Well aware of its aging customer base, Harley-Davidson has been hard at work rolling out new products aimed at attracting a younger demographic. No need to reinvent the wheel, however, as the venerable Sportster has proven to be an ideal platform to deliver hip styling and solid performance at an affordable price. The 1200 Nightster [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Harley-Davidson XR1200 vs. Kawasaki Z1000 vs. MV Agusta Brutale 990 R – Comparison Test Raising the sport standard.
Ask any CWstaffer to compose a master list of favorite motorcycles and you’re likely to find a sporty standard-style bike residing at or near the top of the page. While there was a time when the term “standard” referenced a rather pedestrian, utilitarian mode of two-wheel transportation, those days have been obscured by the tire [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Every motorcyclist has likely experienced the frustration of being stranded at a traffic signal that hasn’t detected your bike’s presence. When this happens, your options are to wait at the intersection until a larger vehicle arrives to trip the signal, or take your chances in running through a red light. Gasp! That second option can [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
2011 Ducati 848 EVO – World Exclusive First Test Ducati’s new 2011 848 EVO is track-ready and street savvy—we’ve dyno and full road test numbers to prove it.
Italian passion for motorsport is synonymous with the stunning performance, soul-stirring sound and seductive, liquid-red styling inherent to a long bloodline of championship-winning Ducati sportbikes. Yesterday’s triumph, however, is just that, and the bigger the trophy, the more dust it tends to attract. Ongoing product evolution is what maintains a competitive edge, and the Bologna [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
From the very first day we rode our 2010 Ducati Streetfighter testbike, we have been less than pleased with its power delivery at minimal throttle opening in the lower part of the rev range. The fueling issue we experienced is directly related to a lean fuel mix created by the bike’s EPA approved fuel map [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2010 Ducati Streetfighter Fuel Injection Remap – Quick Fix Bazzaz Z-Fi fuel control module for Streetfighter.
When we tested Ducati’s Streetfighter S in 2009, we were so enamored with that naked superbike that we voted it Best Open Streetbike in our annual Ten Best Bikes of the Year awards. But shortly thereafter, we rode a base-model Streetfighter and were shocked to find that it had some bothersome fueling issues. The bike’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
From a head-on full frontal view, Honda’s new-for-2011 PCX scooter can be easily mistaken for a pint-sized sportbike. While that fun visual trick may make an approaching PCX rider look like an adult straddling a Shetland pony or, better yet, a street-legal NSR125, the PCX is in fact a roomy midsize scooter, packing solid performance [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
It’s my turn this month to submit a “25 Years Ago” installment for Roundup in the print issue we are currently working on. It so happens that October, 1985, was a Ten Best Bikes issue. While the category names have evolved over the years, Best Cruiser has endured and was in place a quarter-century ago. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X – First Ride Hot laps at Road America on The Motor Company’s best-handling V-Twin.
It’s only natural to obsess over what you can’t have, and for the sport-minded Harley-Davidson faithful living on the home front, the XR1200 has been a bone of contention. Coy marketing ploy or not, when the sportiest of Sportster models to ever roll off The Motor Company assembly line debuted three years ago, the titillating [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Never before have we witnessed such a vast array of electronic rider-assist systems as featured on this current crop of liter-class sportbikes. From selectable power-delivery profiles, traction control, anti-lock brakes or electronically controlled steering dampers, innovation is the order of the day. Is this trend marketing hype or do these modern marvels live up to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)