Cycle World’s 13th Annual Ten Best issue dedicated 17 pages to naming the year’s best bikes across 10 categories. We included several additional selections of 10, such as the most influential people in American motorcycling, most memorable races, best racing rivalries, greatest bikes of all time and best technical innovations. [...]
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Why be satisfied with droning stock performance? Cycle World’s most recent BMW S1000RR made 179 hp at 13,100 rpm, but there is no limit to what we humans may want next. I got an email from Chip Spalding at Ballistic Performance Components (an outfit that offers weight-saving lithium/iron phosphate batteries) [...]
JetNetherlands: Mercy Missions Executive-jet service provides flight support for injured motorcycle racers.
When Pata Honda Superbike World Championship rider Leon Haslam broke his tibia and fibula in a high-speed crash at Assen this past April, he and his family had to make a critical medical decision. Option 1: Wait in The Netherlands until the swelling subsided before the local medical staff could [...]
In 1983, the magnesium engine cases on Freddie Spencer’s three-cylinder Honda NS500 were run 600 kilometers (372 miles) and then returned to the factory to be remachined so they could be used through a second block of mileage. After that, too weak for reuse, the cases were scrapped. Googling an [...]
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, [...]
I was out performance testing and thought I’d give you an audio ride through the gears on the 2013 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Triple captured during its 148-mph top-speed pass. I dropped my iPhone in the pocket of my leathers, dropped the Brutale in gear, and wrung it out for [...]
For me, the bikes featured on this 1988 cover were purely aspirational. At that time, I was a year away from purchasing my first sportbike, and, pricewise, none of these models would have been in the cards. In the meantime, I drooled over Yamaha’s FZR1000, Kawasaki’s ZX-10 Ninja and Suzuki’s [...]
2013 Catalina Grand Prix Canceled Difficulties with requisite governmental permits and approvals sinks 2013 event.
By all accounts, the 2010 Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix has gone down in the history books as a huge success, with some 800 riders of all ages competing in 12 races, vintage and modern, that recaptured the spirit of the original competitions held on this California island back in [...]
I stared at a strange brightness on the point of the lathe tool as I machined a brake-disc carrier. Then, I understood. Cutting friction had ignited magnesium chips. Brilliant, white light flared. White smoke billowed to the ceiling and then died away as the fuel was exhausted. I hardly had [...]