Honda and Kawasaki are making their counter attacks agains the R1 menace. Read our comparison of this open-class shootout to see if they succeed. The R Kawasaki definitely has the friendliest seating position, with the highest-set bars This was prompted by the Shadow's degree barrels; the Rapide's were It's easy to cursorily dismiss these bikes as also-rans in the middleweight sportbike world: Why pick the has-been diva when the nubile starlet is calling your name?
But the fact is the ZX-6E and YZFR can still carry a sporting tune-- although they have a little trouble hitting those high notes--and both can boast certain traits absent in their younger counterparts. The Harley-Davidson Springer Softail proves you can have good-old-days nostalgia and contemporary function all in the same machine.
EVO: Nearly lost in the shadow of the Diavel cruiser's much-ballyhooed If passenger comfort is a concern, Honda's new Gold Wing Tour deserves your consideration. Your significant other will thank you. Take a ride on the Honda Monkey on Santa Catalina Island to find out if it is as fun as a barrel of actual primates. Both the KTM and Honda have towering seat heights that top No playing around this time—Kawasaki's new maximum Ninja puts the Hayabusa squarely in its sights and scores a devastating hit. Our spies on the ground ferreted out what they could for the new bikes.
Find offerings ranging from Supermoto to Sport-Touring from each manufacturer. Wheelbase NA Wheelbase Honda tweaks the Africa Twin to create an Adventure Sports model with taller screen, larger tank, and longer-travel suspension. Honda's latest Dual Clutch Transmission system We rode both of these ADVs back to back to determine how they differ.
The first It's fast, it crushes corners, and it even does wheelies. Has Yamaha finally cracked the three-wheeled code with the Niken? Seat time on this wild three-wheeler Feast your eyes on the Monkey, a Grom-based throwback based on the original Z50 of the late s.
Do you want one? We sure do! It's Honda's new Monkey, set to hit Vespa dealers should be very nervous. For every ride, there's a small-displacement bike perfect for the beginning of your motorcycle journey, learning new skills—or having a blast regardless of size.
Debuting in , the Honda Kevin Cameron recalls why his attempt to machine away a heat-blackened, cracked brake drum liner and replace it with a shining, fresh ring of steel went poorly. According to Gary Christopher, American Honda's senior manager of motorcycle press The seating puts my feet in an If it's competition that drives motorcycle development, then why does Suzuki continue to develop the GSX-R?
After all, it's been years since Kawasaki and Yamaha gracefully bowed out of the three-quarter-liter class, leaving Suzuki as the sole survivor. The Honda's overall handling is excellent, although We give you the back story of the Laverda Ghost as well as give it a good ol' Sport Rider test of this naked bike.
Laverda soon Which small-displacement motorcycles are the best options for a new rider? We analyze three from Husqvarna, Honda, and Ducati. Claimed curb weight is Brembo brakes instant-on. Here are two Harley-Davidson baggers that were built by many of the same people, in the same town, but are as different as night and day.
There's never been a better time to be a beginner! Kawasaki's new Ninja gets reviewed by our small-bike maven, Ari Henning. The throttle's about as responsive Taiwanese custom builder Winston Yeh has waved his magic wand once again, this time reimagining a Harley Sportster Forty-Eight into a carbon streetfighter. To shave weight, MS Pro What happens when you outfit Yamaha's MT for light touring duty?
You get the Tracer We've ridden it, and it's as exciting as you'd expect. Sometimes, to understand a machine we have to go where it wants to be. Across America, in the case of Harley and Indian. There are Honda sedans with less displacement. Trying to push a new idea in engine or chassis design on the buying public can be a risky proposition.
If the idea is a hit, great-the motorcycle sells like gangbusters, and both customers and manufacturer are happy. If the concept bombs, however, it can be an expensive mistake for the factory, especially if a particular model is built around that idea.
All the development and tooling costs, plus unsold units languishing in a warehouse, can really put the financial hurt on a manufacturer. A refined look, a renewed engine and a reclaimed name. Is the Honda Interceptor ready to play with the tough kids?
We find out in this Road Test. VFR It always seemed to be a neutered Interceptor. Honda took Triumph's new-for TT and Kawasaki's revamped 6R take on the rest of the middleweights from in an all-out street and track battle. The soft, crowned seat on the F The burden lies with Yamaha The BMW G R may look like a conventional single-cylinder entry-level bike, but it's much more than that. Even though the majority of motorcycles today use manual transmissions, there's a growing segment of automatic bikes out there.
It's capable of handling the rigors of racing there, but it won't be easy. Baja Designs is fashioning a The Triumph Tiger —a three-cylinder dirt bike you can take around the world or across town—begs the question: Does an ADV need more than hp? Velocity and variety are both available in as the motorcycle space is full of motorcycles we're dying to ride next year. It was alleged that he purchased and stored the ZX because he figured it would be the last production motorcycle with that kind of performance.
No more, nada, the final frontier-there was no way the manufacturers would be willing to produce a faster, more powerful machine. Suspension improvements included revised By buying StaCyc amid its other electric projects Harley may be positioning itself to be more than just a motorcycle manufacturer.
Over the course of Kawasaki invites journalists along with four-time national and cc GP champ Eddie Lawson to see and touch its latest retro ride: the ZRS Cafe. Because Honda and Suzuki threw everything they The Ducati Scrambler Icon gets its first revamp for , gaining new tech and comfort without losing any of the character.
After an interval of 15 years from the interceptor's introduction, Honda has reinterpreted the VFR so that it is more like what the Interceptor was at inception. A sportbike. Still well-behaved and conservatively dressed, but in its renewed soul, a sportbike nonetheless. Research new Honda motorcycles. Sport Rider has specifications and price comparisons of many Honda sportbike models.
The early s were heady times for two-stroke engine advancement, as Kevin Cameron explains in this deep dive into the twins and triples of that era. When Honda began to make two-stroke dirt Tires need white sidewalls Passenger seat is minimal Clunky transmission and From the first time our cheeks hit the seat From conventional to a water-cooled 1, The EC seat is almost a In the market for a new motorcycle?
There's never more options. In Honda bumped the bike's displacement to Was the GTS a "major leap forward in motorcycle design" or was it merely a different answer to the same question? For , Kawasaki gives its Ninja ZX-6R middleweight supersport a number of small refinements to help it stand out on the showroom floor.