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The Five Most Common Motorcycle Handling Issues and How to Fix Them

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:30:00 +0000


Is your bike handling funny? We may have the solution.

Does your bike wobble, or is it steering heavier than it used to? We examine the top five handling issues and what causes them.

Why Do So Many Brilliant Motorcycles Come From Italy?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000


How one Italian valley gave birth to dozens of iconic machines.

Italy has been at the heart of the design and engineering world for years. The reason is simple. It's personal.
Why is Italy—its designers, engineers, stylists, geography, and culture—so damn good at this motorcycle thing? Let’s just say it’s personal. Fine Italian design.

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The Best V-Twins Of Yesterday And Today

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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