The Wild One may have brought fame to Hollister, California, but it was the biker flick The Wild Angels that put Mecca on the map. You’ve heard of it, right? Dusty agricultural town in Southern California? Lots of taco stands and liquor stores; snarling feral dogs and freight trains that don’t slow down? Didn’t think [...]Read Full Post | Comments(51)
Harley-Davidson Breakout vs. Victory Jackpot vs. Star Raider – Comparison Test A case study in cool.
Photographer : Barry Hathaway
Yamaha Star Bolt vs. Harley-Davidson Iron 883 – Urban Cruiser Comparison KTM builds the ultimate Adventure R.
Photographer : Drew Ruiz
With motorcycles, it’s all about the motor, right? Bikes have two hoops, a seat and an engine. That was what Bill Harley was banking on in 1901, when he drew a picture of an engine affixed to a bicycle. It was brilliant. All the fun without the distracting effort. The motor-as-dominant principle has been the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(105)
Two Brothers Racing Press Release: All about performance. This is true for not only the new 2013 Yamaha Bolt motorcycle but also Two Brothers Racing. Fortunately for you, the rider, the all-new TBR slip-on exhaust for the Bolt has head turning style in addition to impressive performance gains. Complimenting Yamaha’s new bobber-inspired ride is TBR’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Mid-Size Baggers Comparison Test Honda Interstate vs. Star V Star 1300 Tourer vs. Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Southern California has its problems, but lack of good places to go for a ride isn’t one of them, even in February. We shoved off from CW HQ in Irvine under warm, partly cloudy skies and rode a couple of hours southeast to Lake Henshaw, elevation 2656 feet, where the temperature was in the 40s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
Photographer : Riles & Nelson
If bikes were dance partners, I’d want the Star Bolt to be mine. This, I’m thinking as I twirl and dip the new bobber around the cultural patchwork that makes up urban San Diego. The Bolt is the best kind of partner. You lead, it follows. Effortless. So light and so nimble you feel like [...]Read Full Post | Comments(17)
Just as we were beginning to wonder if the tuning fork company would ever awake from its recession-induced slumber, Yamaha is proving there’s still lots of fight left in its blue bones. The new Star V Star 1300 Deluxe and Yamaha FJR1300A, both of which performed well in recent tests, are excellent proof. And now [...]Read Full Post | Comments(59)
Photographer : Brian J. Nelson
It’s a good thing the V Star 1300 Deluxe is such a civilized machine. If not, the swanky folks in Santa Barbara might not have been as charmed watching a dozen throttled through their storybook city. But as Yamaha would have it, this pack of quietly badass V Stars brought only waves and smiles. They [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
Years sold: 1999-present (except 2010) MSRP new: $15,999 (1999) to $20,190 (2013) Blue Book retail value: $5150 (1999) to $16,965 (2012) Basic specs: A full-dress touring cruiser powered by a more mildly tuned, 1294cc version of the 1198cc V-Four engine used in the original V-Max power cruiser. Over-the-road equipment includes a wide, handlebar-mount fairing with [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
Yamaha Motorcycles Press Release: Thousands of hours. Hundreds of mods. Six machines. The elite winners of this year’s Star Calendar competition are more than just riders—they’re craftsmen. Craftsmen who’ve dedicated sleepless nights and sweat-drenched days in the pursuit of one thing: perfection. It is raw passion and pure imagination that you can see in each [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Welcome to the Great Middleweight Class The bourgeoisie may be shrinking, but middleweights just keep expanding.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
In boxing, a middleweight is a tough guy who weighs less than 160 pounds, which is realistically interpreted to be between 154 and 160. In motorcycles, where displacement creep has been a fact of life for quite a few decades now, we must define middleweight in a much less precise way. In the 1960s, a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)