Steve Bond takes one for the team and spends a day at Shannonville race track checking out BMW’s current stock of Canadian Thunder race bikes.
Triumph Street Triple R Triumph has officially launched the new Street Triple R, a higher-spec version of the existing Street Triple which in turn is basically a naked version of the Daytona 675. Styling cues are taken from its hooligan big brother, the Speed Triple. Fully-adjustable sport suspension from the Daytona is fitted, ditto radially-mounted … Continue reading New Triumph 675
FZ6R, the modest sportbike Yamaha’s latest quasi-sportbike, the FZ6R, looks intended for riders who want to make the jump from cruisers to sport, or new riders who like the sporting look but don’t want to scare the bejeesus out of themselves (or maybe their parents). The Yamaha Canada website even makes the refreshingly modest point … Continue reading 600 semisport a bargain
V-Star 950 won’t intimidate. At the Las Vegas Yamaha dealer extravaganza this week, the tuning fork company announced a couple of new versions of its popular V-Star models, both displacing 950 cc instead of the 1,100 cc of their predecessors. The motor is an all new 942 cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin … Continue reading Yamaha cruiser lowdown
Coming in early 2009 KTM has announced a new production 990 Supermoto R, due in "early" 2009, whatever that means. The beastie uses KTM’s luvly big stonkin’ 999 cc V-twin LC8 motor, superb Brembo Monoblock brakes, and a seriously light weight the factory claims is less than 190 kg. A smaller tank unit (well, you … Continue reading New KTM Supermoto
Rene heads through Tajikistan on the famed Pamir Highway and its many mountain passes and peoples.
2009 YZF-R1 Yamaha’s 2009 offerings so far are strictly performance oriented, with news of an all new R1 (BTW, you can read about the new V-Max in Steve Bond’s feature story right here in CMG). Changes, say Yamaha, are in large part developed from the M1 Moto GP racing program. An "all-new" chassis and swingarm … Continue reading R1 gains from Moto GP
2009 CBR600RR As expected, Honda has released its new magic "Electronically-Controlled Combined ABS" system for 2009, although unexpectedly it’s available both on the CBR1000RR and CBR600RR. The system is seriously complex, to the extent that the Luddites among us are going to have problems with getting heads around it. Instead of using a solenoid-operated valve … Continue reading Not so simple ABS for CBR flagships
Steve Bond heads down to California to check out Yamaha’s new V-Max. Does the new Max have what it takes to replace the old?
CMG has a BW’s 125 for a few months. Editor ‘arris writes the first installment on how we’re finding Yamaha’s latest addition to the BW’s family.