All of 2012's first ride reviews

With the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world today, what better time to reflect and look back at all the new bikes we've ridden this year


BMW

C evolution
It'll cover 60 miles, will do 75mph and takes 3 hours to charge. So what's the catch?
BMW C evolution electric scooter first ride review

HP4
It's just a pumped-up S1000RR, right? Well no, not exactly...
BMW HP4 track review
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Ducati

Ducati 1199 Panigale S
Take a successful formula that's worked for over two decades then throw it in the bin and start again, from scratch. Welcome to the Italian way of thinking.
Ducati 1199 Panigale S first ride review
Ducati 1199 Panigale S onboard lap (Yas Marina)
Living with a Ducati 1199 Panigale S
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Ducati Multistrada MTS1200 S Touring
In the world of motorcycle R&D, improving a Multistrada has to be one of the tougher jobs; it was already very good. Now, how, infront of an audience of eager, experienced and opinionated current owners, do you make it better?
Ducati Multistrada MTS1200 S Touring first ride review
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Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson Softail Slim
Obviously, it’s all about torque. Massive torque. A maximum 132NM of twisting force is delivered at just 3,250rpm. If you’ve never ridden a big cc Harley you need to think about that figure.
Harley-Davidson Softail Slim first ride review
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Harley-Davidson Sportster 72
The Sportster is the Ducati Monster of the H-D family – entry level. Although you can trace the Sportster’s roots back to the 1952 Model K (the first unit-construcion Harley) it was the 1957 XL with its overhead valves that started the Sportster family tree for real.
Harley-Davidson Sportster 72 first ride review
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HONDA

Honda Crosstourer
The Japanese are big on manners. It’s in their genes. So during the Crosstourer presentation when Honda alluded to the fact that this was the bike their customers had been asking for, we knew what they meant, even if they didn’t say it.
Honda Crosstourer first ride review

Honda Crosstourer DCT
It’s easy to spot as it doesn’t have a clutch lever and there’s a weird handbrake contraption on the left hand handlebar.
Honda Crosstourer DCT first ride review 
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Honda CR250L
It may look every inch the ferocious MX bike with lights but in all, it’s very, very unthreatening, very user friendly.
Honda CRF250L first ride review
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Husqvarna

Husqvaran TR650 Terra and TR650 Strada
The TR650 Terra and Strada are the second new models to be produced by Husqvarna since they were bought out by BMW.
Husqvarna TR650 Terra and Strada first ride review
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Kawasaki

Kawasaki Z800
Wading into the beefy middleweight sector with an extra 58cc but carrying a few more pounds too. Is the Z800 a knockout?
Kawasaki Z800 first ride review
 
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Kawasaki ZZR1400
The new ZZR1400 was launched at the Nardò Ring, a closed-doors testing facility in the south of Italy. A petrolhead's dream and the perfect place to put the new ZZR1400 through its paces.
Kawasaki ZZR1400 first ride review
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KTM

KTM 200 Duke
From six foot away, it looks every bit the big bike, it has a solid stance - the beefy forks, angled tank and intricate swingarm distract you from the tiny motor hidden within.
KTM 200 Duke first ride review
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KTM Duke 690
Manners aside, this engine is the most powerful production single ever offered. Powerful enough to win races yet friendly enough for a learner to ride.
KTM Duke 690 review

Suzuki

Suzuki GSR750 ABS
Put through its paces on the commute, endless A-roads and twisty country lanes - how does Suzuki's middleweight stack up on UK roads?
Suzuki GSR750 ABS first ride review
 
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Suzuki Hayabusa
Three figures speeds are the norm on Suzuki's 1340cc bruiser but is it just for straight-liners?
Suzuki Hayabusa first ride review
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Suzuki Inazuma 250 Street
Though ‘just’ a 250, the Inazuma is a substantial-looking bike. Unashamedly copying the lines of the 1340cc B-King, the Inazuma looks muscular enough to demand a second glance.
Suzuki Inaszume 250 Street first ride review
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Triumph

Triumph Daytona 675R
Forget 250s. This is the best handling bike you can buy.
Triumph 2013 Daytona 675R first ride review
 
Triumph 2013 Daytona 675R onboard lap (Cartagena) 
Triumph 2012 Daytona 675R review
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Triumph Speed Triple
Warp-Speed TT triple
Triumph Speed Triple first ride review
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Triumph Speed Triple R
So is the Speed Triple R worthy of its R status? Better suspension? Check. More stopping power? Check. Less weight? Check. Gratuitous amounts of carbon fibre? Check. A more powerful engine? Erm, well, no.
Triumph Speed Triple first ride review
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Triumph Street Triple R
Triumph's most popular bike gets a big update. There's a lot riding on this one.
Suzuki Street Triple R first ride review
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Triumph Tiger 1050 SE
The Tiger is the sort of bike you’d buy if you didn’t read the bike press and were lucky enough to be treated to an all day test ride. It melds a weird blend of sensible and sexy and, you know what? It carries it off, too.
Triumph Tiger 1050 SE first ride review
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Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200

From the onset, the design-goals were clear. The new bike had to be comfortable and easy to use for two people, it had to be durable and reliable and it had to be bristling with gadgets.
Triumph Explorer 1200 first ride review
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