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THUNDERSTRUCK Bells are ringing in Springfield, Massachusetts, for the Indian faithful. Polaris deserves congratulations for producing an absolutely brilliant and beautiful engine for Indian’s first real and new beginning. Now, if Indian will make the lll standard fare in a new Scout as well as the Chief, and not limit their best motor to an affluent few like some unmentionable others, then Indian will surpass those boutique pretenders and be embraced by loyal enthusiasts who feel forgotten by other manufacturers.
COMFORTABLE AND A LOT SPORTIER, THANKS TO A NEW CHASSIS, LIQUID-COOLED V-TWIN AND A FULL SUITE OF ELECTRONICS
ALTHOUGH AWESOME ON tight, twisty backroads, the first-gen Ducati Hypermotard was uncomfortable. Not so this new 2013 Hypermotard; its riding position is more relaxed, thanks to a taller handlebar and more than 3 extra inches of space between the bar and seat.
With the Hypermotard’s adoption of a brandnew. liquidcooled. 821cc, 11-degree, Testastretta engine, the only Ducati models still powered by air-cooled, twovalvers are the 696, 796 and 1100 Monsters. Consumer demand for more power, improved reliability, better fuel efficiency and advanced electronics has all but killed off the classic Pantah-derived desmo Twin.
A fresh, new bobber that's easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet
2014 STAR BOLT
2014 STAR BOLT
STAR DESCRIBES the Bolt as an “Urban Performance Bobber,” a bike intended for commuting and mild-mannered hooliganism, something perfect for the guy or gal who values simplicity and adores just about anything retro. Gone, it says, are the days of overpriced, overbuilt OCC-style bikes.
The 2014 Bolt R-Spec is priced within a few hundred bucks of HarleyDavidson’s current “Iron” 883 Sporty. Coincidence? Not a chance. Both urbanfriendly old-schoolers come with premium paint, blacked-out mechanicals, solo seats, five gears, cast aluminum wheels, single-disc front brake setups and belt drive.
HALFWAY through dinner at a Daytona Beach steakhouse, Mark Strong, tech lead for the FXSB Breakout, raised his hand. “Can we talk about the rear suspension?” he asked. As the rest of the design/development team bellied up to their beef, Strong explained how careful attention was paid to shock valving and to the development of a reshaped oil tank that allows the rear wheel to move farther upward, resulting in increased wheel travel.
Everything you need to know about ethanol and your bike
PEOPLE ARE up in arms over recent EPA waivers that allow but do not require up to 15 percent ethanol to be blended into gasoline. The 15 percent blend, called E15, would be available only from blender pumps clearly labeled “Passenger vehicles only.
Biff! Pow! Sock-O! Grind those axes, everyone! Every gallon of corn-derived alcohol sold in motor fuel is two-thirds of a gallon of gasoline that the oil companies don’t sell. Do they like this? Corn states love alcohol in fuel because it drives up corn prices.
 Because ethanol contains one-third less energy per gallon than gasoline, adding ethanol to gasoline leans out the fuel-air mixture, possibly enough to cause damage. Several manufacturers of small engines have said they will not honor warranties if fuels containing more than 10 percent ethanol are used.
What’s going on at BMW Motorrad? First, it sold off Husqvarna. Now it has entered into a strategic partnership with TVS Motor Co. Ltd. of India to jointly develop and build a new range of motorcycles in the sub-500cc segment, with each company offering its own vehicle derivatives through respective distribution channels in India and across the globe, including the U.S.
You don't see many racers on our cover. Eddie Lawson was already a famous twotime 500cc world champion (en route to a third title) when he won the 1988 USGP at Laguna Seca Raceway. Ninth into the first corner, fifth by the end of the second lap, the Californian proceeded to pick off fellow Americans Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey, reigning series champ Wayne Gardner and, finally, in one of several passes made in double-apex Turn 2, Scotsman Niall MacKenzie.
Brand-new variations of two of Triumph’s coolest bikes are now available: the Bonneville SE and Speed Triple SE. The $7999 Bonneville has a red frame and fenders, with a fat racing stripe of the same color running down the middle of its matte-black fuel tank.
Michelin’s new pilot Power 3: impressive in the wet
TYPICALLY sunny southern Portugal was wet but the rainsoaked roads allowed me to put Michelin's claims of improved wet-surface grip to the test. Among the trio of Michelin street tires I sampled (also including Power SuperSport and Anakee III), the Pilot Power 3 impressed me most.
I THINK THE DEPTH OF COMPETITION IN SUPERCROSS IS GREAT RIGHT NOW. There are a lot of young guys coming up who are super talented. It’s also nice to see a guy like Davi Millsaps rebound and ride like he is right now. On any day, you just don’t know who is going to win.
Release, adjust, tighten. Those three stepsaccomplished by turning a large, central wing nut-will vary the height of the Pulg New Generation Windshield ($222.50) by more than 2 inches. This tough acrylic screen is available in 11.8or 17.7-inch lengths in dark smoke, light smoke, clear or black. 407/927-4064 puigusa.com
RoxSpeedFX Pivoting Handlebar Risers
Forward or backward, you choose. Customize the ergonomics of your BMW. Yamaha or other late-model ADV bike with RoxSpeedFX Pivoting Handlebar Risers ($87). Designed for 1⅛-inchdiameter handlebars, these 2-inch-taller-than-stock risers are machined from T-6061 aluminum and anodized Gunmetal Gray for a factory-like appearance. 218/326-1794 roxspeedfx.com
Swiss watchmaker Tissot is the official timekeeper of MotoGP, so it's no wonder that the limited-edition T-Race Automatic ($1425) incorporates motorcyclemirroring details, such as a brake-disc-like bezel, caliperesque crown protector and grooved, rain-tire-mimicking rubber strap. Water resistant to 10 meters, this mechanical chronograph comes in a collector's helmet box with an integrated winder. 800/284-7768 tissotshop.com
Sun in your eyes? With the push of a button, the Akari AX.11 ($149.99) changes from Clear to Dark in less than a tenth of a second. Treated to resist fogging, this rechargeable-batterypowered stick-on insert uses a patented liquidcrystal technology called e-Tint. Standard and Arai brow-vent versions are available. 877/451-5937 amipowersports.com
Which “edition” of this new POV camera is the best buy?
$199.99 TO $399.99
CAPTURING POINT-OF-VIEW video is now as easy as buying a camera, mounting it on your motorcycle and pressing “record.” The most difficult part might be deciding which version of GoPro’s new Hero3 is right for you: White, Silver or Black. Let’s start with the economically priced White Edition ($199.99).
California lane splitting gets its first official guidelines
John L. Stein
EVERYONE knows California is the land of fruits and nuts. Despite this, the Golden State is the only state that allows lane splitting. This practice is permitted because, in part, it helps improve traffic flow on some of the nation’s most congested roads.
About 23 years ago, when Barb and I moved from Southern California back to Wisconsin because we were nostalgic for freezing sleet and mosquitoes the size of bats, we went to a village picnic and met a few of our new rural neighbors. One of them, an older gent who lived just down the road (and is sadly no longer with us), turned out to be a former motorcyclist who’d owned a few dirtbikes.
What's next for motorcycles? In one sense, what's next is what's happening now. Control electronics are a revolution themselves and a revolution that’s not yet over. There’s nothing to stop the transfer of everything we’ve seen in MotoGP to high-end production motorcycles: throttle-by-wire; virtual powerbands as a means of making even fairly harsh, racy engines respond smoothly; lean-angle sensors to help estimate tire traction in corners; and yaw control, which has been at work in cars for years.
RIDING FAR AND WIDE ON THE LATEST AND GREATEST: WE GATHERED 13 BIKES AND HIT THE ROADS, TRACKS AND TRAILS TO SEARCH FOR THE BEST
The Staff of Cycle World
It might seem like it's all just a big excuse to go ride... You're right, it is! Like you, that's what we came for: seat time, good friends and the open road. But while we are all about having a good time on two wheels, we also got this group of varied machines together for hardcore testing to find real answers about the significant new products on the market this year.
Oh, the lifestyle of the financially affluent motorhead, the one-percenter with a passion for the finest in all things performance-related. While it's a trend to demonize the wealthy, I say smoke ’em if you've got ’em, especially if that involves, say, dusting off the Bugatti with some fliers around the new Circuit of The Americas.
BMW’S ALL-NEW WATER-COOLED “BIG” GS RETURNS TO TRY TO RECLAIM ITS ADVENTURE-BIKE CROWN. WILL COOLER HEADS PREVAIL?
If you didn’t know who your father was, you might have a hard time knowing what you should aspire to be. Forty or so years after the Yamaha DT1 and the later BMW R80GS helped launch the “adventure” movement, their progeny are still at it, delivering the most versatile motorcycles available.
STEALTH BOMBERS IN THE CURVES, BULLET TRAINS ON THE STRAIGHTS
For riders who love sport-touring, this has gotta be the golden age. A decade and a half ago, motorcycles that could unravel a zigzag backroad nearly as well as a sportbike yet make open-road travel almost as enjoyable as a full-blown touring rig were few and far between.
TWO MEDITERRANEAN CRUISERS, TWO UNLIKELY V-TWIN CONTENDERS
CALIFORNIA 1400 CUSTOM
All roads lead to Rome, or so the saying goes. Once literal (all roads in the ancient Empire actually did lead to Rome), the expression in popular culture reminds us that different paths can lead to a common goal. Just like the new Ducati Diavel Dark and Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom.
MIDDLEWEIGHT SPORTBIKES HAVE GONE BIG, AND THESE OUTSIZED MODELS PROVE THAT SOMETIMES MORE ACTUALLY IS MORE
848 EVO CORSE SE
Yeah, we admit it: We like how the middleweight category has grown larger and more diverse with its mix of Twins, Triples and Fours. And it takes only a slight bit of creative accounting to see these four bikes as competition for the 600s that have traditionally ruled the class.
FOUR DECADES AFTER THE ORIGINAL MASS-PRODUCED FOUR-BANGER SHOOK UP MOTORCYCLING FOREVER, HONDA INVITES US ON A LOVELY RIDE INTO THE PAST JUST LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED
Egan may have a point in this month's Leanings: It does take a while for nostalgia to kick in. We've seen bikes like the new CB1100 before. In the '90s, Kawasaki Zephyrs never really flew off the shelves (though the ZRX1100 and 1200s did okay later on).
DUAL-COMPOUND SWITCHEROO Q: I ride a 2005 Suzuki SV1000S and recently installed a stock-size Bridgestone S20 dual-compound rear tire. After 75 very easy miles, I noticed little rubber balls (like you might see at a track day) on either side of the center of the tread.
YEARS SOLD. 2006-present MSRP NEW: $6299 (2006) to $7599 (2013) BLUE BOOK RETAIL VALUE: $3095 (2006) to $6005 (2012) BASIC SPECS: A dohc, counterbalanced, 649cc parallel-Twin that, despite its 11,000-rpm redline, is tuned for low-end and midrange torque.
Don't you just hate it when the slots on one of your bike’s Phillips, Pozidriv, Torx or other screw heads get bunged up so badly that you can’t get the screw out? You’re often stuck with attempting desperate, awkward fixes such as using a hammer and chisel to knock the thing loose or trying to cut a deep slot with a hacksaw or an air cut-off tool.
Repsol Honda MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez dominated the inaugural Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, Texas
MARC MARQUEZ! Just 20 years old, he won the practices, he won the pole, he won everything. See him drag his elbow in corners, so far over he learned his Repsol Honda. "I like the elbow," he said. "When I feel it touch, I can go down a bit more." Confidence.
Everything is bigger in Texas, right? Circuit of The Americas is 3.4 miles in length, has 20 turns, 133 feet of elevation gain and its .745-mile front straight is the longest on the MotoGP calendar. Here’s what Longview native Ben Spies said about the new track.
ESTRANGED WORLD CHAMPION SUBJECT OF GRASS-ROOTS SUPPORT CAMPAIGN
AMERICA HAS produced many great Grand Prix roadracers, but none has spent more time after retiring from competition promoting motorcycling stateside than 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz. Crowning moment came two years ago, when Schwantz joined Circuit of The Americas principals "Red” McCombs, Bobby Epstein and Tavo Hellmund at a press conference in Austin to announce that MotoGP would be coming to his home state of Texas in 2013.
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