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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. 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

  2. 2013 Triumph Daytona 675/675R | FIRST LOOK



    Triumph’s Daytona 675 has never suffered harsh criticism or dismissal. It’s long been a favorite due to its sharp looks, excellent handling, and the broadband power. The bike that debuted in 2006 was simply outstanding, and Triumph has kept the supersport at the forefront with conservative updates. The bike underwent ...    Read more

  3. 2013 Honda CB1100 | FIRST RIDE



    PHOTOS: Kevin Wing They say: "Timeless look, inspired performance." We say: "Half the guys who see it won't know it's new." At a time when so many retro bikes center on Honda hardware, it’s ironic that the company itself has shied away from the old-is-new angle for the last decade. In 1999, Honda ...    Read more

  4. 2013 Suzuki GW250 | FIRST LOOK



    The quarter-liter displacement category is getting downright crowded lately, with multiple new models from Honda and Kawasaki creating excitement in American showrooms and streets. Now Suzuki is jumping into the 250cc fray with the all-new GW250 standard, which will be offered for sale stateside as a 2013 model. Featuring modern ...    Read more

  5. 2013 Suzuki Hayabusa and GSX-R | FIRST LOOK



    Most storylines regarding Suzuki’s Hayabusa revolve around its awesome acceleration, but for model year 2013, the big news is an upgrade to better brakes. Big speed demands big brakes, of course, and stopping power was one area in particular where last year’s Hayabusa came up short. In fact, in ...    Read more

  6. 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R | NEWS FROM EICMA



    Coming hot on the heels of news that Ducati will reenter the World Superbike Championship in 2013 with an all-new, factory-supported racing effort run by Belgium’s Team Alstare, this is our first look at the bike that Alstare racers Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini will ride. The 1199 Panigale R, ...    Read more

  7. 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada | NEWS FROM EICMA



    If Ducati’s interpretation of a cruiser in the form of the Diavel left a lot of riders scratching their heads, imagine what this will do. Here is the 2013 Diavel Strada, Borgo Panigale’s take on the touring cruiser. Atop the Diavel's unexpectedly good chassis and polarizing styling ...    Read more

  8. 2013 Ducati Hypermotard and Hyperstrada | NEWS FROM EICMA



    Ducati has comprehensively updated the Hypermotard line for 2013 by shoehorning in a version of the Testastretta 11-degree engine, offering two specifications of the main model, and adding something called the Hyperstrada, a distance-worthy model likely to be known as the mini-Multi for its resemblance to the ...    Read more

  9. 2013 MV Agusta Rivale 800 | NEWS FROM EICMA



    Continuing the development of its three-cylinder series and expanding the model options, MV Agusta has introduced the Rivale 800, a clear competitor to the Ducati Hypermotard. Featuring the firm’s newly punched-out triple, bumped from 675cc to 800cc, the Rivale employs a signature steel-tube trellis frame that gives ...    Read more

  10. New 250 Sportbike from Yamaha?



    The 250cc class, once the preferred entry point for new riders, almost died off years ago except for a few hardy survivors like Kawasaki’s 250 Ninja. But now that Honda’s CBR250R has joined the quarter-liter party,  and the Ninja got a displacement bump to 300cc, suddenly everyone wants a big ...    Read more

  11. American Supercamp Offers One-Day Camps in 2013



    Unless you’re already standing on the top step of the podium there’s probably room for improvement in your riding. American Supercamp helps road racers, flat trackers, motocrossers, and supermoto riders––even street riders––hone their skills under the tutelage of some of the best instructors in the business. And starting in 2013 ...    Read more

  12. KTM’s RC 250 R Moto3 Machine Available To The Public



    We were all sad to see the two-strokes go. The last of the fire-breathing 500 GP machines were parked at the end of the 2002 season, and in 2010 the 250s were supplanted by the 600cc four-strokes of Moto2. Finally, at the beginning of this year, the screaming 125s were ...    Read more

  13. Signed, Unsealed, and Delivered: MC Fanmail from the Big House



    With so many convenient ways to communicate with Motorcyclist staff—via our public email account (mcmail@sorc.com), our Facebook site, the comment sections on our Web site, our Web forum, Twitter, Instagram, and more—I’m surprised that some fans still write to us the old-fashioned way, with pen and ink. Some write this ...    Read more

  14. American Suzuki to Close Auto Operations, Powersports Will Continue



    American Suzuki Motor reported today that its automotive division will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and "wind down" operations. According to the company, "The most important thing for you to know is that we intend to continue to operate our Motorcycles/ATV and Marine businesses as usual. We ...    Read more

  15. Zero Gravity® Product Release 2010-2012 Kawasaki Z1000 Windscreens



    Zero Gravity windscreens are made in the U.S.A. and now available for the 2010-2012 Kawasaki Z1000 in two distinctive styles. Make your new bike stand out and get better aerodynamic performance from this inexpensive upgrade! The stock replacement SR Series™ (20-227 shown in dark smoke) matches the size, shape and function ...    Read more

  16. 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

  17. Yamaha AG200 – A Motorcycle That Saves Lives



    WORDS: Jake Fuchs PHOTOS: Riders For Health Most of us would agree that motorcycles make us feel better. Flying unencumbered over the road on the backs of our bikes elevates the soul as well as the body. Whacking open the throttle and tearing through the air can’t help but put a ...    Read more

  18. It’s the Little Things



    I’m a fan of elegant design. So, when I saw the way Honda handled windshield adjustment on the NC700X, I was delighted. It’s a simple system, with four sets of paired holes offset vertically by 20mm. Which set you thread the screen’s four screws into determines the ...    Read more

  19. Ducati North America Reports Nine Consecutive Quarters of Retail Sales Growth



    Things are looking good for the upper end of the motorcycle market with the recent announcements from BMW Motorrad of record monthly sales figures. Now Ducati North America is reporting nine consecutive quarters of retail sales growth, crediting the Diavel and Panigale as major factors. According to Ducati, its North American ...    Read more

  20. Escape From LA



    There are too many rats in this cage we call Los Angeles—nearly 4 million at last count. Sure, this place is a sprawling metropolis, but if you time the traffic right, you can be in another world in under an hour. Take a look at a map and ...    Read more

  21. Read Any Good Motorcycle Books Lately?



    You might be surprised to learn—especially if you notice the stream of readers' corrections that appear almost monthly in "MC Mail"—that we actually do a lot of research in the process of writing articles around here. Especially lately, as we prepared so much historical content for our yearlong MC100 retrospective, ...    Read more

  22. Pedrosa takes maiden win in the rain with Stoner in 3rd as Repsol Honda celebrate Team Championship



    The Repsol Honda Team returned to full power at the Malaysian Grand Prix with another superb win for Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner's return to the podium in third position.   The treacherous conditions today in Sepang caused the race to be cancelled with six laps remaining due to heavy tropical rain. ...    Read more

  23. Coincidence in Time



    I have friends who love vintage motorcycles, and by that I mean anything with points ignition, drum brakes, and valves you can adjust with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, or maybe just a hammer. I also have friends who adore current machinery. If the warranty has expired, it’s ...    Read more

  24. Moto Guzzi Announces The Rest Of Its 2013 Lineup | FIRST LOOK



    Moto Guzzi came out with its three-model, retro-styled V7 lineup for 2013, with a revamped motor and a new matte-black Stone edition. Now we get confirmation that three of Guzzi’s previous designs return for 2013. The sportiest of the bunch, the Griso 8V SE carries a 110 horsepower and 80 ...    Read more

  25. Daydreaming of Dirt



    My total off-road riding experience is roughly equivalent to the tiny trace of dirt you could scrape from between the lugs of my barely worn AXO motocross boots. I didn't learn to ride on a Z50 in my parent's big back yard. I didn't spend adolescent weekends leaping tabletop jumps, ...    Read more

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