Now that I have sport bikes and dual sports out of the way, its time to bring another style of bike into the spot light. And this one may throw some of you off, as I have expressed my disdain for some of them in the past. Today we are talking about what great about cruisers.
After a little break from writing it’s time for me to get back into it. I’m going to begin by continuing a series that I started before, something that is the exact opposite of my (in?)famous ‘bad starter bike’ series: this time I’ll throw the sport bikes up on the Pillar of Praise.
Motorcycles are, in my humble opinion, the ultimate mode of personal transportation. Cheap, fast, easy to park and store, and the best part? You can fart and not have to smell it.
However, like cars, there are many different ways to indulge yourself into the sport. Do you want to cruise the boulevards in style?…
You know, there are 3 main ways people get into motorcycles. You have the people who have been into dirt bikes since the could say the word “bike”. You have the 16, 17 year olds how want a fast sport bike because its a cheap way to get their speed kicks. and you have the guys who get into it through their mid-life…
I haven’t written a motorcycle post in a while. So, sounds about right for me to write a post that is going to
get flamed hard spark good discussion eh?
Welcome to the final installment of “Why X bike is a bad beginner’s bike.”
A full tank of gas, beautiful traffic free roads, your bike humming between your legs and no need to get anywhere. What a wonderful scenario.
Then it starts to rain. Crap. What do you do?
So, the last 2 articles got a lot of positive attention. So, here is the next one! gear 101.
Every once in a while, when I head out with my non-riding friends*, I get asked: how the hell do you use your motorcycle to go to work? Don’t you need to carry stuff there? To which I reply: What work?
*Kidding, I don’t have friends who don’t ride
the 2017 season of MotoGP brings in a new team, and the lose of intermediate tires and the aerodynamic wiglets on the fronts of the bikes.
Welcome one and all to the FINAL installment of this little build up. I’ve saved the best for last. Lets deal with those pesky brakes and the ABS system.
This was really the main point of this project. Make the ABS work on a set of GSX-R forks.
The biggest concern of this had to do with the brake calipers. The stock 2…
Here in part 2, we get into the really fun stuff. The actual forks.
Now, with a little bit of research you will find that most GSX-R forks 02+ will actually just drop right into the SV frame. Now, as to which set you want to use, there are PAGES and PAGES of information. Its actually quite a mess to try and sort…
I keep meaning to do this. now I actually have a moment to breathe (LOL yea right, I’m a university student in mechanical engineering) so let me take a moment and do a quick write up on the build of of my bike.
A little background first. I bought a 2009 SV650SA ABS as my new daily bike after I sold my little old Buell…
With the café bike crazy not quite dying down yet, the OEMs are starting to offer more and more factory built café racers. Now, I’m not really a fan of this style of this bike. Hell, one of my most well-known pieces is on why the stupid things make terrible beginner bikes.
And then Ducati, a company that I do not…
First teased in March of 2015, Honda has finally taken the wraps off their newest and smallest adventure bike, keen to get into the market. Starting off with their frankly brilliant CFR250L dual sport, the rally is much more than simply slapping on a windscreen and letting her rip.
Arguably one of THE most anticipated bikes of 2017, Husqvarna dropped the concepts for both the Svartpilen and the Vitpilen way back at the 2014 EICMA show. Everyone went crazy for them, and in 2015, Husqvarna confirmed that they were heading to production. Now, we finally get to see the fruits of their labour.
Okay, I have to admit, this one snuck by me. I was actually going on to Kawasaki’s website to check on the 2017 line up as I had heard rumors that the up-coming Z900 would be replacing the Z800 AND the Z1000. Thankfully, the Z900 and Z1000 will coexist in the Kawasaki dealers for one year at least, and this lead me to…
Recently, one of the biggest shifts in the bike industry has been in the adventure bike category, where 1000cc+, 600lbs machines once ruled. Now, many are looking to trade that giant adventure bike for something a little bit smaller and more nimble off the road. So, a slew of new 300cc Adventure bikes have been…
This is going to sound funny coming from the a guy who wants more than a few 150+HP streets bikes, but the fact of the matter is this. Anything over 75HP is over kill on a normal street bike. (Yes, this includes cruisers)