One of the primary appeals of owning a small-displacement motorcycle is the savings such machines typically offer at the gas pump. To determine optimal mpg figures and see how these bikes compare in the real world, we laid out a 60-mile test loop comprised of equal parts freeway, rural and city riding. We weren’t seeking [...]Read Full Post | Comments(47)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
California Highway Patrol Releases Endorsed Lane Splitting Guidelines CHP goes on record about lane filtering by motorcyclists.
I’ve lived in California my entire life and have spent the past three decades riding streetbikes. I’m fortunate to enjoy one of the greatest liberties a motorcyclist will ever experience: The freedom of movement when traffic has slowed to a crawl or is stopped. I am a lane-splitter. California is currently the only state in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(65)
Valencia, Spain—I fear I may be slipping behind the technology curve of late. As the last Cycle World staffer to trade in my company-issued Blackberry for an iPhone, I’m just now getting a handle on this whole Facebook thing. Perhaps certain traits of my father have begun to manifest with age? Dad, a master mechanic [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
With electronic rider aids such as traction control, ABS and selectable power delivery quickly becoming standard on modern sportbikes, the next step in the digital revolution appears to be smart suspension systems. Imagine ECU-controlled suspension that makes damping adjustments on the fly to cope with changes in road surface conditions. BMW’s new HP4 S1000RR already [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Cartagena, Spain—Having been on the job and in the saddle for the turn-of-the-century debut of the Triumph TT600, I can appreciate just how far the Hinckley, England-based firm has progressed since its inaugural foray into the highly competitive middleweight supersport class. The inline-Four TT and Daytona 600 that followed have become a distant memory, erased [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Photographer : Brian J. Nelson
Las Vegas—Fresh on the heels of disturbing news that American Suzuki had shut down its automotive division, I found myself in Sin City for the unveiling of a couple new-for-2013 Suzuki motorcycles. Prior to the event, American Suzuki had told us that its commitment to motorcycles is growing, a statement supported by the introduction of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
We rolled our 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R (aka Ninja 636) onto Cycle World’s newly acquired Dynojet 250i dynamometer to determine what, if any, power gains have resulted from the 37cc increase in engine displacement. The accompanying chart compares rear-wheel output of our 2013 model (red) to that of a ’12 testbike we tested on our previous [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
American Suzuki showed its hand in Las Vegas over the November 10-11 weekend, revealing to the press its entire motorcycle lineup for the coming year. Although much of Suzuki’s 2013 street and off-road product line had been announced over the past few months (much of which has remained unchanged aside from color/graphics and pricing), the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
2013 Honda CBR600RR – First Look Honda updates its middleweight supersport with better suspension and improved aerodynamics.
American Honda has released details on its 2013 CBR600RR and CBR600RR C-ABS sportbike models. The standard and combined-anti-lock-brake versions have each received a short, yet seemingly significant list of updates aimed at improved performance for track and back road riding. New MotoGP-inspired bodywork is claimed to reduce aerodynamic drag over the previous model by 6.5 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
Over the past 25 years, 600cc, liquid-cooled, inline-Four supersport bikes have dominated the mid-displacement street category in Cycle World’s Annual Ten Best Bikes awards. Prior to our selecting the Ducati 848 Streetfighter this year, the only other departures from the norm have been a V-Twin Honda Hawk GT taking the honors in 1988 and the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)