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  1. Eagles Soar at the 4-Wide Nationals



    There were 3 Suzukis, 11 Buells and 2 Screamin’ Eagle/Vance and Hines Harley-Davidsons in the 16-bike elimination field at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals this past weekend at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, NC, and at the end of Sunday’s four-wide final round, it was the Screamin’ Eagle H-D of Andrew Hines ...    Read more

  2. Austin-tatious!



    Marquez set a best time of 2’03.490s on his Repsol Honda to lead the way in Austin, Texas where he took his first premier class checkered in 2013. Saturday’s FP3 and 4 sessions remain before qualifying gets underway  to determine who will sit on the pole position for the 2014 ...    Read more

  3. Rossi, Pedrosa Share Fastest Lap Times at MotoGP Sepang Testing



    Day three of the second and final testing at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia concluded with Yamaha Factory rider Valentino Rossi sharing fastest time of 1’59.999, alongside Dani Pedrosa of the Repsol Honda team. “First of all I am very happy because I am in first position ...    Read more

  4. April 1969 Motorcyclist Cover Bike Uncovered on eBay



    Of the 10 most expensive vehicles ever sold on eBay, only one is a motorcycle: a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King that was put up for auction by Jay Leno to benefit victims of the 2004 tsunami. There was nothing rare about the bike itself unless you count the fact that ...    Read more

  5. Fastest Wheelie On Ice



    Mike Nightengale photos It was February of 2011 when Ryan Suchanek set his first Guinness World Record for fastest wheelie on ice at 95mph. An impressive feat in itself but what made it even more astonishing is that Suchanek made that run after having lost his left leg in an accident. ...    Read more

  6. “Run Whatcha Brung” Quarter-Mile Racing Is Back in SoCal



    Photo courtesy of Auto Club Dragway It’s true that you don’t appreciate what you have until you lose it. Both two- and four-wheel drag racers in southern California have been without a quarter-mile strip since the Fontana-based Auto Club Dragway was forced to close by court order in 2012.  Since then, ...    Read more

  7. First Look: 2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster



    It’s called the Dragster yet MV Agusta promotional video shows the 798cc triple-powered, Brutale-based fighter-esque machine spinning tire with intent while drifting agilely through twisty canyon roads. A sharp contradiction to the way brute tarmac-gripping straight-line machines traverse the quarter mile. But that is exactly the ...    Read more

  8. The Motorcyclist Photo Hashtag Challenge Is On!



    To enter, simply follow Motorcyclist on Facebook here, follow MotorcyclistOnline on Instagram here, then share your best theme-related pics. The first theme will be announced  Monday the 27th on our Facebook page so be ready. The Challenge: At the beginning of each month ...    Read more

  9. Ducati Power For the Volkswagen XL1 Plug-In Hybrid



    While official word is yet to come, an inside source at VW has just confirmed that the XL1 plug-in hybrid prototype two-seater that appeared last year with a diesel-electric powertrain is now powered by Ducati (an Audi Group company). Our source went on to say that current images of the ...    Read more

  10. The Lone Ranger Rides Again!



    Last summer, while promoting his movie, The Lone Ranger, actor Armie Hammer appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show and talked about putting his mighty steed Silver out to pasture and riding his Vespa LX 150 from Los Angeles, California to Key West, Florida. As it turns out, the Masked Man ...    Read more

  11. Davide Tardozzi Returns to Ducati MotoGP Team



    Ducati Corse has announced recently that it has reached an agreement with Davide Tardozzi, who will return to work again with the Borgo Panigale, Italy-based manufacturer after a period of four years. Tardozzi will head up the Ducati team’s organization and logistics in the MotoGP World Championship, reporting directly to ...    Read more

  12. The Pope’s Holy Harley Hits the Auction Block



    We’re not sure how many miles have been logged on the 2013 Harley-Davidson that was presented to Pope Francis last June to mark the MoCo’s 110 years in business, but it’s safe to assume that its condition is divine. The Pope, who signed the tank at a special Vatican ceremony ...    Read more

  13. 2014 Yamaha Super Tenere ES



    Whether it’s company strategy to gauge consumer response in other markets first or simply a necessity of tooling up for US-bound machines, Yamaha USA has not yet released any official announcement of adventure touring models for the 2014 model year. According to a source at Yamaha, we’ll get official word ...    Read more

  14. When the CHiPs Are Down (On One Knee!)



    Due to popular feedback on the Me & My Bike: Doug Kamholz feature (Motorcyclist, February 2014) and requests to see more of his California Highway Patrol-inspired 1998 Yamaha dubbed "CHP-R1" in action, we followed up with the retired lawman who provided us with one of his favorite Facebook profile ...    Read more

  15. First Look: Shoei Marquez Black Ant RF-1200



    The newest colorway in the Shoei helmet line is the Marquez Black Ant. You might recall Marquez wearing this graphic on an X-Twelve model during his 2012 winter testing with HRC Honda just prior to his championship season. For 2014, Shoei has released the signature design on the RF-1200, a ...    Read more

  16. The 2014 Motorcyclist Photo Hashtag Challenge



    Motorcyclist Magazine is excited to announce a new Instagram Photo Challenge and we’d like all of our readers, social followers and MCOnline viewers to participate. It’ll be fun and easy, and the first lucky winner will receive a new Shoei X-Twelve Marquez2 TC-1 helmet (MSRP: $839.99)! ...    Read more

  17. Favorites of 2013



  18. Speedmaster Jacket by Joe Rocket



    Take one of Joe Rocket’s proven leather race suits and cut it in half. That, according to Joe Rocket, is pretty much all their design team had to do when they began to create the latest generation Speedmaster jacket which, like their one-piece Speedmaster 6.0 suit, is built for performance ...    Read more

  19. Akrapovič Racing Line Exhaust for 2014 Yamaha FZ-09/MT-09



    The anticipated popularity of the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 (MT-09 overseas) has aftermarket companies busily preparing to meet the demand for parts that will improve both looks and performance. On that front Akrapovič has their new Racing Line full-length stainless-titanium exhaust system for the all-new naked bike that they claim will ...    Read more

  20. Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Employees Raise Record Funds For 7th Annual Feed The Children Charity Day



    Employees of Yamaha Motor Corporation USA presented a check recently for $100,500 to the Feed the Children organization as part of its Seventh Annual Feed the Children Charity Day. Joining Yamaha employees at the event was a roster of current and past racing champions including 2013 AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh ...    Read more

  21. Race-Smart SCU for Kawasaki ZX-10R’s Factory Öhlins Mechatronic Steering Damper



    Owners of the 2013-14 Kawasaki ZX-10R who race or track your bike can now take it to level three, Race Mode, with an upgrade Öhlins Race SCU (Suspension Control Unit) for the Öhlins OEM-fitted steering damper.   The Race-Smart SCU is programed to transform the factory Öhlins Mechatronic, electronically controlled steering damper ...    Read more

  22. Alpinestars Limited Edition 50-Year Anniversary Book



    The company that started off making hiking boots in the small town of Maser, Italy back in 1963 is now celebrating five decades of innovation and achievements in action sports with the release of a very special version of their 50-year anniversary book. The Limited Edition Alpinestars 50 yearbook is a ...    Read more

  23. Good Numbers for KTM North America



    KTM North America reported earlier this week that their November unit sales rose 49% compared to the same month in 2012, and the company’s year-to-date numbers at the end of November showed KTM leading growth with a 28.8% increase. This sales growth makes KTM one of the fastest growing motorcycle ...    Read more

  24. Celebrity File: Alonzo’s Gonzo Rocket III



    He was born to make people laugh but what puts a smile on Alonzo Bodden’s face is no joke. Like a certain Tonight Show host who maintains a hangar full of ready-to-ride dream machines, Bodden is a comedian by trade who seems to be building up quite an impressive stable ...    Read more

  25. Two Brothers Racing S1-R Exhaust System for 2014 Yamaha FZ-09



    With Yamaha setting MSRP at just $7,990 for their new crossplane triple-powered 2014 FZ-09 naked bike, owners could very well have some upgrade cash left  in pocket for the equally new S1-R full exhaust system from Two Brothers Racing.  TBR says that their new system is good for an 8-hp ...    Read more

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