Issue: 20120201

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
FEBRUARY '12
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CYCLE WORLD
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tableOfContents
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CYCLE WORLD
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masthead
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0003.xml
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Kawasaki: Ninja ZX-14R
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Kawasaki
Ninja ZX-14R
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UP FRONT
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The Throaty Ghost
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MARK HOYER
VEHICULAR REGRETS IN MY LIFE HAVE been few. Starting around age 10, I bought my first gasoline-powered transport, a Tecumseh-engined go-kart. It got used, crashed, abused and passed on to the next ignorant lad with a broken screwdriver, Vise-Grips and no skills.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0005.xml
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ROUNDUP
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WHAT'S THE TWO-WHEEL WORLD COMING TO ANYWAY?
We traveled to the world’s biggest bike show to find out
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JOHN BURNS
AFTER ALL THE EICMA HOOPLA, it's time to write about "where the motorcycle industry is going.” Eh? Well, it’s going the same place it’s always gone: all over. If you’ve got the bucks, there are of course more exciting new technologically advanced motorcycles than ever.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0006.xml
review
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ROUNDUP
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NEXT-GENERATION HONDAS
Concepts ranging from outrageous ideas to planned production
Honda
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Honda
RC-E
Amongst the variety of vehicles were electric cars, future commuters of all shapes, sizes and wheel counts, and then perhaps the coolest-looking electric motorcycle we’ve ever laid our eyes on, the RC-E. As we went to press, we were unable to pry any additional information from the U.S. branch of the company’s PR. department, but judging by its top-shelf components, this eRacer is focused on the business of winning races, not the morning commute. TTX-GP contender?
Honda
CRF250L
On the other end of the spectrum is Honda’s CRF250L street-legal dual-sport concept, which, according to the short press release, is referred to as a “planned production model.” When we asked Honda’s U.S. press representatives about this bike, they said they are keeping their fingers crossed that it will come here in the near future. So are we.
Honda
Motor Compo
Also on display were next-generation electric concept models, bikes like this Motor Compo designed for easy mobility in our cities of the future. Intra-office flat-track, anyone?
Blake Conner
JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT HONDA WAS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL—WHILE THE EUROPEAN motorcycle industry continues to innovate—Big Red surprises with a handful of new concept bikes. At least one of them looks to have a realistic shot at production. Honda’s theme for the 42nd annual Tokyo Motor Show this past December was, “What makes people feel good?”
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25 YEARS AGO FEBRUARY 1987
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John Burns
Wow, a fold-out ad inside the front cover for the Hurricane 600! Even the Ninja knows that all things must hide from the Hurricane... Technical Editor Steve Anderson reported in from Japan, where he rode all the cool little 250 and 400cc race replicas: CBR400R, GSX-R400, FZR400...and predicted we’d have these bikes in the U.S. very, very soon.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0008.xml
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ROUNDUP
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2012 ZEROS
Fast-tracking to better range and performance
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Steve Anderson
WILL ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES BECOME viable alternatives to gasoline-powered two-wheelers? Zero is sure trying hard, designing new e-bikes that are vastly more capable than its previous offerings. The S and DS models are probably the most changed, receiving new, brushless PMAC (permanent magnet alternating current) motors to replace the brushed motors of previous years, along with battery packs of dramatically increased capacity.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0009.xml
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ROUNDUP
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DAINESES D-AIR STREET
Dainese’s revolutionary system could seriously save your bacon
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John Burns
WHAT IT IS, IS AN INFLATABLE VEST inside a jacket that’s triggered when a system of bike-mounted sensors detect an impact or slide based on some heavy-duty mathematics Dainese has been working on for over a decade. In conjunction with a back protector and chest protector, the D-Air Street system is designed to protect the rib cage, vital organs and spinal column, and to limit the kind of extreme neck movements that cause paralysis or worse.
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ROUNDUP
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MILESTONES ALONG THE WAY
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Paul Dean
FIFTY YEARS AGO, MANY OF THE FEATURES AND TECHNOLOGIES OF MOTORCYCLING that we take for granted today did not exist. Matter of fact, quite a few of them were not even remotely dreamed of back then, even by the most imaginative of visionaries.
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ROUNDUP
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Globetrotter
An Italian’s journey around the world on Yamaha’s Super Ténéré
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Blake Conner
I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S EVERY GUY'S dream, but I know it's one of mine: chucking it all and hopping on a motor-cycle to travel the world. Some people actually have the nuts to do it, too. Take 36-year-old Italian globetrotter Davide Biga. He sold most of his belongings, found a few sponsors and said Ciao to friends and family.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0012.xml
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ROUNDUP
QUICKRIDE
Moto Guzzi Griso 8V SE
Lasting character
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Don Canet
WHEN THE MOTO GUZZI Griso hit the market back in 2006, the sporty naked’s fresh styling and visceral twin-cylinder performance offered timely promise that the classic Italian bike maker had landed rubber side down and would forge full-speed ahead under its new Piaggio Group leadership.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0013.xml
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HOT SHOTS
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HOT SHOTS
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I really got a kick out of the cover of my December issue. It’s like we got two Slipstreams! In my mind, the picture of the red-white-and-green Desmo dirt-tracker should include the caption, “After watching Stoner, Hayden and Rossi spend more than their share of time in the dirt over the years, Ted decided to put the Ducati in more familiar territory.”
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LEANINGS
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Lessons from The Glen
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PETER EGAN
LAST WEEK, BARB AND I DECIDED TO squeeze one last weekend of fun into late autumn before winter turned on us like a rabid dog, so we towed my 1978 Formula Ford 800 miles, from Wisconsin out to Watkins Glen, New York, for a vintage race. The Glen, which sits in the hills along Seneca Lake in the scenic Finger Lakes region, is a legendary track that Fd never driven before, though I’d once been there as a spectator.
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TDC
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Casting Chronicles
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KEVIN CAMERON
OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, WE HAVE heard that one manufacturer after another has adopted new die-casting processes. One year at Daytona, Miguel Duhamel’s long-time Honda crew chief, A1 Ludington, was heard complaining that the Yamaha-Hitachi casting system was making trouble for his rider.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0016.xml
review
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CW COMPARISON
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Ride There
BMW R1200GS vs. KTM 990 Adventure vs. Yamaha Super Ténéré
BMW
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MARC COOK
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND PLANT A FINGER ON THE MAP. Anywhere you like. As long as it doesn't come back smelling like ocean, there's a good chance you can ride a motorcycle there. Not just any motorcycle, of course. You’ll want one of these: a full-size adventure-touring bike. Motorcycles such as the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and the new-to-the-U.S.
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FEATURES
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“Crash” Course
A few pointers from an expert for piloting that big adventure bike off-road
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JIM HYDE
1. Slow down. Most novices try to use speed to maintain balance, and we teach them to use skill instead. A big adventure bike is completely different from the dirtbike you rode when you were a kid. Momentum is not necessarily your friend on a 600-pound motorcycle and is, in fact, your worst enemy once it starts off in an unintended direction.
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FEATURES
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Be Prepared
You crashed. Your bike broke down. You ran out of gas. You’re miles from anywhere and you’re going nowhere: 13 tips on how to survive in the wilderness when things go wrong.
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MARK LINDEMANN
HERE YOU ARE, STANDING NEXT TO YOUR BIKE, listening to the tick-tick-tick of the cooling engine, stuck in the middle of nowhere and with sunset an hour off. Latest little adventure-touring expedition provide you with a little more adventure than you bargained for?
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0019.xml
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FEATURES
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Must-Have Accessories
Plan on riding your adventure bike off-road?
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Blake Conner
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL TIPS ARE GREAT (SEE P. 31), BUT IT'S BETTER IF YOU NEVER HAVE TO USE THEM in the first place. So, to give yourself the best chance of not getting stranded out there, you should take steps to keep your motorcycle’s key components from being damaged.
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FEATURES
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1981 BMW R80 G/S
We didn’t yet know it, but the adventure bike had been born
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Paul Dean
"I'M NOT SURE WHAT this bike is supposed to do,” said Ron Griewe, Cycle World's Test Editor at the time. He was not alone. It was September of 1980, the place was Avignon in Southern France and the event was the international press introduction of the dual-purpose R80 G/S, BMW’s first-ever “adventure bike”— a decade or so, of course, before that term ever became part of motorcycle parlance.
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FEATURES
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Adventure Seeker
Searching for the meaning of adventure on a 16-day, $10,000 tour through the wilds of Africa with Long Way Round’er Charley Boorman as our guide
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GARY INMAN
THE E-MAIL ARRIVES FROM A 'ROUND-THE-WORLD motorcycle adventurer. "Have a good holiday," it says, “but don’t let anyone call it an adventure.” That line is loaded with so many toxic ingredients I can almost smell it. It’s written from an experienced standpoint, sure, but laced with an air of superiority and dash of arrogance.
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Who Is Charley Boorman?
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Gary Inman
In the words of one Australian rider on the tour, “a tubby little Pom.” The former child actor was a struggling painter and decorator (“I couldn’t even hang wallpaper”) when The Long Way Round, the TV series of the trip he made with friend and film megastar Ewan McGregor, splatted him on the world’s windscreen.
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Things Not To Run Into
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The roadside warnings provide a great photo op, but hit the real thing and the road kill has two legs, not four. Here’s a guide to what African roads can throw at you (and the 1 to 5 likelihood of hitting it). Elephant Max. weight: 7 tons Likelihood of collision: 1
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FEATURES
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THE FIVE GREATEST
Choosing the five most influential motorcycles of all-time is no easy task. Which is why we picked six.
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KEVIN CAMERON
SUPPOSE YOUR EDITOR KNEW YOU HAD been reading a lot of history and wanted to salvage something beyond antiquarian interest from that. Suppose he said, “It’s CW's 50th anniversary and we want to celebrate the history of motorcycles. Write me something about the five greatest machines of all time.”
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0025.xml
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FEATURES
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Genesis
Many of today’s technologies are innovations that were born yesterday or yesteryear
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KEVIN CAMERON
THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE between innovation and novelty. An innovation solves a serious and outstanding problem in a fresh, new way. A novelty is difference for its own sake, accomplishing no meaningful purpose. Although motorcycling has certainly seen its share of novelties throughout its history, it also has been the beneficiary of many true innovations that re-aimed the industry in a direction it either pursued for many years or, in some instances, still follows to this day.
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CW PROJECT
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Fazed In
Yamaha’s middleweight standard responds to some careful tweaking
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MARC COOK
YAMAHA'S NEW FZ8 LIVES IN A TOUGH NEIGHBORHOOD. NOT THE kind with iron security doors in front and underfed dogs on frayed leashes out back. No, it’s stuffed into that Snoop-dog-eat-dog place in Yamaha’s lineup between the truly high-performance FZ1 and the budget-framed, entry-level FZ6R.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0027.xml
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LONG-TERM WRAP-UP
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Honda VFR1200F DCT
Dual-clutch dream come true?
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FEW MOTORCYCLES HAVE GENERated as many editorial column inches as Honda’s VFR1200F. Cycle World has published nearly 30 pages related to this sporting V-Four since its introduction in 2010. Why so much press? Well, we were excited that Honda had finally introduced a replacement for the aging VFR800F, even though Interceptors in both 750 and 800cc displacements have been perennial award winners in our annual Ten Best balloting.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0028.xml
review
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NEW IDEAS
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NEW IDEAS
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Joker Machine
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Joker Machine
Joker Machine Café Racer Parts
$10
Joker Machine
Vemar Storm Helmet
Joker Machine
Cycra Racing Speed Armor High Impact Skid Plates
$39.95
Joker Machine
Valentino Rossi Signature Series Holbrook Sunglasses
$120
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CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0029.xml
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CW EVALUATION
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Aerostich Roadcrafter Light
The triumph of anti-fashion
Aerostich RiderWearhouse
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LOTS OF MOTORCYCLE GEAR SMOOTHLY transitions from its technical role as protective clothing on the bike to stylish fashion statement off of it. And some gear is actually able to do both at the same time. The now-classic one-piece Aerostich ain’t one of ’em.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0030.xml
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CW EVALUATIONS
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Saddlemen Track Style Gel Channel Seat
Perch for road and track
Saddlemen
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WHILE THEY’RE PURPOSEFUL BY DESIGN, hunkered-over sportbike ergonomics can be unapologetic where comfort is concerned. A rider’s lower back and wrists may begin to protest after even a brief stint in the saddle, but factor in a too-firm, poorly shaped or thinly padded seat, and even the most diehard enthusiast is likely to experience the sport rider’s triangle of pain during an extended ride.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0031.xml
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rizoma
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rizoma
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CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0032.xml
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EVALUATION'S
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Knox Handroid Pod Gloves
Science-fiction looks, racetrack-ready protection
Knox Armor USA
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MODERN SPORTBIKE GLOVES ARE PRETTY well-defined: leather fingers, palms and tops, molded-plastic knuckle protection, high-tensile-strength thread, hook-and-loop wrist closures. Seen one pair, seen ’em all, right? Not so fast. The Handroid Pod from U.K.-based Knox is, um, different.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0033.xml
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BAZZAZ
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BAZZAZ
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SERVICE
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PAUL DEAN
Q My Triumph Bonneville T100 is approaching 12,000 miles and has run trouble-free with one exception. On three occasions while cruising at highway speed, the engine staggered and stopped. The first time it happened, it seemed much like the fuel starvation symptoms one experiences when it’s time to go on Reserve, but I knew the tank had ample fuel.
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ToolTime
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If you have a dirtbike and are like most offroad riders, you probably aren’t worried about your bike’s polished or anodized aluminum rims getting a bit nicked up when you’re changing tires. Why should you? Due to the basic nature of off-roading, a dirtbike’s wheels are subjected to a lot more visual damage through normal riding than anything you could possibly inflict on them with a set of tire irons.
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Best Used Bikes
Kawasaki EX500/Ninja 500R
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Best Under 500cc Streetbike, 1987, ’88, ’89, ’90 CW Ten Best Awards Years sold: 1987-’94 (EX500); 1995-’97 (Ninja 500); 1998-’09 (Ninja 500R) MSRP new: $2899 (1987) to $5499 (2009) Blue Book retail value: $900 (1987) to $3585 (2009) Basic specs: A 498cc, dohc, four-stroke parallel-Twin with four valves per cylinder.
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Recall Roster
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NHTSA Recall No. 11V532000 Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corp, USA Model: 2012 Super Ténéré Potential no. of units affected: 1069 Problem: On certain of these motorcycles manufactured from June 1 through August 31,2011, the fuel pump O-ring may have been installed incorrectly in its groove during the assembly process.
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Tech Tips
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I’ve seen it far too often: clutch and brake levers on streetbikes either aimed skyward like some kind of UFO-tracking antennae or drooping downward as though someone forgot to tighten their perches. That’s a potentially dangerous condition, especially when the offender is the brake lever.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0039.xml
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RACE WATCH
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World Class
Two-time AMA Pro American SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes makes his MotoGP debut in the wake of the death of one the sport’s biggest stars
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ANDREW WHEELER
RACING IS A MINEFIELD OF UNKNOWNS. CELEBRATING ON THE PODIUM AT NEW Jersey Motorsports Park, site of the final round of the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing series, Josh Hayes could not have imagined that two months later he’d be making his MotoGP debut.
CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0040.xml
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BELL
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BELL
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CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0041.xml
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iPod Touch: CYCLE WORLD
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iPod Touch
CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0042.xml
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Color Rite
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Color Rite
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CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0043.xml
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Schuberth Rider Communication System
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Schuberth Rider Communication System
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CycleWorld_20120201_0051_002_0044.xml
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Advertisement: CYCLE WORLD
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CYCLE WORLD
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SLIPSTREAM
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