I write stuff. A lot of it is about cars and motorcycles.

2011 January

Another 800cc Naked Standard

The BMW F800S is not the the only 800cc European naked standard making its way to our shores this year.  Yamaha is following up with the FZ8.

The FZ8 is powered by a 779cc I-4 powerplant that puts out a reported 105HP and 61ft-lbs of torque, which is plenty Continue reading

Technical Difficulties

It’s been very difficult to blog at all for the past several days.  Every time I tried to write a post, something kept preventing me from saving it to the blog.  The post about the new transmission a couple of days ago took about three hours to get Continue reading

BMW F800R Review

While many motorcycle companies have been struggling since the worldwide economic recession started in 2008, BMW has been fairing pretty well.  Part of BMW’s success has been coming out with bikes that don’t fit the mold of  “stodgy tourers for fantastically wealthy oldsters”, and appeal to younger, less Continue reading

Is Honda’s DCT Tranny Obsolete?

The new Dual Clutch Transmission in the Honda VFR1200F may already be headed for the dustbin of history. So may manual transmissions on all motorcycles. A&R reports that British transmission gurus Xtrac have developed something called the Instantaneous Gearchange System (IGS).

IGS works by using a ratchet and pawl mechanism Continue reading

Hottest New Bikes

Motocycle .com lists their ten hottest bikes for 2011.  Among them are the new Ducati Diavel, Kawasaki ZX-10, and a bike that practically no one has even seen, the new BMW K1600GT.

I know that I’ll be seeing it as soon as they get one to California.

In addition, Continue reading

Holidays are Over

Well, the holidays are finally over, family obligations have been met,and  my schedule is settling back down. I guess it’s back to motorcycle blogging again.