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  1. It’s Official: 2015 Yamaha FZ-07

    A couple of issues back we featured Yamaha’s Euro-only MT-07 (see First Ride, June, MC). We try not to get too excited about bikes we’ll never see on our shores, but we had a hunch Yamaha would bring the FZ-09’s little brother to the US market. Our suspicions have ...    Read more

  2. Moose Racing Easy Pour Spout | MC Tested

    A certain coworker of mine (Ari) doled out more than his fair share of criticism for this product when it ran in our Gear section a few months ago. “It won’t work well” and “It’s impossible to clean” were among his critiques, so when time came to change the oil ...    Read more

  3. Get Sprung | GEAR

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  4. Ducati Multistrada 1200 Hits The Track!

    PHOTOS: Zack Courts & CaliPhotography It’s no secret that I love my long-term Multistrada, but taking this bike to the track was yet another reason that it keeps on impressing me. Do I look ridiculous in pictures? Yes. Did people look at me funny at tech inspection? Yes. But, did I ...    Read more

  5. Long-Term Ducati Multistrada—It’s In the Details

    It’s the little things in motorcycling that I find swing my emotions. You know that feeling of riding a bike other than your own when you try to reset the trip meter, and it makes you want to jump off a building? (I’m looking at you, MV Agusta). By the ...    Read more

  6. 2014 Kymco MyRoad 700i | Short Shift

    Words: Zack Courts            Photos: Brian J. Nelson Taiwanese brand Kymco might be a small player in your world of motorcycling but it's a major force in the global market, so if you aren’t familiar with Kymco here’s a chance to brush up. Founded in 1963, Kymco has ...    Read more

  7. MotoGP – Marquez Mugello Crash-Fest

    When things are bad for Marc Marquez, they're still good. The Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, for example, was a bad weekend for Repsol Honda's MotoGP rookie. Three crashes in the two days leading up to the race then sliding out of second place, ending his weekend in the gravel ...    Read more

  8. Multistrada Ride Africa DVD Launch Party/Ride

    Photography by Thomas Kinzer My most recent winner of attention is the Ducati Multistrada that was recently assigned to me as a long-term test bike. I’ve been reading up on history, looking up possible modifications, and always have my eyes and ears out for cultural uses of the Multi. Halfway around ...    Read more

  9. Multistrada Enters Long Term Fleet, Staff Schism on Horizon

    Now I really feel like a part of the family. Nothing punches your moto-journalist card quite like being assigned a long-term test bike. And now the pressure's on, because mine is a doozy. Mr. Editor Cook must have been in a giving mood when he secured me a Ducati Multistrada ...    Read more

  10. 5 Questions With: Marc Marquez

    During the recent MotoGP test at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, Motorcyclist sat down with HRC MotoGP riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez for a brief interview. During this conversation, MotoGP rookie Marquez discusses the challenge of learning new tracks, the differences between Moto2 and MotoGP, and the secret to selecting ...    Read more

  11. 5 Questions With… MotoGP Racer Dani Pedrosa

    During the recent MotoGP test at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, which will host its first-ever Grand Prix event on Sunday, April 21st, Motorcyclist sat down with HRC MotoGP riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez for a brief interview. During this conversation, MotoGP veteran Dani Pedrosa talks tires, comments on ...    Read more

  12. Norton Motorcycles Moves, Keeps British Stereotypes Alive

    The resuscitation of the Norton Motorcycles brand took another step forward last week with the announcement it has purchased a new facility to house its production and design offices. And as an allegory for Norton’s commitment to advancing into the modern age, the company has purchased an 18th-century gothic manor. ...    Read more

  13. MotoGP Test Recap – Circuit of the Americas

    As the sun sets on the recent MotoGP test at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, we can say it illustrated many things. Perhaps foremost, for a worldwide sport trying to survive in a suffering global economy, it gave further perspective on that which was already apparent; there is ...    Read more

  14. MotoGP Tests the Waters at Circuit of the Americas

    MotoGP will race on American soil three times in 2013. But before the inaugural motorcycle Grand Prix at the sparkling new Circuit of the Americas, three MotoGP teams have made the trek to Austin, TX, for an unofficial test. Factory Honda and Yamaha teams are here, in addition to the ...    Read more

  15. Yamaha MotoGP Rider Cal Crutchlow | MC Interview

    MC: So, Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson: There has been a lot of American success in GP racing, but right now there's sort of a lull. There's Ben has enjoyed some longevity, but now all the talk is Bradley Smith and Danny Kent. What do you make of ...    Read more

  16. How Good Can The New 2013 BMW R1200GS Be?

    The new 2013 BMW R1200GS is coming. Nothing can stop that now, not even the thousands of bleeding hearts of current GS owners who think it’s fine the way it is. All we can do now is try to prepare. Here at MC, we decided the best way to prepare ...    Read more

  17. Highway Pegs – a Date with a Wide Glide

    In my last post, I asked a question of myself: Was I uninspired by the V Star 250 because it's essentially uninspiring or because I dislike cruisers in general? I admitted that I missed horsepower, but all else being equal the little Star offers pretty much everything any other low-slung ...    Read more

  18. Giving Thanks

    Photo by Andrew Wheeler - AutoMotoPhoto. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Valentino Rossi is the winningest rider in the modern era and arguably the brightest genius roadracing has ever seen. As fans, it has pained us to watch him struggle against the torrential current of MotoGP development ...    Read more

  19. V Star 250 Education

    Now that my beloved V Star 250 has been returned to the Yamaha mother ship, I find myself reflecting on the time spent with the baby cruiser and the fun we had. Not least of which, I might add, was competing in a "slow race" (photo above), where, believe it ...    Read more

  20. Riding a Superbike – A Day With the Graves YZF-R1

    As the new guy (yes, still), I hardly expected to get the good gigs until I'd served my tour of fetching people coffee and washing bikes. The boss threw me a bone last month though, sending me to NOLA Motorsports Park to ride Josh Hayes' three-time champion Graves R1. Having ...    Read more

  21. Week 1 with the V Star 250

    The photo above is of a Yamaha V Star 250 key (left) as it compares to a CBR250 key. Suffice it to say it takes a confident and secure man to ride around on the Wee Star. Fortunately I have no reason to be ashamed, and no reason to treat ...    Read more

  22. A Yamaha V Star 250 for the New Guy

    As the latest addition to the MC staff, I'm bound to get some extra jabs sent my way. Mr Editor initially threatened me with the prospect of riding a scooter, but soon found out that I like scooters. Baby cruisers on the other hand, not on my wish list. And ...    Read more