In 2007 Honda Canada gambled big that Canadian riders were ready for a small, unintimidating, but sporty motorcycle. The decision was taken after a lot of research into who was taking the riding schools (lots of people, many of them female), and who was going on through to get their final riding licence (disappointingly, not that many).
It took me a while to get accustomed to the dimly lit interior of the Deeley Harley-Davidson hospitality room. The usual trappings of a publicity machine were neatly laid out on the various tables a shiny coffee urn, clear pitchers of water and juice, press kits, and complimentary pads of paper for the absent minded journalists who forgot to bring their own.
No height, no problem It’s one small step for Bavarian motorcycle company, two feet flat on the ground for shortkind. BMW Motorrad will offer extra-low seats as options on some lines of 1200, 800, and 650 motorcycles, using lowered chassis to get riders closer to terra firma. It’s another move to attract new and reborn … Continue reading Get down with BMW
Crossing the Equator, Rene heads into Kenya but has to take a rest to get the BMW fixed.
Good things come in threes – except, it seems, when it comes to wheels on vehicles. Most three-wheeled cars in recent memory (Isettas, Messerschmitts and Morgans to name a few) have been er, quirky, to say the least.
KTM has thrown some improvements at its big supermoto and come up with the 990 SM. Like KTM’s other big twins, the 990 uses the LC8 motor and has an increase in displacement to 999 cc. With the addition of fuel injection, power has been bumped to a healthy 115 hp. Sadly, it will not … Continue reading KTM Supermoto goes 990
F800GS will sell for $12,250. BMW Canada has released pricing for all but one of their new models, including the F800GS dual sports and two additions to the high-performance boxer-engined HP2 line. The F800GS will retail for a suggested $12,250, and the F650GS – which uses the same 798 cc motor despite its designation – … Continue reading BMW prices released
Years pass. Things change. You become a father. You used to ride a motorcycle. You want to do it again and so you do. But now things are different. There’s the ever present “what if?”
A Hyosung Monster? Hyosung will show a new 650 naked bike and a super-moto style 450 at the NEC Scooter and Motorcycle Show in Birmingham, UK, later this month. The GT650X is based on the company’s V-twin DOHC motor, but adds EFI (new for all 650 models) and a new oil cooler. The new motor … Continue reading New Hyosung naked, super-moto
Suzuki’s Bandit has always been near the top of my “Best Motorcycle” list because it’s got everything I want in a motorcycle: it’s comfortable, fast and torquey, handles well and, if you threw a set of bags on it, you could easily ride it to the Left Coast and back.