MV Agusta CEO Massimo Bordi laid down a sequence of charts during his presentation about the new Brutale 675 middleweight naked bike to confirm that these times of crisis represent a great opportunity for a competitively priced, three-cylinder roadster to be successful. At about the same time, a major European magazine published statistics and charts [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
2012 MV Agusta Brutale 675 – First Ride MV takes on the Triumph Street Triple and Ducati 848. Does it have what it takes?
When the big economic crisis struck and the going got really tough for the motorcycle industry, the tough kept going. Honda upshifted and responded like the world leader that it is, redefining the sport to attract a new generation of riders and revitalize the battered old legion searching for a new direction after years of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
In the wide, wild world of motorcycles, trials bikes usually don’t show up on the radar. Which is too bad, because trialers often contain some of the latest technology before we see it on mainstream models. That’s exactly the case with the OSSA TR280i, a 272cc trials bike with, among other cool features, a fuel-injected [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Let’s get to the point: KTM’s completely revised 2012 500 EXC is the best street-legal enduro ever. It simply has blown our minds. Just about everything on the big EXC is brand-new, right down to its name, and there’s not a single aspect of the bike that isn’t better than before. Despite the name change [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Brian Blades
Honda is on a roll this year with significant improvements to its CRF line. Revisions to the CRF250R have endowed it with more power, better handling and improved traction, turning a perennial favorite into an even better motorcycle. In the 250cc four-stroke motocross category, more power is always welcome, but where that power is located [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two XL1200V Sportster – First Ride Showroom-floor old-school cruiser cool from Harley.
Photography by Jeff Allen As soon as Harley rolled out this pretty little redhead, I knew I had to ride it. You see, back in the day, I rode—or more accurately, performed roadside repairs on—a crazy Scandinavian-style hardtail Sportster chopper. I’m talking about a terrifyingly noodley 12-inch-over springer variety. My ill-mannered beast was much more [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
My journey back to Paul Ricard this past February for the press launch of the new MV Agusta F3 675 was special. This enchanting high-speed circuit is perched above the French Riviera in the arid mountains of Southern France. When I was in my early 20s, Paul Ricard was a place of “firsts”: my first [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Wholesale change doesn’t often come quickly on the heels of resounding success. Since its debut a decade ago, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has amassed an impressive tally of 37 combined world and national roadrace titles. The mighty Gixxer has proven particularly dominant in AMA Superbike, stringing together seven back-to-back championships from 2002 to ’09, while the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 Triumph Speed Triple R – First Ride AnRchy from the UK: Triumph gives the Speed Triple the “R” treatment.
Dancing with the Speed Triple is more akin to a night on the town with Sid Vicious than a boring and graceful glide around the parquet. If there was ever a bike that likes to mosh its way through urban areas and backroads alike, the “Trip” is it. And yet, somehow, this always-imitated iconic motorcycle [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen When the Moto Guzzi Griso hit the market back in 2006, the sporty naked’s fresh styling and visceral twin-cylinder performance offered timely promise that the classic Italian bike maker had landed rubber side down and would forge full-speed ahead under its new Piaggio Group leadership. The second-generation Griso that followed maintained [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)