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Audi to Sell Ducati to Fund VW Dielselgate Losses?

Reuters is reporting that Volkswagen is considering the sale of Ducati, which is currently owned by Volkswagen subsidiary Audi.  Audi acquired Ducati in 2012 for close to one billion dollars. The desire to sell Ducati, again according to the Reuters report, is “to help fund a strategic overhaul following its emission scandal.” For context, Volkswagen violated […]

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000: MD First Ride

We have already reported on the dramatic changes made by Suzuki to its flagship superbike, the GSX-R1000 for the 2017 model year. You can have a look at the details in our report here. The last major redesign of the model occurred nearly a decade ago in 2009. In the meantime, the competition has made […]

Robert Pirsig, Author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Passes Away at the Age of 88

Is it ironic that the most popular book ever written on the subject of motorcycling was a deep, often obscure tome authored by a middle-aged philosophy professor? Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, was first published in 1974 and went on to become a best seller.  Pirsig recently passed […]

Austin MotoGP Results

The Texas showdown between reigning champ Marc Marquez (Honda) and the winner of the first two rounds, Maverick Viñales (Yamaha), will have to wait. After sparing with one another all weekend during practice and qualifying, Viñales crashed out of the race today after just a couple of laps, leaving Marquez to take his fifth consecutive MotoGP […]

Austin MotoGP Qualifying Results

Qualifying for tomorrow’s COTA MotoGP race saw Marc Marquez (Honda) take pole position over Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales by a narrow margin. Nearly a full second back in third was Valentino Rossi (Yamaha). Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo made it to Q2 for the first time this year and will line up on the outside of the second […]

BMW HP4 RACE: Does an $87,000 Limited Edition Sportbike Still Make Sense?

The sportbike market has shrunk dramatically in the past dozen years. Market emphasis seems to be on standards, retro models and adventure tourers. In this context, BMW has announced the $87,000 limited edition (750 units available worldwide) HP4 RACE, an exotic track weapon for wealthy enthusiasts and collectors. With 215 horsepower and 377 pounds of […]

2017 Yamaha FZ-10: Long Term Review – Report 2

We are still getting to know our Yamaha FZ-10. You can see our report from the press launch here with all of the technical details and specifications.  Our first report on our long-term test unit is here. As delivered to us, the suspension on the FZ-10 was too stiff for street riding. In particular, the fork […]

Are Smartphones in the Process of Replacing OEM Instrument Panels?

Will motorcycle manufacturers bother to include an instrument panel on future models? If every purchaser of a new motorcycle owns a smartphone, why bother? In the world of automobiles, smart displays have been integrated into vehicle dashboards for quite some time. Owners of these vehicles frequently lament the fact that relatively inexpensive tablets (iPads or […]

Indian Roadmaster Classic: MD Ride Review, Part 1 (with video)

Just finished a quick 80 miles on MD’s Indian Roadmaster Classic test bike. Very impressed so far. Like other Indians we have tested, the Roadmaster Classic has a refined, powerful nature, and handles well for its class of motorcycle. Of course, the reason this bike exists is a rider’s desire for touring comfort and convenience. […]

Marquez Will Have to Break a Record to Win Title This Year

With a fourth place and a DNF in the first two rounds, Marc Marquez (Honda) is now further back in the championship standings (after two rounds) than any rider ever to win the MotoGP title. This is according to an analysis published on Crash.net. Marquez is no ordinary rider of course, and he could conceivably […]

Justice for Motorcyclist Deliberately Knocked Down by Texas Driver

Close to two years ago, we posted a story about a Texas motorist deliberately swerving to knock down a motorcyclist and his passenger.  That story prompted 141 reader comments, including a disturbing number describing similar experiences. Now, justice has been served … at least in this one case. The offending driver in Texas, 69-year-old William […]

Argentina MotoGP Results

After taking the checkered flag with a comfortable gap over his Yamaha teammate, Maverick Viñales won the Argentina MotoGP event earlier today.  Viñales has a perfect 50 points in the championship, having won each of the first two races of the year. Behind Viñales, a fierce battle ensued between Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Cal Crutchlow (Honda), […]

Argentina MotoGP Qualifying Results

Damp qualifying conditions in Argentina led to some surprises. Although defending champ Marc Marquez (Honda) took pole position, the second spot went to Karel Abraham (Ducati) aboard a Ducati race bike two generations older than the current factory bike.  Cal Crutchlow (Honda) will start from third position on the grid tomorrow.  Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and […]

Several Big Names Struggle During Friday Practice for Argentina MotoGP

Take a look at the Combined Practice Times for Friday in Argentina. Two familiar names are at the top, Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) and Marc Marquez (Honda), but several top riders finished well down the pecking order. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) could manage only the 13th quickest lap, but he faired better than Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) in 16th […]

Thursday Videos Include a Near Miss With a Giant Buck and Shenanigans at the Windham Compound

Please don’t watch these at work (we wouldn’t want you to get in trouble on our account), but do take the time to watch a couple of interesting videos we spotted today and post below. The first one reminds us all to never take things for granted. While a group of riders cruises along on […]

Honda NM4 Coming Back to U.S. as 2018 Model

Otherwise conservative Honda has taken its share of design risks over the years … not the least was the introduction of the NM4 back in 2014. When we first saw it, the NM4 reminded us of the innovative Gurney Alligator. The unique NM4 is powered by a 670 cc twin, and will be available in […]

Nominate the Best Looking Retro Standard Currently Available in the U.S. Market (with video)

We want our readers to offer their opinion in the Comments section below on their idea of the single, best looking retro standard currently available in the U.S. market. Just to get things rolling, MD nominates the Moto Guzzi V7 III Special pictured here (and also featured in the video below). There are plenty of […]

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