Blog Section: Motorcycles

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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Yamaha Super Ténéré Gets Updates for 2014

Mar 12, 2014 View Comments by

Since its introduction to the U.S. market in 2012, the Yamaha Super Ténéré has gone basically unchanged. This year, however, a series of thoughtful updates as well as a new ES model keep the Super Ten a relevant option in the highly competitive large displacement adventure category. Highlighting the changes are revisions to the Ténéré’s […]

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Harley-Davidson Unveils New Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T

Mar 11, 2014 View Comments by

Though they’re nowhere close to the model releasing pace of Honda, Harley-Davidson has been on what is, for them, an absolute tear. With the Project RUSHMORE updates and the all-new Street series that came out in late 2013, the motor company has announced two more new models for 2014. Low Rider A well-known Harley model […]

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2015 Ducati Diavel: The Italian Power Cruiser

Mar 05, 2014 View Comments by

In a press release rife with Italian hyperbole Ducati has announced several updates to its “sport cruiser” for the 2015 model year. These improvements mostly focus on the Diavel’s engine, though peak power figures haven’t changed much. The 11º Testastretta Duel Spark engine (also seen in various states of tune in the Multistrada and Monster […]

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Lotus C-01: A Limited Production Superbike

Feb 22, 2014 View Comments by

Lotus is not famous for making motorcycles, in fact they’ve never made one before, but the small British company is well known for their lightweight, great handling sports cars. For the past two years, however, they’ve been working on this, the C-01, and it promises to be quite the performer. The bike is a joint […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Feb 14, 2014 View Comments by

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Motorcycles can be romantic too!   Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!   Want to receive free Touring Tips, reviews, deals and contests, and additional content? Sign up for your free newsletter now!

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2015 Victory Gunner: The Bobber is Back

Feb 08, 2014 View Comments by

Are you a serious rider with a soft spot for that classic bobber style? If so, you’re the target market for Victory’s newest model, the 2015 Gunner. Though it doesn’t take the shape of traditional bobbers in that it retains a front fender, albeit a small one, and the tail isn’t particularly “bobbed,” the Gunner […]

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2014 Honda CBR650F

Feb 07, 2014 View Comments by

Honda seems to have no intention on letting up with the release of new model after new model, and here is the latest, the CBR650F. Honda calls it “an affordable middle-weight sport bike” and with its 649cc in-line four, it certainly looks to fit that billing. Unlike a pure sport bike, however, the engine is […]

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2014 Honda CB1100 and CB1100 Deluxe

Feb 06, 2014 View Comments by

Headlining the updates to Honda’s reincarnation of the classic CB750 is a new six-speed transmission that replaces the five-speed unit in the previous model. This should increase the bike’s comfort and fuel economy. There’s also a new meter package with gear position indicator, MPG readout, and trip function. The base CB will come exclusively in […]

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2014 Honda Interceptor

Feb 06, 2014 View Comments by

It’s official; the Honda VFR 800 is coming to the U.S. as the 2014 Interceptor. Honda fans are sure to rejoice as the V-four powered sport-touring machine finds its way to American roads. The base model Interceptor will feature a 782cc VTEC V-four engine, Pro Arm single sided swingarm, adjustable Pro-Link rear suspension, pre-load adjustable […]

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2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster

Feb 05, 2014 View Comments by

The press kit for the new Brutale 800 Dragster is about as Italian as they come with multiple references to things like “emotional freedom” and “motorcycling passion” along with the obligatory personification of the motorcycle as some sort of pre-historic monster. They can’t help it. This is, after all, the country that has produced some […]

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Image Issues: Motorcycling in the Media

Feb 03, 2014 View Comments by

1953’s The Wild One starring Marlon Brando was arguably the beginning of what has now become more than half a century’s worth of negative motorcyclist stereotypes. Many people still react with fear and anxiety when a group of “bikers” shows up in their rear-view mirror. Of course, this unfavorable image hasn’t been entirely manufactured by […]

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2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

Jan 29, 2014 View Comments by

Not even a month into 2014 and already a mid-year refresh of the venerable KLR 650 has been announced by Kawasaki. Though the changes are all fairly minor, they are worth mentioning on a model that’s changed little since its introduction in 1987. In fact, the trusty dual sport went a solid 20 years between […]

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