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Suzuki Hayabusa Will Remain in Production for U.S. Market

Several recent media reports, including in the U.S., have indicated that Suzuki has discontinued production of the Hayabusa model.  Yesterday, Suzuki issued the press release (below) clarifying that the Hayabusa will continue in production for the U.S. market.  Here is the press release from Suzuki: Brea, CA (December 13, 2018) – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. […]

2019 KTM 790 Duke: MD Ride Review

It’s interesting … some motorcyclists feel that more horsepower is always better, but the trade-off is typically more weight, less nimble handling and that somewhat intangible (not entirely) negative associated with the higher weight of the reciprocating parts in the engine (crank, cams, etc.). Many experienced riders end up drawing back, a bit, to a […]

Toni Bou Displays Crazy Skills That Have Earned Him 24 World Championships (with video)

Toni Bou is a factory Honda rider that has dominated indoor and outdoor trials competition for more than a decade … earning 24 World championships (12 indoor and 12 outdoor). Aboard Honda’s Montesa-branded trials machine, Mr. Bou is a sight to behold as he performs seemingly impossible tasks … clearing obstacles and otherwise controlling his […]

There is Fast … and Then There is Fast; Or, Why You Don’t Need More Horsepower

Most riders, frankly, will never understand this point, and that is okay.  The point is this: for most of us (leaving aside elite racers competing against one another on a race track), rider skill is the single most important ingredient when it comes to going fast. Sure, equipment is important, but rider skill, once your […]

Repsol Honda Teammates Marquez and Lorenzo Undergo Post-Season Surgeries

Marc Marquez (Honda) won his most recent MotoGP title (his 5th) while riding with a shoulder that was very seriously damaged, which was able to pop out “in all directions” according to surgeon Dr. Xavier Mir. Mir performed surgery on Marquez earlier this week on both bone and ligaments to stabilize the left shoulder joint […]

Triumph Unveils 2019 Speed Twin (with video)

Despite numerous, leaked photos, the official unveiling by Triumph earlier today of the 1,200cc Bonneville Speed Twin still hit us right between the eyes with the beautiful machine displayed in the high-quality images provided by the British manufacturer.  This is the classic Bonneville with big power and relatively lightweight handling. Delivering 96 horsepower at less […]

Honda Joining the Comfy, Premium Sportbike Category with New CBR650R (with video)

Honda’s CBR650F was introduced as a 2014 budget model with sporty styling and relatively upright ergonomics. The fully faired machine was updated in the U.S. just last year (and tested by MD) with new styling, more power and a Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork. It was still essentially a budget bike, however, with engine and […]

Two-Day MotoGP Test Ends at Jerez With Honda Riders, Including Lorenzo, Fast

The final MotoGP test of 2018 was completed earlier today at the Jerez circuit. Good weather both days saw some very quick times. Just like the Valencia test last week, this test saw several riders, both rookies and veterans, adapting to their new motorcycles for 2019. The most celebrated of those riders was three-time MotoGP […]

2018 Honda CB1000R: MD Ride Review

Honda is known for conservative styling … some would say boring. When it first displayed the Neo Sports Café concept in Tokyo last year, Honda telegraphed a new styling direction that took some risks, but was well received and generally considered attractive. A production version followed shortly thereafter in the form of the CB1000R which […]

Triumph Releases Information on Moto2 Engine Power and Development

Somewhat coincidentally, following yesterday’s story on the new lap record at Jerez established during the first test of the new Triumph-powered Moto2 bikes, we received the following press release from Triumph discussing the power output of the machines (“producing more than 138 hp”), as well as the extensive development steps taken by the British firm […]

Triumph-Powered Moto2 Bikes Break Lap Record at Jerez During Testing

It was never going to be a surprise that the 765cc triples provided by Triumph to Moto2 teams for the 2019 season would eclipse the power output of the previous four-cylinder 600cc Honda engines. The surprise, perhaps, is that the first time the Triumph-powered bikes were on track for official tests at Jerez this last […]

Post-Season MotoGP Valencia Test Ends With Viñales on Top

The 2018 MotoGP season has just ended with Marc Marquez (Honda) crowned champion, yet again, but the riders are already back at work testing their 2019 machines. The two-day test at Valencia has just ended with Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales (sporting his new number 12 on his bike) posting the quickest lap time. The test saw […]

How Much Horsepower Can a 650 Twin Make? Norton Introduces the 105 Horsepower Superlight

Although officially being unveiled tomorrow in England, Norton posted these low-res photos and specifications for the new 650cc Superlight today on its Facebook page. With engine architecture similar to the parallel-twin 650cc scramblers recently introduced by Norton (making a claimed 84 horsepower), the motor in the Superlight spins all the way to 12,500 rpm for its […]

Royal Enfield 650s in the Flesh: These Could be the Sleeper Bikes Hitting the U.S. Market Next Year (with video)

Although unemployment is down, affordability is still a huge factor when it comes to motorcycle purchases … particularly for younger and entry level riders. Many U.S. enthusiasts don’t realize it, but Royal Enfield is a massive player in the motorcycle industry with more U.S. dealer locations than we realized. Last weekend, we had a chance […]

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