First Ride

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  • Bangers & Mash: First Ride on Mash X-Ride Classic 650

    Bangers & Mash: First Ride on Mash X-Ride Classic 650

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    Is this Yamaha XT500 replica from France (via China) a worthy investment for retro bike fans? Or is it a case of style over substance for the A2 licence-friendly thumper?

  • QUICK SPIN! Kawasaki Z650RS

    QUICK SPIN! Kawasaki Z650RS

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    Following the (deserved) success of the retro-styled Z900RS, it was only a matter of time before Kawasaki brought out a middleweight version.  Late 2021 saw it finally arrive in the form of the Z650RS. Essentially a Z650 wearing a vintage dress, the Z joins a rapidly growing range of retro-styled 650s. We rode it out…

  • Ridden! Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin Adventure Sport

    Ridden! Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin Adventure Sport

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    Words: Dave Manning Although the looks are near identical to the standard version, the bike you see here is the Adventure Sports version of the Africa Twin and, as such, it has one or two upgrades, such as the larger 24.8-litre fuel tank, and the Showa EERA electronic suspension. Although it still has the same…

  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Benelli TNT 125

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Benelli TNT 125

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    Having first reviewed an earlier version of Benelli’s learner-legal pocket rocket some three years ago, Mau was interested to see how the latest reincarnation would compare. Way back then, this little growler won a special place in his heart with its balls-out extrovert approach to the learner-legal market. What – if anything – will have…

  • First Ride: 2020 Kawasaki Z1000SX Ninja

    First Ride: 2020 Kawasaki Z1000SX Ninja

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    By Dave Manning, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine Bringing the top model in Kawasaki’s sport tourer range into line with the rest of the road bike range – giving it the Ninja moniker – isn’t just a nostalgic reminder of bikes like the original 1984 GPz900R, but gives the new Z1000SX a sportier sell, alongside…

  • FIRST RIDE: KTM’s 390 Adventure – a 2020 motorcycle for the masses, no matter what you want to do.

    FIRST RIDE: KTM’s 390 Adventure – a 2020 motorcycle for the masses, no matter what you want to do.

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    We’ve got the first ride on the small Adventure. Insiders say the Austrians had been coaxing their friends in Pune, India to make a small-capacity ADV, something that tied in with all their Dakar wins, but partners at Bajaj weren’t sold on the idea. The one thing you cannot accuse Bajaj of is not having…

  • WORLD LAUNCH: Triumph’s Bonneville Thruxton RS for 2020. FIRST impressions.

    WORLD LAUNCH: Triumph’s Bonneville Thruxton RS for 2020. FIRST impressions.

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    Escaping the grey, dreary skies of Great Britain in January is always nice. And it’s even nicer if you get to experience some sunshine in Portugal aboard the new Triumph Thruxton RS. While the Thruxton has been a model name in the Hinckley factory’s line-up since 2004, it is only since the 2016 version was…

  • WORLD LAUNCH: Here it is. Our (brief) FIRST RIDE report on Yamaha’s NEW TMAX Tech MAX super scooter for 2020.

    WORLD LAUNCH: Here it is. Our (brief) FIRST RIDE report on Yamaha’s NEW TMAX Tech MAX super scooter for 2020.

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    We’re out in Portugal for the launch of the new Yamaha TMAX for 2020 – and we’ve just got back from a full day’s riding on the top of the line TMAX Tech MAX. And to give you the inside scoop on the new machine, here’s our (very brief) first riding impressions… Just for context,…

  • WORLD LAUNCH: We’re riding Yamaha’s 2020 TMAX on Wednesday. And we’ll be bringing YOU our FIRST RIDE impressions right HERE.

    WORLD LAUNCH: We’re riding Yamaha’s 2020 TMAX on Wednesday. And we’ll be bringing YOU our FIRST RIDE impressions right HERE.

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    MoreBikes is heading out to Portugal for the world launch of Yamaha’s next generation TMAX super scooter. And if you want the inside scoop of the Japanese factories new super scooter, stay tuned – because we’ll be bringing you our first riding impressions right here. First launched in 2001, the seventh generation of Yamaha’s flagship…

  • FIRST RIDE: Benelli Leoncino Trail

    FIRST RIDE: Benelli Leoncino Trail

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    Benelli is back in business with its electric mix of modern-retro metal – and building on the success of its recently reimagined Leoncino, the Italian factory has gone one step further and kitted it out for the dirt. Introducing Benelli’s Leoncino Trail.  There’s no denying the overwhelming popularity of the new breed of neo retro-styled…

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