THE MAGAZINE YOU NOW HOLD IN your hands marks a milestone in the history of Cycle World. In the 47 years since Joe Parkhurst hocked his boat, raided his savings and borrowed from buddies to put out Vol. 1, No. 1, we’ve published 563 issues and printed 66,298 pages (yes, I counted), all held together by three measly staples.
New RSV4-based naked spied during development testing
NAKED SUPERBIKES ARE NOTHING new; three decades ago, examples like Kawasaki’s KZ1000 and Suzuki’s GS1000 Superbikes not only ruled the racetrack but the street, as well. Years later, the scene that spawned bikes like Aprilia’s original RSV1000-derived, V-Twin-powered Tuono has inspired the Italian company to create a replacement, which Aprilia CEO Leo Mercanti has confirmed will be called the Tuono V4.
The introduction of the 2010 Harley-Davidsons didn't offer any big surprises, but four models stand out with notable changes. After a one-year absence, the Wide Glide returns looking old-school and badass. The touring line gets the stripped and slammed Road Glide Custom ($18,999 to $19,479) and Electra Glide Ultra Limited ($24,699 to $25,899), the latter powered by a bored-out, 103-cubicinch engine.
Motorcycle helmets sold in the U.S. must meet Federal Motor Safety Standard 121, better known in two-wheel circles as “DOT.” Using its independent certification process, the Snell Memorial Foundation has for years come up with its standard.
UP: To our friends at Ironworks magazine, for putting aside intramural competition and awarding CW's Web Surfer project bike Best Sportster honors at the big L.A. Calendar bike show hosted by FastDates. Builder Richard Pollock was on hand to accept the trophy-lucky dog!—and the $3000 credit in goods that came with the win.
W.L. GORE HAS FOR YEARS BROADened the four-season appeal of motorcycling with its breathable, waterproof and windproof laminates. Now, the company best known in two-wheel circles for Gore-Tex and Windstopper wants to change the way riders think about zippers.
If you’re not a huge fan of the Transformers movies, it’s no big deal; but mention the name of gorgeous actress Megan Fox in the same breath as motorcycles like the Aprilia RS125 with which she is pictured here, or the Ducati 848, MV Agusta R 312 and Suzuki B-King used in the film, and I bet we have your attention.
Controversy clouds the entry of the very special $40,000 Buell 1125RR into AMA/DMG Pro American Superbike racing. The objection is that rules clearly state that eligible machines must be roadlegal and available in quantity at dealers.
Yamaha may be the last of the Japanese Fab-Four to come to market with a fuel injected 450cc motocross bike, but its new YZ45OF joins the party with a few extra sur prises. First, the engine features a rearward-slanted cylinder for improved mass centralization and straighter intake and exhaust systems.
The world was a much bigger place back in ’84, as was made evident by this month’s “We Ride 7 Secret Bikes of Japan” cover story. There aren’t too many “secret” bikes anymore! As a motorcycle-crazy kid without a driver’s license, I read with awe and wonder about the not-for-theU.S. Yamaha RZV500R, Honda CBR400F and Suzuki GSX-R400, as well as several trick 250s.
COMPLACENCY MUST BE a taboo word around Kawasaki’s Akashi Works design facility in Japan. After all, just one model year after it rolled out the new 2009 KX450F-joining Suzuki and Honda in the fuel-injected MX big leagues-Team Green is back with a significantly updated 450.
SPORT RIDERS TEND TO be a proud lot; many even view their riding skills as a rite of passage. So it stands to reason that a liter-class supersport bike equipped with linked brakes, let alone the antilock/combined-brake system featured on Honda’s latest CBRIOOORR, goes against the traditional performance rider’s mindset.
I couldn't believe the two-page Buell ad on the inside front cover of your September issue. What a shocking act of disrespect from Buell to the many customers who bought the (now discontinued) Blast. You'd think Buell would be holding on to what few customers it has like sweet life itself, not mocking them and making them regret their purchase.
MOTORCYCLE FUEL SYSTEMS HAVE switched from analog to digital, from carburetors to electronic fuelinjection. This may put the noses of some old-timers out of joint, but it’s just another way to perform the same old fuel-metering task.
I KNOW THAT WRETCHED EXCESS IS out of fashion lately, what with our depressed economy and the fall of the Roman Empire, but I must confess that last year I somehow managed to purchase two 900cc Twins from the Triumph family of traditional-looking British bikes.
THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A MAN AND HIS MOTORCYCLE-OR more correctly, a man and his motorcycle company. The man is Stephen Julius, a charismatic, oddly dichotomous fellow; the company is Indian, an American icon, once a worthy competitor to Harley-Davidson, more recently a place where dreams and millions upon millions of dollars go to die.
ALTHOUGH I’VE NEVER HAD THE PLEAsure of rambling along cradled in the sprung, tractor-style saddle of a classic Indian Motocycle (yes, that’s how they spelled it), I did get my fill aboard a Chief of the previous revival, some seven years ago.
The new, no-frills Russian sidehack comes in any color you want, as long as it’s matte-black powdercoat
ONE OF THE TOUGHEST STATISTICS OF THE 20TH CENtury for me to wrap my brain around is the number of Russians who lost their lives in World War II: 20 million-give or take a few mil. After riding this Ural, another deep, thought-provoking question emerges: How many of those millions took their own lives so as not to have to ride a Ural anymore?
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO PLAY 1950S MAN? IT’S A FUN GAME where you get to smoke “healthy” unfiltered cigarettes, swill whiskey for “medicinal” purposes and eat barely cooked red meat with absolute impunity. Sounds fun, eh? Well, dammit, it gets even better...
This Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 can be anything you want it to be
Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000
SOMEONE PLEASE TAKE THIS TOY AWAY from me before I get in trouble! Those were my thoughts after a week of commuting on this Yoshimura-built GSX-R1000 and glancing down at the speedo on the freeway one morning, realizing that triple digits could send me to jail.
A Schwantz Replica that trumps Revvin Kevin's racer
YOSHIMURA RACE SHOP HOPES TO HOT-ROD MORE THAN MAT MLADINwannabe GSX-Rs. Yoshimura R&D of America’s new partsand-services division is also selling hop-up engine and chassis components for the dual-purpose DR-Z400S and supermotoinspired DR-Z400SM. The Yoshimura-modified DR-Z450SM pictured here is an evolution of the machine that 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz raced during the early days of the AMA Pro Supermoto Championship.
Engine from eBay, frame from a garage sale, seat from a surf shop...
A WISE MAN WHO ONCE SAT IN MY CHAiR DESCRIBED TO ME ONE OF the requirements of an editor-in-chief. "You're the guy who has to say No," he said. As in, not every story idea gets a green light, for reasons that range from philosophical to budgetary to simply not being the correct fit.
DEEP INSIDE, WE ALL KNOW WE are not Troy Bayliss. Except for Troy, of course... So the idea of a nearly race-ready streetbike like the Ducati 1098 can be interpreted as a funny choice for us mere mortals. Actually, it’s not funny at all, just fun, even in real life.
Top-of-the-line luxury-touring trike?. That would be the 2010 CrossBow, an all-new, Victory Vision-based design from Lehman Trikes. Powered by Victory’s fuel-injected, 106-cubicinch Freedom V-Twin, the DOTand NHTSA-approved three-wheeler features an integrated parking brake and Lehman’s “No Lean rear suspension for a “smooth, comfortable ride.” Options include polished aluminum rea wheels, a trailer hitch and a reverse gear.
If you think this guy looks ridiculous, then you’ve never been miserably cold and wet on a motorcycle. Aerostich has become an institution for riders who really want to ride, regardless of the weather. Consider our multi-colored friend in the accompanying photo: White Nolan N102 N-Com flip-up Helmet ($339) looks plain next to the Hi-viz yellow DarienLight Jacket ($387) and neon-orange Triple Digit (fingers siamesed for added warmth) Rain Covers ($47), both of which practically render invisible the DarienLight Pants in basic black ($287).
IS IT TIME TO UPGRADE THE RUBBER on your late-model sportbike? Dunlop, the spec-tire supplier for AMA Pro roadracing, has replaced its best-selling DOT-approved radial, the Sportmax Qualifier, with a new, more aggressive design called the Sportmax Q2.
LEVERS AND FOOTPEGS ARE OFTEN THE first parts to break in a crash. But it doesn’t have to be that way. CRG makes adjustable replacement levers and rearsets that are more likely to survive a get-off than their stock counterparts. We ordered CRG’s Roll-A-Click levers ($129 brake/$260 clutch) and SSR rearsets ($630) for our longterm Honda CBR1000RR. The anodized, 6061-T6 aluminum levers are six-position adjustable for span via a slick roller-cam assembly.
BUYING BODY ARMOR IS A LOT LIKE buying insurance: You’re never sure what to get or how much to spend. But realists know they can’t enjoy motorcycling fully without preparing for the possibility of an accident. Cue the <p moved="true">Forcefield Extreme Harness Adventure</p>.
Q I have a question about Yamaha's new Ri "big bang" engine. It still has four cylinders, just like the Ri did last year, and it even still has 998cc of displacement, so why would the 2009 model be any faster than the 2008? Does the newer bike's "crosspiane" crankshaft make that much difference in engine -performance?
Potentially, many modem cruisers can also serve as decent medium-distance touring rigs. A copbike windshield, a set of soft bags and, in some cases, a better seat is all it takes to transform a lot of these laid-back machines into capable short-trip haulers.
Kawasaki ZRX1100 Best Standard 1999 Ten Best Awards
Blue Book retail value: $3185 (’99 1100) to $5245 (’05 1200) Basic specs: A 1052cc, liquid-cooled, dohc inline-Four with mildly sporty ergonomics, a quarter-fairing, twin piggybackreservoir shocks and dual6 six-piston front disc brakes.
NHTSA Recall No. 09V256000 Manufacturer: BMW Model: 2007-09 R1200RT Number of units involved: 1535 Problem: Due to routing and assembly tolerances of the front-brake lines, it is possible for the lines to be under strain. This, in combination with normal vibration during riding, could cause the brake lines to develop a leak.
A petrolhead's guide to electric racing motorcycles
LET’S GET THINGS STRAIGHT: I’M A PETROLHEAD. I have new bikes, old bikes, an ancient scooter and a classic car. Suck, squeeze, bang and blow is the rhythm of my life. I’m defined by the internalcombustion engine. But when I heard about the inaugural TTXGP, a no-emissions motorcycle race to be held on the Isle of Man TT course during the TT fortnight, I was more than interested.
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