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2017 Triumph Street Triple RS: MD First Impression

What follows is a brief report from our friends at Solo Moto in Spain regarding time spent aboard the most powerful, and highly equipped, of the new 765cc Street Triple models, the 2017 Street Triple RS. There are three members of the new Street Triple family, including the 111 horsepower S, 116 horsepower R and […]

Fierce Determination to Reach MotoGP Title Displayed at Red Bull KTM Launch

The Austrians aim to win, and won’t settle for anything less.  These sentiments were made perfectly clear at the launch of the Red Bull KTM Factory MotoGP Team a couple of days ago. Indeed, the Red Bull motorsport manager wants a MotoGP World title “very soon.” Nevertheless, the team is acknowledging that 2017 will be […]

2017 Yamaha FZ-09: MD First Ride

When we tested the original Yamaha FZ-09 introduced for the 2014 model year, like most journalists we were impressed with its engine performance, light weight and bargain price. For less than $8,000 U.S MSRP, buyers received a high performance triple with loads of character, coupled with an extremely light chassis and upright ergonomics. The 2014 […]

CCM Displays Limited Production Spitfire

Clews Competition Machines (CCM) intends to manufacture 150 Spitfire models (pictured), featuring a steel frame and 600cc single-cylinder engine. Reports indicate the bike is a svelte 264 pounds in weight. The extraordinarily minimalist design features WP forks, 19-inch wheels and Brembo brakes. The CCM Spitfire should be on display this weekend at the London Motorcycle […]

Viñales Finishes on Top at Phillip Island Test; Rookies Look Strong

The three-day Philip Island MotoGP test has come to a conclusion with Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales proving to be fastest. Marc Marquez (Honda) posted the second quickest time, roughly 3/10ths of a second down from Viñales. The rookies arriving at the MotoGP level this year from Moto2 were all quite quick. Whereas, Johann Zarco (Yamaha) fell […]

Viñales Separates Himself from Field on Day 2 at Phillip Island

Valentino Rossi clearly has his hands full with young Yamaha teammate Maverick Viñales this year. Viñales was the only rider earlier today to do a lap quicker than 1:29 flat … and he did five of them! Only Marc Marquez (Honda) has pace competitive with Viñales, particularly with regard to race simulations over several laps. Weather permitting, […]

Marquez Fastest on First Day of Phillip Island Test; Iannone Continues to Impress on the Suzuki

The first day of the Phillip Island MotoGP test has ended with Honda’s defending champ Marc Marquez posting the fastest lap time. The full results are contained at the bottom of the Suzuki press release presented below. One interesting story developing is the speed Andrea Iannone is showing on his new Suzuki. Following an impressive […]

Honda’s Curious Design Choices

Honda has a great heritage in motorcycling … one of the greatest.  Founder Soichiro Honda was a risk taker who frequently followed his passion without apparent concern for cost or outcome. Fortunately, he proved to have great instincts. Of course, as Honda has matured, it has in many respects become a more conservative company. Sometimes […]

Revival Ascot FT500: Custom Build Stripped to the Essence

Revival is an Austin, Texas based company specializing in vintage motorcycle repair, tuning and customization. This clean build, based on a 1982 Honda FT500 caught our eye. We appreciate clean, lightweight designs, and this bike fits into that category, for sure. We would bolt fenders on, but doesn’t look like that would be much of […]

NY Times Publishes Excellent Insight Into MotoGP Champ Marc Marquez

As reigning MotoGP champ Marc Marquez (Honda) prepares for another season, and an opportunity to earn his 4th crown in the Premier class, the New York Times has published a nice, informative story about his off-season life at his parents’ home in the town where he grew up, Cervera, Spain. It turns out Marquez has […]

Harley Introduces New Road King Special

With Harley-Davidson’s recent announcement that it will introduce 50 new models over the next 5 years, one could be skeptical about how “new” those models will be. Harley-Davidson is as guilty as any manufacturer of adding a few new chrome pieces, and a new paint job, to an existing model and calling it “new”. Today’s press […]

Aerodynamic Innovation by Yamaha MotoGP Will Survive Ban on “Wings”

We reported earlier on the MotoGP rule banning “wings” for 2017. The operative language prohibits the following:  “Devices or shapes protruding from the fairing or bodywork and not integrated in the body streamlining (eg wings, fins, bulges, etc.) that may provide an aerodynamic effect.” At the recently concluded Sepang test, Yamaha riders debuted a fairing design […]

Game Changer? Red Bull Signs on as Title Sponsor for Honda WSB Effort

Ronald ten Kate may be a genius when it comes to tuning race bikes and winning championships, but it helps to have a deep pocket behind you, and last year ten Kate went it alone with no primary sponsor.  That just changed … big time! Whether it is F1 or any other racing, Red Bull […]

2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado: MD Ride Review

When I first saw a picture of the Moto Guzzi Eldorado featuring the new 1380cc v-twin engine, I fell in love with the classic styling (it happened to be a red one, not the color of our black test unit). I knew that the big v-twin was a gem, having named the first bike to […]

Sepang Test Ends; Viñales Tops; Zarco Impresses; Lorenzo Improves

The first official MotoGP test of 2017 has come to an end after three days at Sepang. New Yamaha team member Maverick Viñales posted the fastest time, while new Suzuki team rider Andrea Iannone was second quickest. Former champ Jorge Lorenzo finally showed a good turn of speed on his new Ducati by posting a […]

Dear Casey, Please Come Back and Race! Stoner Quickest at Sepang Test on Opening Day

  I know that Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) said that Casey Stoner “rides like a god”, but most fans want more than to watch god embarrass the MotoGP regulars, on occasion, as he did earlier today at Sepang. Sure, he took part in a private test last week at the same venue, but the track was […]

Ten Kate Teammates Get First Taste of New Honda CBR1000RR SP2 at Jerez Test

The Honda WSB team run by Ten Kate Racing took delivery of their production 2017 CBR1000RR SP2  bikes just two weeks ago. Rushing to get ready for the first test at Jerez, the bikes are obviously in an early stage of development.   Below you will see comments from riders Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl following […]

Yamaha Poised for Strong Showing in MotoGP This Year

With multi-time champ Jorge Lorenzo leaving the team for Ducati, one might assume that Yamaha will be in a weakened state this year. Instead, with the addition of ascendant young phenom Maverick Viñales, and promising improvements to the 2017 bike, Yamaha’s MotoGP effort this year could be even stronger. The most important development might be the […]

Should Ducati Introduce a Street-Legal V4 Superbike?

Part of Ducati’s DNA is v-twin sport bikes, including v-twin superbikes. Arguably, through product differentiation, Ducati has at least one market advantage when competing for consumer sport bike dollars. Several press outlets are stating Ducati has confirmed a production V4 superbike is imminent based on technology developed in MotoGP (where Ducati does race a V4 […]

Ken Roczen Recovering From Horrendous Crash Suffered at Anaheim 2 Supercross Event

Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be supercross racers.  Honda’s Ken Roczen won the first two rounds of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross series, and was the favorite coming into Round 3 at Anaheim last weekend. Unfortunately, supercross is a dangerous game where even the best riders risk serious injury every time they go […]

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 […]