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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. Trick or Treat? Honda Launches CB1100 Site



    Honda has just launched a section on its worldwide site dedicated to the new retro-styled CB1100—a bike we reported on in the October issue Read more

  2. Carlos’ Cheap Adventure



    Originally from Brazil, Connecticut resident Carlos Semeghini saw our “Cheap Adventure” article (MC, Oct.) and pegged us for fans of the low-cost tour. Since he was planning a long-distance trip across America on his ‘08 Versys 650, he thought we’d be interested in seeing the bike and hearing part of ...    Read more

  3. Another Kawasaki Press Launch, Another Road Trip On A Triumph



    A little less than a month ago Editor in Chief Marc Cook rode a Triumph Explorer north to Healdsberg, CA, for the Ninja 300 intro, choosing to ride instead of fly. When I was assigned the ZX-6R press launch in Chico, a bit farther ...    Read more

  4. The Story Behind The Stars



    Star Motorcycles recently released a video about the bikes and builders who won the 2012 Star Custom Calendar competition. Check it out:

  5. Sticker Shock



    The otherwise lovely Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is, like a lot of modern motorcycles, sticker bombed. And not for product placement...no, they're warning stickers. When the meds kick in, I accept these dimwitted examples of a legal system run amok as a necessary evil, a way to ...    Read more

  6. Honda unveils Dakar model – the CRF450 Rally



    Honda Plans Return To Dakar American Rider Johnny Campbell To Compete On Honda Team Honda has recently announced its plans to participate in the forthcoming Dakar Rally this upcoming January, by unveiling the new CRF450 Rally at the recent INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany. This will be Honda’s ...    Read more

  7. Camier Re-signs With FIXI Crescent Suzuki



    Team Suzuki Press Office - October 6. FIXI Crescent Suzuki has announced that it has agreed terms to secure the services of Leon Camier for the 2013 Superbike World Championship. Camier completed the deal shortly before this weekend's final round of the season at Magny-Cours in France and will sign a ...    Read more

  8. A Motorcyclist’s Paradise



    Last Sunday night I attended the Los Angeles Moto Film Festival at Golden Road Brewing. There were 16 entries (including an episode of On Two Wheels, our YouTube show) that all spoke to the passion of LA’s varied motorcycle factions. It was ...    Read more

  9. 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC | FIRST LOOK



    With a nail-biter finish to the World Superbike Championship, Max Biaggi took home his second title aboard an Aprilia RSV4 Factory. Aprilia's racing efforts clearly have paid off, but the Noale company continues to develop the street-going versions of its V-four superbike. For 2013, the RSV4 ...    Read more

  10. Motorcyclist Vintage Style Tees Now Available!



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  11. My Moto Guzzi, a Love/Hate Story



    I've got a real on-again, off-again relationship with my 1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. The "on" periods—when it's working properly—are brief and torrid. This is undeniably one of the most charismatic motorcycles ever made. The "off" periods—when it's broke-down and waiting for me to save enough time and/or money ...    Read more

  12. The Triumph Generation?



    In my mind, bikes like the Triumph Tiger Explorer are for us old guys. It’s a mature machine for mature riders—a sensible road burner with a seating position kind to brittle old bones, shredded cartilage, and persistent sciatica. It has an air of sophistication, a mien of "I can do ...    Read more

  13. 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

  14. 2013 Triumph Street Triple & Street Triple R | FIRST LOOK



    Triumph revealed the new 2013 Street Triple and Street Triple R at the Intermot Show in Cologne, Germany. Triumph first brought out the Street Triple back in 2007 as an option to the Speed Triple 1050. Using a re-tuned version of the 675cc in-line three-cylinder engine from the Daytona 675, ...    Read more

  15. NBD



    Photo: Kevin Hipp Even for a 30-year-old Honda that happens to be air-cooled. And a two-stroke. At noon on Sunday, our Craigslist-bought 1982 Honda MB5 crossed the finish line at the Willow Springs kart track to finish the M1GP 24-hour race. All the bike needed during the event was a steady supply ...    Read more

  16. 2013 Zero Motorcycles Lineup | FIRST LOOK



    WORDS: Kevin Hipp PHOTOS: Zero Electric motorcycle technology has advanced to a point where people are starting to take these motorcycles seriously. Longer battery life, shorter recharge times, more powerful motors, and higher top speeds have all upped the appeal for riders who would have formerly dismissed these bikes. Zero Motorcycles calls ...    Read more

  17. 2013 Yamaha FZ8 | First Look



    WORDS: Marc Cook PHOTOS: Yamaha As a larger-than-average middleweight naked bike, the Yamaha FZ8 has been a success, competing with 600s and beating them with good, old-fashioned displacement. For 2013, the 779cc naked, based largely on the FZ1, gets select updates to improve its sporting capabilities and to remedy ...    Read more

  18. 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A | First Look



    WORDS: Marc Cook PHOTOS: Yamaha Sport-touring enthusiasts have quite a year to look forward to, with new product coming from Europe and a substantially revised Yamaha FJR1300, now with an A suffix. Yamaha elected to leave the core of the FJR1300 alone, so the chassis largely carries over as does the 1298cc ...    Read more

  19. BMW Motorrad Announces HP4 pricing



    BMW Motorrad has just announced pricing for its new HP4 superbike, the first production sportbike to be equipped with Dynamic Damping Control semi-active suspension. Base MSRP for the single-seat HP4 will be just $19,990, including DDC, Dynamic Traction Control, Race ABS, forged aluminum wheels, titanium Akrapovic exhaust, and more. A ...    Read more

  20. Why do “real” motorcyclists hate Harley-Davidsons?



    Lost amid all the noise surrounding hard-candy flake paint, mini apes and Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary is the disturbing footnote that one of our all-time favorite Motor Company motorcycles, the XR1200, has been dropped from the 2013 lineup. The XR1200—the Sportster-based tribute to the iconic XR750 racers that have dominated American dirt ...    Read more

  21. Difficult race, but positive signs for Ducati Team at Aragon



    Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi both had costly off-track excursions in the early stages of the Aragon GP, with the former crashing upon striking a tyre wall and the latter having to fight through the pack after re-entering the circuit and completing the first lap in last place. Fortunately, there were ...    Read more

  22. Recall for Honda’s New 2012 NC700X



    PHOTOS: Kevin Wing Honda has issued a recall for a portion of the NC700X models due to faulty drive chains. According to Honda and the chain manufacturer, RK, some chains may contain outer links that were improperly heat-treated. This problem could result in stress fractures in the outer plates, causing chain ...    Read more

  23. Commuted Sentence



    I have a pretty good idea of what the new Honda NC700X will be good at, but this much I absolutely know: it’s a fantastic commuter. In the week since it joined our long-term fleet, I’ve put 165 miles on it, wearing ...    Read more

  24. Moto Guzzi USA Dealers offer exclusive customer test rides on new V7 Stone



    WHO: Moto Guzzi USA WHAT: Customer test rides on new V7 Stone WHERE: Participating Moto Guzzi Dealerships Across the United States WHEN: September 27 – November 1 DETAILS: The V7 Stone is one of the most highly anticipated Moto Guzzi motorcycles of 2013. This new model in the historic V7 range is trendy, agile, easy ...    Read more

  25. You’re Doing What?!



    If you’ve visited our Facebook page or checked out the video section of the website recently, you’re probably aware that we acquired a 1982 Honda MB5. This little 50cc two-stroke was found in a Craigslist ad and bought in Cocoran, CA. From there, it was repaired in a hotel room ...    Read more

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