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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. When the CHiPs Are Down (On One Knee!)



    Due to popular feedback on the Me & My Bike: Doug Kamholz feature (Motorcyclist, February 2014) and requests to see more of his California Highway Patrol-inspired 1998 Yamaha dubbed "CHP-R1" in action, we followed up with the retired lawman who provided us with one of his favorite Facebook profile ...    Read more

  2. The 2014 Motorcyclist Photo Hashtag Challenge



    Motorcyclist Magazine is excited to announce a new Instagram Photo Challenge and we’d like all of our readers, social followers and MCOnline viewers to participate. It’ll be fun and easy, and the first lucky winner will receive a new Shoei X-Twelve Marquez2 TC-1 helmet (MSRP: $839.99)! ...    Read more

  3. Favorites of 2013



  4. Akrapovič Racing Line Exhaust for 2014 Yamaha FZ-09/MT-09



    The anticipated popularity of the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 (MT-09 overseas) has aftermarket companies busily preparing to meet the demand for parts that will improve both looks and performance. On that front Akrapovič has their new Racing Line full-length stainless-titanium exhaust system for the all-new naked bike that they claim will ...    Read more

  5. Yamaha Motor Corp. USA Employees Raise Record Funds For 7th Annual Feed The Children Charity Day



    Employees of Yamaha Motor Corporation USA presented a check recently for $100,500 to the Feed the Children organization as part of its Seventh Annual Feed the Children Charity Day. Joining Yamaha employees at the event was a roster of current and past racing champions including 2013 AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh ...    Read more

  6. Race-Smart SCU for Kawasaki ZX-10R’s Factory Öhlins Mechatronic Steering Damper



    Owners of the 2013-14 Kawasaki ZX-10R who race or track your bike can now take it to level three, Race Mode, with an upgrade Öhlins Race SCU (Suspension Control Unit) for the Öhlins OEM-fitted steering damper.   The Race-Smart SCU is programed to transform the factory Öhlins Mechatronic, electronically controlled steering damper ...    Read more

  7. Alpinestars Limited Edition 50-Year Anniversary Book



    The company that started off making hiking boots in the small town of Maser, Italy back in 1963 is now celebrating five decades of innovation and achievements in action sports with the release of a very special version of their 50-year anniversary book. The Limited Edition Alpinestars 50 yearbook is a ...    Read more

  8. Good Numbers for KTM North America



    KTM North America reported earlier this week that their November unit sales rose 49% compared to the same month in 2012, and the company’s year-to-date numbers at the end of November showed KTM leading growth with a 28.8% increase. This sales growth makes KTM one of the fastest growing motorcycle ...    Read more

  9. Celebrity File: Alonzo’s Gonzo Rocket III



    He was born to make people laugh but what puts a smile on Alonzo Bodden’s face is no joke. Like a certain Tonight Show host who maintains a hangar full of ready-to-ride dream machines, Bodden is a comedian by trade who seems to be building up quite an impressive stable ...    Read more

  10. Two Brothers Racing S1-R Exhaust System for 2014 Yamaha FZ-09



    With Yamaha setting MSRP at just $7,990 for their new crossplane triple-powered 2014 FZ-09 naked bike, owners could very well have some upgrade cash left  in pocket for the equally new S1-R full exhaust system from Two Brothers Racing.  TBR says that their new system is good for an 8-hp ...    Read more

  11. 2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 Special Edition



    Up on Kawasaki’s website is the 2014 KLR 650 Special Edition with revised suspension, a more comfortable seat and new colors. Fans of Team Green’s dual-purpose bike get all this for just a C-note more than last year’s price.   PRICE: $6,599 Engine: l/c 651cc, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single Transmission: ...    Read more

  12. 2013 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show



    Motorcycle enthusiasts from the lower half of the West Coast look forward to the annual ritual of kicking tires and getting their first behind-bars feel for as many new models as manufacturers have to offer at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California.  During show time, social media ...    Read more

  13. Nuviz HUD for Helmets



    Factory and aftermarket head-up display (HUD) units can be found in a growing number of cars on the road today. HUD can put a wealth of data directly in the driver's line of sight with the road, eliminating the need to look down at the dash. But can the same ...    Read more

  14. Scorpion’s New Flagship Helmet: The EXO-R2000



    The Scorpion Sports guys stopped by the MC office this morning to give us a first look at their new-for-2013 flagship helmet, the EXO-R2000, a MotoGP-level lid featuring a lightweight composite shell constructed from five layers of specially formulated fiberglass, aramid and organic poly-resin fibers. The EXO-R2000’s ...    Read more

  15. BMW R nine T Enters Production



      BMW gave journalists a special treat on the way to the Spanish island of Mallorca for the S1000R press launch—a quick side trip to its main motorcycle manufacturing facility in Berlin to witness the start of production for the R nineT, an new model created to celebrate the 90th Anniversary ...    Read more

  16. Bolt Custom Build-Off Winner Chosen



    Part of the fun of owning a motorcycle is making it your own with personal touches to make it stand out from the crowd. The folks at Star Motorcycles decided it would be even more fun to see what professional customizers could do with the Star Bolt, so they sent ...    Read more

  17. 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 | FIRST LOOK



    Kawasaki’s Z1000 naked bike has never been a conservative machine, but the latest version, looking like something straight from the pages of a Japanese manga comic, is the most outrageous example yet. Shaped in what Kawasaki Design Chief Keishi Fukumoto calls “Sugomi” style, the cartoonish silhouette ...    Read more

  18. Harley-Davidson Street 500/Street 750 | FIRST LOOK



      Harley-Davidson was the last company anyone expected a surprise from at the traditionally Euro-centric EICMA Expo in Milan, but a surprise was exactly what we got when the American manufacturer revealed its plainly named Street 500 and Street 750, the first models from an all-new, entry-level motorcycle family. For that ...    Read more

  19. Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200S | FIRST LOOK



      Now entering its 21st year of production, Ducati’s Monster lineup shows no sign of slowing down with the release of the all-new Monster 1200 and 1200S. Both powered by the same liquid-cooled, Testastretta 11-degree DS V-twin that motivates the various Mulitstrada and Diavel models, this should be a huge leap ...    Read more

  20. 2014 Honda CBR1000RR SP | FIRST LOOK



    For a company so closely allied to its longstanding suppliers Nissin and Showa, promoting a special-edition of its liter-class supersport with Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes is a bit of an eye opener. But that’s what Honda is doing with the 2014 CBR1000RR SP. Though Honda doesn’t state it, photos ...    Read more

  21. 2014 Honda CTX1300 | FIRST LOOK



    Part of Honda’s rollout of new 2014 models got a slight head start when photos were leaked showing an undisguised CTX1300 caught on public roads during a photo shoot in California. And that’s why when Honda pulled the drape off the 2014 CTX1300, we had that sense of deja vu. ...    Read more

  22. 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera | FIRST LOOK



    We’re always looking to get more for our money, but in some cases we want less, especially when it comes to the weight of our motorcycles. Ducati has just unveiled the perfect superbike for the less-is-more crowd, the 2014 1199 Superleggera, which tips the scales at a claimed dry weight ...    Read more

  23. First New Husqvarna Rolls Off The Assembly Line



    The hills are alive with the sound of Huskies. The hills of Austria, that is, where the first Husqvarnas rolled off the assembly line of the upgraded Mattighofen production site on October 7. Husqvarna was recently acquired by KTM AG, and the members of the board of KTM were on hand ...    Read more

  24. Ducati And Aprilia Sign On New Racing Bosses



    You think it’s hard keeping track of which riders are with which teams from season to season? Try wrapping your head around the shifts in the corporate side of racing. Ducati has signed Luigi Dall’Igna, formerly the racing honcho at Aprilia, as the new General Manager of Ducati Corse. Ducati ...    Read more

  25. Ural Gaucho Rambler Gets Wild And Wooly



    From the Seriously, We’re Not Kidding file comes the latest special-edition Ural sidecar, the Gaucho Rambler, which was created in collaboration with Pendleton Woolen Mills to celebrate the “the cowboys of the Americas” who “rambled through the country, living off the land, taking each day as it came, and always ...    Read more