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.
Okay, I have to confess, I like the standard/ naked bike. I always have. When I first noticed motorcycles at the late age of 17 my heart always beat faster at the sight of a naked bike over the then revolutionary plastic coated stuff.
Since its introduction in 2001, the V-Rod is arguably the most controversial bike around, especially since it’s a Harley.
CMG has had the BMW F650GS Dakar for half a year, over which time it’s racked up 7,000km and has proven itself to be an excellent road bike and a capable adventure tourer.
Several thoughts bounced through my head as my knee hit the rock at the bottom of the fast flowing river, with the full weight of the BMW Dakar on top of me …
“This is the life!” I pulled over at a viewing point along one of many such points at the side of the canyon roads that carve through the mountains, just outside of L.A. in southern California. The view was fantastic, my adrenal gland empty and the BMW F650CS was purring obediently after some serious riding through the gnarly mountain roads. Life was good. No, life was excellent.
This week we have a write up from temporary Team CMG member Larry Tate, who we managed to get onto a Moto Guzzi V11 for Round three at Shannonville. The Guzzi was courtesy of Pat Doyle at Bavarian Motosports. The idea was to get a viewpoint of the yet unseen other brand eligible in Canadian Thunder.