The moment we threw a leg over a Yamaha Super Ténéré’s saddle, we were hooked. The parallel-Twin-powered adventure bike soon proved to be the best all-arounder in the class, even earning Best Adventure Bike honors in 2012. Thrown into multiple comparison tests, the Super T always performed well, on-road or off. But the bike isn’t [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
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CW Evaluation: Five Motorcycle Backpacks Whether you’re commuting, exploring or traveling, the right carryall will help you bring what you need wherever you’re going.
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Klim Krew Pak Storage capacity: 28 liters 208/552-7433 klim.com $135.99 OFF-ROAD SUPPORT Enduro riders carry lots of spares, tools and other supplies. Perfect for unsupported off-road adventure, the Krew Pak combines a removable, compartmentalized tool pouch (tools not included) with a hydration reservoir, fleece-lined goggle pouch and external shovel storage. This pack is all [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The mini-moto segment is clearly on the rebound, led most recently by these two competition-oriented Kawasaki two-strokes: the KX85 and KX100. If you think two-stroke technology has peaked, think again. Kawasaki says it has squeezed 20 percent more power out of the $4349 KX85 and placed an emphasis on low-end to midrange output. Besides a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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As the ADV market has matured, the bikes have evolved into quasi sport-touring machines that can competently handle light off-road terrain. None of them, though, have ever been able to go blow for blow with KTM’s 950/990 Adventures in the dirt. The flip side of this? The big KTM Twins were seriously lacking in features, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(18)
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS – First Look Real-world sportbike gets TC, power modes and accessory saddlebags.
Irvine, CA — When Kawasaki launched the updated naked Z1000 in 2010, we fell in love, naming it Best Standard that same year. But not everyone wants a naked-style sportbike, so, the following year, Kawasaki introduced the Ninja 1000. Although closely related to the Z1000, the Ninja offered full-wrap bodywork, an upright riding position, good [...]Read Full Post | Comments(14)
Irvine, CA — After a long slumber, Yamaha and Star are finally waking up and delivering some very cool new motorcycles for 2014. And now–joining the much-anticipated FZ-09 Triple, hot-selling Star Bolt and updated four-stroke YZ MXers (YZ250F and YZ450F)–comes the FJR1300ES. Those letters at the end stand for Electronic Suspension, and this feature helps [...]Read Full Post | Comments(23)
Irvine, CA — Yamaha’s big sporty bike news for 2014 is, without a doubt, the announcement of the FZ-09 Triple. As a matter of fact, the response to this new, $7990 machine has been so strong that another color, Blazing Orange, joins the red and black models already in production to help meet the high [...]Read Full Post | Comments(28)
Irvine, CA — The last pieces of Yamaha’s off-road-lineup puzzle have finally been confirmed. Joining the brand-new YZ250F and updated YZ450F motocross bikes and off-road cousins the WR450F, WR250R, XT250 and TW200, is a complete range of TT-Rs which all now feature electric starting. Models include the $3990 TT-R230, $3290 TT-R125LE, $2240 TT-R110E and TT-R50E. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
There are few better riding destinations in the world than the Alps, and there are few better machines to tackle the seemingly endless switchbacks than an adventure bike. Therefore, the Austrian Alps were a perfect place for Continental to showcase its new Trail Attack 2 tire. The highlight of the trip was an afternoon spent [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Minimoto Meets Mountain Bike Motopeds’ frame kit can transform your old Honda pit bike into this super fun moped of sorts.
Do you have an old Honda XR50 or CRF50F gathering dust in your garage? Have your kids grown up? Or perhaps you jumped all over the minimoto craze but eventually lost interest? If that’s you, maybe you’d like to resurrect your pit bike and turn it into a fun new ride. Motopeds (motopeds.com) of Santa [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)