Standard Motorcycle Reviews

Standard-type motorcycles have a riding position midway between the forward-rotated position of a sportbike and the reclined arrangement of a cruiser, putting the rider in a very natural position not unlike a low dirtbike. Standards often have little or no fairing and limited bodywork, and many are appropriately termed as Naked bikes. Standards are popular for commuting and other city riding, as the upright riding position is comfortable and gives greater visibility in traffic. Best of 2011 Awards

The motorcycles that have made their way to dealerships in the last 12 months have been category-crushing and stunningly well developed. After riding everything this year, here’s our selections of the best motorcycles of 2011.

2012 Harley-Davidson Models Updates

When it comes to bold new stuff from Harley-Davidson for 2012, the recently reviewed Dyna Switchback and an updated V-Rod line is about it. However, H-D did grace several areas of its entire product lineup with some notable updates.

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Preview

When the first images and specs emerged however, the perception was the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 was, as the cliche goes, more evolutionary than revolutionary. But perhaps that isn't such a bad thing.

2011 MV Agusta Brutale 920 Review

It’s a sunny morning in Varese in the north of Italy near the Swizz border. This is where every MV Agusta is made, and where we’re testing the company’s latest streetfighter, an all-black Brutale 920.

2011 Literbike Streetfighter Shootout

A finer collection of liter-sized standard motorcycles you’re unlikely to see. We pit Triumph’s revised Speed Triple, Kawasaki’s Z1000 and Honda’s new-to-the-USA CB1000R against each other in what we’re calling a Literbike Streetfighter Shootout.

2011 Gentlemen Sportbike Shootout

Here are three ways to satisfy a thirst for a powerful sportbike without the pretzel-ed legs and sore wrists: the Kawasaki Ninja 1000, Yamaha FZ1 and Suzuki GSX1250FA. Read on to see who wins this three-way battle.

2011 Honda CB1000R Review

Turns out they listen to us after all. For years we’ve complained that our European counterparts get all the cool-looking motorcycles, and whenever we try to get them here those requests seem to fall on deaf ears. Until now!

2011 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Review

The Monster 1100 is the latest bike in Ducati's lineup to receive the EVO up-spec treatment. With 246,483 Monsters sold since the model line’s debut, creating a standard like the 1100 EVO seems a good way to kick off the 18th year of Monster production.

2011 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 Review

For almost two decades, Triumph’s raw, naked and all-together spritely Speed Triple has redefined the boundaries between standard and sport-type motorcycles. For 2011 this naked beauty has been given a significant makeover.

The Best Literbike for the Street

We recently had to chance to pit Kawasaki's new Ninja 1000 against a Kawasaki ZX-10R that had been modified for greater comfort to try to figure out which bike offers the best combination of power, performance and comfort for everyday riding.

2011 Hyosung GT250 Review

While Kawasaki and Honda are busy collecting the headlines with their 250cc machines, Hyosung has been quietly plugging away on its own beginner bike – the GT250, aimed directly at taking a piece of the pie from the aforementioned Japanese brands.

2010 Hyosung GT650 Review

As the least expensive 650 V-Twin sold in the U.S., the Hyosung GT650 represents a reasonable value.

2011 Naked Middleweights Shootout

The list of unfaired motorcycles available in the United States is expanding. We decided to see which one was best by having Yamaha’s FZ8, BMW’s F800R, Aprilia’s Shiver 750 and Triumph’s Street Triple R duke it out in our 2011 Naked Middleweight Shootout.

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