When the boys returned home from fighting WWII, many found themselves understandably restless. So they got busy! A boom in babies was one result, but the Greatest Generation also gave birth to the bobber custom motorcycle. Harley-Davidson has borrowed from that stripped-down, minimalistic approach in creating its rabble-rousing Iron 883. This newest addition to the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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Harley-Davidson has borrowed from the stripped-down, minimalistic approach that defined bobbers of yore in creating its 883 Iron. This newest addition to the H-D Dark Custom family of models hopes to attract a younger audience, the grandkids of baby boomers. Actually, the Sportster 1200 Nightster, introduced as a late-2007 model, can be credited as having [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Best Buy, the international consumer-electronics retailer best known for being a one-stop shop for audio/video/PC products, has put its name behind what could be the ultimate battery-powered toy. Best Buy is an official sponsor of the Brammo electric bikes that will compete in the upcoming Isle of Man TTXGP race. The team will be officially [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Skilled sport riders have historically been quick to discount the safety merits of an anti-lock braking system, viewing it as an unnecessary luxury feature best suited to the sport-touring set. Honda now aims to convince us otherwise, offering optional C-ABS (combined anti-lock brakes) on its 2009 CBR600RR and CBR1000RR models. Having sampled a wide variety [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2009 Kawasaki KLX250SF Kawasaki’s new supermoto-style KLX250SF defies the notion that an entry-level machine must be mundane.
Photography By Jeff Allen It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an experienced rider; both are prime candidates for a budget-priced 250cc Single. While this new KLX250SF’s sharp appearance revs anyone’s fervor for fun and frolic, its refined lightweight package also meets the more basic needs of daily use. Based on the reworked KLX250Sdual-purpose [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
First Ride: 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 Distinct Thunder Down Under: The completely redesigned 998cc engine features the fruits of Yamaha MotoGP development inside and out.
Yamaha has made good use of the vast sums of money and resources it annually invests in roadracing’s premier class. Technologies developed and proven through its championship-winning MotoGP program have provided a steady stream of advanced features found in recent YZF-R1 sportbikes. For 2009, Yamaha continues the trend with the latest R1, which now employs [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
A 13-hour direct flight from LAX to Sydney, Australia, tends to numb your senses. When there’s a 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 and hot laps around Eastern Creek (a former Australian Grand Prix venue) waiting for you, though, it promises to be a very good-day, mate! By now, you’ve likely heard about the R1′s new cross-plane crankshaft [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jason Critchell & Paul Bryant I figured this was not going to be your average street-based press ride, a hunch further reinforced by the London-Gatwick Customs Officer checking my passport upon arrival. “Where are you traveling?” he asked. “Is it business or leisure that takes you to the Isle of Man?” My answer [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
A chance to ride the new Ducati 1198S at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, a brand spankin’ new race circuit located in the southernmost region of Portugal? My bags were packed! Too bad Delta Airlines misplaced my checked luggage in route, leaving me without a change of clothes, toiletries or, most importantly, my riding gear [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Kawasaki is a proud company with a rich performance heritage. It seems that whenever the green machines have fallen behind the curve in a sportbike category, you can bet the draught will only last a few short years. Seems to be the case with the new-for-2009 ZX-6R Ninja, anyway. The international press launch for the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)