The motorcycles jostling for position around me look like they’ve escaped from the Island of Dr Moreau. Vicious crossbreeds, custom mongrels or, as they say around here, “a thousand milks.” “Around here” is Galicia, Spain, north of Portugal and on the rugged Atlantic coast. It’s out on a limb, a lot like the company I’m [...]Read Full Post | Comments(18)
Photographer : Kristina Fender
The high watermark. The last of the pure superbikes. Unexpurgated. The pinnacle. All downhill from here… K5: Seldom has a consonant and number pairing had such significance in the motorcycle world as the one affixed to Suzuki’s 2005-06 GSX-R1000. Those outside Hamamatsu’s inner circle didn’t know it at the time, but after the two-year sales [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Adventure Seeker: The Love Affair is Over – Feature A two-week dream trip has ruined the rest of my biking life...
Photography by Gary Inman For the February issue of Cycle World, I rode a variety of BMWs more than 2500 miles largely off-road from South Africa’s Cape coast north through Namibia and into Zambia with www.motoaventures.com. I should have only ridden one BMW, but I planted the first one (rented from www.motoberlin.co.za) in an old [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Norton Commando 961 SE – Riding Impression Reborn again, this time in England, is Norton back for good?
This bike could’ve been made for this very moment in time: Fluffy white clouds dot the pale blue sky; the rural, rolling British Midlands are as dry, green and beautiful as they ever get; the roads are midweek-quiet and smooth enough. I’m on the new, British-built Norton Commando 961 SE. Its fat bars twitch as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The Man Who Bought the Brand – CW Interview Stuart Garner made his fortune in fireworks. Will he have a similar “explosion” with Norton?
Photography by Paul Bryant The new Mr. Norton is Stuart Garner, a former gamekeeper and warehouseman who “didn’t gel with school” and whose early career “went tits up when I discovered beer, girls and Yamaha 250 LCs.” Now 40, Garner owns fireworks, baby stroller and engineering firms, and a South African game reserve where he [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Mark Miller was pulling off his sweaty leathers when I asked him to sum up racing at the Isle of Man. This was just his second TT, yet he’d finished a respectable 26th in the Superbike event on a stock Aprilia. Because he’s an American and not seeped in Celtic roadracing, his outsider-on-the-inside perspective was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)