In my opinion, one of the typical down sides to cruisers is the tendency for manufacturers to detune the engines to such an extent that they couldn’t even pull the skin off a rice pudding!
Picture this – Toronto, Canada – early January. There’s half a meter of snow on the ground, it’s well below freezing and it’s time to ride some bikes! Well not here, but in Savannah, Georgia, for the annual Honda Canada press launch
“I probably won’t need you tonight, dear,” said the gentleman to his wife as he stared lasciviously at Honda’s remarkable X4, throttle hand twitching. Yes, he was smitten, and no, she didn’t think he was being particularly funny. Odd thing is, I don’t think he was trying to be.
Words: Nick Smirniw/Rob Harris Photos: Wilfrid Gaube/Nick Smirniw Ducati. Say it with an accent. Du-CA-ti. Listen to the way it flows out of your mouth. It sounds sophisticated. It sounds respected. It sounds fashionable. It sounds expensive. Now start it up and listen. It sounds like… like … crap. What the hell? For all of … Continue reading Test Ride: Ducati SS750
On the face of it there seems to be little change to the 2000 GS, and in reality the new GS is more evolution than revolution, with many parts updated using newer technology currently found on many 99 models.
Christmas comes but once a year. So do birthdays, but you can sod ’em both when it comes to a BMW press launch. It’s like Christmas, Birthday and the annual vacation all at once, except that it’s not freezing, sad or money consuming. It’s a lot of fun, comes with all expenses paid and you get to ride a bike to boot.
This bike is hot. Damn hot. It’s got the looks. It’s got the power. It’s got the reputation. It draws envious stares from the kids in Honda Civics. It’s even got mean sounding consonants in its name. It’s the 1998 Suzuki GSXR. This bike is so hot, it gives you a burning feeling in your loins… Ow! I mean really… YIKES! I think my ‘nads may actually be on fire!!!
On first glance, this thing looks like the kind of bike the Power Rangers would ride, or maybe some land based contraption in a weird ’50s sci-fi movie that’s capable of sprouting its hidden solid fuel boosters and blasting off into space.
Okay, so I promised part 2 of the new Beemer write up last week, but I got busy, then I got lazy and then I got drunk. No excuse really but then what ya gonna do anyway? Okay, okay, here’s the blurb .
The R1100S is the most powerful and lightest boxer yet, with a claimed maximum output of 98hp at 7,500rpm and a peak torque of 71ft-lbs at 5,750rpm, giving a max top speed of 226 Km/h.