Sometimes you just need to push the boundaries. Like Ducati did with its power cruiser, the Diavel. So we took a Diavel Cromo the desert, and in the best spaghetti Western tradition, let the horse run free. We hope you like the ride. More Ducati Diavel Content: » 2013 Ducati Diavel Buyer’s Guide » [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
As expected, American Honda announced that the Taiwan-built, fuel-injected, 125cc Grom will be for sale in the U.S. as a 2014 model, priced at $2999. The Grom, known as the MSX125 in other markets [read our post on the MSX125 here], looks like it will be a blast to ride, offering what Honda says is [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
For a bit of insight into how Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment works, I sat down with BMW’s head of chassis development, Jörg Ploss. I told him how much we enjoyed the pushbutton ESA II on the K1600GTL long-term bike we’d had and his comment was, “Yes, but this is old!” According to Ploss, 90 percent [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Ever want to put a bullet in your watch, load up your sidecar and chug whiskey straight from the bottle every night while you get ready to camp next to your rig? Oh, I hear a chorus of yeses out there… Okay, so maybe we all can’t do that in real life, but movies about [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Ignition systems these days are so pointless as to be almost existential. Okay, bad joke, but thanks to the proliferation of electronic engine management, points-switched ignitions are virtually non-existent on modern motorcycles. Lots of us out there still ride old machines that use points, however, either with battery-and-coil ignitions or with magnetos. Why, I’m fortunate [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Robbie Maddison’s DC Shoes AIR.CRAFT Video Short film or long commercial, you can’t help but be impressed.
Our digital world is awash in video. Some good, some bad, some great. This piece from DC TeamWorks, called AIR.CRAFT, ranks up there at the top, from Robbie Maddison’s awesome riding talent to the incredible work of director Jose Gomez. Maddison rips around an airplane graveyard in Tuscon, Arizona, flipping, jumping, whipping and plummeting from [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
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Got the café itch? Royal Enfield is ready to scratch with the 2014 Café Racer. “Nothing about the bike is the same,” said Ron Greene, VP of sales and dealer development at Royal Enfield USA about the CR’s relationship to the rest of the 500cc line. The standard 84 x 90mm Single has been bored [...]Read Full Post | Comments(11)
A good friend once told me he liked to have his finger hovering over the proverbial eject button in life, even though he never had any intention of using it. The feeling it conveyed to him was, of course, that he could chuck it all at any time and somehow live “free.” The BMW GS [...]Read Full Post | Comments(18)
Wunderlich “MadUSA” Custom BMW S1000RR – Riding Impression The German accessory-maker builds the naked bike we all want.
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Hello, BMW? Is this thing on? Um, you’ve completely changed your ways in recent years. Your turnsignal switch is normal, you built a class-dominating inline-Four that actually runs across the frame like on other sportbikes, and you killed it with the K1600 tourers. And yet, here we sit, staring at this naked S1000RR and wondering [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
What is “MadUSA” and how about this Wunderlich thing? Deciphering Algemeine Betriebs Erlaubnis and the strange name of this mad machine.
Okay, we’ll dive right into this naked BMW’s MadUSA name. You may remember “Mad Max,” the knobby-tired S1000RR special built by Wunderlich in Germany (pictured above). Our testbike kept the “Mad” of that bike and added “USA,” since this streetable machine was built to ride stateside. “We think the bike is a beauty like in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)