At the recent #ArchRides Laguna Seca track day, Honda let us pilot one of its immaculate and legendary superbikes, a 1994 RVF750R RC45.The RC45–the successor to the VFR750R RC30 that didn’t have fuel injection–was the street version homologation special, and one of only 50 that were brought into the US at the time. Supposedly fewer than 50 RC45s remain intact.
Keanu Reeves of Arch Motorcycle Company and ex-Honda factory racer Jake Zemke both had the chance to ride the RC45, as did I, and we compared notes. Although in standard street form the bike didn’t have the enormous horsepower of the World Superbike racebike (reputedly around 190 horsepower by 1999!), it did give an insight into the legendary balance and rail-like handling of the superbike. It went precisely where I pointed it and felt easy and intuitive to ride.Perhaps the biggest and most noticeable difference to a modern machine is the old school riding position that is much more upright yet “seated in” than modern motorcycles where you feel a lot more perched on top. Perhaps that helped make the RC45 so easy to ride.Check out our video below![flowplayer id=”196986″]
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.