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.

2012 Aprilia Tuono V4 R Review

One of our favorite sporting nakeds has been Aprilia's Tuono that debuted a decade ago, based on the V-Twin RSV1000. Today, we have its successor, the Aprila Tuono V4R, a naked conversion of the championship-winning RSV4.

2012 MV Agusta Brutale R 1090 Review

Motorcycle art, as MV Agusta has branded itself, is a generally accepted description of the models produced by the Italian manufacturer. Our question is if a bike as attractive as the Brutale 1090R can perform as well as it profiles.

2012 Triumph Speed Triple R Review

The Triumph Speed Triple gets the R treatment with a host of upgrades including Ohlins suspension, Brembo monoblocs and carbon fiber bits. But are these upgrades worth the $4000 premium?

2012 Confederate X132 Hellcat Preview

Hellcat, the most affordable motorcycle in Confederate’s portfolio, enters 2012 as a new model with reduced complexity and increased performance. Among the upgrades is a 2,163cc V-Twin engine of unit construction, with cases milled from billet aluminum.

2012 Honda NC700X Preview

American Honda will import its most recent all-new model, first seen at last fall’s EICMA show in Milan. Unveiled today at the New York International Motorcycle Show, the NC700X is a multi-purpose, versatile machine with a big emphasis on utility.

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 KTM 200 Duke Review

The KTM 200 Duke is a special motorcycle, just as comfortable puttering around town as a zippy commuter bike or being thrashed while you attack your favorite section of twisty tarmac

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow Review

Along with its 26.8-inch seat height, the SuperLow, powered by the venerable 883cc air-cooled Harley-Davidson V-Twin, holds the honor of possessing the lightest claimed dry weight in Harley’s stable in 2012.

2012 Triumph Street Triple R Review

Triumph’s Street Triple R has remained a staff favorite since its introduction in 2009. The up-spec R iteration brings fully adjustable front and rear suspension, along with radial-mount front brake calipers.

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Review: First Ride [Video]

Regarded as a well-balanced bike by the powersports media as well as motorcycle consumers, a notion supported by sales figures far in excess of its 1000cc counterpart, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 continues its legacy with the 2012 iteration.

2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Review

Moto Guzzi’s V7 Racer exudes speed in a ’60s Ace Cafe sorta way. Its throwback-themed appearance regularly provokes admiring comments from passersby who have a high regard for the café racer movement.

2011 Suzuki V-Strom Review & 2012 Preview

In advance of our ride on the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650, we went to task refamiliarizing ourselves with the 2011 iteration garnished with ABS and hard saddlebags. It took only a short period for the Suzook to remind us what a great all-’rounder it is.

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