First rides & tests

  • Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

    12 December 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

    German tuning company AC Schnitzer has developed an excellent reputation for producing some stunning aftermarket accessories for all manner of BMW motorcycles. Most recently it has turned its...

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  • Video: Jack Lilley Triumph Scrambler road test

    10 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Video: Jack Lilley Triumph Scrambler road test

    Jack Lilley motorcycles are famed for producing one-of-a-kind Triumph specials and this is their latest. Based on the 2009 Scrambler, this Triumph has been given that 'Great Escape' Steve McQueen...

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  • Video: Triumph 675 launch

    10 December 2008 by MCN

    The original Triumph Daytona 675 was a cracking supersports bike when it was released in 2006. So Triumph had a big task on their hands in making the new model better. The new Daytona handled the Cartegena circuit very well, with the uprated chassis and the suspension making it an absolute joy to throw in to the twsties. The three cylinder engine pulls from as low as 3,000 rpm. Even if...

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  • Head-to-head: New and old Kawasaki ZX-6R

    09 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Head-to-head: New and old Kawasaki ZX-6R

    I’ve just come in from riding the new 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R against the old 2008 model and I’m flabbergasted. I won’t give too much away; you’ll have to read all about it in our full road test in the...

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  • Video: Superstock Honda Fireblade faster than Touring Car at Silverstone

    05 December 2008 by Adam Child

    Check out this exclusive and unique footage taken at Silverstone race circuit. The Superstock Honda Fireblade easily proved faster than the Honda Type R Touring car around the historic British track. Riding the motorcycle is Steve 'Baywatch' Brogan, British Superstock 1000 Champion on-board his championship winning Honda Fireblade. Watch Steve Brogan's onboard lap In the British...

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  • Jack Lilley special Triumph Scrambler

    04 December 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Jack Lilley special Triumph Scrambler

    MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves has just ridden a very special Triumph Scrambler, built by Triumph dealers Jack Lilley. Here are his first impressions: “At the beginning of this year Triumph...

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  • Video: Steve Brogan onboard at Silverstone

    03 December 2008 by Adam Child

    MCN road tester Adam Child bumped into British Superstock 1000 Champion Steve Brogan at Silverstone recently at a Honda media day. Steve 'Brogie' Brogan agreed to a few flying laps onboard his Championship winning Honda Fireblade with our cameras fitted. Check out the very fast onboard action around the shortened Silverstone circuit.

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  • Picture gallery: AC Schnitzer BMW F800GS

    02 December 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Picture gallery: AC Schnitzer BMW F800GS

    Specialist BMW accessory company AC Schnitzer has stepped in to fill a gap in BMW's range. BMW can cater for nearly all tastes, ages and heights. Well, it would if it listed a supermoto midway between...

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  • Video: Honda CBF125 road test

    02 December 2008 by Adam Child

    The new Honda CBF125 has a huge task ahead of it for such a small motorcycle - it has to live up to the reputation of the bike it replaces, the legendary Honda CG125. MCN road tester Adam Child put the motorcycle through its paces to see if it can compete against Yamaha's recently introduced YZF-R125 or Honda's own CBR. Watch the video to find out how he got on and read the full article in MCN,...

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  • Video: Ducati 1198 first ride

    20 November 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Just as we were all thinking the Ducati 1098 was the best V-twin ever, out of nowhere Ducati's 1198 appears and you can see it here in our video. MCN senior road tester Trevor Franklin travelled to Portugal's Circuito de Algarve to get the first ride of Ducati's 1198 to see if bigger does mean better. Watch the video below to see how the motorcycle got on and read the full article in MCN,...

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  • The PB100: 6 - 1998 Yamaha R1

    19 November 2008 by Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 6 - 1998 Yamaha R1

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. It stunned the senses... In the 1990s the FireBlade was the sportsbike to have. Fast, agile...

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  • Image gallery: Ace Cafe Racer

    18 November 2008 by James Keen

    Image gallery: Ace Cafe Racer

    In this week's edition of MCN, road tester Adam Child takes a ride on the gorgeous Ace Cafe Racer created by custom bike builder Nick Gale. In case the road test left you wanting more, here's...

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  • Ducati 1198/1198S first ride!

    18 November 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Ducati 1198/1198S first ride!

    MCNs Chief Road Tester, Trevor Franklin, is at the launch of Ducati’s new 1198/1198S at the Circuito de Algarve near Portimao, Portugal, here’s what he has to say: “While the new 1198 retains the...

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  • The PB100: 5 - Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD

    12 November 2008 by Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 5 - Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. If it weren’t for this bike… Forget the alloy-framed, oil-cooled 1985 model or the GSX-R’s...

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  • Video: Miles Per Gallon Fuel Test

    12 November 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    With the downward spiral from credit crunch to full-on recession MCN senior roadtester Trevor Franklin wanted to see if the economy of motorcycles can still be highly prized. To find out Trevor took Suzuki's Sixteen, BMW's F650GS, Kawasaki's Z1000 and a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade to Bruntingthorpe testing circuit in Leicestershire to conduct two tests. How far would a gallon of unleaded fuel go at...

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  • Video: Bob Farnham tunes Yamaha R1

    11 November 2008 by Michael Neeves

    The racing season has only just finished, but Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is already looking ahead to the 2009 season with his trusty 2007 Yamaha R1 long term test bike. He took it along to Bob Farnham, one of the UK's top engine tuners just down the road from Brands Hatch for an engine refresh and a bit of a tune. Watch the video below to see how the bike got on and little tour around...

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  • The PB100: 4 - Ducati Monster S4RS

    05 November 2008 by Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 4 - Ducati Monster S4RS

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. The  missing link between 916 and 1098... It’s easy to think of this bike as being the...

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  • Video: Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport first ride

    05 November 2008

    MCN Man Michael Neeves headed out to Lake Como in Italy to get the first ever ride on the new 4v Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport. Check out the video below to take a tour of the impressive factory and see the bike in action around the lakes.

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  • Video: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R launch test

    31 October 2008 by Angus Farquhar, Adam Child

    Video: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R launch test

    MCN man Adam Child is now back inthe UK after testing the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R for the first time and he brought back this video report on the new motorcycle. Check out the video below to see what Chad...

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  • Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v first ride!

    29 October 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v first ride!

    MCN’s Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, is in Italy to ride Moto Guzzi’s brand new 1200 Sport 4V and he’s at the factory for this world exclusive first ride. Here’s his first...

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  • The PB100: 3 - Suzuki GSX-R1000 K4

    28 October 2008 by Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 3 - Suzuki GSX-R1000 K4

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. More power, more torque, less weight, more useable. What’s not to like? In the...

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  • First ride! 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R

    28 October 2008 by Adam Child

    First ride! 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R

    MCN Road Tester Adam Child is in Japan to ride Kawasaki’s all new ZX-6R. Here’s his initial impressions.  “This new Kawasaki ZX-6R has been heavily revised for 2009, the main areas where they...

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  • Video: 2009 Yamaha XVS950 Midnight Star first ride

    24 October 2008 by Angus Farquhar, Adam Child

    MCN Man Adam Child headed out to Georgia, US, to get us this video of the first ride on the new XVS 950 Midnight Star from Yamaha. Check out the video below to see the bike in action and hear what Chad thinks of the new lightweight cruiser.

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  • Video: Buell 1125CR first look

    23 October 2008 by Angus Farquhar, Trevor Franklin

    Buell has launched the new 1125CR, a naked version of its 1125R sports bike and MCN man Trevor Franklin was there to take a look. Check out the video below to see the bike and hear what Trev thinks.

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  • The PB100: 2 - Honda RC45

    20 October 2008 by Guy Martin for Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 2 - Honda RC45

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. The 10-year-old 750 that makes as much power as an 08 Blade. I have a small list of...

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  • The PB100: 1 - Honda SP1

    15 October 2008 by Performance Bikes

    The PB100: 1 - Honda SP1

    The 100 bikes to ride before you die, brought to you by the guys at MCN's sister title, Performance Bikes. Get the next 3 issues of PB for £3 when you subscribe before November 5th It seemed Honda...

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  • Video: Bimota DB7 takes on the Ducati 1098R and MV F4 1000 312RR

    14 October 2008 by Angus Farquhar, Mykel Nicolaou, Michael Neeves

    There is no doubt that the new Bimota DB7 is a stunning machine, but is it good enough to take on the cream of the Italian crop? To find out we took along the video camera as all three motorcycles were put through there paces at the Misano circuit in Italy. Check out the video below to see the bikes in action an find out if the Bimota can live up to the challenge.

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  • Tom Sykes passes DAS test

    29 September 2008 by James Keen

    Tom Sykes passes DAS test

    Tom Sykes, who is currently third in the British Superbike Championship, recently passed his Direct Access Motorcycle Test with Mike from Maverick Motorcycle Training. Tom travelled down...

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  • Top 10 33bhp bikes

    15 September 2008 by James Keen

    Top 10 33bhp bikes

    If you've just passed your test in the UK and you're under 21 or chose to take the A2 license, then you're restricted to a bike with a maximum of 33bhp for the first 2 years. But don't despair, we're...

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  • Video: Triumph Daytona endurance test

    27 August 2008 by Adam Child

    We know the Triumphs 675 Daytona is good but if you check out the video below you can see how it performs against the best supersports motorcycles from Japan in a tortuous six-hour track thrash. MCN road tester Adam Child went to the Franciacorta circuit in Italy to test the Triumph against the Honda CBR600RR and Yamaha R6. The plan was simple, fit each bike with a datalogger and ride for six...

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  • Video: Tigcraft racer for the road

    24 July 2008 by Adam Child

    This motorcycle may look a bit weird, but that's because it is a bit different. This is race-bike makerTigcraft's first road bike, and what a bike it is. Tigcraft normally make single cylinder race bikes but the owner of this one liked it so much he wanted to ride it on the road. Watch the video below to see if the project worked, then read the full review in the July 23 edition of...

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  • How to win Carole Nash Britain's Got Biking Tallent

    24 July 2008

    Britain's got Biking Talent with Carole Nash is back for 2008, but fon't worry you've got a month to make any modifications to your bike before the deadline for entering. To help, we asked some of last year’s winners to tell us about the inspiration behind their efforts so read their stories then get your overals on, finish your motorcycle and upload it to our gallery for the chance to win...

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