In an unprecedented move, the American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) is allowing electric motorcycles to compete head-to-head on track with conventional internal-combustion-powered machinery. According to AFM President Berto Wooldridge, Oregon-based Brammo was looking for a way to showcase its new Empulse sportbike. “They wanted to compete within the existing class structure against gas-powered bikes with [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
When Worlds Collide: Electric vs. Gas Motorcycles Electric motorcycles are eligible for lightweight and middleweight sportbike classes in AFM roadracing.
Five Fast Facts: Schuberth SR1 Helmet Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher used his own head to help develop this lightweight, full-face sportbike helmet.
Sprechen sie Deutsch? Although Schuberth has been making motorcycle helmets for more than 60 years and is considered to be one of the premier helmet makers in Formula 1, the German company may not be on your radar. With its latest release, the racetrack-ready SR1, assisted in development by none other than seven-time F1 champ [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
The late Earl Nightingale, known to many as the “Dean of Personal Development,” once said, “If you surround yourself with greatness, some is bound to rub off.” Well, in 2013, I’m banking on it! Sport is good fun, but if you increase the intensity, something special happens. The endorphin release that occurs when you push [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2013 BMW HP4 – Riding Impression Semi-active suspension helps bump the ride-by-wire S1000RR to the next level.
You can’t have your cake and eat it, too. That’s what I was thinking as I stood in pit lane at the Jerez Circuit watching the gentle morning light illuminate this holy land of motorcycle roadracing and the beautiful new paint and bodywork on BMW’s S1000RR-based HP4. Here’s what I mean: The handling needed for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
There is no better way to experience a vast amount of countryside in a short period of time than on a motorcycle. In fact, the same can also be said for a big city. This is the aim for the 2013 Husqvarna TR650 Terra and Strada: exhilarating, go-anywhere rides that are also affordable and fuel-efficient. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
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Welcome to the magic of the café-racer era, a time when a single model, the Vincent Black Shadow, held the production motorcycle speed record for nearly a quarter-century. If you were a tinkerer, this was your moment in the sun. Bolt-on performance parts were in their infancy, leaving enthusiasts to ponder, “What does speed look [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
BMW HP4 – First Ride Ten reasons why the 193-horsepower, S1000RR-based BMW HP4 will make you a better motorcycle rider.
I flew to Spain to ride the new limited-edition HP4, the latest incarnation of BMW’s already-impressive, World-Superbike-contending S1000RR. After spending a day lapping the famous Circuit of Jerez on this monumental new motorcycle, I asked myself, “How might the upgrades that were outlined in the press kit and I experienced on the racetrack benefit buyers [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
My journey back to Paul Ricard this past February for the press launch of the new MV Agusta F3 675 was special. This enchanting high-speed circuit is perched above the French Riviera in the arid mountains of Southern France. When I was in my early 20s, Paul Ricard was a place of “firsts”: my first [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
There were some long days and weekends, but they were nothing compared to the seemingly endless nights. From the moment that “Road to Daytona” got the green light, this was our plight. The Team Cycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki crew assembled one bike after another. They kept up this rhythm for eight straight weeks. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(12)
Daytona has a way of expressing itself in extremes. This was the case in 1994 during my inaugural trip to Bike Week as a pro dirt-tracker. The first night at Municipal Stadium, I had an extraordinary qualifying result for the main event. That stellar effort was backed up the following evening by disappointment: I failed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)