People who don’t understand how exciting streetbike riding can be tend to get a worried look that says, “Relax, buddy,” when I attempt to describe that experience to them, especially when the motorcycle I’m trying to depict is the edgy, radically angular, 16,000-rpm-revving Yamaha YZF-R6. It might not be the absolute fastest (it’s close enough) [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
After being off motorcycles for six months due to a broken neck sustained in a motocross crash, I wanted to pick the right mount for my first post-sabbatical asphalt assault. I wanted to be fulfilled; a scooter just wasn’t going to cut it. So, when I saw the gleaming Pearl Mirage White Hayabusa sitting in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Although a small niche in the motorcycle market, big-bore, single-cylinder supermotos like the Husqvarna SMS630 dice up urban congestion with surgical precision. We should expect that kind of accuracy from Husky; after all, the currently BMW-owned outfit got its start manufacturing military rifles in the late 17th century. Husqvarna also knows a thing or two [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Really, the Heist is best summed up by one of Cleveland Cycle Werks’ dealers, Steve Barber, of Scooter City Sacramento. For many potential buyers who wander into his emporium, there are three choices: a scooter, the Heist or the bus. Yes, it’s made in China (with various parts from other places), says Cleveland’s owner/visionary Scott [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Suzuki DR-Z400S – Riding Impression If the DR-Z can’t get you there, ah, it’s probably not the bike’s fault.
Why should Egan have all the fun? After reading all about PE’s rib-tickling adventures on his Suzuki DR650, it seemed like a good time to revisit the DR-Z400S. For me, in fact, it would be the first visit, even though Suzuki’s been cranking these out since 2000. I assumed that as a 400, the smaller-displacement [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Already a proven win-ner in Cycle World’s 2010 Lites-class shootout, the Honda CRF250R continues to evolve. Not in need of major revisions, it received a few key changes, which refined the package that got a major makeover just a year earlier. Updates include a redesigned muffler, revised engine tuning, an updated steering damper and new [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Yamaha Super Tenere Adventure-Touring Bike – Video Is the 1200cc Yamaha Super Tenere dirt-worthy? We find out.
The purest, most highly distilled, ultra-concentrated motorcycle-riding goodness is really found in only one place on Earth: the Alps. The roads, the scenery, the history, the people, the food and, yes, even the bikes built nearby offer the kind of fun, inspiration and intensity that draws us to motorcycling in the first place. And keeps [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
So, among the tweaks and changes to the 2011 CRF450R, Honda has redesigned the muffler to meet the strict new 94 dB sound regulations required by many racing organizations. But this doesn’t mean that engineers sacrificed power or performance to achieve this standard. There wasn’t a lot to complain about on last year’s 450R, but [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)