Evidently, there’s a standard method of creating a naked sportbike and then there’s the Italian way. Most manufacturers have done it by producing minimalistic, significantly detuned sportbikes that are just as well-suited to urban commuting as they are to the occasional weekend romp. But the original Tuono, introduced a decade ago, changed the naked-bike landscape. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Aprilia Tuono V4 – Road Test Tuono V4: Aprilia builds another awesome way to lose your license.
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Entering a fourth season as the exclusive tire provider of MotoGP, Bridgestone has certainly elevated the performance image of its consumer products. The marketing surrounding the Hyper Sport S20—the latest addition to its Battlax family of sport-focused street radials—implies the inclusion of MotoGP technology, but I found little traction when prodding for specific examples while [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
I was out in the shop today doing some track preparation on our long-term 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R and decided to offer an impromptu update. With 4640 miles on the clock, our ZX has nearly reached the halfway point of CW’s usual 10,000-mile test term without requiring repairs of any sort. Since the bike’s initial 600-mile [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Wholesale change doesn’t often come quickly on the heels of resounding success. Since its debut a decade ago, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has amassed an impressive tally of 37 combined world and national roadrace titles. The mighty Gixxer has proven particularly dominant in AMA Superbike, stringing together seven back-to-back championships from 2002 to ’09, while the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen When the Moto Guzzi Griso hit the market back in 2006, the sporty naked’s fresh styling and visceral twin-cylinder performance offered timely promise that the classic Italian bike maker had landed rubber side down and would forge full-speed ahead under its new Piaggio Group leadership. The second-generation Griso that followed maintained [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Honda CBR1000RR – First Ride On the 20th anniversary of the CBR-RR, Honda stays the course with human traction control.
Photography by Brian J. Nelson While a majority of its competitors have jumped aboard the traction-control bandwagon, Honda remains a “natural” throttle holdout for 2012. We have to admit it was a bit surprising to not be greeted with a major redesign and TC this model year, considering the CBR-RR is celebrating two decades of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Suzuki’s GSX1250FA is on our list of favorite sporty, standard-style machines. With the addition of Suzuki’s bolt-on accessory hard saddlebag set, the comfy-riding sportbike is even better suited to daily commuting and sport-touring. So, what’s the deal with the bags? In an effort to clear out existing GSX1250FA inventory, Suzuki is running a promotional sales [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photos by Brian J. Nelson You’d likely guessed it was coming before Yamaha unveiled the 2012 YZF-R1 with traction control earlier this fall. Safe bet, really. Traction control has quickly progressed beyond the apex of the race-only technology curve and is on the verge of becoming a mainstream feature we may soon take for granted [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
If we had placed our money on which one of the Japanese Big Four would be first to market with an honest-to-goodness traction-control-equipped supersport, Yamaha would have been the odds-on favorite. Looking back to the 2007 YZF-R1, early clues were evident: “Is true traction control coming to repli-racers?” asked Kevin Cameron in a technical preview [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
I honestly don’t see Suzuki selling many of its all-new GSX-R600 sportbikes here in America this year. I don’t say this because I found any damning fault with the race-bred 599cc supersport’s engine or chassis performance while hot lapping the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. Or even because of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)