2003 Wasn’t Such a Bad Year, Really… But first, let’s turn the clock back a little farther. It was my turn to write “25 Years Ago” last month, wherein each issue one of us performs the dogged research of finding a 25-year-old copy of CW and regurgitating/interpreting the pertinent contents. Yes, we get paid for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
When I looked at the new Kawasaki ZX-10R, I realized how much accumulated change in rider position there has been in recent years. Both rider and engine have had to be positioned ever-farther forward so that engine power—rising with every new model—drives the machine forward rather than just causing a big wheelie. In the specific [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Really, the Heist is best summed up by one of Cleveland Cycle Werks’ dealers, Steve Barber, of Scooter City Sacramento. For many potential buyers who wander into his emporium, there are three choices: a scooter, the Heist or the bus. Yes, it’s made in China (with various parts from other places), says Cleveland’s owner/visionary Scott [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
In 2008, when I rode a Can-Am Spyder GS in the Northern California Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Ride for Kids, I was surprised at the diversity of riders. I’d expected the mom-and-pop Harley and Wing riders, but not the mix of sportbike knee-draggers, dual-sporters, cruisers and others, including several Spyder Ryders. We had a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Cobra Custom Honda RS750 Flat-Tracker – Special Feature Imitation is the sincerest form of flat-trackery.
When Honda wants a “concept bike” built, or a “project bike” or whatever you want to call them, it doesn’t Google “custom motorcycle builders” and commence dialing from the hip. Oh, no. Even when it’s going through a rough patch, Honda has a certain standard to uphold. In fact, holding that standard up may be [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Strange things happen in Las Vegas. Dynojet’s land-speed-record CBR600RR Honda gets stolen, for instance, only to be recovered a while later in a dirt lot just around the corner (not that there are any non-dirt lots in Vegas), thanks to an anonymous call. Their beautiful Honda is now freshly done up in pickup truck bedliner—but [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The rare alignment of ideas and ideals is always worth noting. Formation of Team Cycle World Attack Performance is just that: an extra element to the already-exciting two-wheel racing environment that we love so dearly. We’ve taken responsibility to push the sport to a new level by bringing in new eyes, non-endemic sponsors, important new [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
2011 Yamaha FZ8 First Ride – Video Road Test Editor Don Canet rides the 2011 Yamaha FZ8 through the streets and highways of Los Angeles.
I attended the second Dunlop tire test at Daytona, January 17-18, where rider Eric Bostrom rode the Team Cycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R AMA Pro American SuperBike for the first time. The new ZX-10R is the bike that went on production hold for a possible high-rpm valve-spring surge. This issue has now been corrected [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2012 Victory High Ball – First Look Victory takes on cruiser-king Harley-Davidson with a new bobber called the High Ball.
It was a “dark” day in New York as Victory Motorcycles unveiled its new 2012 High Ball, a bobbed and blacked-out cruiser and aimed specifically at competing with Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom lineup. Which, across town, got its own party and new Dark member in the form the Blackline Softail FXS, both being shown for the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)