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Death of Victory Brand Frees Indian to Produce Higher Performance Models

Polaris had been positioning Victory as the high-performance brand in its motorcycle division, leaving Indian to pursue more traditional designs. Indian, of course, has a history that includes high-performance motorcycles, including success in racing that goes back many, many decades. With the Victory brand now gone, Polaris is free to manufacture higher performance Indian models, as […]

Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac Dominates Recent Supercross Rounds

Although we don’t provide much supercross coverage here on MD, we try to note significant developments in the discipline. One of those developments is the recent emergence of Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac as one of the dominant forces in the sport. Although still 12 points behind championship leader Ryan Dungey (KTM), last Saturday […]

MotoGP 2017 Preview: The Usual Suspects or Something New?

The front of the grid in MotoGP – and the front of the race – has been dominated by just a few “aliens” for quite some time. That changed last year as the premier class saw a remarkable nine different riders win races, an all-time record. Of course, in the end, one of the favorites […]

2017 Yamaha FZ-10: Long Term Review – Introduction

When Ken rode the new 2017 Yamaha FZ-10 at the press introduction, he came away very impressed with this big, fast naked bike with the heart and soul of a superbike. We just received an FZ-10 for an extended evaluation. We will bring that evaluation to you in a series of reports over the next […]

American Flat Track Series Begins With Daytona TT This Evening; New Indian FTR750 Piloted by All-Star Crew (Updated with Race Results)

It’s no secret that Indian hired, perhaps, the three best flat track racers on the planet for the debut season with its new FTR750. Reigning Grand National Champion, Bryan Smith (coming from Kawasaki) teams with former Grand National Champions Brad Baker and Jared Mees (both formerly Harley riders) as Indian attempts to take the title […]

KTM Introducing Fuel Injected, Two-Stroke Enduro Bikes

KTM still manufactures two-stroke dirt bikes, of course, but today announced that certain 2018 models will be fuel injected. KTM claims “drastically reduced fuel consumption”, and other benefits described in the following press release.  Note that these new models appear to be off-road only, and there are no claims regarding emissions. KTM is pleased to […]

John Surtees Passes Away at 83 – Only Winner of Both F1 Automobile and Motorcycle GP Titles

John Surtees, the only man ever to win both a motorcycle GP championship (he won a total of four 500 cc titles) and an F1 automobile world championship (with Ferrari in 1964) passed away on March 10 at the age of 83. Surtees’ first motorcycle crown was earned aboard an MV Agusta in 1956. After […]

2017 Kawasaki Z900: MD First Ride – Part 2

If you read Part 1 of our report from the press launch of the new Kawasaki Z900, you already know we were thoroughly impressed by this latest member of the Kawasaki naked “Z” family. As the new flagship naked in the U.S. line-up, the Z900 surprises with its pricing, ranging from $8,399 for the non-ABS model […]

Qatar MotoGP Test Ends With Viñales on Top

Nothing left but the racing, now. Qatar hosted a three-day MotoGP test … the last before the season opens at the same venue in two weeks. Just as he has in prior tests, Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales posted the fastest lap time. Andrea Dovizioso was second quickest, followed by Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo has appeared to […]

Thailand WSB Results

As he did last year, Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea threatens to run away and hide from the competition by dominating the season from the start. Rea took another double win at Thailand this weekend, and after four rounds already has a 30 point lead in the championship. In Race 1, Chaz Davies (Ducati) won the battle […]

2017 Kawasaki Z900: MD First Ride – Part 1

Okay, so I left the press launch without receiving any action photography. I am also exhausted from a very long day, so this short report will have to suffice until I have more photos and more energy. Thank you for posting all the questions yesterday and earlier today. I will discuss several of those in […]

Kawasaki’s New Z900 – Our Chance to Quiz the Designer

We ride Kawasaki’s new Z900 ABS tomorrow, and also have a chance to talk to a Japanese representative of the company involved in the engineering and design of this new model. The new Z900 looks to be something special. 43 pounds lighter and, with its 948cc in-line four, far more powerful than the last year’s […]

MotoGP’s Technical Director Says Most Teams Still Hiding New Fairings Before Qatar Debut

We’ve already written about Yamaha’s debut of a new fairing designed to provide down-force in compliance with MotoGP’s ban on external wings beginning this year. You can see a comparison photo that illustrates what Yamaha has done below. A few days ago, we also wrote about the circumstances existing before the first race in Qatar […]

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650: MD Ride Review

We have already heaped plenty of praise on the new Kawasaki Z650 in our recent review. The Z650 is a sibling to the new Ninja 650 we have also now tested. The Ninja 650 is in many respects identical to its naked Z650 brother, i.e., it features the same 649cc parallel twin engine and the […]

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