On a hot Southern California morning, my wife Jane and I pulled out for a day of riding Kawasaki’s biggest bagger-the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT. The goal-visit two legendary motorcycle hot spots: Hells Kitchen above Lake Elsinore and The Rock Store near Malibu.
Moto Helmet and Jacket
Looking to go incognito? Forget about it! Icon’s Crossbone Racer motorcycle helmet and jacket are designed to turn heads and attract attention.
BMW R75/5 Review
Without a doubt, 1970 was a watershed year for BMW motorcycles. Having turned its focus to the automotive group throughout the 1960s, BMW’s motorcycles were burdened with styling and engineering roots that dated back to the 1940s. Although the R series motorcycles had enjoyed technical advances along the way, they appeared to be anything but modern in a world that had welcomed the Honda CB750K0. Then came the BMW R75/5 motorcycle.
The Adventurous Brother
I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to warm up to the 2009 Kawasaki Versys–it’s a great motorcycle!
Icon Accelerant Jacket
Icon ought to give a raise to the guy (or gal) who thought up Accelerant as a name for a motorcycle jacket. That is simply brilliant. Fortunately, the Accelerant jacket lives up to its name, being an excellent choice for addicts of throttle twisting.
It’s in the bag. If you are a fan of motorcycle-specific tools, parts and gadgets, you are undoubtedly familiar with Motion Pro. With specialty tools and custom-cables for everything from American V-twins to dirt bikes, Motion Pro spans the motorcycling world.
Adventure, dual sport and enduro riders often need to take their tools with them when they hit the backcountry. While some bikes have bags and boxes, often it is up to the rider to carry the tool on his body. With pointy tools, that means a purpose-built fanny pack is essential.
R1 MotoGP Wizardry
You may think your connection to MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is distant, but with the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1, that bond is tighter than you think. And you can credit Yamaha’s latest technological advance in four-cylinder engine design to none other than ‘The Doctor’.
Automatic Mana 850
There is a constant tension in the world between Futurists and Luddites. Some of us are early adopters-never waiting for new technology to be proven, we are willing beta testers. Others are content to wait until all the bugs have been exterminated and the mature product is ready for safe consumption. Enter the 2009 Aprilia Mana 850.
Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations is known for being the ultimate in factory custom motorcycles. Mike Schulte takes us inside the CVO division of The Motor Company and rides all four of the 2010 offerings.
Suzuki’s legendary Hayabusa enjoys its 10th Anniversary, and receives special treatment from Gregg’s Customs. His treatment of the pavement ripper is highly functional from both performance and appearance standpoints. Gregg DesJardins sits for an exclusive interview with editor Don Williams.
Intoxicating Torquey Triple
First established in 1911, Benelli motorcycles began when widow "Mama" Teresa Benelli sank the family capital into a Pesaro garage business, hoping that it would offer work for her six sons. Through the subsequent near-century–and despite much racing success–Benelli has travelled a sometimes rocky motorcycle road, eventually being purchased by Chinese motor group Qianjiang in 2005.