God only knows what different path my life would’ve taken if I’d had one of these in 1973. Well, it would’ve been the same path at first: the trails that wound through the woods at the end of our street where all the cool bigger kids rode their Elsinores and [...]
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Indian Summer Straight from Sturgis, our latest take on the 2014 Indian Chief cruisers and Chieftain bagger.
Much of what one sees at Sturgis Bike Week falls in the “OMG, I wish I hadn’t seen that!” category. But it’s not just swinging boobs, lumpy bums and sunburned beer bellies that hog up the scene in South Dakota. The show-off bikes rolling around the High Plains can also [...]
2013 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE Black Devil – Riding Impression The Griso combines quite a few of our favorite things: a big 90-degree V-Twin, pushrods, Italian style and low maintenance.
I bumped into an old friend when I was dropping off an Aprilia at Piaggio’s fleet center: a 2013 Moto Guzzi Griso 8V all done up in new matte black and gray paint and graphics designed to be slimming. Aside from the change to tubeless spoked wheels a couple of [...]
Wunderlich “MadUSA” Custom BMW S1000RR – Riding Impression The German accessory-maker builds the naked bike we all want.
Hello, BMW? Is this thing on? Um, you’ve completely changed your ways in recent years. Your turnsignal switch is normal, you built a class-dominating inline-Four that actually runs across the frame like on other sportbikes, and you killed it with the K1600 tourers. And yet, here we sit, staring at [...]
Over the past decade, sport-touring has been on a bit of a roll. And the one bike, more than any other, responsible for getting that ball rolling was the FJR1300. When it burst on the scene here in 2002, the FJR proved wonderfully capable of both carving up the backroads [...]
2013 BMW HP4 – Riding Impression Semi-active suspension helps bump the ride-by-wire S1000RR to the next level.
You can’t have your cake and eat it, too. That’s what I was thinking as I stood in pit lane at the Jerez Circuit watching the gentle morning light illuminate this holy land of motorcycle roadracing and the beautiful new paint and bodywork on BMW’s S1000RR-based HP4. Here’s what I [...]