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.

2007 Victory Vegas 8-Ball | Motorcycle Review

American V-Twin

Think of Victory Motorcycles and lean, flashy cruisers immediately leap to mind. The “other” American motorcycle company has been diligently carving out its identity since 1997 by providing forward-looking alternatives to the perceived stodginess of its Milwaukee-bred competition. Bold graphics, gleaming chrome flanks and the towering silhouettes of Arlen and Cory Ness lending the company line a bit of their bold custom DNA have become hallmarks of the Victory brand.

Concours d’Elegance | Motorcycle Destination

Manor Born

Louis Vuitton—as a purveyor of custom luggage and expensive bags, and owner of elite subsidiaries such as Donna Karan, Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon, Hennessey, Givenchy, and Tag Heuer—is one of Europe's most profitable groups, yet is not too proud to maintain links with the concours and retro-rally scene.

2007 Victory Kingpin Tour | Motorcycle Review

Non-conformity ain't what it used to be. Harley-Davidson motorcycles spent decades holding the torch for rebel outlaws and angry young men, but the world—and the motorcycle universe—is a different place in 2007. Now favored by weekend warriors with disposable income, Harley's evolving demographic has cast the Motor Company in a more mainstream light. At the same time, there is a migration of riders from pure cruisers to touring cruisers.

2007 Touring Motorcycles | Achievement in Design

Harley-Davidson CVO Electra Glide

Honda Gold Wing

Yamaha FJR1300A

2007 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 | Motorcycle Preview

Gran Turismo for the 21st Century. 

Moto Guzzi is once more taking the plunge into the fully faired sport touring market with the new Norge 1200. Powered by Guzzi's traditional transversely mounted air-cooled, two-valve, pushrod motor, the 1133cc Norge is a grand touring bike, with the expected accoutrements—a 6-speed transmission with shaft drive, 6-gallon fuel tank, electronically adjustable windshield, ABS and dual saddlebags.

Legends of the Motorcycle | Motorcycle Event

Certainly every motorcyclist knows something about this motorcycle legend. A 1947 Fourth of July weekend Gypsy Tour gathering of bikers in Hollister, Calif., was embellished by the fanciful imagination of a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and became “4000 Touring Cyclists Wreak Havoc in Hollister.” The story is picked up across the country, culminating with the infamous staged photo of a slovenly, drunken biker in Life magazine, who became our unelected representative. The image was burned into America's collective cornea and we've been dealing with the fallout ever since.

Tail of the Dragon | Motorcycle Destination

The Honda Hoot

In the motorcyclist's constant quest to find the ultimate road, the riches are many in the land of Tennessee. The annual Honda Hoot, now 13 years old, offers a feast where some 15,000 attendees—not all on Hondas—frolic on routes that initiate the newcomer and challenge the experienced. Of note is the infamous Deal's Gap, Highway 129's two-lane Tail of the Dragon, which holds 318 curves, many of the hairpin variety, in just 11 miles. The Honda Hoot is capped by the Knoxville edition of Ride For Kids, supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

2006 Yamaha FJR1300AE | WebTest

Yamaha's original FJR1300 firmly took the Sport Touring category by the scruff of the neck when, to much acclaim in 2003, it enabled a European-style Japanese sport/tourer to be purchased by the American public, albeit on a special order basis. The FJR was a phenomenal success and quickly garnered a reputation for being a spectacular touring- and sport-friendly package, featuring a 145 hp inline-four engine, wrapped in an alminum chassis.

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.

Brave New World

Hub-Center Steering.

2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic | QuickShift

With Street Glide inspiration, details on this otherwise Full Dresser were changed to create an elegant bagger that belies its heft. Most obviously, the rear Tour Pak and plush Touring seat have been replaced by only a slim Badlander perch. The windshield is a minimized smoked affair, and whitewall tires are mounted on Harley-Davidson wire spoke wheels. Screamin' Eagle pipes are throaty, without being obnoxious, and help the engine breathe more freely.

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.

South Africa | Motorcycle Adventure

Canadian Thomas Bain was a prolific road builder. In the waning years of the 19th century he designed and constructed an extensive labyrinth of dirt roads opening South Africa's vast interior to the primary mode of transport of the day—the ox wagon. Among the 24 significant routes he created, there is one that stands as his magnum opus. That road was destined to become one of his last, most assuredly the longest, and arguably the most famous.