For anyone who has not yet attended one of the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows this year, let me tell you, it’s like Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory for bike nuts. Okay, there aren’t any Oompa-Loompas strolling about, but the sheer number of motorcycles and related accessories present are enough to make any biker as fidgety [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: 2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxe Star’s new-for-2010 V-Twin bagger takes on Victory and Harley-Davidson American touring bikes.
V-Twin baggers are all the rage right now. We recently sampled the2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxein Southern California. Yamaha’s cruiser division, Star Motorcycles, has taken the Cycle World Ten-Best-winningRoadlinerand added hard bags, a bat-wing fairing, an iPod/MP3-compatible audio system and comfortable touring seats to create its entry in this segment of the classic American-style touring-bike market. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
What-ifs are so much fun. The one I’m enjoying at the moment is Norton’s planned liquid-cooled transverse Four, designed in the early 1950s by the same team that drew the 500-horsepower, 90-cubic-inch BRM V-16 Grand Prix car. If this date is right, design would have started at about the time it became known that Gilera [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
My first street bike was a 1983 Honda V45 Interceptor purchased new from my local dealer. I depleted my life savings scratching together the necessary down payment for what was to ultimately become one of life’s expensive lessons. I was 21 years old at the time, with no prior road riding experience, but fell hard [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The Italian Campaign Dainese Party in the Dolomites! Riding Moto Morinis, MV Agustas and Ducatis on the Legendary Italian Tour.
It’s not all fun and games around the CW Newport Beach compound; sometimes we have to suffer the slings and arrows and fly coach to Italy for things like the Dainese/AGV Legendary Italian Tour Contest. Three days of riding through the Dolomites with our old friends Ago, Lucky Luchinelli, Max Biaggi and 40 fortunate contest [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
There is no way that I would try to convince you that the Barber Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, is anything but spectacular — it is. The same can be said of the Guggenheim’s Art of the Motorcycle exhibit that traveled the world at the beginning of this millennium. But after seeing former White Brothers-partner Tom [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
As hard as it was on the bright, shiny day we got our 2010 Honda VFR1200F testbike to not ride off into the warmth and welcome of the open road, we felt obligated to take the time to roll the spanking-new red machine up on the Cycle World Dynojet rear-wheel dyno. There were definitely some [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Panic and Desperation! That is, if you own one of a particular group of 335 of Aprilia’s RSV4 streetbike. It seems that a straightening operation performed on the machine’s connecting-rods has in some cases created stresses that could lead to failure of the rod. According to the bulletin on the National Highway Transportation Safety Association [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: 2010 Honda NT700V Honda’s new-for-2010 (to us) lightweight sport-tourer hauls less mass.
While traditional touring bikes offer the allure of long-range comfort and cargo capacity, the inherent size, weight and cost of such machines is impractical for many riders. Honda has addressed this triad of uncompromised traits with itsNT700V, a highly versatile middleweight offering the core amenities of much larger touring rigs in a scaled-down package. New [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)