In keeping up with the evolving motorcycle market, the time had come for us to reassess the definition of a middleweight motorcycle. The field has recently grown much larger, not only in displacement but in the vast number of worthy candidates. This required us to consider all sorts of supersport, standard, adventure and cruiser models [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
We’ve picked everything from the Suzuki DR-Z400SM to the Triumph Tiger 1050 for this category in the last five years, so don’t even try to talk us down from this year’s winner, Honda’s new-world NC700X. Even if our highly experienced Eurospondent, Bruno dePrato, hadn’t given the NC a rave review, this interesting, original, approachable and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Somehow, in the process of giving the Husqvarna version of the Rotax/BMW F800 engine an extra 100cc, the engineers responsible did more: They gave it a character transplant. Ride Husky’s Nuda and you’d swear it wasn’t powered by anything derived from the somewhat staid parallel-Twin of the BMW F800. No, this engine has a syncopated [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Suzuki SV650 and SV650S – Best Used Bikes Best Standard Bike, 2003 (SV650) & 2004 (SV650S) Ten Best Awards.
Years sold: 1999-2009 MSRP new: $5699 (1999 SV650) to $7499 (2009 SV650S w/ABS) Blue Book retail value: $1700 (1999 SV650)to $5545 (2009 SV650S w/ABS) Basic specs: A 645cc, dohc, 90-degree V-Twin that made 71.7 hp at 9250 rpm and 46.2 ft.-lb. of torque at 7250, good enough to propel this 426-lb. (with its 4.4-gal. tank [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2012 MV Agusta Brutale 675 – First Ride MV takes on the Triumph Street Triple and Ducati 848. Does it have what it takes?
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)
Just 15 months after its debut on the market, the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 has received its first upgrade. It’s not a radical evolution by all means, but it certainly is worth a blast up and down the turnpike road to the top of the Etna volcano at an altitude of almost 10,000 feet. I was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Eyes on the tiny tach atop the oscillating trilogy of analog clocks behind the teeny tinted windscreen: 84 mph and 7000 rpm indicated. I tuck my toes in tight, lower my fiber-reinforced forehead and watch the rpm climb another thousand and 10 mph more on the (optimistic) speedo: 90-something is plenty fast for my 14.2- [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Essential elements of a big (formerly) British Single? The “Beat,” as Royal Enfield calls it. It’s that sound that booms out as if emanating from the bowels of the Earth. It used to echo mostly through England, but since Enfield in Blighty shipped its Bullet 350 and 500 tooling to India back in the mid-1950s, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
When I got my first modern Triumph Scrambler a few years back, it had almost too much character—in the same traditional English sense that led to the original Meriden firm’s extinction in 1983. I rode the new bike home from the dealership and discovered it had two serious oil leaks (missing seal behind the starter [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Things were getting good for motorcyclists in the Seventies. Sparks were starting to come electronically, power was jumping up significantly and disc brakes were there to help on the other end of the performance spectrum. Okay, so it took a few more years for suspension to get good, but, hey, development takes time. One of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)