First rides & tests

  • Video: Is the Suzuki GSX-R750 still the top road sports bike?

    22 July 2008 by Michael Neeves

    MCN reader Craig Carr wanted help deciding if he should trade his Suzuki K6 GSX-R750 for the K8 version or a Ducati 848 in this video road test. Senior road tester Michael Neeves added Kawasaki's ZX-10 and Yamaha's R6 to the test and then took Craig for a spin around the local roads before finishing off at Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds. Watch the video below to...

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  • Video: Long distance travels on a Victory Vegas

    15 July 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    My fellow workers here at MCN think the Victory Vegas 8-Ball that I've got on long-term-test is only good for slow cruising and showing off so I thought I'd prove them wrong by piling on some serious miles. Check out the video below to see how the Vegas coped with a ride from Peterborough to the Isle of Sky in one day.

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  • Video: Harley Davidson XR1200 takes on Ducati's GT1000 and the Moto Guzzi Griso

    14 July 2008 by Adam Child

    Harley-Davidsons XR1200R challenges the best European retro roadsters available in Ducati's GT1000 and Moto Guzzi's 8v 1200 Griso in our video road test. MCN road tester Adam Child took the motorcycles on a european adventure to the Bikes Classics Festival in Spa, Belgium to see legends such as Agostini and John Surtees compete. Watch the video below to see how the Harley-Davidson got on and read...

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  • Bandit is a bargain!

    09 July 2008 by David Mc Cabe

    Bandit is a bargain!

    Been biking a few years and all I wanted was a big bike (GSX-R1000). Got my Honda CBR600RR stolen in the summer of 2005 and got no money back from my insurance so i had to buy a new bike on...

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  • Video: 2008 Triumph Street Triple v Speed Triple

    02 July 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph launched a brand new Speed Triple and the 675 Daytona based Street Triple this year so we got both the motorcycles together with the 2007 Speed Triple to see just how good they are. Check out the video below for a detailed look at the two new bikes and to see them both in action.

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  • Video: KTM 990 Superduke R first ride

    01 July 2008 by Adam Child

    MCN road tester Adam Child travelled to the Salzburgring, Germany, to take part in the first ride of KTM's 990 Superduke R. How would the new motorcycle cope with the unusual choice of track and would it prove itself to be a suitable track motorbike? Watch the video below to find out of the KTM got on around the notoriously fast circuit.

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  • Video: Ducati Desmosedici RR top speed test

    30 June 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    MCN has ridden the Ducati Desmosedici RR before but we've never had the chance to take the motorcycle out on a proving ground and really test the full performance of the MotoGP replica. Check out the video below to see the bike in action at Elvington test facility as we try out the Desmosedici's full acceleration and top speed. Find out the results in MCN, Wednesday, July 2, 2008.

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  • Video: Aprilia Dorsoduro Supermoto group test

    27 June 2008 by Adam Child

    Aprilia's 2008 Dorsoduro Supermoto takes on its rivals in the shape of KTM's 990SM and Ducati's Hypermotard in our exclusive video road test. MCN's road tester Adam Child invited the 2006 British Supermoto Champion, Sam Warren, along for a second opinion as they pitched the motorcycles against each other around Ancaster Kart track. Watch the video below to see how the Aprilia faired and read the...

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  • Video: Racing the Ducati Desmo Challenge

    27 June 2008 by Michael Neeves

    The Ducati Desmo Challenge is a five-round Italian Championship held just for Ducati engined machines and Michael Neeves gives you a behind the scenes look at the Championship in this video. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves went along to round three at Vallelunga, near Rome to check out the action and take part in a one-make Ducati Hypermotard race. Check out our video below to see where he...

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  • Bimota DB7

    24 June 2008 by Anonymous

    Bimota DB7

    I spotted these two beauties on Monday morning... having seen them in the flesh - I want one! Just have to convince the other half now!

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  • Video: JvB Moto Scrambler tested

    18 June 2008 by Michael Neeves

    MCN travelled to Cologne, Germany to ride JvB's Moto Ducati Scrambler and it's one of the most agile, responsive, fun machines we've ever ridden. The motorcycle starts off as a Ducati Monster and ten weeks and 8000 Euros later it's transformed into this mad Scrambler. Check out our video below to see what Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves makes of the Scrambler and meet Jens, the brains...

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  • MCN’s Yamaha R6 meets a fiery end

    16 June 2008 by MCN Newsdesk

    MCN’s Yamaha R6 meets a fiery end

    This is the result of MCN’s Senior Writer Andy Downes’ track day mishap at Brands Hatch this morning (Monday). Andy highsided the Yamaha R6 on the exit of Druids, and the impact of the crash resulted...

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  • Video: Onboard Suzuki GSX-R750 at Oulton Park

    13 June 2008 by Michael Neeves

    MCN Man Michael Neeves got an eye opening one-one-training session with California Superbike School master Andy Ibbott and you can see the result below. We'll be bringing you the full video of everything Neeves learnt form the day with Ibbott at Oulton Park soon, but in the mean time you can see the result of the training in the flying lap of Oulton Park on Neeves' Suzuki GSX-R750 below.

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  • Video: Moto Morini Granpasso first ride

    11 June 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    The Granpasso adventure bike is the latest, and possibly best, addition to resurgent Moto Morini's range. Watch the video below for action of tester Roland Brown putting it through it's paces at the world launch or read the full artcile in MCN, Wednesday 11 June, 2008.

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  • Video: Yamaha R1 Cup behind the scenes

    06 June 2008 by Michael Neeves

    MCN man Michael Neeves has been competing in the Yamaha R1 Cup all season and brings us up to date with life in the paddock. The last time we caught up with Michael he'd just had his race snowed off at Brands Hatch, this time we get a proper tour of the action. Watch the video below to see how Michael got on and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday 4 June, 2008.

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  • Video: Bimota DB7 launch report

    06 June 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Bimota has launched the latest in it's stunning range of bikes, the Ducati 1098 powered Bimota DB7 and you can see the video report on the motorcycle below. MCN man Michael Neeves has been in Italy to ride the motorbike at it's launch at the Misano circuit and was impressed. Watch the video below to see what he thought and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, 11 June, 2008.

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  • Video: Full volume Ducati Desmosedici comes to MCN

    06 June 2008 by Trevor Franklin

    Ever wondered what Ducati’s exclusive Desmosedici RR sounds like? Well, to be honest, with the stock exhaust can the motorcycle sounds pretty much like two Ducati 1098 side-by-side. But, as we at MCN discovered when it arived at our offices, if you swap the standard unit for the ‘race’ version – part of the Desmosedici package – you get a near as dammit MotoGP bike. Not...

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  • MCN and Ducati present the Monster 696

    04 June 2008 by Sarah Carnell, Adam Child

    MCN and Ducati present the Monster 696

    Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a launch of a new bike? Well Ducati has decided to spill the beans. The full story behind the development and world launch of the new Ducati Monster 696...

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  • Video: John McGuinness tries out 2007 & 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades on TT Mountain course

    04 June 2008 by Adam Child

    Honda's new CB1000RR Fireblade won our superbike group test and is great on track but is it better than last year's motorcycle around the Isle Of Man TT and now you can see them in action in our video test. MCN roadtester Adam Child and TT lap record holder John McGuinness travelled to theIsle Of Man to find out if the 2008 Honda Fireblade is better than the 2007 version. Watch the...

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  • Video: Kawasaki 250 R Ninja v Hyosung GT250R

    03 June 2008 by Michael Neeves

    Kawasaki's new Ninja 250 R and Hyosung GT250R are once again giving new riders something to get excited about and now you can see them in action in our video test. MCN road tester's Michael Neeves and Adam Child relive their younger days with a nostalgic trip to Chelsea bridge in London. Watch the video below to see if the Ninja 250R made them feel young...

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  • First ride: Bimota DB7 in Misano

    02 June 2008 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Bimota DB7 in Misano

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just ridden the new Bimota DB7 round Misano for the first time, this is what he has to say: “It’s surprisingly roomy given how small it looks, the brakes are...

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  • Video: Bimota DB7 launch preview

    02 June 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    MCN Road tester Michael Neeves is out testing Bimota's brand new DB7 sports bike and he sent back this quick preview of the test. First impressions of the Bimota DB7 Michael will be testing the bike of the next few days and will send back his full report and video by the end of the week.

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  • Video: Yamaha R125 takes on the Honda CBR125 and Aprilia RS125

    29 May 2008 by Liam Marsden

    MCN has tested the latest crop of 125cc sports motorcycles; the two stroke Aprilia RS125, Hondas old but faithful CBR125R and Yamahas new kid on the block - the YZF-R125. The group test saw the motorcycles put through their paces around town and on the open roads. To see how they all faired watch the video below and for the full review get a copy of the May 28 edition of MCN.

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  • Video: Onboard BMW HP2 Sport and Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory

    21 May 2008 by Adam Child

    MCN road tester Adam Child travelled to the Albacete race circuit in Spain to pit the world's best sports v-twin motorcycles against each other on track and you can see some of his on-track action below. Chad got to ride the BMW HP2 Sport, KTM RC8 and the Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory against some of the fastest bike testers in the world, including former GP stars Randy Mamola and Jurgen Fuchs. Watch...

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  • Aprilia RX125 and SX125 first test

    15 May 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Aprilia RX125 and SX125 first test

    MCN has just arrived back from the world launch of Aprilia's SX125 and RX125 two-stroke supermoto and trail motorcycles, revamped to meet Euro3 emissions laws and also to look and feel closer to the...

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  • Video: Kawasaki ZX-10R: Road v race

    14 May 2008 by Adam Child

    Kawasaki's ZX-10R was designed for the race track but also happens to be road legal so just how far apart is it from a genuine racing ZX-10R? MCN road tester Adam Child travelled to Mallory Park to test his ZX-10R long-term test bike against the British Superstock ZX-10R of Astro Racing Kawasaki. Watch the video below to find out the difference and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, May...

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