Back in 2006, when Honda was selling roughly 20,000 CBR600RRs in the U.S. each year, fast-paced development and short motorcycle life cycles were necessary to keep consumer interest and provide a good platform for Supersport racing. Now, in a market in which CBR250Rs outsell big brother significantly, careful evolution is [...]
2014 Suzuki MotoGP Prototypes Spied Again! More exclusive photos and details from testing at Twin Ring Motegi.
We’ll soon know more about Suzuki’s 2014 MotoGP bike, as that Japanese company plans three public and two private European tests beginning in June. About the current machine, factory test rider and GP veteran Nobuatsu Aoki is quoted as saying, “They made a lot of design changes.” Differences we can [...]
Years sold: 2000-2006 MSRP new: $9999 (2000) to $11,999 (2006) Blue Book retail value: $3650 (2000) to $6665 (2006) Basic specs: A dohc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 999cc, 90-degree V-Twin superbike weighing 440 lb. dry and making a claimed 133 hp and 71 ft.-lb. of torque. Why it’s desirable: “Designated Duck killer,” [...]
We handed off our sparkly green ZX-14R to Contributing Editor Nick Ienatsch following the Ninja’s scheduled 7500-mile service. Our local dealer charged $90.69 for oil, filter and sparkplugs, tacking on another $255 in labor. Suppose we got off easy since the valve-clearance inspection is at 15,000-mile intervals. A hint of [...]