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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod First Ride Review

As a lifelong rooter for the underdog, I really wanted to like this one. Almost three years ago, I was a big fan of the original Street 750, which wasn’t so easy because it did have a couple of glaring shortcomings. But it was such a friendly little approachable motorcycle I liked it anyway – then H-D gave it a better front brake and cured its main malfunction. But the critics still panned its lack of cornering clearance, its mundane parts manifest and its frankly sloppy fit and finish. All legit complaints, but I always liked the little Harley’s potential. [...]

Church Of MO – 2003 YZF-R6: Not To Be Outdone…

Next week (Wednesday, to be exact) I’ll be riding the new, 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 (look for my review Friday). Now, because we’ve already featured the 1999 R6 in a past Church feature, this week we fast forward to the second-generation R6, which our own John Burns got the chance to ride in late 2002. A sharper tool than the original R6 as far as racetrack chops go, after reading this piece stay tuned to my review of the 2017 model to compare and contrast. Something tells me the two models will be very similar in many ways… Also, be sure to [...]

STAR Motorcycle School Review

Lately, I’ve been dissatisfied with my riding. I didn’t necessarily feel like I was doing anything wrong, but my mojo was definitely flagging. I felt like I was stagnating and needed to freshen up my technique. Perhaps some school was in order. While considering this idea, I remembered what a profound effect Jason Pridmore’s STAR Motorcycle School had on my riding technique when I took a one-day class some 15 years ago. Pridmore’s 14-year professional racing career saw him become AMA 750 SuperSport Champion in 1997 and Formula Xtreme Champion in 2002. Internationally, he won the 2003 and 2012 FIM [...]

Motoinno TS3 Prototype Test

Motorcycles are about passion mixed with thrills, and when those two ingredients are combined on a good day, everything lines up like a perfect apex. I recently had one of those days, riding an extraordinary motorcycle, right here in little old Australia. That motorcycle is the Motoinno TS3, a wild-looking creature 10 years in development that would not look out of place on a Matrix film set, which, as it happens, is not too far fetched. You see, the inventor of the Motoinno TS3, Ray Van Steenwyk, happens to have over 35 years of experience in film production and 3-D [...]

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 [...]