Just having to sit down and process the reams of information and notes about all these bikes has been a real eye-opener. Okay, it’s been a right pain in the arse as well, but comparing each bike’s abilities in various terrains has yielded a pretty good idea of their standing in respect to each other.
On a 2000km road trip between Toronto and Winnipeg last year, I was surprised by the quantities of luggage-laden motorcycles I encountered on the Trans Canada, exploring this vast country of ours.
The criteria for our long term 2003 Yamaha WR450F was simple: What’ll she do? Particularly in the hands of the everyday schmo’s of CMG.
The Thruxton is Triumph’s latest derivation of the standard Bonneville platform, a much anticipated move into the folklore of the café racer and a much welcomed respite from a series of cruiser derivations that were aimed squarely at the American market.
It’s about 9pm and I’m sitting in a bar in Buckingham, Quebec with a pint of the best tasting ice-cold beer that I’ve had in a long time.
The new KTM 950 Adventure is the first bike from KTM to use their new LC8 V-twin motor and, well … the bike’s fugly!
When I picked up the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 test bike, my first thought was that this is one big ‘mother’ of a bike.
After spending the first day of our Las Vegas launch on the track (with the morning being coached by Freddie Spencer and team), I was feeling ready for a good road blast.
His Royal Editorship claims to not like track sessions (even though he gets around pretty well) so he asked if I’d mind writing up the track bits on the 1000 while he handled the street riding.
It was all a bit nerve racking. My brain was full of trail-braking, apex cutting, and desperately trying not to crash one of only two CBR1000RRs, the official punishment for which was to be stuck with a VLX600 for the rest of the launch.