First rides & tests

  • Triumph Thruxton R launch report

    07 March 2016 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • Triumph T120 Bonneville first ride

    07 March 2016 by Jon Urry

    Triumph T120 Bonneville first ride

    Live from the launch of the Triumph T120 Black and Thruxton R. It’s early in the morning in Portugal and Triumph has decided to ease us into the day with a ride on the new T120 Black rather than...

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  • Victory Octane First Ride

    02 March 2016 by Phil West

    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...

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  • Launch: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT ridden

    27 February 2016 by Adam Child

    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...

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  • Yamaha FJR1300 First Ride

    26 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha FJR1300 First Ride

    Two days of blasting around Spain’s Almeria race track and chasing twirling tarmac through the gorgeous, sun-drenched surrounding mountains wasn’t the test route I’d imagined for the Yamaha FJR1300...

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  • Yamaha MT-09 First Ride

    25 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha MT-09 First Ride

    The Yamaha MT-09 was the first bike in the revamped and now hugely successful MT range. Over the last two years Yamaha has sold over 20,000 MT-09s, paving the way for a wider range of capacities under...

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  • Launch: Ducati 939 Hypermotard

    24 February 2016 by Jon Urry

    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...

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  • Yamaha MT-03 First Ride

    24 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Yamaha MT-03 First Ride

    The Yamaha MT-03 marks the firm’s latest addition to the hugely popular and successful MT family. In a bid to attract newer riders and A2 licence holders Yamaha released the YZF-R3 back in 2015 and...

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  • Honda CBR500R and CB500F first ride

    23 February 2016 by Liam Marsden

    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...

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  • Yamaha FJR1300 first ride incoming

    23 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    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...

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  • 2016 Yamaha MT-09 first ride incoming

    23 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    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...

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  • Yamaha MT-03 first ride incoming

    23 February 2016 by Andy Davidson

    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...

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  • New Suzuki SV650 first ride

    22 February 2016 by Tony Hoare

    New Suzuki SV650 first ride

    Suzuki have gone back to basics with their revamped SV650. Once hugely popular, the SV was sidetracked when the curvy, futuristic design of the Gladius was revealed in late 2008 for the 2009...

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  • New ZX-10R takes on its rivals

    22 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • 2016 Triumph Tiger Explorer first ride

    15 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Triumph Explorer first ride incoming

    15 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    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...

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  • Video: Yamaha XSR900 first impressions

    03 February 2016 by Adam Child

    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...

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  • Launch: Yamaha XSR900 ridden

    31 January 2016 by Adam Child

    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...

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  • First ride: Ducati XDiavel

    29 January 2016 by Andy Downes

    First ride: Ducati XDiavel

    Ducati XDiavel redefines cruiser market Ducati have redefined the cruiser market with the all-new XDiavel which offers feet-forward riding fans an altogether different experience from traditional...

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  • Launch: MV Agusta Brutale 800

    27 January 2016 by Adam Child

    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...

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  • First Ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

    19 January 2016 by Emma Franklin

    First Ride: Triumph Speed Triple R

    Beneath the Speed Triple's squat new stance and glowering headlamps is a wholly revamped 1050cc engine, a full ride-by-wire system packing five rider modes, multi-level traction control and switchable...

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  • Triumph Speed Triple R first ride incoming

    18 January 2016 by Emma Franklin

    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...

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  • Kawasaki ZX-10R world launch

    17 January 2016 by Adam Child

    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...

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  • Video: Mugen Shinden ridden

    28 December 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Mugen Shinden ridden

    This summer the Mugen Shinden scored a win in the one-lap TT Zero race in the hands of John McGuinness with an average speed of 119.28mph. The Mugen, which first appeared at the TT back in 2012, is...

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  • Video: Energica Ego 45 first ride

    21 December 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Energica Ego 45 first ride

    The Energica Ego 45 is an electric superbike made in Modena, Italy, which produces 100Kw of power - similar to a 600cc sportsbike, but also weighs 280kg, thanks to the batteries. If you don't get too...

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  • Kawasaki J125 launch

    15 December 2015 by MCN News

    Kawasaki J125 launch

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child was at the launch of the Kawasaki’s all new J125 scooter around the city streets of Malaga.  Kawasaki launched their first ever scooter, the J300, only last...

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  • Video: Ducati 959 Panigale first ride

    11 December 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Ducati 959 Panigale first ride

    The new £13,250 Ducati 959 Panigale has the unenviable task of following up the utterly brilliant 899 Panigale, and with those exhausts the 959 was instantly on the back foot the moment the bike was...

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  • First ride: Triumph Street Twin

    07 December 2015 by Michael Neeves

    First ride: Triumph Street Twin

    Triumph’s new £7300 Street Twin is the first of five new-generation Bonnevilles to hit showrooms in 2016.  Arriving in dealers next month, the Street Twin is powered by a new 54bhp ‘high torque’...

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  • Triumph Street Twin launch

    07 December 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph Street Twin launch

    Triumph has announced more facts and figures for the Street Twin today: The 900cc ‘high torque’ motor makes a claimed 54bhp@5900rpm. It has 22% more power and 18% more torque than the old air-cooled...

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  • Triumph Street Twin launch incoming

    04 December 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Triumph Street Twin launch incoming

    MCN will be riding Triumph’s new Street Twin at its world launch in Valencia on Monday.  The Street Twin was unveiled at the end of October, as part of Triumph’s new five-bike modern classic...

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  • Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin launch

    04 December 2015 by Michael Guy

    Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin launch

    Africa Twin: Day two roundup – Off-road Following a day of road riding yesterday (scroll down), today saw us taking the new Africa Twin onto the rough stuff to really put its off-road credentials to...

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  • FIRST RIDE: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R

    02 December 2015 by Jeff Ware

    FIRST RIDE: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R

    After around 40 laps on the new ZX-10R at the world exclusive first launch in Australia I’m still trying to come to terms with just how good this bike is, and why. I’m a red-blooded sports bike fan,...

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  • First Ride: 2016 KTM 690 Duke

    29 November 2015 by Adam Child

    First Ride: 2016 KTM 690 Duke

    KTM have won more Moto3 races than any other manufacturer, and have already won seven world titles this year using a single cylinder engine. So it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the...

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  • World Launch: 2016 KTM 690 Duke / R

    28 November 2015 by Adam Child

    World Launch: 2016 KTM 690 Duke / R

    MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is at the launch of KTM’s new 690 Duke and 690 Duke R on the roads of Gran Canaria, and a the Maspalomas circuit on the island. MCN have already ridden the prototype...

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