The Mayans seriously screwed up. Either that, or we are not very good at reading their hieroglyphs. Most of us woke up last December 22nd and realized that the predicted doomsday hadn’t materialized. But it got the Cycle World staff thinking… Even though we dodged that one, shouldn’t we be prepared in case archeologists got [...]Read Full Post | Comments(16)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn, Illustrations: Tim Barker
The Armageddon Tour: Adventure Bike Comparison Test – Bonus Video What will you ride to the end of the world?
Photographer : Blake Conner
Our long-term Super Ténéré is so popular with CW editors that we’ve had to resort to putting requests to borrow it on a calendar. Must have something to do with the bike’s versatility, as it seems to be the first machine staffers think of when they want to cover serious miles, explore dirt roads, take [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
There is no question that adventure bikes are hot. Early on, it was a one-pony show occupied by only BMW; but this segment, which is arguably motorcycling’s most versatile, has grown dramatically in the past few years. So, it was due time to judge adventure bikes solely against their peers. It is only fitting, then, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Adventure-Touring Comparison – The Asphalt Adventurers Ducati Multistrada S Touring vs. Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX vs. Triumph Tiger Explorer vs. Yamaha Super Ténéré
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Do these motorcycles offer false promise? Are they merely the SUVs of motorcycling with bold names and no balls? “Ténéré” is a remote part of the Sahara Desert, while “Explorer” implies nomadic intent, “Multistrada” says “I can do it all” and “Stelvio” is perhaps the greatest twisty road on Earth. Those are big statements from [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
After watching the Europeans get to play with the Super Ténéré a full year prior to its U.S. release, we were salivating to put it head-to-head against the adventure-touring class stalwarts. It didn’t disappoint, proving that it was a better all-around motorcycle than either the BMW R1200GS or KTM 990 Adventure that we pitted against [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
BMW R1200GS vs. KTM 990 Adventure vs. Yamaha Super Tenere – Comparison Test A new player in the big-bore adventure-touring segment makes things interesting.
Close your eyes and plant a finger on the map. Anywhere you like. As long as it doesn’t come back smelling like ocean, there’s a good chance you can ride a motorcycle there. Not just any motorcycle, of course. You’ll want one of these: a full-size adventure-touring bike. Motorcycles such as the BMW R1200GS, KTM [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Jeff Allen Few experienced motorcyclists take issue with anti-lock brakes and traction control. ABS and TC, their generic names, undoubtedly save lives and prevent other forms of embarrassment every day. That’s not the issue here. Implementation is. You see, for the three-bike “Ride There” comparison test in the February issue, we spent many [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Chris Cantle I don’t know if it’s every guy’s dream, but I know it’s one of mine: chucking it all and hopping on a motorcycle to travel the world. Some people actually have the nuts to do it, too. Take 36-year-old Italian globetrotter Davide Biga. He sold most of his belongings, found a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography and Video by Jeff Allen Bonus content for the print feature “Ride There.” (CW, February, 2012) We flog the big adventure-touring mounts-BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and the new-to-the-U.S. Yamaha Super Tenere-on road and off in a head-to-head-to-head comparison test. Read the full story in the February, 2012, “Big Adventure” special issue on newsstands [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)