Wow, I never would have guessed that the toughest part of a Laguna Seca race weekend would be the drive home. That and working hard to qualify sixth in a very competitive field only to cross the line in 16th after the opening lap. Aside from blowing the first corner, I had a pretty stellar weekend. Team Cycle World [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
The rear brake caliper on my bike needs to be released from its mooring before the rear wheel can be taken off. This requires the removal of two M8 allen bolts. In order to reach said bolts, a long 3/8-in. extension fitted with the correct allen socket needs to be threaded through one of the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
2011 MV Agusta Brutale 675 – First Look A sneak peak at what MV’s middleweight Triple might look like.
Rumors surrounding the MV Agusta 675 F3 have been circulating for a while, but we also know that a Brutale version is in the works. This new bike has its sights set squarely on Triumph’s Street Triple, which shares the same displacement. According to a French dealer who has seen the Brutale 675 at the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Next Time? – Racing What could have been for Team Cycle World Attack Performance Yoshimura Suzuki at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca...
MotoGP may be so expensive for its participants that it prices itself out of existence. The whole motorcycle industry at the moment seems to hope everything will be fine if we all pretend. Okay, let’s pretend. But there are other, less expensive ways to race. Cycle World Managing Editor Matthew Miles decided to see just [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Nine-time world dragracing champion (and former Cycle World cover model; May, 2005) Rickey Gadson is gearing up to break the world land-speed record for a naturally aspirated motorcycle. The attempt will take place on Saturday, August 31, at Loring AFB in Limestone, Maine. The current MPS/F-1650/4 (modified production stock, fuel, 1650cc, four cylinder) record of 225.87 mph is [...]Read Full Post | Comments(14)
Yamaha Party at Jay Leno’s Garage Check out the party scene when Yamaha Roadracers visited Jay Leno’s Garage.
2011 Harley-Davidsons – First Ride The New Road Glide Ultra and a pair of Sportsters are just a few of the 103 (cubic-inch reasons to dig the 2011 H-Ds.
The Harley-Davidson Motor Company unveiled three new 2011 machines, including the radial-tired Sportster SuperLow, a re-suspended XR1200Xand the new FLTRU Road Glide Ultra. The new Ultra uses H-D’s basic FL rubber-mount platform, and attaches to it all the things serious travelers require: a frame-mount fairing with vented lowers for wind protection and light steering, a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Tonight Show host Jay Leno hosted Yamaha MotoGP stars Colin Edwards, Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies at his Big Dog Garage in Burbank, California, prior to last weekend’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Multi-time 500cc World Champions Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey also attended the event, as did [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The Cycle World staff including Mark Cernicky, photographer Jeff Allen and I, were invited out to Racetown 395 in Adelanto, California, yesterday to ride the 2011 KX450F. Here are our first impressions: Racetown’s perfectly prepped track offered lots of soft soil to test the big KX’s power. We were quite impressed with the linear nature [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Staying cool in temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit couldn’t have been easier for CW Road Test Editor Don Canet and me thanks to TechNiche’s Evaporative Cooling Vests ($35; www.techniche-intl.com). We tried both the zip-up Standard Sport (pictured), and the pullover Ultra Sport; same concept, different styles. The vests use Polymer Embedded Fabric (PEF) topped with [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)