On-Off Road Motorcycle Reviews

There are a variety of bikes in this category, often termed Dual-Sport or Dual-Purpose. They look similar in many ways to dirt or MX motorcycles but are built for use on streets and highways in addition to off-road. As public land becomes scarcer and riding areas are less accessible, the street-licensed dual-sport opens up more opportunity for riding locations. As with any machine that is built for disparate purposes, Dual-Sports are always a compromise between light-weight dirt performance and comfortable street abilities. There are also two sub-categories: Adventure-Tourers, which are large dual-sports that can be taken on long trips for riders who don’t want to stop riding when the pavement ends; and there are also Supermoto bikes that are hybrids built from a dirt bike platform for racing or riding on pavement. These hooligan machines make excellent city-goers and can dismantle a tight and twisty canyon quicker than pretty much anything out there.

Best Motorcycles of 2012

It’s again that time of the year when we select Motorcycle.com’s Best Of choices – our annual MOBO awards. Surf along as we look back at the standout motorcycles of the past year.

2012 KTM 990 SM-T Review

For riders whose focus is on backroad peg-scraping fun and don't mind traveling light, the KTM 990 SM-T retains all the elements of a hooligan supermoto motorcycle with a big-displacement engine while maintaining civil ergonomics.

2013 Kawasaki Early-Release Models

Kawasaki has just released news about changes to four of its existing models for 2013, including the addition of an electronic steering damper to the potent ZX-10R and the option of adding antilock brakes to the versatile Ninja 650.

2012 Dual-Sport Shootout - Video

Despite few changes in the DS segment in the past few model years, we decided to sample some current DS offerings to see if there is a do-it-all bike that doesn’t suck the fun out of one type of riding or the other.

2012 Husqvarna TE250 Review

The 2012 Husqvarna TE250 dual-purpose machine is very much a serious off-roader first, and pavement-capable motorcycle second. This Husky is a dirt bike with a license plate, no doubt about it.

2012 Suzuki DR-Z400S Review

Suzuki’s DR-Z400S combines the worlds of off-road and street riding with an equilibrium unmatched by competing dual-purpose motorcycles.

2012 Kawasaki Versys Review

When Suzuki alluded to the Kawasaki Versys as a competitive benchmark for the born-again V-Strom 650, we took note. Not having ridden the Versys since its 2010 makeover, we ordered one up advance of a comparison test.

2013 BMW R1250GS Preview

Big news is leaking out from Bavaria. The next BMW GS is undergoing final testing, and the successor to the company’s best-selling model, the R1200GS, will be powered by the first liquid-cooled Boxer-Twin engine ever!

Top 10 Hottest Bikes of 2012

Recession be damned, 2012 looks to be one of the most highly anticipated years in the motorcycle industry in years. From the looks of things it would appear as though the bottom of the economic turmoil is behind us.

2012 BMW G650GS Sertao Review

BMW has amped up the GS portion of the G650GS by creating a more off-road inclined stablemate, the G650GS Sertão. Named after the dry, hot region in Northeastern Brazil, the Sertão aims to take the adventure class to a new place.

2011 BMW G650GS Review [Video]

BMW’s R1200GS is an icon in the adventure-touring category, but for many it’s big and unwieldy, not to mention expensive. For those shorter of stature and lighter of wallet, BMW offers the G650GS for less than half the price of its big GS brother.

2012 KTM Street Model Lineup Preview

Taking the “Ready To Race” motto to heart, 2012 sees six street models in the KTM lineup, headlined by a heavily revised RC8 R sportbike.

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