Big Dog Motorcycles Bulldog | Custom Bike Review

American V-Twin Chopper

The chopper brings out the animal in us. No matter how self-effacing or demure we may claim to be, the presence and defiance of these motorcycles stirs the renegade within. With the bikes elongated crouches, they are like Dobermans ready to pounce, packages of barely controlled violence balanced on the edge of beauty and lethality. Baring their teeth, their engines growl the challenge to us: command them, or live forever in fear of them.

2008 Suzuki Boulevard C109RT | Motorcycle Preview

Big Bones

Those in the market for stylish, big-bore baggers will have a good deal of whisker scratching to do in 2008. Just as the touring demographic is expanding, so are its options. Hot on the tailpipes of the Victory Vision's intergalactic funk come a new machine as disparate in their styling as their origins. For the metrically inclined, there is a powerful tourer with classic good looks from a Japanese manufacturing titan.

2008 Moto Guzzi California Vintage | ShowCase

In tribute to the groundbreaking 1971 Moto Guzzi Los Angeles Police Department bike—the Italian factory is offering the new California Vintage. Maintaining its law enforcement heritage and image, the California Vintage is a turnkey tourer (crash bars, panniers, and triple headlights are standard) in black-and-white.

Unlike the original 757cc V7, the California Vintage is propelled by a current Moto Guzzi powerplant—a 1064cc, air-cooled transverse V-twin with two pushrod-actuated valves per cylinder.

2007 Triumph Speedmaster | WebTest

I've got to hand it to Triumph—the British company loves to do things differently. They offer us triple-cylinder sport bikes in unlikely displacement categories (1050 and 675), they have a longitudinally mounted three-cylinder cruiser and tourer with a displacement measured in cubic liters (2.3), rather than centimeters, and they do retro quite convincingly (the Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler).

Femmoto | Motorcycle Destination

Women & Motorcycling

I can't help but wonder how I came to this point. My only experience with motorcycles had been as a passenger, and the idea of actually learning to ride myself had never really occurred to me. I grew up with 10 brothers, so motorcycles had always been a "guy thing"; girls were just expected to ride on the back.

The Big Island Adventure | Motorcycle Travel

Spirit of Aloha

Aloha. Each of us has several key elements that not only define us, but provide a context in which we experience our lives and the things around us. As a photographer, I process with visual metaphors and crave experiences that offer maximum levels of color, saturation, and contrast.

2007 Harley-Davidson Super Glide | Motorcycle Review

Roam in Chrome

Harley's influential Super Glide began life in 1971 as the result of Willie G. Davidson's Frankensteinian grafting of the Sportster's slinky front end to the muscular frame and powertrain of the Electra Glide. Willie G's chopper-inspired cut-and-paste resulted in the birth of the (seemingly) oxymoronic “factory-custom” genre. For customers looking for a trick ride with a factory warranty and without a hefty aftermarket accessory tab, the Super Glide hammered a persuasive power chord that is still ringing throughout the industry.  

NCR Millona One Shot | Superbike Review

Ducati Power

Tucked in behind the windscreen of the NCR Millona One Shot, rapidly reeling in blurring pavement on the steep banking of Fontana's California Speedway, my peripheral vision caught the flashing red shift indicator light. Having not counted the shifts and traveling at this speed, I assumed all the available gears had been exhausted. Out of curiosity, I chopped the throttle for a millisecond and tapped the shifter. My inquisitiveness revealed that sixth gear was still virgin territory.

San Juan Mountains | Motorcycle Travel

There's no doubt that there was symbolism in the air. We were at the Handlebars Bar and Saloon in Silverton, Colo., enjoying an authentic western lunch, celebrating the 25th anniversary of our first ride together. Of course, this time, rather than two-up on a 1981 Yamaha 550 Seca in Southern California, we arrived on a Ducati ST3 S ABS and a Moto Guzzi Breva V 1100.

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 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.

Writing the Storyboard

America became my escape route to find a new place in my life where I could merge my two passions of designing and motorcycling.

2007 Harley Sportster 883 Low, Ducati Monster 695 | Test

Harley-Davison and Ducati do make great motorcycles for women as well. While some of our sisters are content to express their rebellious side with a sports car, others notice that anyone can drive a convertible without much in the way of special skills. Motorcycles are different.

Curve Cowboy Reunion | Motorcycle Travel

Wyoming—97,100 square miles. 27,000 miles of paved and maintained roads. There are a mere 374 stoplights in the entire state, and there I sat on my black and chrome Harley ElectraGlide Classic in downtown Jackson waiting for one of them to turn green. In that moment, looking around, the buildings, the road, the traffic, the tourists, the civilization—all just seemed to fade away. I could feel a part of the early frontier, as written about by Pulitzer Prize–winning author A.B. “Bud” Guthrie, come to life.

2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 | Motorcycle Preview

Kawasaki Concours 14

A common observation our test riders have when getting off the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 is that the long-legged, big-hearted beast would make an outstanding platform for a high-velocity, long-distance sport touring steed. Clearly, enthusiasts in Kawasaki's engineering and marketing departments had the same idea. Thus, we are presented with the 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14.