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2020 Kawasaki Z900: MD Ride Review, First Thoughts

We took delivery of a 2020 Z900 from Kawasaki for testing recently, and have only put 150 miles, or so, on the bike at this point (including our commute back from Kawasaki headquarters in Irvine, California). We will have a full report when our testing concludes, but these are some initial thoughts we wanted to […]

Details Released on Bimota Tesi H2 (with supercharged Kawasaki engine)

When we told our readers last year that Kawasaki had acquired 49% of Bimota, and was in the process of developing a new Tesi H2 with hub-center steering and an off-the-shelf (no bad thing, in this instance) supercharged Kawasaki engine, there was a back-story our younger readers undoubtedly missed. Motorcycle enthusiasts of a certain age […]

Watch Joan Mir’s Impressive Final Lap Pass on Valentino Rossi

With one lap to go, it looked like a dream come true for Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and the young riders he mentored at his ranch, Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati). The three Italians were at their home track in Misano, and it was shaping up to be the legendary mentor and his students […]

Misano MotoGP Results

The first Misano MotoGP race this year (there is another next weekend) saw Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) take his first win in the premier class in convincing style. Well behind Morbidelli, a podium battle played out. On the last lap, Joan Mir (Suzuki) dove underneath Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) to nab third place away from the Italian […]

Misano MotoGP Qualifying Results

Yamaha dominated qualifying for tomorrow’s Misano MotoGP race earlier today. Maverick Viñales broke the lap record and led a string of four Yamahas in Q2 earlier today. Joining Viñales on the front row tomorrow will be Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo. Valentino Rossi will line up on the second row in fourth position. For full […]

2020 KTM 200 Duke: MD First Ride

Late last week, we attended the U.S. press launch of the 2020 KTM 200 Duke. We gave you pricing and all of the specs for this new U.S. model when KTM announced it would be available in this market. MD already has a test unit for further evaluation, but here are our first impressions after […]

BMW Develops Maintenance-Free Chain – Claims Equivalence to Shaft Drive

Somewhat timely, given the nature of some reader debates concerning the chain-driven Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX we recently completed reviewing, BMW has announced a chain it claims is ideal for touring. The M Endurance chain has a highly effective coating for the rollers and, in addition to requiring no periodic lubrication, the chain never stretches! Currently […]

Aprilia Introduces the Tuono V4 X – a Naked Track Weapon

You probably know that naked bikes are available with insane levels of performance these days. Ducati, Kawasaki (including their supercharged models), and KTM are building bikes with far more performance than you can realistically use on the street. Aprilia continues to step up as well, today announcing the new, track-focused Tuono V4 X pictured. Calling […]

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX: MD Ride Review, Part 2

After posting our initial thoughts, we have had time to put a lot more hours, and miles, on our 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX test bike. Here is our final report. One of the first “comfortable sportbikes” offered in the industry, the Ninja 1000 has been through several iterations, and 2020 sees substantial changes, yet again. […]

Styrian MotoGP Results

A wild day in Austria marked the second half of the double-header at the Red Bull Ring that began with last weekend’s race. While many expected a repeat victory by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, that is not the way it played out. The race began with Joan Mir (Suzuki) taking the lead early on and building […]

Could Andrea Dovizioso Move to KTM Next Year?

By withdrawing from negotiations with Ducati, Andrea Dovizioso has left himself without a job next year. All of the MotoGP seats seem to be tied up, so will Dovizioso simply take a sabbatical? Retire permanently? We don’t think so. Suddenly, KTM has one of the best bikes in the MotoGP paddock. After its first victory […]

New KTM 200 Duke Available This Month in U.S. Market

KTM has announced details of its new 200 Duke for the U.S. market. Available later this month, and priced at $3,999, KTM is pitching the new model as a perfect entry point for new riders, as well as an “ultra lightweight commuter.” The 308 pound (without fuel) machine has some impressive specifications. Somewhat unusual for […]

Austrian MotoGP Results

Just a day after announcing he was leaving Ducati at the end of this year, Andrea Dovizioso won Ducati’s 50th Grand Prix in convincing style at the Red Bull Ring yesterday. Following him home in second place, and taking his first podium ever, was Suzuki’s Joan Mir. Jack Miller (Ducati) finished third. Pol Espargaro (KTM) […]

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