We’ll try not to confuse the matter any more than BMW already has, but the 2013 F700GS the company just announced does not have a 700cc engine, just as its predecessor, the F650GS, did not have a 650cc motor. BMW has stuck to its guns and continued the strange protocol of giving this lower-performance version [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
One of the hottest current trends in motorcycle sales is entry-level motorcycles. But while bikes like Honda’s own CBR250R have been a sizzling success, what if you’re after something even more versatile? Perhaps something that doesn’t mind getting a bit dirty from time to time? For anyone interested in a truly well-rounded bike such as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
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Honda, bucking an industry-favorite habit of creating entry-level bikes that appear to be perforated into mediocrity by the sharp pencil of a Merciless Accountant, surprised us all with the beautifully built and unexpectedly fun CBR250R. It’s injected new life into the quarter-liter segment—heck, it doubled the population at the sportbike end—and has been, in the words of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
New for 2012: Kawasaki – First Look Is the ZX-14R the most-powerful and fastest-accelerating production motorcycle on Earth? Plus, a new frame for the Ninja 650R, KAMS for the Vulcan 1700 Voyager and optional ABS for the Ninja 1000.
Blame the liability lawyers, but “massively more powerful” is as descriptive as Kawasaki is willing to get regarding the performance of its new-for-2012 ZX-14R. No peak horsepower or torque numbers have been released. Claimed top speed? Forget about it. Considering its specification sheet, this new machine should be even more of a beast than its [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Vintage Triumphs and the ilk are all the rage these days, and if you’re looking to recreate that look with a dependable and halfway affordable “modern” motorcycle (smart move), the Suzuki TU250X is just about the only game in town, provided your town isn’t in California, for emissions reasons, apparently. The beauty of the TU [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS – First Look Suzuki strikes again, with a new V-Strom 650 ABS adventure bike.
BMW may have been first to rediscover the “adventure bike” in the modern era, but Suzuki was right there in 2002 with the V-Strom 1000, which it followed up with the 650 a year later. For 2012, here it comes again with a highly restyled version of the popular 650, complete with a more powerful [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Two Days of the Tiger – Special Feature A quick lap of San Diego County on Triumph’s Dual-Purpose Tiger 800s.
Thank goodness. I was all set to plod through the usual specifications, but I see our man Steve Anderson’s earlier introductory Euro-ride aboard these new Triumph Tigers has already been digitized for your convenience: Triumph Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC – First Ride. Leaving me not so much to do, really, but add two [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Kawasaki Ninja 250R vs. Honda CBR250R – Comparison Test Small but meaty: Can Honda’s new Single outrun America’s biggest-selling sportbike?
Like Warren Buffett says, nobody knows who’s swimming naked ’til the tide goes out. In much the same way, nobody knows who’s riding naked ’til the horsepower plug gets pulled. On the CW dyno, the Honda CBR250R makes a piddly 23.7 horses, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R just 25.5. Whoopee! All that means on our favorite [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
Amidst the fallout of financial ash created by the global economic meltdown simmers a post-apocalyptic price war. Smoke wafts from registers ringing up $12,000 middleweight supersports, and volatility at the pump has driven even a few flannel-clad meat eaters into hybrids. There’s hope, however, because beneath the mire lies a price reprieve and breath of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The longtime dedicated motorcyclist approaches the scooter with some suspicion. Full bodywork, little wheels, little engines, all designed for ease and economy rather than speed and adventure. But despite its low, plastic profile and automatic transmission, the Honda DN-01is not a scooter. Start by looking at its 680cc V-Twin engine, 17-inch wheels and sport rubber. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)