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Middleweight Benelli TRK502 and TRK502X Adventure Models Arriving at U.S. Dealers

Available in other markets for a few years now, Benelli’s middleweight adventure models TRK502 and TRK502X are finally arriving at U.S. dealerships. Reasonably priced at $5,999 for the road-focused 502 and $6,399 for the more dirt-capable 502X, these bikes seem to offer good value. The engine is a modern, fuel injected DOHC 500cc twin with […]

BMW Introduces M 1000 RR (with video)

BMW has introduced its first M-branded motorcycle, the M 1000 RR, that makes 212 horsepower in a machine weighing just 423 pounds. The new bike is clearly intended to homologate for racing several changes from the standard superbike. Detailed in the press release below, this new exclusive model includes carbon fiber wheels, BMW-branded M brakes, […]

Emilia Romagna MotoGP Results

Round 2 at Misano earlier today (called the Emilia Romagna GP) saw more than its share of drama. Several riders crashed (generally unhurt, as we understand it), including Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) who crashed out of the lead after setting the pace for much of the race. At the line, it was Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) taking […]

2020 Kawasaki Z900: MD Ride Review, First Thoughts

We took delivery of a 2020 Z900 from Kawasaki for testing recently, and have only put 150 miles, or so, on the bike at this point (including our commute back from Kawasaki headquarters in Irvine, California). We will have a full report when our testing concludes, but these are some initial thoughts we wanted to […]

Details Released on Bimota Tesi H2 (with supercharged Kawasaki engine)

When we told our readers last year that Kawasaki had acquired 49% of Bimota, and was in the process of developing a new Tesi H2 with hub-center steering and an off-the-shelf (no bad thing, in this instance) supercharged Kawasaki engine, there was a back-story our younger readers undoubtedly missed. Motorcycle enthusiasts of a certain age […]

Watch Joan Mir’s Impressive Final Lap Pass on Valentino Rossi

With one lap to go, it looked like a dream come true for Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and the young riders he mentored at his ranch, Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati). The three Italians were at their home track in Misano, and it was shaping up to be the legendary mentor and his students […]

Misano MotoGP Results

The first Misano MotoGP race this year (there is another next weekend) saw Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) take his first win in the premier class in convincing style. Well behind Morbidelli, a podium battle played out. On the last lap, Joan Mir (Suzuki) dove underneath Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) to nab third place away from the Italian […]

Misano MotoGP Qualifying Results

Yamaha dominated qualifying for tomorrow’s Misano MotoGP race earlier today. Maverick Viñales broke the lap record and led a string of four Yamahas in Q2 earlier today. Joining Viñales on the front row tomorrow will be Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo. Valentino Rossi will line up on the second row in fourth position. For full […]

2020 KTM 200 Duke: MD First Ride

Late last week, we attended the U.S. press launch of the 2020 KTM 200 Duke. We gave you pricing and all of the specs for this new U.S. model when KTM announced it would be available in this market. MD already has a test unit for further evaluation, but here are our first impressions after […]

BMW Develops Maintenance-Free Chain – Claims Equivalence to Shaft Drive

Somewhat timely, given the nature of some reader debates concerning the chain-driven Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX we recently completed reviewing, BMW has announced a chain it claims is ideal for touring. The M Endurance chain has a highly effective coating for the rollers and, in addition to requiring no periodic lubrication, the chain never stretches! Currently […]

Aprilia Introduces the Tuono V4 X – a Naked Track Weapon

You probably know that naked bikes are available with insane levels of performance these days. Ducati, Kawasaki (including their supercharged models), and KTM are building bikes with far more performance than you can realistically use on the street. Aprilia continues to step up as well, today announcing the new, track-focused Tuono V4 X pictured. Calling […]

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX: MD Ride Review, Part 2

After posting our initial thoughts, we have had time to put a lot more hours, and miles, on our 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX test bike. Here is our final report. One of the first “comfortable sportbikes” offered in the industry, the Ninja 1000 has been through several iterations, and 2020 sees substantial changes, yet again. […]

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