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KymiRing: Finnish MotoGP Circuit Tested for First Time

A race in Finland at the KymiRing will be on the calendar next year for the MotoGP series. GP motorcycle racing for the Premier class last appeared in Finland in 1982. Understandably, international and local racing authorities are ecstatic about the return of the sport to this country, and the opening of the new 2.85 […]

MD Testing Trick Honda CRF450L Supermoto Conversion

Recently, at the launch of the CB500X, I was asked by Honda press liaison about MD’s test of the new CRF450L dual sport. Half jokingly, I replied that the only thing the bike needed was supermoto wheels. A Honda representative quickly responded, “We built a supermoto version, do you want to test it?” My immediate […]

2019 KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R: MD Ride Review

When we tested the KTM 790 Duke last year, we were very impressed with the performance offered by the 799cc parallel twin engine developed by KTM for a new line of models. The Duke was just the first of those models. Recently, we had the chance to test each of the new 790 Adventure bikes […]

KTM and Zarco Will End Relationship One Year Early

After two Moto2 championships, and two years in MotoGP aboard a satellite Yamaha that saw him earn four pole positions and six podiums, Johann Zarco earned a full factory ride with KTM beginning this year in a two-year deal. In the press release below, KTM has announced that it and Zarco have decided to end […]

Austrian MotoGP Results

An exciting race at the Red Bull Ring earlier today saw championship points leader Marc Marquez (Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) engage in a lengthy battle that came down to the final corner. In spectacular fashion, Dovizioso passed Marquez and beat him to the checkered flag. Finishing third today was rookie Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) who […]

Austrian MotoGP Qualifying Results

Championship points leader Marc Marquez (Honda) took pole position today during qualifying for tomorrow’s Austrian MotoGP race. In the process, Marquez broke the all-time MotoGP pole position record with his 59th pole – breaking the record previously set by another Honda rider, Mick Doohan. Marquez also broke the lap record for the Red Bull Ring, […]

Rumor Spreads that Jorge Lorenzo Wants to Leave Honda and Go Back to Ducati

The Ducati MotoGP team decided to sever its relationship with Jorge Lorenzo last year just prior to Lorenzo finding form on the Italian bike and winning three races. Lorenzo was picked up by the factory Honda team (Repsol Honda) where he signed a two-year contract through the end of 2020. To say that Lorenzo’s stint […]

Oberdan Bezzi Sketches Fantasy Suzuki Rally Weapon

We used to feature Oberdan Bezzi motorcycle designs with some frequency, but that was quite a while ago. We always thought his concepts were logical extensions of existing production machines, and this drawing of a Suzuki SV650 Rally based on a bike known, loved and frequently tested by MD, is a good example. Take a […]

Erik Buell’s Fuell Fluid eBike Close to Customer Deliveries

We informed you a few months ago that one of the most talented, and innovative, engineers/designers in the history of the motorcycle industry, Erik Buell, is involved with a new electric two-wheeler manufacturer known as Fuell. Fuell is building an electric motorcycle, but its first product to reach customers is a bicycle known as the […]

Brno MotoGP Results

After a short summer break, the MotoGP series returned to action at Brno. After a short rain delay, today’s race saw Marc Marquez (Honda) control the pace from the front before pulling away from the lead group to a comfortable margin and the victory. Behind Marquez, the fight over the remaining two podium positions was […]

Triumph Introduces Two New Rocket 3 Models, Each With a Massive 2,500cc Triple Delivering 165 HP

After unveiling the limited edition Rocket 3 TFC with its massive 2,500cc triple, we knew standard production models would follow. Those were announced yesterday, and include the Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT. The base model is the R, while the GT has a bit more comfort built in for cruising/touring. Both new models […]

2019 Honda CB500X: MD First Ride

The adventure touring category, to the extent there is one, has grown rapidly in terms of both sales and importance over the past decade. It covers a relatively broad spectrum of bikes that seem to share only one characteristic, i.e., bolt upright, almost dirt-bike style ergonomics. Beyond this, motorcycles in this category range from those […]

No Motorcycles At Pikes Peak Next Year

Following the tragic death of Carlin Dunne at this year’s race, the governing board for the event has announced that motorcycles will not be a part of the racing program next year. “Motorcycles have been a part of the PPIHC for the past 29 years, and their history on America’s Mountain dates back to the […]

ELMOTO LOOP – A Hint at How Light Electric Motorcycles Can Be (with video)

The hybridization of motorcycles and bicycles is a big part of the story when it comes to future two-wheelers. These aren’t concepts any more, manufacturing is going full tilt, and all sorts of electric two-wheelers are found on the streets of Europe. Pictured is the ELMOTO LOOP, a product of GOVECS, one of the primary […]

Honda Readies Larger Displacement Africa Twin

Confirming rumors, Cycle World reports it has seen hard evidence of a larger displacement Africa Twin production model that will be formally introduced this year. The Cycle World report says the new bike will be called the Honda CRF1100L, and that the displacement of the parallel twin (currently 998cc) will be increased to 1,084cc. Honda, […]

2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701: MD Ride Review – Part 1

Husqvarna has certainly been willing to follow its own direction when it comes to styling the Svartpilen and Vitpilen models. So much so that many motorcycle enthusiasts will overlook the appealing riding dynamics of the powerful single-cylinder machines. It’s a shame … no, really, it is. Read on. First, a bit about that controversial styling. […]

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Ride Reviews Rolling In – Good Bike, But Performance Numbers Don’t Justify High Price

Branding is critical to many buyers, and, not surprisingly the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire relies heavily on the Harley cachet to justify the starting price of $29,799. MD is not at the press launch, but we note the publication earlier today of a riding report from friend, and talented motorcycle journalist, Basem Wasef for Autoblog. With […]

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