Budgets are tight these days, right? But that doesn’t mean you have to give up any of life’s necessities like big horsepower, awesome handling or incredible brakes. These machines prove this point. Our group of five Workhorses in this less-costly class range from the $13,799 Suzuki GSX-R1000 to the $16,490 BMW S1000RR. Three have traction [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
2012 Superbike Shootout: Workhorses The most affordable high-performance machines in the world face off.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
There is no sweeter sight, we can tell you, than that of a moving van filled to the roof with the latest in track-ready rubber pulling up to your trackday (especially when the two guys making the delivery plan to stay and change tires for you). As you can imagine, we started the slugfest at [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Naked Bike Shootout Four nakeds, four engine configurations and four e-ticket rides directly to jail.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
They’re outcasts, the motorcycle industry’s dirty little secrets. Despite their niche popularity in the U.S, they make up only a tiny portion of new-unit sales, and yet to those in the know, they represent some of the most potent and entertaining motorcycles made. They’re the nasty nakeds, and like all shady characters, they tend to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
How many times in motorcycling history has a new “inbetweener” class popped up seemingly out of nowhere, promising riders that the middle of the road is the fastest route to success? Right now, such a trend is in full effect with street-legal, four-stroke enduros. These are the new middleweights, a small collection of enduro bikes [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
BMW R1200GS vs. KTM 990 Adventure vs. Yamaha Super Tenere – Comparison Test A new player in the big-bore adventure-touring segment makes things interesting.
Close your eyes and plant a finger on the map. Anywhere you like. As long as it doesn’t come back smelling like ocean, there’s a good chance you can ride a motorcycle there. Not just any motorcycle, of course. You’ll want one of these: a full-size adventure-touring bike. Motorcycles such as the BMW R1200GS, KTM [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography and Video by Jeff Allen Bonus content for the print feature “Ride There.” (CW, February, 2012) We flog the big adventure-touring mounts-BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and the new-to-the-U.S. Yamaha Super Tenere-on road and off in a head-to-head-to-head comparison test. Read the full story in the February, 2012, “Big Adventure” special issue on newsstands [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
North to Alaska – Print Exclusive Feature BMW F800GS vs. Triumph Tiger 800XC: Middleweight Adventure in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
A 749cc inline-Four, an 849cc 90-degree V-Twin and a 675cc inline-Triple: One wag described this comparison as the “apples and oranges shootout.” But the Ducati goes slightly downmarket for the Italian company with its $12,995 848 EVO in matte-black “dark stealth” trim, while running with the Triumph Daytona 675 and 600cc Fours in the AMA’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Supersports: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R vs. Suzuki GSX-R600 – Comparison Test Searching for 600 supersport supremacy.
Why only two 600s, you ask? Because the new-for-2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R prevailed in that year’s crotch-rocket comparo, and the Honda CBR600RR and Yamaha YZF-R6 haven’t received serious engineering attention in the meantime. Why should they? These bikes are expensive to develop, and sales in the 600cc class have been about as lively as a Bourbon [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)