First rides & tests

Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

Benelli TRK 502 first ride incoming

We're in Italy for the launch of the new Benelli TRK 502, a 500cc parallel twin adventure bike first shown at the Milan Show in 2015. Benelli's adventure bike offering - which bears more than a...

Video: 2017 superbike shootout

Video: 2017 superbike shootout

2017 sees the return of two huge names in the superbike class in the guise of Honda's Fireblade SP and Suzuki's GSX-R1000R. Both Honda and Suzuki were left behind when the BMW S1000RR moved the goal...

Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

Superbike shootout: The tale of the tape

It's that time of year again, when we take the best superbikes on the planet and put them through their paces, and this year our superbike shootout is more thorough than ever before. Over seven days...

First ride of new Ducati Scrambler Café Racer incoming.

First ride of new Ducati Scrambler Café Racer incoming.

We’ll be riding Ducati’s new Scrambler Café Racer at its world launch in Italy on Friday  The £9305, 803cc air-cooled, 50bhp L-twin Café Racer is the latest addition to the hugely popular...

First Ride: New range-topping Indian Chieftain Elite

First Ride: New range-topping Indian Chieftain Elite

Factory custom specials have long been the preserve of Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) department, but this is new territory for Indian. Yes, there have been specials (the two Jack...

First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

First Ride: New Indian Chieftain Limited

Baggers might not be your bag for a whole host of reasons, but if your primary objections revolve around poor handling, unsophisticated chassis, agricultural engines, and vast swathes of chrome – this...

BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

BMW R1200GS Rallye: A trail blazer

At the end of 2016 BMW updated its R1200GS to make it Euro 4 compliant. While the GS was in the workshop they made some cosmetic changes and revised and smoothed the drivetrain. For 2017 BMW have...

Video: Yamaha R6 first ride

Video: Yamaha R6 first ride

It’s no secret supersport sales have plummeted over the last decade. And while most manufacturers have put their 600s out to pasture, using a get-out clause to allow them to keep selling non-Euro4...

Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: 'A retro streetbike success story'

Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: 'A retro streetbike success story'

Yamaha’s 2016 XSR900 is a retro streetbike success story. And deservedly so, because it takes the MT-09’s stunningly charismatic, wheelie-tastic 847cc, 115bhp inline triple motor, its die-cast ally...

2017 Yamaha SCR950 launch: Scrambling, cruiser-style

2017 Yamaha SCR950 launch: Scrambling, cruiser-style

Scrrrrsh! The sound of footrest-on-tarmac contact makes me jump; it’s only the first corner, and the Yamaha SCR950’s Bridgestone Trail Wings aren’t even warm yet. But we’re already grinding dusty...

Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: First ride coming soon

Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: First ride coming soon

MCN will be grabbing a full first ride on Yamaha’s rather foxy, new, limited edition XSR900 café racer today. With an identical chassis set-up as the hugely popular standard XSR900 streetbike, Yamaha...

Not long till we get off-road with Yamaha's SCR950

Not long till we get off-road with Yamaha's SCR950

MCN will be slipping and sliding, and rolling and riding Yamaha’s new SCR950 today, both on the road and off it. As its name suggests, SCR is short for Scrambler – this is Yamaha’s Faster Sons...

Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT gets rid of the wind

Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT gets rid of the wind

There wasn't anything wrong with the outgoing Suzuki V-Strom 1000, but for 2017 Suzuki have made a few tweaks and introduced the more adventure-focused XT version, which gets wire wheels, bashplate,...

First Ride: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

First Ride: 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6

MCN Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, has packed his race leathers and is heading to Almeria, Spain to ride Yamaha’s new supersport YZF-R6. While the majority of other manufacturers have put their 600...

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT: Easy rider

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT: Easy rider

If your adventure bike doesn't have more electronics than the space shuttle and gadgetry coming out of its ears it often gets forgotten, but Suzuki's updated baby adventure bike, the V-Strom 650XT,...

New Dunlop Sportsmart2 Max tested

New Dunlop Sportsmart2 Max tested

Dunlop’s new Sportmart2 Max looks like a great choice for rapid road riding and occasional trackday use. We tested the new tyre in the mountain roads overlooking Montpellier in the South of France,...

Incoming: Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT first ride

Incoming: Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT first ride

We're currently on our way to Spain to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT on Thursday March 23. The XT is the slightly more off-road focused version, fitted with gold wire-spoked wheels instead of the...

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT first ride incoming

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT first ride incoming

We're heading to Spain this week to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, which features new styling more like its big brother, the V-Strom 1000, and updates to the 645cc V-twin engine. The new engine is...

Is the Peugeot Metropolis RX-R 400i better than a bike?

Is the Peugeot Metropolis RX-R 400i better than a bike?

Tilting three-wheel scooters have been around for a decade or more – stroll through Paris or along the French Riviera, and you'll see loads of them, plus a few in London. You can drive them on a car...

BMW R nineT Pure: 'A charming motorcycle'

BMW R nineT Pure: 'A charming motorcycle'

BMW’s budget R nineT Pure delivers largely the same as its more-expensive big brother. Pared-to-the-bone when it comes to equipment, but boasting great dynamics and a characterful engine, BMW’s R...

Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 v Yamaha MT-09

Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 v Yamaha MT-09

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves took Kawasaki's new Z900 for a road test against Yamaha's MT-09.  To find out how the already-established affordable naked Yamaha did against Kawasaki's new...

We ride the new BMW S1000R Sport

We ride the new BMW S1000R Sport

Fast, frenetic, friendly and flexible, BMW’s new S1000R Sport is much like the old one – and that’s no bad thing. Now in its fourth year of production, BMW’s top-spec super naked has been treated to a...

2017 BMW S1000R Sport launched

2017 BMW S1000R Sport launched

MCN Senior Editor Matt Wildee is in Spain, testing BMW's new S1000R Sport. The German supernaked has received a host of changes for 2017, including a new, lighter chassis, revised...

UK exclusive! BMW R NineT Racer first ride

UK exclusive! BMW R NineT Racer first ride

We get the first taste of BMW’s new beautiful café racer. BMW’S £10,755 R nineT Racer has arrived in the UK and judging by our sneaky first ride, this is a motorcycle that goes as well as it looks.

Gallery: KTM 1290 Super Adventure R first ride

Gallery: KTM 1290 Super Adventure R first ride

KTM's latest and - according to the Austrian firm - most extreme adventure bike, the 1290 Super Adventure R has landed, with the company launching the bike in Peru last week. Unlike most high-tech...

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R lives up to the promise

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R lives up to the promise

KTM are claiming their new 1290 Super Adventure R is the most extreme adventure bike ever made – and after a full day’s riding in the blistering heat of Peru – I’m inclined to agree. But you don’t...

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R incoming from Peru

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R incoming from Peru

MCN’s Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child has touched-down in Peru to ride KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R – that’s right we’ve sent the smallest guy in the office to ride the big R version. For...

Gallery: Honda X-ADV first ride

Gallery: Honda X-ADV first ride

Honda's new 745cc scooter aims to blend the ease of use you get with an automatic scooter with the practicality and versatility of an adventure bike. A scooter and an adventure bike might seem like an...

VIDEO: Yamaha's hot naked MT-10 SP ridden

VIDEO: Yamaha's hot naked MT-10 SP ridden

In the shimmering sunlight of Cape Town it’s that paintjob that strikes you first, clearly redolent of the firm’s range-topping superbike; blue wheels, silver and blue paint and flashes of gold from...

Yamaha's new TMAX ridden

Yamaha's new TMAX ridden

We’ve just returned from a full day’s riding aboard Yamaha’s new TMAX, in particular their DX model – which will cost a fairly pricy £10,699. We’re in Cape Town and have had the opportunity to try...

First ride: KTM 1090 Adventure

First ride: KTM 1090 Adventure

The now deceased 1050 was KTM’s entry point for new riders into their Adventure range. The Austrian factory deliberately restricted its LC8 engine to 95bhp while the whole package was designed to be...

Honda X-ADV first ride

Honda X-ADV first ride

Honda's new X-ADV scooter is in a class of one. No other scooter currently available claims to be just at home on the chaotic streets of Rome as on gravel tracks leading to hidden beaches. It's an...

Yamaha TMAX world launch incoming!

Yamaha TMAX world launch incoming!

We’ll be riding Yamaha’s new £9399 TMax this weekend at its world launch in Cape Town. It’s the maxi-scooter’s first major overhaul since it was released in 2001 (and growing from 499cc to 530cc along...

Honda X-ADV first ride incoming

Honda X-ADV first ride incoming

We're currently on our way to Sardinia, where we'll be riding Honda's unique adventure scooter, the X-ADV. The scoot is to be built as an off-road capable machine that Honda say “combines the spirit...

Indian Ride Command system tested

Indian Ride Command system tested

Indian’s Ride Command infotainment system is now standard equipment on the range-topping Chieftain and Roadmaster models, and is pretty big news. Ride Command is a touchscreen info and entertainment...

Indian Roadmaster Classic first ride

Indian Roadmaster Classic first ride

Tassels – thousands of them. They hang like a curtain from the new Roadmaster Classic’s flanks, dragging on the road as we scythe through California’s endless ribbons of mountain tarmac. And this is...