It’s in the bag. If you are a fan of motorcycle-specific tools, parts and gadgets, you are undoubtedly familiar with Motion Pro. With specialty tools and custom-cables for everything from American V-twins to dirt bikes, Motion Pro spans the motorcycling world.
Adventure, dual sport and enduro riders often need to take their tools with them when they hit the backcountry. While some bikes have bags and boxes, often it is up to the rider to carry the tool on his body. With pointy tools, that means a purpose-built fanny pack is essential.
R1 MotoGP Wizardry
You may think your connection to MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is distant, but with the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1, that bond is tighter than you think. And you can credit Yamaha’s latest technological advance in four-cylinder engine design to none other than ‘The Doctor’.
Automatic Mana 850
There is a constant tension in the world between Futurists and Luddites. Some of us are early adopters-never waiting for new technology to be proven, we are willing beta testers. Others are content to wait until all the bugs have been exterminated and the mature product is ready for safe consumption. Enter the 2009 Aprilia Mana 850.
Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations is known for being the ultimate in factory custom motorcycles. Mike Schulte takes us inside the CVO division of The Motor Company and rides all four of the 2010 offerings.
Suzuki’s legendary Hayabusa enjoys its 10th Anniversary, and receives special treatment from Gregg’s Customs. His treatment of the pavement ripper is highly functional from both performance and appearance standpoints. Gregg DesJardins sits for an exclusive interview with editor Don Williams.
Intoxicating Torquey Triple
First established in 1911, Benelli motorcycles began when widow "Mama" Teresa Benelli sank the family capital into a Pesaro garage business, hoping that it would offer work for her six sons. Through the subsequent near-century–and despite much racing success–Benelli has travelled a sometimes rocky motorcycle road, eventually being purchased by Chinese motor group Qianjiang in 2005.
In the early ’70s, riders hungry for sport bike performance, handling and styling in a single package found famine in most motorcycle showrooms. Japanese four-stroke fours, two-stroke twins and triples made strong engine performance easy to come by, but many of us were looking for more than muscle car-humiliating acceleration. If Ducati hadn’t brought its undiluted and dreamily tempting 750 Sport to America, enthusiasts looking for machines delivering high-performance handling would have felt forgotten.
Ready to Roam Motorcycle
In 15 years, Wichita-based Big Dog Motorcycles has grown from modest beginnings in founder and CEO Sheldon Coleman’s garage to become the world’s largest manufacturer of premium motorcycles. Big Dog now occupies a 150,000 sq ft factory that supplies nearly 100 domestic dealers, and is poised to expand into Canada.
Supercharged American Motorcycle
American sport bike enthusiasts’ affinities often run Italian and Japanese. From an American perspective, Buell has also entered the mix and continues to gain momentum with the Helicon-powered 1125R, as well as the air-cooled Harley-Davidson powered variants. But, many demand a more exotic and exclusive American superbike… that "Bimota" of America. Now, after significant development, the American Roehr 1250sc has finally pasted EPA approval and is ready for delivery.
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.
Ducati Multistrada 1100S, Kawasaki Versys 650
As an off-road rider of over 40 years, I’m used to favorite routes getting closed down. I don’t like it, but it happens. As a street rider with 35 years of experience, a closed paved road really aggravates me. I still haven’t gotten over the closure of San Gabriel Canyon Road (aka California State Route 39) south of Angeles Crest Highway (aka California State Route 2).
All-Wheel Drive Motocross
When I tested the Christini AWD Honda CRF250X two years ago in the rugged mountains of Pennsylvania, it was nothing short of a complete revelation. The Christini mechanical all-wheel-drive system upped my off-road game to a level I never thought possible, taking me on trails that I consider to be absolutely impassible and unconquerable on a standard rear-wheel-drive motorcycle. I was stunned.
I had pranged my Suzuki GT550 and, after a lengthy recovery, decided that the time had come to realize a dream. This was the era of the Sex Pistols and punk rockers pogoing their way down the Kings Road. My friend had "No Fun" tattooed on his arm (it is a little blurry now) and I was determined to make a rebellious statement, too. That meant only one choice for a replacement bike and, despite being an impecunious 21-year-old, it had to be the Kawasaki H2 Mach IV.