Why the question above? Simple. We’ve too often witnessed a manufacturer offering a handlebar version of its open-class sportbike, only to be disappointed when we learn that the machine has also lost its character, performance, and smarts. So, getting right to the point, is BMW’s new 2014 S1000R just a denuded, detuned, and dumbed-down version [...]Read Full Post | Comments(30)
2014 BMW S1000R – First Ride Just exactly who is the new S1000RR-with-an-R-missing for, and why would anyone want it?
Like your average roadracing motorcycle, a professional stunt bike is a specialized machine that’s highly modified from stock. Some are fitted with full, custom-built steel cages that provide protection against the many low-speed falls that happen when developing tricks, as well as added degrees of steering lock for making the tightest turns possible. We looked [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Photographer : Ben Arboleda
I hate stunt riding. I might even hate stunt riders. The so-called sport of stunting competition has, since its inception, been populated by uncultured sociopaths intent on destroying our sacred 120-year history of motorcycling. Stunt riders are basically highway criminals who’ve found a means to monetize their anti-social and illegal behavior. They threaten our motorcycling [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
Photographer : Ben Arboleda
In its potential as a global motorcycle sport, the XDL is suddenly ahead of the curve. It fits into emerging economies and evolving motorcycle cultures. The growing populations and exploding middle classes in Eastern nations have suddenly put motorcycles into the hands of multitudes who are begging for bike events in countries bereft of funds [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
There’s a guy in my neighborhood who wants to ride my motorcycle. My brand-new motorcycle. Of course, we all want other enthusiasts to look at a bike of ours with aching envy, shuddering with jealousy, gazing at our machine with the begging eyes of a starving dog. But we don’t want a single one of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(18)
Photographer : Brian Nitto
Pictured here is the moment that the drama of a difficult season was decided. Pictured here is the exact instant that Michael Barnes won the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 championship for the KLR Group/Spyke’s Harley-Davidson team. Pictured here is the instant of no return, the buzzer-beating shot, the nose at the line, the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
A detail of the graffiti art in Graffiti Alley in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota, a local attraction worth seeing any time of year. Rapid City sits in the heart of the Sioux Nation, just north of Wounded Knee where hundreds were massacred late in the 19th Century, so there is a healthy population of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Adventures in Sturgis Land Peter Jones takes a road trip to the Black Hills for the 2012 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Photographer : Peter Jones
Full Story: 2012 Sturgis Rally Recap Alone on the road, leaving the verdant mountains of North Carolina, heading northwest some 1750 miles to the Mecca of motorcycling metal. This ridge is possibly the last hills I’ll see until the Black ones come into view west of Sturgis. Wrong. Very wrong. Ride the damn bike. I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Super Twins Are Danny Eslick and Geoff May on track to give Erik Buell Racing its first AMA Pro SuperBike win?
Photographer : Tim White
The numbers don’t add up. That’s the consensus around the AMA Pro SuperBike paddock regarding chassis specifications of the Erik Buell Racing 1190RS. Twenty-two degrees of rake and 86mm of trail are simply too radical; the big Twin shouldn’t be competitive. But the factory EBRs ridden by Danny Eslick and Geoff May defy convention. “Fiercely [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Italian cows are huge, the secret motorcycle lane down the center of Italian roads is not one-way, Hannibal driving 37 elephants through the Alps really was a pisser worthy of the history books, and relieving yourself while wearing gloves is nearly impossible. Those are things I learned while taking part in the three-day 2011 Italian [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)