I accept a certain level of precariousness when I saddle up on a vintage bike like my ’74 Norton Commando or ’54 Velocette MSS. The chance of not making it is even a little bit of the charm, though I work exceptionally hard to make these old nails reliable and to be prepared for the unintended stop so that it doesn’t last too long.
I agree that the Scout seems to fill a gap left by other manufacturers. I will be disappointed if it is not a great success. One negative point: the horrible front fender. It reminds me of when we were kids in the ’40s and bent up the front fender on our Knucks and had no money to replace it.
With less weight, more power, and improved electronics, the new BMW S1000RR is more super than ever
2015 BMW S1000RR
With an unabashed display of Bavarian bravado, BMW entered the liter-class supersport category with a bang in 2010. The onslaught continues, with the latest S1000RR losing 9 pounds while gaining a host of refinements and other features directly derived from BMW's race development.
CW FIRST RIDE 2015 HARLEY-DAVIDSON CVO ROAD GLIDE ULTRA
Ultimate bagger with swagger
2015 HARLEYDAVID50N CVO ROAD GLIDE ULTRA
It was little surprise when, at the conclusion of the 2015 HarleyDavidson press intro in Sonoma, California, I decided I liked the CVO Road Glide Ultra best. One glance at the specifications gave a hint why and confirmed my taste for the finer things in life: The MSRP is $39,649.
Born with camber and caster rather than rake and trail, the Can-Am Spyder F3 is the love child of a Ducati Diavel and Mazda Miata. It's a mean mix. Whack its throttle wide open and it spins the rear tire to the top of first gear: Diavel. Yank hard on the bar and the front wheels bring the rear quickly around: Miata.
This Canadian man built things that go like no other things go.
There’s been significant consternation over what the Can-Am Spyders are and why a company would build this answer to a question no consumer has ever asked. But if one takes a moment to consider what Bombardier Recreational Vehicles (BRP) is, the Spyder makes complete historical sense.
Dominating the cover of this issue was the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, a newsworthy bike at the time to be sure, but the little inset of the 1990 Suzuki GSXR750 is what caught my attention. I used to have the Suzuki ad for this very model pinned to my bulletin board, and it gave me motivation to finish my college assignments so that I could one day own one.
DAINESE WAS THE FIRST TO introduce protection to motorcycle gloves. We were also the first to introduce seamless construction, which is patented, and metal protection. THE GLOVE IS THE INTERFACE between person and machine, more so than a jacket or even a boot.
CW EVALUATION FORCEFIELD ARMOUR BLADE BACK PROTECTOR
More protection, less bulk
It’s common these days for a race suit, sport-riding jacket, or even general-purpose riding gear to come equipped with a back-pad insert. In many cases, the provided spine armor is a simplistic single layer of foam. However, delicate vertebrae deserve greater protection than elbows and knees, so a separate CE certification has been created for back protectors.
Capture motorcycling’s dynamic moments on GoPro’s Hero4 ($399 Silver edition, $499 Black edition). Black has cinema-quality capture at 4K at 30 fps, 2.7K at 50 fps, and 1,080p at 120 fps, plus twice the dynamic audio range of Hero3, While both have better image quality/ low-light performance, the Silver has a touch display for ease of use.
You won't get lost with Garmin’s 590LM, a new GPS unit ($799.99) with a 5-inch glove-friendly screen that can be viewed horizontally or vertically. Bluetooth connectivity enables MP3, iPod, and Pandora use, plus hands-free phone control and voice nav. Bonuses include Curvy Roads (finds twisties!) and TracBack. With Lifetime maps.
Sena’s Bluetooth Audio Pack
Efficiency is much appreciated in our fast-paced world, so why not narrate your GoPro videos in real time with Sena’s Bluetooth Audio Pack ($99-$129). Piggybacking on the Hero3 and Hero4, the accessory connects your in-helmet Bluetooth 3.0 headset with the camera for on-the-fly voiceover. Supports Ultra HD Voice Recording.
Clearwater Lights’ Erica
Adventure or touring riders who want to blow a hole into the night should consider Clearwater Lights’ Erica ($849-$1,228) LED auxiliary light kits. With six high-power LEDs in an aluminum housing, each lamp is rated at 6,000 lumens yet uses only 60 watts on high. Modes can be controlled by the multifunction wheel of BMW’s new GS.
Ever wish you could keep an eye on your ride when you’re away? With SPOT’s Trace ($99.95), you can track its whereabouts from afar. If your vehicle is moved, a text message or email is sent to your mobile device, and your bike’s location is tracked via satellite and accessible via Google Maps. The 2.0 x 2.7-inch Trace is discreet and easy to mount.
In August 2013, Ralph Hudson’s 285-hp turbocharged GSX-R1000 hit a slippery patch of Bonneville salt and went postal at 218 mph. He had been aiming for 260. “When I lost traction, the rear wheel was suddenly going 30 mph faster than bike,” he recalls.
Back a few years, when the depression of 2008 was raging, stats showed that dealers were moving five used bikes for every new sale they made. No surprise: When people have less money, they spend less. At the time, the industry’s idea of an “entry-level bike” was a $9,500-plus 600cc sportbike.
THE YAMAHA TZ750 - INSPIRED YZF-R1 CUSTOM THAT SAVED ROADRACING IN THE USA
It’s no exaggeration to say that this Mule Motorcyclesbuilt Yamaha custom is the bike that saved roadracing in America. It’s the machine that initially brought together Wayne Rainey Terry Karges, and Richard Varner and spawned a series of ideas from limited-production customs in concert with Yamaha to a roadracing-based reality TV show, which ultimately all led to the formation of the new MotoAmerica roadracing series (see Race Watch, December ’14) that’s taken over AMA superbike racing.
A VISIT TO LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’S LAST HOME-AND LAST STRETCH OF ROAD-AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
Driving down a surprisingly wide (more than 6 feet!) English lane through a green tunnel of shade trees, I suddenly spotted a clearing along the road, so I pulled over and parked our Vauxhall Corsa rental car. Barb and I got out and walked over to a man who was exercising his tiny dog in the grass.
NINETY YEARS AGO, GEORGE BROUGH CREATED THE WORLD’S FIRST SUPERBIKE. YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT.
John L. Stein
Today, we’re pretty blasé about speed. An F-22 Raptor goes 1,500 mph. The Hennessey Venom GT, 270 mph. Too pricey? Not to worry. A used $5,000 Hayabusa will still slam into its rev limiter at 186. It’s all so easy now. Credit card and ID, please.
For many years, Harley-Davidson's XR750 dominated the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship. Recently, however, the series—the Expert Twins class, in particular—has become more diverse. When I turned Expert in 2007, 14 Harleys were in the main event at the Springfield Mile.
Like the cheeseburger, the classic cruiser motorcycle is a product of American pop culture. But, as with anything, variation from the original is what makes life interesting. These two very different takes on the power-cruiser theme are a perfect example.
We’ve all heard the sage advice, “Never buy the first-year model of any bike.” What about the first-year motorcycle from a reborn manufacturer like Indian? Not a worry at all, in the case of our long-term Indian Chieftain because, in addition to being fun and easy to ride, it was also totally reliable.
Q:Help! When I am riding my 2003 Yamaha Road Star Silverado 1600, I can be turning a corner or just going in a straight line and the bike will just shut off. It’s like I hit the kill switch. But I didn’t. When it shuts off, all I have to do is pull in the clutch and push the starter button and it will start.
BASIC SPECS: The GS500F is powered by an air-cooled, 487cc, DOHC, four-valve parallel twin with 34mm Mikuni carbs and a slick-shifting six-speed transmission. It produced 40.5 hp at the rear wheel on the Cycle World dyno, and it weighs 436 pounds with its large fuel tank half full.
Team USA fights to the finish while a nation scorned for waving the white flag takes the gold
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Or the heads in team sports such as the Motocross of Nations. Considered the Olympics of motorcycling, September’s 68th running of this annual event pitted the world’s best motocross racers against one another for international bragging rights.
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