2011 Ducati Hypermotard
Ducati’s Hypermotard 796 is about serious riding. It takes about a nanosecond after sliding a leg over the 32.5-inch high seat and reaching for the controls to tell what this bike is about; something so light, well-balanced and comfortably arranged could not be built for anything other than a throttle twisting good time.
Ossa Trials Bike
It’s not often that a new motorcycle manufacturer arrives on the scene. While some might not consider Ossa to be a new company, as the marque had an initial run from 1924 to 1982, but this is an all-new Ossa motorcycles company, though still based in Spain.
By Jess McKinley, Shawn Pickett and Don Williams
2011 Harley-Davidson Road King vs.
2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT vs.
2011 Triumph Thunderbird SE
V7 is Classic
When a company has a history that dates back over 85 years, it is natural to have a desire to monetize that rich heritage. One can easily pigeonhole the Moto Guzzi V7 Classic as a retro bike that relies on its appearance to attract sales, rather than a viable modern motorcycle in its own right.
Street Triple 675 R
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!
Gas Gas Review
Intended to take on the International Six Days Enduro, the 2010 Gas Gas EC 250 Six Days Edition is as serious as the race itself. Although four-stroke motorcycles are the configuration of choice these days in America, two-strokes are enjoying a European renaissance. Powering the Six Days is a brutal two-stroke motor that is untouched by compromise.
Honda Combined ABS
For years, motorcycle riders have typically preferred to trust their own skill to electronic input at the controls, and so the usefulness of anti-lock and linked braking has been debated again and again. Although many riders have come to acknowledge the value of ABS in the touring and cruiser segments, the pulsating modulation and extra weight have seemingly been unwavering barriers to adoption for high performance sport bike riding.
On a hot Southern California morning, my wife Jane and I pulled out for a day of riding Kawasaki’s biggest bagger-the Vulcan 2000 Classic LT. The goal-visit two legendary motorcycle hot spots: Hells Kitchen above Lake Elsinore and The Rock Store near Malibu.
BMW R75/5 Review
Without a doubt, 1970 was a watershed year for BMW motorcycles. Having turned its focus to the automotive group throughout the 1960s, BMW’s motorcycles were burdened with styling and engineering roots that dated back to the 1940s. Although the R series motorcycles had enjoyed technical advances along the way, they appeared to be anything but modern in a world that had welcomed the Honda CB750K0. Then came the BMW R75/5 motorcycle.
Icon Accelerant Jacket
Icon ought to give a raise to the guy (or gal) who thought up Accelerant as a name for a motorcycle jacket. That is simply brilliant. Fortunately, the Accelerant jacket lives up to its name, being an excellent choice for addicts of throttle twisting.