First rides & tests

  • Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    08 February 2017 by MCN News

    Gallery: Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    When you call a bike Z900, and in so doing create the first Kawasaki to carry the name since the original Z1-successor from 1976, it had better be good. What you certainly don’t want it to be is...

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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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  • Video: 2017 Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    03 February 2017 by MCN News

    Video: 2017 Kawasaki Z900 first ride

    The new Kawasaki Z900 replaces the Z800 for 2017 to complete the new family of Zed roadsters which also includes the new Z650 and Z1000. With a 948cc engine derived from the Z1000 motor, the new Z900...

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  • First ride of Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000 incoming

    03 February 2017 by Michael Neeves

    First ride of Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000 incoming

    We’ll be riding the long-awaited new GSX-R1000 at its world launch at the Philip Island MotoGP circuit in Australia on Wednesday. Suzuki’s flagship superbike was last updated in 2012m but since then...

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  • Kawasaki Z900: A worthy successor to the Z800

    30 January 2017 by Phil West

    Kawasaki Z900: A worthy successor to the Z800

    MCN has just been riding the new 2017 Kawasaki Z900 at its world launch in Spain. The newcomer was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan last November and has been designed to replace the outgoing Z800...

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  • Kawasaki Z900: First ride incoming

    30 January 2017 by Phil West

    Kawasaki Z900: First ride incoming

    MCN guest tester Phil West is currently in Almeria in sunny, southern Spain where he’s just finished riding Kawasaki’s new Ninja 650, but there’s more to come from the Japanese giant (that’s Kawasaki,...

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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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  • Video: Kawasaki Z650 first ride

    23 January 2017 by MCN News

    Video: Kawasaki Z650 first ride

    The popular Kawasaki ER-6n is no more for 2017, replaced instead by the new Z650. The new Z650 is 17kg lighter, Euro4 compliant, has a lower seat height and centrally-mounted horizontal shock. 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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  • First Ride: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

    08 December 2016 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

    Hot on the heels of the Kawasaki Z650 launch, MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is now travelling from Seville to Fuerteventura to ride Ducati’s all-new Multistrada 950. The Multistrada 950 is aimed...

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  • 2017 Kawasaki Z650 first ride

    07 December 2016 by MCN News

    2017 Kawasaki Z650 first ride

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently out in sunny (well, sunnier than the UK right now) Spain, to ride the new 2017 Kawasaki Z650 naked middleweight, which replaces the firm's...

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