First rides & tests

Kawasaki Z1000SX old vs new

Kawasaki Z1000SX old vs new

On what appears to be the one dry day of the year, it’s a pleasure to get out on any bike, let alone one as competent as Kawasaki’s Z1000SX. The howling, westerly wind has dried the roads and pushed...

Gallery: Ducati Monster 1200S v Triumph Speed Triple R

Gallery: Ducati Monster 1200S v Triumph Speed Triple R

We put the Ducati Monster 1200S and the Triumph Speed Triple R head-to-head for one of our latest road tests. Check out our gallery above for our road test and buy this week's MCN to find out...

Video: Ducati Monster 1200S vs Triumph Speed Triple R

Video: Ducati Monster 1200S vs Triumph Speed Triple R

Shocking as it may sound, it’s nearly a quarter of a century since the mould-breaking Ducati M900 Monster and Triumph Speed Triple 900 were launched at the end of 1993 to go on sale the following...

Kawasaki Ninja 650: 'More effective and appealing'

Kawasaki Ninja 650: 'More effective and appealing'

MCN is currently in Spain riding the new 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 which replaces the firm’s popular ER-6f and is the new faired brother to the 2017 Z650 MCN tested in December. TOP STORIES Video:...

Gallery: New BMW R1200GS 'Exclusive' and 'Rallye' ridden

Gallery: New BMW R1200GS 'Exclusive' and 'Rallye' ridden

Still out in sunny Spain, while we freeze in minus-degrees, is MCN's Adam Child spending time BMW's R1200GS 'Exclusive' and 'Rallye'.  Here's what our Senior Road Tester said pre-launch. And...

New BMW R1200GS 'Exclusive' and 'Rallye' launch incoming!

New BMW R1200GS 'Exclusive' and 'Rallye' launch incoming!

MCN’s Adam Child is once again enjoying the delights of sunny Spain testing BMW’s new pair of 2017 R1200GS models – the ‘Exclusive’ and ‘Rallye’. BMW had already made the GS Euro4 compliant at the...

Gallery: MCN takes the new Blade on track

Gallery: MCN takes the new Blade on track

Last weekend MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child went out to Portugal to get the first riding impressions of the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade and SP version.  Read what he thought here, watch the...

Gallery: Kawasaki Z650 vs Yamaha MT-07 vs Suzuki SV650

Gallery: Kawasaki Z650 vs Yamaha MT-07 vs Suzuki SV650

The new Honda Fireblade and Fireblade SP might be grabbing the headlines this week, but more people will buy one of these three bikes in 2017. TOP STORIES Suzuki GSX-S750 first ride: 'Hard to fall...

Five things we love about the 2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Five things we love about the 2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

We took Ducati's Desert Sled for a ride earlier this week in Almería and here's what we thought. 1. It’s not your typical Scrambler Today’s scramblers aren’t actually meant to go off-road. We all know...

New Honda Fireblade & Fireblade SP launch incoming!

New Honda Fireblade & Fireblade SP launch incoming!

MCN’s Senior Road tester Adam Child is the lucky one flying to Portugal to ride the new Honda Fireblade and Fireblade SP on track at Portimao this weekend. And also on test will be Dan Linfoot, Jason...

Triumph Street Scrambler first ride: "Smoother and more fun"

Triumph Street Scrambler first ride: "Smoother and more fun"

Everyone loves a scrambler. And everyone will love this. Triumph kicked off the retro scrambler platform back in 2006, paving the way for a new popular breed. Today’s trend veers towards fun, simple...

First Ride Incoming: Triumph Street Scrambler

First Ride Incoming: Triumph Street Scrambler

MCN’s Andy Davidson is flying out to Spain for the world launch of the Triumph Street Scrambler this weekend. Unveiled to the public at the Milan Show late last year, this latest adaptation of the...

The MCN test: Corporate Customs

The MCN test: Corporate Customs

Eventually, every trend is forced to break from its underground roots as commercialisation takes over. The anti-capitalist hippy generation soon saw their tie-dye T-shirts in mainstream shops...

The bikes that leave us shaking with adrenalin

The bikes that leave us shaking with adrenalin

These are three of the most exciting bikes on planet Earth. The growling RSV4 RF, screaming GSX-R600 and bonkers Hypermotard 939 SP all leave you shaking with adrenalin and breathless with lust after...

25 years of Akrapovic exhausts

25 years of Akrapovic exhausts

If you're in the market for an exhaust, chances are the name at the top of your wish list is Akrapovic. The company started out in a tiny workshop in Slovenia in 1991, the brainchild of racer Igor...

Battle of the Boxer twins

Battle of the Boxer twins

BMW’s flat-twin boxer engine has to be one of the most versatile motorcycle powerplants in production. The German firm has used it to power everything from tourers to sportsbikes, nakeds to retros,...

Video: Kawasaki Z1000SX launch

Video: Kawasaki Z1000SX launch

We were in the South of France recently enjoying some very English weather aboard Kawasaki’s Z1000SX that has been updated for 2017. Kawasaki got the mixture right with the original Z1000SX back in...

A week with the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak: Part four

A week with the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak: Part four

Built to commemorate Ducati's dominance at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Simon Hargreaves takes the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak on the longest hill climb of them all... Part three:...

Triumph Bonneville Bobber Madrid launch incoming

Triumph Bonneville Bobber Madrid launch incoming

We’ll be riding the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber at its world launch in Madrid on Monday. The Hinckley firm unveiled the latest addition to the Bonneville family at the trendy Printworks venue in...

2017 Kawasaki Z650 launch: Lighter and livelier

2017 Kawasaki Z650 launch: Lighter and livelier

The all-new Z650 features new aggressive styling, an all-new lightweight trellis frame and swing-arm, a 649cc parallel-twin engine derived from the ER, but which is now fully Euro4 compliant with more...

A week with the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak: Part three

A week with the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak: Part three

The busy week for the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak continues with a trip upto Cheshire and Oulton Park. Can the big touring bike hang with sportsbikes? Part two: Peterborough to the Peak...

2017 MT-09 launch update: First ride

2017 MT-09 launch update: First ride

As well as its aggressive new styling, Yamaha have upgraded the suspension on the 2017 MT-09 front and rear, and the big news is that it's a massive improvement. We spent yesterday riding the 2017...

What’s it like to ride a championship winning British Supersport Kawasaki ZX-6RR?

What’s it like to ride a championship winning British Supersport Kawasaki ZX-6RR?

The British championship winning ZX-6RR as ridden by Tarran Mackenzie shows a glimpse of how good a 600 could be. 16,000rpm, fast-handling, 145bhp… if only you could buy a 600 like this for the...

Launch update: 2017 Yamaha MT-09 - the six big changes

Launch update: 2017 Yamaha MT-09 - the six big changes

Late last night, Yamaha took the UK journalists on a trip to the dark side of Mallorca for the 2017 MT-09 press conference.  In a abandoned concert hall filled with graffiti and flaming oil...

2017 Yamaha MT-09 launch - we're leaving on a jet plane

2017 Yamaha MT-09 launch - we're leaving on a jet plane

Today we’re flying out to the Spanish island of Mallorca for the world press launch of the 2017 Yamaha MT-09. Now three years old, Yamaha have decided to give the popular 850cc triple-cylinder naked a...

We ride Dan Linfoot’s BSB Honda Fireblade

We ride Dan Linfoot’s BSB Honda Fireblade

The Honda BSB bike we’re riding is the last of the line for this model Fireblade, and the best it’s ever been. Despite being one of the oldest bikes on the grid, riders Dan Linfoot and Jason...

First ride of KTM’s new 1290 Super Duke R next week

First ride of KTM’s new 1290 Super Duke R next week

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the new, second-generation KTM 1290 Super Duke R at its world launch in Qatar on Monday.  It’s hard to believe, but the current model has been...

First ride: Kawasaki ZX-10RR

First ride: Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Next year will feel like the early 1990s all over again because the Japanese are back in force with limited-edition Rs, double Rs and SPs. All hail the return of the homologation special. Yamaha...

A week with the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak: Part two

A week with the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak: Part two

Part one of our week with the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak saw Andy Davidson late for work as he spiced his Monday morning commute up with a bit of off-road action. For the second installment the...

Hutchy's Superstock S1000RR ridden

Hutchy's Superstock S1000RR ridden

We are in a very privileged position; after weeks of begging phone calls to race teams and manufacturers, they finally gave in and allowed us to ride the hottest race bikes this side of...

First ride: Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX-10R

First ride: Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX-10R

There are three very distinct differences between a full-factory, WSB-winning machine and any bike with lights and indicators you’ve tried before, no matter how good.  Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki...

A week with the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak: Part one

A week with the Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peak: Part one

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is America’s version of our Isle of Man TT. It’s a race to the clouds, 14,115 feet above sea level to be exact, where a bunch of lunatics with motorcycles,...

Old Empire Motorcycles ‘Triumph’

Old Empire Motorcycles ‘Triumph’

Customs don’t come much more exclusive than this one-off commissioned by Triumph from UK-based Old Empire Motorcycles and built around the T120 Bonneville. Called, simply, ‘Triumph’, it’s based on a...

First ride: Motoinno TS3

First ride: Motoinno TS3

Bikes have worn telescopic forks for more than 100 years, and although they have evolved to the point that they work pretty well, they remain theoretically inferior to alternative front-end designs...

World first test: Motus MST

World first test: Motus MST

Tucked away in an industrial unit in Birmingham, Alabama is America’s most intriguing motorcycle manufacturer. Instead of building their new bike around a V-twin like Harley, Indian, Buell, Victory...

First Ride: Kawasaki Z1000SX - day one gallery & impressions

First Ride: Kawasaki Z1000SX - day one gallery & impressions

Day 1 We’ve had very English weather in the south of France today, with a healthy mix of rain, rain, and more rain following us at all times. But while this might not sound ideal, it's actually been...