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The Best V-Twins Of Yesterday And Today

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000

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From the Vincent to the Ducati 1198, V-twin powered sportbikes are some of the most engaging machines on two wheels

History is rife with sporting V-twin motorcycles. The Vincent Black Lightning and the Ducati 1198 are just two. What a pair to have!
The Britten V1000 The matter at hand: the V-twin engine. Here, a Series B Vincent engine. Cycle World columnist Peter Egan and the Vincent: two legends of the motorcycling world. Ducati 1198


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The Pierobon X80R Makes Ducati Goodness Better

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000

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Building a custom lightweight frame might be the oldest speed trick in the book. And the best.

Take a Ducati engine, add a custom aluminum frame, then laugh maniacally.
The Ducati 848 engine plus the lightweight Pierobon X80R frame equals a machine that is "simply phenomenal."


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A Triumph In An Arabian Spring

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000

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Riding a Triumph Tiger to decipher the sensory overload of a foreign land

Forty-eight hours in Morocco with a 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 as a tour guide. Is there a better way to see the sights?
After a brief break, I returned to my bike to be “greeted” by a local girl. She was little impressed until I started the bike and gave her a high five. Her eyes lit up. 2018 Triumph Tiger 800.


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Motorcycles Are The Best Kind Of Inherited Vice

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:02:00 +0000

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Visiting a motorcycle mega mall with a toddler and passing on the passion for two wheels

Motorcycles appeal on a basic level. Even a two-year-old who’s usually only captivated by Sesame Street and Baby Shark can’t get enough.
My brother and his son on a Scrambler Ducati Desert Sled. The Richards boys. Loving Ducatis is a family tradition for us. Get ’em started young! Ducati superbikes were a huge part of my brother’s and my childhoods. And our adulthoods, for that matter. We’re keeping the tradition alive.


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Moto Guzzi's 1930's Wind Tunnel Was Their Slipstream Cathedral

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000

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In the early days of aero testing, Moto Guzzi led the charge.

Moto Guzzi's wind tunnel in Mandello del Lario was built to shape world champions.
La Galleria del Vento


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Go-To Gear For Two-Wheel Travel

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000

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Prepping for that cross-country trip you’re always dreaming about

A recommended packing list for that coast-to-coast motorcycle adventure you’ve been talking about for years.
The 2018 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT. A perfect companion for a cross-country motorcycle ride. Nemo Galaxi two-person tent. Mountain Hardware Ember 42-degree sleeping bag. MSR PocketRocket 2 stove. SW-Motech Drybag 600. MotoPumps Air Shot inflator. CruzTools tool kit. Benchmade 940/943 Series pocketknife. Canyon Dancer Original Bar Harness. Garmin Zumo 395LM Premium GPS. Battery Tender SAE to USB charger. A good paperback fits nicely into a tank bag like this barely pictured RKA magnetic tank bag (another travel essential, come to think of it). Stanley hip flask.


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Vibrazioni Builds Beautiful Bikes From Old Oil Drums

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:40:00 +0000

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Visiting the Italian design shop that turns scrap metal into art

Vibrazioni's calling card is perfectly distressed, colorful sheetmetal plucked from old oil drums. We pay them a visit.
The loft workspace at Vibrazioni, packed with hand-hammered prototypes, rough sketches, and half-smoked cigarettes. Designer Riccardo Zanobini might have been put on earth to hold up this old brick wall in Massa Lombarda. Zanobini continues working contentedly upstairs until business partner Dassasso empties a garage to get at an impeccable Moto Morini Corsaro. Dassasso, an artist by training, is never shy about making sparks and doodling shapes into metal. Riccardo Zanobini Left: Fruit and vegetables grow up around Vibrazioni’s secret stash of oil drums. Lush, old trees keep eastern sunlight from fading their vivid colors. While Dassasso works, his father does chores in the orchard and garden, occasionally stopping to offer up something picked fresh. Right: Dassasso’s welding mask has become something of a signature. Vibrazioni’s workshop (above) is an artfully cluttered testament to trying things out. Old car speakers used as magnets hold illustrations to oil drums. Drum tops too pretty to cut up are hung to admire. A Vibrazioni signature tire.


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Top Comfort Mods For The Triumph Street Twin

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000

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Basic tweaks for the baby Bonnie

The Street Twin is a good entry into the world of British motorcycling. Grab your waxed cotton Belstaff, add a few basic parts, and reach British biking bliss.
Triumph Street Twin: peppy 900cc parallel twin, pea-shooter exhaust, and classic styling. It has the correct badge on the tank too. Typical Corbin saddle: good quality, comfortable, and perhaps a bit frumpy? What do you think? Comment below. British Customs Slammer seat exposes the frame rails and subframe for a more custom look. Wouldn’t it be nice if Triumph made a taller version of the stock seat? Metal footpegs provide improved grip. Better than nothing, and more attractive than huge touring screens that, while practical, kill the cool as quickly as luggage racks and high-viz vests. Improve comfort and handling with quality shocks (or “shox,” if we must) from Fox.


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Top Performance Mods For The Suzuki Hayabusa

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

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Achieving all-around performance gains for the hyperbike

While we eagerly await an updated Busa, there are plenty of real-world performance mods to add horsepower, drop weight, and improve handling to be had right now.
The Hayabusa in the curves: like a battleship yawing in the sea. The Bazzaz Z-Fi TC module ($860) is three systems in one: fuel mapping, dynamic traction control, and a quickshifter. Plug and play at its finest. The Race Series from Yoshimura ($1,150) is not strictly street legal, so if you get caught with one, don’t tell them you heard about it from us… More modest power gains and weight loss can be had with other legal Yoshimura systems. Magura’s HC3 radial master cylinder ($700) is compatible with the Haybusa’s ABS. Forged aluminum wheels (roughly $1,000 for front and $1,500 for rear) from Marchesini are definitely an extravagance.


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Top Performance Mods For The Honda Grom

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000

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Hot-rodding the mini Honda, because we can

The Honda Grom has been a runaway success because of its unserious, all-about-fun attitude. It’s also pretty easy to transform into a mini performer.
The author’s hastily snapped photo of a throng of minibikes taking over a downtown thoroughfare. Groms were well represented. Boost the stock Grom’s 125cc motor to a “burly” 186cc with a complete kit from TBolt USA. Yes, Öhlins makes springs for the Grom. Yoshimura is another major player that builds parts for the Grom. MNNTHBOX intake system. Bazzaz fuel management module improves fueling and throttle response. Cool blacked-out rearsets from Driven. Heartier clutch for the Grom for the clutch abusers among us. Spiegler stainless steel braided brake lines.


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