The front tire on my VFR was finally getting a bit…baldy, so it was time to replace it. I went a ahead and just replaced both tires with a new set of Michelin Pilot Road II CT’s. Once again, the handling of the bike has been transformed. The more aggressive… Continue reading
Here’s a fantastic resource. Motorcycle Consumer News has released their performance index of all motorcycles for 2012. It’s right here in PDF format. It’s got just about every bike available today in it, and it shows their performance test results in a number of areas, including weight, HP, Motor type,… Continue reading
I’ve gone through my first rear Pirelli Angel ST tire this week, and I can now report that, compared to the Michelin Pilot Road, the Angel ST just doesn’t get it done.
First off, the mileage was terrible. My last mileage on a Pilot Road II rear tire was… Continue reading
Suzuki has released the details–some of them anyway–about the new V-Strom 650 ABS.
First of all, the ABS system is new, and is supposedly better and lighter than the old system. In addition, Suzuki has made lots of other styling changes and other tweaks. … Continue reading
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.
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
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
On Saturday, when I took the FJR in for my 32k-mile service,I saw that the Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires on the bike, which were at 8700 miles, were down to the wear bars. So it was time for a change. Sadly, North County… Continue reading
Motorcyclist has named the new Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) on the Honda VFR1200F to be the best new technology of 2010. The magazine gushes:
The DCT is not the first automatic motorcycle transmission, but it is the first to offer performance that will satisfy even the most demanding… Continue reading
One of the more interesting concepts that will be shown at the EICMA show in Italy this year are what appears to production-ready prototypes of a new scooter concept from Quadro Technologie, a new arm of Marabese Design. Marabese was the designer for the Piaggio MP3 scooter, but now… Continue reading
I guess now we’ll see if loud pipes really do save lives.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 435 yesterday that will authorize state law enforcement to ticket motorcyclists who have swapped out their stock pipes for an aftermarket exhaust. The new law will make it a crime to… Continue reading
The Road Glide has always been my favorite Harley-Davidson. I really don’t like the bat-wing fairing on the other big tourers, mainly because I hate the idea of an extra 50 pounds riding on the forks. But the Roag Glide, with its fixed fairing is the best-handling of the… Continue reading
Since I bought my FJR1300 two years ago, I’ve been religious about keeping her maintained at the proper service intervals, using OEM parts. You can skimp on auto maintenance a bit–though you really shouldn’t–and it might cost you some money. Skimp on motorcycle maintenance, and you could… Continue reading