Matt originally wrote this piece for the now defunct Ontario Motorcycle Guide, appearing in issue 4 of 1996. The piece had not been published on CMG Online until now.
Sonic talks jets – the kind in your carburetor, not at the airport.
A fire-salvage bike? How bad can it be?
I’m not here to tell you tales of warm beer and friendly sheep. It’s all well and dandy to have a twisty paradise, but it’s also very sad when you’re missing the all important two wheels. That gap was dandily filled by BMW’s sport touring K1200RS.
How to handle those leaky fork seals!
Yamaha recently brought out another cruiser to add to their every increasing line up, the Yamaha V-Star 1100. Using the already proven Virago power plant in 1100 format as the heart of the new street warrior, it now replaces the steadfast Virago 750 and 1100. But first, let’s back up a bit before we go on, shall we?
Yamaha has answered the demands of the growing cruiser market with its 3 level “Star” series. The V-Star is the most economical level, with its 650 and 1100 models. Following this is the torquey Road Star, which is available as the Road Star 1600, Road Star MM Limited and Road Star Silverado.
The first thing that I noticed when I straddled the seat was how slender and light the GS 500E felt. It feels lighter than its 372 pounds dry weight, and seems more like some 250’s than a 500.
After a long wait at the hands of Transport Canada, at last we are allowed to sample KTM’s range of LC4 bikes.
After a couple of days on Kawasaki’s revamped ZX9R in Arizona earlier this year, we thought that it might not be a bad idea to grab it again this summer and share it amongst the CMG staff. That way they could not only feel special (and therefore work for even less money), but also give their opinions on the beast.