Let’s begin our downshifting discussion with this premise: The corner entry serves to get the bike ready to exit. For roadracers, exits last longer than entries, so perfecting the entry means maximizing speed onto the next straight. For street riders, rushing the entry of a corner and crossing the centerline or leaving the right edge [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Photographer : Illustration by Michael Byers
Become a Better Street Rider With “The Pace 2.0″ Milan motorcycle show is an experience like none other.
Photographer : Illustrations by Kevin Hand
As a moto-journalist since 1984, I’ve witnessed motorcycle and tire technology soar each year … but there hasn’t been a commensurate decrease in crashes. And in 1986 I got scared: Senator John Danforth’s legislation to limit horsepower had me imagining our sport decimated by politicians, and the vision made me sick. Luckily, I was in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(15)
Photographer : Gold & Goose
For the last 16 years, I’ve led wintertime riding schools at places like Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. We’ve lapped on many a cold and rainy day, and I’ve seen my share of cold-tire crashes. Only two percent of these chilly tip-overs involve a rider [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Superbikes With Soul: Classic vs. Modern Superbike Comparison Test Fast Freddie Spencer tests the greatest superbikes old and new.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
As Freddie Spencer climbed to the top step of the 1982 Daytona Superbike podium, he knew he was done racing Superbikes. His first year in Grand Prix loomed before him, and he had already tasted Formula 1 perfection aboard the Honda FWS1000. He knew what a good racebike should feel like and the CB900F-based Superbike [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
[ SCTA Speed Week began with a rider/driver’s meeting and great news about the future of the Bonneville Salt Flats from Kevin Oliver of the Bureau of Land Management. Oliver told the group that the salt flats were a “critical environmental concern” for the BLM, and the maintenance of this public land was one of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
World Superbike Style Check Ride faster, safer: What can you learn from the body position of top SBK riders?
Photographer : DMT Imaging
Motorcycle roadracers want to use the least-possible lean angle while running at the front. This can be seen in the lines they choose and in what they do with their bodies. They can accelerate and brake harder when the bike is more upright, and they use their bodies to help accomplish this. Tires are more [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen History will show that Cycle World’s first ride on Kawasaki’s ZX-14R happened at a dragstrip. Think back to the H1 and Z1 of the 1970s, Team Green’s first pacesetters, for the pattern this company has developed: big horsepower, industry-leading acceleration, physics-defying speed. The two-stroke H1 Mach III and four-stroke Z1 shocked [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Ah, the fresh air of unapologetic performance! Kawasaki began the press introduction for the 2012 ZX-14R with a rock-and-roll soundtrack accompanying a video of Rickey Gadson lighting up the rear tire and playing chicken with a Suzuki Hayabusa on a deserted road. The Hayabusa pulled over and let the ZX-14R pass. The next morning at [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photography by Gold & Goose Valentino Rossi shocked Grand Prix racing when he left Honda for Yamaha in 2002. Thirteen years earlier, in 1989, Eddie Lawson did just the opposite, shunning Yamaha, with whom he’d won three 500cc world titles, for Honda. As with Rossi, the move worked: Lawson, working with tireless engineer Erv Kanemoto, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Go ahead, take the easy answer: No. Build a bike with radically different engineering than anything else out there? Counter-rotating cranks? Flex-adjustable front fork that isn’t really a “fork?” Regressive damping out back with a spring on each side of the swingarm? Laugh out loud, say something about craziness, then tell whoever’s listening, “It’ll never [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)