So, what size is it?” This ranks as one of the more annoying and unimaginative questions you can get from the guy in the parking lot attempting to make small talk. Sometimes, I just feel like pointing and saying, “It’s that big. You’re looking right at it…” But, then again, I’m kind of a jerk. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster 1200 Custom – Middleweight Motorcycles Displacement ain’t everything.
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
1. Value: HJC, the number-one manufacturer of helmets in the world by volume, says it has developed a high-quality helmet line with a lower price point than current top-shelf helmets. The three-piece series is called RPHA, which stands for Revolutionary Performance Helmet Advanced. HJC is backing its quality claims with a five-year warranty. 2. Improved [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Look who represented Cycle World at the 2013 BMW HP4 press launch in Spain! Eric Bostrom will turn in a First Ride report on the new German hot rod next week. In the meantime, Eric sent us a few photos of him lapping the Jerez Circuit aboard the exotic superbike. The new HP4 is a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Harley riders have a saying, “If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand.” You may have seen it on a T-shirt at a motorcycle event alongside some other great classics. At risk of being caught in this Zen biker-wisdom Catch-22, I’ll roll the dice and continue. You decide if you’re clueless or in the choir. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
It’s probably difficult to mass-produce a motorcycle with true character these days, mostly because “character” can often be construed as a lack of refinement. Yes, we have amazing performance and an approachability that gives most modern bikes their mass appeal, but an unfortunate side effect can be motorcycles that don’t speak to us. While I [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two XL1200V Sportster – First Ride Showroom-floor old-school cruiser cool from Harley.
Photography by Jeff Allen As soon as Harley rolled out this pretty little redhead, I knew I had to ride it. You see, back in the day, I rode—or more accurately, performed roadside repairs on—a crazy Scandinavian-style hardtail Sportster chopper. I’m talking about a terrifyingly noodley 12-inch-over springer variety. My ill-mannered beast was much more [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)