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Here are the latest Ultimate Motorcycling motorcycle reviews, along with tests of all gear and parts, including jackets, helmets and tires.

MotoCzysz C1 | Review

Michael Czysz Prototype

Several years ago, the motorcycling ether was finely misted with intriguing rumors of a man in Oregon embarking on the daunting task of creating a new American motorcycle. Industry press and curious enthusiasts ruminated on what the machine might be.

2007 Aprilia – Husqvarna – KTM | Achievement in Design

With motocrossers' designs in a maturation phase, the big changes in the dirt are happening off the closed courses. These three bikes reflect that reality.

2007 Confederate B-120 Wraith

Confederate Wraith | Bike Review

Riding the Wraith

New Orleans never labored beneath the austere Puritan ethos imposed elsewhere in the United States; rather, the Crescent City's French-derived Creole and Cajun population embraced the relaxed philosophy of laissez les bons temps rouler—let the good times roll.

2007 MV Agusta F4 1000 R | Motorcycle Review

Motorcycle MV Amore

Motorcycles are visceral things. They ignite the same kind of irrational passions that fuel amorous feelings between two people. They fill the devout enthusiasts with irrepressible euphoria, inspiring them to almost ridiculous impulsiveness. How fitting that Italy, a country renowned for its amoré—almost an official national treasure—would also be the romantic epicenter of motorcycling, producing some of the world's most alluring examples of two-wheel lust.

2007 Harley Davidson Sportster | Motorcycle Preview

Limited Edition

“We lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies,” thus spake Jack Kerouac in 1957's On the Road. That same year, Harley-Davidson gave pilgrims a soon-to-be-classic motorcycle to lean forward on—the venerable Sportster, which celebrates its golden jubilee in 2007 with a 2,000-run Limited Edition 1200cc tribute. A serialized nameplate and a gold badge on the tank are among many touches that commemorate Harley's versatile classic.

2006 BMW R 1200 S | Motorcycle Review

BMW R 1200 S 

My introduction to BMW motorcycles occured in the summer of 1975. I was 17 years old and had exuberantly nailed a job at a Honda/BMW dealership, indenturing myself to uncrating motorcycles. A perception of BMW elitism was immediately instilled simply by virtue of how the German machines were boxed up at the factory. Unlike their Japanese counterparts, the BMWs came fully assembled. All that needed to be done was  raise the handlebars and attach the mirrors.

2007 Buell Lightning Long XB12SS | Review

Lightning Long

In the Middle Ages, the alchemist's goal was to turn a base metal into gold. If there is a modern day equivalent of a base metal in the motorcycle world, it is quite possibly the Harley-Davidson powerplant. Designed for appearance over performance, the big V-twins from Milwaukee surely excel at their jobs as successfully as a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 powerplant. But then, there are the alchemists. The men who strive to defy physics.

Husqvarna SM 610 | Review

Supermoto Review

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were literally hundreds of companies around the world building motor-cycles, all vying to capitalize on the burgeoning new industry of powered, two-wheel transportation.

2006 Triumph Tiger 955i | Adventure Motorcycle Test

Triumph's Tiger 955i may present a conundrum for the categorically obsessed. Though tall, narrow and seemingly trail-ready, it is not a dirt bike. The Tiger may be built for comfort, but it is far from a cruiser. And, while minimally terrain flexible, it will never be confused with a dual sport. The Tiger, according to the current zeitgeist of marketing buzzwords, is classified as an adventure touring bike.

JP Road Star | Motorcycle Review

Road to Stardom

Yamaha-Star devotees are no doubt familiar with Jeff Palhegyi's (pronounced pol-uh-jee) prolific imagination. Working with Yamaha's product development team, Palhegyi was instrumental in the development of the Road Star, Warrior, Roadliner and Stratoliner motorcycles. In addition to his work crafting Star production bikes, Palhegyi builds customs, concept bikes, and is responsible for hundreds of the parts found in the Yamaha accessory catalog.

MGS Fabian Bike | Custom Motorcycle Review

Orange Rush

While rumors of a sagging California real estate market abound in home sales reports, you won't find evidence of a downturn in Fabian Terracciano's garage. The Antelope Valley realtor who helped renowned designer and fabricator Mike Stafford of MGS Custom Bikes in Lancaster close the deal on his new home is the proud owner of one of Stafford's most mesmerizing creations: the lean, aqueous, orange Fabian chopper.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 | Motorcycle Review

Ninja ZX-14 

As with all bikes manufactured since the dawn of motorcycling history, Kawasaki's new Ninja ZX-14 accelerates when the rider applies throttle. However, unlike any mass-produced bike before it, the ZX-14 produces horsepower that has been measured within a few clicks of the 200 mark when ram air is in effect, essentially making it the fastest motorcycle on the market, at the moment.

2006 Harley-Davidson Super Glide | Motorcycle Review

FXD135 35th Anniversary

As a well-scrubbed youth in the 1950s, Willie G. Davidson, grandson of Motor Company co-founder William A. Davidson, headed west from Wisconsin to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Out on the west coast, the sun was rising on the world of motorcycle customizing, with men like Ed Roth and Von Dutch on the crest of the new wave. The impact of the emergent custom scene would linger in Davidson's sketchbook as he joined Harley-Davidson's design department in 1963.

2006 Husaberg FE550e | Motorcycle Preview

Husqvarna's departure to Italy in 1986 was a blow to devotees of Swedish motorcycles. The last major marque had departed the Scandinavian country, leaving a painful void. Seizing an opportunity, many of the native Husqvarna engineers who were left behind, aspired to preserve Sweden's position as an active player in the off-road motorcycle manufacturing game. Husaberg was founded in 1987 and, a year later, the first of many competition-worthy four-strokes was introduced to an eager off-road community.

Aprilia Clarkie

Aprilia Tuono RSV “Clarkie” | Motorcycle Preview

Despite its menacing looks and warp-speed potential, the Aprilia “Clarkie” is actually a comfortable motorcycle with balanced handling, linear power and perfect brakes that quickly inspire the rider to confidence. Builder Aaron Clarke started with Aprilia's superb Tuono platform and carefully selected parts from the European Motorcycle Accessories catalog.