Choosing a Triumph is already a bit of an alternative choice, and now there’s an alternative to the alternative for two of the company’s coolest bikes: The Speed Triple and Bonneville will be offered in Special Edition versions for 2013. Bonneville SE Visual enhancements to the Bonneville include a red frame and fenders, with a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Dual-Sport Budget Bashers Work or play, these quarter-liters are ready to roll. Which one’s for you?
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Great explorers have one thing in common: an insatiable desire to see what is beyond their own familiar territory. In the motorcycling world, dual-sports give us the chance to explore well past where the pavement ends while being able to get to that trailhead legally and efficiently with the benefit of a license plate. And [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
There are a lot of Isle of Man videos out there, and they just don’t get old. Case in point: this latest one from Kawasaki, which shows the behind-the-scenes action of the making of a ZX-6R (636) commercial on the TT course. This video, a big production with amazing angles and photography, should tide us [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Single-cylinder Dukes have been KTM’s number-one selling naked worldwide for years, but they have been absent from the U.S. lineup since 2010. No more. For 2013, the 690 Duke returns with a host of upgrades aimed to keep the Single at the top of Mattighofen’s standard-bike throne. A redesigned cylinder head has dual-spark ignition (firing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Bad news: U.S. buyers will have to wait until the 2014 model year for the brand-new KTM 1190 Adventure to arrive. Good news: The 990 Adventure is going out in a blaze of glory. This limited-edition model has white bodywork with “Baja” graphics, and an orange powdercoated frame. A suede-style seat, LED auxiliary lights, radiator [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: KTM 1190 Adventure Superbike at Heart KTM’s Adventure goes mainstream and joins the luxury travel brigade, with more displacement, power and features.
Photographer : Courtesy of KTM
Tenerife, Canary Islands—KTM has a problem: It’s called the 1190 Adventure. As the Austrian company forges ahead to become a complete player with a comprehensive model range, it continues diving into the streetbike pool with Adventures, Dukes, SM-Ts and RC8s. And now, with its brand-new 2014 (in the U.S.) 1190 Adventure, KTM is making a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
If there is one thing that has defined Supercross and motocross over the past couple of seasons, it’s injuries. Top contenders such as Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Chad Reed and Trey Canard, have all had major injuries that have taken them out of action for weeks, months and sometimes even the better part [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Clash of the Italian Middleweight Exotics – Comparison Test Ducati 848 EVO Corse SE vs. MV Agusta F3 675.
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
We have a soft spot for the “characters” of the motorcycle world. That’s why we were excited to throw a leg over the new 675cc, inline-Triple-powered MV Agusta F3. Like the Triumph Daytona 675 before it, this Italian-made middleweight flips the bird at the conventional 600cc-supersport-displacement norm by packing a supersized engine into its lightweight [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Adventure-style bikes are clearly hot, but Honda has decided to pursue the more street-oriented end of that broad class of motorcycle. The NC700X was the first of Honda’s new 2013 motorcycles to shake up the establishment, and its styling fits right into that urban-adventure genre. But Honda has one more X-style bike up its sleeve [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
2013 Honda CB1100 – First Ride A blast from the past, except a whole lot better—and it’s finally coming to the U.S.!
Photographer : Jeff Allen
That period from the late 1960s through the ’70s was the golden age of motorcycling in America, an era characterized by simpler bikes and a market far less fragmented and specialized. Modern motorcycles are categorized into so many different niches—and have become so tailored to a singular purpose—that it makes you wonder what happened to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(58)