A great deal has changed in the 20 years since my motojournalism career was launched, quite literally, following a 160-mph highside crash at Road Atlanta during a WERA Formula USA national. The 2.54-mile road course has undergone multiple safety-related revisions, beginning with the addition of a left/right chicane at the very scene of my frightening [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
There is a unique feeling that comes from a 1200cc adventure machine when it starts screaming near 6000 rpm on a fireroad, roosting dirt, rocks and whatever else falls under the rear tire’s footprint. As the revs increase, the exhaust note from this parallel-Twin roars like an unrestricted trophy truck about to hit redline, and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
When it comes to motorcycles, we Americans can be a shallow bunch. Instead of choosing substance, we tend to go for style, opting for bikes that look the part but might not play the role very well. We gravitate toward motorcycles we think will grab the attention of riders at the café rather than the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Norton Commando 961 SE – Riding Impression Reborn again, this time in England, is Norton back for good?
This bike could’ve been made for this very moment in time: Fluffy white clouds dot the pale blue sky; the rural, rolling British Midlands are as dry, green and beautiful as they ever get; the roads are midweek-quiet and smooth enough. I’m on the new, British-built Norton Commando 961 SE. Its fat bars twitch as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Big motorcycle companies are lying to you. How else can you explain the Grand Canyon-like gap between their “claimed” dry weights and the reality of our own certified Cycle World scales? This practice of fudging the figures to get a favorable amount is ridiculous. To get those numbers, dry, really must mean dry—like no fuel, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster – Riding Impression This Roadster’s inline-Three engine packs a wallop of torque like nothing on two wheels.
Tired of performing a tap-dancing act on your shift lever every time you want to speed things up? Are you so over having to rev your engine to the moon just to summon some decent get-up-and-go? If your answers are yes and yes, step right up, Bubba, you’re shopping in the right aisle. Triumph’s new [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2010 BMW R1200GS/R1200GS Adventure – Riding Impression If you really want to see the world, the GS can take you there.
Photography by Kevin Wing and Jon Beck I have to give it to BMW: It really knows how to pull out all the stops and do a bike launch. I’m not talking about the fancy hotel (in-room Jacuzzi!) on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park. No, BMW actually gets the riding part of the equation, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen Naked this and streetfighter that,blah, blah, blah! Sometimes even I wonder if the motorcycle press gives too many hugs and kisses to this genre of motorcycle. Over the years, some of my favorite machines have been what these days commonly get referred to as nakeds, but strangely I’ve never owned one. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: Mat Mladin’s Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Cycle World rides the 7-time AMA Superbike Champion’s Superbike.
Photography by Brian J. Nelson A dynasty is over. For his competitors, the departure of seven-time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin—who retired at the end of the 2009 season—couldn’t have come sooner. But there is no denying that Mladin and his powerful Yoshimura Suzuki team—headed by Crew Chief Peter Doyle—were more often than not the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)