Blog Section: Motorcycles

2015 Indian Roadmaster: The Chieftain Gets an Upgrade

Jul 30, 2014 View Comments by

The Roadmaster name comes straight from an Indian model produced between 1947 and 1953. That bike had a reputation as a great touring machine. In that same vein, the 2015 Roadmaster builds on the Indian Chieftain, which is already a first-class touring motorcycle. The most noticeable addition to the Chieftain is a large, built-in trunk, […]

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Polaris Slingshot: Business in the Front, Party in the Back…

Jul 29, 2014 View Comments by

It’s a car, it’s a bike, no—it’s the Slingshot! The Slingshot from Polaris is the answer to a question no one was asking—what happens when you cross a Can Am Spyder with a GM sedan? The Slingshot takes the two wheels in front, one in the back formula of the CanAm and a 2.4 liter […]

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2015 Kawasaki ZX-14R 30th Anniversary Edition

Jul 15, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re a big fan of team green and want to get your hands on a piece of motorcycling history, then you better act fast! Starting on July 15th (today) buyers can place their orders for a special 30th anniversary version of Kawasaki’s superbike, the ZX-14R. Only 300 of the anniversary models will be made, […]

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2015 Honda CB300F: The Baby CBR Gets Naked

Jul 14, 2014 View Comments by

Honda continues its all-out drive to lure new and younger riders into the sport with their latest model, the CB300F. As you could probably infer from its name, the CB300F is a naked version of the recently announced CBR300R, which takes the place of the previous CBR250R at the bottom of Honda’s street going lineup. […]

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Two (Wheels) are Better than One: Christini All Wheel Drive Motorcycles

Jul 08, 2014 View Comments by

In case you’re unfamiliar with Christini, they are to motorcycles what Subaru is to cars, well, sort of. Like Subaru automobiles, all Christini motorcycles are all-wheel drive. The company got its start designing all-wheel drive mountain bikes back in the 90s before building the first AWD motorcycle in 2002. The first production Christini AWD bike […]

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EBR 1190SX: Erik Buell’s Superfighter

Jul 04, 2014 View Comments by

Back in October we introduced you to Erik Buell Racing’s 1190RX, which is basically an (relatively) affordable version of EBR’s 1190RS exotic superbike. The RX promises to be perhaps the first truly competitive, all-American sportbike. Since its debut the RX has garnered plenty of praise in the press and it certainly looks to be living […]

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In Praise of British Experimentation

Jun 28, 2014 View Comments by

During a recent lecture, I discussed how in the early stages of our language there was an amazing amount of linguistic creativity. As an English teacher, I am intrigued by how those Medieval Brits were taking various language influences and melding them into something new and unique a millennium ago. This is true of the […]

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Yamaha Announces FZ-07

Jun 13, 2014 View Comments by

We were excited about Yamaha’s affordable and sporty new naked bike, the FZ-09, when it was announced last summer. With a powerful new inline triple and a MSRP under $8k, the FZ was a compelling bargain. But Yamaha isn’t stopping there. The Japanese company has recently announced the FZ-07, the 09’s little brother. A 689cc […]

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Oh Ducati, You’re Such a Tease….

Jun 11, 2014 View Comments by

A brand new Ducati Scrambler is coming….but it’s not here yet. That’s the basic point behind the Italian company’s most recent media release. The original Scramblers, manufactured between 1962 and 1974 were a range of single cylinder bikes made for the American market with capacities between 250 and 450cc and designed for dirt racing. Though […]

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BMW Concept Roadster

Jun 03, 2014 View Comments by

At last year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy BMW unveiled the Concept Ninety, which later went into production as the R nineT roadster. This year, the folks in Munich have unveiled another advanced roadster concept based around their iconic boxer engine, this time the water-cooled version. Called simply the Concept Roadster, the […]

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The Lightning LS-218 the Electric Superbike

May 26, 2014 View Comments by

Like it or not, electric bikes are here to stay. Whether they’ll eventually replace their fossil fuel powered brethren remains to be seen, but for now it seems like a new electron driven two-wheeler hits the market every few months. Watching this new technology as it grows and evolves is certainly exciting and the latest […]

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Motorcycle Design Problems: Finding Out the Hard Way

Apr 25, 2014 View Comments by

Last year, on the way back from RoadRUNNER’s Touring Weekend in Maggie Valley (this year’s Touring Weekend will be in Snowshoe, WV) I discovered a quirk particular to my specific brand and model of bike. Over the long weekend I’d already racked up around 1,000 miles and all that stood between me and home was […]

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2015 Honda NM4: Welcome to the Future

Apr 03, 2014 View Comments by

Well, we don’t have hoverboards yet, but soon we’ll have another new Honda (a small consolation). One way or another Big Red seems intent on dragging the motorcycle world into the future (there may or may not be kicking and/or screaming involved). Enter the NM4 with its futuristic, Bat Mobile like lines, fuel-efficient engine, and […]

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Time to Ride: How Long is Long Enough?

Mar 18, 2014 View Comments by

Here in North Carolina we seem to be straddling the front lines in the war between oncoming spring and a winter desperately trying to hold on. Our weather has been alternating between warm and sunny and cold and icy for the last month or so. For example, on Saturday it was bright and clear with […]

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2015 Yamaha SR400

Mar 16, 2014 View Comments by

Don’t let the model year on the “newest” Yamaha fool you; there’s nothing modern about this motorcycle. Power comes from a 399cc air-cooled single cylinder engine that requires a kick to get it going. That’s right, there’s no electric start at all (though it is fuel injected). With a fully fuelled weight of only 384 […]

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