By now, it’s a good bet that most motorcyclists know about the events that unfolded in New York City’s West Side on Sunday, September 29, after about 1:30 p.m. A large and disparate group of motorcyclists swarmed the West Side highway, apparently headed for Times Square, and in the process, tangled with a man driving [...]Read Full Post | Comments(73)
Can-am’s base-model Spyder “roadsters” share frames, powertrains and suspensions, and are available with five-speed-plus-reverse manual transmissions (SM5) and semi-automatic boxes (SE5). The differences among the three models are in their bodywork, standard and optional equipment, and, most importantly, riding positions. According to Can-Am, the ST (Sport Touring) model differs from the RS and RT in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
My first experience with professionally tailored leathers was in 1969, at Lewis Leathers in London. My first leathers—Webco one-piece roadracing—were bought from an ad in the back of Cycle World in ’67, so I was curious about what it would be like to have a tailored suit made. The Lewis guy doing the fitting took [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Motorheads Unite! Seize The Sites! Do you know someone who should be included on a “notable alumni” list?
Photographer : From the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame collection
Axiom 51 says, “If you leave it to the weenies, the weenies will win.” The only way to defeat weenie-ism is to take back the territory the weenies think they own. Take high school and college “notable alumni” lists on Wikipedia, for example. So far, to judge by my highly unscientific and casual check, 100 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Five Fast Facts: Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet A convertible Italian helmet to wear six ways from Sunday.
Six-in-One: Nolan calls the N-43E Trilogy a “crossover” helmet because it can be quickly configured six different ways: with or without removable chinbar and faceshield, without chinbar, without faceshield, without faceshield but with an attachable “peak” or with the peak and chinbar but no faceshield. The big picture: Huge, optically clear visor offers a wide [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Five years after production of Can-Am’s “Y-factor” Spyder roadsters began, the Canadian company has made significant changes to the model lineup as well as to the chassis and suspensions of its three-wheelers. Most attention among those interested in the three-wheeler world is focused on the new “ST” (Sport Touring) model, slotted midway between the turn-key-touring [...]Read Full Post | Comments(40)
Terence Sagar Shepherd, RR.D. (1931-2012) A top Golden Age GP rider, brilliant designer, fabricator and tuner passes under the checkered flag.
On October 5, 2012, in Southport, near Liverpool, England, Terry Shepherd finally lost his battle with cancer at age 81. His funeral was held on October 19th. His death was noted and mourned in motorcycle racing circles, especially in Great Britain. But across the Atlantic here at Cycle World, Shepherd’s passing hit us particularly hard, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Special, Stone, and Racer – First Look Guzzi upgrades its classic and cafe V-Twins.
In announcing the coming of the V7 lineup to the U.S., the marketing guys for the company said they were “incredibly pleased” to have the bikes here, claiming that the latest iterations of the now-iconic 90-degree V-Twin represent craftsmanship, Italian spirit, legendary heritage and technological progress. “Every V7,” they write, “is dashing to the eye [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Considering that the first Isle of Man Tourist Trophy in 1907 was almost won by American Billy Wells, not many racers from the USA have followed Wells’ lead to the start/finish line on The Island. Using official records, the list below contains the names of those who actually started a TT race, even if the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Riding a Can-Am Spyder means being exposed to the weather, as a motorcycle rider is, but the odds of a Spyder rider lowsiding onto the road are pretty slim. That means his or her gear doesn’t need to be configured to protect against get-offs the way a motorcyclist’s gear does (at least in the all-the-gear [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)