For those of you unfamiliar with our long-term 2008 Honda CBR1000RR, its attributes were many. Weighing just 413 pounds and making 155 rear-wheel horsepower made this a superior bike to ride on both road and track. So, we did.All new for 2008, the CBR-RR didn’t win the Open-class shootout that year at Miller Motorsports Park [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Long-Term Wrap-Up: 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 A sport-touring bike that performs like a low-flying missile.
Photography by Jeff Allen & Brian Blades We didn’t plan it this way. Honest. After completing the test of Kawasaki’s new-for-’08 Concours 14 for our October, 2007, issue, we just kept riding it and riding it and riding it… Its onrush of smooth, seamless power was intoxicating, its handling proved nothing short of astounding for [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Long-Term Test Update: 2008 BMW F800GS With a few modifications, the BMW F800GS becomes a true off-road-worthy machine.
Our long-term F800GSis finally back on road—and trail. Plans to install an off-road-oriented Öhlins cartridge fork kit never came to fruition, so, after waiting several months for parts that failed to materialize, we begrudgingly reinstalled the stock damper assembly. Making up for lost miles was fun and included participation in the annual Cycle World Trek. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
After introducing the CBR1000RR to our long-term fleet last December, we fitted the big Honda with a 25mm fork cartridge kit ($1760) and a TTX36 shock ($1399), both from Öhlins (ohlinsusa.com). We then headed to Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park, mounted DOT-approved Pirelli Diablo Supercorsas ($728; us.pirellimoto.com) and lapped five seconds faster than we had during [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Bob Stokstad “Versys” is a contraction of “versatile system,” says Kawasaki. Marketing hyperbole? Not at all. After running up nearly 7000 miles on our long-term Versys, we continue to be amazed by this middleweight’s versatility. The parallel-Twin is a solid commuter, tourer and even sportbike. With its rev-happy engine, good suspension and ample [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography By Brian Blades We won’t tell, if you don’t. Yeah, the reality is that most hardened-in-the-saddle motorcyclists wouldn’t be caught dead on a scooter. Yes, scooters are fun, yes, they are convenient and, yes, they aren’t motorcycles. So while it is true that the Honda DN-01does blur lines between categories, what if you want [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Blake Conner Screwy as it sounds, we don’t get too many brand-spanking-new motorcycles here at Cycle World. Of the 60 or so machines that pass through these doors each year, almost all have several hundred to several thousand break-in miles on their odometers. That’s why it was a real treat to pick up [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2009 Kawasaki KLX250S vs. 2008 Yamaha WR250R – Comparison Test Workaday commuters to urban playbikes to high-country trailbikes.
Photography by Jeff Allen Mainstream media has latched onto scooters and all kinds of other forms of cheap, fuel-efficient transpo in these times of unstable gas prices and a crazy economy, but there are no better two-wheeled machines for saving money, riding anywhere you want and having fun than lightweight dual-purpose bikes. They totally peg [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
When Editor-in-Chief Edwards had a chance to ride a Canadian-spec Kawasaki Versys—an adventure-tour-style standard based on the popular Ninja 650R—he liked it so much that he suggested to Team Green they should sell the bike in the U.S. A few weeks later, Kawasaki announced the Versys would be available in 2007 as a 49-state model. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Adding the CBR1000RR to the long-term test fleet was a no-brainer. For starters, at 413 pounds dry, the redesigned-for-2008 Honda is the lightest literbike available. It’s one of the most powerful, too, producing nearly 160 horsepower at the rear wheel. On the backroads of Southern California, every corner is another reason to smile. Comparison testing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)