It’s true. The new 2018 cruiser line from Harley-Davidson has motorcycles that carry Dyna-like names, but the new design, known internally as Serengeti, is inspired by, and called, Softail. The deviation from the Softails of old is huge, but the “design language,” as the artists like to say, is clearly linked to the 1936 EL Knucklehead and ’49 Panhead.
There’s a motorcycle company called “Kawasaki.” They build a very fast and reliable 1,000cc superbike called the ZX-10R. They even dominate world superbike racing. Maybe try one in your next shootout! ANGRY MIKE QUEBEC, CANADA The last time we included a ZX-10R in a comparison test, it didn’t win.
STAR TRAVELER SCOUT BE BOBBED HEADS UP SAFE INVESTMENT LUXURY STAR: More power, comfort, and convenience puts the all-new Star Venture Tourer galaxies beyond Yamaha’s previous touring Stars. BY THE NUMBERS 15 Minutes it took to get into our first fight on the ride one Smart husband for acquiescing to his wife’s choice of 2000s pop music overthe Dual Zone audio control with the Star Venture Transcontinental Option Package Motorcycles are purposely marketed to get someone on the back of them, and yet small, hard, and high seats are the norm until you get to the touring category. But even then, seat straps, hot seats, and lack of amenities reign supreme. Yamaha seeks to change that with its latest fully dressed tourer, the Star Venture.
Taking Indian into the 21st century with 1940s styling
The 2018 Indian Scout Bobber is the first sign that Indian is moving forward into a Victory-less world, which is to say one with more people and resources devoted to the brand and without having to worry about remaining retro so Victory could be more current.
The idea of a head-up display for motorcycles is compelling, and even though the technology is common in aircraft and cars, no real commercial product for riders had made it to production. Until now, with the NUVIZ. And even it had its hiccups and delays.
Bling may be king, but buying safety gear is smarter
John L. Stein
Not everyone is made of money, and as such, life holds that some needs inevitably get fulfilled while others are back-burnered. Perhaps too often then, for motorcyclists, safety equipment takes a backseat to more glamorous purchases like an exhaust pipe, suspension upgrades, or accessories.
WHAT WILL ELECTRIC BIKES BRING TO MOTORCYCLING? WHAT WILL THEY LEAVE BEHIND?
Motorcyclists, we’ve done it all before. There’s no engine configuration that hasn’t been tried in the deep past of our industry. From double (or triple) overhead cam to desmo, from one cylinder to eight, from two-stroke to diesel, from radial to rotary, some workshop on planet Earth gave it a shot, propelled by adrenalized visions of a world-beater.
The prediction of rapid change soon to come can create a buzz of expectation that outruns what is actually happening. I remember this well from the 1980s when many in our sport confidently expected a torrent of chassis innovation, originating in ideas from Formula 1, to wipe away an outworn and conformist past to bring us revolutionary motorcycles unlike anything seen before.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON’S BIG TWIN CRUISER line has been redesigned for the new century in “the largest product development project in company history.” It’s not easy being The Motor Company. Having created the most successful motorcycle style in history, the company is rigidly held to that high standard by its customers.
HARLEY MOVES THE DYNAS AND SOFTAILS INTO A SINGLE-FAMILY HOME WHERE EVERYTHING IS ALL NEW YET COMFORTABLY FAMILIAR
MOTORCYCLE DESIGNERS the world over must currently be asking themselves the question famously (and repeatedly) posed by Axl Rose a few years back, which is, “Where do we go now?” The motorcycle market has softened a bit these days as the once-spendthrift boomers begin to ponder the advantages of downsizing or develop “issues” (which used to be called “dread diseases”) and simply quit riding.
From café racers to superbikes, I’ve been a little busy with Cycle World lately enjoying saddle time on a range of motorcycles. It’s been a blast getting to test new bikes coming down the pipeline. My background is street freestyle, but I also train regularly in different two-wheel disciplines, including cycling, motocross, Supermoto, and flat-track.
World Superbike went its own way as a productionbased roadracing series until it came under Dorna management in July 2012. Although the 2013 series went ahead as planned, changes were soon made in technical rules. In a recent interview, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented, “In the past this was a championship that wanted to compete with MotoGP, but it doesn’t work.
Q: I have a 2017 Africa Twin DCT with 1,600 miles on it. I live in Las Vegas at 2,500 feet elevation and ride up Mount Charleston to 8,000 feet elevation. I shut the bike off at the summit. When I go home, at about 3,300 feet it will start to get power loss, surging, searching, sputtering the rest of the way home.
BASIC SPECS: BMW’s signature flat-twin “boxer” engine configuration is on full display displacing 1,085cc and featuring air-cooled cylinders with oil-cooled, four-valve heads fed by electronic fuel injection. The powertrain has a hydraulicactuated dry clutch, smooth-shifting six-speed transmission, and shaft final drive.
Q: After an afternoon of watching motorcycle racing with a friend and doing my (infantile) best to explain the subtleties of race craft, I found myself lacking a firm grasp on the mechanics that would allow me to easily explain the difference in mid-turn body position between road and dirt riders.
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