Despite its apparent simplicity, this custom, the Lindy Bob, embodies more cultures than you’d find swirling around in a petri dish. It’s a Japanese bike manufactured as a tribute to classic British motorcycles that’s been customized by a German to look like a cross between an American boardtracker and a British clubman/café racer, then named [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2013 Triumph Trophy 1200 SE – First Ride Review Tearing up the backroads while listening to the backbeat.
Photographer : Alessio Barbanti and Stefano Gadda
It’s not exactly a case of David challenging Goliath, but it’s close—real close. With its new 1200 Trophy SE luxury-tourer, Triumph, a comparatively small bike manufacturer, is challenging one of the industry’s giants when it comes to producing highly regarded over-the-road motorcycles: BMW. The Boys in Bavaria run a high-powered auto and motorcycle operation that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Photographer : Doug Milner
Sheer insanity, that’s what it was. I mean, how else would you describe riding a powerful sportbike flat-out all day and all night with wild boars wandering in your path, rear tires slinging off chunks of tread rubber, holy s**t tank-slappers trying to pitch you off at close to 150 mph and sweating away 10 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
I can envision it all now—the angry e-mails, the threatening phone calls, the snail hate mail, all of it accusing me of being firmly ensconced in the pocket of one tool provider: Motion Pro. It has happened before, and after this, it probably will happen again. Why? Because both of the tools I have for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Tom Riles and Brian J. Nelson
» Also see the new 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO line-up Anniversaries are a big deal at Harley-Davidson. As they should be for any company that has survived for more than a century in a business as mercurial as motorcycling. But not only has Harley survived, it has frequently flourished, with 2013 marking the 110th year of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Got a fertile imagination? If so, you should be able to come up with an almost limitless number of uses for Motion Pro’s Nitro Tape (part #11-0084; $9.99 per 10-ft. roll). This silicone tape is self-fusing, which means it tenaciously adheres to itself without any adhesive whatsoever, yet it sticks to nothing else and leaves [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Illustration by Hector Cademartori
In the June edition of my monthly Service department in Cycle World’s print magazine, I offered a basic explanation of motorcycle countersteering. I did so in response to a question submitted by a reader whose bike had been crashed by a relative who evidently did not know—or remember, if he did know—that countersteering is what [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
AMA Hall of Fame Nobby Clark Controversy The AMA Hall of Fame first inducts Clark and then, inexplicably, changes its collective mind.
Looks like the AMA has stepped in it once again. On June 16, the organization distributed a press release announcing the induction of Derek “Nobby” Clark—legendary roadrace mechanic who tuned motorcycles and their storied riders to 17 world championships over two decades and several classes—into its Hall of Fame. The release heaped extensive praise on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
It’s a diabolical plot, a deliberate, cold-blooded strategy designed to frustrate and thwart. I’m not talk-ing about presidential campaign tactics or the IRS’ tax-collection policies; nope, I’m referring to the location of many important little nuts, bolts and other fasteners, the adjusting screws on some carbu-retors in particular. Almost all recent streetbikes and a growing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Changing your own tires these days, are ya, Sparky? Well, you might as well balance them yourself, too. And if that sounds like a swell idea, Discount Ramps’ (www.discountramps.com) Black Widow Motorcycle Wheel Balancer (part #BW-WB-03; $49.99) is an economical tool that can help you get the job done quite nicely. The steel stand has [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)