V Star 950 Cruising
When something as basic as a fine work suit fits well, it is obvious. Everyone you meet can see it, and a well-tailored suit inspires confidence and breeds achievement. With the notable exception of the Talking Heads’ David Byrne in Stop Making Sense, few find success in a too-large, ill-fitting suit. The world of motorcycling is no different, of course, where finding the machine that fits you perfectly is the goal to pursue–larger is not always better. The Star V Star 950 is the perfect fit.
Indian Motorcycle Company
Rolling south toward Kings Mountain, N.C., the smooth, three-lane interstate gently twists and bends, slowly climbing ahead of me into the distance. Edged by a lush wall of trees shouting out their early summer colors, the moving picture is framed with a perfectly blue, cloudless sky.
Electrifying Motorcycle Helmet Innovation
Since the dawn of protective head-wear, the focus has been on increasing crash protection, improving aerodynamics, and lightening the weight of helmets. Akuma Helmets, based in San Antonio, Texas, has done something fresh with helmets-they have electrified them.
Effectively melding the design philosophy of its MotoGP racing division with its street-going, production-based supersport machine, Kawasaki has retired the 636 offering to concentrate their middleweight efforts solely on the 600. The result is an all-new Ninja ZX-6R.
What does the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R have in common with Spinal Tap? Although clearly not a motorcycle numbers man in the purest sense, Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap clearly understood that more really can be much more. When he said, “If we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do? [We] put it up to eleven.” he could well have been talking about Kawasaki’s new Ninja ZX-10R, such is the awesome capability of this year’s new, more refined machine.