The vintage motorcycle community can rejoice in the return of two events this year following their premiers in 2009, and commiserate over the passing of the Legend of the Motorcycle, the concours that, in its three short years, captivated anyone who’d ever admired a classic bike. The Legend of the Motorcycle, the creation of Jared [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Special Feature: Quail Motorcycle Gathering Gorgeous machines and Bonhams auction featuring 'new' Vincents begin summer show season.
No one likes to eat humble pie, but the staff of Cycle World is now gulping down several large slices of the stuff. In the Roundup section of our May issue, we ran an article titled “MV Agusta F4 1000 R” that actually was an edited version of an older story on a 2007 MV. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2010 Brammo Enertia – Road Test Wind in your face, lure of the open road…and the hum of an electric motor?
Electric vehicles are a polarizing subject, rife with environmental, political and technical whoop-de-doos. Advocates insist electricity is the wave of the future for transportation, claiming enhanced performance, reduced emissions and lower maintenance. Opponents argue that EVs are costly, short on range and will require a new refueling infrastructure. To this debate comes the Brammo Enertia. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The latest generation of Ducati Monsters started life with the entry-level 696cc version in 2009. The engine powering the li’l Monster was a huge step forward compared to the previous sohc, air-cooled, two-valve 695cc desmo, the new version making a claimed 80 horsepower. Also joining the lineup at the time was the much beefier and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Design never sits still, especially in racing. Every year at Valencia—the final event of the MotoGP season—Yamaha presents a review of current technical developments. It’s normal to seek more power and a better powerband, and to apply that power more usably through electronic controls. This past year, there was an added complication: a new rule [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
CW: When and how did Jason Freese from Southern California get involved with one of the biggest bands in the world from the Northern California Bay Area? Jason Freese: I got into Green Day six years ago through word of mouth. They wanted to add a keyboard player to their line-up, and I was in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2010 Kawasaki Z1000 – Road Test On the road, Kawasaki’s all-new Z1000 bike feels aggressive, raw and supersport-inspired while maintaining a civil nature.
“Not anothernaked.” That was the first response from Kawasaki’s U.S. product-planning department when the Japanese home office asked how many Z1000s the American market could absorb. Lack of sales success with previous standards meant Kawasaki over here wasn’t sure it wanted anything to do with the new bike, especially in the current economic environment. Now, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Long-Term Test Update: 2008 BMW F800GS With a few modifications, the BMW F800GS becomes a true off-road-worthy machine.
Our long-term F800GSis finally back on road—and trail. Plans to install an off-road-oriented Öhlins cartridge fork kit never came to fruition, so, after waiting several months for parts that failed to materialize, we begrudgingly reinstalled the stock damper assembly. Making up for lost miles was fun and included participation in the annual Cycle World Trek. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Messenger-bag-maker Chrome is big in the bicycle- and motorcycle-courier business, where documents large and small must go from here to there in a hurry. Top-of-the-line for this type of heavy labor is the Warsaw. Part of the Pro Series, the Warsaw is defined—like the rest of Chrome’s products&—by its utilitarian appearance and function-first design; “We’re [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
A trailer is the traditional motorcycle-transport solution for anyone who doesn’t own a pickup or a van. But parking is a hassle, especially in town, and backing up can be a challenge. Plus, a trailer must be registered and stored between hauls—costly and inconvenient. Not so much for a hitch-mounted carrier, which lets you hang [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)