Feeling claustrophobic in the spanning void of the Mojave Desert is devastatingly ironic. Not so long ago, I would point out a distant peak as my destination and open the throttle in that direction, dodging Joshua trees and attacking whoops, single track, rocks, sand wash and any other geography that [...]
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Bill Warner, holder of the conventional motorcycle land-speed record of over 311 mph, was killed this past July when his turbo Hayabusa crashed during a speed run at the former Loring AFB in Maine. Warner was greatly respected for his work, which was in the best tradition of American do-it-yourself [...]
A special visitor dropped by last month: Cycle World’s European Editor Bruno dePrato was in town, not to ride bikes but to participate in the World Famous Mud Run at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Contestants run for 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) up and down hills, negotiate water obstacles, climb [...]
What is this new Honda motorcycle with the Middle Earth name, Grom? It looks like a sportbike, but it’s small, powered by a little 125cc engine, making what, 10 horsepower? That means it’s not going to humiliate you by wheelying when all you were doing was checking for clearance in [...]
Italy’s motorcycle industry is going through times of change, some more painful than others. First, Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio left Borgo Panigale to rescue Alitalia airlines, with Claudio Domenicali named as his able successor. It was a surprise that it happened so quickly and with almost no warning, but [...]
Small Engine, Big Performance? Prototype electromechanical valve drive from LaunchPoint Technologies aims for that goal.
Variable valve timing seeks to combine the low-rpm torque of a Harley-Davidson Big Twin with the high-rev power of a sportbike engine. This is especially useful in helping downsized engines to do the job of bigger engines with fixed valve timing. The ideal system would be one that could vary [...]
Max Biaggi Launches Pirelli Angel GT On Aircraft Carrier Retired world champion performs braking test on Italian warship.
Is there a better place to evaluate the wet-weather stopping capabilities of a new sport-touring tire than the flight deck of an aircraft carrier? Apparently not, which is why Pirelli called on six-time world champion Max Biaggi to conduct a braking test with its new Angel GT on the Italian [...]
Beginning in 2016, anti-lock brakes will be required on all motorcycles manufactured for sale in Europe. Right now, MV Agusta is offering ABS on its flagship 1000cc F4 sportbike that incorporates Rear-Wheel Lift Mitigation (RLM). Other premium sportbikes, such as the BMW S1000RR, Ducati 1199 Panigale R and Kawasaki ZX-10R [...]
Motorheads Unite! Seize The Sites! Do you know someone who should be included on a “notable alumni” list?
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 [...]
Is racing a technique to be studied and learned—a high-speed intelligence test? Or it is just a testosterone dare among risk-seeking deviates? Most of the dramatic movies I’ve seen that had a racing theme have taken the latter view. Racers are presented as helpless speed addicts who heedlessly go faster [...]