Issue: 20140201

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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0001.xml
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Castrol: POWER RS
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Castrol
POWER RS
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0002.xml
tableOfContents
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CYCLE WORLD
Contents
FEATURES
TEST
IGNITION
EVALUATION
COLUMNS
RACE WATCH
DEPARTMENTS
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0003.xml
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Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. & affiliates
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Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. & affiliates
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0004.xml
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Dennis kirk
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Dennis kirk
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0005.xml
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BONNIER
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BONNIER
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0006.xml
masthead
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CYCLE WORLD
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0007.xml
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UP FRONT
EDITEIR'S lETTER
GOOD TIMES
HOW THE LEAN YEARS IMPROVED MOTORCYCLING
THIS MONTH'S STATS
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MARK HOYER
What's that saying about how nothing succeeds like excess? Okay, maybe that's not quite it. But for a time there, motorcycling was getting larger than itself, so to speak. Remember the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 V-twin cruiser in all its 2,053cc glory?
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0008.xml
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Intake
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Intake
GROM
KTM
INDIAN UPRISING
TAKE IT OUT IN THE STREET
LITTLE HONDAS
BIRD BUYER
GOODWOOD
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I have absolutely no issue with the Grom itself ("First Ride," Dec. 2013). Certainly, Honda does its homework when identifying a target market; "You meet the nicest people on a Honda" is still indelibly etched in my memory. But why hasn't Honda (or the other big three) learned the lesson that "segment retreat" is a mistake?
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0009.xml
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0010.xml
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Ignition
FIRST RIDE
CW FIRST RIDE MV AGUSTA RIVALE
Add this to the list of things you thought you'd never see: an MV Agusta supermoto
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AGUSTA RIVALE
$14,998
John Burns
WHY NOT? With its nice seat and upscale accoutrements, this is a supermoto you can ride more places than around the go-kart track. Raising the new bike's seat up to 34.7 inches is about the limit for my 30-inch inseam, but taller guys will love the increased legroom— and the tall, flat seat allowed the engineers to move the rider way forward compared to the Brutale 800 this bike's based upon.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0011.xml
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BACK IT IN, AGO!
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Bruno dePrato
Center stage at MV Agusta's EICMA booth this past November was the Turismo Veloce 800, the company's first touring-oriented machine since the early '60s. Power is provided by the same 125-hp, 798cc triple with three ride modes including Rain, Touring, and Sport, and tamed by eight-level TC. On the top-of-the-line Lusso version, Sachs semi-active electronic suspension will be standard.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0012.xml
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FIRST RIDE
2014 MV AGUSTA F3 800
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Blake Conner
MV Agusta's F3 triples are very closely related: The 675 and 800 share identical 79mm bores, the latter getting stroked to 54.3 from 45.9mm. The 800 is more refined than the last 675 we sampled. MV is making progress with its Eldor engine-management system, though there is still room for improvement.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0013.xml
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FIRST RIDE
CW FIRST RIDE 2013 SUZUKI GW250
No excuse to not ride with this entry-level bargain
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
GW250
$3,999
Matthew Miles
LAUNCHED LAST YEAR BUT arriving only now at US dealers, the new entry-level, liquid-cooled, 248CC parallel-twin Suzuki GW250 is pitched as a two-wheel bridge to larger-displacement models for younger and/or less-experienced riders.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0014.xml
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CW FIRST RIDE SUZUKI DR-Z400SM
Urban Slider
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
DR-Z400SM
$7189
Blake Conner
MISSING FROM SUZUKI'S lineup for three years, the DR-Z400SM returned for 2013. We're stoked to have it back, as it's the only street-legal, lightweight, small-displacement, 17-inch-wheeled supermoto still available in the US. It seems the light supermoto trend has largely played itself out, and when combined with the recession, these ultra-niche bikes might have seemed pretty impractical to a lot of consumers.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0015.xml
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VANCE & HINES
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VANCE & HINES
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0016.xml
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NEWS
NEW METAL 2014
Want proof that it's a great time to be a motorcyclist? Check out these exciting new bikes.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
STREET 500/750
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Z1000
$6,750
Harley's first all-new bike in 13 years will be available as a 500 and a 750 when it goes on sale this spring, priced at $6,750 and $7,500, respectively. Will this blacked-out and easily customizable Harley with a fairing inspired by the XLCR café racer of the 1970s lure young urban buyers? Milwaukee thinks so, and it has chosen to power the Street with a liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin that features chain-driven single overhead camshafts operating four valves per cylinder via roller rockers with screw adjusters. Called the Revolution X, this wet-sump powerplant with single balance shaft traces its lineage back to the V-Rod. Both displacements are redlined at 8,000 rpm, and power is sent rearward via a six-speed transmission and Harley's familiar belt drive. The steel perimeter frame works with a pair of shocks and a conventional fork that offer 2 inches more travel than is found in an Iron 883. "We wanted the bike to be light and fun and have a more neutral riding position," explains Korry Vorndran, Harley's manager of product development, who adds that the Street weighs 480 pounds wet, roughly 80 pounds less than an Iron 883. Streets forthe US are built in Kansas City, Missouri; Streets for India, Italy, Spain, and Portugal are built at Harley's plant in Bawal, India.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
S1000R
Following its last redesign in 2010, the year it won Cycle World's Best Standard honors, Kawasaki's Z1000 has been one of the few Japanese nakeds to go head to head with Europe's finest. Now, for 2014, boasting radical "sugomi'' styling, the stomping 1,043cc inline-four engine has been worked over with new intake cams, revised velocity stacks, and more aggressive ECU settings for improved throttle response and more bottom-to-midrange power. Chassis upgrades include a Showa Separate Function Big Piston Fork; radial-mount, four-piston, monoblock front brake calipers with revised ABS pump; and lighter cast aluminum supersport-style wheels. The new Z1000 will be available in Golden Blazed Green or Metallic Graphite Gray for $11,999. Blake Conner
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
VALKYRIE
The naked four-cylinder BMW sportbike we've been dreaming about for nearly a year has finally arrived. It's called the S1000R, and it's essentially an 51000RR superbike with reduced bodywork and better everyday rideability, thanks to more upright ergonomics and a much broader swath of torque that comes at a slight expense in peak power. BMW claims the aluminum-framed S1000R-which arrives in early 2014 and has Rain and Road riding modes-puts out 160 hp at 11,000 rpm, whereas the RR puts out a claimed 179. But the new bike, with its better midrange power, programmable quickshifter, Race ABS, and lean-angle-dependent traction control, still ranks amongst the most potent machines you'll ever encounter on your commute-a real possibility on this machine-or on any of your weekend sorties.
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Last year, Honda released its interpretation of the "bagger," the Gold Wing-based F6B, which proved to be a sign of things to come. For 2014, Big Red follows suit with the brand-new Valkyrie, powered by the same 1,832cc, liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed, sixcylinder engine from the Gold Wing/F6B and stuffed into an all-new aluminum twin-spar frame with single-sided swingarm. The last F6 we had on the Cycle World dyno produced 104 hp and 110 pound-feet of peak torque. But the Valkyrie has a claimed curb weight of 750 pounds, undercutting the Gold Wing by 150 pounds and the F6B by 92. Chassis highlights include 310mm brake discs clamped by fourpiston calipers up front and a huge 316mm disc with a three-piston caliper out back; AB5 is optional. Tires measure 130/60R-19 front and 180/55R-17 rear. The Valkyrie will be available this April in Black, Dark Red Metallic, orthe Blue Metallic pictured here. At press time, pricing was not set, but Honda hopes to keep M5RP around $17,000 forthe non-ABS model.
Andrew Bornhop
Blake Conner
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0017.xml
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NEWS
FORBIDDEN FRUIT
Tempting bikes, for sure, but most are not for US cosumption
SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
HUSQVARNA 701
SUZUKI
RECURSION
Although there were 13 Husqvarnas on display at EICMA-seven enduros and six motocross bikes-the lion's share of attention was paid to the intriguing 701, a concept said to acknowledge the historically Swedish marque's 110-year history while also pointing to its future. Powered by a 690cc single with a claimed 75 hp, the 701 looks like a supermoto of the future, boasting a chrome-moly frame and clean, uncluttered looks that reflect Scandinavian design. Neat details include a long, ribbed seat that reaches forward all the way to the radiator shrouds, plus an exhaust that is almost completely covered in back, where the fuel tank also resides. Will owner KTM build a Husky like this? Probably not.
SUZUKI
R25 CONCEPT
We saw it happen in cars and then in bikes. More power needs a bigger engine, which needs bigger brakes, a stronger chassis, and a bigger gas tank. Finally, you can hardly steer the monster; it's a power station on wheels. Can we please have the handling of a middleweight but with real power? Revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show, this turbocharged 588cc parallel twin is called "Recursion," which means "flowing back, repeating." Recursion makes 100 hp at 8,000 rpm, but peak torque is a whopping 74 pound-feet way down at 4,500 rpm. Instead of the never-ending upshifting of a 600, Recursion delivers the grunt of a literbike, given across a three-times-wider band and packaged into a light middleweight. -Kevin Cameron
SUZUKI
MT-07
Will the Ninja 300 and CBR300R steal all the entrylevel-sportbike thunder in the US forever? We hope not because the R25 Concept is a killer riff on YZR-M1 styling that dresses up an all-new 249cc parallel twin. Says the press material: "It boasts a powerful and sporty ride in the high rpm range while being easy to handle. The R25 is positioned and offered as an entry-model in the sportbike category for developed markets like Japan and Europe and as a top performance sportbike for emerging markets, primarily throughout Asia." You'll notice it didn't say "America." Yamaha US said "no comment," but we're fairly certain a street version is on the way to our shores.
SUZUKI
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Here's another Europeanmarket unobtainable that needs to be sold in the US, perhaps marketed as the kid brother to the exciting new FZ-09 triple. It's the Yamaha MT-07, which is powered by a 689cc parallel twin with a claimed 75 hp and 50 pound-feet of torque. This Yamaha looks like quite a machine, another good beginner bike that's sporty enough for a fun romp in the local mountains, even if it's the Adirondacks and not the Alps. The liquid-cooled powerplant, with a 270-degree crankshaft and a compact single-axis balancer, is tuned for excellent lowand midrange torque, and the steel backbone frame uses the engine as a stressed member. Claimed wet weight: 395 pounds. MT, for the record, means "Masters of Torque." We kid you not.
SUZUKI
BB3
→ Reorganized Bimota is already showing promise. Biggest news at EICMA was the BB3, a fromscratch project released in concert with the arrival of new owners Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni. Arguably the ultimate BMW-powered Bimota, the BB3 shoehorns a 190-hp 999cc inline-four from the S1000RR into a steel trellis frame. Aluminum side plates clamp the rear engine mounts, solidly locating the swingarm pivot and double-link-actuated Öhlins shock. Elegantly styled, the BB3 might be the best-performing Bimota ever. Steering-head angle is 25 degrees, wheelbase spans 56.3 inches, and claimed dry weight is 394 pounds. Appealing numbers, for sure.
SUZUKI
MT-09
→ In Europe, the FZ-09 is called the MT-09, and we're glad to see Yamaha's superb threecylinder engine being used in other applications such as this intriguing new Street Rally. This Yamaha, unveiled at EICMA in Milan, is in essence Yamaha's version of an MV Agusta Rivale, a naked performance bike with a motard soul. To that end, the Street Rally has special body components that include a headlight cover, fueltank shrouds, side number plates, a wind deflector, and hand guards. What's more, this Yamaha boasts a flat and slim seat that allows for more aggressive motard-style cornering, as do the grippy, motard-style footpegs. For those looking for fun on wheels, your bike has arrived. But alas, not in the US. AB
SUZUKI
CB650F
-» We sure wish Flonda sold the Europe-only CB650F in the States. Those gorgeous exhaust headers, so reminiscent of those on the classic 70s CB400F, are in desperate need of some heat-caused bluing, and we're more than happy to oblige. This is the Streetfighter that Flonda needs, a much more entertaining bike than, say, Flonda's trio of 500s and the NC700X but still a great beginner machine that looks like it will absolutely come alive when the road begins to twist. Flonda also sells a fully faired version called the CBR650F, but we're more smitten by this city shredder with the beautifully exposed 649cc inline-fourthat puts out a claimed 86 hp at 11,000 rpm and 46 pound-feet of peak torque at 8,000 rpm.
SUZUKI
RC390
-»Although KTM hasn't announced if the RC390 supersport is coming our way, it hasn't denied it, either. We have a hunch the super single's arrival is imminent, but until that announcement comes, we can only drool and keep our fingers crossed. A steel trellis frame similar to the Duke 390's is hometo a liquid-cooled, counterbalanced, 375cc, dohc, four-valve, single-cylinder engine. Fueling is managed by a Bosch EMS with a 46mm Dell'Orto throttle body. KTM claims 44 hp from the engine. A radialmount Brembo four-piston caliper and 300mm front disc, lightweight 17-inch, cast aluminum wheels wrapped in Metzeler rubber and standard ABS (at least in Europe) are component highlights on the claimed-325pound-dry machine. BC
SUZUKI
CBR1000RR SP
→ If you can't beat the onepercenters, join them: This special CBR gets Öhlins suspension at both ends, Brembo monoblock front brake calipers, and distinctive HRC graphics-also racier ergonomics via new clip-ons and footpegs. More power, too: Hand-picked pistons and connecting rods give it the best possible balance, while a revised cylinder head and exhaust system "add additional power and torque." A lightweight subframe carries a single-seat cowl that shaves weight and optimizes the bike's CC. Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tires complete this Euro-inspired CBR. Very nice, indeed, as it should be for the CBR1000RR SP's estimated $17l< price tag.
SUZUKI
MONSTER
$15,995
→ Powered by the 11-degree Testastretta 1,198 V-twin, this 1200 is a real monster: 135 hp forthe base model and 145 forthe S. With cylinder-head attachment points and tightly triangulated framework, the chassis is conceptually similar to the Panigale's. Overall, the new Monster is much biggerthan the Miguel Angel Galluzzi-designed original, with a 4.6-gallon gas tank, a 59.4-inch wheelbase, and a curb weight of 460 pounds. A 43mm Kayaba fork and a single-sided swingarm with a cantilevered Sachs shock are standard; the S has Öhlins suspension. Electronics are derived from the Panigale. The MSRP for the standard 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 is $13,495; the S retails for $15,995.
SUZUKI
CTX1300
$17,000
→ The CTX series, Honda says, is all about combining higher levels of comfort and technology to create a unique ride, and the new CTX1300s (standard and Deluxe) are a luxurious departure from the CTX700. This one gets the 1,261cc V-4 from the ST1000, the dual exhausts of which actually sound pretty burly, and the low, 29.1-inch seat and semi-cruiser ergos make it accessible to a wide variety of body styles and tastes. Detachable hard bags protrude not much fartherthan the mirrors, which should make it a superb commuter. The new CTX1300 is your basic Honda bagger-quite a bit smaller and lighter than the Gold Wing-based F6B. No official price yet, but we expect it to be near $17,000.
SUZUKI
SUPERLEGERRA
$65,000
→ Project 1201, code name for the 1199 Superleggera, is an exceptional sportbike. Weighing just 342 pounds dry, this 200-hp V-twin is a work of mechanical art, with extensive use of titanium (valves, exhaust, shock spring, hardware) and magnesium (dash support, frame/airbox, wheels). Priced at $65,000, the 1199 Superleggera will be produced in a 500-unit run.
SUZUKI
SR
→ Best "real" electric you can buy? Zero's it, and the new SR model pumps it up. More grin inducing than the 67 hp will be the 106 pound-feet of always available torque. Claimed range with the ZF11.4 battery pack is as much as 137 miles.
Kevin Cameron
Mark Hoyer
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0018.xml
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NEWS
WHY WE RIDE
NEW DOCUMENTARY TRIES TO ANSWER THE AGE-OLD QUESTION
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Andrew Bornhop
→ By all accounts, the new documentary Why We Ride is a beautifully filmed work that will make you want to hop on a motorcycle the moment you step out of the theater. It's that kind of film. Through exquisite vintage and slow-motion footage from places such as Bonneville, Daytona, motocross tracks, and campsites in the California desert, the audience is taken on a stunning visual journey into our two-wheel world, with dozens of riders, some famous, some not, speaking poignantly about what motorcycling means to them.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0019.xml
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0020.xml
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John Burns
David Edwards takes over from Paul Dean as editor, the beginning of a 20-plusyear run at the helm. → Sir Alan Cathcart rides Nico Bakker's QCS hub-steerer. Bakker says he can't guarantee all motorcycles will be hubsteered in the future, "just the best ones." We're still waiting (though Yamaha did show interest in the QCS and built the CTS1000 not long after).
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0021.xml
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GEAR
NEW IDEAS GET BUSY WITH YOUR BIKE
Five new products for the motorcycle life
Rock Oil
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Rock Oil
Factory Eco Foam
$12.95
Snowed in? Then you've got time to service your dirt bike's air filter. Rock Oil Factory Eco Foam ($12.95) is a nonmineral, water-soluble alternative to messy cleaners and lubes. Simply work into the clean foam and let set for an hour. Post-ride, just rinse with warm water and reapply, → (408) 569-2643
Rock Oil
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$249.98
Maintaining your sportbike-changing engine oil and filter, adjusting the drive chain, checking tire pressures-is made much easier with a Two Brothers Racing S2 Pro Stand ($249.98). The stainless-steel arm on this second-generation model is longer for greater ease of use, and the wheels are larger for improved stability. → (800) 211-2767
Rock Oil
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$26.95
Icicles might be dangHng from your gutters, but don't forget about the perils of engine over heating. Evans Power sports Coolant ($26.95) uses a waterless formula with a boiling point of 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, the cooling system operates at lower pressures, reducing stress on hoses and related parts. → (888) 990-2665
Rock Oil
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$1,599.90
Theres no better offseason inspiration for a track rider than a new leather suit. Modeled after the one-piece design worn by Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso, the full-grain-cowhide Spidi Track Wind Replica ($1,599.90) has a removable mesh liner and CE-certified protection. An optional Hydroback fits inside the back hump. → (310) 948-7798
Rock Oil
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$345.18
Attention, Honda GL1800 Gold Wing and FEB own ers: The Dunlop Elite 3 ($255.19 front; $345.18 rear) was developed with the unique demands of your six-cylinder motor cycle in mind. These touring-oriented radials feature Multi-Tread technology, with more durable centers and grippier shoulders. A bias-ply version is available for GL1500s. → (716) 879-8200
Matthew Miles
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0022.xml
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EVALUATION
CW EVALUATION RIDING JEANS
These denim pants combine comfort, protection, and contemporary style
DAINESE
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DAINESE
D6
$199.95
DAINESE
HOOLIGAN
$120
Keviar yarn woven into heavy denim gives these non-armored jeans an added measure of tear resistance. Keviar stitching and jersey-knit knee panels enhance protection while minimizing bulk. A thin strip above the back pocket and brand logos on the insides of the cuffs are reflective, making the wearer more visible to traffic at night. Super-comfortable, these jeans look the least like motorcycle gear.
DAINESE
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$199.95
Protection on demand? Unique to these 14-ounce, relaxed-fit jeans, lowprofile external zippers located on the outside of each knee allow the wearer to quickly insert or remove supplied CE-approved Field Armor while wearing the pants. Abrasion and heat-resistant panels further add to knee/shin protection. Plastic capped waist button protects gas-tank paint, and rolling the cuffs exposes reflective piping.
DAINESE
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Attention to detail is clearly evident throughout these comfort-cut, 12-ounce stonewashed jeans, right down to the logoed waist-closure button and pocket rivets. Kevlar is layered generously at the seat and knees, further fortified by removable, height-adjustable, CE-certified knee armor and Velcro-tabbed hip pads. Staff favorites, these pre-curved, five pocket pants look and feel great on or off the bike.
Don Canet
OTHER OPTIONS: DRAGGIN' JEANS CLASSIC Pioneered Keviar riding-jean genre $109.95 drogqinjeons.com | AGV SPORT SHADOW Kevlar in seat, hips, knees, and shins $109 ogvsport.com | REV'IT! CAMPO Cordura denim backed by Coolmax $269.99 revituso.com | SPIDI JEK PRO Fully Keviar lined for top-to-bottom abrasion resistance $359.90 spidi.com
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0023.xml
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RIDE SMART
PAY ATTENTION DARE TO BE AWARE
Situational awareness will keep you safe
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John L. Stein
WHAT DO A prairie dog and a fighter pilot have in common? Situational awareness. That little rodent must be on the alert for predators, head swiveling as he pops up from his hole. And the pilot must absorb everything that's happening in battle— the position and status of his aircraft, the location of any enemies, the sudden appearance of air-to-air missiles.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0024.xml
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GUEST COLUMN
NEED TO KNOW
WHAT WILL WE STORE IN THE OLD MENTAL RAFTERS NOW?
BY THE NUMBERS
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JOHN BURNS
My kid likes motorcycles, but he's not really into them the way I'm into motorcycles. After an adolescence spent soiling the pages of dirty bike magazines at the drugstore, I moved on to the hard stuff. I started reading Hot Rod when I was about 16 and was shortly hooked on cams and cranks and things-carb spacers, Holley double-pumper squirters, dual-point distributor tuning with different weights and springs.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0025.xml
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Johnson Controls, Inc: VARTA
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Johnson Controls, Inc
VARTA
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0026.xml
article
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TOC
TRANSITIONS
SIMPLY PUT, THEY'RE UNAVOIDABLE
BY THE NUMBERS
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KEVIN CAMERON
A detectable measure of conde scension creeps into the voices of parents and teachers when they say, "Transitions are not easy for children." But the fact is, transitions are difficult for all of us. Back in 1926, former Canadian fighter pilot Alec Bennett won the Junior (350cc) Isle of Man TT on a Velocette-the first-ever TT win by an overhead-cam machine.
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DISCOUNT RAMPS
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DISCOUNT RAMPS
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0028.xml
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THE NINJA AT 30
FROM ORIGINAL GPZ900 TO THE NEW NINJA 1000, KAWASAKI'S LITER-CLASS SPORTBIKE IS STEALTHIER AND WAY STEAMIER THAN EVER.
KAWASAKI
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KAWASAKI
NINJA 1000
$11,999
KAWASAKI
NINJA 900
$4,399
John Burns
George Orwell had it right in 1984; his timing was just a little off. In 1983, I was playing Army in Germany when some angry jihadists blew up 299 American and French soldiers in Beirut on an otherwise pleasant Sunday morning. I was off post at the time embracing German culture and heard nothing about Beirut until I got back the next day.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0029.xml
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0030.xml
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Built for Comfort Built for Speed
A CONCISE HISTORY OF RAMBLING AROUND ON SPORT-TOURING BIKES
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Peter Egan
Chicago Bluesman Howlin' Wolf first pointed out the essence of the problem in 1963, when he sang, "I'm built for comfort, I ain't built for speed." Wolf was a big man—as was Willie Dixon, who wrote the song—so they put the best possible spin on their bulk, informing us they had, "everything all you good women need." • This is all very well in a Southside nightclub after everyone's had a few drinks, but out on the highway, we perfectly sober motorcyclists have been trying for years to balance the apparently irreconcilable demands for both comfort and speed.
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FEATURES
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SPORTTOURING ON THE MENU
BIGGER HAS BEEN BETTER, BUT SOME SPORT-TOURERS ARE STILL EATING LITE. HERE ARE FOUR LOWER-CALORIE SELECTIONS FOR 2014
BMW
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BMW
R1200RT
$18,000
This is the latest evolution of the classic BMW flat-twin sport-tourer, the kind of machine upon which the Germans built their foundation. Admittedly, the RT is more luxury-touring than the old RS models, but it has remained reasonably light (claimed 604 pounds wet), handy, and quick. This year is a big update, starting with the new 1,170cc wosserboxer engine, transplanted with appropriate mods from the R1200GS. It's rated here at 125 hp at 7,750 rpm with a peak torque of 92 poundfeet at 6,500 rpm. New styling and lots of new electronics (TC, ABS, Bluetooth, and more) dress up what promises to be a more capable machine than ever. Coolest feature of all? Optional Shift Assistant Pro, which allows upand downshifts to be executed without use of the clutch or moving the throttle. All the better for helping you concentrate on your cornering line. Expect base price in the $18,000 range.
BMW
VFR800F
Late last year, a heavily redone VFR800F was unveiled. Yea! But American Honda wouldn't say if it is coming to the US. Baa! The new currently Europe-only VFR features a 782cc V-4 with softened" VTEC valve gear and is tuned for more bottom and midrange power, (claimed 105 hp and 55 pound-feet). Traction control and ABS go along with a new HMAS fork, and the lovely single-sided swingarm remains. The claimed 526-pound curb weight is 22 pounds less than the old models, while bags, top trunk, and a quickshifter are optional. An adjustable-height seat and heated grips are standard. LED headand taillights are used, and the 5.7-gallon fuel tank should result in excellent range-figure 200 miles to reserve. There are even self canceling turn signals. All these changes add up to a bike that appears sportier and tourier at the same time. C'mon, Honda, don't hold out on us.
BMW
MST & MST-R
$30,975
BMW
F800GT
$11,890
Not new for 2014, but the rethought F800 that emerged in 2013 as the GT gave BMW's counterbalanced parallel twin a welcome shift in direction toward more competent and comfortable sport-touring. BMW relaxed the riding position with higher bars and lower, more forward pegs but still kept it sporty. Power was bumped to 90 hp (plus 5). There are several optional seats of varying heights and a large number of accessories to help tailor the bike to your needs. One of the best attributes is a claimed weight of 470 pounds fully fueled. Optional luggage (including tank bag) allows for major carrying capacity. The F800GT remains one of the lightest, easiest-to-handle sport-touring-oriented machines on the market and, with a 2014 MSRP of $11,890, including ABS, it is a relative bargain in the class.
MARK HOYER
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0032.xml
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FIELDSHEER: SUGO TEXTILE JACKET
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FIELDSHEER
SUGO TEXTILE JACKET
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RIDING IMPRESSION
2014 YAMAHA FJR 1300ES
MORE SPORT FOR TOURING
YAMAHA
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YAMAHA
FJR1300ES
$16,890
Don Canet
We have to give Yamaha credit for launching the modern era of sport-touring. Back in 2001, we snuck a ride on the then-Europe-only FJRl300, sending Editor Hoyer to the Continent to see what all the fuss was about ("Trial by Alps," Nov. 2001).
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COMPARISON
SHOPPING Choppers
A CASE STUDY IN COOL
HARLEY DAVIDSON BREAKOUT
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HARLEY DAVIDSON BREAKOUT
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HARLEY DAVIDSON BREAKOUT
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HARLEY DAVIDSON BREAKOUT
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HARLEY DAVIDSON BREAKOUT
BREAKOUT
$18,899
HARLEY DAVIDSON BREAKOUT
JACKPOT
$15,999
HARLEY DAVIDSON BREAKOUT
RAIDER
$14,990
Jamie Elvidge
The Wild One may have brought fame to Hollister, California, but it was the biker flick The Wild Angels that put Mecca on the map. You've heard of it, right? Dusty agricultural town in Southern California? Lots of taco stands and liquor stores; snarling feral dogs and freight trains that don't slow down?
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0035.xml
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URAL
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URAL
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0036.xml
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LONG-TERM
WRAP-UP
KAWASAKI ZX-10R ABS
TRACKDAY DELIGHT
REPORT CARD
FROM THE LOGBOOK
KAWASAKI
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KAWASAKI
ZX-1OR ABS
$14,799
Don Canet
OUR LIME-GREEN ABS-equipped ZX-10R, a 2011 model, has performed superbly on the street and quite admirably on the track, thanks in part to a few affordable modifications. We handed our bike over to Ken Hill, an instructor at the now-defunct Yamaha Champions Riding School as well as a private riding coach and part of fastersafer.com.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0037.xml
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LONG-TERM
UPDATE
HARLEY-DAVIDSON SWITCHBACK
A MOVER...AND A SHAKER
HARLEY-DAVIDSON SWITCHBACK
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON SWITCHBACK
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$17,579
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Much of our long-term Switchback's recent road miles have been racked up during hard-core touring stints, a job for which the Dyna-series bike clearly wasn't intended. Sure, it has saddlebags and a windshield, but just because your plane has wings doesn't mean it's fit to fly across the ocean.
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POWER COMMANDER
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POWER COMMANDER
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0040.xml
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Race Watch
DIRT TRACK
BLACK IS THE NEW GREEN
A privateer Kawasaki team makes AMA Pro Flat Track a two-brand contest and then quits as winners
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Allan Girdler
EVER SINCE Harley-Davidson's XR-750 became, the only dog in the AMA's Grand National fight,20 years at least, all involved parties have wished for more brands, more competition. At the close of the 2013 season, done deal. But before anyone whoops and hollers, let the reader be warned: The ending to this story isn't completely happy.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0041.xml
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RESTRICTORS RULE: PRACTICE VS. THEORY
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Allan Girdler
French joke: Okay, says the French scientist to a colleague, your ideas work in practice, but do they work in theory? Racing joke: You have two competing twins. One is 40 years old, pushrods, air-cooled, two valves per cylinder, and the other is 21st century, overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and water-cooled, so you restrict the output of the old engine.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0042.xml
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DEPARTMENTS
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Service
WAKING UP A SCRAMBLER
WELL-DONE XR
COMPRESSION LESSON
FEEDBACK LOOP
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JETTING 101 COOKED XR BEST USED BII(E INSEAM ISSUES FEEDBACK LOOP Q: I want to install a 2-into-1 Arrow exhaust on my 2007 Triumph Scrambler. I don't want an attermarket airbox, though, because I am not trying to make this a loud performance monster.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0043.xml
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BEST USED BIKES
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SUZUKI
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SUZUKI
BANDIT 1250S ABS
SUZUKI
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$5,345 (2007) to $6,400 (2009)
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YEARS SOLD: 2007-2009 MSRP NEW: $8,799 (2007) to $9,199 (2009) BLUE BOOK RETAIL VALUE: $5,345 (2007) to $6,400 (2009) BASIC SPECS: A liquid-cooled, DOHC, 1,255cc inline-four with electronic fuel injection and a secondary balancer shaft that enhances the engine's smooth operation.
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CYCLE WORLD SHOWCASE
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CYCLE WORLD SHOWCASE
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0045.xml
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SLIPSTREAM
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READER INFORMATION
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Editorial/Production: Offices are located at 15215 Alton Pkwy., Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92618; 760/707-0100. Editorial contributions are welcomed but must be guaranteed exclusive to Cycle World. We are not responsible for the return of unsolicited material unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0046.xml
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GEICO
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GEICO
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0047.xml
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Kabuto
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Kabuto
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CycleWorld_20140201_0053_002_0048.xml