Motorcycle

Customers wanted Ducati motorcycles in 1995. The products were modern, attractive, fairly priced, and backed by a race-winning heritage. Company ledgers should have been dripping black ink, yet there...
The interstate highway traditionally has been the playground for bikes bearing the BMW propeller. But the German manufacturer, known for producing cruisers that can complete cross-country journeys...
In addition to death and taxes, the life of a farrier, a person who shoes horses, includes another certainty: At some point, an ornery client will deliver a potentially lethal kick. When that time...
Fifteen years ago, the designers at Vandenbrink, a company in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, set out to build a slender, two-seat vehicle in which the passenger would sit behind the driver. What they...
Honda Rune Tradition takes a backseat on this retro cruiser. Honda, from its four-wheel Civic to its two-wheel 919, has always stood for economy, reliability, and reserve. Yet this staid Japanese...
Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory An advanced Italian exotic exhibits slender sexiness. Ironically, for all the innovations aboard the Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory that aid and abet the fast-forward progress of...
The 2004 Monster 1000 is not Ducati’s top performance motorcycle, but many of the Ducatisti consider it one of the Italian manufacturer’s most aesthetically appealing machines. The Monster is a naked...
At the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, when Chrysler wheeled out its 500 hp Tomahawk motorcycle, it created a dilemma: How could the carmaker match such a spectacle at future...
Accompanied by a questionnaire asking the Ducatisti for their comments, photos of three Ducati prototypes appeared without notice on the company’s web site last October. “We had tremendous feedback...
For many, the indelible image of the Vespa involves a shapely ingenue, her tresses flowing in the spring air, zipping through the roundabouts of a European capital aboard the charming two-wheeler...
A turn of the key prompts the Radbusa to flaunt all of its flair: The digital display on the motorcycle’s dash flashes through its pre-ride diagnostics; the tank-mounted GPS indicates my location in...
Recognizing that every motorcycle enthusiast should see Europe from the saddle of a bike at least once in his or her lifetime, Lotus Tours presents a way to take this ride in grand style with its...
Richard Keck, president and owner of Indian Motorcycle Evansville, had two things planned for his five-day September stay in Las Vegas: to enjoy a Jimmy Buffett show at the MGM Grand Amphitheatre,...
Every year, manufacturers hone their machines to perform specific tasks, such as long-distance touring, all-out track racing, or casual weekend cruising, and 2004 is no exception. Most of the bikes...
Comparing the $22,500 bmw k1200lt exodus to any other motorcycle is an exercise in futility. With the cruiser’s technical sophistication, smooth and crisp handling on straights and hairpins, and...
The portly harley-davidsons that John D’Orazio had tuned for years were rendered irrelevant in a matter of minutes. In 2001, D’Orazio, an Atlanta lawyer and Harley devotee, attended the Ducati Revs...
The Victory Vegas needed a major overhaul. Riders criticized its sleepy styling, rattling transmission, and abrupt shifting. However, these complaints were usurped by laudations when the 2003 Vegas...
Even the creator of the Confederate Hellcat G2 acknowledges that the motorcycle is not tuned for long-distance cruising, flat-out speed, or even brief neighborhood jaunts. “It’s for very special...
Examine the odometer of a typical BMW R1200C, and you will likely find numbers reminiscent of those in an arcade game. Some motorcycles are suited for short and intense blasts at the track; others...
For the Ducatisti, the appeal of the Ducati 999, with its flared seat and pinched waist, has as much to do with sex as with speed. In this respect, the 999 is not novel among Ducatis. The Italian...
With readings that reach an astound-ing 17,000 rpm, the tachometer of the MV Agusta F4 Senna reveals the essence of the Italian bike: power. The $24,995 motorcycle actually peaks at 14,000 rpm, but...
The Aprilia RSV Mille 1000 R has been fashioned with hard lines, shapely contours, and bold race-replica graphics that, at triple-digit speeds, meld into a blurred streak of beauty. The company’s...
If you were to blend an American heavyweight with an Italian superbike, the result would be the Ecosse Heretic. The $44,800 machine boasts the brawny appearance of a custom cruiser and the...
A casual idea evolved into a project that formed the most unlikely union of motorcycle design talent. Bob Kay, chief operating officer of American IronHorse, wanted to commemorate the 45th birthday...
Wind-chapped cheeks and the occasional skinned knee only enhance the essence of motorcycling. It is the state of being one with the elements that invokes our passion for the pastime. Even better, the...
Slammer Brash and brutish, the American IronHorse Slammer, with its flaming paint job, stretched tank, and brilliant chrome accents, excels in catching eyes and stealing breath. One feature, however...
Guy Webster’s red wooden barn, ringed with weeds and scattered gardening tools, has become a pilgrimage destination for motorcycle cognoscenti. Several years ago, Webster received a surprise visit...
In the mid-1990S, Bernard Li, the founder of Eagle One automotive care products, had sold his company to Valvoline and was working on his newest venture: reviving a legendary motorcycle. In 1998,...
To listen to some automakers speak, you would think that they are developing human clones rather than building cars: Bentley executives sing about how the forthcoming Bentley Continental GT features...
In 1989, the Campagna T-Rex made a dubious debut. A driver took the three-wheeled machine for test laps around a Canadian racetrack, and 10 minutes into the ride, he ran the vehicle off the course...

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