Photography By Brian J. Nelson Newest wave in cruising is affordable, mid-size machinery. Thing is, with near-2-liter engines pretty much the norm in the world of V-Twins, 1462cc—sorry, 90 cubic inches—is now middle of the road. Times being what they are, Suzuki’s designers were tasked with giving the new-for-2009 Boulevard M90 class-leading technology at a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: 2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 Who said power-cruisers have to be big, heavy and handle poorly? The M90 proves the pundits wrong.
Forget what the logo on the side of the F650GS reads, because this bike is not what it seems. First, it’s not a 650—it’s actually powered by a 798cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-Twin engine just like its sibling, the F800GS. Second, giving it the rough-n-tough moniker of the GS series is like calling yourself a cowboy because [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
We wouldn’t be going too far out on a limb if we were to say that there are probably more custom Suzukis roaming America’s streets than any other brand of sportbike. Among those, we’d guess a huge percentage are Hayabusas, but GSX-Rs are obviously well represented and the B-King is a perfect excuse to make [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Surprise, surprise, just when we think we’ve seen it all, along comes a new motorcycle that we honestly didn’t see coming. It’s not that the bike is like nothing we’ve seen before, it’s the fact that it rolled out of the design studios of Honda. For 2010, Honda introduces the Fury, a full-on chopper featuring [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
I couldn’t believe my luck. Having just landed in Bologna, after the long haul from Los Angeles, I was shocked to see that a driver holding a little placard reading “Bimota DB7 Press Launch” was actually on the other side of baggage claim waiting to cart me an hour away to Rimini. Let’s just say [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Following the recent sales success of its 649cc parallel-Twin platform—the Ninja 650R and Versys—Kawasaki’s 2009 model range adds a new member to the family, the ER-6n streetfighter, along with an updated version of the 650R. Additionally, the new KLX250SF takes supermoto styling to the street in a light, nimble package. Think of the $6399 ER-6n [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
When the going gets rough, nothing is more dependable and capable than a good ol’ four-stroke Single. For 25 years, Yamaha’s Ténéré has been a go-to bike for adventure types in Europe, while stateside we got its close cousin the XT600 dual-purpose machine (sans the Dakar styling), but it was dropped from the line way [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2008 Honda XL700V Transalp – First Look Maybe Honda’s best all-rounder, probably not coming to America.
Do you want a hardcore adventure bike competent enough to cross deserts in North Africa, jungles in South America or wind through tight single-track trails right here at home? Or do you, like most, simply want a great all-rounder capable of light off-road duty, but with the looks of a bike that may have just [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2008 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver: Editors’ Notes Discover what the CW editors had to say about the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver.
Photography by Jeff Allen After I hopped on the Shiver for the first time, my eyes and fingers darted to the alien-looking buttons and controls. I was pawing at them like a 5-year-old in a toy store who’s not supposed to touch anything. Because as much as I like the engine, brakes and handling of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Following the completely new 696 Monster, Ducati just announced two new members of the family, the Monster 1100 and 1100S. They’re powered by the torquey two-valve 1100cc dual-spark Desmodromic Twin already found in the Hypermotard and Multistrada. After a nice weight-loss program, the Monster 1100 tips the scale at a claimed 371 pounds (369 for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)