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Front Runners September 2015: Racing Roots

Essentially a MotoGP race bike made street legal, the 375-pound (dry weight) Honda RC213V-S (rc213v-s.com) is powered by a lightweight and compact 1,000 cc V-4 motor that produces 214 hp at 14,000 rpm in unrestricted form. However, to comply with noise regulations, the engine for the U.S. version of the motorcycle is limited to 9,400 […]

Buying a Custom Luxury Motorcycle

Motorcycle owners are incredibly passionate and consider their machine to be an expression and extension of their persona. Be it flamboyant or understated, built for performance, looks, or both, a custom bike can satisfy almost any fancy. Customization of luxury motorcycles can range from $30,000 to more than $500,000, depending on specification, rarity, and collectibility. […]

Roadster: Ducati Streetfighter S

With its naked design, the Streetfighter S lacks the refined look of Ducati’s 1098 Superbike. But contrary to its city-brawler appearance, the new machine is a smooth sophisticate. Stellar fuel mapping and Ducati Traction Control seamlessly tame the 155 hp that the Streetfighter’s liquid-cooled 1098 Testastretta L-twin motor produces. The bike, which went on sale […]

Best of the Best 2008: Motorcycles: Sport Bike: Ducati Desmosedici RR

Ducati first tantalized the faithful in 1964 with the Apollo prototype, a virtual Holy Grail for Ducatisti due to its 4-cylinder desmodromic powerplant. After an agonizingly long wait, the MotoGP-inspired Desmosedici RR—?featuring its race-bred, liquid-cooled, 90-degree L-4, 16-valve powerplant and tubular-steel-and-carbon-fiber hybrid Trellis frame—has made its way into the grip of a few passionate, performance-pursuing […]

Bimota DB6R Italian Motorcycle Unveiled

Bimota’s newly released DB6R is being hailed as the “more aggressive version of the successful naked Delirio” by the Italian motorcycle company. The DB6R is likely to be even more agile as it’s considerably lighter than its sibling and is propelled by the powerful new 1100 Ducati engine that now features a ‘slipper’ dry clutch. […]