

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  • Harley-Davidson Street 750 first ride

    26 August 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Harley-Davidson Street 750 first ride

    The Street 750 is the bike Harley hopes will capture the interest of the younger generation and get them hooked on the brand. The Street marks a change from the norm for the Milwaukee firm, as the new...

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  • Video: Yamaha R1 long-term report

    24 July 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Yamaha R1 long-term report

    Our Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has covered roughly 3000 miles on his long-term 2015 Yamaha R1 since it arrived earlier in the year. What does he think to the bike after a few track days and...

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  • Victory TT race bike ridden

    23 July 2015 by Adam Child

    Victory TT race bike ridden

    I was on the start line for the inaugural TT Zero race back in 2009 and, like many others, I wrongly sniggered at some of the prototype bikes. Rob Barber won the race with an average lap speed of...

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  • Return of the Suzuki Bandit 1250S

    21 July 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Return of the Suzuki Bandit 1250S

    Suzuki’s evergreen Bandit 1250S returns to our dealerships for the first time since 2012. It was dropped from Suzuki’s UK range in 2012 (but kept going in Europe), but now it’s back - exactly the same...

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  • Suzuki GSX-S1000F first impressions

    02 July 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Suzuki GSX-S1000F first impressions

    If you fancy all the flat barred comfort of a super-naked but you're put off by the lack of wind protection, the new Suzuki GSX-S1000F could be just what you're looking for. It's identical to Suzuki's...

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  • First Ride: Suzuki GSXS1000F

    01 July 2015 by Emma Franklin

    First Ride: Suzuki GSXS1000F

    We're on the golden Isle of Man today, to ride a lap of the TT course on Suzuki's new sportsbike. As first revealed at the Cologne Motorcycle Show last year, Suzuki are keen to make it clear that this...

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  • LIVE: Goodwood Festival of Speed

    22 June 2015 by Steve Hunt

    LIVE: Goodwood Festival of Speed

    This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (June 25-28) will see the world’s biggest stars of two wheels come together for a spectacular celebration of performance. Headlining the autograph hunter’s...

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  • BMW Scrambler makes debut

    19 June 2015 by MCN

    BMW Scrambler makes debut

    BMW reveals concept bike, but the real thing is expected soon Ignore the surfboard hanging off the side, the eccentric paint job and concept bike tag, because this is the shape of the forthcoming...

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  • Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory ridden today.

    16 June 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory ridden today.

    We're in Italy to ride the new £14,635 Aprilia V4 1100 Factory. It comes with Ohlins forks, shock and steering damper and 'superpole' graphics, all for just £1500 more than the standard RR model. We...

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  • Yamaha NMax first ride

    03 June 2015 by Peter Henshaw

    Yamaha NMax first ride

    Yamaha's new NMax is the latest to join the 'Max' family of scooters, but it's not a sporty job like the T-Max or X-Max. It does have variable valve timing (a first for a scooter) but really it's a...

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  • Long-term test: 2015 Yamaha R1

    27 May 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Long-term test: 2015 Yamaha R1

    I’ve just collected my new R1. I’ve had super nakeds for the past few years, so it’s the first race replica I’ve had for a long time. I love super nakeds, but I want to do more trackdays with my mates...

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  • Video: Kawasaki H2R 'Flat Out'

    20 May 2015 by Adam Child

    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...

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  • Superbike exotica shootout

    18 May 2015 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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