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First rides & tests

  • Yamaha TMAX world launch incoming!

    23 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Honda X-ADV first ride incoming

    22 February 2017 by Liam Marsden

    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...

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  • Indian Ride Command system tested

    21 February 2017 by Phil West

    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...

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  • Indian Roadmaster Classic first ride

    21 February 2017 by Richard Newland

    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...

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  • Video: Ducati SuperSport first ride

    20 February 2017 by Michael Neeves and Liam Marsden

    Video: Ducati SuperSport first ride

    Update, February 14, 5:30pm After a three hour 80km road ride in wet conditions on the standard SuperSport model Neevesy reckons the bike leans much more to the sporty side of the spectrum: "I was...

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  • Testing times for 2017 KTM adventure weapons

    17 February 2017 by Adam Child

    Testing times for 2017 KTM adventure weapons

    MCN’s Senior Road Tester Adam Child has packed his bags and is heading to Corsica to ride KTM’s powerful 1290 Super Adventure S and the new 1090 Adventure. The powerful Super Adventure first appeared...

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  • Gallery: 2017 Ducati SuperSport first ride

    16 February 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: 2017 Ducati SuperSport first ride

    Ducati's new SuperSport impressed Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves, although he was surprised by just how sporty it is. Neevesy rode the base SuperSport model on the roads surrounding the Monteblanco...

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  • Ducati SuperSport: Your questions answered

    16 February 2017 by Michael Neeves and Liam Marsden

    Ducati SuperSport: Your questions answered

    What’s the wind protection like from such a small screen? It is relatively small, but it’s adjustable and on the fast A-roads and motorways we tested the bike it was fine. There was no buffeting and...

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  • Ducati SuperSport first ride incoming

    10 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati SuperSport first ride incoming

    We’ll be riding the new Supersport at its world launch next Tuesday in Spain, on the road and at the Monteblanco circuit. The new 937cc V-twin machine should be the answer to many sportsbike riders’...

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  • 2017 Triumph Street Triple first ride incoming!

    10 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    2017 Triumph Street Triple first ride incoming!

    We’ll be riding the new 765cc Street Triple at its world launch on Monday on the road and at the magnificent Catalunya MotoGP circuit. It’s hard to believe the out-going 675cc Street Triple is a...

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  • Kawasaki Z1000SX old vs new

    04 February 2017 by Adam Child

    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...

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  • Gallery: MCN takes the new Blade on track

    25 January 2017 by MCN News

    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...

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  • Video: Suzuki GSX-S750 first ride

    24 January 2017 by MCN News

    Video: Suzuki GSX-S750 first ride

    The new Suzuki GSX-S750 is replacing the GSR750 for 2017, and in the process taking on the difficult task of challenging the leading bikes in the competitive middleweight naked category. MCN...

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  • First Ride Incoming: Triumph Street Scrambler

    13 January 2017 by Andy Davidson

    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...

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  • First Ride Incoming: Triumph Street Cup

    13 January 2017 by Andy Davidson

    First Ride Incoming: Triumph Street Cup

    We’ll be riding Triumph’s new Street Cup at the world launch in Seville this weekend. Essentially a Street Twin, Triumph has fitted a variety of mods to create an all-new café racer for 2017. Taking...

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  • The MCN test: Corporate Customs

    07 January 2017 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • The bikes that leave us shaking with adrenalin

    02 January 2017 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • 25 years of Akrapovic exhausts

    31 December 2016 by MCN News

    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...

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  • Battle of the Boxer twins

    31 December 2016 by Jon Urry

    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,...

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  • Video: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 launch

    23 December 2016 by MCN News

    Video: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 launch

    Perfect conditions on the volcanic island of Fuerteventura set the scene nicely for us to navigate the countless mountain hairpins, dual carriageways and through picturesque villages all aboard...

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  • Video: Kawasaki Z1000SX launch

    20 December 2016 by MCN News

    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...

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  • Ducati Multistrada 950 first ride

    09 December 2016 by Adam Child

    Ducati Multistrada 950 first ride

    We’ve just finished a long day’s riding in perfect conditions in Fuerteventura, covering 120miles around the volcanic island. Ducati’s new 950 Multistrada has taken on countless mountain hairpins,...

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