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Video: KTM 1290 Super Adventure R | Review in Peru

This wasn’t just a press launch. KTM’s 1290 Super Adventure R gig in Peru was also a deeply rewarding challenge. Riding 200km in a desert on Dakar terrain, aboard a 160bhp, 240+kg adventure behemoth in 40-degree heat sounds like a job best left for Sam Sunderland, not some balding thirty-something with mild obesity.   160bhp let loose in a desert… Read more →

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Yamaha MT-10 SP Review

With the exception of Fatima Whitbread, brutal has never been associated with beautiful: a motto perfectly suited to Yamaha’s MT-10. An ingenious concoction of R1-derived sportiness and sheer naked lunacy has given us way more to cogitate than its Johnny Five aesthetics, proving that beauty isn’t purely skin deep. The daddy of the MT range hasn’t sold as well as… Read more →

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Ducati SuperSport Review

Hours after spanking the 2017 Triumph Street Triple RS in Barcelona, some of us were on a Vueling flight from BCN to Seville for the press launch of Ducati’s SuperSport. I wouldn’t recommend Vueling to your worst enemy – always late, filthy planes, making Ryanair seem like a trip to business class – although I would recommend the Ducati SuperSport.… Read more →

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2017 Triumph Street Triple RS Review

Head down, gut nestling the tank, needle canoodling the limiter at 145mph before braking for Catalunya’s turn one, I could well have been racing a pukka supersport weapon. But I wasn’t. I was riding the 2017 Triumph Street Triple RS, and it was dishing out some unbelievable tekkers.   Hinckley’s flagship model has sold over 50,000 units since its inception… Read more →

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Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: Online Reservation

Launched at the EICMA show in Milan last year, the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth – like so many bikes unveiled at the motorised über cattle market – didn’t get the attention it deserved at the time amidst a quagmire of fresh releases. The café racer is stuck in between another modern retro and a unique styling exercise, with Yamaha ably… Read more →

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All-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple

After weeks of teasing and game-changing assurances, Triumph has finally unveiled its 765cc naked roadster at another swanky shindig in London. It may look damn similar, but the 2017 Triumph Street Triple comes laden with prerequisite gizmos, fresh technology and components of splendour, which should take the ST back to the top of the middleweight pyramid.   I’ve always maintained that… Read more →

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber Review

I suppose I could compare Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber to mushrooms. Not those naughty magic ones, just simple everyday mushrooms that provide unconditional taste sensations to billions of people around the world. Having spent years neglecting ‘shrooms through a bizarre trepidation, I eventually sampled the blighters well into my 20s and was stunned by their taste, humble yet handsome flavour and… Read more →

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2017 Yamaha MT-09 Review

Working weekends is sometimes acceptable, particularly when it involves pulling mahoosive wheelies and shredding rubber in sunnier climes, and post-ride Spanish-spec G&Ts. You know, the goldfish bowls? As the front wheel returned from Earth’s troposphere for the umpteenth time that day, the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 convinced me this notion is entirely correct. Is this the ultimate roadster? If Yamaha’s MT… Read more →

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Spirit GP-Sport R: 180bhp + 140kg

2017 looks set to become the year of lavish, exclusive supermodels that most of us can merely dream of owning – whilst reaching for the tissues. Joining such extravagances as the Superleggera, Norton V4 and Ariel Ace R, the latest entrants are Spirit Motorcycles’ GP-Sport and GP-Street: hand-built British beauties that will surely go as well as they look given… Read more →

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Want to know more about the 2017 Yamaha MT-09?

You do? Oh, that’s bloody fantastic, because we’re off to the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 press launch next weekend. For next season, Yamaha has jazzed up the already very decent MT-09 package with a clear view to a sportier, more refined ride, adding a dash of aesthetical pleasuring in the process. It certainly looks sharper. There was a mild element of… Read more →

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Unveiled: Ariel Ace R

Manufacturers of insanely fast and naughty cars, Ariel has just unveiled the Ace R: an even more lavish version of the Honda V4-powered supernaked that’s hand-built in Somerset. The standard Ace is nothing short of stunning and this ‘R’ model will have you running for the Kleenex. The best bit? We’ll be riding it early next year. Mimicking the Atom’s… Read more →

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Norton V4 SS + V4 RR

You may well have already seen Norton’s all-new V4 in recent days. MCN had another world exclusive – for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, MCN – but, because not everyone reads MCN, here are some more alluring Norton nuggets. After five fairly unsuccessful but imperative years testing at the TT, Norton has just… Read more →