"Summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy," Mick Jagger famously sang in 1968. In 2009, that means our June/July issue has the first test of the Ducati Streetfighter naked superbike. Detailed motorcycle tests abound in this issue, as we review our cover bike-Kawasaki’s superb Vulcan 1700 Voyager luxury touring motorcycle, BMW’s sporty new K1300 S, the surprising automatic-transmissioned Aprilia Mana 850, Yamaha’s Rossi-inspired R1 (with a ride on the last liter-class M1), Harley-Davidson’s upscale CVO Fat Bob, and a quick look at the Moto Guzzi Breva 1200 Sport motorcycle.
Summertime is also the time to travel-we have Neale Bayly’s journey to the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP with Blue Strada Tours, and Jeff Buchanan thoughtfully explores the sometimes-paved back roads of Utah and Colorado on the new BMW F800 GS adventure motorcycle.
We also take a close look at ‘Reed’s Ride Designs’ California Custom Softail-the ultimate refined Harley-Davidson. Patrick Joseph takes a spin on two of the cleanest 1970s Honda CB400Fs you’re ever going to see, and David Morris goes inside the mind of Walter Roehrich, the man behind the V-Rod-powered Roehr American superbike (and Publisher Arthur Coldwells takes it for a first ride). In the Clubhouse, we have Zegna, Chrome Hearts and eyewear from Fred. Finally, two-stroke motorcycle enthusiasts will love the amazing Yamaha RYZ350R in our Gallery.