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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Yamaha FZ-03 Coming for 2016?

Aug 30, 2015 View Comments by

New Naked R3- In the July/August ’15 issue we reviewed Yamaha’s YZF-R3 sportbike and found a lot to like about the small machine. However, as touring motorcyclists, we’re almost always more interested in naked machines as they tend to be more comfortable and practical for long distance riding than their sportier cousins. Recently photos appeared […]

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2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS

Jun 11, 2015 View Comments by

The Z1000’s Little Brother Comes to the U.S. – The Z800 isn’t really a new bike since it’s been available in Europe for a while now. Still, it’s good news that Kawasaki has announced the mid-displacement naked bike will be crossing the pond for the 2016 model year. Californians, however, will still have to look […]

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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 BMW R 1200 R: The Roadster’s Back

Oct 05, 2014 View Comments by

After being virtually replaced and certainly superceded by BMW’s new roadster models, the R nineT and the S 1000 R, the R 1200 R is back with some significant updates. First and foremost, the new bike is now powered by BMW’s liquid cooled, 1,170cc boxer twin, as the old air/oil cooled version is ushered toward […]

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A Simple Guide to Helmet Certifications

Feb 14, 2014 View Comments by

You’ve seen the letters gracing the backs of numerous motorcycle helmets—DOT, ECE, Snell—but what do they mean? Here, in the simplest way possible, we break it down. DOT (Department of Transportation) This is the standard set forth by the DOT and NHTSA that all on-road helmets sold in the U.S. must adhere to. Without going […]

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BMW R nineT Goes Into Production

Dec 04, 2013 View Comments by

When we first saw BMW’s Concept 90, built with the help of designer Roland Sands, we thought it was cool but didn’t think we’d be seeing a production version. Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong. We later learned that the R nineT, based on the Concept 90, was on its way for the 2014 model […]

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2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R: The Beast

Oct 01, 2013 View Comments by

This morning KTM released production version photos and specs of the much anticipated (and basically insane) 1290 Super Duke R (first reported on here), which looks to be the fastest and most powerful naked bike in the world (only the Aprilia Tuono V4R comes close, on paper at least). This beast is powered by a […]

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