2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 SE | Motorcycle Review

Long-Term Motorcycle Test

Chalk one up for the power of the Internet. After learning I'd be the lucky long term tester of a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14, I immediately logged on to the manufacturer's website to become better acquainted with my options before embarking upon what will hopefully be a beautiful relationship with the “it” bike of speed fanatics everywhere. Months ago, I enjoyed quality time with a “Passion Red” 2006 ZX-14, which led me to wonder what sort of styling cues might befit its extraordinary performance capabilities.

2007 Honda CRF250X | Motorcycle Test

Although the move from 2-stroke to 4-stroke has been painful for some off-roaders, there has been one feature that has made that migration much more palatable—electric starting!

MAD Maps | Motorcycle Travel

Motorcycle Touring

Back in 1972, Jenny Lefferts' dad's ideal summer vacation was to take his VW Bus, pack in the family and take a road trip.  Sounds a bit like National Lampoon's 'Vacation' with Clark Griswald… so it might have been that Jenny’s dad often got lost.

Icon Merc Leather Hero Jacket | WebTest

One of great things about Icon, is that much of the apparel they looks cool on whatever you're riding--from a sport bike to a cruiser (especially one with a sporting bent). The Merc Leather Hero jacket fits into that category, even with its distinctive rubberized logos from performance companies such as Dunlop, Ohlins, Motul, NGK and Vortex. The simple, classic styling that serves as a backdrop for your "sponsors" is what makes the Hero work on a variety of bikes.

2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 | Superbike Review

Continued Domination

Suzuki's GSX-R lineup changed the world upon its debut. Well, the motorcycling world anyway. Launched (literally) in 1985/86, the first year saw the debut of a blue-and-white 750cc machine. Radically different from anything up until then, it matched a stunningly light weight with a high horsepower engine and a racer's ergonomics. In 1987, Suzuki brought forth a sibling--the 1100cc version complete with electronic anti-dive suspension and even more power.

Favorite Son

When people ask me what my favorite bike is, there is an answer.

Shift Racing Off-Road Motorcycle Apparel | Review

For two of our recent off-road tests--2007 Yamaha WRs (April/May 2007 issue) and 2008 Kawasaki KLR650 (in our August/September 2007 issue)--we were outfitted with Shift Racing off-road apparel.

2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Review

2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom | Review

Vulcan 900 Review

Well, this one almost slipped by us. When Kawasaki announced the new-for-'07 Vulcan 900 Custom, it's safe to say that there wasn't a staff-wide arm wrestling sudden-death tournament to determine who got to ride it first. But, at Kawasaki's urging that I was really missing something, I skeptically agreed to give the 900 Custom a shot. Really, how exciting could a sub-liter metric cruiser be?

2007 Laguna Seca MotoGP | Honda Hospitality

The Honda Rider's Club of America (HRCA) announced today that tickets for its special hospitality area at the 2007 Red Bull USGP at Laguna Seca are going fast. Only current card-carrying HRCA Members are eligible to purchase the exclusive Turn 5 Chalet tickets.

2007 Honda Genuine Accessories Shadow Spirit 750 C2 Bagger | Motorcycle Test

HONDA'S ACCESSORY DEPARTMENT CREATES A BAGGER

When presented with the Honda Genuine Accessories bagger version of the new-for-'07 Shadow Spirit 750 C2, I will admit I wasn't all that excited. Every time I've gotten on a touring bike it seemed too big, too heavy, and a bit unwieldy. At the same time, this mini-bagger didn't seem too big when I sat on it, and I certainly wasn't concerned about it being too powerful, so I wasn't sure what to expect. As it turned out, my rides on the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom reminded me that an open mind is a good thing.

2007 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer Classic | Review

Nostalgia That Works

I can admit it without apology--I love the look of the Harley-Davidson springer front suspension. When it comes to establishing a retro styling for a motorcycle, a pair of external springs in the vicinity of the steering stem is tough to beat. Never mind that Harley rediscovered the springer in 1988 after a 40-year hiatus; the exploitatively mechanical front suspension has tremendous nostalgia-invoking power.

DuHamel gets the green light

Miguel DuHamel will ride the Gresini Honda at the Laguna Seca MotoGP!

2008 Kawasaki KLX450R | Off-Road Motorcycle Review

Manufacturers generally select premium locations and luxury accommodations when it comes time to introduce their newest addition to their line. We may travel to Monza in Italy, the Baviaanskloof in South Africa, the rain forest of Costa Rica, which is all well and good. Imagine my surprise when Kawasaki took me to the mile marker 11.5 on desolate Arizona state highway 74 in the Sonora Desert, up against the foothills of the Hieroglyphic Mountains. There, circled well-worn travel trailers awaited, which would be home for the duration.

2007 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 | Motorcycle Review

Naked SportBike, All Dressed Up

Does it surprise one for a moment that the champion of streetfighters comes from the country that originated hooliganism? That English heritage dates back to the 19th century, and is both a mark and a badge. While we decidedly pass on the destructive behavior, getting a little rowdy with the throttle inevitably seems to come with the territory when riding this particular high-performance motorcycle.

2007 Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Road King | Feature

Royal Flash

For many of us, the Harley-Davidson alphabet code is a bewildering thicket of consonants. FLSTSC collides with VRSCDX, causing reasonably intelligent minds to buckle. Amid the clutter, one acronym has become a familiar badge of exclusivity in the Harleyverse since 1999; the SE, or Screamin' Eagle designation, is assigned to those machines produced by Harley-Davidson's elite Custom Vehicle Operations unit. CVO is the Motor Company's Special Ops, Chrome Division. Milwaukee's Delta Force of Soul.