It’s safe to state that many owners of BMW’s R bikes have an appreciation for the Bavarian marque’s history and the Boxer engine’s long lineage, which dates all the way back to designer Max Friz in 1923. It’s also not too much of a stretch to assume that some of those folks look fondly upon [...]Read Full Post | Comments(13)
Time-Machine BMWs Unit Garage’s new kit will make your 2006-2013 BMW R1200R look like a 1970s’ airhead.
Mission Motorcycles Electric Superbikes – First Look (Video) The San Francisco-based company is now taking orders for its potent plug-in R and race-ready RS models.
Word came in over the transom today that two new electric superbikes, both from Mission Motorcycles, are now being made available to the public. These good-looking, very high-tech bikes, designed and built in the U.S. (in the San Francisco area), are far from inexpensive, but they’re based on the proven architecture of the Mission Motors [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
2013 Honda CB500F and CBR500R – First Ride Affordable, fuel-efficient fun in practical and racy flavors.
Photographer : Kevin Wing
Honda, in case you hadn’t noticed, is in the midst of a massive product offensive. Over the last two years, Big Red has introduced 19 new models, many of them non-threatening, easy-to-ride bikes designed to get guys like your friendly neighbor Larry (or his wife Denise) riding while also growing the size of the motorcycle [...]Read Full Post | Comments(34)
John Bretz—a Cycle World subscriber from Rockford, Indiana, who owns a couple of “slow and comfortable” Harleys—decided to buy five raffle tickets online after reading about the CW/Ride for Kids custom Honda in the pages of our magazine. Turned out to be the best $20 he ever spent, as this owner of a small farm [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Until now, BMW Motorrad has applied the “Adventure” moniker only to its large GS models with Boxer engines. In mid-June, however, that changes with the debut of the all-new 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure, a bike designed to be better in the dirt than a standard F800GS while also being a much-improved touring rig. So, what [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
As day one of the 2013 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin wound to a close, Cycle World spent some time in the paddock interviewing Stefan Bradl, the talented young German who was Moto2 World Champion in 2011 (beating out Marc Marquez) and MotoGP Rookie of the Year in 2012. Bradl, on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Photographer : Helge Pedersen
A 2012 BMW R1200GS, in “wet,” ready-to-ride form, weighs 525 pounds, and it’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating—the maximum permitted weight of the bike plus rider and all accessories and gear—is 992 pounds. Assuming you’re a 200-lb. rider (wearing helmet and gear), that means you can safely carry 267 lb. of cargo without exceeding the manufacturer’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Photographer : Barry Hathaway
While we can all agree that Indian’s new Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin is perhaps the most significant cruiser news since, well, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod, what about the cool retro-looking machine it powered at today’s historic Daytona unveiling? The stunning creation is called the “Spirit of Munro,” and in addition to being a rolling technology demonstrator [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
The U.S. motorcycle market peaked in 2005-6, when high home values and easy credit conspired to help drive sales of 1.1 million new bikes. But following the banking crisis and economic meltdown of 2008, that number has fallen precipitously, to 450,000 total sales in 2011—a drop of nearly 60 percent. It hurts, but there’s light [...]Read Full Post | Comments(69)
This just in: BMW has announced that new liquid-cooled 2013 R1200GS, the bike making a huge splash on our upcoming April, 2013, cover, will have an MSRP of $15,800. That, however, is for a base model that won’t likely be stocked by BMW’s 140 dealers. When bikes start arriving in mid-March, the vast majority of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)