Scooter Achievement in Design Award
As part of their efforts to broaden the motorcycling market, motorcycle manufacturers have been giving three-wheelers favor in trying to entice less-than-confident motorcyclist to join the fray. Harley-Davidson has embraced the trike with its new Tri-Glide touring machine, which is essentially a modified Electra Glide with two rear wheels. A completely different take is the Can-Am Spyder-its two wheels are placed in front of the rider.
Electrifying Motorcycle Helmet Innovation
Since the dawn of protective head-wear, the focus has been on increasing crash protection, improving aerodynamics, and lightening the weight of helmets. Akuma Helmets, based in San Antonio, Texas, has done something fresh with helmets-they have electrified them.
Big Bang? No, Think Crossplane.
Yamaha’s mass production YZF-R1 superbike has more in common with Valentino Rossi’s feral M1 than ever before, now that a key component of championship-winning MotoGP engine technology has trickled down to the track-ready street bike.
The perfect touring motorcycle has the ability to adapt to the wide variety of roads and conditions found across America—from ruler-flat superslabs, to tight backroads with crumbling asphalt. I have ridden the new Kawasaki Concours 14 on both of those types of road, and everything in-between. Fast, slow; bumpy, smooth; straight, twisty; up hill and down dale; the Concours 14 handled them all with aplomb.