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xx Another Kawi Z1000 Review [] | 24 Dec 09
14:04:08 by UFO | Views: 1584 | Comments: 2

The new Z1000 seems to be getting very positive reviews.  The dyno chart in the article is a bit of a headscratcher though, as no units are give for the horsepower yet the author claims the bike makes 128 rwhp.  Regardless, another positive review that the Transformers can take back to planet Cybertron. Bigsmile

The power delivery from the new engine is nothing less than incredible, with the real meat of the power coming between 5,000 and 8,000 rpm, which is where it's most usable in everyday riding conditions. The bike also revs out well . . . pulling hard all the way to 11,000 rpm. At one point I lofted the front wheel into a nice third gear power wheelie with a mere twist of the th...

xx Yamaha Super Ténéré Teaser | 23 Dec 09
20:35:40 by UFO | Views: 8639 | Comments: 18

Thanks to mr moto for the heads up.  Thumbsup Yamaha is sloooowly trickling out information on their new dual purpose bike.  Coming to the U.S.?  Uknown, but the multi-purpose bike market is certainly getting very interesting.

Link to the European site at the bottom of the marketing text...

Introducing the new Yamaha Super Ténéré.

In the shifting sands of the Ténéré Desert, nothing is as it seems.

Today’s tracks become tomorrow’s horizons.

Landscapes become memories overnight.

And the unstoppable can be stopped.

Because here, in the shifting sands of the Ténéré Desert, the all-new Yamaha Super Ténéré is ready for adventure.


xx Honda NT700 First Ride [] | 23 Dec 09
00:50:12 by UFO | Views: 38028 | Comments: 29

Here's another review of the new (to U.S.) Honda NT700 sport-tourer courtesy of  They go on to say that it "could be the perfect utilitarian motorcycle."  I don't know if that's a good or bad thing...I guess it depends on your perspective and needs.  I'll let you be the judge.

Cruising down the road at an indicated 60 mph reveals slightly over 4000 revs on the tachometer in top gear. The transmission meshes between gears without fault, but the ‘box does have some play at the shift lever. Finding neutral at a stop is uncomplicated and clutch lever pull is almost weightless while still delivering a sensible degree of feel.


xx ST.N Ride Report: Europe 2009 - Le Finale | 22 Dec 09
08:16:45 by notarian | Views: 6321 | Comments: 16

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Vence, France lies in the hills above Nice and if one wants to get there quickly from Lago di Como, the only way is a 5 ½  hour motorway journey straight south to Savona on the Mediterranean and west past Monaco to Nice.

There were 2 days before M’s flight home and she opted for one a final day ride that I’d suggested to see the Grand Canyon du Verdon rather than spend the time lounging by the pool. If you are thinking Grand Canyon, Arizona – it’s not, but marvellous it is. In summer the Canyon roads will be busy and one cruises for the delight of the scenery rather than a spirited ride.

xx New Zealand: South Island series | 22 Dec 09
06:07:11 by obsidian | Views: 3696 | Comments: 12

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We had started these videos awhile ago, but then ended up overseas on a job.  These are short 4-6 minute HD videos shot on an around South Island New Zealand trip.  There will be 6 all up.  I'll edit the initial post as I add them weekly to keep all the videos at the top.  Enjoy. Bigsmile

NZ: South Island series - Prologue


xx Press Release: Kawasaki Pulls Out of AMA Pro Racing | 20 Dec 09
18:43:23 by UFO | Views: 7632 | Comments: 21

This has made the rounds for the past day or so, but here's the official press release.  Sad time for racing....

IRVINE, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2009) — Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced the company will not participate in the AMA Pro Racing road racing series in 2010.

"While we've always considered road racing an integral part of our sportbike development process, the realities of the current economic situation dictate the temporary suspension of our U.S. road racing activities," said Bruce Stjernstrom, marketing director.

Kawasaki's long history of successful road racing includes 20 AMA series championships. Among the many champions who have worn the Kawasaki lime

xx 2010 Aprilia RSV4-R Review [] | 20 Dec 09
02:06:36 by UFO | Views: 4324 | Comments: 7

Kevin Ash give us his impressions of the new RSV4-R from his test ride in Estoril (Portugal) this month.

The engine is well endowed with torque, no just in the muscular mid-range but down low too, and will rescue wrong gear riding or as at Estoril, allow you to slip up a ratio and ride the torque in variable grip conditions without losing much from your lap times – this is a forgiving motor, as well as a very exciting one, and if the previous superbike I’d ridden hadn’t been the shockingly fast S 1000 RR would have completely wowed me.

It’ll take a direct comparison test (and what a test that’s going to be!) to eke out the real differences a...

xx Honda NT700V Deauville Test [] | 18 Dec 09
14:57:43 by atadaskew | Views: 35409 | Comments: 102

They liked it but mentioned that due to lack of 6th gear, it felt happiest at 65mph.

Selling in the EU since 1999, the Honda Deauville has been serving as a popular commuter and weekender-touring bike where short trips are more common. Since we’ve got this big ol’ piece of land and wanna take everything with us when we travel, Honda has been offering the American market the full-touring capable ST1300. However, not everyone can afford the $15-grand or the vacation time these days, thus the NT700V gets dropped on our doorstep for next year as a smaller sibling to the bigger ST. In fact it’s already at your local dealership.

At the core of thi

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