Blog Section: Motorcycles

Coming Soon: The Honda CRF1000L

May 16, 2015 View Comments by

The Africa Twin is Back! – Honda’s Africa Twin is a legendary bike that’s been out of production for a dozen years or so now. The motorcycling world has missed the Dakar bred dual sport since its departure, especially with the rise in popularity of the adventure segment over the last few years. Well, the […]

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A True “Time Capsule” Motorcycle

May 13, 2015 View Comments by

A Never-started Velocette Motorcycles are meant to be ridden. As this adage is most certainly true, finding a classic that is intact and exactly as it left the factory is exceedingly rare and intriguing. The 1967 Velocette competition off-road motorcycle in the pictures is just such an exotic. When I happened upon the singular example […]

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2015 Yamaha TMAX: A Sporty Scooter?

Feb 23, 2015 View Comments by

Yamaha calls the all new 2015 TMAX the “sportbike of scooters”—a title we’ll withhold judgment on until we get a chance to ride it—though a glance at the spec sheet seems promising. The TMAX is powered by a completely new 530cc liquid cooled and fuel injected twin, which according to Yamaha is optimized for both […]

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2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse

Feb 21, 2015 View Comments by

The first 2016 model Indian is a stripped down, blacked out version of the highly successful Chief. Called the Dark Horse, the new bike ditches the bright paint and shiny chrome of the Chief Classic for a blacked out engine, pipes, bars, and pretty much everything else, to go with a matte black paint scheme. […]

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First Impressions of a New Bike: The Breva

Jan 18, 2015 View Comments by

*Editor’s note: The opinions reflected in the following piece are those of the author only. Think of her as an easygoing, Italian grandmother in a vivid red dress. She’s the one who makes you cakes, takes you to the park, and holds your hand when you’re sick in bed. As a machine, she has the red […]

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Interview with Chad Dappert of All Seasons Electric Vehicles

Jan 05, 2015 View Comments by

Most motorcyclists have come to realize that electric bikes are destined to be a part of the future of motorcycling. Companies like Zero and Brammo have been selling battery-powered bikes for several years now, and consumers may believe that one of these bikes is their only option if they want to leave gasoline behind. There […]

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Motorcycle Relationships: In it for the Long Haul

Dec 27, 2014 View Comments by

Some guys seem to switch motorcycles like they change clothes: never satisfied with the one they’ve got. Others will stick by a good bike through thick and thin, in spite of the machine’s faults and weaknesses. I fall into the second category, if only because my wallet isn’t fat enough to support any other habit. […]

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2015 BMW F 800 R: Roadster Updates

Dec 09, 2014 View Comments by

BMW’s mid displacement roadster is another of the German company’s models to get a refresh for 2015. To begin with, the bike’s 798cc parallel twin engine gets a modest bump in power from 87 to 90 horsepower; torque remains the same at 63 pound-feet. To further improve acceleration the transmission’s first two gears get shorter […]

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How the Police See Motorcyclists

Dec 02, 2014 View Comments by

While recently trolling the endless depths of the Internet, I came across an interesting document. It’s the guidelines set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for law enforcement officers conducting traffic stops on motorcyclists. The opening sentence of the document’s introduction reads like this, “Motorcycles are becoming a greater concern for law enforcement […]

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It’s Electric! My First Ride on a Zero

Nov 25, 2014 View Comments by

When I first heard about battery-powered motorcycles several years ago, I was more than a bit skeptical. Automobiles, after all, receive far more R & D dollars than motorcycles, and practical electric cars are (debatably) just now reaching the market. I also figured that the weight penalty of heavy batteries would be even more pronounced […]

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2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200: DVT Upgrade

Nov 17, 2014 View Comments by

The biggest update to the 2015 Multistrada is, at least according to Ducati, a first for the motorcycle industry—variable valve timing with independent exhaust and intake camshafts. Ducati calls it Desmodronic Variable Timing (DVT), and the company says it optimizes the engine’s power delivery with better throttle response across the entire rev range, enhanced low […]

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2015 BMW S 1000 XR: Sport Touring Royalty

Nov 11, 2014 View Comments by

The recipe for BMW’s newest touring machine reflects a current industry-wide trend. It goes something like this: take a liter bike, in this case BMW’s excellent S 1000 RR, remove some fairings, retune the engine, give it an upright seating position with a wide handlebar, and, voila, you’ve got a potent, naked bike (the BMW […]

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2015 Yamaha FJ-09: The FZ Gets Civilized

Nov 09, 2014 View Comments by

Last year the motorcycling world was set ablaze by the mid-size, budget priced Yamaha FZ-09 naked bike. Powered by a potent 847cc inline-triple with a MSRP under $8k, the FZ certainly offers a lot of bang for the buck. Building on that success, Yamaha just unveiled a new touring bike based on the FZ called […]

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Ducati World Premier Live Stream

Nov 03, 2014 View Comments by

What does Bolgona have in store for 2015? Tune in below to find out!    

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2015 Kawasaki Versys Models: More Versatile than Ever

Oct 30, 2014 View Comments by

Kawasaki’s do-it-all street bike lineup gets a number of updates and improvements across three distinct models. First up is the base Versys 650 ABS. Beginning the long list of “news” for the Versys is revised styling on the bike’s front end. The look is certainly more aggressive with the likeness of a somewhat angry, alien […]

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