The adventure doesn’t really begin, they say, until something goes wrong. When we combine adventure bikes with guys that have seen too many BMW commercials, this inevitably entails picking adventure bikes back up from the dusty trail (or in my case, having them extracted by helicopter). Suddenly, it’s very clear why weight matters. One solution [...]Read Full Post | Comments(19)
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS – First Ride Back in Beak: Suzuki’s reimagined V-Strom is for riders for whom every day is an adventure.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
They raised me Catholic back there in the Midwestern ’burb, but parochial school was too expensive, so every Saturday morning, it was off to catechism class. While the other kids watched cartoons on all three channels, I learned about the wages of sin and memorized all your popular prayers, motivated by the knowledge that failure [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
God only knows what different path my life would’ve taken if I’d had one of these in 1973. Well, it would’ve been the same path at first: the trails that wound through the woods at the end of our street where all the cool bigger kids rode their Elsinores and Combat Wombats. We did manage [...]Read Full Post | Comments(12)
2014 Zero SR – First Look Electric motorcycle maker Zero awards its first “R” to the most powerful bike it’s ever built.
The electric revolution continues. The new R version of the Zero S offers riders 56 percent higher torque and 24 percent more power—106 pound-feet and 67 horses—and means the Zero SR can hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and 102 mph, according to Zero. Which is impressive enough on paper, but even more electrifying when [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP – First Look Should the FZ-09’s kid brother come to the US? You know our answer.
Well, it hasn’t been the flashiest, fastest or trickest for a few years now, but that hasn’t stopped the CBR1000RR from being one of our perennial favorite liter bikes, and this special SP version will go a long way toward closing the missile gap. While Honda still hasn’t climbed aboard the traction-control bandwagon, this CBR [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
2014 Honda CTX1300 and CTX1300 Deluxe – First Look An ST1300 gets the Comfort, Technology and eXperience treatment.
Welcome to the second installment of Honda’s Comfort Technology eXperience series (CTX), the CTX1300 and CTX1300 Deluxe. It’s safe to say nobody really saw this one coming (until the spy shots we ran last week of the bike on a commercial shoot in LA), but it actually makes a lot of sense. The ST1300 is [...]Read Full Post | Comments(18)
According to MV Agusta President/CEO Giovanni Castigliano, it’s all about market segmentation these days, especially now that the big-bike market (over 871cc) in Europe has “ceased to exist,” in his words. MV’s figures say big-bike sales in Europe have gone from 70,166 in 2010 to 37,994 in 2013 (January through August)—a 46 percent downturn. Meanwhile, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
Photographer : Chris Doane Automotive
Finally, no more letters from guys incensed we didn’t include the ST1300 in the last sport-touring comparison! Spy photos of what looks like Honda’s new CTX700, but packing what appears to be the longitudinal V-4 from the beloved ST, appeared in the CW inbox last week. The bike in the photos has a clutch and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(26)
Photographer : Ron Perry
(Editor’s Note: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ducati Monster, we have decided to reprint Monster Story by John Burns, exactly as the feature appeared in our October 1993 issue. Raymond Chandler has nothing on Burns. Or does he?) I needed a drink. I needed more life insurance. I needed a long vacation in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)