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KTM Refines 1290 Super Duke GT for 2022

When MD tested the redesigned 2019 KTM Super Duke GT, we called it “one of the best motorcycles MD had ever tested.” To this day, we stand by that statement, and were very interested to see further refinements by KTM to the 2022 model. All the details are in the following press release. Highlights include […]

Moto Guzzi Presents V100 Mandello Production Model with Specifications

Moto Guzzi teased the new V100 Mandello in early September and now unveils the production model with detailed specifications in the press release below. If the Moto Guzzi brand makes you think of industrial design and older technology, think again. The new V100 Mandello is, according to Moto Guzzi, “the first bike in the world […]

MV Agusta Entering the Adventure Segment With Two New Models

MV Agusta is displaying two prototypes that should closely resemble production models of new Adventure bikes. Called the Lucky Explorer 9.5 (with a 931cc triple) and the Lucky Explorer 5.5 (550cc parallel-twin), these bikes answer the question “What would an Adventure bike from MV Agusta look like?” Reminded that this is MV Agusta, after all, […]

Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Takes WSB Championship to End Jonathan Rea’s Streak

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu (Yamaha) ended a six-year streak by Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea in taking the 2021 WSB title at the final round in Indonesia earlier today. Rea put up a good fight until the very end and won both races this weekend at the Mandalika International Street Circuit, but fell 13 points short of Razgatlıoğlu. Razgatlıoğlu […]

KTM Celebrates Progress on $50 Million North American Group Headquarters

KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and GASGAS are all part of the Pierer Mobility Group’s brands sold here in the United States. Their headquarters have been located in Murrieta for several years, but the fast-growing group is moving less than a mile away to a larger facility. Last Wednesday, industry representatives, the motorcycle press and local political […]

Honda Announces $1,800 Navi Coming to the U.S. Next January

Motorcycles are getting awfully expensive, aren’t they? Of course, “you get what you pay for” typically applies, but its nice to know that there are still some inexpensive options … particularly for new riders who want to give two wheel transportation a try. Enter the Honda Navi, a “miniMOTO” that joins Honda’s successful Grom and […]

KTM Introduces 1290 Super Duke R EVO For U.S. Market

The KTM 1290 Super Duke R is already an amazing motorcycle, as MD confirmed in our testing. For 2022, KTM is introducing the 1290 Super Duke R EVO with the latest generation semi-active suspension from WP, along with other changes and new graphics. Here are the details from KTM about this new model, which should […]

Ducati Introduces Two Powerful New Nakeds: Streetfighter V2 and Streetfighter V4 SP

Do you remember when “standards”, now called “nakeds”, were detuned models with poor suspension? Well, that’s ancient history now. Ducati just introduced the Streetfighter V2 and the Streetfighter V4 SP. The slower one makes 153 horsepower, while the V4 SP is rated at 208. The V2 is all new, while the V4 SP is a […]

Valencia MotoGP Results

The 2021 MotoGP series came to an end earlier today in Valencia, Spain. The recent dominance of Ducati was on full display with rookie Jorge Martín starting from pole position, and a trio of Ducatis sweeping the podium. Pecco Bagnaia took another win (his fourth this year) just ahead of Martín in second and Jack […]

2021 KTM 350 EXC-F: MD Ride Review

You have probably heard the phrase “A dirt bike with lights.“ That phrase is typically an exaggeration when it comes to a street legal dual sport. I said typically, because it is largely true of the subject of this review. The KTM 350 EXC-F is a dirt bike with lights. Yes, it is certified street […]

Yamaha Redesigns MT-10 for 2022

Yamaha Europe has announced a new MT-10 naked bike for 2022. No word yet on whether this model will be part of the 2022 U.S. lineup. MD tested this model, formerly known as the FZ-10, in 2017. The list of changes from the prior model are extensive, and are detailed in the following press release […]

Marc Marquez Suffering from Double-Vision; He Will Miss Upcoming MotoGP Race and Test

More bad news for Honda’s Marc Marquez. After suffering a concussion 10 days ago that caused him to miss last weekend’s Portimão round, Marquez was tested by a doctor to see if he could participate in this weekend’s Valencia MotoGP finale. The doctor (see quote below) has diagnosed Marquez with diplopia (double vision) related to […]

2021 KTM 890 Duke: MD Ride Review

When we tested the KTM 890 Duke R last year we were more than impressed. From the engine performance to the suspension and the brakes, there wasn’t much we could criticize. In fact, journalists everywhere seemed to rave about the new Duke. For 2021, KTM has introduced a standard model 890 Duke. You can read […]

Portimão 2 MotoGP Results

The MotoGP series visited the Portimão circuit for the second time this year, and Ducati’s Pecco Bagnaia came away with the win. Together with points from other Ducati riders, including teammate Jack Miller, who finished third today, Ducati earned the MotoGP Constructors’ World Championship for the second year in a row. Finishing second today was […]

Marquez Training Crash Highlights Inconsistent MotoGP Concussion Protocol (Opinion)

Controversy surrounding concussions and professional motorcycle racers has existed for many years, as this MD article from 2016 indicates. Unlike broken bones, concussions are the “unseen injury” that is more easily ignored by professional motorcycle racers that simply do not want to miss an event. We have observed numerous crashes in MotoGP resulting, at the […]

Husqvarna Introduces 2022 Norden 901 Adventure Model

Borrowing the engine found in the KTM 890 Adventure, sister company Husqvarna has introduced the new Norden 901. The Norden 901 is less of a hard-core dirt machine than KTM’s Adventure R, but it should still be quite capable off-road with 220mm of suspension travel. Husqvarna continues with its unique styling (admittedly polarizing to some) […]

Ducati Introduces Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak With 17″ Front Wheel

The new Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak is Ducati’s adventure model tuned for sport riding and track days. With the 170 horsepower V4 Granturismo engine, Ducati has adjusted the chassis geometry to work with a 17″ front wheel and sport-bike rubber. With all of the electronic wizardry you would expect from a current Ducati sport bike, […]

Misano 2 MotoGP Results

The MotoGP series returned for a second race at Misano this year. The race was quite eventful, for several reasons. Unexpectedly, it resulted in the crowning of Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) as the 2021 World MotoGP champion. After a disastrous qualifying, Quartararo had to start the race at 15th on the grid (his worst grid position […]

Honda Unveils NT1100 Sport Tourer for European Market

Honda took the wraps off the NT1100 sport tourer earlier today in the European market. This is the bike largely based on the Africa Twin adventure model, featuring the same 101 horsepower parallel-twin engine with minor tuning differences, revised chassis and 17″ wheels. This is an interesting new model, as Honda seems to be very […]

2021 KTM 890 Adventure R: MD Ride Review

For 2021, KTM took a still relatively new platform in the 790 Adventure series, and made some significant changes. Most notably, engine displacement was increased from 799cc to 890cc. The old 790 Adventure was a very good bike, and MD did a long-term evaluation and modification series on the 790. The 890 promises to make […]

Honda Europe Teases New Africa Twin-Powered Sport Tourer for October 21 Reveal

Rumored for some time, it appears Honda is about to reveal a production sport tourer powered by the same 1,084cc parallel twin engine found in the Africa Twin. Reportedly, emissions data already published in Germany indicates there will be two models, designated NT1100A and NT1100D, likely representing a traditional manual transmission model as well as […]

Triumph Unveils Production Tiger Sport 660

Teased in earlier videos, the 2022 Triumph Tiger Sport 660 debuted in production form earlier today. Using the same 659cc triple from the new Trident, the new Tiger gets upright adventure-style ergonomics and wind protection. Designed primarily for the street with 17″ wheels, the ride-by-wire throttle allows riders to select from Road and Rain power […]

Kawasaki Announces Z650RS, Z900 SE and Z900RS SE Coming to U.S. Market; Pricing Surprisingly Reasonable

Kawasaki issued the following press release this morning. Europe had previously announced the 2022 Z650RS, Z900 SE and Z900RS SE, and now it is confirmed these bikes will be available in the U.S. The press release does not include pricing, but you can find pricing for all of the new models on Kawasaki’s web site. […]