2011 Quannon 150
A trip to India will tell you one thing for sure – Indians take their 150 sport motorcycles seriously. As trick as some of these bikes are, none of the 150s find their way to America. But there is a single exception – the Kymco Quannon 150.
2010 Vulcan Special Edition
One can easily dismiss mid-size cruisers such as the 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Special Edition. They point to the liquid-cooled 903cc V-twin motor and scoff at its "diminutive" size, as if 96 cubic inches is the minimum required for a "real" cruiser.
2010 SportClassic Review
Without a doubt, the Ducati SportClassic GT 1000 is the ultimate in a gentleman’s touring mount. It provides the style, grace, performance and, importantly, the comfort that an experienced rider needs to cover considerable distances while retaining the visceral impact that motorcycling bestows upon us.
The Red Velvet Cupcake
With a V4 that is as smooth as a premium red velvet cupcake from Jamaica’s Cakes in Los Angeles, the venerable 2009 Honda ST1300 returns for a seventh year (eight, if you’re counting in Euros), and it proves that a classic recipe remains tasty over time.
Sidi Slash Review
Whenever I am off for a short motorcycle ride and I know I will be walking quite a bit at my destination, the Sidi Slash low-cut motorcycle boots often find their way onto my feet. No, they don’t have the protection of their Vortice boot, but often that is not what you need. Certainly, the Slash is much more protective than street shoes, and leaves you with no excuse for riding around in tennis shoes.
Ducati Multistrada 1100S, Kawasaki Versys 650
As an off-road rider of over 40 years, I’m used to favorite routes getting closed down. I don’t like it, but it happens. As a street rider with 35 years of experience, a closed paved road really aggravates me. I still haven’t gotten over the closure of San Gabriel Canyon Road (aka California State Route 39) south of Angeles Crest Highway (aka California State Route 2).
Indian, the name is still synonymous with motorcycles in the minds of many. Neale Bayly rides the newest iteration of this iconic brand in the August / September 2009 issue of Ultimate MotorCycling, and takes a look inside the new company building America’s latest cruiser. Also, Kelly Callan rides the backroads of Georgia on Star motorcycles’ latest touring bike, the V Star 950 Tourer.
At the other end of the speed spectrum we have Rocky Robinson’s personal chase for the land speed record. It’s a fascinating story, with pencil rolls and blocks of melting ice.