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Blog Posts by: Aaron Frank  

  1. The Next Motorcycle Superpower

    India looks like the future. Even as China and other Asian nations contract, economically or otherwise, India continues to expand, with more economic growth, more educational gains, and a stronger labor force every year. Whether it’s energy, industry, or finance, India is poised to become the next superpower—an influence sure ...    Read more

  2. More Triples Coming Soon? | Rumor Mill

    We were frankly surprised to see just two new models from Yamaha this spring—one (the Super Ténéré) an update of an existing bike and the other (the SR400) an existing bike borrowed from another market. Because of this, we’re betting on an additional mid-year release of more early 2015 models. ...    Read more

  3. HONDA CBR650F

    Having assembled such a solid lineup of entry-level bikes in the 250cc and 500cc categories, American Honda is now bolstering its middleweight options with another bike borrowed from the European market, the all-new CBR650F. A complete redesign of the Hornet-based CBR600F available overseas since 2011, the CBR650F features an upsized, ...    Read more

  4. 2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe | Up To Speed

    This year, in addition to the regular version of its air-cooled, ’80s-retro CB1100 super standard, Honda will also offer this new Deluxe version with a host of trim changes and antilock brakes. Look closely and you’ll see the sidecovers have been reshaped to cover the frame and close the gap ...    Read more

  5. Honda Interceptor | UP TO SPEED

    Honda’s legendary Interceptor is back and better than ever, now with traction control and numerous other features that sport-touring riders especially will appreciate. Although phased out in the United States after the 2009 model year to make room for the bigger, more-sophisticated VFR1200F, the smaller, sportier—and, it must be said, ...    Read more

  6. BMW’s Gelände/Straße

    Photos: BMW Motorrad Success was anything but guaranteed when BMW launched its first mega-enduro, the R80G/S, to the global press in Avignon, France, on September 1, 1980. Assembled journalists greeted the ungainly machine with open skepticism. It was unlike anything they had ever seen before—essentially a touring bike ...    Read more

  7. SPIED: BMW S1000 ADV

    PHOTO: BMH Images BMW already rules the adventure-touring category with its iconic R1200GS, but for the ever-growing contingent of ADV buyers who never venture beyond paved roads, the ultra-rugged, boxer-powered GS gives up some ground to more street-biased, superbike-influenced competition like Ducati’s Multistrada and Aprilia’s all-new Caponord. Not for much longer, ...    Read more

  8. SPIED! Ducati Scrambler

    PHOTOS: BMH Images Last summer ( Up To Speed, July 2013) we reported news that Ducati had trademarked the “Scrambler” name, and showed a concept drawing of what we thought a new-generation Scrambler might look like. Now we’ve acquired spy photos of a clumsily disguised prototype undergoing testing near Ducati headquarters ...    Read more

  9. We Don’t Care How They Do It In California!

    Photos by Mike Calabro Mama Tried is an indoor invitational motorcycle show held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to showcase the “best, most honest, and most unusual home-built bikes in the Midwest.” Here are some highlights from this first-year event:

  10. Ice Games

    Ice racing—perhaps the fringiest of fringe motorcycle sports—could get a big-time boost in popularity following an ice racing video exhibition held in conjunction with ESPN’s X Games Aspen, featuring Harley-Davidson factory flat track racer Brad Baker squaring off against fellow AMA Pro flat track racers Jared Mees and his wife, ...    Read more

  11. BMW R nine T Enters Production

      BMW gave journalists a special treat on the way to the Spanish island of Mallorca for the S1000R press launch—a quick side trip to its main motorcycle manufacturing facility in Berlin to witness the start of production for the R nineT, an new model created to celebrate the 90th Anniversary ...    Read more

  12. 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 | FIRST LOOK

    Kawasaki’s Z1000 naked bike has never been a conservative machine, but the latest version, looking like something straight from the pages of a Japanese manga comic, is the most outrageous example yet. Shaped in what Kawasaki Design Chief Keishi Fukumoto calls “Sugomi” style, the cartoonish silhouette ...    Read more

  13. Harley-Davidson Street 500/Street 750 | FIRST LOOK

      Harley-Davidson was the last company anyone expected a surprise from at the traditionally Euro-centric EICMA Expo in Milan, but a surprise was exactly what we got when the American manufacturer revealed its plainly named Street 500 and Street 750, the first models from an all-new, entry-level motorcycle family. For that ...    Read more

  14. Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200S | FIRST LOOK

      Now entering its 21st year of production, Ducati’s Monster lineup shows no sign of slowing down with the release of the all-new Monster 1200 and 1200S. Both powered by the same liquid-cooled, Testastretta 11-degree DS V-twin that motivates the various Mulitstrada and Diavel models, this should be a huge leap ...    Read more

  15. Coming Soon: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000

      In the November 2013 issue of our print magazine (on newsstands now) we broke news of an updated Kawasaki Z1000 set to be reveled soon, along with a CG illustration of what we think this new naked bike might look like, based on leaked patent drawings. This week Kawasaki released ...    Read more

  16. 2014 Harley-Davidson FLT Touring Bikes | FIRST RIDE

    PHOTOS: Brian J. Nelson, Tom Riles & Harley-Davidson They say: “Built by all of us. For all of us.” We say: “The first crowdsourced motorcycle.” ...    Read more

  17. Tour Taiwan with Peter Starr and the Grand Riders

    This just in from our friend and frequent contributor Peter Starr: In 2011, I travelled to Taiwan to ride with the legendary Grand Riders—the group of mostly-octogenarian motorcyclists celebrated in TC Bank’s “Dream Rangers” commercial that became a viral YouTube sensation (viewed almost 5 million times!). The story that I wrote ...    Read more

  18. Edelweiss On Two Wheels

    Last month, Ari Henning and I had the unique opportunity to take 10 lucky Motorcyclist readers on the ride of a lifetime: a 5-day, 4-country tour of the Alps, where these readers helped us conduct an adventure-bike comparison test that will appear in the October, 2013, issue of the magazine. ...    Read more


    A few years ago, in our January 2011 issue, we featured Evoluzione Cyclesports’ one-off BMW S1000RR streetfighter, which our own Tim Carrithers favorably compared to “good 180-proof homemade whisky: intense, intoxicating, and definitely not for little girls or those with dodgy heart conditions.” Now it looks like you’ll no ...    Read more

  20. Spied! Triumph Touring Cruisers

    Triumph’s current model lineup includes a handful of cruisers, but none are what you’d call traditional. From the middleweight America and Speedmaster—both Bonnevilles in drag—to the Thunderbird parallel twin and the class-of-one Rocket III, these are all unique alternatives to the conventional, classic-styled V-twins that currently define the cruiser segment. ...    Read more

  21. Spied! 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

    Earlier this year we showed you photos of a V-Strom 1000 “concept bike” Suzuki introduced at the Intermot Expo in Cologne, Germany. Powered by the same 996cc, liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin as the original model released in 2002, this new concept featured a beefed-up twin-spar aluminum frame with an exposed, tubular-steel ...    Read more

  22. Remembering Big Sid Biberman

    Like many fans, I first became acquainted with Big Sid Biberman through his son Matthew’s magnificent memoir, Big Sid’s Vincati. Writer Edward Abbey once said it takes the average American male 50 years to come to terms with his father. Matthew slightly accelerated that process by undertaking a massive mechanical ...    Read more

  23. Uneasy Rider Chopper Trike

    It was bad enough when Harley-Davidson introduced its Tri Glide Ultra Classic trike, a version of its venerable FL touring bike with a pair of automotive-sized, 15-inch outriggers at the back—making it perfect for ferrying overfed American motorcyclists from all-you-can-eat buffet to all-you-can-eat buffet. Of course it sold out. Now ...    Read more

  24. 2013 World Championship of Custom Bike Building

    Photography by Horst Roesler and Frank Sander Unlike American custom bike builders who hem pretty closely to air-cooled V-twins as the basis of their custom builds, on the international scene it's anything goes—usually the stranger, the better. There's no finer example of this than the annual World Championship of Custom Bike Building, ...    Read more

  25. Hometown Harley-Bound: Day 4

    Our near-800-mile road trip from Kansas City to Milwaukee to kick off Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary ended with a quick and cold, 75-mile blast from Woodstock, Illinois, to the Harley-Davidson Museum in downtown Milwaukee. We didn't leave Woodstock without first stopping to check out the picturesque town square, ...    Read more

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