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Motorcycle reviews, bike manufacturer updates, and discussions on various motorcycles like Honda, Harley-Davidson, BMW, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Buell from motorcycle experts, enthusiasts, and contributors that engulf themselves into motorcycles.

  1. Maintenance Matters: The Close Call



    As part of the affliction that makes me modify or “upgrade” all my motorcycles, I installed a set of braided-steel brake lines on my 2005 Suzuki DR650. They helped improve brake feel and would be, I hoped, durable. On the DR, as on many dirt bikes, the relatively flexible line is ...    Read more

  2. Triumph Tiger Sport | Spied



    The prototype’s hacked-off fuel tank is purely for practical purposes, allowing Triumph to move the bars or alter the bike’s headstock without hitting the tank. What’s next for the Tiger 1050? Will it replace the Sprint GT? Fit into the Tiger line as a “Sport” model? So many questions! WORDS: Ben ...    Read more

  3. Pierre Terblanche Joins Confederate Motor Company



    Words by Alan Cathcart In a startling move within the resurgent American motorcycle industry, celebrated Italian-based designer Pierre Terblanche has signed a three year contract with Birmingham, Alabama's Confederate Motor Company, the USA's premier boutique bike manufacturer. Terblanche will head up Confederate’s product development division, and has already moved from Italy ...    Read more

  4. 2013 BMW R1200GS Pricing Announced



    At long last, pricing has been announced for the new R1200GS from BMW. Unlike the new water-cooled boxer engine, however, the pricing didn’t come with a diagram to explain it. And it probably should have. Here’s what you’ll want to know. The base model shipped to U.S. BMW dealers this spring ...    Read more

  5. Triumph Street Tracker | Spied



    The prototype's hacked-off fuel tank is purely for practical purposes, allowing Triumph to move the bars or alter the bike's headstock without hitting the tank. WORDS and PHOTO: Ben Purvis Triumph has been caught experimenting with a prototype that combines the basic Bonneville engine and chassis with Speed Triple componentry to produce ...    Read more

  6. Remembering Bob Hansen



    I’ll admit I had no idea who Bob Hansen was when we were first introduced in the Daytona paddock at the AHRMA vintage racing national in March 2001. I was there primarily to race Battle of the Twins on my Honda Hawk GT and, secondarily, to introduce myself to then-Motorcyclist ...    Read more

  7. Not Art: Considering the Café Racer Craze



    There’s a small, circular sticker on the gas tank of my 1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, right in the center where I can always see it, that reads: “NOT ART.” I ordered it out of the Aerostich catalog many, many years ago. At the time, it was an adhesive-backed response ...    Read more

  8. Make Every Ride An Adventure



    Whenever there’s an event to attend—the Laguna Seca MotoGP, a press launch outside San Diego, or any other happening within a day’s ride—I get excited. California has incredible landscapes, and there’s no better way to enjoy them than from the saddle of a motorcycle. Every ride holds the potential for ...    Read more

  9. Aprilia Announces V4ALL Pricing



    Everybody loves a winner, but not everyone can afford to buy one. Now Aprilia, with four World Superbike Championship titles in the last four years, wants to make it easier to buy one of its V4s with reduced pricing on 2012 and selected earlier models. The V4ALL pricing program trims thousands ...    Read more

  10. BMW Sells Husqvarna To KTM CEO



    BMW Motorrad, which says it wants to concentrate on urban mobility and electric vehicles, has sold Husqvarna Motorcycles to KTM CEO Stefan Pierer’s holding company. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. BMW’s decision to focus its future efforts only on road-going vehicles resulted from what Manfred Grunert, ...    Read more

  11. Motus V4 “Baby Block” Available As Crate Engine



    When it comes to crate engines––powerplants sold separately from the vehicle they’re made for––V-twin riders have all the fun, with Harley-clone engines available in many displacements and tune ranging from stock to certifiably nuts. But there are few alternatives for motorcycle enthusiasts who prefer their crates full of higher technology––until ...    Read more

  12. Ural Sets Sales Record in 2012



    If you had to bet money on which motorcycle companies posted the biggest sales increases of the past two years, you probably wouldn’t back a Russian sidecar manufacturer. You’d be wrong not to, though, because two consecutive years of growth in 2010 and 2011 culminated in a 30 percent upswing ...    Read more

  13. Driven To Distraction: Wheelmate Steering Wheel Desk



    While it’s easy for motorcyclists to fall into the trap of believing that car drivers are out to get them, it’s important to remember that four-wheelers seem equally intent on self-destruction. Why else would they demand more and more attention-stealing gadgets in new cars––touch-screen controls, Bluetooth connectivity, the ability to ...    Read more

  14. 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK Edition Unveiled



    They might call it World Superbike, but here’s a special-edition SBK model you can get only in the U.S. and Canada. In honor of the 2012 World Superbike Championship Aprilia RSV4, Aprilia USA is offering this 2013 RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK Special Edition exclusively to the North American market. The ...    Read more

  15. 2013 Dakar Rally Results



    Well  before the start of the 2013 Dakar Rally, it seemed like there was no point in actually running the race. The fans and press were touting Frenchman Cyril Despres as the likely winner, mostly because his KTM teammate Marc Coma had dropped out of the rally with shoulder problems ...    Read more

  16. Moto Guzzi V7 Wayward | MC Interview



    “Moto Guzzi isn’t about getting there the fastest,” explains Melissa MacCaull, Vice President of Piaggio Group Americas, the U.S. distributor of Moto Guzzi motorcycles. “It’s about enjoying the ride, and getting back to what true motorcycling is really about. Moto Guzzi is approachable, it’s stylish, and it’s accessible to anyone. ...    Read more

  17. BMW Brings $480,000 At Bonham’s Auction



    If you think it’s hard to talk a salesman down on the price of a motorcycle you want, try competing with a room full of people who are willing to pay more than you are for the same bike. That’s what you’d have been up against on January 10 at ...    Read more

  18. Honda Cranks Up Contingency Payouts in the Southwest



    Honda recently updated their Red Rider Rewards program for 2013, adding Southern California’s Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association (CVMA), M1 Grand Prix (M1GP), and Western Easter Roadracing Association's (WERA) Western branch to a lengthy list of roadrace clubs eligible for a generous purse. Honda says that any ...    Read more

  19. 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

  20. BMW Sets Sales Records In 2012



    Even though the term “economic growth” was an oxymoron for most people last year, the folks at BMW are feeling pretty good about 2012. That’s because the Motorrad set new sales records, delivering 106,358 motorcycles and maxi-scooters worldwide, a 2 percent increase over 2011. Additionally, in December 2012 BMW delivered ...    Read more

  21. Triumph To Build 250cc Twin In India



    England and India haven’t always enjoyed the best of relations, but Triumph is hoping all is forgiven as it makes plans to open a factory to build 250cc twins on the subcontinent. The proposed facility in Narasapur, near the city of Bangalore, is set to be up and running by ...    Read more

  22. “On Two Wheels” is One Year Old!



    It seems like just yesterday that the video guys clipped a mic to my leathers, pointed a pair of cameras at me, and demanded some intelligent words. Totally unprepared for a presentation, I was literally at a loss for words. I formed some eventually, but they were hardly worthy of ...    Read more

  23. 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

  24. SoCal’s Roadracing Clubs Rev Up for 2013



    Photo: OXYmoron Photography 2012 was a bad year for club-level roadracers in the Southwest United States. Early in the year, Willow Springs Motorcycle Club (WSMC) dropped a bombshell: After decades of hosting near-monthly meets, the club was closing up shop. At the same time, other race organizations condensed their schedules due ...    Read more

  25. Track Day Fun At Chuckwalla



    WORDS: Annette Carrion PHOTOS: Cali Photography When I heard the Ninja 300 was being delivered to Motorcyclist magazine’s headquarters, I couldn’t wait to throw a leg over it. I had been secretly lusting over the white one, so when a green one was delivered I was a little disappointed. However, I quickly ...    Read more

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