I couldn’t believe my luck. Having just landed in Bologna, after the long haul from Los Angeles, I was shocked to see that a driver holding a little placard reading “Bimota DB7 Press Launch” was actually on the other side of baggage claim waiting to cart me an hour away [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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Surprise! BMW’s dirtbike is here. Who would have thought five years ago that BMW would be building a full-on, race-ready 450cc enduro? Not us. The reason behind this madness? BMW wants to diversify, to hit a new performance-driven market segment, to basically captivate and snap up a younger clientele. The [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography By Tom Riles Life is about the journey. Destinations drive departure, but what you find along the way is at least as important as where you are going. Harley-Davidson touring models like this FLTR Road Glide have long provided an excellent platform for life’s more interesting journeys. They have [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
It is one of those eternal questions: Which is better, quality or quantity? Yamaha found out in surveying buyers of its YZF-R1 that they are more interested in rider-friendly features like additional bottom-end torque rather than just outright horsepower. So the all-new 2009 YZF-R1 doesn’t gain much peak output or [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jason Critchell & Paul Bryant I figured this was not going to be your average street-based press ride, a hunch further reinforced by the London-Gatwick Customs Officer checking my passport upon arrival. “Where are you traveling?” he asked. “Is it business or leisure that takes you to the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
A chance to ride the new Ducati 1198S at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, a brand spankin’ new race circuit located in the southernmost region of Portugal? My bags were packed! Too bad Delta Airlines misplaced my checked luggage in route, leaving me without a change of clothes, toiletries or, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Kawasaki is a proud company with a rich performance heritage. It seems that whenever the green machines have fallen behind the curve in a sportbike category, you can bet the draught will only last a few short years. Seems to be the case with the new-for-2009 ZX-6R Ninja, anyway. The [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: 2008 Harley-Davidson FLHTCU, 105th-Anniversary Edition Riding the Midwest on Harley-Davidson’s birthday bike.
Photography By Bob Stokstad A rough count of the other bikes I saw on the road while touring the Midwest in August suggests that two out of three bikes are made in Milwaukee. With customer approval like this, it seems hardly necessary to comment on any Harley, much less their [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: 2009 Buell 1125CR The Buell 1125R V-Twin superbike loses its clothes and gains refinement.
Photography by Tom Riles and Frank Rateringt Truth be told, the Buell 1125R superbike introduced last year left a few things to be desired. The basic package was strong, the fundamentals sorted, but a few of the unfinished details let the bike down. The new-for-2009 1125CR Café Racer naked-bike addresses [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: 2009 BMW G450X BMW’s new G450X enduro gets put to the test by Cycle World’s dirt editor.
The 2009 BMW G450X isn’t a tourer or a sensible commuter. We’ve watched the Bavarian company as it’s worked hard to change its image from that of a stodgy builder of tourers and commuters to a producer of a more fleshed-out lineup that includes high-performance machinery like the 2008 HP2 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)