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 [...]
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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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Riding on the coattails of the championship-winning 450 and 550cc V-Twin-powered SXV racers, the Dorsoduro is Aprilia’s latest interpretation of a mid-sized supermoto streetbike. It proves that the freshly capitalized company is serious about expanding market share. This new model is based around the Federico Martini-designed, 750cc, 90-degree V-Twin that [...]
Early one morning at the 1992 Geneva Auto Show, the Williams-Renault Formula One race team held a press conference. The subject: A race car powered by the then all-conquering Renault 3.5-liter V-10 mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It never competed, but if that car—wielding 850 horsepower—had brought its [...]
After 25 years, it’s clear that Buell is a company that goes its own way. Exhibit A: The XB12X Ulysses, a dirtbike-styled “adventure sportbike” that is part adventure bike, part supermoto and part tourer. It has a massive frame, a big, comfy seat, a 1203cc pushrod V-Twin motor, and 17-inch [...]
Since Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) unit started building its oxymoronically titled “factory customs” 10 years ago, the new models have done a remarkable job of finding an audience. The 2009 effort will include two updated carry-overs and two all-new CVO models, all with the same sweet mill. It’s the [...]