By the time our Can-Am “touring roadster” racked up 10,000 miles, we’d been riding it for almost 18 months, and we’d learned a lot about the $26,499 three-wheeler from Bombardier Recreational Products. In addition to riding it in all weathers and climes from desert to high mountains, we put it on the track to test [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Few motorcycles have generated as many editorial column inches as Honda’s VFR1200F. Cycle World has published nearly 30 pages related to this sporting V-Four since its introduction in 2010. Why so much press? Well, we were excited that Honda had finally introduced a replacement for the aging VFR800F, even though Interceptors in both 750 and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
A lot has happened in the life of our TE630 since we introduced the bike to our long-term fleet more than a year ago; unfortunately, racking up miles isn’t one of them. Dual-purpose motorcycles tend to take a lot longer to accumulate miles than their street brethren. The reason? We like riding them in the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Maintenance-wise, we didn’t have to touch our long-term 2010 Honda VFR1200F DCT for more than 8000 miles. Okay, we changed the tires once—going from the original-equipment Dunlop Sportmax RoadSmarts to crisper-steering and only slightly less-durable SportMax Q2s ($498.43)—and topped up the engine oil once with half a quart. But, as far as any actual wrenching [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Honda CBR1000RR Catalyst Finds Home – Special Feature Ride for Kids/Cycle World, Gregg’s-Customs winner announced.
All it took was one lucky ticket for Giovanni Velez of Lakewood, New Jersey, to win this year’s Ride for Kids/Cycle World project Honda CBR1000RR. Valez purchased a single ticket at the New York International Motorcycle Show back in December, and he was lucky enough to have that ticket randomly drawn from more than 20,000 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Most of us are not Ryan Dudek. This is an important point for us mortals to remember. Along the same lines, the Yamaha WR250R dual-sport bike is not a WR250F enduro.But just because most of us aren’t pro-level riders like our Off-Road Editor, and the WR250R isn’t a race-ready off-road bike like that other Yamaha [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Number One: Josh Hayes – AMA Pro American SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes and Yamaha break Suzuki’s stranglehold on the AMA Pro American SuperBike Championship and learn a lot about each other in the process.
Last August at Virginia International Raceway, Suzuki-mounted Tommy Hayden outdragged the Yamaha of Ben Bostrom to win the first of two AMA Pro American SuperBike races scheduled that weekend. Margin of victory was just .005 of a second—too close for even the official waving the checkers at the start/finish line to call. Hayden was so [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Another sub-classification is the last thing motorcycling needs, but the term “adventure-enduro” somehow seems appropriate for Husky’s largest-displacement offering, the TE630. When we first rode the TE last spring in northern Italy, our route included a nice mix of dirt roads and asphalt but only a small section of single-track. During our limited time on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
In just three months’ time, we’ve managed to rack up more than 5000 miles on our long-term Honda VFR1200F DCT. In addition to the bike’s use in February’s sport-touring comparison, CW staffers Mark Hoyer, John Burns and Andy Leisner, plus Road & TrackAssociate Art Director Bert Swift and former National Editor Mike Monticello, have all [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
No motorcycle is perfect. That’s true even for Honda’s GL1800 Gold Wing, a bike that continues to be the superstar of big-rig tourers despite remaining essentially unchanged for 10 model years. Ever since this 1832cc luxury liner first hit the road in 2001, many of its riders have longed for even better weather protection than [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)