Photography by Jeff Allen When the Moto Guzzi Griso hit the market back in 2006, the sporty naked’s fresh styling and visceral twin-cylinder performance offered timely promise that the classic Italian bike maker had landed rubber side down and would forge full-speed ahead under its new Piaggio Group leadership. The [...]
Adventure Seeker: The Love Affair is Over – Feature A two-week dream trip has ruined the rest of my biking life...
Photography by Gary Inman For the February issue of Cycle World, I rode a variety of BMWs more than 2500 miles largely off-road from South Africa’s Cape coast north through Namibia and into Zambia with www.motoaventures.com. I should have only ridden one BMW, but I planted the first one (rented [...]
Photography by Jeff Allen There’s no doubt ape-hanger bikes are all about looking cool. And although this bars-in-the-sky style definitely makes some demands of the rider that more conventional cruisers do not, most riders who prefer their fists flying at eye level (or above) couldn’t care less. Apes are everywhere [...]
Photography and Video by Jeff Allen Bonus content for the print feature “Ride There.” (CW, February, 2012) We flog the big adventure-touring mounts-BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and the new-to-the-U.S. Yamaha Super Tenere-on road and off in a head-to-head-to-head comparison test. Read the full story in the February, 2012, “Big [...]
2012 Can-Am Spyders – First Look New colors, cooler instrumentation—and much more to come, says BRP.
Photography by Brian J. Nelson What did you expect would happen if you left a roomful of Rotax engineers and motorcycle/snowmobile nuts cooped up for a few winters in Canada? The Can-Am Spyder, now entering its fifth year of production, is simply another example of mechanical evolution at work. When [...]
2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 – First Ride The middleweight-Twin Ninja drops the R. Now “rollicking” and “real good deal” are simply implied.
Photography by Kinney Jones Here’s the problem with entry-level sport motorcycles. While the best ones have the right combination of performance and capability to go with their low acquisition cost and benign manners, they’re just not cool. How many beginning riders do you know that have tapped their college tuition [...]
2012 Honda CBR1000RR – First Ride On the 20th anniversary of the CBR-RR, Honda stays the course with human traction control.
Photography by Brian J. Nelson While a majority of its competitors have jumped aboard the traction-control bandwagon, Honda remains a “natural” throttle holdout for 2012. We have to admit it was a bit surprising to not be greeted with a major redesign and TC this model year, considering the CBR-RR [...]
2012 BMW G650GS Sertao – First Ride Adventure bike gets change of name and return to form for a familiar BMW thumper.
Photography by Kevin Wing BMW has a word game for you. Where you might think Dakar, now say Sertao, referring to the vast badlands of northeastern Brazil. Why? Because the 2012 G650GS Sertao is nothing less than a reactivation of the popular F650GS Dakar. Turns out that BMW’s desire to [...]
Riding the 2011 World Superbikes – Feature Cycle World travels to Portimao to sample the world’s best superbikes.
Most racing fans would kill for the chance to ride the current crop of World Superbikes back-to-back at one of the most exciting racetracks on planet Earth, right? Of course, and I would, too. Fortunately on this occasion all I had to do was book a plane ticket to Portimao, [...]
Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II – Product Review A sport-touring tire that offers more of, well, everything.
Sport-touring tires are a unique engineering challenge because by design—or at least in concept—they must be nearly everything to almost everyone. Nowhere was this more evident than at the launch for the new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II, held in early December in Westlake Village, California. Press motorcycles fitted with the [...]