Motorcycling is just about as good as it gets for a movie topic. In the decades since motorcycles and film have coexisted, there have been some magnificent pieces made—Easy Rider, Faster, and On Any Sunday marking just a few of the truly great ones.
October 2015 issue: The Yamahauler!! Awesome van. Dirt Quake!! Sturgis!! And the design of motorcycle gas tanks!! Oh yeah, Project 156!! The love of motorcycles!! JEFF GRIESBACH CYCLEWORLD.COM NOT STURGIS After every page of “Not Sturgis 2015” by Peter Jones, I had to return to the title page to see if it had been written by Peter Egan.
As manufacturers compete to introduce the next great advancement in motocross technology, dirt bikes have been evolving at an almost exponential rate. After years of steady progression and improvement, today’s 45OCC four-strokes are the most technologically advanced motocross bikes to ever become available to the public.
Folks who own Road Glide Ultras log more touring miles on their bikes than do any of Milwaukee’s other customers, so it’s understandable that The Motor Company took a couple of extra years to bring this popular big tourer back to market. And based on my recent daylong ride of a new 2016 Ultra along the Columbia River, I’d say this new FL-based machine has been worth the wait.
What's always welcome in a cruiser? Yep, more power. Which is precisely what the Softail Slim S and Fat Boy S have received for 2016. Harley has significantly upped the performance quotient of these Softails by equipping them with the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 11oci V-twin, an air-cooled engine formerly reserved for the CVO models.
Superstars of 1991 gracing the cover included Honda’s all-new CBR600F2 and the limited-production Kawasaki ZXR75OR, the basis for Team Green’s assault in AMA and World Superbike racing. An action photo in the lower right corner is yours truly aboard the Rob Muzzy-built ZX-7 that Doug Chandler rode to claim the '90 AMA Superbike title.
Five new products that beat the hell out of a bag of coal
HC3 radial master cylinder
Don’t overlook the master cylinder in your high-performance front brake setup. Magura’s HC3 radial master cylinder ($699) is designed to work with all modern AB5 systems. A unique feature: The pump ratio can be quickly changed to any one of three settings mimicking three piston sizes, while the fold-away aluminum lever can be adjusted for span. (800) 448-387G magura.com
Tread multi-tool bracelet
Ever wish you had a variety of tools at your fingertips Leatherman’s Tread multi-tool bracelet ($165 stainless, $220 black) is what you need. It features 29 tools incorporated into its 10 links, including seven screwdrivers, five box wrenches, six hex drives, a bottle opener, and a cutting hook. Even better, it’s an airline-travel-safe design. (800) 847-8GG5 leatherman.com
Active Cargo System
Here’s a great way to utilize your pickup truck's bed space more efficiently: Leitner Designs Active Cargo System ($1,458-$1,720). Available for full-size beds ranging in length from 5.5 to 8 feet-and for 2005 to 2015 Toyota Tacomas-this rack can be customized with various bolt-on accessories and compartments to meet your moto needs. (949) 581-2904 leitnerdesigns.com
DVR 936 Wi-Fi LifeCam
Want to take point-of-view videos of your rides but are on a tight budget? Vivitar’s DVR 936 Wi-Fi LifeCam ($95) is an affordable solution to start you down the road to YouTube stardom. Capturing 1920 x1080p video, the LifeCam has a fixed lens with three times digital zoom that offers a 160-degree field of view. Seven mounting accessories included. (800) 592-9541 vivitar.com
"Thank you for your opinion. Could you state your sources please?" That's Marine Corps Major Mark Thompson’s polite reply when he hears what might be bullshit. Thompson’s question applies perfectly to our sport. New riders, especially women and kids, are inundated with riding advice.
GPS is making me stupid. The problem is, when using it I'm never lost, but at the same time have no idea where I am. GPS has eliminated that annoying necessity of being aware of reality. When I use GPS, some lady I’ve never met tells me where to go.
AS USUAL, WE CAN BLAME IT ON ENTRAINED ALUMINUM OXIDE
Air-cooled cylinders (most especially two-stroke cylinders) and cylinder heads, plus all kinds of pistons, are especially liable to cracking because they run hot and are wracked by thermal as well as mechanical stress. At Talladega in 1971, my rider Cliff Carr put our H1R Kawasaki on the front row.
Honda has a rich history of World Championship-winning technical achievement. It has also periodically offered the very best of its race-derived innovation for public consumption. Take the oval piston NR750 and exotic V-4 RC30 and RC45 models.
Weird things you notice getting on the H2 and taking a ride for the first time: The engine cranks longer than most new bikes before it starts. The idle has a loping growl, as though it is disinterested in that mode of operation. In certain light, the LCD information display is impossible to read.
“Tuono” used to mean only “thunder” in Italian. But ever since Aprilia applied the name to its first stripped superbike—the 2002 Tuono, a less-faired RSV Mille—it has also meant kick-ass naked bike. Every Tuono since the first has been massive fun and big thrills mixed with a dose of practicality rare at such a high level of performance.
TRIUMPH REMAKES ITS MOST SUCCESSFUL MODEL LINE TO PUSH ITS PAST FARTHER INTO ITS FUTURE
Look at the new Triumph Thruxtons, and you see thoroughly updated modern classics, machines that embrace the appearance and aesthetics of café racers that were new a half-century ago. But if you look hard enough, you can also see something else: The new Triumph Motorcycles Ltd, John Bloor’s Triumph, embracing the heritage of the defunct Triumph Engineering Company, the original Triumph, in a way that it has never done before.
When we first got a chance to throw a leg over the 2015 Yamaha R1 at the bike's press launch at Sydney Motorsports Park in Australia, it was pretty much love at first ride. This was only reinforced when the “M” won the track portion of our September Turn & Burn shootout and then backed it up with a Ten Best award.
Q: I just picked up a beautiful 1982 Yamaha Virago 920 with under 10K miles. After putting 2,000 miles on it, I noticed the inside of the side cover calls for leaded regular. I know older BMWs need the valve seats changed for unleaded, but it never occurred to me that a 1982 bike may need it done also.
BASIC SPECS: Based on the Dyna Super Glide platform, the T-Sport is powered by the rubber-mounted Twin Cam 88, an air-cooled 1,450cc OHV V-twin using a single 40mm Keihin carb and a five-speed transmission. The sport-minded chassis features triple-disc brakes, damping adjustable fork and shocks, 28-degree steering head angle, and a 62.9-inch wheelbase.
The first year of MotoAmerica as America's premier motorcycle roadracing series has ended, and participants and management alike seem pleased. Even that master of grumbling and complaint, team owner/ publisher John Ulrich, said the new series is worlds better than what it replaced.
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