First rides & tests

  • A day with the Suzuki GSX-R125

    01 September 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    A day with the Suzuki GSX-R125

    We spent a day riding Suzuki’s new GSX-R125 around the technical Stowe Circuit at Silverstone, to find out whether it can stake a rightful claim to such a sporty name. Here’s how we got on. It’s been...

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  • Gallery: KTM 390 Duke vs BMW G310R

    31 August 2017 by MCN New

    Gallery: KTM 390 Duke vs BMW G310R

    Low on power doesn't always mean low on fun. Take the KTM 390 Duke and BMW G310R, for example. Both are A2 licence-friendly machines with beginners and commuters in mind, but they're also a lot of...

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  • MV Agusta Dragster 800RR is now even better

    30 August 2017 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • First ride of the Suzuki GSX-S125 incoming

    27 August 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    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...

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  • First ride of the Suzuki GSX-R125 incoming

    26 August 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    First ride of the Suzuki GSX-R125 incoming

    We’ll be riding Suzuki’s hotly-anticipated GSX-R125 at Silverstone’s Stowe Circuit at its European launch next week. The bike uses a 124.4cc single cylinder engine producing 14.8bhp and tips the...

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  • Gallery: Old v new adventure bike special

    23 August 2017 by Jon Urry

    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,”...

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  • Gallery: Superbike showdown

    28 July 2017 by MCN News

    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...

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  • Suzuki Burgman 400: First Ride Incoming

    28 July 2017 by Alison Silcox

    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.

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  • Suzuki GSX250R: First ride incoming

    26 July 2017 by Dan Sutherland

    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...

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  • Kymco X-Town 300i first ride

    19 July 2017 by Alison Silcox

    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...

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  • First ride: Aprilia RS125

    30 June 2017 by Jon Urry

    First ride: Aprilia RS125

    The Aprilia RS 125 returns for 2017. But sadly not in two-stroke form… The Aprilia RS 125 first smoked its way onto racetracks 25 years ago and quickly set about dominating its class before Moto3 was...

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  • The 5 best V4s you can actually own

    30 June 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    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...

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  • Video: BMW HP4 Race is the real WSB deal

    28 June 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Video: BMW HP4 Race is the real WSB deal

    BMW’s new £68,000, 215bhp track-only HP4 Race is achingly close in feel and speed to a factory superbike. Here’s why: It’s lighter than a WSB bike.  Tipping the scales at 171.5kg, with its...

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  • MCN tests Norton’s TT missile

    20 June 2017 by Adam Child

    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...

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  • Launch: BMW HP4 Race in Portugal

    20 June 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Launch: BMW HP4 Race in Portugal

    We're riding BMW’s new £68,000 HP4 Race at the Estoril circuit in Portugal tomorrow. The carbon-framed, track-only superbike makes 215bhp and weighs just 171.5k  full of fuel (and a staggering...

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  • Aprilia Shiver 900: "An SV650 with balls"

    14 June 2017 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • Gallery: Cafe racer group test

    14 June 2017 by MCN News

    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...

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  • Aprilia Shiver 900 first ride incoming

    13 June 2017 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • SWM Superdual first ride

    07 June 2017 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • First ride incoming: BMW R nineT Urban G/S

    30 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • 2017 Kawasaki Versys X 300 first ride

    25 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • Gallery: Rocking retros

    24 May 2017 by MCN News

    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...

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  • Kawasaki Versys-X 300 first ride incoming

    23 May 2017 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • First ride: Egli Fritz W.1300

    17 May 2017 by Jordan Gibbons

    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...

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  • Gallery: Extreme bikes on extreme roads

    17 May 2017 by MCN News

    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...

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