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Kickstarting the 1976 Honda CJ360T

A True ‘Kick-Starter’ Kick-Off for 2019 Motorcycling Season

Four of the bikes I have in my shed have kick-start levers on them. Up until recently, I had five, including a 1977 Triumph Bonneville 750 Silver Jubilee.

2019 Houston Supercross Preview and Track Map Video (10 Fast Facts)

2019 Houston Supercross Preview: Can Musquin Bounce Back? Monster Energy AMA Supercross moves back indoors for round 13 of the 17-round series. The controlled environment of...
Lieback’s Lounge: Spoiled Motojournalist Battling Jetlag in Japan

Lieback’s Lounge: Spoiled Motojournalist Battling Jetlag in Japan

After seeing the places we visit, the bikes we ride, and the new gear that seems to arrive weekly, many consider us motojournalists a spoiled bunch.
Editor’s Letter: Roaming Motoreporter Don Williams

Editor’s Letter: Roaming Motoreporter

Editor’s Letter: April 2019 It’s funny how the gears in the mind can grind while you’re riding. I was out testing the 2019 Yamaha Niken GT,...
Marvin Musquin Jump

L’Affaire Marvin Musquin: Jumping On The Red Cross Flag (Commentary)

Musquin’s Miscue In Seattle, Plus Reed and Brayton Update There has been quite a bit of discussion about Marvin Musquin’s second-lap rule violation at the...
600 Articles for Ultimate Motorcycling and Still No Writer’s Cramp!

600 Articles for Ultimate Motorcycling and Still No Writer’s Cramp!

The realization that I recently had the privilege of having article number 600 for Ultimate Motorcycling posted on the site was humbling and gratifying.
2019 Indianapolis Supercross Preview - start

2019 Indianapolis Supercross Preview and Track Map (11 Fast Facts)

2019 Indianapolis Supercross Preview: Webb's Growing Gap It’s back inside for the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series, as the riders head to spectacular Lucas...
Valentino Rossi at 2019 Qatar MotoGP Losail

How Rossi Did It: 14th to 5th at 2019 Qatar MotoGP

The stark reality of Rossi’s ride at Losail International Circuit is that he was faster on laps 2-21 than all four riders who beat him.
Lieback’s Lounge: Ups and Downs of Sportbike Rider Aids

Lieback’s Lounge: Ups and Downs of Sportbike Rider Aids

Modern sportbike rider aids like TC and cornering ABS are pure magic. But newbies should learn on bikes without rider aids to truly learn how to ride fast.
4 out of 10 DOT-Certified Helmets Fail Government Performance Tests

4 out of 10 DOT-Certified Helmets Fail Government Performance Tests

To find that 41.9% of the helmets tested since 2014 failed on actual performance criteria (i.e.: impact attenuation) could be a concern for US riders.
2019 Arlington Supercross Preview - Marvin Musquin

2019 Arlington Supercross Preview and Track Map (6 Fast Facts)

2019 Arlington Supercross Preview: Roczen Leads, Barely We now have a battle royal going at the top of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series...
2019 Minneapolis Supercross Preview - Eli Tomac

2019 Minneapolis Supercross Preview (10 Fast Facts)

2019 Minneapolis Supercross Preview, Including Track Map After the Great Lime Fiasco at Petco Park that left riders and machines damaged from the lime used...
Perceptions of One May Be Weird, But Motorcycles Always Unite

Perceptions of One May Be Weird, But Motorcycles Always Unite

Lieback’s Lounge: February 2019 When I opened my carry-on suitcase, the guy next to me in Philly's international terminal was not-so-impressed with my pill container. I...
2019 Oakland Supercross Preview - Eli Tomac

2019 Oakland Supercross Preview (10 Fast Facts)

Commentary: 2019 Oakland Supercross Preview Going into round 4 of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum it is hard...
Best Motorcycles I Rode In 2018 Iron 1200

Editor’s Choice: Best Motorcycles I Rode In 2018 (Top 22)

Editor’s Choice: Top 22 Motorcycles I Rode In 2018 One of the best things about my job is that I get to ride lots of...