So the folks at CMG asked if I would be interested in testing some Dual Sport/ Off-Road bikes. Hell yeah, that would be great. I’ve ridden off road for many years and was anxious to try out the latest machinery. So in typical CMG fashion, my first assignment is a Yamaha’s V-Star 650 Custom. Hey what the…
With Triumph finally succumbing to public pressure by remaking their most famous parallel twin – the Bonneville, it seemed only appropriate to go and ride the thing on home ground. Besides, a trip to England seemed well bloody overdue, and the waiting list to test one here in Canada seemed a tad long.
Riding this thing exceeded any expectation I had – an array of women of all ages gawking at me as I rode by. At my first stop, a young lady loading grocery bags into her car stopped to eagerly ask me how fast it went, how did I like it and how much did it cost? After years of test riding seriously sexy bikes, this was the strongest (and strangest) chick magnet. Ever (although they were looking at the bike more than me)!
The California Stone is basically a rebadged Jackal with a makeover. Power is provided by a 1064 cc, transverse (from left to right instead of front to back) v-twin motor. You could say it defines Moto Guzzi – originating in the 50s when it was used to power 3-wheeled military vehicles, it still remains the Guzzi cornerstone, even as they celebrate their 80th anniversary this year.
When I first got into motorcycles, half my lifetime ago (I was 17), Moto Guzzi were the bike’s of the enthusiast. The same guy that had an old Triumph Bonnie.
What do Editor ‘arris and a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R have in common? They both have a face only a mother could love …
Whoa, have they gone mad with power cruisers? Within the space of the last two weeks, Yamaha have announced their Warrior, Kawasaki their Mean Streak and just in the last few days, Harley have announced their new liquid cooled V-Rod (although we had to find all the info ourselves as Harley Canada seem to deem us to be unworthy of the info).
I remember when the EX500 first came out. The press were excited about this 500cc twin that was “half a Ninja” – the motor being based on just two of the cylinders of the then current four cylinder 1000cc.
I’m a big fan of dual sport bikes. In fact, if you think about it, it could be argued that the dual sport is really the only bike you need.
The 2002 Goldwing 1800 is a radical departure from Goldwings of the past. Where before it represented, no, was the definitive fat-bastard touring machine, the latest incarnation is almost … well, a sport tourer – If something weighing in at 363 Kg (almost 800 lbs!), can be considered anything close to sporty.