Wednesday April 16, 2014
After spending time on About.com's long-term Kawasaki Concours 14, you'd think I'd be hopelessly addicted to its massive power and hulking presence... but sometimes, believe it or not, you don't always need to crank it to eleven.
Sure, the 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS has a big, Z1000-derived 1,043cc four-cylinder engine, but it wasn't nearly as much of a handful as the 1,352cc Connie 14.
How does the saddlebag-optional sport tourer ride, and is it entertaining enough to fill the horsepower gap between it and its big brother Concours 14?
Check out my 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Review: Ridin Fast, Riding Green to find out.
Photo © Basem Wasef
Wednesday April 9, 2014
Something about the Toyota Prius makes it a strangely repellant vehicle to both motorcyclists and car lovers alike. Maybe its the dome-roofed hybrid's tendency to attract holier-than-thou tree-hugging do-gooders, or perhaps its the gas and electric-powered car's planet saving pretense that inevitably devolves itself into a lane-clogging nuisance, like a rolling speed bump crawling through traffic whose sole purpose is to annoy other motorists. For whatever reason, Prius drivers and their often self-righteous steeds manage to rub a whole lot of people the wrong way... Read More...
Tuesday April 1, 2014
If you enjoy maintaining full control of your motorcycle while riding down the road-- throttle, brakes, steering and all-- you might want to be sitting down for this piece of news: the Department of Transportation issued a joint statement today with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a bill will be passed that requires all motorcycles to have "fully autonomous, self-piloting capabilities" as early as 2018.
"The goal is not to remove the freedom or adventure of riding a motorcycle," DOT spokesperson Melvin P. Meyers insisted, "but rather to create harmony on the roads between two and four-wheeled vehicles, and avoid the sorts of accidents that claim many lives every year." Read More...
Monday March 31, 2014
Ducati may have typified the naked bike genre with its top-tier Monster 1200
, but KTM's $16,999 1290 Super Duke R ABS certainly mixes it up nicely with an Austrian take on the big-engined hooligan theme.
How does KTM address the alternatives, and how much of its dirt-inspired roots can be felt at the handlebars of this 416-pound ride?
Find out in my 2014 KTM 1290 Super Duke R ABS Review.
Photo © Basem Wasef