Sympathy for the Devil
"Please allow me to introduce myself; I’m a man of wealth and taste," Mick Jagger sang in the Rolling Stones’ Sympathy For The Devil. Because the Diablo name was already taken by the likes of Pirelli, whose tires have been specially made for this very devil, Ducati resorted to its own Bolognese dialect for the word Diavel.
One of the European Union (EU) Commission’s priorities in the field of motorcycle safety is to make ABS anti-lock braking systems mandatory on all two-wheeled street bikes.
The proposal which is currently being processed by the EU will probably be approved some time this year and would become law in 2017.
Ducati Diavel Review
Despite the Diavel Carbon weighing in at a claimed 456 pounds dry and featuring bulkier dimensions than any other Ducati, the Diavel still handles very well. This is due to true Ducati know-how, and the fact that the motorcycle’s 162-horsepower, liquid-cooled 1200cc L-twin and trellis frame are based on the 1198 Superbike.
FIM Road Racing
The FIM released the 2011 list of homologated motorcycles that are able to compete in World Superbike, World Supersport and the Superstock 1000 and 600 classes.
The newest addition in the superbike and superstock 1000 classes is the all-new Kawasaki ZX-10R, either in standard or ABS.
BMW F800R Review
Motorcycle enthusiasts in Europe tend to get some cool bikes that, for whatever reason, sometimes don’t find their way across the pond.
I saw a BMW last year in Germany that I thought would be a natural fit for the American market; the F 800 R. I was pleased to discover it’s been granted a hall pass Stateside for 2011.
BMW S 1000 RR Review
Apparently an old dog can come up with a new trick. That’s not to say that BMW is an "old dog," but certainly they’ve been around for a long time and have tended to be something of an acquired taste. Well hang on to your helmet, because if you’ve got any pre-conceived negative notions about BMW motorcycles, they’re about to wheelie over the horizon.
Rocket III Wheelie
Triumph’s new 2010 Rocket III Roadster is the latest iteration of the offbeat motorcycle that created a rouse when it was first introduced in 2004. At 2.3 liters, the Rocket III Roadster is the world’s largest production capacity motorcycle. The new power generated by Rocket III Roadster moves it out of the lackluster cruiser category and into the ultimate muscle cruiser world.
2010 Parallel Twin
The 2010 Triumph Thunderbird’s wings have shape shifted into a massive parallel twin motor. Triumph’s Thunderbird is Harley-Davidson’s worst nightmare come true. If there is such a thing as a slayer of giants or, in this case, a Harley killer, then the 2010 Triumph Thunderbird is the spearhead and the first that really could matter.
2010 Concours 14 Review
There’s no denying the impact Kawasaki made on the sport-touring world when they introduced the Concours 14 just two short years ago. Ballistically fast, thanks to the lightly revised 1352cc Ninja ZX-14 powerplant lurking under its slick, stylish skin, the first generation Concours 14 took the performance envelope in this class and ripped it up.
Technology, Luxury, and Performance
In the multidimensional world of motorcycling, the 2010 BMW K 1300 GT exists precisely at the intersection of performance and comfort. These seemingly diametrically opposed functions are elegantly delivered in a sophisticated cocktail of luxury creature comforts and endorphin-inducing power.