First rides & tests

Gallery: Ducati Desert Sled & BMW Urban G/S meet their ancestors

Gallery: Ducati Desert Sled & BMW Urban G/S meet their ancestors

This year has seen the introduction of two new retro models that can really hack it on the rough stuff; the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled and BMW R nineT Urban G/S. Rather than simply put the two bikes...

Gallery: KTM v Honda v Ducati v BMW adventure bikes

Gallery: KTM v Honda v Ducati v BMW adventure bikes

Our trusty road testers are out and about again. This week they've been comparing, KTM's 1290 Super Adventure, Honda's Africa Twin DCT, Ducati's Multistrada 1200 Enduro and BMW's R1200GS Adventure...

The 5 best V4s you can actually own

The 5 best V4s you can actually own

Forget the triple, the V4 is the best combination of a twin and a four. With photos emerging of the new Ducati V4, everyone is getting excited about V4 bikes again. V4s have scored countless race wins...

Three’s the magic number for the updated Moto Guzzi V7 III

Three’s the magic number for the updated Moto Guzzi V7 III

Looking at the new Moto Guzzi V7 III (the model tested here is the Special, but there is also a Stone and Anniversario) you would be forgiven for thinking not a lot has changed, but you would be very...

Gallery: Adventure bikes that don't break the bank

Gallery: Adventure bikes that don't break the bank

Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves travelled far and wide (the Shropshire Hills) to test four affordable adventure bikes: Suzuki's V-Strom 1000, Ducati's Multistrada 950, KTM's 1090 Adventure and...

MCN tests Norton’s TT missile

MCN tests Norton’s TT missile

Norton had a stunning TT 2017, silencing many critics who thought their Isle of Man challenge would never amount to anything.  And although the firm has suffered more than its fair share of lows...

Aprilia Shiver 900: "An SV650 with balls"

Aprilia Shiver 900: "An SV650 with balls"

Despite not appearing that much of a change compared to the outgoing Shiver 750, the new Shiver 900 proved a pleasant surprise delivering the kind of refined and smooth ride that is certainly not what...

Gallery: Cafe racer group test

Gallery: Cafe racer group test

With more bikes being unveiled each year, it looks like the café racer and retro craze is here to stay, and with bikes as attractive as these it is easy to see why. At a time when sportsbikes are...

Aprilia Shiver 900 first ride incoming

Aprilia Shiver 900 first ride incoming

There has been a fair bit of debate on the subject, but Aprilia UK have now confirmed that they will be bringing the new Shiver 900 into the UK and it will cost a slightly odd sounding £8002 OTR due...

Gallery: Triumph Speed Triple vs Street Triple 765 RS

Gallery: Triumph Speed Triple vs Street Triple 765 RS

You’d think there’s only room in the world for one ultimate super-naked Triumph triple, and that last year’s revamped Speed Triple would comfortably continue to fill the role in much the same way it...

SWM Superdual first ride

SWM Superdual first ride

SWM’s new Superdual might not be big on bhp, cylinders or electronics, but it’s a proper little do-anything, go-anywhere machine.   Big adventure bikes are now caught up in the same power and...

First ride incoming: BMW R nineT Urban G/S

First ride incoming: BMW R nineT Urban G/S

If you are into your G/S models, or GS models depending on the vintage of your bike, then you will probably have been as excited as us when BMW pulled the covers off their latest R nineT model – the...

2017 Kawasaki Versys X 300 first ride

2017 Kawasaki Versys X 300 first ride

Before I rode the Versys-X 300 there were a few potential issues that I was concerned about – namely the tall 845mm seat height and the screen’s lack of adjustability. I know these may seem small...

Gallery: Rocking retros

Gallery: Rocking retros

If you want to have a chilled ride, one or two up, a modern classic should do the trick.  MCN contributor Jon Urry put the theory to the test with Honda's CB1100 EX, BMW's R nineT Pure and...

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 first ride incoming

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 first ride incoming

Not every adventure has to be to the furthest flung corners of the world and this year we are starting to see the rise of the mini adventure bike – small capacity machines that offer all of the...

Ducati 1299 Superleggera: The most savage superbike ever

Ducati 1299 Superleggera: The most savage superbike ever

Ducati’s new £72,000 1299 Superleggera is the world's most powerful production twin-cylinder. Related: 2020 Ducati V4 Superleggera revealed The 215bhp carbon fibre beast weighs just 156kg dry,...

First ride: Egli Fritz W.1300

First ride: Egli Fritz W.1300

Swiss chassis builder Egli have been crafting frames for over 100 years, but the Fritz W.1300– named after founding father Fritz Egli – is their first new bike for nearly 30 years. It features a...

Gallery: Extreme bikes on extreme roads

Gallery: Extreme bikes on extreme roads

Aprilia’s new Tuono 1100 V4 Factory, the BMW S1000R Sport, KTM 1290 Super Duke R and the Yamaha MT-10SP are the hardest, most extreme super-nakeds money can buy. The new machines rival sportsbikes...

Gallery: Might-TE machines

Gallery: Might-TE machines

Entering a BMW showroom can be a confusing affair. These are bikes sold with myriad options and each has its own bamboozling acronym. But there is a way to simplify the whole process - just tick the...

Gallery: Electric boogaloo

Gallery: Electric boogaloo

The future is electric. It's a statement often trotted out as we search for evergreener solutions to our increasingly finite resources of black gold and rapidly multiplying transport woes - especially...

Gallery: Cleverly priced, punchy middleweights

Gallery: Cleverly priced, punchy middleweights

There was a time when entry- level middleweights were lacking in power and X-factor. Machines like Kawasaki’s Zephyr 550 and Suzuki’s GS500 remain supremely easy to forget. But over the years this...

First ride: 2017 KTM RC125 - “There’s no denying the fun factor”

First ride: 2017 KTM RC125 - “There’s no denying the fun factor”

The RC125 gets minor updates for 2017, and doesn’t get the kitchen sink thrown at it like the new 125 Duke. Changes are restricted to a tweaked Euro4 engine, featuring the same new side-mount exhaust...

First ride: Harley-Davidson Freewheeler

First ride: Harley-Davidson Freewheeler

Harley-Davidson are no newcomers to trikes. In fact, with their utility Servicar in production between 1932 and 1975, followed by the luxurious Tri Glide Ultra Classic from 2009 (basically an Electra...

First ride: 2017 KTM RC390 – Getting RC

First ride: 2017 KTM RC390 – Getting RC

KTM have moved their racy RC390 into the Euro4 era with ride-by-wire, a new side-mounted exhaust, a bellypan and, er… that’s about it. The £5099 race replica doesn’t feature the swathe of updates...

Cheap scoots: Honda SH125 vs Kymco Agility City

Cheap scoots: Honda SH125 vs Kymco Agility City

Sticking two fingers up to the daily grind...We all know 125cc scooters are practical, cheap to run and a cinch to ride, but let’s not forget they’re fun, too. Here's how we got on when put Honda's...

New tyre review: Avon Spirit ST

New tyre review: Avon Spirit ST

Avon’s new range-topping sports touring tyre comes with improved all-weather performance, durability...and a new name.  The Spirit ST is an evolution of the current Storm 3D X-M, which will stay...

Honda CRF250 Rally: A great lightweight adventure bike

Honda CRF250 Rally: A great lightweight adventure bike

Building on the growing appetite for adventure, Honda have launched the funky CRF250 Rally. Capitalising on the overwhelming success of the new Africa Twin and the kudos gained from becoming front...

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...

Gallery: BMW R NineT Racer S vs Triumph Thruxton R

Gallery: BMW R NineT Racer S vs Triumph Thruxton R

With the Thruxton R Triumph gave us a retro that not only looks amazing, but also rides exceptionally well. After riding it at the world launch in 2016 we said: "Triumph has produced a Thruxton worthy...

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...