I was particularly stoked when the boss selected me to attend the recent world press launch of the new 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale. I’m always fired up to test a race-bred Italian sportbike, but this trip would be extra cool because I’d never ridden the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, located in Imola, Italy. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
ONBOARD VIDEO: Ducati 899 Panigale Hot lapping in the cold rain at Imola. Traction control and rain tires rule!
Cycle World’s 13th Annual Ten Best issue dedicated 17 pages to naming the year’s best bikes across 10 categories. We included several additional selections of 10, such as the most influential people in American motorcycling, most memorable races, best racing rivalries, greatest bikes of all time and best technical innovations. While Kawasaki’s ZX-10 claimed Best [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
CW Evaluation: Affordable Sportbike Gloves Performance-oriented riding gloves that provide comfort and protection on the street or at the racetrack don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Speed and Strength Twist of Fate 3.0 White, Black; S-XXL ssgear.com $149.95 FISTS OF FURY This pre-curved roadrace-style leather glove is lined with DuPont Kevlar across the back of the hand and fingers. A molded plastic palm slider and gauntlet wrist guard, plus beefy knuckle and finger armor, enhance protection, as well as style. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Dark skies and rain-soaked roads awaited my arrival in Bologna, Italy, for the international press launch of Ducati’s new-for-2014 899 Panigale. A natural successor to the 848 EVO sportbike, the mid-displacement 898cc V-twin faithfully delivers the cutting-edge styling and technology of its 1199 superbike sibling to a broader audience. Ducati market research has distilled the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Shortly after taking delivery of a 2014 Yamaha FZ-09, we put the 847cc, liquid-cooled, inline-three-powered naked bike on the Cycle World Dynojet dynamometer. What did we find? Well, for starters, the engine’s peak power output and delivery characteristics far exceeded our expectations, particularly considering the FZ-09’s MSRP of $7,990. The feeling of robust torque that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(16)
I was out performance testing and thought I’d give you an audio ride through the gears on the 2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Triple captured during its 148-mph top-speed pass. I dropped my iPhone in the pocket of my leathers, dropped the Brutale in gear, and wrung it out for all it was worth The [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Squeezing into the cockpit of a Formula 1 car is worth the effort—just ask seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. The same can be said of the Schuberth SR1, a full-face, sportbike-oriented helmet based on the custom lid developed in part by the F1 legend-turned-Superbike racer. Owing to its fiberglass Duroplast matrix over carbon-fiber shell, the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Photographer : Kevin Wing
Thousands upon thousands of kids lusted over shiny new Honda Trail 70s during the Seventies, and many of those little folks probably fit the definition of “grom.” I was one of those kids, although since I didn’t grow up surfing, it took until now for me to learn that Honda’s new little 125cc funbike got [...]Read Full Post | Comments(37)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
A tight economy and rising costs at the pump have spurred increased interest in fuel-efficient, single-cylinder streetbikes. Much is also owed the supermoto movement for lending a cool factor and styling flair to the modern one-lunger. These days, riding a Single doesn’t mean settling for pedestrian performance or bland aesthetics. A prime example of this [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Photographer : Jeff Allen, Gold & Goose