The plight of the adventure-touring suit? It should work in all conditions, from cold and wet in Alaska to the hottest places in Africa. That’s the goal of the two-piece, zip-together Dainese Teren. Stretchy “Elasticated Cordura Comfort” makes up the outer shell, and thermoformed external shoulder cups aid range of motion. Removable CE-approved armor protects [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Brammo Empulse R vs. Zero S – Electric Motorcycle Comparison Test Milan motorcycle show is an experience like none other.
Photographer : Jeff Allen, Photo-Illustration: Eric Heintz
pay for essay Sure, we could have an intense political discussion about coal, ethanol, nuclear power and good old crude oil, but right now I’d rather ride motorcycles. These two bikes, the Brammo Empulse R and Zero S, are just that: Motor. Cycles. Last year, we were impressed by the Zero S (Road Test, 2012). It [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Three-Cylinder Middleweight Naked Bikes – Comparison Test Milan motorcycle show is an experience like none other.
Photographer : Drew Ruiz
This trio of triples absolutely represents the modern evolution of what we used to just call “motorcycle.” They are essentially denuded sporty bikes meant to engage our bodies in a human-friendly stance and offer great all-around performance. Some more than others. The big news here is Yamaha’s FZ-09, a displacement-busting big middleweight powered by an [...]Read Full Post | Comments(21)
Photographer : Tom Riles
Most press launches are composed with the utmost care so that they suit the bike perfectly. You get nothing but the greatest roads, just right for the intent of the bike, and typically with very little city or freeway riding, mostly because grinding it out in traffic is not what we dream about when we [...]Read Full Post | Comments(45)
Motorcycle enthusiasts are not often treated well in the theaters of America. There have been some good motorcycle films, sure, but usually movie people get bikes so wrong it’s painful. Not so with The Best Bar in America, written, shot and directed by brothers Damon and Eric Ristau, whose previous experience was on documentaries and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
2013 CW Rolling Concours Bike Show We ride the first Series B Vincent Rapide and an exquisite HRD Rudge Python Sport.
Photographer : Tim White
The art of the motorcycle is best enjoyed in motion, which is one reason we think the Cycle World Rolling Concours is one of the best bikes shows: All entered machines have to make a 50-mile ride (to a provided lunch at a local park) to be eligible for judging. Now celebrating its third year [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2014 Indian Chief Vintage and Chieftain Bagger – First Ride We get an early ride on the all-new Chief and an inside look at its development.
Indian Motorcycles has taken a tremendous beating in the decades since the 1953 closure of the factory proper, but the nobility of the brand is so deep and the cultural imprint so strong that it has endured. In recent years, Indian was a bit like watching a tough but aging prize fighter getting his ass [...]Read Full Post | Comments(90)
Indian’s “Spirit of Munro” Hits the Dry Lake (Video) Says the guy who ran it pinned in fifth: “I didn’t know it had never been run!”
Photographer : Barry Hathaway
It’s hard to fault the Indian PR machine. Parent company Polaris has been playing all the right cards for the storied American motorcycle brand, and giving out enough real information and photos—and showing the all-new engine —to keep everybody interested and satisfied leading up to the August 3 debut of the new Chief, at least [...]Read Full Post | Comments(11)
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(9)
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(15)