New Bike: The Break In

Nov 10, 2014 View Comments by

For most riders, myself included, a brand new bike is something special. I made a rare and nearly spur-of-the-moment decision a few weeks ago when I purchased a 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 after a brief test ride. One of my favorite dealerships had a V-Strom and a Yamaha Super Ténéré available for test rides, and […]

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Five Things to Remember When Riding a New Bike for the First Time

Feb 11, 2014 View Comments by

Whether it’s a dirty, 20 year old dual sport you found on Craigslist or a shiny new cruiser on the showroom floor, taking a bike that’s new to you out for the first time can be an intimidating experience. Sure, you know how to ride, but each bike has its own quirks and peculiarities that […]

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2014 Kawasaki Z1000

Nov 05, 2013 View Comments by

In Japanese, the word sugomi implies “someone or something that inspires awe, leaves an indelible impression, is daunting in stature or ability, and commands respect.” It is also Kawasaki’s design theme for the 2014 Z1000, which was intended to invoke the looks of “a predatory animal stalking its prey.” And if that’s what they were […]

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The Epiphany

Oct 26, 2013 View Comments by

Ever have sudden clarity of thought which compels you to take immediate action to address a previously acceptable situation? I had exactly that happen recently while on a short summer’s evening ride on my Ducati 1000 Monster. I was returning home and life was good. And then it hit me, about ninety percent of my […]

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Not Just Yet

Oct 20, 2013 View Comments by

Big Red’s odometer is ticking close to 70,000 miles and increasingly I find myself considering what will be next. I look at all types of bikes at the dealership and usually fantasize about making a change. The decision will be based in part on the commute I end up having as I am in the […]

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Ducati Unveils New 899 Panigale

Sep 11, 2013 View Comments by

Ducati’s formidable 1199 Panigale just became a big brother. At the VW group night just prior to the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Ducati announced the new 899 Panigale, calling it a “super-mid” edition of the range topping 1199. The new bike is powered by an 899cc 90-degree Superquadro V-twin pumping out a […]

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2014 Yamaha FJR 1300ES

Sep 10, 2013 View Comments by

Slowly but surely the venerable FJR is climbing the technological ladder that’s usually dominated by European machines. For 2014 Yamaha’s sport-touring bike gets electronically adjustable suspension as well as this lovely candy red color. The new suspension offers quickly switchable preload settings for single rider, single rider with luggage, two-up, and two-up with luggage. There […]

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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS

Sep 06, 2013 View Comments by

Rolling in with a host of upgrades, Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000 looks to be even better in 2014. The list of improvements is long (several pages, in fact) and starts with an unspecified increase in power and torque from the 1,043cc inline-four. Next on the list is new three-mode KTRC Traction Control and selectable power modes […]

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