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xx Triumph Tiger 800XC test ride. | 23 Mar 11
15:06:44 by Davy F. | Views: 14517 | Comments: 19

I took out a Tiger 800XC today as it was almost like summer here today. So here's what I thought.

Really lovely bike, loads of poke, smooth gearbox, good ergos, handles nicely and makes a lovely lovely noise.

Oh, you want more ?  OK.  Bigsmile

The engine is terrific and although some have said it lacks torque compared to other similar machines, it certaintly doesn't lack any in the real world. 6th gear overtakes are dead easy and it picks up really fast. The gearbox is very slick, no missed gears and quite quiet snicking into first from a standstill. It is very smooth and as I've said above, makes a lovely noise on the go. Wind it on and it flies. The di...

xx Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 First Ride [] | 21 Feb 11
03:34:43 by UFO | Views: 10012 | Comments: 12


They say: "Ferociously fun!"
We say: "As long as you push the right buttons..."

My first impression of the new Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 was not what I was expecting. It functioned well in all respects and was quite quick and wonderfully controllable, but as we motored away from the bike's launch base in southern Spain, I couldn't help but feel slightly disappointed. The engine wasn't hitting with the brute force I'd hoped for, and when I tried to wheelie it the traction control intervened in a way that seemed wrong for a big supermoto.

Looking down at the tidy data display, I noticed I

xx Ducati Diavel Review [] | 21 Feb 11
03:26:36 by UFO | Views: 15983 | Comments: 24


While the Diavel is a new model, it nevertheless is comprised of many familiar Ducati components, the most prominent of which is its Testastretta 11° engine. This grunty, high-performance 1198.4cc 90-degree Twin (aka L-Twin) is sourced from the current model Multistrada. And with the exception of a new exhaust, it remains largely unchanged as used in the Diavel.

2011 Ducati Diavel exhaust

Ducati says the Diavel’s new exhaust is the key to extracting an extra 12 hp and 6.5 ft-lbs from the Testastretta 11 engine.
According to Giulio Malagoli, technical director on the Diavel project, the new Duc’s exhaust system, consisting of

xx Ninja 1000 Review Part 1 [] | 21 Feb 11
03:23:39 by UFO | Views: 23582 | Comments: 30


After attending the press intro for Kawasaki’s new Ninja 1000, we immediately asked Kawasaki for a test unit.  We will have the bike for a long-term evaluation, and will test it both in its stock form and with assorted modifications.

If you read our First Ride, you will see that we were very impressed by the Ninja 1000.  Its performance is very close to a full-blown superbike, in terms of its engine, chassis and brakes.  Combined with ergonomics that are more comfortable than some sport tourers, very low vibration and a trick, three-position adjustable windscreen that requires no tools (change it at the next stop light, if you desire), we cou

xx Buell 1190RS superbike breaks cover [MCN] | 21 Feb 11
03:20:08 by UFO | Views: 8071 | Comments: 19


Erik Buell Racing has finally given us a complete look at the new 1190RS sportsbike which will be shown in public this weekend in America.

The bike promises to be the first new road-legal machine produced by the innovative designer, Erik Buell, since parent company Harley-Davidson pulled the plug on Buell Motorcycles at the end of 2009.

It should be more than a match in terms of performance for the likes of the Ducati 1198 and KTM RC8R.

Soon after, Buell left Harley and founded Erik Buell Racing to hand build race-only machines as the terms of his departure prevented his manufacture of road going Buells for a period of 12 mon

xx Diavel First Ride [Cycle Canada] | 21 Feb 11
03:17:25 by UFO | Views: 2191 | Comments: 0


Standing around with other journalists after the day’s ride in the mountains near Malaga, Spain, I comment on what I believe is the new Ducati Diavel’s most successful styling element: its clean tail section with vertical lights that run underneath the passenger pad. “Oh, you must be joking,” said a testy American standing alongside, “it’s a great looking bike except for the hideous tail end.” And on it went. Everybody had an opinion and no one agreed on anything, except for this: if you set aside its looks and talk about its function, what Ducati has done with the Diavel is astonishing.

Here’s why: to design a bike around a 240 mm rear t

xx BMW K1600GT review [] | 20 Feb 11
18:51:19 by UFO | Views: 29067 | Comments: 80

Kevin Ash has had a chance to throw a leg over BMW's new uber-tourer and write up his thoughts for us.  There's a snippet below as well as a link to the entire review on his website.

BMW has trodden a narrow line in its extensive build-up to the new K1600GT and K1600GTL models.

The Germans haven’t quite told us – as Honda did with the VFR1200F – that the new six-cylinder machines were going to change motorcycling for the next decade, but simply by listing and explaining the array of new technology the bikes can boats, they’ve managed to whet appetites, fuel excitement and more pragmatically, generate quite a few orders already,


xx A BMW Motorcycle Story | 17 Jan 11
14:14:07 by UFO | Views: 13396 | Comments: 47

General News
Stumbled upon this on YouTube.  A short and sweet story about a boy and his father's BMW.  Video below...

This is a photo story of my father's 1958 BMW R50:

Boy meets girl, gets married, buys motorcycle. Rides it for 60,000 miles and has accident when wife is pregnant with 3rd child. (me) Wife orders motorcycle to be taken off road until all her children are grown and on their own. One day when bike is moved to a different storage location, son sits on bike and dreams of being a Jedi Master like his father. Couple grows old together and bike is not ridden for 40 years. Husband is now a grandfather of 7 and married for 50 years, when he dies of a stroke at age 71.

Son looks over the old rotting machine and finds note attached

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