Scanning over the spec sheets reveals that the Speed Four is identical to the TT600 except for an ominous lack of top-end power.
With the temperature hovering in the mid-thirties, I slide the V-Strom to a halt on the delicious gravel road, somewhere deep in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. I’d just crossed one of the many small winding rivers in the area and decided that it was just too hot to keep riding, especially when a cool fresh river beckoned for a refreshing dip.
The first time I saw the new Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak I thought that it was one of the coolest cruisers I’d ever seen. Low slung, drag style handlebars, lots of eye catching chrome bits…and 6-piston front brakes off the ZX9R! Hey, are those Dunlop D207 Sportmax tires as well? What the … ?
We’re starting to run out of things to say about this bike.
“Man, what is that thing?” comes an incredulous query.
“A Honda Ruckus,” is my reply.
It’s become an annual event – every January Honda Canada assembly the finest motorcycle journalists in Canada (go with it for now) in some southern US location to ride the latest model releases on the track and road.
There’s something quite charming about BMW’s R1150R ‘Roadster’. I quickly fell for it when it was in still in its buggy-look state back in the 1100 motor days. When it got a big stylistic make over and the improved 1150 motor back in 2002, it was looking—and performing—even better.
Long-term CMG readers probably thought they’d seen the last of Mr.Seck on a track after an ill-fated racing attempt on a BMW R1100S in 2001. My spectacular St. Eustache crash resulted in what was initially thought to be a cracked rib and a sprained hip.
The older you get, the faster you were: a pretty common joke among members of the racing group known as the Vintage Road Racing Association, or VRRA. Not always true, though, as anyone racing with the VRRA crowd for the first time will quickly learn. Just because you have a few years’ experience doesn’t mean you’re slowing down any.
If you live in Toronto (of which I am quite pleased to say I no longer do), then you’ll be well aware that good riding roads are few and far between. However, do not despair just yet as there’s a hidden gem just a couple of hours south of the big smoke. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – go south to Pennsylvania young man (or woman)!