First rides & tests

2017 tourer of the year: BMW R1200RT

2017 tourer of the year: BMW R1200RT

BMW’s R1200RT underlines its superiority by once again being MCN’s favourite tourer of 2017. There’s no finer and easier way of clocking up big motorway miles in comfort, for both rider and...

2017 Super naked of the year: Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

2017 Super naked of the year: Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

Aprilia didn’t need to do much to their fiery supernaked to impress us, but as well as tweaking it to meet Euro4 regs this year they’ve improved the ride, handling, brakes and electronics… not that...

2017 sportsbike of the year: Honda Fireblade SP

2017 sportsbike of the year: Honda Fireblade SP

Where do you start with the new Honda Fireblade? Talk about contentious. It’s been hopeless in World Superbikes, disastrous at the TT and bombed in a handful of other magazine group tests. So how can...

2017 retro bike of the year: BMW R nineT Urban G/S

2017 retro bike of the year: BMW R nineT Urban G/S

Launched in June it arrived fashionably late, but the new BMW R nineT UrbanG/S has come straight into our number one top slot– immediately establishingitself as our favourite retro of 2017. Like the...

2017 scooter of the year: Yamaha TMAX DX

2017 scooter of the year: Yamaha TMAX DX

Yamaha have sold over a quarter of a million TMAX maxi scooters since its inception in 2001, making it their best selling bike to date. For 2017 the big scoot gets a new aluminium chassis with revised...

2017 adventure bike of the year: KTM 1090 Adventure R

2017 adventure bike of the year: KTM 1090 Adventure R

Since the demise of KTM’s 990 Adventure in 2012, true off-road fans have been left craving a new powerful, large, but capable off-road bike. The outgoing 1050 Adventure never really hit the spot, but...

2017 electric bike of the year: Energica Ego

2017 electric bike of the year: Energica Ego

Times are a changing and for the first time we’ve had to create a new Bike of the Year category for electric machines. It’s a class that’s set to grow in the future, but for 2017 the Energica Ego has...

2017 bike of the year: Triumph Street Triple RS

2017 bike of the year: Triumph Street Triple RS

Triumph’s mighty Street Triple has come a long way from the decade-old 675cc original. That 2007 machine was a succes from the moment it hit showrooms and it got better through every revision and...

We rode the KTM 790 Duke prototype

We rode the KTM 790 Duke prototype

Watch out Street Triple –KTM’s new 790 Duke will give you a run for your money. MCN were given exclusive access to one of KTM’s prototypes during the final stages of testing in the Berchtesgaden Alps...

Yamaha XMAX 400: 'A maxi scooter without a maxi price tag'

Yamaha XMAX 400: 'A maxi scooter without a maxi price tag'

We recently took part in the UK launch of Yamaha’s updated £5999 XMAX 400 which has the performance and quality finish of the TMAX, at almost half the price. We rode on a 500 mile trip from the UK to...

Exclusive! KTM 790 Duke first ride

Exclusive! KTM 790 Duke first ride

MCN has secured an exclusive first ride on KTM’s all-new 790 Duke. Due to be launched next year, we travelled to the Berchtesgaden Alps where we tested a pre-production prototype version of the...

Gallery: A trio of Street Triples

Gallery: A trio of Street Triples

The Street Triple has always hit the nail on the head, astounding riders with its sporty chassis and storming motor – not to mention its affordable price. But the problem when you build a bike this...

Video: Riding the Suter MMX500

Video: Riding the Suter MMX500

So, a mega-money, low-volume track machine is the greatest two-stroke ever? Too right it is. This the best stinkwheel the world has ever seen – and it’s currently in production. Anyone can rock up to...

Gallery: Two-stroke heaven - the Suter MMX500

Gallery: Two-stroke heaven - the Suter MMX500

The Suter MX500 is the fastest, most-advanced production two-stroke the world has ever seen, and MCN Senior Editor Matt Wildee was lucky enough to get a spin on one at Rockingham recently. The MMX is...

Gallery: Ducati Panigale R Final Edition vs Honda Fireblade SP2

Gallery: Ducati Panigale R Final Edition vs Honda Fireblade SP2

Ducati's glorious Panigale R Final Edition is the last hurrah of the the big v-twin superbike before its place is taken by the new Ducati V4 in 2018. The Final Edition is the culmination of years of...

Yamaha X-MAX 400: First Ride Incoming

Yamaha X-MAX 400: First Ride Incoming

We’re riding Yamaha’s updated X-MAX 400 at its launch on Monday. We will be taking a trip into Northern France via the Eurotunnel. Priced at £5999, Yamaha’s 395 cc, 33 bhp single cylinder scooter is...

Yamaha YS125 first ride: "A basic, dependable commuter"

Yamaha YS125 first ride: "A basic, dependable commuter"

While it could certainly never be described as sexy, Yamaha’s YBR125 has always fulfilled an important role. Consistently a best seller with over 150,000 taking to Europe’s streets, the YBR offered...

Gallery: Retro rockets

Gallery: Retro rockets

Honda have entered the sports retro sector with their new CB1100RS, a slightly sportier version of the CB1100EX. The RS comes with cast wheels, a slightly steeper head angle and a lush red and black...

Super Soco first ride: "Cheap and cheerful"

Super Soco first ride: "Cheap and cheerful"

Old, dirty, polluting petrol bikes still rule the roost, but let's face it, they won't be around for much longer. Electric bikes are great, but they're heavy, take ages to charge, and only have a...

Honda Fireblade SP2: "RCV DNA coursing through its veins"

Honda Fireblade SP2: "RCV DNA coursing through its veins"

Honda’s Fireblade has been the lifeblood of Ron Haslam’s race school since it started in 1996. During those 21years the school has used every Blade evolution but here we are on the latest addition to...

Gallery: MCN 2017 adventure bike of the year

Gallery: MCN 2017 adventure bike of the year

Over the last decade, the adventure market has been flooded with bikes ranging in size, cost and their true off-road capabilities. The sheer number and range of options has created a nice problem: how...

2018 Harley Softails ridden

2018 Harley Softails ridden

Harley-Davidson ‘big twin’ cruisers, which include twin-shocked ‘Dyna’s such as the Street Bob and hardtail-looking ‘Softails’ such as the Fat Boy are being replaced by an all-new eight-bike Harley...

Does Suzuki’s DL250 V-Strom cut it for adventure?

Does Suzuki’s DL250 V-Strom cut it for adventure?

The DL250 V-Strom joins Suzuki as the baby of their adventure bike range. Sitting below the 650 and 1000 variants, the bike is Suzuki’s first offering to the ever-more-popular mini adventure bike...

Suzuki GSX-S125: "It's more than just a commuter"

Suzuki GSX-S125: "It's more than just a commuter"

An afternoon’s riding around the swooping Silverstone countryside has revealed Suzuki’s GSX-S125 to be something of a revelation. Offering genuine riding thrills, it’s the perfect companion for some...

MV Agusta Dragster 800RR is now even better

MV Agusta Dragster 800RR is now even better

Complying with the new Euro4 emissions laws has been a major headache for all manufacturers, with smaller firms, such as MV Agusta, facing the toughest challenges. Already struggling financially, MV...

First ride of the Suzuki DL250 V-Strom incoming

First ride of the Suzuki DL250 V-Strom incoming

We’ll be riding the new Suzuki DL250 V-Strom later this week on the roads around Silverstone race circuit, at its European launch. The £4599 (launch price) mini adventure bike is Suzuki’s latest...

First ride of the Suzuki GSX-S125 incoming

First ride of the Suzuki GSX-S125 incoming

MCN’s Acting Consumer Editor, Dan Sutherland, will be riding the new Suzuki GSX-S125 this coming Thursday at its European launch. Part of Suzuki’s latest venture into the low capacity market, the...

The Zero S packs 30.6bhp and 79.7ftlb of torque, yet is still A1-legal…

The Zero S packs 30.6bhp and 79.7ftlb of torque, yet is still A1-legal…

Despite making peak figures of 30.6bhp and 79.7ftlb of torque, the new Zero S ZF6.5 is A1-legal and therefore classed alongside 125cc petrol-powered bikes - which means it can be ridden with L-plates...

Gallery: Old v new adventure bike special

Gallery: Old v new adventure bike special

Harry Metcalfe joined me for an MCN road test this week on some old and new adventure bikes. FYI, Harry is a Dakar expert. “Everyone thinks Dakar is about small trail bikes, but this isn’t accurate,”...

Burgman 400: More than just a commuter scooter

Burgman 400: More than just a commuter scooter

It’s almost 20 years since Suzuki invented the maxi scooter with the Burgman 400. To celebrate Suzuki has brought the popular machine up to date and I spent a weekend with the new machine in the...

First ride: Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

First ride: Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

WHY DUCATI'S 1299 PANIGALE R FINAL EDITION IS THE ULTIMATE R  It's a Panigale ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation The £34,995 1299 Final Edition R isn’t an ‘R’ in the WSB homologation special sense...

Gallery: Superbike showdown

Gallery: Superbike showdown

Superbikes are the very pinnacle of a manufacturer’s talents, a showcase for their genius ability to force power and control to co-exist in some of the smallest and tightest packages ever to have...

Suzuki Burgman 400: First Ride Incoming

Suzuki Burgman 400: First Ride Incoming

We’re riding Suzuki’s updated Burgman 400 at the world launch in Italy on Sunday. Suzuki’s £6299 399 cc, 30 bhp single cylinder scooter has been updated for 2018. It’s design is slimmer and sharper.

Are the changes to the Suzuki GSX-S1000 enough?

Are the changes to the Suzuki GSX-S1000 enough?

Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 should have set the world on fire when launched back in 2015. An aggressive naked, powered by a revised GSX-R1000 K5 engine – and all for under £9k. What’s not to like?...

Suzuki GSX250R: First ride incoming

Suzuki GSX250R: First ride incoming

We’ll be testing Suzuki’s new GSX250R tomorrow. Costing £4299 for the base model (the GP version is £100 more and includes MotoGP inspired paint scheme), the A2-friendly, 24.7bhp, 248cc parallel twin...

Kymco X-Town 300i first ride

Kymco X-Town 300i first ride

The Kymco X-Town 300 takes the good-around-town scooter concept to a whole new level with an ability to leave the urban sprawl behind and head for the hills. The A2 licence-friendly scoot is an...