There’s no doubting it, this is a good time to be a motorcyclist. Manufacturers are currently building bikes of a never-seen-before variety, blending core qualities of different styles and throwing in innovative technology wherever possible. Hey, it’s now difficult to choose a genre, let alone a specific bike.
I like scooters. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the way that you sit “inside” them, legs together, as if perched on a chair at the dinner table. However, instead of a nutritious helping of Kraft Dinner, the open road is before you.
Thankfully Triumph have come a long way since the original triple motors that graced such models as the Thunderbird (still around) and the rather bland Thunderbird Sport (dead and good riddance).
Wow, what a difference a motor makes! Triumph have been busy upgrading their triple line with the new 955i motor ever since it debuted in 2001, with the first lucky models to get this gruntmeister heart being the Daytona and Tiger. But that wasn’t all that the Tiger gained, it also got slightly reworked and stiffer suspension, and that makes a BIG difference.
Suzuki’s GSXR 1000 is not a motorcycle for the fainthearted. It’s deceptively easy to ride which is attractive to riders of less experience but rider beware, this bike is bipolar; it has two distinct personalities.
When you swing a leg over the KTM, the 36.4″ seat height seems a little formidable at first as you cramp up trying to get your toes to touch the ground.
I always try and keep an open mind before I test a bike. However, sometimes, even before swinging a leg over the beast, I might feel that it’s just not going to work for me. Initially, that’s what I thought when I arranged to grab the ‘new’ Kawasaki ZR7S.
Badged as a 2003, the VTX1300S just went on sale in Canada, filling the void left by the discontinuation of the VT1100C3 Aero. At a quick glance it looks almost exactly like the big VTX1800S, but the differences between the two are profound.
I have to admit that I’ve always been fond of the VFR but it never really inspired me enough to think that I actually might one day like to buy one, mainly thanks to a shortage in its character department. Enter stage left, Honda’s V-TEC system.
It must be frustrating for Honda when most of the press are defining the 2002 954 as a made-over and over-bored 929.