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2017 Kawasaki Z650: MD Ride Review (Part Two)

This is our final report on the 2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS that we have been testing. You can look back at Part One of this report, as well as the press launch story for more background and details. Recapping some of the technical specifications, although Kawasaki has produced a 649cc parallel twin powered bike in […]

U.S. Beef Lobby Wants 100% Tax on European Motorcycles Under 500cc … Seriously

The EU doesn’t like U.S. beef, particularly beef treated with certain hormones. What does this have to do with motorcycles? At the moment, plenty. As a result of an EU ban on importation of most U.S. bred beef, the beef lobby is petitioning the Office of United States Trade Representatives to retaliate by placing stiff […]

Ken Roczen Rides Jeremy McGrath’s 1996 Honda CR250 in Video Tribute

Maybe you didn’t spend hours and hours watching motocross videos in the 1990s like my family did, including Terrafirma 2. Many of the videos showed great motocross racers, like Jeremy McGrath and Ryan Hughes, riding in open fields … creating a sense of freedom that is difficult to describe. McGrath was one of the stars […]

KTM Triumphs in Dakar Rally

Sam Sunderland became the first British rider to win the Dakar Rally last weekend by riding his Factory KTM 450 across the line 32 minutes ahead of teammate Matthias Walkner. Sunderland led the Rally through the final week and ultimately was able to cruise home for the win. Sunderland was unable to finish the Rally […]

Suzuki Announces Colors and Prices on Several Models – New GSX-R1000 Starting at $14,599

Suzuki has announced pricing and colors for several of its 2017 and 2018 models, including, among others, the redesigned/new GSX250R, GSX-S750 and GSX-R1000R. Other announcements concern V-Strom models. The big new superbike starts at $14,599 and ranges up to $16,999 for the “R” model with upgraded features and components (details below). We hope to get […]

Dakar Rally Soldiers to Finish Despite Extreme Weather

The 2017 Dakar Rally has seen two separate stages cancelled due to weather conditions. The world’s toughest rally typically won’t let weather get in the way, but this year has been something special. The cancellation of Stage 9 resulted as extreme weather caused a massive landslide in Argentina, killing two non-participants. Motorcyclists have been forced to […]

2017 Victory Octane: Is Our Last Test of a Victory the Best?

Just a couple of days ago, we announced that owner Polaris Industries is winding-down the Victory Motorcycle brand. That news was both sad and shocking as American motorcycle manufacturers are rare and precious. As we pointed out, we happened to have a Victory Octane in our garage for a test at the time we heard […]

Triumph Introduces 765cc Street Triple for 2017 (updated)

Not every new bike was launched late last year at the big shows.  This evening in London, Triumph took the wraps off the new Street Triple for 2017. Displacing 765cc (up from 675cc in the prior model), the new Street Triple will be offered in three versions, including S, R and RS. The three versions […]

A Small Glimpse at the Indian Market, and the Impact on Small Displacement Motorcycles Available in the U.S.

We thought this might be interesting to some of our readers. In part due to the internet and social media, as well as efforts to leverage research and development costs by manufacturers, the massive market in India for motorcycles is seeing some integration with European and Japanese brands. An example is the Bajaj Dominar 400 […]

Polaris Shutting Down Victory Motorcycle Brand

MD just received the following press release from Polaris Industries regarding its decision to “wind down” the Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. To say that we are shocked would be a gross understatement.  Victory has undertaken high profile, and expensive, promotional activities just recently at Pikes Peak and other venues, so it appears that […]

Press Reports Indicate Triumph Will Be Engine Supplier for Moto2 in 2019

Honda has supplied engines to the Moto2 championship since its inception, but its contract with Dorna expires at the end of the 2018 season. Although technically still a rumor, several press reports indicate Triumph has already signed to replace Honda as the Moto2 engine supplier beginning in 2019. Perhaps even more interesting, it is also […]

2017 Kawasaki Z650: MD Ride Review (Part One) – Updated With Additional Commentary

We are working on a full review of Kawasaki’s all new 2017 Z650, but we had to convey some preliminary thoughts as we finish the full article. This is an extremely impressive motorcycle on several levels. Our report from the press launch is hard to fault. With a new frame, re-tuned engine and suspension, and […]

Honda Riding Assist: Honda Invents Something Almost as Disturbing as Self-Driving Cars (with video)

If the prospect of self-driving cars in our daily lives isn’t horrific enough, maybe the motorcycle displayed by Honda at the CES Show in Las Vegas earlier today does the trick. Featuring “Riding Assist”, the motorcycle refuses to fall over even if you have no sense of balance on two wheels. The motorcycle can even […]

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