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Motorcyclist Rickey Gadson On TV

Rickey Gadson is the most famous motorcycle dragracer of our generation, earning 11 national championships and remaining highly visible over the past couple of decades. The Philadelphia native is also well known to, as his long association with Kawasaki has brought him to every ZX-14 media launch since the bike’s introduction in 2006. Gadson also rode with us when I chased 200 mph on a Kawi H2R. Kawasaki H2R 200-mph Review Gadson can now be seen on TV in a new show on Velocity called Caffeine And Octane, which centers around the motorsports culture in the southeast United States, [...]

American Iron Butt: Conquering A SaddleSore 1000

“The mountain is the mountain, and we are the people who go there.” —Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner You know, I’ve thought long and hard, over many hours – 24 of them, in fact – and the quote above sums up the most rational reason for doing an Iron Butt Association SaddleSore 1000 ride. For those who like things distilled down to their most concentrated form, the only real reason is, as George Mallory famously said, is “Because it’s there.” Otherwise, undertaking a SaddleSore 1000 is irrational, foolish, and without real merit – all of which makes it absolutely essential for a MOron, [...]

Church Of MO – 1997 Honda XR400R Vs. 1997 Kawasaki KLX300R

As we jump in the vault for this week’s Church feature, we travel back to 1997, a time of change and consternation amongst off-road enthusiasts. Why? Because this was the year California really cracked down on two-stroke off-road motorcycles. A look at showroom floors today reveals (thankfully) that two-strokes haven’t exactly died off, but are far from prominent. Instead, the four-stroke era kicked in, and here we have a test of some modest trail bikes – the 1997 Honda XR400R and Kawasaki KLX300R. Far from speed demons, both bikes are fun on the trials. How fun? Let Len Nelson tell [...]

Yoshimura Unveils New Products For 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000

The highlight of the new Yoshimura products is definitely the Alpha T exhaust. Check out that video clip! Begin Press Release: 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000/R Applications Are Ready from Yoshimura! To say that the 2017 GSX-R1000 has been revamped would be an understatement. From top to bottom the new GSX-R has been developed to take over the top step of the industry’s Sportbike platform. Yoshimura now has the newest products to enhance the newest offering from Suzuki’s flagship machine. The Alpha T Street Series slip-on, is available in Works Finish stainless steel or titanium, come with a carbon fiber heat shield [...]

2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod Preview

  Suck it up all you Harley haters, and behold the new Street Rod – pretty much what we wished the original Street 750 could’ve been in 2014. At the heart of the matter is a snarlier 60-degree SOHC V-Twin: The High Output Revolution X 750 is said to produce 18% more horsepower and 8% more torque than the standard Revolution X 750 engine, via larger airbox feeding a new dual-throat throttle body, revised four-valve cylinder heads, new high-lift camshafts and a higher-volume muffler. Compression ratio is up from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1 – and the hotter enchilada is now revvable [...]

2017 Kawasaki Z900 Review: First Ride

For all those traditionalists/purists who bemoan modern motorcycle electronics (TC, ride modes, electronic suspension, etc.), Kawasaki has a bike for you. The 2017 Z900 is lighter and more agile than either the Z800 or Z1000, is more powerful than the Z800, costs way less than the Z1000, and is devoid of electronics save its gear-position indicator. 2017 Kawasaki Z650 First Ride Review Kawasaki did outfit the Z900 with mechanical technology in the form of an assist and slipper clutch – which makes for an incredibly light pull at the clutch lever, and the ability to bang a series of downshifts [...]

2017 MotoGP Season Preview

With the start of the 2017 MotoGP season only weeks away, we turn to our trusted MotoGP Correspondent, Bruce Allen, still foolishly bucking for promotion, for a look ahead at what will be on offer for racing fans this year. The racing begins on March 26 in Qatar. MotoGP is the fastest-growing motorsports flavor on earth. That it has virtually no presence or accessibility in the U.S. is a poor joke. It appears the safety-conscious American parents of today are reluctant to let their kids, most of them, anyway, learn to ride ATVs and motorbikes when they’re young. Series organizer [...]

2018 KTM 790 Duke Spy Shots

The mid-displacement sportbike category is hotting up, with recent introductions of Triumph’s all-new Street Triple and Yamaha’s updated FZ-09. And then there’s the 800cc Brutale from MV Agusta, too. 2017 Triumph Street Triple RS Review: First Ride 2017 Yamaha FZ-09 Review: First Ride KTM also wants in on the action, as evidenced by these pictures of a 790 Duke undergoing suspension testing in Spain in advance of finalizing specifications. The Austrian manufacturer teased us at the big EICMA show in Milan, Italy, last fall with a concept version of the 790 Duke. And then our adrenaline spiked from a promo [...]

Five Things To Love About The Honda CBR500R

If your dreams include parking a brand new Honda RC213V-S or CBR1000RR SP in the garage someday but not just now, it’s nice to know a little of that Championship-winning Honda sportbike DNA is easier to spot than ever in the 2017 CBR500R, and parking one of them in your garage is doable right now. The CBR500R has quite a few things going on for it that bigger sportbikes just can’t match: The ability to travel more than 58 miles on a gallon (25 kilometers on a liter) of fuel is one of them, and greatly reduced maintenance in an incredibly [...]

Dunlop Roadsmart III Performance-Touring Tire Review

Frankly, we at MO would not know that the biggest complaint among sport-touring riders, especially performance-minded ones, is tire life. That’s because we rarely put more than a couple thousand miles on any bike before it goes back to its maker. But we can see how tire life would be a real problem for big powerful beasts like FJR1300s and the sweet new KTM Super Duke GT – upon which I had the excellent fortune to sample Dunlop’s newest rubber upon. The Super Duke GT comes from the factory wearing Pirelli Angel GT tires, but the biggest player in this [...]