First rides & tests

Kawasaki ER-6f: long-term test report

Kawasaki ER-6f: long-term test report

Winter’s on the way – so I’ve treated my Kawasaki ER-6f to a new screen in a bid to gain some extra weather protection. And, so far the results are promising.  The screen is a double-bubble job...

Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

I’ve been running a Ducati Monster 1200 on MCN’s fleet since March, and we’ve done plenty together in the past eight months – but it took a rideout with a colleague to realise the full effect of the...

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 first ride

2015 Triumph Tiger 800 first ride

Triumph’s new band of Tiger 800s are currently being put through their paces on and off-road in Spain by MCN’s Andy Davidson. Here are his first impressions from sunny Marbella. "Triumph have decided...

Yamaha MT-07 Long term test report

Yamaha MT-07 Long term test report

The Yamaha MT-07 is fast-approaching 4000 miles and so far so good. The little twin has been a barrel of laughs this year, it's not missed a beat and the finish is still strong. It's handled...

2015 Honda Crossrunner ridden

2015 Honda Crossrunner ridden

Honda's all-new 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner is currently being put through its paces for the first time in southern Spain by MCN Executive Editor Phil West. These are his first impressions. "Don't be put...

Moto Guzzi launch V7 II range in Italy

Moto Guzzi launch V7 II range in Italy

Moto Guzzi’s trio of new-for-2015 V7 IIs are being put through their paces around the city streets of Pisa and the surrounding countryside by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his first...

2015 BMW S1000RR first ride

2015 BMW S1000RR first ride

The 2015 BMW S1000RR represents the superbike’s biggest overhaul since the original version was launched in 2010. It has a staggering 199bhp (so easily breaking the magic 200bhp...

MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Dragster RR first ride

MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Dragster RR first ride

MV Agusta's new 2015 Brutale 800RR and Dragster 800RR are today being put through their paces around the stunning roads of Tuscany by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his first...

2015 BMW S1000RR launch today

2015 BMW S1000RR launch today

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the 2015 BMW S1000RR at the Monteblanco circuit near Seville, Spain today. It’s the superbike’s biggest overhaul since the original version...

The SPecial One

The SPecial One

Honda’s SP-1, or the VTR1000 SP-1 RC51 to give it its proper name, will always hold a very special place in motorcycle history. This is a bike born out of necessity – not to mention a considerable...

Video: New KTM RC390 first ride

Video: New KTM RC390 first ride

For the first time in years there’s a machine for young sportsbike fans to get excited about. If you’re 19 and have just passed your A2 licence you can rip up your L plates and pretend you’re...

KTM RC 390 launch today

KTM RC 390 launch today

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the eagerly awaited new KTM RC 390 in Italy today. Costing £4995 the single-cylinder 43bhp, 373.2cc machine is aimed at younger riders and...

Hesketh 24 first ride

Hesketh 24 first ride

The British revival rumbles on. Or in this case THUNDERS. And then some. Hesketh is the latest UK heritage motorcycle brand to be reborn, (following Triumph in 1990, Norton in 2009 and Ariel last...

We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

We ride the Ariel Ace at Goodwood

Looking for our full review of the Ariel Ace? Click to see the 2014 model or the Ace R 2018 model.   It’s hard to believe the Ariel Ace cruiser really is a new bike. It’s seemingly come out...

Simply Ballistic: Can MV's new Dragster 800 out-gun its rivals?

Simply Ballistic: Can MV's new Dragster 800 out-gun its rivals?

The MV Agusta Dragster is the latest model to come from the iconic Italian brand – and it's a bit of a confused beast. Using the 798cc triple and cycle parts from the Brutale 800 roadster, it has a...

Whitham and Lowes on bikes, battles, and the KTM Freeride

Whitham and Lowes on bikes, battles, and the KTM Freeride

Give two racers dirt bikes and a place to ride and the chances are you won’t see them for hours – or until one of them needs an ambulance. Luckily when KTM lent Sam Lowes and James Whitham a pair of...

First Ride: Honda CBR650F

First Ride: Honda CBR650F

Grey things don’t normally engender excitement. Grey is the colour of school socks, toilet roll tubes and accountants’ worsted suits. But here grey is also the colour of one of the most...

Ducati Monster 821 launch

Ducati Monster 821 launch

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is at the world launch of Ducati’s new Monster 821 in Bologna, Italy. A short spin this evening will be followed by a full day of riding the new naked middleweight...

Norton TT Racer On The Road

Norton TT Racer On The Road

You can’t underestimate how hard it is to compete at the Isle of Man TT. It’s a mammoth task, and it’s almost impossible to convey with mere words the sheer scale of the mountain they have climbed,...

First Ride: Bimota BB3

First Ride: Bimota BB3

MCN is at the world launch of Bimota’s new BB3, powered by a revised BMW S1000RR engine, at the Tazio Nuvalari circuit in Italy today. Senior Road Tester Adam Child will be testing the all-new Bimota,...

Ducati 1199 Superleggera, First Ride

Ducati 1199 Superleggera, First Ride

Dripping in magnesium, carbon fibre and titanium, and boasting the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production bike, the 200bhp, 155kg 1199 Superleggera is the most exclusive Ducati ever...

Video: Triumph Thunderbird LT group test

Video: Triumph Thunderbird LT group test

With the arrival of Triumph’s new ‘LT’ bagger version of its Thunderbird cruiser, never before have there been so many, truly credible alternatives to the all-dominant Harley-Davidson Road King. Moto...

MCN at new Ducati Diavel launch today

MCN at new Ducati Diavel launch today

MCN is at the world launch of the second-generation Ducati Diavel in the south of France today.   Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the revised sports cruiser, which features...

Video: WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Norton Domiracer Ridden

Video: WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Norton Domiracer Ridden

Norton's new, limited-edition Domiracer is arguably the most exciting British motorcycle in years, in being not just beautiful but promising a fabulously sensual riding experience. MCN's Phil West got...

Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

Video: Honda Fireblade SP group test

With a blueprinted engine and snazzy chassis parts, the new Honda Fireblade SP has a price tag to match its European rivals. But does it beat them at their own game? We find out on sunny Spanish roads...

Yamaha MT-07 launch today

Yamaha MT-07 launch today

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is at the launch of the new Yamaha MT-07 in Lanzarote today. Priced at just £5199 when it goes on sale in dealers later this month, the new Yamaha has a 74bhp...

First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

Triumph’s two new 2014 Thunderbird-based cruisers, the ‘Road King’ style LT bagger and the fat, reto-styled Commander, are currently being put through their paces for the first time by MCN Executive...

BMW R1200GS Adventure launch today

BMW R1200GS Adventure launch today

MCN is at the launch of the new BMW R1200GS adventure in southern Spain today. Based on the liquid-cooled, face lifted R1200GS which arrived in dealers last year, the new Adventure version has a new...

BMW R nineT launch today

BMW R nineT launch today

MCN is at the launch of BMW’s beautiful new retro-style R nineT in southern Spain today. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will ride the new machine, which is powered by the six-speed, 110bhp, 1170cc...

Kawasaki J300 First Ride

Kawasaki J300 First Ride

Kawasaki is the last of the big four Japanese manufacturers to enter the scooter market with their new J300, which began life as a Kymco Downtown 300. MCN went to the launch in Portugal to see if...

New Honda Fireblade takes on rivals

New Honda Fireblade takes on rivals

With over 210,000 bikes sold since 1992, the evergreen Fireblade is one of the most successful road-going superbikes ever. Honda has upgraded it for 2014, so how has it changed and how does it stack...

Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R group test

Triumph's Speed Triple is MCN's long-standing king of the traditional naked litre-class bikes, free of traction control and rider modes. At the other end of the spectrum is Aprilia's Tuono V4R, which...

KTM Freeride E first ride

KTM Freeride E first ride

It’s safe to say that, so far, sales of electric motorcycles in any class have been almost inconsequentially small. But, on the basis of a short test on a pre-production KTM Freeride E motocross bike,...

Jaw-dropping 1970s KR750 replica is actually a usable ER-6f

Jaw-dropping 1970s KR750 replica is actually a usable ER-6f

The flash of green and bare alloy emerges from a London side street. The rider, black visor down, looks both ways, and accelerates into a gap in front of a red bus. The bike is obscured by traffic.

Agility Motors Saietta R first ride

Agility Motors Saietta R first ride

With the ‘throttle’ wide open through a corner as the rear tyre scrabbles for grip, there is no exhaust roar. The unlikely combination of near-silent running and high performance is almost enough to...

First Ride: Honda Fireblade SP

First Ride: Honda Fireblade SP

I'm currently at the launch of the new Honda Fireblade SP at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The standard Fireblade has been updated for 2014 with engine and riding position tweaks, but Honda are...