Issue: 20140901

Monday, September 1, 2014
September
9
True
53
Saturday, October 18, 2014
12/10/2014 8:32:51 PM

Articles
cover
1
1,6
[no value]
[no value]
CYCLE WORLD
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0001.xml
advertisement
2
2,3
[no value]
[no value]
HONDA: 2014 CTX 1300
[no value]
HONDA
2014 CTX 1300
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0002.xml
advertisement
4
4
[no value]
[no value]
PROGRESSIVE
[no value]
PROGRESSIVE
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0003.xml
tableOfContents
5
5,6
[no value]
[no value]
CYCLE WORLD
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0004.xml
advertisement
7
7
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisement: CYCLE WORLD
[no value]
[no value]
CYCLE WORLD
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0005.xml
article
8
8
UP FRONT
EDITOR'S LETTER
THE TEN REST
SOME VERY COOL BIKES JUST DON’T FIT INTO OUR NORMAL CATEGORIES
[no value]
[no value]
MARK HOYER
Ten categories aren't nearly enough to recognize all the notable machines on the market. Some don't fit our semi-arbitrary selection of greatness; others are just too weird but still deserve a nod. So, with no further ado, the Ten Rest Bikes of 2014.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0006.xml
advertisement
9
9
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisement
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0007.xml
masthead
10
10
[no value]
[no value]
CYCLE WORLD
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0008.xml
advertisement
10
10
[no value]
[no value]
Polaris Industries Inc.
[no value]
Polaris Industries Inc.
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0009.xml
advertisement
11
11
[no value]
[no value]
VICTORY: GUNNER
[no value]
VICTORY
GUNNER
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0010.xml
article
12
12
Intake
[no value]
Intake
DISCO TECH
BRAKE LIGHT INITIATIVE
ADV POETRY?
KNOW THY ENEMY
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
I cannot believe the EBR 1190RX didn’t win your comparison with the Ducati 1199 Panigale. Seriously, 0.15 second is the blink of an eye, and that’s why you give the win to the Due? Come on, the EBR had a bad brake rotor. If you are going to pick a winner based purely on the track, just leave the street comparo out.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0011.xml
advertisement
13
13
[no value]
[no value]
GEICO
[no value]
GEICO
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0012.xml
review
14
14,15,16
Ignition
CW FIRST RIDE
2015 YAMAHA FZ-07
Yamaha grabs another gear and drops a cylinder to make the awesome FZ-09's little twin. We like this one even better.
COOL STUFF
CLASS MATES
DUCATI
[no value]
DUCATI
MONSTER 696
$9,295
DUCATI
NINJA 650
$7,699
DUCATI
690 DUKE
$8,999
DUCATI
SFV650
$8,149
DUCATI
STREET TRIPLE
$9,399
DUCATI
FZ-07
$6990
Blake Conner
Of the Big Four Japanese motorcycle companies, Yamaha appears to be the only one rebounding from the 2008 recession by building exciting new models that are fun to ride, stylish, and easy on the wallet. So far, although there are some exceptions, it seems there are two trains of thought: revamping existing models and taking little risk, or jumping off the rails-like Honda has done-and building motorcycles that are either practical to the point of bland (NC700X) or just plain odd (NM4).
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0013.xml
advertisement
17
17
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisement
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0014.xml
review
18
18,19
IGNITION
CW FIRST RIDE
2015 DUCATI MONSTER 821
Filling in the blanks
DUCATI
[no value]
DUCATI
MONSTER 821
$10,995-$11,495
Brian Catterson
It’s never been hard to figure out Ducati’s next move. Barring a brand-new family of machines— and even then the secret tends to get out—it’s usually a matter of discerning which engine/chassis combination is missing from the lineup. So given the new-for-2014 third-generation Monster 1200, a midsize version was due next.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0015.xml
article
20
20
IGNITION
NEWS
NEW RACEBIKE, NEW BALL GAME
Will Harley-Davidson’s Street 750 write a new chapter for dirt-track racing?
[no value]
[no value]
Allan Girdler
Eighty years ago, Harley-Davidson began racing and selling modified production bikes and revived-make that rescued-professional motorcycle racing. Brace yourselves, racing fans, The Motor Company looks to do it again. But first, two front stories. From Cycle News’ account of the Springfield Mile, “Kawasaki Outguns Unrestricted Harley-Davidsons.”
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0016.xml
advertisement
21
21
[no value]
[no value]
BMW
[no value]
BMW
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0017.xml
article
22
22
IGNITION
NEWS
THE JOHN PENTON STORY
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
Andrew Bornhop
If you haven’t had a chance to see the excellent documentary of enduro legend John Penton, it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray in September (pentonmovie.com). Meantime, we caught up with the film’s narrator, Grammy winner Lyle Lovett, at the West Coast premiere in Hollywood.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0018.xml
article
22
22
IGNITION
NEWS
YIKEBIKE
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
Blake Conner
Having sampled this personal-mobility machine firsthand, I’m tempted to call this electric contraption the Yikes!Bike. Forthose of us brought up riding motorcycles, the $4,995 YikeBike’s counterintuitive (bars at your side, rear-wheel steering) operation took some getting used to.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0019.xml
advertisement
23
23
[no value]
[no value]
METZELER: ME 888 MARATHON ULTRA
[no value]
METZELER
ME 888 MARATHON ULTRA
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0020.xml
article
24
24
IGNITION
NEWS
CW 25 YEARS AGO SEPTEMBER 1989
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
BC
Our "Great Balls of Fire" cover story, a supersport 600 comparison, featured the Kawasaki Ninja 500, Suzuki Katana 500, Honda CBR600, and Yamaha FZR600. Over the years, I have personally owned two of those models, a Honda and a couple of Yamaha FZR600s, so it was interesting to see how the bikes that hooked me performed back then.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0021.xml
article
24
24
IGNITION
NEWS
RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
BC
Leave it to Red Bull to create an action-sports event like no other. After shooting a proof-of-concept video in Southern California last year-and getting overwhelmingly positive feedback via YouTubeRed Bull has created Straight Rhythm.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0022.xml
advertisement
24
24
[no value]
[no value]
S100
[no value]
S100
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0023.xml
advertisement
25
25
[no value]
[no value]
VANCE & HINES
[no value]
VANCE & HINES
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0024.xml
review
26
26
IGNTION
GEAR
NEW IDEAS GADGETS GALORE
Five new products for the gadget geek
1 PHONE VAULT
2 TECH TUBE
3 LOCK IN PLACE
4 MOBILE MAP
5 FLIP SHIELD
Givi
[no value]
Givi
Element Case
$99.95
Have you seen what it costs to replace an iPhone 5s? Protect your smartphone investment with a sturdy Element Case available in three Ducati-themed styles: Solace ($99.95), lon5 ($59.95), or Rogue ($99.95). Accessories such as the Quick Draw Sleeve with credit card holder and Fuse Dek bike-mount systems ncrease versatility.
Givi
S900A Smart Bar
$149
If you travel by bike and like to take your electronic toys, the Givi S900A Smart Bar ($149) is a slick way to mount GPS units and smartphones. Choose one of five mounting kits (covering 74 bikes; $11 then choose one of six device-specific, weather-resistant holders with included bar mounting kit ($52 to $85).
Givi
8077 Brake Disc Lock
$179.99
A compact, easy-to-use, motorcycle-specific lock is one that you won’t leave at home. Abus’ 8077 Brake Disc Lock ($179.99) has a 13mm hardened steel bolt, lock body, and locking mechanism, and also features a 100-decibel alarm that activates when attached to a brake disc and sounds when moved. Included: two keys and a case.
Givi
TomTom Rider
$399.95
Built for motorcyclists, the new TomTom Rider ($399.95) has a glove-friendly waterproof screen, hands-free directions and calls delivered to your helmet via Bluetooth, plus free lifetime maps and a bright display for daytime visibility. Route info will notify you of speed cameras, and a "Winding Road" feature picks the curviest routes: Fun!
Givi
Arai’s Pro Shade
$100.95
There are multiple options on the market to solve the age-old inconvenience of carrying a spare face shield, Arai’s Pro Shade ($100.95) shield is a simple solution that can be flipped down in the day and up at night and has a locking mechanism to keep it from doing so unwanted. Its shape keeps airflow clean and buffet-free when raised.
Blake Conner
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0025.xml
advertisement
27
27
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisement: DIRT RIDER
[no value]
[no value]
DIRT RIDER
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0026.xml
article
28
28
IGNITION
EVALUATION
TOUR MASTER SONORA AIR JACKET & CALIBER PANTS
A crash course in riding-gear effectiveness
TOUR MASTER
[no value]
[no value]
Paul Dean
Protection. That's the primary purpose of riding gear. Yeah, it needs to keep you from getting too hot, too cold, and too wet, and style plays a role as well. But after all the sundry features of modern riding gear are touted, rider protection still is its main reason for being.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0027.xml
advertisement
29
29
[no value]
[no value]
SUZUKI: V-Strom 1000 ABS
[no value]
SUZUKI
V-Strom 1000 ABS
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0028.xml
article
30
30,31
IGNITION
RIDE CRAFT
SMART RIDERS GO FASTER, SAFER
Two tricks to lower lap times while reducing risk
[no value]
[no value]
Nick lenatsch
Risk tolerance, aversion to pain, and monetary budgets. These are probably three of the biggest reasons you don’t go faster around a track and why you don’t just run it in there, throw it on its side, and grab a handful. Too risky, yet you want to go quicker.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0029.xml
advertisement
31
31
[no value]
[no value]
ROHO, Inc.: AIRHAWK DS
[no value]
ROHO, Inc.
AIRHAWK DS
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0030.xml
article
32
32,33
IGNITION
TDC
ENGINE DOWNSIZING
SMALLER ENGINES AND HYBRIDS IN CARS ARE BIG. WHAT’S NEXT FOR MOTORCYCLES?
[no value]
[no value]
KEVIN CAMERON
Engine downsizing is huge in the auto biz because they have the new 54-mpg CAFE fuel economy standard looming over them. On average, cars use only 10 to 15 percent of their installed horsepower in daily use, so it makes sense to take that horsepower from the smallest possible engine.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0031.xml
advertisement
33
33
[no value]
[no value]
D.I.D: X-RING
[no value]
D.I.D
X-RING
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0032.xml
article
34
34,35,36,38,40
CW RIDING IMPRESSION
[no value]
LIVEWIRE
HARLEY-DAVIDSON PLUGS INTO CONSUMERS FOR FEEDBACK ON ITS PROTOTYPE ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE
[no value]
[no value]
Blake Conner
Harley-Davidson is known as The Motor Company, but nobody ever thought the name would be applied to an electric motorcycle. Meet the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle, a research project into the viability of an electric two-wheeler for the bar-and-shield brand.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0033.xml
advertisement
37
37
[no value]
[no value]
HONDA: GOLD WING
[no value]
HONDA
GOLD WING
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0034.xml
advertisement
39
39
[no value]
[no value]
HONDA: GOLD WING F6B
[no value]
HONDA
GOLD WING F6B
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0035.xml
article
40
40
FEATURES
[no value]
REALITY CHECK
Is battery capacity charging ahead, or will storing electricity in vehicles remain expensively out of reach?
[no value]
[no value]
Kevin Cameron
Can we forecast how and when vehicles with electric drivetrains will make up a significant part of the US market? At present, they make up less than 1 percent, and the most often-cited reasons for this are limited driving range, lack of a convenient nationwide network of charging stations, lengthy charging time, and the high cost of the lithium-ion batteries used for energy storage.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0036.xml
advertisement
41
41
[no value]
[no value]
HONDA: GOLD WING VALKYRIE
[no value]
HONDA
GOLD WING VALKYRIE
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0037.xml
article
42
42,43,44,45,46
FEATURES
[no value]
CANNON BALL'S TRAIL
ONE HUNDRED YEARS TO THE DAY LATER, WE RETRACE ERWIN "CANNON BALL" BAKER'S RECORD-SETTING CROS-COUNTRY RIDE
[no value]
[no value]
Barry Hathaway
Back in 2010, AMA Hall of Famer Don Emde took note of the Motorcycle Cannonball, a cross-country ride for pre-1916 motorcycles that started in Santa Monica, California, and ended up in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 16 days later. As much as Emde approved of this event, which celebrated Erwin G. Baker’s 1914 transcontinental motorcycle record, he wondered why didn’t they traverse the country in the same time (11 days, 12 hours, 10 minutes) as Baker had on his Indian.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0038.xml
article
46
46
[no value]
[no value]
REAL ADVENTURE
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
Robert Pandya, Indian Motorcycle’s external relations manager, knew he had to tackle Cannon Ball’s Trail on-what else-an Indian. So he acquired a preproduction 2014 Chief and prepped it with chopped fenders, scuffed chrome, and rattle-can paint that he rubbed down with Scotch-Brite pads.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0039.xml
review
47
47,48,49,50,51,52,53
[no value]
[no value]
2014 CYCLE WORLD TEN BEST BIKES
The Basic Rules of Engagement for Ten Best
BEST SUPERBIKE
BEST OPEN-CLASS STREETBIKE
BEST MIDDLEWEIGHT STREETBIKE
BEST STANDARD
BEST TOURING BIKE
BEST CRUISER
BEST SPORT-TOURING BIKE
BEST ADVENTURE BIKE
BEST MOTOCROSSER
BEST DUAL-SPORT/ENDURO
DUCATI
[no value]
DUCATI
1199 SUPERLEGGERA
DUCATI
1290 SUPER DUKER
DUCATI
FZ-09
DUCATI
S1000R
DUCATI
K1600GTL
DUCATI
[no value]
DUCATI
R1200RT
DUCATI
1190 ADVENTURE
DUCATI
KX450F
DUCATI
500 EXC
[no value]
IN THE LATE 1970s, an editor at Cycle World bought a certain Japanese superbike and was going to leave it in the crate because there is no way they are ever going to get faster than this! We’re glad to report he was wrong. In fact, magazine types have been saying these kinds of things since the dawn of testing.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0040.xml
review
54
54
2014 CYCLE WORLD TEN BEST BIKES
[no value]
HONORABLE MENTIONS
Five more that very nearly made it
YAMAHA FZ-07
APRILIA CAPONORD 1200 ABS TRAVEL PACK
SUZUKI V-STROM 1000 ABS
YAMAHA YZ250F
EBR 1190RX
YAMAHA
[no value]
YAMAHA
FZ-07
$6,990
It’s a 2015 model, but we rode it (see Ignition) in time for this issue, if not voting, and this 689cc parallel twin is crazy fun at an impossibly low price of $6,990. The FZ-07 is more basic and lighter than the three-cylinder FZ-09 and somehow seems the better for it. Its EFI doesn’t have ride-by-wire black magic to get in the way of tapping the broad, instant torque, and engine response does nothing to upset the great-handling chassis. Candidate for Best Standard next year? Definitely.
YAMAHA
1200 ABS TRAVEL PACK
$15,499
The Caponord makes no bones about being a streetbike that can wander down a dirt road. Dakar? No, just look at those 17-inch wheels. But as a swift, asphalt-oriented traveling bike, this spirited V-twin makes an excellent choice. Aprilia Dynamic Damping electronic suspension is superb, providing load compensation, highway compliance, and back-road composure automatically. One of the most comfortable, versatile motorcycles you can buy, at a competitive price of $15,499.
YAMAHA
V-STROM 1000 ABS
$12,699
Suzuki’s wallet-friendly 'Strom packs a whole lotta motorcycle into its $12,699 base price. While this 1,037cc machine doesn’t have quite the depth of performance or breadth of electronics its European competition possess, the broad capabilities of the Suzuki make it a great all-around motorcycle. Step up to the $13,999 Adventure model that adds saddlebags and better weather protection. Then seek the horizon.
YAMAHA
YZ250F
A certain green company might have a lock on the 450 class, but Yamaha crushed it with the 2014 YZ250F. It was all new this year, getting a “backward” engine similarto that used in its big brother. But somehow it works a whole lot better here. The EFI is crisp and accurate, and midrange-to-top-end power is fantastic. More than that, though, is the incredible overall package that comes with its stable yet flickable chassis. It’s the 250 to have.
YAMAHA
1190RX
$18,995
Is it possible to feel the tenacity of a motorcycle company’s founder in the factory’s finished product? After thorough testing of the EBR 1190RX, we have to say yes. Erik Buell is back, and EBR is making world-class superbikes right there in East Troy, Wisconsin. The fundamental mechanical package makes the $18,995 1190RX a racetrack weapon-it’s glued to the tarmac, and its killer powerband makes it easy to ride fast.
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0041.xml
review
55
55
2014 CYCLE WORLD TEN BEST BIKES
[no value]
TEN BEST BIKES OF THE FUTURE
A fanciful look at some potential winners in 2015 and beyond
BMW HP6:
KAWASAKI W800:
HONDA RCV1000:
FZ-07 TÉNÉRÉ EDITION:
INDIAN SCOUT ADVENTURE:
HONDA CRF500L:
POLARIS GDI800 SPORT:
SUZUKI “HIGHER” ’BUSA:
HARLEY-DAVIDSON LUCIFER’S HAMMER:
TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE MULE EDITION:
BMW
[no value]
BMW
HP6
Think of it as a K1600 Roadster model but with the full might of BMW’s High Performance brain trust behind it. Make it light, let it rev, and give it a tubular handlebar. Accessory pipes must have six megaphone-style outlets and let that mad, six-cylinder sizzle out into the world unhindered to inspire us all to greatness. The Concept 6 showbike proves you took a swing at it.
BMW
W800
Look, you already make this one, Kawasaki. While your sporty lineup gets all green and pointy and delivers great performance, your cruiser line looks like the 1990s crashed into a transport truck full of rattle-can primer. Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, the fantastic parallel-twin W800 retro bike inspires the younger neo-custom café crowd and makes a great counterpoint to all the Triumph Bonnevilles that have been given the pipe-wrap treatment.
BMW
RCV1000
Where have you gone, Big Red? We need a MotoGP-inspired, V-4-powered sportbike with gear-driven cams, production seamless gearbox, 200 rear-wheel hp, and all the electronic might we know you are capable of throwing at this thing. And make it 375 pounds. You can do it. You’re Honda. The entry bikes are great, but put “enthusiast” back in your vocabulary and connect the product we buy with the dominant machines in MotoGP. Three letters for you: H. R. C.
BMW
TÉNÉRÉ EDITION
We first were pining for an 847cc-triple-powered middleweight adventure bike based around the FZ-09, but now that the lighter and lithe-er FZ-07 twin is here, we think you should start with that one. Do us a favor and make it with 21and 18-inch wheels so we can put proper tires on it. And we’ll see you in Alaska.
BMW
[no value]
Oh, we are pretty sure there will be a Harley-Davidson Sportster fighter on the way from Indian any minute now. But you’re missing an opportunity with the “Scout” name if you don’t build an adventure bike that carries this badge. Think of a 130-horse liquid-cooled V-twin in a stout aluminum chassis. Keep its styling all-American with a touch of military-bike utility influence, and make the USA a player in one of the most exciting market segments today.
BMW
CRF500L
We’re saying “Honda,” but we really mean “Japan,” with the Big Four hardly playing in the dual-sport arena. We dig the fun and cheap CRF250L, but please apply a similar bargain-based formula to a 500CC single, give it decent suspension, and set us free with at least 35 hp and tractable torque. Target 300 pounds, 55 mpg, and give it a 3.7-gallon fuel tank. Better yet, make a full-on enduro racebike with lights, too, and throw some roost in the Austrians’ sandbox!
BMW
GDI800 SPORT
Clean two-stroke technology exists, and Polaris has it. Everybody’s stoked you’ve flexed all that engineering expertise on 800-pound cruisers with sub-5,000-rpm redlines (no, really, they are awesome cruisers), but it is so frustrating to watch these 150-hp two-stroke snowmobiles have all the light-and-powerful fun. Give us a liquid-cooled, direct-injected, 800cc parallel-twin engine with 150 horses and build it into a modern sportbike chassis. Should be easy to hit 350 pounds dry, right? Call it a Victory or Indian, if you must, but set us two-stroke lovers free!
BMW
“HIGHER” ’BUSA
Take a cue from your mega-high-performance fans and pump up your flagship “Ultimate Sport” machine with a factory turbo. Go 1,480cc with launch control, traction control, and electronic suspension with “Drag” mode that automatically lowers the front end and sets up the shock for a perfect launch. Give it push-button upshifts, or at least a quickshifter, and watch the 1/4-mile records fall with the first eight-second production bike. Paint it copper metallic like our ’99 long-termer was, and forget the top-speed-limiting “gentleman’s agreement.” Reign supreme.
BMW
LUCIFER’S HAMMER
Harley, you have built an empire on chrome, paint, and lifestyle, all orbiting around the gravitational pull of your historic 45-degree V-twin, tuned and engineered to deliver a sound and feeling that touches the souls of more motorcycle buyers in the US than any other maker by far. Electric what-ifs are interesting, but we need a Mark Brelsford/Jay Springsteen-inspired sportbike with liquid cooling, light weight, and killer performance. Think KTM 1290 Super Duke R meets Ducati Sport Classic meets American ingenuity.
BMW
BONNEVILLE MULE EDITION
The tooling is paid for, and sales just keep trucking along on the Bonnie and its variants. So why not have a bit more fun with your retro air-cooled twin and hire Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles—builder of the finest street-tracker customs in the land—to whip up the perfectly proportioned production Mile Replica?
Mark Hoyer
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0042.xml
review
56
56,57,58,60,62
CW TEST
2014 HONDA VFR800F INTERCEPTOR
IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS
LIKE A PHOENIX, HONDA'S AWARD-WINNING VFR800F RISES FROM THE ASHES
EDITORS’ NOTES
HONDA VFR800F INTERCEPTOR
SPECIFICATIONS
HONDA
[no value]
HONDA
VFR800F INTERCEPTOR
$12,499
Paul Dean
We assumed it was gone forever, a beloved model Honda would never again produce. We were wrong. But we're thrilled to admit our mistake because not only is the VFR800F Interceptor back in business, but the 2014 version is better than ever. Considering that its 750cc and 782cc predecessors have a long, storied history of worldwide acclaim—including having won 12 Cycle World Ten Best awards—that’s high praise indeed.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0043.xml
advertisement
59
59
[no value]
[no value]
SUZUKI: 2014 Burgman 200 ABS
[no value]
SUZUKI
2014 Burgman 200 ABS
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0044.xml
advertisement
61
61
[no value]
[no value]
BRIDGESTONE: BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S20
[no value]
BRIDGESTONE
BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S20
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0045.xml
advertisement
63
63
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisements
[no value]
SUOMY
FLOWERS
SUOMY
GAMBLE
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0046.xml
article
64
64
FEATURES
[no value]
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO RIDE THE VERY FIRST HONDA VF750F INTERCEPTOR ON THE STREET?
[no value]
[no value]
Mark Lindemann
Can it really be 31 years ago? It seems like yesterday. Ronald Reagan's in the White House, and I'm in the Cycle magazine garage at 780-A Lakefield Road, where I worked as an editor. The shop rat’s just unloaded a brand-new Honda VF750F Interceptor from the van.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0047.xml
advertisement
65
65
[no value]
[no value]
GARMIN: zūmo 590LM
[no value]
GARMIN
zūmo 590LM
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0048.xml
article
66
66,68,70
FEATURES
[no value]
HOW I MET THE INTERCEPTOR..
...AND LEARNED TO CHANGE MY MIND
[no value]
[no value]
Freddie Spencer
When I crossed the finish line to win the Daytona 100-mile Superbike race in March of 1982, I decided it would be my last Superbike race. I was moving to Europe to compete at the top level of Grand Prix racing, the 500cc World Championship, as part of the brand-new Honda Racing Corporation (HRC), on the also brand-new NS500 V-3 two-stroke.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0049.xml
advertisement
67
67
[no value]
[no value]
KTM
[no value]
KTM
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0050.xml
advertisement
69
69
[no value]
[no value]
YUASA: GYZ32HL
[no value]
YUASA
GYZ32HL
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0051.xml
advertisement
70
70
[no value]
[no value]
DENNIS KIRK
[no value]
DENNIS KIRK
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0052.xml
advertisement
71
71
[no value]
[no value]
Arai HELMET: R75
[no value]
Arai HELMET
R75
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0053.xml
review
72
72,73
LONG-TERM
INTRODUCTION
ADV KINGS
BMW R1200GS ADVENTURE VS. KTM 1190 ADVENTURE R
KTM
[no value]
KTM
1190 ADVENTURE R
$18,134
KTM
R1200GS ADVENTURE
$21,671
Blake Conner
We couldn't resist. As soon as we realized these two models were both coming to market in 2014, we sent a flurry of emails to each company asking if we could arrange long-term loans. Then photographer Jeff Allen piped in: “Why don’t we do a long-term, two-by-two comparison and let these bikes go head to head all year?”
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0054.xml
article
74
74,75,77,78
DEPARTMENTS
[no value]
Service
ROLL YOUR OWN SPORT-TOURER
LESS BLAMMO, MORE WHAMMO
DOUBLE, DOUBLE, COIL AND TROUBLE
ASK KEVIN
FUEL FOR THOUGHT
[no value]
[no value]
RAY NIERLICH
Q: I am looking for a little suspension adjustment advice. I picked up a very nice 2007 Kawasaki ZX-14 with a bit less than 10,000 miles. The suspension feels taut and in good condition. It just seems a little harsh and hard-edged for general sport-touring.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0055.xml
review
75
75
[no value]
[no value]
BEST USED BIKES KAWASAKI Z1000
[no value]
KAWASAKI
[no value]
KAWASAKI
Z1000
$8,499
[no value]
BASIC SPECS: The Kawasaki Z1000 from these years is powered by a liquid-cooled, dohc inline-four, an injected engine based on the ZX-9R’s powerplant but with a displacement boost to 953cc and revised tuning that translates into improved midrange delivery.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0056.xml
article
76
76
[no value]
[no value]
TOOL TIME
Is any tire pressure gauge better than none?
[no value]
[no value]
Mark Hoyer
The old saying goes, “A man with one watch knows what time it is. A man with two is never sure.” I am a man of so many tire pressure gauges that I should be crying, confused in a corner. But I keep an anchor in reality by having one excellent gauge I periodically check for accuracy and use as a reference for those others in my shop.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0057.xml
advertisement
76
76
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisements
[no value]
MOTOREX
CHAIN LUBE ROAD
MOTOREX
CHAIN CLEAN DEGREASER
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0058.xml
advertisement
77
77
[no value]
[no value]
sbs
[no value]
sbs
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0059.xml
advertisement
77
77
[no value]
[no value]
Battery Tender
[no value]
Battery Tender
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0060.xml
advertisement
78
78
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisement: AIR FILTERS
[no value]
[no value]
AIR FILTERS
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0061.xml
advertisement
78
78
[no value]
[no value]
K & N
[no value]
K & N
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0062.xml
advertisement
79
79
[no value]
[no value]
OLYMPIA: Dakar Dual Sport Jacket
[no value]
OLYMPIA
Dakar Dual Sport Jacket
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0063.xml
article
80
80,81,82,84,86,88,90
Race Watch
SUPERCROSS
THE ELUSIVE LEADER
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto is the fastest supercross rider on the planet. Why doesn’t he look happier?
[no value]
[no value]
Davey Coombs
When the final checkered flag on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, a series that had started with so much competitive promise had turned into a cakewalk of sorts. After surviving various assaults by Red Bull KTM riders Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen, past champs such as Chad Reed and James Stewart, plus long-shot challenges from Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, and Justin Brayton, Ryan Villopoto once again held the title firmly in his grasp.
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0064.xml
advertisement
83
83
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisements
[no value]
Weather Tech
TechLiner
Weather Tech
FloorLiner
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0065.xml
advertisement
84
84
[no value]
[no value]
POWER COMMANDER
[no value]
POWER COMMANDER
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0066.xml
advertisement
85
85
[no value]
[no value]
AIMExpo
[no value]
AIMExpo
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0067.xml
advertisement
86
86
[no value]
[no value]
DiscountRamps
[no value]
DiscountRamps
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0068.xml
advertisement
87
87
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisement: CYCLE WORLD
[no value]
[no value]
CYCLE WORLD
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0069.xml
advertisement
88
88
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisement: CYCLE WORLD
[no value]
[no value]
CYCLE WORLD
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0070.xml
advertisement
89
89
[no value]
[no value]
GECIO
[no value]
GECIO
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0071.xml
advertisement
90
90,91,92,93,94,95,96,97
[no value]
[no value]
CYCLE WORLD SHOWCASE
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0072.xml
article
98
98
DEPARTMENTS
[no value]
SLIPSTREAM
READER INFORMATION
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
Editorial/Production: Offices are located at 15215 Alton Pkwy., Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92518; (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_20140901_0053_009_0073.xml
advertisement
99
99
[no value]
[no value]
Advertisements
[no value]
Kabuta
adand II
Kabuta
KAMUI
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0074.xml
advertisement
100
100
[no value]
[no value]
Allstate Insurance Company
[no value]
Allstate Insurance Company
[no value]
[no value]
[no value]
CycleWorld_20140901_0053_009_0075.xml