Oct / Nov 2009 Ultimate MotorCycling Issue

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.

Our tests bridge the wide range of motorcycling, from the bare knuckles Triumph Street Triple R, to the retro-inspired Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, to Honda’s hard-stopping CBR1000RR C-ABS, and a two-up ride on the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT touring machine, as well as a brief look at the (re-)entry level Suzuki Gladius 650.

Sport-touring also gets its due, as Williams, Shawn Picket, and Jess McKinley take turns debating the merits of the BMW K 1300 GT, Kawasaki Concours 14 and Yamaha FJR1300. Each emerges a winner, depending on your touring criteria.

Our Classic Status bike this issue is the BMW R75/5, owned by Stefan Koch. We took it for a spin and were impressed by how well it translates to 2009. Art and motorcycles are always at an aesthetic crossroads, and motorcycle painter Tony Markus talks to David Morris about the art and science of motorcycles and color. Speaking of art, the Gallery is Ducati’s boisterous 2010 tribute to 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden.

On select newsstands on beginning September 22, 2009.