Metzeler Roadtec O1 Sport-Touring Tires

May 07, 2017 View Comments by

Metzeler’s new Roadtec 01 sport-touring tire, which replaces the Roadtec Z8 Interact, was designed to be adaptable to a wide variety of motorcycles, riding styles, and weather. Metzeler paid particular attention to enhancing the tires’ grip on wet and low-friction surfaces, and increasing mileage. Up front, the tires use a 100-percent silica rubber compound to […]

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Motus Factory Block Party

Sep 15, 2015 View Comments by

Test Rides and More! – For the third straight year Motus Motorcycles is hosting a block party in conjunction with the Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, AL, Motus’ hometown. The festival, hosted by the Barber Motorsports Museum, attracts thousands of vintage motorcycle enthusiasts every year. With their headquarters only a few miles away in Birmingham’s […]

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Bridgestone BATTLAX SPORT TOURING T30 Tires

Mar 01, 2015 View Comments by

Bridgestone’s press release on the BATTLAX SPORT TOURING T30 tire includes multiple references to the tire’s MotoGP development. No doubt there is some crossbreeding with race tires in the T30’s family tree, but make no mistake; this radial, tubeless tire belongs on the road and nowhere else. The tire strikes a wonderful middle ground between […]

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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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2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F ABS

Oct 20, 2014 View Comments by

Apparently it’s not too early to introduce 2016 models, even though it isn’t even 2015 yet. At least Suzuki thinks so with the unveiling of the new GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F naked and sport-touring bikes based on the GSX-R1000 sportbikes. As you would assume, the GSX-S’s feature a retuned version of the gixxer’s 999cc inline-four cylinder […]

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Motorcycle Sport Touring Association to Give Away FZ-09

Apr 30, 2014 View Comments by

Growing out of a small Honda Sabre and Magna owners club, the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association has become a multi-brand organization for sport touring enthusiasts. The club, which espouses safety, fun, camaraderie, and riding skill improvement, holds a National Rally every year. 2014’s event will take place in Rapid City, SD, June 8th through 11th. […]

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Motus MST and MSTR American Sport Bikes Inch Closer to Production

Apr 12, 2014 View Comments by

Few hurdles remain for Motus to start shipping motorcycles to customers who’ve placed their pre-orders already. The photo above shows one of the long awaited MSTs strapped to a dyno at the EPA/CARB test lab where it is being run and tested 14 hours a day to ensure its compliance with U.S. emissions standards. Once […]

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MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

Nov 06, 2013 View Comments by

For motorcycle manufacturers the formula for making a sport-touring machine usually goes something like this: 1. Take the biggest and most powerful engine in your inventory and stuff it into a moderately sporty chassis. 2. Add a windscreen, some hard bags, and a few creature comforts. 3. Slap on a hefty price tag and call […]

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2014 BMW R 1200 RT: Now with Liquid Cooling!

Nov 06, 2013 View Comments by

For 2014 BMW’s new water-boxer engine has found its way into the RT. Just like on the GS, the motor puts out a healthy 125 horsepower and 92 pound feet of torque. Unlike its adventurous cousin, however, the RT gets a beefed up crankshaft and alternator. The increased reciprocating mass enhances the engine’s smoothness and […]

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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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Gaerne G. King Boots

Apr 01, 2013 View Comments by

It’s hard to be an everyday rider or long distance tourer without decent waterproof boots. When I set out to find a pair, I wanted a reasonably priced sport-touring boot, not something that looked like a race boot or a big enduro/adventure boot. The $200-$250 range of boots has become much like the smartphone market. […]

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2013 Triumph Tiger Sport

Jan 11, 2013 View Comments by

For 2013, Triumph’s venerable Tiger 1050 gets a new name and becomes a more focused street machine. Splitting the difference between its stable mates the 800cc Tiger 800 and 1200cc Tiger Explorer, the new Tiger Sport’s 1050cc triple gets a substantial power boost for 2013, up to a claimed 123 hp and 77 lb. ft […]

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Great Smoky Mountain Motomarathon

Oct 26, 2012 View Comments by

This weekend, October 27-30, 2012, the Motomarathon Association is bringing their distinct brand of sport touring to the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. Motomarathon is a new sport dating back to 2009; participants meet up at a designated place and time to receive their route map for that day. They […]

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RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend 2012 Video

Oct 07, 2012 View Comments by

Barry Bennett (Pensacola, FL) decided to document his experience of the RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend 2012 in Maggie Valley, NC. Equipped with a BMW K1200 LT and a video camera, he recorded parts of his trip to the Appalachians, the event, and a few breathtaking action shots while riding in Sport Touring Group #3.

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