This is the first in a series of periodic features that will highlight a selection of the best motorcycle roads, hangouts and destinations on planet Earth. From exotic, off-the-beaten-path highways and byways that staffers have ridden to routes sourced from motorcycle touring companies or motorcycle-specific map makers to the occasional off-road/adventure trail, we will scour [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Baba’s Baby – Feature 1993 CBR900RR: The original RR and the story of a story that was, then wasn’t, then was.
Photography by Dave Bush To quote the famous line uttered by actor Strother Martin in the movie Cool Hand Luke, “What we got here is…failure to communicate.” So it seemed in September of 1991 as I sat in my Tokyo hotel room, frustrated and confused, pleading my case by phone to people half a world [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen It’s all relative, isn’t it? The last 16-inch-wheeled Victory we rode was the apehanger-equipped High-Ball just over a year ago, and I am happy to categorically state that for all-around riding and general comfort, the Judge is a distinct improvement, largely due to the deletion of that 15-inch-high appendage. Instead of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
They didn’t call ’em the Swingin’ ’70s for nothing. Or was that the ’60s? Never mind. At the confluence of those decades, the dawn of the most recent Sexual Revolution was taking place concurrently with the beginning of the Great Cruiser Schism: The Suzuki GS550E was just beginning to sprout such vestiges as a stepped [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Okay, so shoot me for using the “p” word when discussing something Italian, but Ducati really is a passionate company. Take my mechanic for the day at the 1199 Panigale launch, Walter Ansaloni. As he was swapping tires on the S models we were riding, he told me about his history with the factory, which [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two XL1200V Sportster – First Ride Showroom-floor old-school cruiser cool from Harley.
Photography by Jeff Allen As soon as Harley rolled out this pretty little redhead, I knew I had to ride it. You see, back in the day, I rode—or more accurately, performed roadside repairs on—a crazy Scandinavian-style hardtail Sportster chopper. I’m talking about a terrifyingly noodley 12-inch-over springer variety. My ill-mannered beast was much more [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
My journey back to Paul Ricard this past February for the press launch of the new MV Agusta F3 675 was special. This enchanting high-speed circuit is perched above the French Riviera in the arid mountains of Southern France. When I was in my early 20s, Paul Ricard was a place of “firsts”: my first [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
People who ride motorcycles and scooters in what used to be called the First World purely for recreation too easily forget that their “toys” are first and foremost transportation devices. But people in the Third World use any motorized conveyance to replace Shank’s Mare or real mares for getting around and doing essential tasks—such as, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Öhlins Electronic Suspension – Feature First in a new generation of TTX electronic shocks: upgrade for BMW GS, sportbikes to follow.
The future of suspension is unfolding right in front of our eyes. In a few short years, screwdrivers and shock-preload spanners will be a distant memory. For many current BMW and Ducati owners, they already are. But what if you don’t like the performance of your factory-issued electronic suspension or the range of its adjustments? [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Alabama’s Confederate Motors just released the third generation of its X132 Hellcat, named after the legendary F6F Hellcat fighter plane. Unique to the latest X132 are the billet engine cases, which are machined from two blocks of 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. The numerical designation denotes the 56-degree V-Twin engine’s 132-cubic-inch (2163cc) displacement. Confederate claims that the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)