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Monthly Archives: February 2011

ATK Streetbikes

ATK Motorcycles are getting their new bikes off to selected Harley-Davidson dealers soon. I had a brief phone conversation with ATK CEO Frank White on Friday, and he indicated he’d be getting a test bike to me in the near future. Meanwhile, Hell For Leather’s Wes Siler has already gotten… Continue reading

Another Diavel ride report

Motorcycle Daily has weighed in with their first impression of the Ducati Diavel. Unlike some other reviews, they seem impressed by the handling–even at low speeds.

But perhaps the best impress in comes from one of the article’s commenters, who quips that it looks like somebody finally made a V-Rod that works.

I need two motorcycles

I’ve decided I need a smaller, funner motorcycle to go along with my big, fun, FJR. I’d like something that’s sporty and fun, but commute-y. I don’t want to spend a lot of money, so I’m thinking about used bikes that I can scour Craig’s List for a good deal… Continue reading

Helmets, helmets, helmets!

The 2011 helmets are on display in all their glory at the annual Powersports Dealer Expo, and Motorcycle-USA has coverage (Get it? coverage?) of new & notable lids for this year.

Included are new modular helmets from Bell and Vega for the graying Sport-Touring gentleman to wear with his hi-vis… Continue reading

2012 Honda Gold Wing breaks cover

2012 Honda Gold Wing

2012 Honda Gold Wing

Honda has announced the new 2012 Gold Wing, which I guess is the premier, non-Harley touring bike.

There was some talk that Honda would be coming up with a big redesign of their flagship bike, but…not this year. The changes are essentially these:

  • Less curvy, more angular styling
  • Increased wind protection, which I didn’t actually think was possible.
  • New saddlebags with 7 liters more space
  • Redesigned dashboard
  • tweaks to the suspension.

Other than that, it’s pretty much unchanged.

The base model pricing comes in at $23,199, which is 1 shiny dollar cheaper than the Wing’s new competition, the BMW K1600GTL.

Honda, of course, has an entirely different take on the amazing amazingness that is the 2012 Gold Wing, and if you want to read that, Honda’s press release is below the fold.

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Could the big Sport-Touring bikes be any smaller?

Someone’s always complaining about weight on the big sport-touring bikes. The FJR & Connie are both almost 700lbs wet.  The new K16GT is just over 700, as is the ST1300. Now, I can understand wanting a lighter, more maneuverable bike–I want one myself–but I’m not sure the big tourers… Continue reading

First Review: BMW K1600GT/GTL

UK Motorcycle journalist Kevin Ash has posted what I believe is the first ride review of the new 6-cylinder BMW K1600GT/GTL motorcycles.  This torque-monster of a motorcycle (129lb.ft) has been highly awaited as BMW has trickled out all sorts of press releases about the technology.  Is it worth… Continue reading

On Two Wheels Again

I finally got the FJR back from the service department and North County House of Motorcycles today.  It turns out that it was a grounding problem in the electrical system.  They found four bad grounds in the main wiring harness.  Rather than replace the wiring harness, they… Continue reading

For the Upscale Harley-Davidson Owner

Via Paul Crowe at the Kneeslider, I’ve learned about a new iPhone app that serves as a digital dashboard for your 2001+ Harley-Davidson motorcycle with EFI.

A connector hooks up the ECU to your iPhone. The phone, mounted on the handlebars, can then display a speedometer, tach, engine temperature, signal… Continue reading

Erik Buell Racing 1190RS

The secret is finally out! Here is the high-res image of the new 1190RS from Erik Buell.

Erik Buell Racing 1190RS

Erik Buell Racing 1190RS

As you can see, it’s a race bike, albeit one that has mirrors and turn signals grafted on to make it street legal. The body is all lightweight carbon… Continue reading

Another Helmet Myth Debunked

Ah, science! It’s so good at telling us that things we “know” are true…aren’t. In this case, it’s the idea that the extra weight of a helmet on one’s head increases the chance of a spine injury, as the extra weight snaps your whiplashing vertebrae like toothpicks.  The people… Continue reading

My Dream Sports-Tourer?

This last weekend’s crushing disappointment over having my offer for that 2005 ZZR1200 rejected and my jotting down of some motorcycle perspectives came at about the same time. Because, in considering the ZZR, I’ve been thinking about the bike I really want to have.

If I could have a dream… Continue reading

I can still hear it. Taunting me. (Updated)

2005 Kawasaki ZZR1200

2005 Kawasaki ZZR1200

I popped into a dealership today, for reasons entirely unrelated to motorcycle buying, and I saw this 2005 Kawasaki ZZR1200, just sitting there.

It is practically spotless. It has 378 miles on the odometer. They’re asking for $6k.

I can’t get her out of my mind.

Quite… Continue reading

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