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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. “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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Dakar Rally Preview



    The 2013 Dakar Rally is only days away, and while most teams are putting the finishing touches on their bikes, perennial favorite KTM is scrambling after one of its two top riders, three-time Dakar winner Marc Coma, was injured during the Rally of Morocco. “We worked really hard with the doctors ...    Read more

  6. Harley-Davidson To Build Entry-Level V-Twin In India



    To a lot of American workers, “outsourcing” is a dirty word. But sometimes companies have to open factories overseas just to be competitive with products built in that market. At least that’s what Harley-Davidson is hoping its flag-waving, made-in-America customer base will take into consideration when The Motor Company introduces ...    Read more

  7. Essential Adaptation



    Our epic four-day, 2200-mile sport-touring comparison test took us from SoCal to Albuquerque through some of the most gorgeous and demanding roads California, Arizona, and New Mexico could throw at us. It was cold. Real cold, including an overnight low of 17 degrees in Albuquerque and persistent ...    Read more

  8. Ducati Riding Experience 2013 Sign-up Opens



    Ducati press release: Subscription opens for highly anticipated Ducati Riding Experience 2013 *   Ducati prepares for tenth edition of prestigious riding school *   Twelve dates at four different venues confirmed for 2013 *   Troy Bayliss to continue “Academy” with race kit 1199 Panigale S Superbikes Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy) 18 December, 2012 – Ten years ...    Read more

  9. Turn left at Albuquerque: 2013 Sport-Touring Test



    Which is the top sport-tourer of 2013? Will the newly refreshed Yamaha FJR1300A and new-from-the-ground-up Triumph Trophy unseat our perennial favorite sporty mile-eater, the Kawasaki Concours 14? And what about BMW’s stupendous, six-cylinder K1600GT? Our readers want answers, dammit—and we do, too! That’s why the day after the first Triumph Trophy ...    Read more

  10. Encouraging Signs at the Long Beach IMS



    PHOTOS: Andrea Wilson, Ari Henning Just as nature slowly restores itself after a cataclysmic event, our little corner of the motorsports landscape has green shoots inching up through the dark forest floor. Haven’t seen them? I have, most recently at the International Motorcycle Show that just rolled through Long Beach, CA. ...    Read more

  11. Suzuki Returns To MotoGP in 2014?



    American Suzuki racing fans will look forward to Suzuki's return to MotoGP. At the end of the 2011 MotoGP season, Suzuki packed up its one-bike team, turned off the garage lights, and pulled out of the series, citing the worldwide economy’s accelerating spiral down the drain as the reason. The factory ...    Read more

  12. Preview 2013: The International Motorcycle Show Comes to Our Hood



    KTM's booth from the EICMA show last month in Milan. Photo by Michael Lichter. Wherever you live, odds are that some time between early November and late February you’ll hear about or see advertising for the International Motorcycle Show. IMS shows are held across the U.S., offering ...    Read more

  13. The RedShift Revolution



    Electric motorcycles are "cleaner" than gas bikes, we're told. Safer, lower maintenance, and more accessible for novice riders, too. That's all well and good-noble, even. But what about those of us who only care about going fast? Not only are electric racebikes much slower than gas-fired counterparts, they also weigh ...    Read more

  14. BMW 90th Anniversary Model Announced



    Perhaps slightly jealous of Harley-Davidson’s habit of cranking out “anniversary” models at the drop of a beanie helmet, BMW has declared its intention to produce a new anniversary model of its own. Speaking at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, BMW Motorrad President Stephan Schaller said his company will ...    Read more

  15. 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

  16. Sylvain Guintoli Replaces Max Biaggi on Aprilia WSBK Team



    If you're WSBK champion Aprilia Racing, how do you keep the momentum going after your champion retires? Turn to a "young veteran" known for his gritty racing: Sylvain Guintoli. Guintoli has been chosen by the Aprilia Racing Team for its 2013 World Superbike Championship squad, replacing Max Biaggi. Guintoli will ...    Read more

  17. Yamaha Crossplane Triple



    Yamaha didn’t release any notable new models at the 2012 Intermot Motorcycle Fair, but the company did create lots of buzz—and plenty of questions—with its crossplane triple engine concept. Yamaha shared zero information about the concept beyond some vague mumbo-jumbo about the Japanese philosophy of Jinki Kanno (“…a sense of ...    Read more

  18. Finding Satisfaction on a CBR250R



    Photo: Oxymoron Photography I enjoy racing because it offers the opportunity to push myself to the limit, and provides a thrill like no other. I’ve raced 600s, and they're exhilarating. But after a race weekend I often find myself physically and emotionally exhausted. My bank account takes a beating, too. For me, ...    Read more

  19. Honda MotoGP Racer Replica



    Words by Ben Purvis Ever since MotoGP transitioned from 500cc two-strokes to 1000cc fourstrokes in 2003, rumors have been whirling that Honda would build a proper MotoGP replica for the street. While the 2010 VFR1200F did borrow some technology from the RC211V, that 594-pound sport tourer could hardly be called a ...    Read more

  20. Milan Moto Feast: A Feeding Frenzy



    WORDS & PHOTOS: Michael Lichter There always seemed to be one more building, one more booth, one more motorcycle to digest. Despite my big appetite, I was full the first day, but I couldn’t stop myself. The EICMA Motorcycle Industry Expo in Milan, Italy, in the middle of November was a veritable ...    Read more

  21. 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

  22. Under-Tail Exhaust: Almost Gone and Good Riddance



    I just got in from a 150-mile jaunt on an injudiciously modified Triumph Daytona 675—a machine I dubbed the “farkelbike” the first time I saw it. It’s actually a pretty neat piece. Seriously hard-core, yes, but the modifications have not ruined it, which is always slightly amazing. Along with the ...    Read more

  23. Audi Influence? Preziosi Out, Gobmeier In at Ducati Corse



    The other shoe has dropped in the shakeup for Ducati’s MotoGP squad as embattled engineer Fillipo Preziosi has been moved up the corporate ladder while ex-BMW Superbike Director, Bernhard Gobmeier takes his place as GM of Ducati Corse. Valentino Rossi’s relationship with Preziosi unraveled in the press over the last ...    Read more

  24. Whatever Happened to the Tsunami Harley?



    Harley-Davidson motorcycles have been ridden to every corner of the earth, but none has ever made a journey as remarkable as Ikuo Yokoyama’s 2004 Softail Night Train. Yokoyama had his Harley parked in a storage container outside his home in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture when the devastating, 8.9-magnitude Tohoku earthquake struck ...    Read more

  25. 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure – First Look



    KTM’s 990 Adventure was always the most off-road capable of all big-bore adventure tourers, with its 21-inch front wheel, rally-bred chassis, and peaky, 990cc V-twin engine. But while Dakar DNA made the original Adventure at home off road, that competence came at the expense of some on-road performance—and the reality ...    Read more

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