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Aprilia Unveils New RSV4 and Tuono V4 Models

Aprilia has today unveiled the new RSV4 and Tuono V4 models, including both standard and “Factory” versions of each. These are the flagship sporting models from Aprilia, substantially updated and refined. The RSV4 superbikes get a displacement bump from 1,077cc to 1,099cc, along with a boost in torque. Peak horsepower remains at a claimed 217. […]

A 134 Horsepower Cruiser? Indian Releases Stage 2 Cams for Challenger (with video)

Do you remember when giant, air-cooled cruiser v-twins made 60 horsepower? Indian’s Challenger blew that paradigm out of the water with its stock, claimed 122 horsepower (we have seen roughly 100 horsepower at the rear wheel on a dyno) a couple of years back, and it was this engine (modified with the cams you are […]

Aprilia Unveils Tuono 660 – Naked Sibling to RS 660

Aprilia’s RS 660 was recently announced as a middleweight sportbike with comfortable ergonomics, an impressive electronics package and relatively budget suspension (largely non-adjustable). Expensive for a middleweight twin at $11,299, the RS 660 nevertheless provides impressive horsepower from 659cc, a claimed 100 hp. The naked sibling Tuono 660 was announced earlier today by Aprilia priced […]

Honda Introduces New, Larger Displacement CRF300L Models for U.S. Market

Announced earlier for Europe, it turns out the U.S. market will be getting the new Honda CRF300L and CRF300L Rally for 2021. Both bikes get a displacement increase to 286cc, courtesy of a longer stroke. In addition to a 2.5 horsepower increase, Honda claims a big jump in torque across the powerband. Both bikes are […]

BMW Executive Indicates Sport-Tourers are Being Replaced by Adventure Bikes With 17″ Front Wheels

MD has long been an advocate of the virtues of comfortable, upright ergonomics on the street. Way back in 2006, we published “Upright is Alright” to discuss our feelings. Not just sport bikes, but sport tourers have long tilted the rider forward enough to make him/her uncomfortable on longer rides … hence the popularity of […]

2020 Kawasaki Z900: MD Ride Review, Final Report

It has been a few months since we picked up our Z900 test bike from Kawasaki and published our first impressions. It should be noted that the 2021 Z900 has been introduced, but it is unchanged from the 2020 model we tested, and still priced at $8,999. New color schemes are available for 2021, one […]

Follow Rossi for a Lap at the VR46 Ranch Courtesy of this Dainese Video

Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Motor Ranch is famous in Europe as a training ground not only for Rossi himself, but for future champions. Young stars such as Francesco “Pecco”¬†Bagnaia and Franco Morbidelli have turned countless laps on the track you will see Valentino riding in the video below. By the way, the use of a slippery […]

Honda Africa Twin CRF1100L Adventure Sports ES: MD Ride Review

We have finally had a chance to test Honda’s new Africa Twin, the first major update from the model that was introduced back in 2016 when MD tested the bike at the press launch in Moab, Utah. It was a bike that we thoroughly enjoyed, particularly in the dirt. The 998cc parallel twin engine was […]

Moto Guzzi Introduces New 850cc V7

Moto Guzzi calls it a V7, plain and simple, not a V7 IV. This isn’t merely an evolution of the prior models, but an all-new bike with a much larger 850cc v-twin evolved from the V85 TT adventure model. Horsepower and torque are up significantly, although this still is no drag racer. Two versions are […]

Is the Africa Twin 1,084cc Engine Headed for a Standard Style Bike?

When I started working as a journalist in this industry, Honda was very reluctant to share engines between different product platforms. At the time, I thought that the RC51 v-twin superbike motor would be an ideal candidate (in a different state of tune, perhaps) for use in a naked bike/standard. That engine was a gem, […]

Drool-Worthy Classic Suzuki Race Bikes Featured in New Video

Nathan Colombi is the guy in charge of the Team Classic Suzuki workshop in Europe that restores and maintains some amazing motorcycles, some of which are still raced in classic race series. Others are simply championship-winning, or race-winning Suzuki motorcycles from the past, both two-stroke and four-stroke. Here is a brief press release from Suzuki, […]

Marc Marquez Undergoes Third Surgery on Right Arm – Updated With Post-Surgery Report

A press release from Honda last Thursday confirmed what many suspected. Marc Marquez’ right arm has not been healing properly from a break he suffered during a crash at Jerez at the start of this year’s MotoGP calendar, necessitating a third surgery on the arm. The press release sites “slow healing of the humerus bone, […]

Ducati Introduces Redesigned Monster

The name is simply “Monster”, nothing more. It is a new design of the Ducati classic with a 937cc v-twin, aluminum “front frame”, 111 horsepower and a dry weight of just 365 pounds (roughly 40 pounds lighter than the Monster 821). Ducati is very excited about the new Monster, and has produced a very nice […]

Honda Introduces New Rebel 1100 With Africa Twin Power

Featuring a re-tuned version of the 1,084cc parallel twin found in the Africa Twin adventure models, Honda rolled out its all-new Rebel 1100 cruiser earlier today. We understand peak power is roughly 87 horsepower with a chunky 72 foot/pounds of torque at just 4,750 rpm. This will be a pretty quick cruiser. With throttle-by-wire, four […]

Kawasaki Takes the Wraps Off Five 2021 Models

After a lengthy tease, Kawasaki took the wraps off five 2021 models, some of which are a bit more exciting than others. Kawasaki is introducing two KLX300 models, including street legal dual-sport and supermoto versions. Still displacing 292cc, the engines in these bikes seem to relate back to the same displacement KLX300 we tested in […]

Portimao MotoGP Results

Wow! A strange way to begin a race report, I know, but what happened at Portimao today was quite remarkable. Miguel Olivera (KTM) won the race by leading from his pole position on the grid through the first corner and right to the checkered flag. The pace Olivera set was almost mind boggling. It is […]

Portimao MotoGP Qualifying Results

Miguel Olivera (KTM) will start from pole position at his home MotoGP event tomorrow in Portugal. Olivera took his maiden MotoGP pole ahead of second quickest Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) and third quickest Jack Miller (Ducati). The 2020 MotoGP champion Joan Mir (Suzuki) qualified way back in 20th position. This is the first MotoGP event ever […]

MotoGP Aims to Add Indonesian Circuit to 2021 Calendar

The Mandalika International Street Circuit is under construction on the Indonesian island of Lombok and is aiming to be completed by the middle of next year, possibly permitting MotoGP to race there near the end of the 2021 calendar. Mandalika will be 2.68 miles long with 17 corners. Construction is well underway (one of the […]

KTM Announces Teams Competing in 2021 Motocross and Supercross Series

Yesterday, at the KTM test track in Southern California, the factory announced the Red Bull KTM race team for the 2021 U.S. motocross and supercross championships. Red Bull KTM will field 3 riders, including 2019 450 Supercross champion Cooper Webb and Marvin Musquin in the 450 class, together with rookie Maximus Vohland aboard a KTM […]

Yamaha Announces Redesigned Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT (with video)

With the recent thorough redesign of the MT-09, it should be no surprise that Yamaha has also redesigned the corresponding Tracer models. This sporty tourer has moved on considerably from the original FJ-09 we first tested back in 2015. The new Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT get the same, larger 890cc triple engine, as […]

Valencia MotoGP Results (Race #2)

Joan Mir (Suzuki) clinched the 2020 MotoGP championship earlier today in Valencia with one round to spare – next weekend at Portim√£o. He needed to leave the race with at least a 26 point advantage over 2nd place, and his calculated ride to 7th place at the finish leaves him 29 points clear of today’s […]

Report Indicates Marc Marquez May Need Further Surgery and Bone Graft

While Marc Marquez is officially out of the final race of 2020, a report concerning his condition has surfaced on The Race. You may recall that Marquez badly broke his right arm (the humerus) during the opening race at Jerez this year, and decided to return immediately to race the following weekend. Things didn’t go […]