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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. Coming Soon: 2014 Kawasaki Z1000



      In the November 2013 issue of our print magazine (on newsstands now) we broke news of an updated Kawasaki Z1000 set to be reveled soon, along with a CG illustration of what we think this new naked bike might look like, based on leaked patent drawings. This week Kawasaki released ...    Read more

  2. No Laguna Seca MotoGP In 2014



    Hosting a MotoGP event is a massively expensive endeavor, one that’s evidently too much for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. With increased licensing fees from Dorna—up $800,000—and an overall cost of about $9 million, the track has opted out for 2014, leaving Indiana’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the freshly christened Circuit ...    Read more

  3. Ducati North America Launches Ducati Financial Services



    While we all waited to see what new owner Audi's influence on Ducati would be, this snuck in: financing. Ducati North America now has a retail financing program for new and used bikes in the U.S. And it's supported by VW Credit, Inc. (VCI), a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of ...    Read more

  4. Buell To Unveil New American Sportbike At AIMExpo in Orlando



    Why is this man smiling? Because he knows something you don’t. Actually, he knows a lot of things you don’t, but there’s one in particular you’re probably most interested in. He’s Erik Buell, and his company, EBR, is going to introduce the new 1190RX at the American International Motorcycle Exposition ...    Read more

  5. Harley-Davidson 500cc World Bike In Final Stages Of Development



    There’s no question Harley-Davidson motorcycles have one foot––sorry, one wheel in the past, what with their slavish devotion to nostalgic styling and the big-inch, bright-chrome profile that made H-Ds the kings of the road for much of the company’s existence. But it’s a new world out there, full of potential ...    Read more

  6. 2014 Kawasaki Motorcycles | FIRST LOOK



    Some riders fill the long winter months wondering which new bike to next year. But why wait? Kawasaki’s 2014 bike line is out now. We’ve already covered the Ninja 1000 ABS, but in case you missed it, there’s no non-ABS version in 2014. ...    Read more

  7. Ducati Multistrada 1200 Hits The Track!



    PHOTOS: Zack Courts & CaliPhotography It’s no secret that I love my long-term Multistrada, but taking this bike to the track was yet another reason that it keeps on impressing me. Do I look ridiculous in pictures? Yes. Did people look at me funny at tech inspection? Yes. But, did I ...    Read more

  8. Returning Honda Favorites Hold the Price Line in 2014



    The applause for the introduction of Honda’s 2014 model line might be dying down, but the show’s not over yet as some key cast members take the stage for their turn in the spotlight. Most are unchanged from last year, or at best will be available in new colors. In the ...    Read more

  9. I T’ay You Wh’ut



    PHOTOS: Thomas Kinzer & Barry Hathaway I’m not sure when it actually started, but I know the exact moment that it stuck. It was a few days into the trip for our little group headed from Boise to the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. We were somewhere in the middle of ...    Read more

  10. 2014 Harley-Davidson FLT Touring Bikes | FIRST RIDE



    PHOTOS: Brian J. Nelson, Tom Riles & Harley-Davidson They say: “Built by all of us. For all of us.” We say: “The first crowdsourced motorcycle.” ...    Read more

  11. 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Limited Edition | FIRST LOOK



    During the Indianapolis MotoGP festivities this weekend, Suzuki announced the first of its 2014 sportbike models, a cosmetically updated Limited Edition of the GSX-R1000. Built to commemorate the firm's 50 years in the U.S., the GSX-R features blue-accented items—some painted, some anodized—including fork caps, chain, swingarm adjusters, to name a ...    Read more

  12. Ural Offers Low Finance Rates Through 2013



    You’ve seen them, you’ve ridden one—even your dog loves it—and now you absolutely need a Ural sidecar. You’re in luck, because getting into a Ural has never been easier, thanks to a new financing plan running through the end of the year. Financing is now available at rates as low as ...    Read more

  13. Honda Africa Twin For The U.S. In 2015?



    Rumors abound in the motorcycle universe, and most turn out to be baseless. Some, however, sound so good you really want them to be true. One such whisper heard recently is not only tempting to believe, but tinged with just enough marketing sense to rise above the level of fantasy ...    Read more

  14. Dual-Sport Sportster From Carducci Dual Sport



    If you’re fed up with your Harley buddies calling your Sportster a chick bike, here’s your chance to show them how big your knobs are. The SC3 Adventure Sportster conversion from Carducci Dual Sport starts with a ’93-’03 XL and turns it into an on- or off-road V-twin capable of ...    Read more

  15. 2014 Indian Chieftain | FIRST RIDE



    PHOTOS: Barry Hathaway & Tom Riles   ...    Read more

  16. AltRider Outfits the 2013 BMW R1200GS



    In the aftermarket, standing still is the same thing as falling behind. That’s why AltRider didn’t waste any time coming out with a line of accessories for the new liquid-cooled BMW R1200GS, including crash bars, a skid plate, a sidestand foot, a radiator guard, and a luggage rack. ...    Read more

  17. 2014 Indian Chief | FIRST RIDE



    PHOTOS: Barry Hathaway & Indian Motorcycle Indian Motorcycle unveiled the long-awaited 2014 Indian lineup at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with the marketing mantra: “Choice is here in American motorcycles.” Throughout it all, Indian has made great efforts to not actually mention “those other guys” by name, including fellow Polaris Industries'' holding, Victory. ...    Read more

  18. Editor’s Blog: MacGyver Makes Good



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  19. Suzuki Celebrates 50th Anniversary At Red Bull Indy MotoGP



    Suzuki has been in will-they-won’t-they mode with respect to MotoGP for some time now, but when it comes to the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP, August 16-18, the company will definitely be attending—and Suzuki owners are invited to come along. The occasion is the 50th anniversary of Suzuki’s entry into the ...    Read more

  20. 2014 Victory Line Offers More Flash For Less Cash



    If the only thing keeping you from riding the factory custom of your dreams is the buy-in, it’s time to take the hammer to Mr. Pig E. Bank and get on down to your Victory dealer. Victory’s just-announced 2014 lineup includes two new models, factory custom paint, and reduced MSRPs. The ...    Read more

  21. Tour Taiwan with Peter Starr and the Grand Riders



    This just in from our friend and frequent contributor Peter Starr: In 2011, I travelled to Taiwan to ride with the legendary Grand Riders—the group of mostly-octogenarian motorcyclists celebrated in TC Bank’s “Dream Rangers” commercial that became a viral YouTube sensation (viewed almost 5 million times!). The story that I wrote ...    Read more

  22. Edelweiss On Two Wheels



    Last month, Ari Henning and I had the unique opportunity to take 10 lucky Motorcyclist readers on the ride of a lifetime: a 5-day, 4-country tour of the Alps, where these readers helped us conduct an adventure-bike comparison test that will appear in the October, 2013, issue of the magazine. ...    Read more

  23. BMW Leaving World Superbike After 2013 Season



    If you’ve had your heart set on a particular piece of BMW World Superbike swag, you’d better get out your credit card fast. BMW Motorrad says it’s ending factory involvement in the World Superbike Championship at the end of the 2013 season. It’s unclear whether BMW will continue to support ...    Read more

  24. SPIED: BMW’S NAKED SUPERBIKE!



    A few years ago, in our January 2011 issue, we featured Evoluzione Cyclesports’ one-off BMW S1000RR streetfighter, which our own Tim Carrithers favorably compared to “good 180-proof homemade whisky: intense, intoxicating, and definitely not for little girls or those with dodgy heart conditions.” Now it looks like you’ll no ...    Read more

  25. Spied! Triumph Touring Cruisers



    Triumph’s current model lineup includes a handful of cruisers, but none are what you’d call traditional. From the middleweight America and Speedmaster—both Bonnevilles in drag—to the Thunderbird parallel twin and the class-of-one Rocket III, these are all unique alternatives to the conventional, classic-styled V-twins that currently define the cruiser segment. ...    Read more