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xx Buell 1190RS superbike breaks cover [MCN] | 21 Feb 11
03:20:08 by UFO | Views: 8006 | 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: 2182 | 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: 28734 | 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: 13316 | 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

xx Indian Himalayans, 2 Royal Enfields, monsoon season: Maybe not the best idea... | 06 Dec 10
09:16:24 by lightcycle | Views: 5811 | Comments: 16

Ride Reports
This last September, my wife and I rented two Royal Enfields in Delhi and made our way into the Indian Himalayas. We had miscalculated the length of the Indian monsoon season and suffered dearly through most of the trip because of it. But that was the least of our worries...

We kept an extensive blog of our troubles... I mean travels, which can be found here: Here is an excerpt:


Sep 15, 2010: Rohtang Pass

Anxious not to have a repeat of our last riding day, ...

xx 2011 Honda Crossrunner 800 models unveiled | 03 Nov 10
00:46:18 by UFO | Views: 51574 | Comments: 129

Note that this model is powered by the 782cc VTEC that powered the previous generation of VFRs.  This is not a new engine configuration, nor does this model use the new 1200cc engine.  Honda did unveil a more "adventure" oriented Crossrunner that is powered by the 1200 (see 3rd picture below).

North American bound?  Seems like that's always the common question when a new model is released.  It shouldn't be. Thumbsdown

800cc Crossrunner

800cc Crossrunner

1200cc Crosstourer concept


xx CB1000R in the US! | 02 Nov 10
12:05:27 by Jeff | Views: 21147 | Comments: 70

It's official.

Engine Type   998cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore And Stroke   75mm x 56.5mm
Induction   PGM-FI Fuel injection with automatic enrichment circuit and 36mm throttle bodies
Ignition   Computer-controlled digital transistorized with 3-D mapping
Compression Ratio   11.2:1
Valve Train   DOHC; four valves per cylinder

Transmission   Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive   #530 0-ring chain

Front Suspension   43mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload, rebound and compression damping adjustability; 4.7 i...

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