Maybe someone should intervene and cancel my eBay account. Nah! Then I’d actually have to paw through swapmeet bins to find cool stuff. Time is money, they say, so sniffing items out online actually saves me moolah. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it! My latest eBay acquisition was a complete—if well exposed to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2009 Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 The name literally translates to ‘hard back,’ but Aprilia means ‘hard enduro,’ as in a dirtbike for paved surfaces.
Photography By Jeff Allen Oh, I wanted to like this bike. A lot. The concept—a supermotard for the street—makes sense, especially with a 90-degree V-Twin in the engine bay rather than a thumpy one-lunger. Styling is fabulous; that may just be the best ass-end in motorcycling, with twin high-rise exhausts and a stylized taillight lens [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2010 Victory Cross Roads and Cross Country – First Look All-new baggers from the other American motorcycle company.
Not to sound too dramatic, but Victory has, over its decade-long existence, shown some courage with its designs. And while the company does traffic in essentially traditional American cruiser forms, it also has made some bold technological and styling moves, most recently the forward-thinking Vision touring machines. To this list add the new Cross Roads [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide Motor Company once again defines factory-custom power and style.
Photography By Riles & Nelson Are you “affluent, accomplished and exclusivity-driven”? If so, you would qualify to become one of Harley-Davidson’s “alpha customers.” It’s a very special club that lets in no more than 10,000 people per year. Price of admission? You just have to plunk down for one of four fully zooted new 2010 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by James Wirth Transitioning from southbound Highway 1 to eastbound Highway 68 en route to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this past July, I turned the wheel on our sister publication Road & Track‘s long-term Nissan 370Z to steer around a mid-corner pothole. As I completed this simple maneuver, CW Technical Editor Kevin Cameron looked [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
After introducing the CBR1000RR to our long-term fleet last December, we fitted the big Honda with a 25mm fork cartridge kit ($1760) and a TTX36 shock ($1399), both from Öhlins (ohlinsusa.com). We then headed to Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park, mounted DOT-approved Pirelli Diablo Supercorsas ($728; us.pirellimoto.com) and lapped five seconds faster than we had during [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2009 Kawasaki ER-6n vs. 2009 Suzuki Gladius – Comparison Test Completing the Triple Play with a pair of all-around Twins.
Photography by Jeff Allen All good things come in threes, right? Blondes, brunettes and redheads. Detroit’s Big Three (well, not so much these days). Tic Tac Toe. Ready, set, go! Yadda, yadda, yadda. Kawasaki and Suzuki… Come again? Think about it: two Twins, each engine powering a trio of entry-level machines targeting the popular sport, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2009 Yamaha YZ250F This bike changed motocross and continues to be a solid performer in a class that’s better than ever.
It’s hard to believe that the YZ250F has been in production for nine years. Like the YZ400F before it, the 250F was the first of its kind back in 2001, helping fuel the four-stroke revolution that changed motocross forever. The age of zingy 125cc two-strokes is now all but a distant memory, and you can [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Memories of the Mile A century of Americana played out on horse tracks at fairgrounds around the country.
Photography by Mark Wernham, Marc Urbano and Tim White The Mile. Pile on the gearing and tighten up your gut. Imagine hitting the end of a 130-mph straightaway—eyes big as dinner plates, engine screaming for mercy and hay bales dead ahead—surrounded by a dozen like-minded maniacs packed tighter than a fat man’s lunch bucket. Bar [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2009 Indy MotoGP: Four-Stroke Future Goodbye million-dollar two-strokes, hello multi-million-dollar four-strokes?
Next year, the 60-year-old 250cc Grand Prix class will be replaced by “Moto2,” which will be prototype chassis powered by a 600cc four-stroke spec engine. Honda has been chosen to supply engines which, we are told, will make about 150 horsepower. When the FIM World Championships began in 1949, each class stood on its own [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)