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  1. Four Stroke Fever

    WORDS + PHOTOS: Kevin Hipp Roland Sands and Bell helmets held a premiere showing of their new short film Four Stroke Fever in mid-July at the Roland Sands Design headquarters in Los Alimitos, California. RSD opened their doors to the shop, the store, and the back lot where the film premiere ...    Read more

  2. 2013 Kawasaki Sportbikes | First Look

    WORDS: Marc Cook   PHOTOS: Kawasaki Kawasaki took the wraps off two new models today, the Ninja 300 and the ZX-6R, which actually displaces 636cc, marking a return of the “cheater” middleweight that debuted in 2003. The company also announced an ABS option for the mighty ZX-14R. First off, the ...    Read more

  3. American Honda Announces the Retirement of Ray Blank, Senior Vice President of the Motorcycle Divisi

    Torrance, CA: American Honda announces that effective October 1, 2012, Senior Vice President of the Motorcycle Division Ray Blank will retire. Robert Gurga has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Motorcycle Division. “After nearly 30 years with the Motorcycle Division, I have made the decision to step down,” said ...    Read more

  4. Team Motorcyclist M1GP 24hr Race For Charity

    Donate Now! Charity: Riders For Health ( is an organization that manages and maintains the vehicles used in the delivery of health care and other vital services to rural communities in Africa. Founded by Barry and Andrea Coleman ...    Read more


    If you have never watched one of the On Two Wheels episodes, this is the time to start! In this episode, Ari and Zack set out on an adventure in a Ural sidecar to Corcoran, CA to buy a non-running Honda MB5 built in 1982. The goal was get the ...    Read more

  6. Honda introduced its new 2013 models

    Honda has recently announced more new models for its 2013 lineup. From the airbag equipped Gold Wing to the quarter-liter CBR250R and Rebel, Honda has something for almost everyone. Nine of the twelve models listed are cruisers, showing just how popular that motorcycle segment still is. And for you dual-sport ...    Read more

  7. Triumph Tiger Explorer XC | First Look

    Triumph has expanded the Explorer line to include a new XC variant. As the company did with the Tiger 800, there are now two versions, a more street-oriented example and the new XC, intended to be more worthy off road. Here's more about the new model:   WORDS + PHOTO: Triumph Triumph Motorcycles increases ...    Read more

  8. Every Part You Need on eBay Motors

    The editors of Hot Rod, Lowrider, european car, and Four Wheeler are in the process now of building SEMA projects sourcing not only the car, but every single last part needed exclusively on eBay Motors. Best of all, you can vote for your favorite and at the same time enter ...    Read more

  9. Racer Jason Di Salvo to Appear at Eurosports in Coopersburg, PA

    (Allentown, PA) Popular motorcycle road racer Jason Di Salvo will make a personal appearance at the EuroSports dealership in Coopersburg, PA on Wednesday, September 5, from 3 until 7 PM. By arrangement with Arai Helmets, DiSalvo will spend time with customers and sign autographs in advance of the next round ...    Read more

  10. World Superbike, Aprilia Racing Celebrate 25th Anniversaries | By the Numbers

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTOS: Aprilia & Ducati 1988 Year the inaugural World Superbike season commenced, with Italian Davide Tardozzi winning the frst race at England’s Donington Park on a Bimota. 6 Number of Americans to win SBK titles: Fred Merkel (’88-’89), Doug Polen (’91-’92), Scott Russell (’93), John Kocinski (’97), Colin Edwards ...    Read more


    Debut of 2013 sportbikes to highlight daylong celebration of motorcycling activities along Broadway from 45th to 47th Street. IRVINE, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2012)---Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is going big with its global debut of its 2013 line of iconic Ninja® motorcycles in New York’s Times Square, Sept. 13. The company will stream ...    Read more

  12. Vilner Predator | Extraterrestrial BMW

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTO: Vilner Studios Inspired by the terrifying creatures populating the Predator movie franchise, Vilner Studios took a BMW F800R—already a freakish-looking bike—and made it even more outlandish. Built to order for a bike-mad Russian businessman, the Predator is the first two-wheeled concept vehicle built by the Sofia, Bulgaria-based firm ...    Read more

  13. AGV Pista GP

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTOS: AGV Conventional motorcycle helmets are designed from the outside in, starting with the exterior shell and then constructing an inner structure to fit. AGV’s new Pista GP turns this traditional process inside-out, beginning instead with a digital representation of the rider’s head and then designing the helmet ...    Read more

  14. 2013 Brammo Empulse/Empulse R

    WORDS: Aaron Frank PHOTOS: Brammo First previewed in Motorcyclist’s November 2010 issue, Brammo’s Empulse promised to be the frst electric bike to achieve something resembling performance and price parity with internal-combustion machines. Now, almost a year behind schedule, Brammo has at last announced production of its long-awaited eBike. The 100-mile range ...    Read more

  15. Whatever Happened To…MV Agusta’s Boxer Four?

    Words: Aaron Frank Photo: Rich Chenet When MV Agusta won 17 straight 500cc World Championships from 1958-’74, it set a record that will never be broken. But by ’76 the Italian company was in dire straits, its signature four-stroke fours unable to win against lighter, faster two-strokes. When Giacomo Agostini, winner of ...    Read more

  16. The Desmo Story

    WORDS: Alan Cathcart PHOTOS: Kel Edge Though motorcyclists typically associate desmodromics with Italian Ducatis, the term doesn’t have Latin roots. It’s actually derived from two Greek words: desmos, meaning controlled, and dromos, for the run, or track, an object follows. In engineering terms, it refers to a valvetrain that opens and closes ...    Read more

  17. Motonation to Exclusively distribute Forcefield Body Armour in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

    UK Motorcycle sports protection specialists Forcefield Body Armour are to link up and work with leading distribution company Motonation in a new and exciting joint venture. Motonation are a very well known and respected player in the American Motorcycle market, specialising in the promotion and sales of select high quality brands. Choosing ...    Read more

  18. Alpinestars Fall 2012 Apparel Iintroduction

    PHOTOS: Alpinestars Torrance, CA, August 14, 2012 Alpinestars introduced its Fall 2012 apparel lineup to the media during a short presentation at the American headquarters in Torrance, CA. The Italian company revealed more than a dozen all-new or updated items including race suits, leather and textile jackets, of gloves and a few ...    Read more

  19. Every Harley Ever Built, In One Place

    PHOTOS: Joe Gresh Running the high road out of Estes Park, Colorado through Rocky Mountain National Park a motorcyclist has to stay alert.  On each scenic turn the pavement is squirming with hundreds of human jaws recently detached from their awestruck owner’s grisly temporomandibular joints.  The scenery is that spectacular Big ...    Read more

  20. Cycle Gear Opens 97TH Retail Store in Lynwood, Washington

    BENICIA, CA August 3rd, 2012 Cycle Gear Inc., the nation’s largest retailer of motorcycle apparel and accessories, is pleased to announce that it has just opened its 97th retail store in Lynnwood, Washington. Located at 4210 196th St SW. The new store, which is ...    Read more

  21. Orient Express Appointed Dymag Wheels U.S. Distributor

    Orient Express is pleased to announce the return of Dymag to the U.S. market. Orient Express has been named the official, authorized importer and distributor for the full line of Dymag carbon fiber, magnesium, and aluminum motorcycle wheels. Dymag wheels are available in five unique styles including the five spoke Carbon Race CA5 ...    Read more

  22. Maxxis Tire Tuesday Facebook Giveaway Starts in August!

    Beginning in August, Maxxis will give away a set of tires each month to the lucky winner of its Tire Tuesday Giveaway. Entry is free, and the contests will run from the first through the last Tuesday of the month, when the winner will be chosen at random.   Prizes will rotate ...    Read more

  23. 2013 BMW S1000RR HP4 | First Look

    PHOTOS: BMW Motorrad BMW’s awesome S1000RR, the overall winner of our “Class of 2012” superbike comparison and our choice for Sportbike of the Year, wasn’t exactly lacking performance. That didn’t stop the German manufacturer from developing this limited-production, HP4 edition that delivers even more high-speed potency. The HP4 uses the same ...    Read more

  24. Factory Effex Yamaha Apparel Available Now!

    Check out our complete line of officially licensed Yamaha OEM Apparel. Available now at

  25. New Limited Edition Indian Chief for 2013

    WORDS: Kevin Hipp PHOTOS: Jim Gallop Indian has announced a limited edition version of the Chief Vintage, inspired by 1940s styling, will be available sometime this August. The Polaris-owned company will produce just 35 units featuring the two-toned black and pearl white paint scheme. New chrome accents including chromed ...    Read more

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