MV Agusta Limited Edition Race Models

Nov 04, 2015 View Comments by

A Rare Breed – If everyday, run of the mill MV Agusta’s are just too common for your taste, the Italian brand will be happy to sell you one of their exclusive, limited edition race models. Over the past 15 months MV Agusta has either released or announced the future release of five such RC […]

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2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R: More Power, Less Weight

Sep 19, 2015 View Comments by

Ducati’s Latest Naked Bike – The open class naked bike segment has exploded over the past few years with a plethora of new models boasting potent combinations of power and performance, with that all-important upright seating position. Ducati’s entries into this competitive arena, the Monster 1200 and 1200 S, have mostly played second fiddle to […]

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Kawasaki Teases New ZX-10R

Sep 17, 2015 View Comments by

The Super Bike Arms Race Continues – One of the most tell tale signs of a healthy motorcycle industry is raging battle amongst the major OEMs over who can produce the fastest, highest horsepower, and most technologically advanced super bikes. During the world wide financial doldrums that followed 2008’s recession motorcycle manufacturers yanked their R&D […]

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Overland Expo West 2015

Jun 18, 2015 View Comments by

Off-road Warriors Unite! – I recently had the opportunity to attend what is billed as “The premier event for overland adventure travel” otherwise known as the Overland Expo. Held for the third year in a row in Flagstaff, AZ, the Expo offers plenty to see and do for those of us who like to stray […]

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Review: AGV Sport Tornado Perforated Leather Jacket

Jun 09, 2015 View Comments by

A Leather Jacket for the Summer Heat – Racing-style leather motorcycle jackets, while not suited for a diverse array of weather scenarios, are hard to beat in their combination of style, protection, and comfort (when the weather’s right). The AGV Sport Tornado Perforated Leather Jacket is ideal for summer rides and days at the track. […]

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Touring Tip: Motorcycle Performance Metrics

Jun 05, 2015 View Comments by

Part 1: What’s Horsepower Got To Do With It?  It seems that almost every month or so a new motorcycle model is crowned king of the horsepower hill. For many years, manufacturers have been competing for consumer dollars based on the published performance statistics of their various models. In addition, consumers are bombarded with a […]

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Summer Motorcycle Gear Buyers’ Guide: For the Touring Enthusiast

Apr 27, 2015 View Comments by

Comfortable and Safe Gear for Sport Touring Riders – It’s a great time to be a rider. Never before in the history of motorcycles have there been so many options when it comes to both motorcycles and riding gear. There’s a bike for every riding style, preference, and price—whichever mount you choose, there’s plenty of […]

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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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Review: KLIM Element Short Glove

Feb 22, 2015 View Comments by

KLIM serves the premium motorcycling market with a full line of high-tech adventure riding gear. The Element Short Glove is a perfect complement to KLIM’s riding jackets and pants, or any riding jacket and pants for that matter. Here are some of the glove’s key features: highly-mobile armor pivot system for comfort, titanium knuckle protection […]

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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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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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2015 BMW R 1200 RS: A New Sport Tourer

Oct 12, 2014 View Comments by

With the release of BMW’s updated R 1200 R Roadster, the German company has also released a sport-touring version called the R 1200 RS. The two bikes are very similar with BMW’s water-cooled boxer motor powering both. The primary difference is that the RS has a fairing and windshield that will dramatically increase the bike’s […]

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2015 KTM RC390: Fun Size is the Best Size

Sep 09, 2014 View Comments by

The latest bike from Austria has all the markings of an excellent handling machine. With a claimed dry weight of only 324 pounds, the RC390 is close in weight to bikes like Honda’s CBR300R, while boasting an engine displacement 89cc greater. Speaking of engines, the RC390 shares its 375cc thumper with the 390 Duke naked […]

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Review: Michelin Pilot Road 4

Aug 11, 2014 View Comments by

Michelin has introduced a slew of new motorcycle tires during the last couple of years. I recently had a chance to try out the new Pilot Road 4 radial sport-touring tires that are designed to improve upon the outgoing Pilot Road 3. Pilot Road 4 employs Michelin’s X-Sipe Technology (XST) in the tread design. Sipes […]

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