Blog Section: Motorcycles

Kawasaki Announces New 2018 Models

Dec 01, 2017 View Comments by

Kawasaki announces new models for 2018 line-up including the Z900RS, Ninja® 400, Ninja H2™SX, Ninja H2™SX SE, and the Ninja® ZX™-10R SE. Highlights of the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS: Strong, Smooth In-Line Four Engine NEW Kawasaki Tuned Exhaust Note Lightweight Trellis Frame Z1-Inspired iconic styling $??? TBD The new Kawasaki Z900RS is the brand’s long awaited […]

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KTM’s 2018 Street Model Line-Up

Nov 29, 2017 View Comments by

KTM announced details of its 2018 North American street model lineup at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in Long Beach, California. Highlighting the lineup was the debut of the 2018 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S for the North American market, while also showcasing its full line of NAKED, ADVENTURE and SUPERSPORT machines. Additionally, […]

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2018 BMW K 1600 B: A Fresh Perspective

Nov 17, 2017 View Comments by

Since its earliest days, BMW motorcycles have fostered a reputation as touring mounts, the machines synonymous with world travel and adventure. There is really only one category in which the German mark hasn’t had a presence: the realm of heavy cruiser in the great American landscape. That’s about to change with the introduction of the […]

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2018 Honda Gold Wing Video and Timeline

Nov 14, 2017 View Comments by

HONDA GOLD WING TIMELINE 1972 A team led by Soichiro Irimajiri develops the M1 prototype (also known as Project 371), a flat-six, 1,470cc precursor of the Gold Wing. 1974 The first Gold Wing—the 1975 GL1000 KO—makes its public debut at the Cologne Show in Germany. Developed by Toshio Nozue (also responsible for the CB750), the […]

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Michelin Announces Road 5 Motorcycle Tire

Nov 14, 2017 View Comments by

The MICHELIN® Road 5 is designed for sport touring motorcycles with patented technologies that provide riders with enhanced grip, comfort, and stability, particularly in wet conditions. Available in January, the MICHELIN Road 5 incorporates patented XST Evo siping and ACT+ technology to add a new dimension of confidence in wet and dry conditions over the […]

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Motorcycle Film – A Man in La Mancha

Nov 13, 2017 View Comments by

A life-tired and timid accountant is shaken from his complacency when his son is killed while serving in Iraq. In the emotional aftermath the father discovers his son was planning a motorcycle trip when he returned from the war; to retrace the route of his hero, Don Quixote. In an unexpected and uncharacteristic turn, the […]

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Public Auction of the Late John Parham’s Barn Finds

Oct 09, 2017 View Comments by

ANAMOSA, IA – The lot list for the Parham Barn’s Auction posted online recently. The family of John Parham, founder of J&P Cycles, will hold an auction of Parham’s “barn finds” – personal property that’s never been shown in the National Motorcycle Museum. The Live and Online auction will be from John’s “back barns” with motorcycles, […]

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS: Better Than Ever

Sep 07, 2017 View Comments by

Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000 ABS sport-touring model was first introduced in 2014. For 2017, the model has been revamped and updated in a number of significant ways. The bodywork and gas tank have been redesigned with a sharper cowl, more closely resembling Kawi’s supersport models, along with updated turn signals and front fender. Chin spoilers were […]

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2018 Kymco New Model Lineup: Smaller Displacement, Still as Fun!

Sep 05, 2017 View Comments by

Now in its 54th year of manufacturing, Kymco continues to be a global leader in producing scooters and small motorcycles under its own name, and engines for the likes of BMW and Kawasaki. The last few years, the Taiwanese company has sold many side-by-sides and ATVs and has even won two GNCC and WORCS championships […]

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2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer: Sibling Rivalry

Aug 29, 2017 View Comments by

The Racer has a half-fairing with a small windshield, clip-on handlebar, and a solo saddle. It is intended to recall the superbike era of the 1970s and ‘80s, which featured models such as the R90S, and its engine is reminiscent of the powerplants used in the BMW Motorrad Boxer Cup. With its aggressive racer-tuck riding […]

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RoadRUNNER Project Bike: 2015 Suzuki GSX-S750

Aug 16, 2017 View Comments by

Comparatively small, very agile, smooth, and very fun to ride. Out of the box the GSX-S750 is a solid motorcycle considering it costs about $8,500, but it won’t win any awards. There’s just nothing fancy worth drooling over. Yet it still provides the exhilaration curve-devouring junkies desire. After a season with the stock setup, I […]

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Going Electric Off-Road: The 2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

Aug 04, 2017 View Comments by

KTM is getting a jump on the electric off-roader market. The company recently announced a pilot program in North America for its Freeride E-XC, an electric version of the Freeride 250R. The E-XC’s easily removable KTM PowerPack uses a 260V, 2.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in 80 minutes. The bike has […]

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The Evolution of an Adventure Bike

Jul 20, 2017 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER reader Rich King has been documenting the evolution of his Suzuki DR650 from a stock bike to an adventure bike and wrote in to share the process with our readers. I learned how to drive a 1928 Chevy truck when I was 11, and with my grandpa’s help rebuilt it at 17. I’ve loved working […]

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2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R: A Serious Dual Sport

Jul 19, 2017 View Comments by

It’s the most off-road-capable model bearing the Adventure name. The 1190 is no longer, having been replaced by the 1290 Super Adventure R with an increase in displacement. Visually, the Super looks similar to the 1190. The lighter, more agile 1090 Adventure R is more enduro than travel yet still puts out 125 hp. Packed […]

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2016 Suzuki Boulevard C90T: Effortlessly Easy

May 27, 2017 View Comments by

Suzuki’s top-of-the-line touring V-twin hasn’t changed much in the past few years, but it’s a solid platform for effortless roaming of backroads, with plenty of opportunity for customization. This model has been tested over the past year, mainly in the Southeast, with plenty of curves in the Appalachians, coastal roads, and sweltering heat and humidity.

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