Speed Armor High Impact Skid Plates ($39.95) are manufactured in the U.S. by Cycra Racing of injection-molded, high-impact plastic. They install in seconds using supplied high-strength zip ties, offer drain-plug access for quick, easy oil changes and come in six colors—Black, Blue, Red, Gray, Green or Orange—to match most late-model two- and four-stroke Honda, Yamaha, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Twin- and four-cylinder Universal Japanese Motorcycles from the Seventies and early Eighties are all the rage these days. They’re simple to find, cheap to own and, thanks to Joker Machine, easy to turn into cool café racers. Machined billet bits for these bikes run the gamut, from case covers, headlight brackets, hand controls, triple-clamps (with [...]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)
The first preseason MotoGP test has just taken place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, giving us a look at how the jump from 800 to 1000cc changes things. Although bigger engines can make more power, the factory prototypes get the same 21-liter fuel allowance as before. If the races stay the same length, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Cycle World Project: Fazed In – Feature Yamaha’s FZ8 middleweight standard responds to some careful tweaking.
Yamaha’s new FZ8 lives in a tough neighborhood. Not the kind with iron security doors in front and underfed dogs on frayed leashes out back. No, it’s stuffed into that Snoop-dog-eat-dog place in Yamaha’s lineup between the truly high-performance FZ1 and the budget-framed, entry-level FZ6R. Its challenge, besides staying alive for a walk to the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Number Five: Yamaha TZ750 – The FIVE GREATEST Choosing the five most influential motorcycles of all-time is no easy task. Which is why we picked six.
Photographer : John Owens
Number five is the beastly Yamaha TZ750 because it made suspension, chassis and tire engineers suicidal. Their imaginations were awakened by the jangling alarm of desperation. The first try of 1974, TZ750A, was just as bad as the ghastly 1972 Kawasaki and Suzuki 750 racing Triples, which were the first wave of this revolution. Wobbling, [...]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)
Riding the 2011 World Superbikes – Feature Cycle World travels to Portimao to sample the world’s best superbikes.
Most racing fans would kill for the chance to ride the current crop of World Superbikes back-to-back at one of the most exciting racetracks on planet Earth, right? Of course, and I would, too. Fortunately on this occasion all I had to do was book a plane ticket to Portimao, Portugal, pack up my leathers [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)