Missing from Suzuki’s lineup for three years, the DR-Z400SM returned for 2013. We’re stoked to have it back, as it’s the only street-legal, lightweight, small-displacement, 17-inch-wheeled supermoto still available in the US. It seems the light supermoto trend has largely played itself out, and when combined with the recession, these [...]
MV Agusta may have 14 models available for 2014, but its triples are the Italian manufacturer’s lifeblood. And the flagship motorcycle in MV’s triple range is the F3 800, whose engine is based on the unit in the F3 675. The 798cc version shares an identical 79.0mm bore but is [...]
ONBOARD VIDEO: Ducati 899 Panigale Hot lapping in the cold rain at Imola. Traction control and rain tires rule!
I was particularly stoked when the boss selected me to attend the recent world press launch of the new 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale. I’m always fired up to test a race-bred Italian sportbike, but this trip would be extra cool because I’d never ridden the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino [...]
2014 BMW S1000R – First Ride Just exactly who is the new S1000RR-with-an-R-missing for, and why would anyone want it?
Why the question above? Simple. We’ve too often witnessed a manufacturer offering a handlebar version of its open-class sportbike, only to be disappointed when we learn that the machine has also lost its character, performance, and smarts. So, getting right to the point, is BMW’s new 2014 S1000R just a [...]
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS – First Ride Back in Beak: Suzuki’s reimagined V-Strom is for riders for whom every day is an adventure.
The adventure doesn’t really begin, they say, until something goes wrong. When we combine adventure bikes with guys that have seen too many BMW commercials, this inevitably entails picking adventure bikes back up from the dusty trail (or in my case, having them extracted by helicopter). Suddenly, it’s very clear [...]
Kawasaki’s Z1000 has long been one of our favorite naked streetbikes, earning the distinction of being named Cycle World’s Best Standard in 2010 and 2011. Now, though, there’s a new Z1000 in town, a fourth-generation bike that the company says is harder edged and visually tighter, while also having a [...]