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Monthly Archives: March 2011

2012 Triumph Street Triple

The gentlemen in Hinckley have unveiled pics of the all-new, updated styling for the early release of the 2012 Triumph Street Triple. For some reason, most of the pics are in blue and white.

2012 Victory Highball First Ride

Motorcycle USA’s Bryan Harley has gotten his hands on Victory Motorcycles’ newest take on the Dark Custom craze, the 2012 Highball.

His take on the engine:

The torquey low end is matched throughout the powerband and distribution is even throughout. There’s excellent response from the EFI with every release of… Continue reading

BMW S1000RR Vx Kawasaki ZX-10R, Round 2

Motorcycle.com has yet another shootout between BMW’s and Kawasaki’s premier track bikes.  Last time, the BMW edged the Kawi out on the track. How did it do on the street?

The written article that supports the video results is here.

2011 Triumph Sprint GT: Four Views. All “meh”.

Motorcycle Daily got four different riders/writers to asses the 2011 Triumph Sprint GT, the longer, fatter, heavier American version of the Sprint ST–which is still available in Europe–and write down their impressions.

Essentially, the four different motojournalists seemed to say, “Nice, but too heavy with too long a wheelbase.” Which… Continue reading

Quick Notes

If I was to tell you how packed my schedule has been this week, you’d be so bored you’d want to slit your own throat. So I won’t. But I do have time to take note of a few things.

The ATK/Hyosung GT650R I’ve been evaluating for ATK is doing… Continue reading

ATK/Hyosung GT650R Test: Observations and Suggestions

After two days of living with the Hyosung GT650R I’ve got some observations, and come up with some improvement suggestions.

Before I begin, I should point out that, starting next year, the ATK version of these bikes will not be the stock Hyosung versions. Most of the components will come… Continue reading

ATK/Hyosung GT650R Test: Day 1

GT650R, Right Side

GT650R, Right Side

I’ve put about 3 hours on the bike today, mainly in city and highway riding, although I did take a brief spin through some mountain twisties, because I couldn’t end my first ride without a little taste of the curvy stuff. Having done so, I’ve got a… Continue reading

ATK/Hyosung GT650R Test: First Impressions

GT650R, Packed up and ready to ride

This is what the ATK/Hyosung GT650R looked like this morning as I prepared to ride it away from Orange County Harley-Davidson.

A couple of visual things I noticed as I was getting ready to ride.

Stranded

I’m not sure that the guys at North County House of Motorcycle;s came up with a permanent fix for my FJR’s electrical problem. I was in a parking lot this afternoon when I lost all electrical power. Fuses and battery are OK, so the problem is elsewhere. So, NCHM is… Continue reading

GT650R, Waiting

Speaking of ATK, Frank White informed me this evening that a shiny red GT650R sportbike is waiting for me to pick up at Orange County Harley-Davidson.

I actually had a fantastic idea, which was to see if I could get hold of a Suzuki SV650RS to test alongside the GT.… Continue reading

Harley-Davidson must hate ATK’s new bikes

Hell For Leather’s Wes Siler wrote up his experiences on ATK’s rebadged Hyosungs, which cover the 700cc cruiser and 250cc sportbike.  Surprisingly, given his perceived anti-cruiser bias, he really seems to like the new 700cc cruiser.  The article has dropped behind his pay wall now, so you need… Continue reading

One step closer to a car

If you’ve already got everything else imaginable in the way of electric/electronic doo-dads in your Gold Wing or Road Glide, you might as well have A/C, too…

Well. I guess I’ve pretty much seen everything about motorcycling there is to see, now.

Speaking of naked bikes…

The major manufacturers aren’t the only ones bringing a naked bike to the US market. US startup Motus Motorcycles has not only unveiled the new MST-01 sport-tourer, but they’ve also got a naked version of the bike, dubbed the MST-R, naturally.

Motus MST-R

Motus MST-R

It’s the exact same bike, it just… Continue reading

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