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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Electric Bicycles to Benefit e-Bikes?



    The motorcycling community has been slow to accept electric bikes, in part because they haven't yet been able to match the power and range of gasoline-powered machines. (Although that's changing, rapidly.) Meanwhile, in another part of the two-wheel world, electric power is making big strides. Electric bicycles are flourishing in Europe, ...    Read more

  7. Triumph Explorer – The Complete Package from the Adventure Experts: Twisted Throttle.



    Triumph Explorer 1200 outfitted to the extreme by Twisted Throttle The 2013 Triumph Explorer is a bike that grabs attention with its intimidating stance and aggressive styling. Twisted Throttle made it even more capable of handling the roughest terrain by outfitting this spirited steed with products that provide greater protection, as ...    Read more

  8. Dainese to Present Made to Measure Events



    (Costa Mesa, CA) Dainese, the worldwide leader in sport protective apparel, is pleased to announce two Made to Measure events in US. Two unique Made to Measure(also known as Fitnet) events will allow Dainese customers a rare opportunity to be measured by a factory tailor and order custom made leather jacket, ...    Read more

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. KYB Pneumatic Spring Fork | Technology



    It's easy to see the difference between KYB's conventional MX fork (left) and its new PSF design (right): one has a spring, the other doesn't. WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTOS: Honda Air suspension isn’t anything new. As recently as the 1980s, sportbikes used compressed air either as the springing medium or to assist ...    Read more

  12. NEXX Helmets now offering sponsorship for 2013 Season



    Los Angeles, CA - NEXX USA is pleased to announce their continued support in motorcycle road racing and future plans for flat track support. Sponsorships will be accepted from October to December 31, 2012. Please submit a resume and/or request a rider sponsor package by emailing NEXX USA Racer Support ...    Read more

  13. 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

  14. Twisted Throttle LLC is proud to announce our new website!



    Twisted Throttle's website has undergone a complete overhaul. Our continued commitment to providing excellent customer experience shines through this new feature-rich site. It is just one more way for us to provide our customers with superior service; what we call “The Twisted Difference”. Here are a few of the improvements included in ...    Read more

  15. 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

  16. 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:

  17. 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

  18. New “Millionth Edition” GSX-R1000 Launches



    Team Suzuki Press Office - October 4. Suzuki has unveiled a commemorative GSX-R1000 to celebrate the one millionth GSX-R to roll off the production line at the Toyokawa Plant in Japan. The 2013 "Millionth Edition" Commemorative GSX-R1000 features a special paint scheme, unique black Brembo Monoblock callipers with gold lettering, wheel stripes, ...    Read more

  19. 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

  20. Motorcyclist Vintage Style Tees Now Available!



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  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. RACE TECH SUSPENSION SEMINARS



    With recent advances in modern suspension technology, Race Tech has decided to hold a few seminars to help explain the different types (PSF, SSF, etc.), how they work and how to properly service them. For more information see below:   Next Generation Suspension Explained ...    Read more

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