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)
Photography by Chris Cantle If ever there were a sportbike that has weathered the test of time in a changing two-wheel climate, it’s the Suzuki GSX-R750. When it first emerged in the European and Canadian markets in 1985 (arriving stateside the following year), it defined what a race-bred superbike should be. Over the years, this [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Test: 2008 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver With the Shiver and its forthcoming derivatives, look for Aprilia to gain floor space in American garages.
Photography By Jeff Allen Times are good, as 2008 has produced a bumper crop of pickin’s for riders in search of an affordable, user-friendly, sporty motorcycle. The midsize-naked category is well covered in this regard, with recent additions including the Ducati Monster 696, KTM 690 Duke, an updated Suzuki SV650 and the spirited Triumph Street [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
As an all-new model in Suzuki’s 2008 line, the GSX650F has a pair of Shaquille O’Neal-size shoes to fill, replacing the ultra-competent Katana 600 and 750 that have been retired following two decades of faithful service. While thoroughly modern, the GSX650F upholds Katana tradition as a versatile, fully faired and affordable standard. True to its [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
XtraPix: Black & White – First Look More pictures and notes from the June, 2008 CW comparison of the Buell 1125R and Ducati 848.
Twins separated at birth? Not a chance. This pair of track-bred, backroad-burning V-Twin sportbikes is more like yin and yang than brothers-in-arms. What I’m really trying to say here is that riding these two back-to-back on both the street and around a racetrack was like taking the Pepsi challenge. But come to think of it, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Kawasaki’s first-generation ZX-10R sportbike introduced in 2004 not only raised the performance bar but the hair on the back of our necks. Lean, mean and green, the big Ninja blitzed the quarter-mile and set quicker lap times than its competition in our head-to-head comparison test, but also could be quite frightening when ridden near its [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
For the big redesign of its iconic, pavement-scorching Hayabusa, Suzuki revisited the wind tunnel and gave the bike a muscular new look. The king of speed’s basic engine architecture remains the same, though attention to detail—not to mention a 41cc bump in displacement—has added up to increased power and acceleration. Strapped to Cycle World’s dyno, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
If you must have the quickest-accelerating mass-market motorcycle money can buy, head straight to your Suzuki dealer and snatch up a 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa. If you can settle for the second-quickest bike for the buck, but one that adds value with its smoother-running engine, more agile-handling chassis and an edge in rider comfort, then the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Good breeding always tells, even—maybe especially—with musclebikes.One of our all-time favorite large-displacement sporting platforms, the mighty Suzuki Hayabusa, provided the foundation upon which the B-King was built. But while the B-King faithfully delivers ’Busa-like brutish power, it’s endowed with a relaxed, upright riding position and resultant ease of handling. While its bold styling may not [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The Speed Wars have heated up once again, with the familiar duo of Kawasaki and Suzuki leading the charge. Suzuki was first out of the gate, introducing its 2008 Hayabusa to the press this past September in rural Wisconsin. Before putting the peg feelers to the grindstone around the spectacular Road America race course, a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)