After a long run as Kawasaki's best-selling Ninja, the 250R is no more.
In 2006, Kawasaki upped the ante in the hypersport market, replacing its ZX-12R with the ZX-14.
Are there any female Moto Guzzi owners out there? I am sure there are, though they certainly have to be few and far between. I cannot think of a company responsible for more unabashedly masculine machines than those from the uomini at Mandello del Lario.
Ducati did not release a SP model since the Tamburini era (916-998), but this changed for 2011 with the 1198 SP. The Ducati 1198 SP is a replacement model for the 1198 S (there will be no R model).
Technology - motorcyclists thrive on it. Whether you enjoy crossing the interstate, dragging a knee, clearing a triple, gapping two boulders, or simply commuting to work, technology is what makes our motorcycles more enjoyable.
If you were thinking you were going to outrun the police the next time you're out for a ride, you might want to consider that Kawasaki is now selling special Concours 14 ABS Police motorcycles to law enforcement agencies.
The Aprilia Shiver hasn't been quite the success the Italian manufacturer had hoped for, largely due to a bland color scheme according to the motorcycle's importers. While Ducati is pushing Monsters like hot cakes, Aprilia haven't had the same success with its Shiver, which was launched in 2007.
My introductory ride on the Triumph Street Triple R was a blind date, of sorts. At the end of a Hollywood photoshoot for another bike, I found myself racing up a ramp onto the San Diego Freeway sometime around midnight, astride a bike I had just met. Wow, the Triumph 675cc Street Triple R could really move!
With a V4 that is as smooth as a premium red velvet cupcake from Jamaica's Cakes in Los Angeles, the venerable 2009 Honda ST1300 returns for a seventh year (eight, if you're counting in Euros), and it proves that a classic recipe remains tasty over time.
R1 MotoGP Wizardry
You may think your connection to MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is distant, but with the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1, that bond is tighter than you think. And you can credit Yamaha's latest technological advance in four-cylinder engine design to none other than 'The Doctor'.
What’s not to like? Ducati takes its liquid-cooled, four-valve, L-twin Testastretta motor pumping out 130 hp and drops it into a trellis-framed naked bike with a semi-upright rider’s position, then tops it off with the paint scheme from the Italian flag (or the nearest pizza joint), carbon fiber here, there and everywhere, plus distinctive dual mufflers stacked high on the right.
The Spanish Andalusian countryside is an endless rhythm of hills, ancient trees and bleached medieval cities—possibly one of the last places one would expect to establish a world-class racetrack. Yet, after months of searching, Dutch racing enthusiast Klaas Zwart, a resident of Marbella, discovered the future home of his Ascari Race Resort while piloting a Eurocopter 130 above the virgin terrain just outside of Ronda.
Because testosterone-fueled monikers like Monster, Firebolt, and Intruder abound, it seems natural that MV Agusta would christen its no-holds-barred machine the Brutale. While first generation Brutales boasted gorgeous design and crisp handling, the 749cc motor came up a bit short on torque and horsepower.