Blog Section: Motorcycles

Group Riding: It’s Either Heaven or Hell

Apr 12, 2019 View Comments by

Riding in a group can be an exhilarating experience. It can also be about as fun as getting a root canal. It really just depends on the group you’re in as to which experience you’ll have. As they say, one bad apple can spoil the bunch. And you don’t want to be that apple, do […]

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Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Bike

Apr 02, 2019 View Comments by

In 2014, Harley-Davidson announced plans for its first electric motorcycle. Now, the company is taking orders for the 2020 LiveWire (starting at $ 29,799), with deliveries expected this fall. Targeting a new generation of riders, the company says the plug-in machine offers “the perfect combination of power, performance, and technology” and represents the future of […]

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2019 BMW F 750 GS & F 850 GS: On- or Off-road, Adventure is the Word!

Mar 30, 2019 View Comments by

BMW’s approach to updating its middle-class machine is an interesting one—they’ve introduced two models very close in displacement, yet quite different in terms of temperament. The all-new F 750 GS and F 850 GS bikes possess the essential rugged good looks and dual-purpose functionality of the established GS machines, while each manages to retain a […]

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What’s the Big Deal About Motorcycling?

Mar 28, 2019 View Comments by

What’s more exciting? Watching a movie or being in the movie? Those were the words Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Christa Neuhauser at RoadRUNNER magazine used when I asked for her thoughts on why motorcycling was such a big deal. And what a perfect sentiment. While watching something may be fun, it can’t top the actual experience—unless […]

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2019 Zero Motorcycles: First Impressions of the Latest in Electric Motorcycles

Mar 24, 2019 View Comments by

It’s possible to sum up this bike review in three words: I want one. As someone who regularly shoots cameras that don’t use batteries, riding a motorcycle that runs exclusively on one is an interesting exercise. The Zero DSR is possibly the most technology-driven bike I’ve ever thrown a leg over, yet in the quest […]

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2019 Can-Am Ryker: All-new Chassis, Engines, Entry Level Pricing

Jan 15, 2019 View Comments by

Can-Am has taken aim at a previously untapped market with the introduction of its all-new 2019 Ryker. Designed as a lower-priced model for local and day-trip use, it is intended to attract new and more youthful buyers to the brand, which until now has been popular primarily among an older generation of consumers. Who will […]

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2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT: Triple-Powered Sport-Tourer

Jan 11, 2019 View Comments by

Ahead of me, a runaway train of 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GTs barrels up the winding road. I’m wringing out second gear in between connecting corners to keep up, the screech of the bike’s inline triple reaching its highest register. Wind River Road is ideal testing ground for Yamaha’s latest sport-tourer, and the lead pack […]

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2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE

Sep 24, 2018 View Comments by

In 1972, Kawasaki set the pace for performance when it introduced the H2, a 750cc, 60-hp, two-stroke bullet that notoriously earned its “Widow Maker” nickname. The age of the Hyperbike is still upon us, and Kawasaki’s new H2 touring motorcycle, based on that simple ’70s two-stroke, hits the highways with 200 hp, saddlebags, a supercharger, […]

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2018 KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure S

Sep 13, 2018 View Comments by

Both of these adventurers suffer from an enviable identity crisis. Either one can roam into the other’s terrain and feel quite at home. The crossover gap between the two machines widens in direct proportion to the difficulty of the terrain. The KTM 1090 Adventure R Wants to be a Dirt Bike.

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Indian Motorcycle Confirms FTR 1200 Production, Announces Sweepstakes

Sep 05, 2018 View Comments by

At the Wheels & Waves festival in France, Indian Motorcycle confirmed that an FTR 1200, inspired by the company’s flat track racers, will go into production. The announcement comes after months of speculation about a street version of Indian’s FTR750 flat track racer, which has been winning in the American Flat Track series since its […]

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Honda to Bring Monkey and Super Cub C125 to U.S.

Aug 31, 2018 View Comments by

American Honda has announced that the Monkey and Super Cub C125 ABS models will be made available in the U.S. Both are reminiscent of Honda’s iconic previous models such as the Mini Trail, Z50, and more-recent Grom. Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications, said, “We’re continuing the tradition of offering American customers […]

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Kawasaki’s Retro Z900RS

Aug 24, 2018 View Comments by

Yogi Berra once said: “The future ain’t what it used to be.” Perhaps he was right. With the ‘old is new’ Z900RS, Kawasaki is building one of the most “authentic” retro bikes out there, paying homage to the original Z1, while unobtrusively incorporating modern technology and features. The 2018 Z900RS features a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve […]

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The 2018 Star Venture: Tradition Meets the Future

Jul 23, 2018 View Comments by

2018 will be remembered as the year Yamaha unveiled a new range of luxury touring in the form of the Star Venture. The bike is a deliberate cross between tradition and modernity with an alluring mix of big bore V-twin character augmented with the latest in technical gadgetry. And the open road virtually calls one […]

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Electric Bike Comparison: Going Gasless

Jul 19, 2018 View Comments by

“You Brake, You Lose.” Or do you? Taken with a grain of salt, this phrase becomes more meaningful when the subject turns to electric motorcycles. While the energy created by conventional brakes is lost in the form of heat at the disc, it is used to reclaim energy to charge the battery in electric vehicles, […]

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2018 Triumph Speedmaster: A New Kind of Old School

Jul 18, 2018 View Comments by

The Speedmaster of old was originally launched in 2002 and powered by a 790cc air-cooled twin. This year, the newly redesigned bike has gotten a complete makeover, at the heart of which is a massive 1200cc liquid-cooled powerplant. At first sight, the bike appears as a custom “one-off “cruiser with its fat rear tire, low, […]

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