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Sportbike Reviews / 35 posts found

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Review

  Head Cheese Duke may have gotten a chance to ride the new Suzuki GSX-R1000R at Phillip Island – which is probably tied at the top of every moto-journo’s bucket list of tracks to ride alongside the Mugello track in Italy – but as far as consolation prizes go, getting to ride at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, is pretty darn good. My steed? Ironically enough, Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. While my bike may be down one R to the one Kevin rode, to underestimate the single-R Gixxer would be a huge mistake. Let’s take a closer look to [...]

BMW S1000XR Vs. KTM 1290 Super Duke GT Vs. MV Agusta Turismo Veloce

Just as there are a million ways to skin a cat, there are a million ways to go sport-touring, too. Some folks prefer the full-on Gold Wing style of touring, while others sway the other direction, slapping on a backpack filled only with the bare essentials as they dart off aboard their sportbike. Throw in muscle cruisers and adventure bikes with integrated or aftermarket luggage, and the options for burning miles and scraping peg feelers are very wide. For this test, we’re shooting for the happy medium, with three motorcycles that all approach sport-touring slightly differently. The players include the [...]

2017 Ducati Monster 797 Review: First Ride

Hemlines and exhausts go up and down, radiators come and go, but the Monster hasn’t really ever gone out of fashion since it hit the runway, dang, has it really been 23 years ago? 1994 brought us Miguel Galluzzi’s original naked bike, and there’s been a veritable plethora of Monsters over the years ever since. Also Monsterinos, as Ducati likes to call the smaller-displacement ones. 2017 Ducati Monster 797 Preview The new 797 really does pay its respects to the original, right down to the very nice aluminum clasp that holds down the front of its 4.4-gallon steel fuel tank. [...]

2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 Review

Here’s a quick reminder of what was going on in the world in 2006: Dick Cheney, then Vice President of the United States, shot a man in the face. Pluto was demoted from plain ‘ol planet to a dwarf planet. Steve Irwin, everyone’s favorite crocodile hunter, and Don Knotts, everyone’s favorite aloof deputy, both passed away. Oscar-winning actor Mel Gibson was pulled over for a DUI in Los Angeles, where he then went on a full-blown, drunken, anti-semitic rant. Pop icon Britney Spears was on her downward spiral, filing for divorce from the father of her two kids less than [...]

2017 Superbike Spec Chart Shootout

As far as 2017 is concerned, this might be the year we remember as the one that saw the entire liter-class field go electric. No, I don’t mean like that. I mean electronic rider aids – every major player in the field has them now. Honda and Suzuki, with their CBR1000RR and GSX-R1000, respectively, had held out on introducing riding aids (beyond differing power modes in the Suzuki’s case) until this year. Meanwhile, the rest of the competition has leap-frogged ahead, introducing highly advanced traction control, wheelie control, launch control, slide control, and all kinds of other controls previously only [...]

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 [...]

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 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 Honda CBR300R Vs. Hyosung GD250R

There’s an old saying that aptly describes the Hyosung GD250R: A day late and a dollar short. The 250cc beginner bike market went strong for years without much of an update, as the Kawasaki EX/Ninja 250, and later the Honda CBR250, practically owned the category for nearly three decades. Hyosung wasn’t absent in the market, since it persisted with its GT250R (and the naked GT250, no R). It was a pretty cool bike, too, sporting a V-Twin engine while the others had either a Single or parallel-Twin. But the problems facing the GT250 are three-fold, as noted in our 2011 [...]

2017 Ducati Supersport Review

In 2015 I wrote a column about how Sportbikes Are Terrible. In short, I felt (and still do) that production sportbikes have become so focused on the racetrack that riding them on the street anywhere other than a curvy road is borderline torture. Take either of the Ducati Panigale variants, for example. Rolling works of art, on a track they are some of the most fun you can have on two wheels. But would I want to ride one a few hours to the track, do a trackday, then ride home? Not just no, but hell no. Apparently I’m not [...]