Switch on the Brammo Empulse R and push what appears to be a start button, and no starter grinds an engine to life, no ignition ignites a volatile mixture and no exhaust barks as it purges burnt gases. Instead, the dashboard blinks ever so silently as the Empulse boots up. Twist the throttle a few [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
The rate of progress at Zero Motorcycles has accelerated for 2013. A new motor offers twice as much power as last year’s Zeros, and new battery packs boost range at highway speeds by more than 25 percent. If things continue at this rate, the company will be offering electric motorcycles in a couple of years [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Remaking Husqvarna The all-new TR650 dual-sport, an upcoming street-legal two-stroke and more 900 Twins aim to get a Husky in your garage.
[ Coming to America this fall: all-new Husky TR650 single-cylinder dual-sport. Terra model features 21/18-inch wheels. A more street-oriented Strada will come equipped with 19/17-inchers. A full line of adventure-type accessories will be available for both models. ] Husqvarna history reaches back 300 years to a Swedish arsenal founded in 1689, and it’s arguably [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Somehow, in the process of giving the Husqvarna version of the Rotax/BMW F800 engine an extra 100cc, the engineers responsible did more: They gave it a character transplant. Ride Husky’s Nuda and you’d swear it wasn’t powered by anything derived from the somewhat staid parallel-Twin of the BMW F800. No, this engine has a syncopated [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Illustration by C.G. Design
[ Husqvarna executives say their engineers are developing a street-legal, direct-injected, two-stroke-powered dual-sport. This illustration represents what we think the bike might look like. ] During our recent visit to Husqvarna, company executives said they have a high-tech two-stroke, likely directly injected, in their near-term product plan. At KTM, a tech-services manager claims that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(13)
2012 Superbike Shootout: Workhorses The most affordable high-performance machines in the world face off.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Budgets are tight these days, right? But that doesn’t mean you have to give up any of life’s necessities like big horsepower, awesome handling or incredible brakes. These machines prove this point. Our group of five Workhorses in this less-costly class range from the $13,799 Suzuki GSX-R1000 to the $16,490 BMW S1000RR. Three have traction [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
“We’re a little bit sorry for being a pain in the ass,” said Claudio Domenicali, Ducati’s General Manager—but not sorry enough to change his mind. When we invited Ducati to participate in this superbike comparison test, we specified that the machines in each of our two price classes would all be fitted with the same [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Triumph had only one target for its new Tiger Explorer, explains product manager Simon Warburton: the BMW R1200GS. The big GS Boxer, the most successful motorcycle in the last two-and-a-half decades, sells so well it represents a very substantial chunk of BMW’s production and has been the machine that both created and continues to define [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
“We Ride the Seven Secret Bikes of Japan” Revisited – 50th Anniversary Riding 1980s’ Japanese jewels in their homeland.
It all began because we didn’t have anything else to put on the cover. Paul Dean had been editor at Cycle World for just three months, his arrival having ended an internal cold war over editorial succession while triggering an immediate exodus of pretenders. I had been technical editor at CW for just two years [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The crew at Zero Motorcycles has been hard at work. From the 2010 to 2011 model year, Zero largely engineered new electric motorcycles under its existing designs, creating essentially all-new machines that resembled their predecessors. In 2012, they’ve done it again, designing new machines that are vastly more capable than last year’s, although superficially, they [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)