Saturday November 30, 2013
It's jaunty looking and surprisingly practical-- and sure, it may not boast the bragging rights of its bigger, 638cc-powered sibling, the Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS, but the smaller, lighter, and cheaper Suzuki Burgman 400 ABS strikes a strong argument for itself by landing smack in the middle of the big 650 and newly introduced Burgman 200 ABS model.
Does this matte grey middle child deserve its motorcycle-like asking price, or are you better served hitting either ends of the Suzuki scooter extremes?
Ponder that thought by clicking here: 2013 Suzuki Burgman 400 ABS Review: When Going Small(er) is Still Big.
Photo © Basem Wasef; click for review
Saturday November 30, 2013
If there's anything old school motorcyclists get riled up about, it's change for the sake of change.
And so it wasn't surprising when, way back in 2007, the just-introduced Kawasaki Concours 14 inspired serious distrust from die hards because it came with a standard KIPASS (Kawasaki Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System) setup.
KIPASS uses a wireless key fob that involves a battery operated transponder to communicate with an ECU via radio waves, and though the practice has since become commonplace in the automotive realm (and increasingly present in the bike world), there are no doubt riders who are still suspicious of the technology.
That said, what's been my experience with Kawasaki's wireless key system, and is it something you'd want on your bike?
Find out in my 2014 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Long Term Update #2: A Question of (Wireless) Keys.
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Wednesday November 20, 2013
Honda Valkyrie fanatics are a passionate bunch, and they're about to get a whole lot happier: Big Red just announced the return of the Valkyrie, and the new power cruiser reinforces the "big is back" trend that we saw in the recently unveiled CTX1300.
In case you're not up to speed on Valkyrie lore, these hulking power cruisers originally roamed the earth from 1996 to 2003, packing the flat six powerplant plucked from the venerable (and considerably more mature) Honda Gold Wing. Valkyrie spinoffs have included the fantastical Honda Rune, and while futuristic concepts like the EVO 6 have since appeared, the new Valkyrie suggests a more traditional-- but bold-- return to the bike's shock-and-awe roots... Read More...
Wednesday November 6, 2013
The Monster is Ducati's best-selling motorcycle, so it's not surprising that the naked Italian bike's formula hasn't changed much in its 20 year history... but if you're like me, you'd be surprised to find that the new Monster (pictured here) is only the third generation model in two decades, suggesting Ducati is capable of serious restraint when it comes to milking a platform for all it's worth. Read More...