First rides & tests

First Ride: Yamaha's bonkers YXZ1000R breaks free

First Ride: Yamaha's bonkers YXZ1000R breaks free

Yamaha can do no wrong at the moment. From superbikes and super-nakeds to super-value retros, their range of ‘crossplane philosophy’ vehicles are as popular as they are diverse. Which brings us neatly...

Yamaha Tracer 700 First Impressions

Yamaha Tracer 700 First Impressions

Just stopped for lunch at the stunning Belvedere view point on the incredible Col dei Rossi, and Yamaha's new Tracer 700 has been the perfect partner so far.  It's really light and effortless to...

Dream ticket - MCN rides the Suter MMX500

Dream ticket - MCN rides the Suter MMX500

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is in Germany at the demanding Lausitzring today, and is about to ride the stunning two-stroke Suter MMX500 race bike, fresh from the Isle of Man TT. Our very own...

Speed Triple S v GSX-S1000 v Z1000

Speed Triple S v GSX-S1000 v Z1000

You know the feeling. Your mate has just bought a brand new bike, the bike he’s been banging on about for ages. He then turns up on your drive bursting with pride and beckons you out of the house to...

Gallery: Riding the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Honda Fireblade

Gallery: Riding the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Honda Fireblade

Enjoying the sun and delights of the Isle of Man? The MCN road test team were on the rock before practice week riding Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 and Honda’s Fireblade. TOP STORIES First ride: 2017 KTM EXC...

First ride: Bultaco Brinco R

First ride: Bultaco Brinco R

To most people Bultaco means one thing and that’s trials bikes. Incredibly successful in the 1960s and '70s, the marque went on to dominate the sport with eight world titles and four Scottish six-day...

Launch video: Triumph Tiger Sport 1050

Launch video: Triumph Tiger Sport 1050

Here's MCN's Senior Road Tester Adam 'Chad' Child in the South of France with Triumph's new Tiger Sport 1050. For more of our motorcycle videos head over to our YouTube page here.  Looking to buy...

First ride: Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S

First ride: Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider S

I know what you’re thinking: they’ve done this ‘bad and black’ thing before. Remember 1995’s laughable Bad Boy? Or the 1998 Night Train? Or perhaps the 2008 Springer-fronted Cross Bones? All of those...

World first test: SWM RS650R

World first test: SWM RS650R

Instead, serious round-the-world riders are using smaller-capacity singles including favourites such as the ancient-but-capable Suzuki DRZ400, Yamaha XT660 or the current KTM 690 Enduro...

Triumph Thruxton R v Norton Dominator SS

Triumph Thruxton R v Norton Dominator SS

We’ve been in love with the Thruxton since it’s launch but how does it compare against that other great British icon, the Norton... They might both be the best of British but the Triumph and Norton...

First ride: Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro

First ride: Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro

Here’s a flattracker you can ride every day. The £8995 Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro is the latest addition to the Scrambler family. Ducati’s Scrambler range has been a phenomenal success, from the...

Yamaha MT-10 launch incoming

Yamaha MT-10 launch incoming

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is going to be in Spain later this week for the launch of Yamaha’s eagerly awaited MT-10. Essentially an R1 without a fairing, the MT-10 is tuned to deliver...

Benelli BN251 launch kicks off

Benelli BN251 launch kicks off

Like so many Italian motorcycle manufacturers, Benelli’s 105 year history contains more peaks and troughs than a rollercoaster ride. However, since the firm was taken over by the Chinese Qianjiang...

Honda 2016 NC750X launch

Honda 2016 NC750X launch

Honda’s NC750X has become a consistently big seller for the company and the new 2016 model improves on the outgoing model in almost every regard. Key changes to the suspension, the Dual Clutch...

Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride

Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride

Live from the launch of Ducati’s first true adventure bike We're half-way through the debut of Ducati’s first proper off-road adventure bike, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, and even with just 50 miles...

Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride incoming

Ducati Multistrada Enduro first ride incoming

It’s easy to explain what Ducati’s new Multistrada 1200 Enduro is. It’s a Multistrada 1200 S with added Enduro. In other words, Ducati have taken the 1200 S – even down to an almost identical 160bhp,...

Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber and Roamer first ride

Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber and Roamer first ride

This week Moto Guzzi celebrated its 95th birthday, which is quite a milestone and it is thanks to this long history that the company is currently going through something of a resurgence. The trend for...

Honda NC750X launch preview

Honda NC750X launch preview

Honda’s updated NC750 range, along with the Integra scooter, will be tested by MCN later this week in Spain so here is a recap of the changes made to the big-selling range of bikes. The actual riding...

Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber & Roamer

Launch: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber & Roamer

The current craze for retro bikes should be playing right into the hands of Moto Guzzi as few two-wheeler manufacturers can call on such a wealth of heritage. So, with this in mind, Guzzi have played...

Triumph Thruxton R launch report

Triumph Thruxton R launch report

Live from the launch of the Triumph T120 Black and Thruxton R. After a gentle morning on the T120 Black, the pace certainly picked up with the arrival of the Thruxton R this afternoon. Compared to the...

Victory Octane First Ride

Victory Octane First Ride

The rebirth of historic American marque Indian by new owners Polaris may have been a huge success (its Chief and Scout models have already taken a big enough chunk of the US market to make Harley sit...

Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

KTM launched their all-new 178bhp sports touring 1290 Super Duke GT in Majorca, Spain this weekend, and MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child was there to put it though its paces. The new GT uses the...

Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

Ducati’s impractical – and hysterically entertaining to ride – Hypermotard range has been given even more potency for 2016 with all three models (Hypermotard, Hypermotard SP and Hyperstrada) gaining a...

Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

The CB500 range gets only minor upgrades for 2016, predominantly in the styling department, but changes to the air flow and exhaust have made the engine more enthusiastic and free revving, which makes...

Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

MCN is on the world launch of Yamaha’s new MT-03 and updated MT-09 and FJR1300. Today MCN are testing the MT-03 and updated MT-09 with first ride reports to follow, tomorrow Staff writer Andy Davidson...

2016 Yamaha MT-09 first ride incoming

2016 Yamaha MT-09 first ride incoming

MCN is on the launch of Yamaha’s updated MT-09 today, where we will be testing the 2016 model for the first time.  The MT-09 has remained practically the same for 2016. Priced at £7,349, the...

Yamaha MT-03 first ride incoming

Yamaha MT-03 first ride incoming

The long awaited MT-03 marks the latest addition to the hugely successful MT family. It bridges the gap between the single-cylinder MT-125 and parallel-twin MT-07 by offering riders a step-up bike...

New ZX-10R takes on its rivals

New ZX-10R takes on its rivals

To find out if Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R has what it takes to beat its rivals, we’ve begun a week-long comparison test, which starts at MCN’s Peterborough HQ today and finishes at the Alcarras circuit in...

Video: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R top speed run

Video: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R top speed run

Go onboard with the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R as senior road tester Adam Child takes it on a top speed run at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground.

2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer first ride

2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer first ride

Triumph has combined state of the art electronics with a host of chassis, engine and comfort upgrades to transform its big adventure bike. It might look the Tiger Explorer we know and love on the...

Triumph Explorer first ride incoming

Triumph Explorer first ride incoming

We’re at the world launch of Triumph’s new Explorer. We get to ride the all-singing off-road (XCA) version tomorrow, but tonight Triumph are letting us know what makes the new bike tick. The new...

Video: Yamaha XSR900 first impressions

Video: Yamaha XSR900 first impressions

The new Yamaha XSR900 is set to be one of the most highly anticipated bikes of 2016. With its MT-09 derived engine and ticking plenty of boxes in the looks department, this bike is a recipe for a...

Launch: Yamaha XSR900 ridden

Launch: Yamaha XSR900 ridden

MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child is on the launch of Yamaha’s new XSR900 in sunny Fuerteventura. The eye-catching XSR is based on Yamaha’s successful MT-09 and comes from the same Yamaha Sport...

Launch: MV Agusta Brutale 800

Launch: MV Agusta Brutale 800

MV Agusta are currently launching their stunning new 800 Brutale in Spain – and MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child has a full days riding ahead on the stunning roads around Malaga and Ronda. The...

Triumph Speed Triple R first ride incoming

Triumph Speed Triple R first ride incoming

Morning from a bright but cool Monday in Tarragona, Spain for the launch of the new Triumph Speed Triple R. The range-topping 1050 naked  has been given a thorough refresh for 2016, and it goes...

Kawasaki ZX-10R world launch

Kawasaki ZX-10R world launch

Kawasaki’s all new ZX-10R is about to be launched at Sepang, Malaysia and MCN Senior Road Tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child is the lucky man to be riding the bike in the scorching 38-degree heat. The ZX-10R...