The purest, most highly distilled, ultra-concentrated motorcycle-riding goodness is really found in only one place on Earth: the Alps. The roads, the scenery, the history, the people, the food and, yes, even the bikes built nearby offer the kind of fun, inspiration and intensity that draws us to motorcycling in the first place. And keeps [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
We have known for some time that 2010 was to be the last year of the 125cc Grand Prix roadracing class, but until the new Moto3 regulations were published this past November, all we knew about its replacement was that it is to be 250cc four-stroke Singles of some kind. Salient features of the new [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Cycle World Managing Editor Matthew Miles told me the other day that he never expected his work in motorcycle magazines to include embedding video in a road test. Nevertheless, he, like everyone at the magazine, knows the importance of trying to capture more and more of the motorcycle experience in images. Sometimes, a picture really [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Update: Team Cycle World Attack Performance Yoshimura Suzuki AMA Pro American Superbike – Racing Brembo brakes, Öhlins suspension and OZ Motorbike wheels.
New AMA Pro American Super-Bike rules introduced in 2009 did away with the works front ends, 16.5-inch wheels and handmade swingarms that were status quoon factory racers. Now, chassis modifications are limited to homologated components that even privateers can buy from practically any dealership. For our four-race-weekend effort with rider Eric Bostrom, Team Cycle World [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Suzuki’s 2011 update of the GSX-R600 and 750 is very much like a MotoGP team’s midseason adjustment: minor in that it’s not a total redesign but moves steadily in a desirable direction. In the case of the 600, the 67.0 x 42.5mm inline-Four is rotated backward slightly, enough to allow it and the swingarm pivot [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
In the “Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow” sequence that constitutes the internal-combustion process, the “squeeze” component—compression—is perhaps the most important. If an engine is losing compression, it’s also losing power and efficiency. And the best way to know how well an engine’s cylinders will hold compression is to perform a leak-down test, a procedure that also [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photo by Fran Kuhn Did somebody say track day? As it happened, the Yamaha Champions School invited us out for a day at the Streets of Willow Springs not long ago. Hah! We’re ready! For once, I get to ride something expendable—my cheapie Craigslist 2000 R1! http://www.cycleworld.com/first_motorcycle_ride/special_features_articles/10q4/millennium_r1_-_special_feature If anybody’s interested, I have a theory as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
We members of the Southern California Flat Track Association were pleased, but not surprised, when our season-ending doubleheader’s Pro-class entries included Josh Hayes, newly crowned AMA Pro American SuperBike champion, and John Hopkins, lately of MotoGP. Their seasons were history, and they like keeping in shape and practice and, well, racing. (Hayes and wife Melissa, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Years sold:12 (1999-2009; 2011) MSRP new:$10,499 (1999) to $13,699 (2011) Blue Book retail value: $5215 (1999) to $10,255 (2009) Basic specs: A 1299cc, dohc inline-Four supersport that screamed out 161 rear-wheel horsepower and 100 ft.-lb. of torque, enough to propel this 521-pound (dry) space shuttle to a 9.86-second quarter-mile time and a phenomenal, all-time-high top [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Inside the 2011 BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL – First Look A technical preview of BMW’s new six-cylinder tourers.
Luxury touring motorcycles are an American invention, uniquely suited to this expansive country and its uniquely unthreatening highway system. Travel Interstates from one end of the U.S. to the other, and except for a very small percentage of on- and off-ramps, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an unexpected turn, or one that requires as much [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)