NOT BELIEVING IN THE POTENTIAL FOR SUECESS IS THE GREATEST FAILURE
Massive props to the folks at Victory and Polaris who green-lighted Project 156. It was huge in scope, ridiculous in time line, and fraught with consequence. Yet when Victory marketing folks Kyle Clack and Kevin Reilly walked into my office last December and asked if we’d like to go racing with a prototype V-twin engine, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was the natural choice.
Your August issue cover story features “Hand-built” motorcycles. The article states, “Our sport’s future is right here.” What?! Have you guys been watching too many reruns of American Chopper and Junkyard Wars? Handbuilt? This article shows “garage engineering” at its best.
You might not realize it, but BMW's S1000XR is really the bike you need, even if you don't like the tall "quasi ADV meets The Jetsons" appearance. But after you ride it, you realize that it speaks to your emotions and fires up your adrenal glands with its high-performance engine and incredibly capable chassis, which has an upright and commanding seating position.
BMW is convinced there is still a big market for traditional twin-cylinder sport-touring machines. Of course, considering it invented the class with the original 1973 R90S, it would feel that way. The brand-new 2016 R1200RS is the sportiest BMW to ever wear the RS badge.
Manufacturers typically release a single all-new machine each year. But KTM isn't just any manufacturer. For 2016, the Austrian company has revamped the entire SX-F line with numerous improvements. The 2016 KTM 250 SX-F and 450 SX-F machines are fine-tuned second-generation versions of the popular Factory Edition bikes that were released late in 2014.
If you’re like us, you lusted after the original Honda XRV750 Africa Twin, the early V-twin-powered ADV bike based on the NXR750 that won the Paris-Dakar Rally four times in the late 1980s. And now that we know a new Africa Twin-the Honda CRF1000L-arrives early next year, here’s the question: Will this new Honda ADV have a similar legacy?
Forgive us, please, for the trendy Day-Glo colors that dotted our October 1990 issue-on the cover and in several layouts. Far more important, however, are the rare bikes that appeared on this cover: a Wankel-powered Norton F1 (“Norton’s Back!” Really?) and the 1991 Harley-Davidson Sturgis.
Five new products from every corner of motorcycling
Before your kids learn to ride, it pays to learn to stride. For anyone whose kids started off on a Strider Balance Bike, like the new special-edition Husqvarna ($139), you know how easily little ones transition to a pedal bike without training wheels. Prepare them for cycling or motorcycling by learning balance in a fun and safe manner. (605) 342-0266 striderbikes.com
Ever wish you had just a bit more storage on your BMW R1200GS/A? Touratech recently announced its Toolbox ($179.95), a 4.2-liter locking case (13 x 7.5 x 3,5 inches) that mounts inboard of BMW’s OEM right-side pannier. The aluminum and plastic storage box provides an excellent place to store tools, first aid, or other travel-related items. (800) 491-2926 touratech-usa.com
TCX S-Sportour Evo
Looking for the protection of a racing boot with the all-day comfort of a touring boot? TCX S-Sportour Evo ($199) and S-Sportour Evo Waterproof ($239.99) offer a reinforced hee guard, shin plate, and replaceable toe sliders. Air intakes and a breathable liner keep your feet cool on hot days. A simple elastic zip closure with Velcro flap makes getting them on/off easier. ridetcxboots.com
Harley-Davidson Fairing Mask
Do you live near a gravel company? Or maybe you just hate summer bugs messing up the paint on your Batwing-fairing-equipped Harley-Davidson. Either way, the NoviStretch Harley-Davidson Fairing Mask ($109) is made from a synthetic stretch fabric with heavy-duty elastic trim that will protect the front of your bike. Attaches without fasteners. novistretch.com
TOP PRIORITY: STREET RIDING PATINECE, YOUNG GRASSHOPPER
Impatience and pushiness are traits to avoid when you’re on two wheels
With this latest Ride Craft, I'm not trying to teach you a physical technique that can be mastered with correct practice. Rather, I seek to drive home this simple but important message: Don’t push time. This applies to all riders but particularly to riders who are always in a rush.
Some things are attractive; some things aren't. Although the difference between pretty and pretty ugly has at times impacted the course of history, we’re often at a loss to name exactly why something is attractive and something else ain’t.
I cebergs are impressive, but nine-tenths of their mass is invisible to us, submerged in the sea. We humans love excitement. It can be such a drug to us that people who’ve paid big money to attend a rock concert scream so loudly they can’t hear the music.
MAN VERSUS MOUNTAIN ON A CUSTOM-BUILT PERFORMANCE PROTOTYPE. OR VICTORY IN DEFEAT.
While seated on a flat slab of granite I caught my breath and gathered my thoughts. Looming 1,000 feet above the barren landscape around me, Pikes Peak's 14,110-foot summit and our finish line were a mere 2 miles farther up the road. My heart was still racing even though our bid for the finish had come to a somber halt when the Victory Project 156 prototype V-twin racer hesitated under full throttle and then fell silent.
Are you looking for the modern-day motorcycle equivalent to a muscle car? A bike that provides the heavy-metal soundtrack to your ride and makes you want to bang your head? A great-handling, powerful machine with comfortable upright ergonomics and something that makes you flash your lighter in the air for an encore?
Are you one of these people who won't crack a smile unless you're on an open. class bike? If so, you probably haven't ridden any of these middleweights. Each of these dissimilar machines, in its own way, will have you grinning from ear to ear inside your trusty full-face lid.
I WENT TO STURGIS, BUT NO ONE WAS THERE. THAT’S BECAUSE I WENT IN JUNE. THIS WASN’T BY ACCIDENT. A good half-dozen times I’ve attended the motorcycle rally that’s colloquially called Sturgis. Each time I come away with an unfulfilled curiosity about western South Dakota.
Q: I have a 2014 Triumph Tiger 800 "Roadie." The odometer only displays for the first couple of seconds when I start the bike. Only a tripmeter is visible after that. After reading through the owner’s manual, there doesn’t seem to be a way to have the odometer displayed full time.
BASIC SPECS: An air-/oil-cooled, 1,064cc, longitudinally mounted, 90-degree V-twin powering the early Criso saw significant performance upgrades in 2009 with the introduction of the Criso 1200 8V and the current eight-valve 1,151cc engine.
“If you're daft enough to race it, we're dumb enough to let you."
Dirt Quake is nominally a British concept imported into the Pacific Northwest. The idea is to demystify dirt-track racing by opening it to all comers while promoting the sport at every level and to a crowd it’s not currently reaching. The keystone of the event is the mantra: “If you’re daft enough to race it, we’re dumb enough to let you.”
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