We were prepared to be underwhelmed by Honda’s new 500 Twins. But riding the nimble new CB500F for a few weeks actually was a blast; it’s a motorcycle that grows on you. And the CB500X is more of the same: What the counterbalanced Twin lacks in outright power (our F [...]
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As the ADV market has matured, the bikes have evolved into quasi sport-touring machines that can competently handle light off-road terrain. None of them, though, have ever been able to go blow for blow with KTM’s 950/990 Adventures in the dirt. The flip side of this? The big KTM Twins [...]
2014 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited – First Ride Milan motorcycle show is an experience like none other.
Part touring bike, part time machine, Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide, the first Motor Company model to use an electric starter, has been the steed of choice among long-road loyalists since 1965. Many improvements have been made over the years (disc brakes are nice!), with the last major improvements being seen in [...]
The 2013 Honda CRF450R was hot. Its all-new, fourth-generation design had a fresh new look that was a radical departure from Honda’s norm. New frame geometry, twin mufflers and an air fork were a big step forward. The sleeper motor, though, was a bit of a shortcoming. Although it was [...]
Competition in the four-stroke, 250cc motocross class is fierce. To stay competitive, bikes must be made better each year, improving on the strengths of the outgoing model while expanding the power and handling envelope. Honda knows this well, as proven by the all-new 2014 CRF250R that has been brought in [...]
Thousands upon thousands of kids lusted over shiny new Honda Trail 70s during the Seventies, and many of those little folks probably fit the definition of “grom.” I was one of those kids, although since I didn’t grow up surfing, it took until now for me to learn that Honda’s [...]
A tight economy and rising costs at the pump have spurred increased interest in fuel-efficient, single-cylinder streetbikes. Much is also owed the supermoto movement for lending a cool factor and styling flair to the modern one-lunger. These days, riding a Single doesn’t mean settling for pedestrian performance or bland aesthetics. [...]
2014 Honda CRF125F and CRF125FB – First Ride Honda’s electric-start replacements for the CRF80F/100F.
Over the years, Honda’s XR75, XR80, XR100 and CRF80/100 models have given countless riders their first taste of dirt. I’d even bet that just as many people got started on an XR (or a CRF80/100) as the often-cited Honda 50. The time-proven formula of a durable air-cooled, two-valve, four-stroke engine [...]
To say that the 2013 Yamaha YZ250F was badly in need of an update would be an understatement. This motorcycle was not obsolete, but its competitors were leaving it in the dust with regard to innovations. The last bike in its class to retain a carburetor, the 2013 YZ-F had [...]
New motorcycle categories emerge with surprising regularity. Here’s one I dreamed up: Mini-Moto SUV. Who is the target buyer? Owners of luxury-tourers, experienced riders who are tired of the size and weight of those massive, over-the-road machines. Restyled this year, the Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS could be categorized as a [...]